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Jim Lane Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-17-08 03:29 AM
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27. Adding a chat with St. Peter about that war stuff
I was wondering what to do for my 1,000th post, and you provided the perfect thread for it.

This is an excerpt from the novel Jurgen (A Comedy of Justice), by James Branch Cabell. The protagonist, Jurgen, is visiting in Heaven, chatting with St. Peter. Jurgen asks the saint to explain a term he has just used:

"One thing I did not understand, sir: and that was when you spoke
just now of the War Roof."

"It is a stone roof, made of the two tablets handed down at Sinai,
which God fits over Earth whenever men go to war. For He is
merciful: and many of us here remember that once upon a time we were
men and women. So when men go to war God screens the sight of what
they do, because He wishes to be merciful to us."

"That must prevent, however, the ascent of all prayers that are made
in war-time."

"Why, but, of course, that is the roof's secondary purpose," replied
St. Peter. "What else would you expect when the Master's teachings
are being flouted? Rumors get through, though, somehow, and horribly
preposterous rumors. For instance, I have actually heard that in
war-time prayers are put up to the Lord God to back His favorites
and take part in the murdering. Not," said the good Saint, in haste,
"that I would believe even a Christian bishop to be capable of such
blasphemy: I merely want to show you, Jurgen, what wild stories get

(Mods, don't worry about an overlong quotation. The novel is in the public domain and I pulled this excerpt from the full text on Project Gutenberg.)
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  -Memo From a Pissed-Off God NanceGreggs  Aug-16-08 11:04 PM   #0 
  - Great stuff! Just wish the Good Guys could get more air time after watching tonight. K&R! nt  ThruTheLookingGlass   Aug-16-08 11:08 PM   #1 
  - LOL! You tell 'em, God!  shireen   Aug-16-08 11:09 PM   #2 
  - Cheers to a prolific and aspirational/inspirational week of posts. n/t  DCKit   Aug-16-08 11:10 PM   #3 
  - Amen.  The Traveler   Aug-16-08 11:10 PM   #4 
  - well put May I borrow it? nt  yellowdogintexas   Aug-16-08 11:10 PM   #5 
  - Borrow away!  NanceGreggs   Aug-16-08 11:19 PM   #9 
     - Thanks, I have many friends who will appreciate the sentiments nt  yellowdogintexas   Aug-16-08 11:22 PM   #11 
  - Right on! This stuff used to be considered part of the Judeo Christian ethic.  Snarkoleptic   Aug-16-08 11:11 PM   #6 
  - It still is  RedLetterRev   Aug-17-08 06:55 PM   #54 
  - Damnation! This could be one of your best yet.  panader0   Aug-16-08 11:13 PM   #7 
  - Good God you are back.  rwheeler31   Aug-16-08 11:16 PM   #8 
  - Damn, you're good!  nancyr   Aug-16-08 11:20 PM   #10 
  - I'm humbled and honored to Recommend this, God! I know you won't forget. :-) nt  gateley   Aug-16-08 11:23 PM   #12 
  - OMG!  Usrename   Aug-16-08 11:32 PM   #13 
  - You go girl !!!  discerning christian   Aug-16-08 11:41 PM   #14 
  - Dear God...  rasputin1952   Aug-16-08 11:52 PM   #15 
  - Yeah, but does he REALLY sound like George Burns?  DFW   Aug-16-08 11:55 PM   #16 
  - I've always imagined Him sounding ...  NanceGreggs   Aug-17-08 12:07 AM   #17 
     - BWHAHAHAHA!  liberaltrucker   Aug-17-08 12:40 AM   #22 
