I wear a big
on my lapel,
“I got this button for free.
Ask me how!”
And if you
& inquire about it,
I will tell you all
that fateful day
when I found it in
the trash.It’s nothing I am proud of — t r e f o l o g y
• At one time, actors and theaters were regarded as sinful. After an actor named George Holland died, the great 19th-century actor Joseph Jefferson went to a church in New York to arrange for a funeral, but the clergyman told him that actors could not have funerals in that church; however, he did say that “a little church around the corner” was willing to hold funerals for actors. “The Little Church Around the Corner” is the Church of the Transfiguration, located on East Twenty-ninth Street. The critic Edward Wagenknecht says that it is “a living testimonial against bigotry and a living protest against the tendency to regard human beings as members of groups rather than as themselves.”
• “Shoeless Joe” Jackson was tossed out of professional baseball after the 1919 Black Sox scandal, when he was charged with helping the Black Sox throw the World Series, although he batted .375 in the series. This disgrace stayed with him for the rest of his life. Back home in South Carolina, he and his wife, Katie, offered to buy an organ for the Brandon Methodist Church they attended, but the church turned down the money on account of the scandal, despite having accepted tithes from the couple for many years. Therefore, “Shoeless Joe” and Katie began attending the Brandon Baptist Church and bought it an organ.
• In 1928, Tom Connally and Earle B. Mayfield ran against each other in a campaign to be elected to the United States Senate. The Ku Klux Klan, which was powerful in Texas in those days and which supported Mr. Mayfield, started rumors that in San Antonio Mr. Connally’s daughter was attending a Catholic convent school. In addition to calling the KKK “un-American and devil-possessed,” Mr. Connally showed that the KKK were liars by taking his only child, a son, to his political rallies, where he introduced him by saying, “Now, folks, this is my daughter, who is attending a Catholic convent school for girls in San Antonio.”
• Hung-jen, the Fifth Patriarch, met Hui-Neng, who was to become the Sixth Patriarch and who wanted to study with Hung-jen. The Fifth Patriarch asked, “Who are you, where are you from, and what do you want?” The Sixth Patriarch-to-be answered, “I am a commoner, I come from the south, and I have come here to become a Buddha.” The Fifth Patriarch decided to test him by asking, “How can a southerner and a barbarian ever become a Buddha?” The Sixth Patriarch-to-be replied, “The Buddha-nature knows of no north or south, no monk or barbarian.”
• When Muriel, a lesbian, was in high school, her first close friend was a girl named Millie. After Millie was missing for a couple of days, Muriel discovered that she was absent from school because of a Jewish holiday. Muriel had not realized that Millie was Jewish before, and that got her thinking about all the things that ignorant people say about people of other races, religions, or creeds. She felt that Millie was just like her, with many ideas in common, so she lost her prejudice fast.
• Some Puritans absolutely despised the Native Americans, even though the Native Americans had helped the earliest European immigrants survive in the new land. Cotton Mather, a prominent Puritan preacher, told his congregation that it was “the duty of good Christians to exterminate” the Native Americans. In addition to fighting the Native Americans, the Puritans occasionally captured some Native Americans and sold them into slavery.
• During the Jim Crow days, a black couple wanted to move into a white-only neighborhood. Hearing this, an outraged Catholic wrote a petition to keep the black couple out, and he asked his next-door neighbor, a Protestant, to sign it. The Protestant, however, declined to sign the petition. Puzzled, the Catholic asked why. The Protestant replied, “Petitions don’t work. Ten years ago, I signed a petition to keep you from moving into the neighborhood.”
• A black man went to a “whites only” church and was turned away at the door and told to go to the black church and pray to God there. The black man went back to the white church the following Sunday and said, “I took your advice. I prayed to God and He told me not to feel bad that I had been kept out of your church — He said that He’s been trying to get into your church for years, and He hasn’t made it yet.”
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