Eid Mubarak to all our Muslim readers! Eid al-Fitr is the holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. As for the Jews, happy Rosh Chodesh Elul! Uhm, that means that it’s the beginning of the Jewish month of Elul which is a time of repentance in preparation for the High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Sweet, right? Well… to get to this point, the Muslims had to fast all day for a whole month. That can’t be fun, right? And Elul is all holy and stuff but repentance is kind of a downer as we contemplate all the different ways we suck.
Is there a solution to all this no-fun business? Republican Presidential candidate and current Governor of Texas Rick Perry is reading a book that may very well be able to help. Titled Turning the Tide, this work by Baptist Pastor Charles Stanley basically promotes the notion that Jews and Christians have to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and savior and that it is incumbent upon all Christians to hasten this process. Choice quotes include “Pray for God’s protection against terrorism and ask that Muslims throughout the world will come to know Jesus as their Savior” and “May the people of Israel acknowledge their guilt, seek Your face, and accept Your Son – the Messiah.”
See, if we all became Christians, we wouldn’t have to do as much fasting and repenting. I mean Muslims have to buy a goat for Eid – I’d rather have an iPad, no? And this whole self-reflection of Elul – haven’t the Jews suffered enough?? Do we really need more guilt? And have you seen how much synagogue memberships cost these days? Jeepers!
Don’t you just love Presidential election campaigns?