     - You forgot Sam Kinison (NT)  The Wizard   Aug-17-08 09:40 AM   #37 
     - Now you've got me thinking........  DFW   Aug-17-08 12:33 PM   #43 
     - bwahahahahah  pipi_k   Aug-17-08 02:45 PM   #46 
     - I want to read Nance Greggs in NATIONAL NEWSPAPERS!!  nikto   Aug-17-08 06:45 PM   #52 
        - ELLEN RIPLEY gives instructions to Progressives regarding what to do about Konservatives...  nikto   Aug-17-08 06:49 PM   #53 
  - You tell 'em God, I mean, NanceGreggs.  Tindalos   Aug-17-08 12:20 AM   #18 
  - A keeper. Saved to Word(Microsoft, that is)  liberaltrucker   Aug-17-08 12:25 AM   #19 
  - As usual, just added to the greatest of all time Nance stuff.....  northofdenali   Aug-17-08 12:26 AM   #20 
  - I always KNEW God was a woman. Huh. K & R n/t  Triana   Aug-17-08 12:29 AM   #21 
  - Well, this toon always gets a great response like your excellent posts.  Ichingcarpenter   Aug-17-08 12:41 AM   #23 
  - BushCo and the neocons have cheapened God.  Hubert Flottz   Aug-17-08 01:29 AM   #24 
  - Thank you, Nance!  madmax   Aug-17-08 02:17 AM   #25 
  - Big Daddy speaks, for himself and Junior,  bleever   Aug-17-08 02:25 AM   #26 
  - Adding a chat with St. Peter about that war stuff  Jim Lane   Aug-17-08 03:29 AM   #27 
  - !!!  Swamp Rat   Aug-17-08 03:32 AM   #28 
  - Quit lecturing me god and go feed a kid in Africa.  Evoman   Aug-17-08 05:00 AM   #29 
  - Oh no, not your thing. Well, I guess since you're God and all, you can forgive yourself  greyhound1966   Aug-17-08 05:07 AM   #30 
  - !  Blue State Native   Aug-18-08 09:00 AM   #59 
  - Nominated.  H2O Man   Aug-17-08 05:15 AM   #31 
  - Please send my regards to Ceiling Cat.  yibbehobba   Aug-17-08 05:22 AM   #32 
  - ## PLEASE DONATE TO DEMOCRATIC UNDERGROUND! ##  DU GrovelBot   Aug-17-08 05:22 AM   #33 
  - Oh, NOW YOU'VE DONE IT. n/t  yibbehobba   Aug-17-08 05:22 AM   #34 
  - How did you get into my head Nance?  shadowknows69   Aug-17-08 08:14 AM   #35 
  - Good one Nance nt  WIllo   Aug-17-08 08:45 AM   #36 
  - Saving for a later read.  jwirr   Aug-17-08 09:46 AM   #38 
  - NanceGreggs  Diclotican   Aug-17-08 10:00 AM   #39 
  - Yet more Jethro Tull goodness  FKA MNChimpH8R   Aug-17-08 10:17 AM   #40 
  - My Favorite  lilyannerose   Aug-17-08 12:15 PM   #41 
  - YAY  Joanne98   Aug-17-08 12:19 PM   #42 
  - That was funny. Even to a non-believer.  bertman   Aug-17-08 01:37 PM   #44 
  - Dear God,  quidam56   Aug-17-08 02:14 PM   #45 
  - Go fuck yourself, God. If I believed in you (which I don't), I'd ask WTF  katandmoon   Aug-17-08 03:09 PM   #47 
  - If you do it in a George Carlin voice, it's even funnier. n/t  donco6   Aug-17-08 03:15 PM   #48 
  - May I just say  madamesilverspurs   Aug-17-08 04:05 PM   #49 
  - Send that to all those people who send you the crap emails  liberal N proud   Aug-17-08 04:37 PM   #50 
  - god was very, very good to you! (hear garret morris )  ladywnch   Aug-17-08 04:50 PM   #51 
  - uh oh this just in  grantcart   Aug-17-08 09:24 PM   #55 
  - Wow.  ladym55   Aug-17-08 10:46 PM   #56 
  - Damn. To late to recommend!!!! Gosh, I have run out of superlatives to describe your posts.  BrklynLiberal   Aug-18-08 07:39 AM   #57 
  - But, God, America serves Mammon not you anymore!  DailyGrind51   Aug-18-08 07:58 AM   #58 
  - Very Nice!  concreteblue   Aug-18-08 09:17 PM   #60 

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