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July 23, 2005

Tricky Dick


So you know Richard Nixon was a Quaker, right? Click through "to hear the greatest political song ever recorded." I freaking love that Norman Osborn hairstyle. Herbert Hoover was also a Quaker but a Gurneyite, a subject on which I should remain silent, lacking in any obvious supervillain powers and Bunnyless to boot. We're all Ranters now besides.*

*Esp. the Flea.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at July 23, 2005 10:00 AM

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After reading the Ranter piece, I'm left wondering whether there's any practical difference between Ranter Quakerism and Unitarian-Universalism. (I'm probably biased toward this due to the fact that the first Quaker I ever met was a self-professed "Zen Quaker"!)

By the way, the Nixon Library here in SoCal is quite nice -- understated, yet still fairly extensive. It even includes his childhood home on the property. Its treatment of the Watergate period is handled well -- better, I'm guessing, than Clinton's handles his scandals.

Posted by: Varenius [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 23, 2005 02:29 PM

Well, Zen Quakers and tongue-in-cheek Ranters aside, Quakers are Christians and I do not believe Unitarians make this claim. But then this depends on what you mean by a practical difference. I often wonder what the practical difference between Dominionism and Khilafism might be.

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 23, 2005 04:25 PM

Thanks for the clarification, Flea. Perhaps I was just giving too much weight to the essay's statements about "bringing your own theology". That is definitely the mindset of my Zen Friend friend (the only Quaker I know in person) so it's not surprising.

But back to Nixon: When I was a wee laddie I thought his actual name was "Trickydick". With Watergate having been in the very recent past, my sarcastic father always referred to him as Tricky Dick, so it wasn't until several years later that I learned otherwise!

Posted by: Varenius [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 24, 2005 01:19 PM

Your Zen friend is more representative than I would like which I believe is the point of the "we're all ranters" writer. I confess it annoys me to no end when I see people engaged in meditation at a meeting for worship. The last Friends meeting I attended was at a very old, one of the oldest, meeting houses in England and sure enough there was a mushroom-haired, purple-pants, socks-and-sandals woman in full lotus making pointed mudra gestures. I found it vulgar, show-offy, entirely inappropriate to the context and missing the whole point. Furthermore, of the four monks on my MA thesis examination committee two were ordained in Tibetan Buddhist lineages so I have some idea when I see people meditating incompetently. She was. But I was a guest of the meeting so what do I know?

I have no strong objections to people meditating, I just wish they would do it somewhere other than one of the few places and times set aside for worship. It is not as if there is a shortage of places to do sitting zen.

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 24, 2005 01:42 PM