Anyway, Big Guy, they were debating a gun bill at a legislative committee meeting at the State Capitol this week so, naturally, Allen brought up religion. (In Arizona, complete lack of logic is natural. But, you know that, too) This was one of those crazy bills in which lawmakers want people to be able to bring concealed weapons into public buildings. Allen got upset because a few people expressed common sense opposition to the idea. Lawmakers here cannot abide common sense. Allen said, "Probably we should be debating a bill requiring every American to attend a church of their choice on Sunday to see if we can get back to having a moral rebirth," adding "that would never be allowed."Yes, the idea is fantastically stupid. But it's stupid because it would accelerate Satan's triumph even faster than the current light-speed onrushing. Tachyon time. Established churches are the quickest way to weaken religion. This was exactly why the 1776'ers didn't want a single established church. Centralized management is bad enough, giving Satan a nice handy single-lever faucet. A centralized church that ties into the centralized government is even worse. Required attendance is another nice easy tool. When members can choose to stay home, a bad or evil preacher causes the congregation to dissolve. Best of all, after the whole denomination shrinks to a handful of pure-Satan congregations, the denomination itself is no longer attractive to Satan. The whole purpose of infesting these mainline denominations was to grab their cultural and economic power. No economic power, no need to infest. Automatic justice, beatifully** visible in all the "mainline" denominations where Satan has taken over. Without the choice of staying or leaving, power-mad devils will invade every congregation and contaminate every mind. Stupid vs stupid. Sometimes this combination multiplies the resultant stupidity, but in this particular case the two stupids cancelled out, with no new harm. ** Serendipitous typo. I'm not going to correct it.
Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.