Thursday, March 29, 2012

Split personality

I'm confused by this post card: not sure which side I'm to believe.
This one, promising a fun, casual experience, with free babysitting?
 Or this one, promising war and a battle for [my] eternity
Two sides of the same postcard.  If I go, I'm really not sure how to dress: camo or casual?

Perhaps it will be a guerilla attack: lulled into a false sense of security, rocking to the music, and then in swoop the battle troops, to carry us off. Sort of like this episode:

A church pastor in Pennsylvania could face felony charges for staging a fake kidnapping of youth group students in order to teach them about religious persecution.Teenagers at the Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church in Middletown, Pa., were surprised when they attended a youth group meeting at the church on March 21 and were ambushed by what seemed to be real kidnappers.
Adults, including an off-duty cop, brandished weapons and put bags over the heads of the children, ages 13 through 18, and forced them into a church van. The group was driven to the home of an assistant pastor, who was presented before the group with a seemingly bloodied and bruised face, according to Dauphin County District Attorney Fran Chardo.
One of the adults used a real AK-47, though the gun was unloaded, Chardo said.

According to one report I read, the pastor [the motorcycle-riding churchleader John Lanza] is still planning more of these little events. He's just going to be sure to get permission slips from parents first. Not the kids who are going to be kidnapped, just their parents.

“I would find a way that we could continue to keep the shock value, but I would find a way to inform the parents” ahead of time, the pastor said.

I'm not sure what difference it makes that the pastor rides a motorcycle, but the article's author apparently found it noteworthy. Maybe to show us what a 'regular' guy this pastor is.

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