Welcome to "The Gods Are Bored," reassuring bland blather in a topsy-turvy world! Think of us as as a comfy McDonald's at a rest stop on the turnpike of life. You want to super-size that?
Lots of people were steamed when President Obama (still loves it) invited Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at the inauguration. We all know why President O did it. Gotta try to woo the Christian fringe that thinks Obama's either a communist or a Muslim, or both. (This is a mighty small fringe, I hope, but it is out there.)
Sometimes things work out better than you hope. Warren's invocation was blander than the blandest post ever churned out by the staff of "The Gods Are Bored." In contrast, the benediction offered by Joseph Lowery just crackled with righteous flame. Practically a smackdown of Mr. Purpose Driven Life, and certainly an uplifting moment no matter what religion you choose to follow.
Needless to say, President Obama did not include Pagans in his shout-out to all the different races, faiths, and sexual identities out there. Does that mean that Pagans don't have to pay federal taxes? I don't think I'm going to take a chance on that one.
I've lived to see the day when an African American man sits in the White House. I hope I live to see the day when the swearing-in of a new president eschews the Bible and the "so help me God" because Pagans have become numerous enough to command attention and respect.
If I live to see the day when a Druid offers the benediction at a presidential inauguration, I will hate to die, because the nation will truly be an interesting place.
I'm Anne Johnson, and I approve this message.