Do Jehovah’s Witnesses think their religion is embarassing?

It’s a running joke among those who know me that I apparently give off a vibe of being in dire need of salvation, because proselytizers are drawn to me like flies to candy. I have been approached – unsolicited – by people who wanted to share the Good News with me about Pentecostalism, Catholicism, Mormonism, Islam, Bahá’í, Buddhism, and Scientology (though, admittedly, the last one was in a grey area with whether it was really unsolicited or not), among others. And I’m not just talking about being approached at the usual places, like bus stops, or knocking on my door on a Sunday; one dude actually walked right in to a private hotel in Barbados, right past the security guards, right up to pool side and sat on the deck chair next to me to talk about Mormonism – completely unsolicited – with me sitting there with my shirt off and a shandy (beer & lemonade) in my hand, impressed enough by his stones to at least give him a listen. It happened so often I used to keep a stack of Awake! and The Watchtower magazines, in such perfect sequential order that you’d think I had a subscription (sadly not anymore; the elderly lady who used to be my pusher passed away several years ago). Continue reading

Julius Csotonyi’s Book Finally Available & It’s Gorgeous!

Julius Csotonyi’s book, The Paleoart of Julius Csotonyi is finally available. You’ll remember Julius Csotonyi as the talented artist behind the Royal Canadian Mint’s set of Prehistoric Creatures coins, the latest of which is the Tiktaalik coin. I got my copy  of the book today and it is gorgeous – beautiful … Continue reading

Could Jesus Write In Klingon?

Pope Francis has been traipsing around in the general vicinity of the birthplace of his religion, praying here and there and doing his best to promote peace between the Israelis and Palestinians. This won’t go anywhere (you heard it here first!) but seems like a relatively harmless way for Francis … Continue reading

Separation of Church & State in Canada

It’s true that Canada does not have an explicit statement about separation of church and state in its constitution like the United States does and it’s true that some of our provinces do annoying church-y things like fund Catholic school boards. However, we don’t really care about the religious life … Continue reading

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