Thought they were Scientologists at first:
Archive for the ‘religion’ Category
Ginger and Mary Ann Hand Out Free Bibles – All Along the Watchtower at the Powell Street Cable Car TurnaroundMonday, February 23rd, 2015
Leaving San Francisco’s Unconstitutional Church Parking Policy Aside, This Isn’t How You Should Park on Bush StreetFriday, 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:
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…
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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.
“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:
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.
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:
But should it be on government land today?
“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.”
I guess I knew this.
Or maybe, the term Xmas is sacrilege?
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.
Better Know Your Middle Richmond District: The All-Brick “First Slavic Baptist Church” at 1300 Balboa Near Park PresidioTuesday, 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.
Sacrilicious! Homeless Man Rudely Discards a King James on Grove Street – You Won’t Believe What Happened NextTuesday, April 8th, 2014
Here’s your bible story and there it is, having been thrown onto a crosswalk of Grove by a homeless person about 30 seconds earlier:
But lo, a passing jogger picked up the bible and put it back from whence it came, on top of a garbage bin:
The whole transaction from bin to street to bin took about a minute.
This has been Sacrilicious! Homeless Man Rudely Discards a King James on Grove Street – You Won’t Believe What Happened Next
Harsh! San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone Says No Communion for Unworthy Catholic PoliticiansFriday, April 4th, 2014
Apropos of something I don’t know, Archie Cordielone GOES OFF on the topic of whether Catholic politicians* should be allowed to receive Communion if they dissent from Church teachings. Check it:
“Archbishop Cordileone of the Archdiocese of San Francisco speaks with LifeSiteNews.com regarding the worthiness of a Catholic (politician) to receive Holy Communion who goes against Church teaching on life and family issues. Recorded in Sacramento California March 26, 2014″
*And non-politicians as well, one supposes. Anybody, really.