Sneaking, Watching, Drinking, Watching

I’m sneaking in here while at work. I’m at the front desk on phone duty and there hasn’t been a call since I arrived. That makes sense, of course, because this hotel will not open until the 7th of next month. It’s been a long wait for the opening and I’ll honestly be relieved when we can all start working the jobs we were hired for. I’m not looking forward as much to being the manager on duty for the weekend we open, but I’ll survive the potential flood of guest problems.

Well, I suppose it’d be proper to update you on the very thrilling life I lead. Which is to say that I’ll tell you I went to see a movie last night, the only thing of note. I saw Broken Flowers, a rather enjoyable film that, despite a rather bleak theme of a life lacking meaning, was one of the most entertaining films I’ve seen in a while. Bill Murray is in a mode much like his role in Lost in Translation, so that may be an indicator of how you’ll find it (I personally liked that one a lot).

I’ve been drinking plenty of chai tonight. That stuff’s bloody great. Aside from the gingerbread tea I fell in love with over the holidays, it’s my favourite tea for taste. There are coffee makers here but no coffee yet, so I’ve been using the boiling water dispensers to steep my tea. I’m sure the 24-hour coffee in the lobby will come in handy once this lovely hotel opens.

To continue with the theme of warning of the dangers of Evangelism, I have an article to share that Gaby pointed me to. “Grooming Politicians for Christ” details one initiative by a televangelist that is attempting to mold future politicians to look to their angry God for guidance instead of looking to voters. One seminar leader notably said at a meeting, “Thank you, Lord, for these students. Build them up as your warriors and your ambassadors on Capitol Hill.” The use of the word warriors is telling and chilling; there is an underlying element of violence and coercion to this movement that we need to be wary of.

Nearly every Monday for six months, as many as a dozen congressional aides — many of them aspiring politicians — have gathered over takeout dinners to mine the Bible for ancient wisdom on modern policy debates about tax rates, foreign aid, education, cloning and the Central American Free Trade Agreement.

They learn to view every vote as a religious duty, and to consider compromise a sin.
That puts them at the vanguard of a bold effort by evangelical conservatives to mold a new generation of leaders who will answer not to voters, but to God.

This increased religious zealotry, when coupled with the fascist-capitalism of the conservative movement is incredibly troubling and dangerous.

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