Patrick Deuel: Weighing-In On The Culture Wars

December 8, 2005 at 2:57am By: Mr. T Posted in Mr. T's Den

Early readers of Lincolnite may recall a somewhat regular feature entitled Deuel Watch – in which we reported on Patrick Deuel’s heroic progress from nearly-dead 1,072 pound behemoth to less than half that weight. Ever-vigilant Lincolnite Deuel Watch research staff (who shall go unnamed) continue to follow all things Deuel that appear on the internets.

In today’s Omaha World Herald, Pat offered some thoughts on the controversy surrounding the “War on Christmas”:

Christians, speak up

There are reports of attempts to remove the motto from our currency and not allow the Ten Commandments and Nativity scenes in certain locations. And the debate continues over holiday trees vs. Christmas trees. What I want to know is: Where are the Christians?

Christians make up the bulk of this country. In essence, the minority of people in this country, who do not believe as the majority (or Christians) do, are trying to force the government to establish the religion of agnosticism in this country. This violates the rights of everyone. Yet the Christian community, the majority, seems content to let this happen.

Those of us who truly believe in God need to step up and speak our mind about this. Especially at this time of year, it is the least we can do to remind everyone again the “reason for the season” and the “reason for life.”

Patrick Deuel, Valentine, Neb.

Although the exact meaning of the “religion of agnosticism” remains unclear, we hope Pat continues to both lose weight, and offer more inspirational and enigmatic Deepak Chopra-isms to fellow Nebraskans. 

 

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Joshua Wiltshire December 8, 2005 at 8:57pm

I really grow weary of “Christians as victims” rhetoric. They are the majority in the country, and when the others try to stand up and say “Hey, we’re here too” the fundamentals cry oppression.  A load of bollocks.

Mr. Wilson December 9, 2005 at 4:15pm

There are just too many flaws in Mr. Deuel’s argument to make a counter-argument worthwhile. I think there is an argument to be made that occasionally Christians get the short end of the stick, but Mr. Deuel has neither demonstrated valid examples of that, nor has he made a case for why that’s a bad thing when it happens.

In short, it’s a silly argument on a silly subject which makes both Mr. Deuel and Christians generally look, well, silly.

Gary December 11, 2005 at 1:17am

I am a Christian yet I think it would be a mistake to make Christianity the country’s official religion, a move that is implicit in such actions as placing the Ten Commandments at county courthouses.

What makes the United States, and it’s republic, successful is the ability to meld different cultures, nationalities and religions.

If it is so important for Christians to have religious symbols at its governmental facilities, are they (we) also willing to allow symbols of other religions, which people are freely and legally allowed to worship?

I suspect the outspoken Christians would be less eager to place religious symbolism at the courthouse if other religions were equally (and rightfully so) represented.

Christians would do better to spend their efforts promoting tolerance of other people, not just religious tolerance but tolerance of all people.

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