The Critical 'I'

Read. React. Repeat.

Friday, January 30, 2004

A colleague was telling me earlier today about a bible reading group in which he and his wife used to participate years ago. (It wasn't his idea, he assured me; his wife thought it would be a fun way to occupy their Sunday nights.)

It was quite the group. Since their meeting-up days, two of the members had gone to jail; one of them was convicted for sexually abusing his daughters. Another member turned out to be something of a minor celebrity here in downtown St. Petersburg: She's a deranged, possibly homeless, middle-aged woman who strolls up and down the streets all day wearing a long, white wedding gown that's seen better days. As has she; the 411 on her is that she endured a lot of sexual abuse, among other things, while growing up.

My colleague recently attended a reunion of this group; the three above-mentioned members didn't show up, obviously. Among those who did was a guy who is now (but presumably, not for long) the Florida point man for the Dennis Kucinich for President campaign. This guy proceeded to annoy everyone there by trying to drum up support for Kucinich, including trying to recruit canvassers. He even called everyone up a week later, my colleague included, to get them to join a Kucinich rally (which apparently never got off the ground).

I'll add the disclaimer here that my colleague and his wife are perfectly normal, wonderful people. I think it's a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time for them.

Child molesters, mental cases and political campaign wonks--all connected to each another through Bible study. So what's the object lesson here? There are two, actually: Never listen to your wife, and stay the hell away from Bible reading groups.