Thought for the day

"I just wonder what it would be like to be reincarnated in an animal whose species had been so reduced in numbers than it was in danger of extinction. What would be its feelings toward the human species whose population explosion had denied it somewhere to exist.... I must confess that I am tempted to ask for reincarnation as a particularly deadly virus." -- Prince Philip, in his Forward to "If I Were an Animal" - United Kingdom, Robin Clark Ltd., 1986.



"... Michael Price, co-owner of the Tied House restaurant in Philadelphia, agreed to allow two friends to use the restaurant premises for a 'discussion' on “whether Pennsylvania should be an explicitly Christian state”. There was an immediate backlash. Four employees quit in protest and there was a fall in the number of customers. 

"Price was surprised by the reaction. 'They just wanted to have a discussion,” he said of his friends’ plans, and “having grown up in America where we have free speech and exchange of ideas, it’s just my position people should be allowed to have an opinion without a backlash.' He seemed not to consider the possibility that what was really planned was part of a venture that, if successful, would greatly restrict or destroy free speech in a 'Christian' state of Pennsylvania. Both speakers shared the same beliefs, among which were the Bible is inerrant, gay people are 'pagans' spreading 'abominable messages', and there should be no separation of church and state. At present, most Pennsylvania politicians (and just about all the Republicans) are not willing to challenge such beliefs held by voting citizens of the state...">>