Archive for the ‘religion’ Category

Gratuitous Window Pentagram, 94117 – The Giant Star of Clayton Street

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

I’m thinkin’ Wiccan, but I could be wrong.

Cf. the star-less window below:

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(Hey, Did you know that you can get a pentacle put on your tombstone at Arlington National Cemetery, you know, if you’re a Wiccan soldier?


News to me!)

Anyway, some tenant did an art project in the bustling Haight Ashbury, so passersby will be noticing it for the next hundred years prolly. This is a kind of immortality.

Merry part…

The Giant Church in Golden Gate Park: CHRIST EMBASSY, in Our Hall of FLowers – CHURCH, MEET STATE and STATE, MEET CHURCH

Monday, July 20th, 2015

Our iconic Hall of Flowers regularly becomes a House of God, apparently.

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I guess they were they highest bidder? Did they need to hire a lobbyist, a fixer, an expediter, to get this deal through? I know not.

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The Soul is For Hire/
And They’ve Sold the Heart

Spot San Francisco’s (Former) Constitutional Violation, 1031 Feet Above Sea Level

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

This really stands out to me, perhaps it does to you as well:

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Of course it’s the giant cross atop Hill Davidson

Now I’ll ask you, does crime pay? Or did it pay back in aught-seven, when metal “recyclers” stole the hundred-something pound bronze plaque up there to sell for hundred-something dollars? IDK.

Anyway, some people are still mad how the cross and all that land up there got sold for just $26K in a sweetheart deal, but byegones.

I never understood how SFGov could have a cross up there when I first moved to town, but now it all seems kosher…

Ginger and Mary Ann Hand Out Free Bibles – All Along the Watchtower at the Powell Street Cable Car Turnaround

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Thought they were Scientologists at first:

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Houses of the Holy – What are These Stones from an 800-Year-Old Spanish National Monument Doing in Golden Gate Park?

Friday, February 6th, 2015

The answer is nothing much.

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All the deets here and here and here.

Here’s a stonemason’s mark, the cross you can see in the middle:

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This is sort of kind of what it looked like, back 800 years ago.

These stones shouldn’t just be sitting around Golden Gate Park, but that’s where they’ll stay…

Leaving San Francisco’s Unconstitutional Church Parking Policy Aside, This Isn’t How You Should Park on Bush Street

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

So fine, you have a church and SFGov lets you tell your attendees it’s OK to park on the street out front.

Because this policy is unconstitutional, the SFMTA can’t lay down any official rules to the game. But I can.

So, when you’re completely filling up an entire city block with cars, you churches ought to leave the spaces near crosswalks empty.

You see, this kind of a thing here is a problem:

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So, keep your cars at least 30 feet away from any crosswalk, how’s that for a rule?

Oh, what’s that, you don’t care? Well, OK. But following this rule would be the Christian thing to do, right, Christian?

How Would Jesus Park? Well, He wouldn’t double park so close to a crosswalk, that’s for sure…


UPDATE: The Quasi-Unconstitutional Prayer Book Cross is STILL on Public Land in Golden Gate Park

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

Our four-star Yelp-rated Prayer Book Cross doesn’t really belong on public land.

Here’s a repost from 2009. I haven’t kept up on things, but I don’t think much has changed. It’ll take somebody to sue SFGov to have a chance to change this situation, the way things happened with the big cross atop Mt. Davidson.

Just look at this monstrous cross, complete with rune grafitti, on govmint land in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park:

“The Prayer Book Cross was erected in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park in 1894 as a gift from the Church of England. Created by Ernest Coxhead, it stands on one of the higher points in Golden Gate Park. It is located between John F. Kennedy Drive and Park Presidio Drive, near Cross Over Drive. This 57 ft (17 m) sandstone cross commemorates the first use of the Book of Common Prayer in California by Sir Francis Drake’s chaplain on June 24, 1579.”

Didn’t the City have to sell off the similar Mount Davidson Cross (Yelp-rated) after a lawsuit back in the 1990s? Yes it did.  So, do you think the Prayer Book Cross creates an “appearance of governmental endorsement of religion” as well, particularly considering that we’re living in a post-Everson world?

Do these trees help to make this cross kosher, cause fewer people see it? Potentially, yes. Click to expand:

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In other words, does the City’s ownership and maintenance of Prayer Book Cross violate the No Preference Clause and the Ban on Aid to Religion Clause of the California Constitution and the Establishment Clause of the United States Constitution?

Or maybe it’s all good, because the  cross communicates “primarily non-religious messages” ala the shorter Mount Soledad Cross down in Fun Diego County? This is a close call.

Read all about the Mount Davidson case here, where the  United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit lays down the law. It’s pretty accessible.

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You see it on the right here, as seen back in the day, during the California Midwinter International Exposition of 1894. Electric Tower at Night, with Search Light on Prayer Book Cross in Golden Gate Park:

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The PB cross was a big deal back in the 1800’s, even making the New York Times.

But should it be on government land today?

Just asking…

Presented to Golden Gate Park at the opening of the Midwinter Fair, January 1, A. D. 1894, as a memorial of the service held on the shore of Drake’s Bay about Saint John Baptist’s Day, June 24, Anno Domini 1579, by Francis Fletcher, priest of the Church of England, chaplain of Sir Francis Drake, chronicler of the service. Gift of George W. Childs, Esquire, of Philadelphia. First Christian service in the English tongue on our coast. First use of the Book of Common Prayer in our country. One of the first recorded missionary prayers on our continent. Soli Deo sit semper gloria.”

Update from TV-Land: “DID YOU KNOW the ‘X’ in ‘Xmas’ symbolically represents Christ?”

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

I guess I knew this.

Or maybe, the term Xmas is sacrilege?

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One or the other.

Gee, thanks cable TV! I don’t know how I lived without you the past year, and the year prior, and the year prior, and so on.

The More You Know…

Better Know Your Middle Richmond District: The All-Brick “First Slavic Baptist Church” at 1300 Balboa Near Park Presidio

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Oh, so that’s what that is:

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A not very Richmond District-looking building…

St. Dominic’s Welcomes Lapsed Catholics: The Landings Program – We Are Poor Little Lambs Who’ve Lost Our Way, Baa! Baa! Baa!

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

As seen in the Western Addition:

Landings they call it.