Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Mission of Religion?

Die Aufgabe der Religion: die Menschheit zu trösten, die zum Galgen geht. Die Aufgabe der Politik: Sie lebensüberdrüssig zu machen; die Aufgabe der Humanität: ihr die Galgenfrist zu verkürzen und die Henkersmahlzeit gleich zu vergiften.

The mission of religion is to comfort humanity on its way to the gallows. The mission of politics is to make her weary of life; the mission of humanity: to shorten her appointment with the gallows, and then to poison the executioner’s last meal.

*Sprüche und Widersprüche in Die Fakel, Nos. 261/62, p. 4 (1908)(S.H. transl.) Karl Kraus

The above is brazenly borrowed from the Harper's" site, 'No Comment.' It struck me because I'm working on something tying certain overwrought morality czars to Mr. McCain - who has received some major campaign dollars from the companies tied to the current subprime mortgage 'crisis.'

And, lest we forget - there's alway our Chief Christian in Charge to remind us where he stands in the grand scheme of things.

Of course - there's always Lewis Black to explore the facets of evil on a new show premiering on Comedy Central tonight. First up - Next on Root of All Evil: Oprah vs. The Catholic Church.


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