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4/22/11

HOW DARE YOU?!?

As you know, today is April 22nd.

Happy Earth Day.

The city of Idaho Falls is having their annual Earth Day celebration fair tomorrow at a local park.  There is going to be businesses doing giveaways, music, food, etc.  Fun will be had by all.

But wait.  It's Easter Weekend.

HOW DARE WE CELEBRATE EARTH DAY ON EASTER WEEKEND???

Do you remember my post on how this town completely shuts down on Sundays?  Well, apparently we are supposed to do the same thing for "The Holy Weekend."  Because today is both Earth Day and Good Friday, there is some conflict here, especially with the over-religious masses in town.

Seriously, you folks will protest anything...
Because the organization I work for is having a booth at the Earth Day festival, we get calls asking for info.  When does it start, is there an admission fee, what are you doing for giveaways, etc.  But I'd say one out of every 4 or 5 callers complains.

"Why are you having Earth Day on Easter Weekend?"

"You should move Earth Day.  Celebrate it next week."

Some are even calling it a pagan holiday.  Really?  REALLY?

Then again, this is the same town who refused to celebrate Independence Day on July 4th last year, because it fell on a Sunday.


The backstory there is one of the largest business owners and philanthropists in town is a devout Mormon.  His political influence in this town is almost endless.  I won't name the business here (because he'll find me and whack me, mobster-style) but even the town's local minor-league baseball stadium is named in his honor.

His business sponsors the local fireworks show.  He refused to do it on Sunday, and used his influence to try to pressure everyone into celebrating on Saturday.  Not just major businesses and fireworks shows.  Many shows last year were on a Saturday just because.  No, he tried to convince everyone to celebrate Saturday.  Have your barbeques, light off your own small fireworks, etc.on Saturday, to keep Sunday holy.

Sometimes this town just flat-out cracks me up.  Now, if you'll excuse me, I'll be celebrating my pagan holiday.
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27 witty retorts:

Zombie said...

Argh! These guys are so flipping stupid!! They protest anything and everything!!

The Simple Dude said...

I thought those types of towns only existed in the south!

I'm lucky, Minneapolis is a pretty progressive area - you'd never hear complaints like that here.

SD
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Random Girl said...

Wow, just wow. I am all about freedom to worship how you choose don't get me wrong, just don't force everyone to run their lives and events around your choosing. Rock it how and when you want to, love!

zepdragon said...

Lol XD Lend a harmonious voice to them and they shall claim to be the righteous

Autumnforest said...

I would get so pagan on their asses! I would open up a witch supply shop open on Sundays and wear a bikini top!

becca said...

i agree with random girl

Nick said...

I'm not one to pile on organized religion, but mormonism is full of the crazies.

Reminds me of the bit David Cross does on comparing mormonism and scientology.

Alphabeta said...

God hates protesters. ; P
'nuff said.

=dgrphx= said...

god hates obama XD

Shutterbug said...

Happy Earth Day! :)

D4 said...

GASP.

You... You...

You Pagan!!

ScottD said...

I think ill go burn some tires and a bible today!

Colin Biano said...

oh, idaho
u so silly~

Laurent said...

EARTH DAY! :D

Jewels said...

Wow! That is straight up special. Then again I don't understand why you can't just move Earth Day...I mean come on! Ugh...people are ridiculous. My pagan ass went out and recycled, planted a tree, and wore clothes only made out of hemp. Alright...I didn't do any of those things-but I do recycle. I am super glad to not live in that town because my big mouth would be pissing off a lot of people. More 4th of July celebrations!? I think not! I'm pretty sure Jesus liked theatrics-he did change water into wine-so I'm pretty sure him and his Dad would be down with fireworks. *Sorry if that last sentence pissed anyone of...if it did...seek help.*

Astronomy Pirate said...

That's just silly. It's just another day of the week. Making it 'special' is just dumb. Also, there was a comment about thinking this sort of thing would happen in the south. I have never heard of it happening, at least not in any of the coastal area from South Carolina on up. I think people have a bad perception of the south, when it is probably one of the most integrated regions of the country. It seems to be the fly-over states that actually have the larger issues.

ironchefman said...

Man, I love Earth day! Last year I got some of those canvas tote bags for 50 cents. Now when I buy groceries in my big green "Save the planet" bags, I get jeers from all the rednecks in my area about how I'm a dirty hippie.

I'm guessing the same people who are complaining about this are the same people who complain that Christmas is under attack by liberals, that public schools are ruining our kids' minds with the "theory" of evolution, and so on. Nuts to that!

Gucci Mama said...

Love the sign that says, "I have a sign". Also, I'm considering celebrating "earth day" by burning some tires and finding a Lorax to murder.

Lost.in.Idaho said...

@Gucci: Yes! Do it! Just remember a picture is worth a thousand words.

@dgrphx: I think God, if he hates anything, hates the people who use his name to hate other people. Life is not about imposing your beliefs on other people. Life is not about hating people because they 'are not right' in your eyes. It makes me sad.

@Autumn: I demand the address of the bikini-top witch shop.

@Random Girl: Word.

Choirchick22 said...

As you know, Earth day was created by the Pagans specifically for this one time that it falls on Easter weekend. I mean sure Earth day is the same every year and Easter moves, but the Pagans knew ahead of time that eventually they could destroy the sanctity of modern religion by preaching their gospel of preserving the environment on the weekend of G-sus's zombification.

mmmpieohyeah said...

lol I have a friend who EVEN has his birthday today lol.

Aaron M. Gipson said...

Yeah I'm dealing with this whole dang country shutting down for the holy weekend. Luckily CR is progressive enough as well to celebrate Earth Day too.

I am so sorry that part of Idaho is more American Talibanistan. Very few things in this world nauseate me more than fundamentalist Christians. At least fundamentalist Muslims have the decency to just kill you instead of forcing you to hear them prattle on about how Tinky Winky is a gay conspiracy...

Kicking Rocks said...

Yeah everyone protests this but when my birthday lands on a money noone careS!! lol

Lemons Don't Make Lemonade said...

Bible thumpers irk me.

It's sad that I have to deal with two at home.

Funny post, btw.

Josie said...

BAH! You're in Idaho Falls aren't you?! I knew it.

Venus said...

Happy Earth Day to everyone... a day later but I don´t care. Everyday should be Earth Day!

hed said...

I'm surprised your head hasn't exploded living there.

hed

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