public service announcement

First, on Tuesday 10th Dec, yours truly defended his thesis at the university. Now I can’t share the link to it yet because there are sections of it I am not very proud of and I need to correct.

And thanks to my friend Brian, here is a Christmas message we heathens can all get behind

A church in California has blasphemed the Christian message by displaying an installation showing the Holy Family as refugees. Predictably, there have been objections on the grounds that modern immigrants murder people, quite unlike the Saviour who committed genocide only in His heart. The installation is apparently based on a bizarre misreading of Matthew 25 xxxv, which finds Jesus bragging about the rewards awaiting those sheep who pay tithes to His church and the punishments awaiting those goats who do not. Far from “thank[ing] those who fed him when he was a hungry refugee fleeing Bethlehem”, Jesus preached a violently exclusionary form of fundamentalist Judaism and seems to have taken a certain pride in His Old Testament namesake’s conferring of refugee status upon the Canaanite dogs. Famously, Jesus’ earthly parents were warned to flee to Egypt in anticipation of King Herod’s precautionary massacre of Hebrew infants; in His infinite mercy, the Saviour’s Father in heaven did not see fit to warn any other parents, but sat complacently by while Herod did his worst. Possibly the Jews were being punished in advance for choosing Barabbas; or perhaps God simply had better things to do than worry about women who lacked the foresight to get themselves knocked up by the Holy Spirit.

Related to this, I recently saw a meme where a guy is asking if god could advise Joseph and clan to run away from Herod, who are you to think you can fight all battles. Sometimes you need to run away from your problems.

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As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

37 thoughts on “public service announcement

  1. john zande says:

    Well done on the thesis!

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  2. jim- says:

    One of the tasks of the preacher is to correlate the Bible in useful application to today’s world. This post really nailed it. Some problems we may be better personally, not addressing. Fighting religion may be one of them… Rather than flee to Eqypt, I can do better than that.


  3. judyt54 says:

    yep, congratulations on the thesis. I’ve never had the joy of writing one, but I can appreciate the effort (and terror) involved…

    I think Christians have the idea of the Bible backwards, and instead of using it as a history lesson (of sorts) they use it as a guide to the way we should be living in the 21st century, which is right up there with insisting we should run our country on whale oil lamps and horse-and-oxen economies. The Amish do it, and the Quakers, and look how far it takes them…

    And you know, I have never once wanted to destroy my neighbor’s house and salt his fields? Not once.

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    • Barry says:

      Umm. Please check the facts before making incorrect statements. As far as I know, Quakers do not use whale oil lamps because it would be contrary to their testament to Stewardship (of the earth). Every Quaker I know uses electricity for lighting, as does their local meeting house. The same meeting house has a car park, and I have yet to see a horse and/or buggy parked there. It’s typically filled with fuel efficient forms of transport, including smaller modern cars, some being electric or hybrid models, and bicycles. For shorter distances, a great many Quakers will cycle or walk based on another Quaker testament of Simplicity. Quakers place no more authority in the Bible than they do in any other publication, be it ancient or modern.

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    • makagutu says:

      My dear, writing one can be terror but also enjoyable. Thank you so much.
      Once someone takes the Bible literally, you are in for trouble


  4. Great news on your thesis. On Dec 15th I’m defending my right to self-awarded Nobel Prizes from the Nobel Committee. They want me to stop hounding them to recognize my greatness, and I say, what’s a few crank phone calls and harassing whistles ‘n cat-calls between pals, eh. They need to just let me be.

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  5. rautakyy says:

    I do not understand the “idealism” behind the fear of refugees. Has it got something to do with the US holiday of thanksgiving based on a story of a bunch of refugees almost starving to death, while trying to cope in their new homeIand and a bunch of locals providing them food and help? Perversely, the thanks are not given to the people who actually helped, but to the imported invisible god, and the locals were subsequently annihilated. I do not think the lesson in that story is that the refugees will inevitably annihilate the locals, but that coexistance is ruined, if people do not recognize each other equally as humans on either side.

    It is not just the US religious nutters who have this problem. Here in Finland we have had a recent heated debate, wether or not we should bring back the wives and children of ISIS fighters from the Al-hol camp in Syria.

    It is like half of the Finnish nation has suddenly become a nation of cowards who fear a dozen subjucated women and their kids as some sort of security threat. These people are Finnish citizens, they are in obvious trouble, they were lured into a catastrophy by religious nonsense, none of them have been condemned of any terrorist acts and the universal law states that they are not guilty of any such untill they have. We have an obligation to protect the children from harm according to the UN resolution Finland has ratified and holding parents and children together is a natural part of that, unless it is firmly established, that the parents are causing a direct harm to their own children. As Finnish citizens they have the right to access Finland now and in the foreseeable future. If they are not helped now, they may well become an actual security threat. I do not understand what are we waiting for? For them to die out in the camp? Not getting them from there is a crime, not only against the silly women who fell for a hoax and their innocent kids, but also against the poor Kurds who guard the camp. The fact that the Kurds had to fight the ISIS and did so on behalf of us, does not mean they agreed to hold on to these women and children in these abominable conditions indefenetly.

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    • maryplumbago says:

      The world has gone mad


    • Barry says:

      It doesn’t matter what point in history you look at, or whether the new arrivals were/are refugees or settlers, the simple fact that they are “not us” is enough in the minds of many to want to exclude them.

      Skin colour is an obvious hook to hang prejudice on, but if that’s not available then there’s language, customs, religion, even dress or economic practices that can be used as substitutes. There are even villages that will treat new residents as outsiders for generations even though they came from another village only half an hour away.

      I don’t know whether it’s due to nature or nurture, or a combination of both, but it seems to be part of the human condition to be suspicious of “other”. In prehistory, such suspicion may have been beneficial to the survival of the group. Unfortunately too many people still cling to that mentality whereby it does more harm than good..


      • makagutu says:

        Funny thing, it used not to be this way among my people. Strangers have been bequeathed land so they could earn a living. It is changes in property rights that changed everything.


    • makagutu says:

      I think half of Finnish population has gone bananas. The other half will be dragged there if they are not careful.
      In some places, there are claims that immigrants are taking away jobs. In others, ridiculous claims such as that refugees will kill them( you ask how) and other crazy excuses.


  6. renudepride says:

    Congratulations on getting your thesis behind you! 🙂 Mark that task complete! Naked hugs!


  7. maryplumbago says:

    Congratulations….thesis?….you must be so young😜
    I enjoyed the read.


  8. Barry says:

    Congratulations on your thesis. I never got that far in person, but as my daughter has a doctorate, I claim that it was because of the way she was raised. So at least some of the credit (and I claim a large portion) is directly attributable to me 🙂


  9. basenjibrian says:

    Can you share (you may have in the past) the title and theme of the thesis?



  10. basenjibrian says:

    I do love Philip (the Curmudgeon) His writing reminds me a bit of our very own John Z, albeit with the uniquely British twist of language!


  11. Mordanicus says:

    Well, good job with your thesis and may you quickly make the required corrections!


  12. jilldennison says:

    Congratulations on your thesis! I have yet to finish mine, and at this point it seems unlikely that I ever will! Good job!


  13. Swarn Gill says:

    Congratulations mak! With your brains, I’m sure you bowled them over!


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