Sunday, July 04, 2010

Feast of St. Independence Day

St. Independence Day was born on July 4, 1776, in the city of Philadelphia in the British colony of Pennsylvania, or "Penn's Woods," and then again on January 14, 1784, in the city of Philadelphia in the state of Pennsylvania in the newly-formed United States of America.

Also known as "Uncle Sam," St. Independence Day had the amazing power of causing men to enlist in the U.S. military merely by pointing at them. His charism of salesmanship enabled him to sell hot dogs, baseball, beer, and Grateful Dead records.

At the age of 18, young Mr. Day, who had an almost unnatural hankering for apples, wandered about the countryside of the new nation, carrying apple seeds from his home state of Pennsylvania. He created nurseries in the wilderness so that his land-stealing countrymen would have sustenance as they cheated the indigenous people of their ancestral homelands. He negotiated disputes between pioneer settlers and shared his religious beliefs with anyone unlucky enough to get him started on the subject. He wore ragged clothing and a pot on his head, an image which became very popular with young people in the late 1960's and early 1970's, who, in homage to St. Independence Day, called themselves "pot heads." He also cut down many trees as possible in the areas of Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota, with the help of his Big Blue Ox, Babe. After his flirtation with the exciting and ruggedly manly world of the Lumberjack, he rode a tornado down to Pecos, Texas, spending a few years as a cowboy, using a cougar for a horse and harnessing the Rio Grande to water his ranch. He gave up the cowboy life to become a steel-drivin' man. During the early years of the Twenty-first century, he was waterboarded and tortured by members of the Bush administration, but has managed, barely, to survive.

St. Independence Day's contributions to theology are, firstly, the concept that God created the United States of America as a Christian nation to spread the gospel, first throughout the central continent of North America by the means of Manifest Destiny, and then throughout the world as a side-effect of imperial wars, and secondly, the Prosperity Gospel in which God rains cash, cars, and big houses upon those who roll on the floor and swing from the drapes in a spittle-flecked ecstatic state while proof-texting Bible verses. Amazingly, this theology is quite popular amongst the FOCAs.

The Feast of St. Independence Day is celebrated by watching parades, blowing things up, and eating as many hot dogs as possible within a two-minute period.


Penelopepiscopal said...

Huh. I didn't know that about the pot heads. Thanks!

susan s. said...

Mike, I have been depressed for at least a week and was wondering why. Now I realize why.

Tengrain said...

St. I. Day saved us all from French-Mexicans wielding Chinese Firecrackers, for us to have the right to eat pork-byproducts cooked over a fire, as intended.



Fran Langum / Blue Gal said...

Funny, but Sarah Palin believes every word.

Jane R said...

Is that one going to be in your book?

Word verification: uplialis. I'm going to let you comment on that one.

it's margaret said...

Glory glory alleluiahhhhh!!!! Damn straight Padre. Glad you lernt sumpin in school.

my wv: umpers
kid you not.

those indyan umpers want theys land back... damn umpers.... give 'em an inch....

and I misspelt umpers, somehow, in my excitement, and now my word is clukupp...

I better stop.

Marshall Scott said...

Goodness, Miguelito! How apt.

Of course, you passed over St. Day's temptation in the wilderness by the nobility - robber barons, the paladins of industry, and even the Sultan of Swat!

Jane R said...

Word verification: ercro. That is all.

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