Welcome to "The Gods Are Bored!"
Another day, another god. That's the way it is around here. We don't like exclusivity. Any god you want is the god you can have!
Look at this fine fellow. He is a Knight Templar.
(The horse is a bay stallion, I think. But then goats are my specialty, not horses.)
I heard a nasty exchange on talk radio one day about the Red Cross. Some card-carrying atheist called in to one of those conservative blabbermouths and dared to say that people ought to give donations to the Red Cross rather than to Christian charities.
By the way, do you get atheists? With so many gods and goddesses to choose from, they choose none? That's like going into a gourmet bakery and asking for a cup of water.
Anyway. Back to topic. An atheist championed the Red Cross because it is non-sectarian, and the conservative blabbermouth jumped all over the guy. "WHAT IS THEIR SYMBOL?" the blabbermouth blabbed. "IT'S A CROSS! IT'S A CROSS! RIGHT? RIGHT? RIGHT?"
Hold your bay stallion, blabbermouth.
Gentle reader, please scroll up to the painting of the Templar again and make note of the cross on his tunic. It is a Celtic cross with equal sides. Those of you who go to church occasionally for doughnuts or pancake dinners will remember that the Christian cross is longer than it is wide.
When the Knights Templar were brutally and needlessly suppressed by the Kingdom of France and the Holy Catholic Church - the 700th anniversary comes up in 2006 - the Red Cross (better known as the Rosy Cross) took on a whole new meaning.
At first it became a clandestine symbol of Christians in opposition to the hegemony of the Catholic Church. (Don't you love Anne's big vocabulary? You should hear me on goats!)
Since then, the Red Cross with equal sides has stood for the following:
*Non-sectarian humanity for fellow human beings...
*Freedom from tyranny, either of a secular or religious nature.
The wholesale torture and murder of the Catholic Knights Templar on order of the pope marked the beginning of the whole Secret Society movement in Europe.
It's goal? Well, that depends on who you ask.
How about if we just simplify that answer to a simple statement:
"Freedom of the mind."
Support your local Red Cross. The mind you save may be your own.
Thanks to chris-aka-god at tripod for the Templar painting. Chris, if you're a bored god, welcome, welcome, welcome!
THE MERLIN OF BERKELEY SPRINGS