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Apr 21, 201601:56 PMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Demanding a safe zone from the Golden Rule and noodle salad

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Blaska’s Blogge: safe space for the politically incorrect.

If there was any doubt, the Middleton High School foofaraw over the Jesus Lunch is chapter and verse that white Christians are the one group against which it remains politically acceptable to discriminate.

Parents bring food over the lunch hour, a prayer is said, and a biblical verse is read. That’s the Jesus Lunch. The horror!

A young man got his picture on page one of the morning newspaper by mounting a picnic table — in the heroic posture of Sally Field in Norma Rae, or Vladimir Lenin at the ramparts — to excoriate fellow students who choose to participate in the lunches. This 18-year-old has a bright future as a rouser of rabble.

The original Jesus Lunch was also voluntary

Joshua may well think of himself as today’s Mario Savio, except that the first one demanded free speech on campus. This one opposes that speech and its concomitant free exercise of religion. Remember the First Amendment, anyone? It prohibits the state from imposing an official religion and guarantees the free practice of one’s own choosing.

The lunches are not held on campus but at an adjacent city park in a park shelter reserved for the purpose with all required paperwork.

The archives here at the Stately Manor record a long-ago time when students protested Jim Crow racism. Middleton’s new Savio and his allies on the Left are fighting noodle salad and bible verses.

Joshua describes himself as an atheist of Jewish extraction. But more germanely, the fellow is now a Victim and, dammit, he wants his safe space, which, apparently, extends several blocks beyond the high school. Ever since these damnable lunches began, he explains, he has had “to defend myself and explain myself so many times this week. … They are always white, Christian people.”

When can we be safe from having to explain ourselves if not in a public high school?

MacIver News Service has “footage” (when it was tape and before that, film).

“This lunch has made the atmosphere at school intimidating and unsafe,” says a woman who was described as a rabbi.

Like ants at a picnic, Freedom From Religion piled on. They damned the lunches for “opportunistically luring minors to their event with food in order to promote their personal religious views.” Anti-Christians have been saying that since the Sermon on the Mount and the fishes and the loaves.

Young people today are being lured by meth, heroin, and ecstasy. But cupcakes and coleslaw are a threat to the perpetually aggrieved. Public officials are urging greater parental involvement but not within sight of school buildings, apparently. Especially not when they quote a long-ago Middle Easterner who preached “Love they neighbor as thyself.” 

There was a time when liberals preached tolerance for other views and celebrated multiculturalism. Had it been a Muhammad Lunch, it would have been celebrated. The Jesus Lunch isn’t even tolerated.

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Apr 21, 2016 02:36 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I can't wait for Blaska and his motorcycle pals to show up at Jesus Lunch next week to officially turn that circus into a genuine three-ringer.

Apr 21, 2016 07:58 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Waiting for the day that Sharia law brings people like young Joshua to heel. Europe first and then America. America's next generations of men will be feminized and will not fight for anything. Female soldiers and house dads. A winning combination.

Apr 21, 2016 08:13 pm
 Posted by  AnonyBob

Oh Dave, you Poor White Oppressed Christian. One would almost think you were some oppressed minority, furtively meeting behind closed doors, fearful of the authorities finding out about your conclaves.
When I was in high school in small town Wisconsin we'd have assemblies in the gym with some touring rock group. We were all encouraged by the hot blonde babe singer to come to the regular show that evening. When we did, I was shocked to find I was being proselytized to accept Jesus. The hot babe! What a bait and switch! I was embittered, and it largely made me the cynic I am today. I figured out at a tender age religion should have no place in a publicly funded school. Dave, don't you remember peer pressure? Or being lured by food as an appetite-never-sated adolescent? It sucks.
Just wait until your helpful Jesus moms give food poisoning to a bunch of students from a mayonnaise noodle salad on a warm day. That's why the school doesn't like it. You want a community to help shape the souls of our youths? Go to church. It's not complicated. It's the 1st amendment you're fighting.

Apr 22, 2016 07:38 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Dave:

I caught a typo that you should correct: "Blaska’s Blogge: safe space for the incorrect".

Apr 22, 2016 07:42 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Question asked:

Pardon us, but if Wisconsinites aren’t in charge of what it means to be a Wisconsinite, who is?

Answer: ALEC, Charles and David.

Are you using your pastafarian headgear to drain those noodles?

Apr 22, 2016 09:51 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

If only there was a place to pray and reflect on Jesus' teachings within easy walking distance of a school, they wouldn't have to resort to such proselytizing! If only!!!

Apr 22, 2016 10:02 am
 Posted by  David Blaska

I figured some kind of trauma was responsible for Annoying Bob's mental state but would have thought it to be something more serious than a fleeting brush with people of religious faith. Mr. Bob wants his own pity party because, gosh darn it! he's a Victim, too! Poor baby.

Bob asks (at APR 21, 2016 08:13 PM) whether the Squire remembers peer pressure as a teenager. Yes, he does. Peer pressure to drive too fast, drink too much, make predatory sexual conquests. Don't remember too much peer pressure to pray. Guess I was just lucky.

Unwittingly, Mr. Bob personifies today's liberal-progressive-socialist intolerance for people making other choices. (They must have been coerced! Tricked! Fooled!) Next up on the Annoying Man's agenda: a Federal ban on mayonnaise.

Apr 22, 2016 10:12 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Dave,

Are you sure there is noodle salad that is present at these events? Are you sure it's not coleslaw or fruit salad? I draw the line at mayo infused salads. Especially on a hot day!

Also, have you considered starting up a Mohammad lunch or a Muslim tolerance lunch event in that same park maybe the next day yourself? Probably not. Lots of complaining and no doing! Just like the rest of the Republican party. Trump is not what you wanted but he's definitely what you deserve.

Apr 22, 2016 10:24 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Matthew 6: 5-6

Apr 22, 2016 10:27 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Oh, come on, Dave. Organized religion is not above using peer pressure and coercion to achieve results. It's in the freaking handbook! If you don't do what god says, you're going to burn in hell. If you do what he says you'll be rewarded with an eternity of bliss in heaven. Oh, you don't have faith, a personal relationship with Jesus, feel god in your heart? That's because you're not worshipping with the rest of us on Sunday. You don't know what you're missing! A life without god in it is incomplete, so come on down to the church and join in our fellowship to see what it's all about. We'll have cookies and coffee afterward!

As an atheist I've experienced this kind of condescension my entire life. That the religious know something I clearly don't. That I'm missing out. If only I'd embrace god I'd see the light. Blah, blah, blah. I've actually read the Bible, cover to cover, unlike a lot of supposed Christians. It's an extremely inconsistent work of fiction. The only proof it offers as to the validity of its claims is ... itself! Thanks, but I'll pass.

If you don't think the religious are coercive and use peer pressure in an effort to recruit new members, then you're either a fool or a liar.

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Raised on a farm near Sun Prairie, David Blaska is a recovering liberal who spent 18 years in daily newspapers, including 12 at The Capital Times in Madison as a reporter and editor. He served Gov. Tommy Thompson as acting press secretary in 1998 and is a veteran and survivor of 19 years in state government. He served 12 years on the Dane County Board of Supervisors. From December 2007 to November 2011 he wrote the consistently popular "Blaska's Blog" for Isthmus online's "The Daily Page" until, he says, the intolerant liberals ran him off. He blogs from Madison.

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