The religion section in the Saturday Dallas Morning News is always good. My favorite bit today was the following:
The United Methodist Church is moving its 2012 general conference from Richmond, VA., to Tampa, Fla.
The reason: Richmond is home to a minor league baseball team, the Braves. And the Methodists, who convene every four years, have a policy against meeting "in cities that sponsor sport teams using Native American names and symbols."
Tampa is home to pro football's Buccaneers, prop baseball's Devil Rays and pro hockey's Lightening, as well as the University of South Florida Bulls.
Geez. Isn't it edifying to see the Methodist hierarchy forcefully addressing the really crucial, substantive issues facing the church today? The Methodists have had a pretty good 250 year run, but if this is typical (and I'm afraid it is), then it looks as though things for them are just about ...... over.