Monday, August 17, 2009

oh for shame...

... stopped at a red light on my way into work I found myself sitting behind one those people, those crazy people with their cars littered with bumper stickers. I suspect people who do that are not satisfied simply to tell everyone they meet their opinions, they also have to drive around town with it plastered to the ass end of their car. Yeah, those types.

This one had them all though... Vegan, Peace, Bush blows, Conservatives suck, keep abortion safe and legal, I heart Obama, keep your rosaries off my ovaries, don't breed em if you can't em, the pope's a dope... need I go on.

So naturally I did what any intelligent, sane, rational not in the least bit bat shit crazy person would do in a situation like this... as soon as the light turned green I floored it and jumped in front of him at the next stop light so he could read all my gun toting, pro-life, papist, conservative, my religion kicked your ass bumper stickers.

Yeah, that'll show 'em...

That'll show 'em that every preconceived stereotype he may have about the religious right was just confirmed by me and my one act of stupidity and hypocrisy.

At lunch today I borrowed a co-workers scraper and removed all the stickers from my back windshield. If anyone is going to know me for my beliefs I want them to know it from my actions and not because they back end of my car had to tell them.

13 comments:

Eric said...

One of my favorite movies is called "The Gumball Rally." In this movie, there's a scene where one of the drivers gets into a Ferrari convertible, snaps off the rear view mirror, tosses it out the back and proclaims "What's behind me is not important!" From reading your blog, you seem like an intelligent woman with an actual conscience. Fix what you can, learn from your mistakes, keep moving forward and don't be afraid. Hope you feel better.

RobK said...

I completely understand that! Though my particular temptation has to do with fingers as I speed by. The presence of children does help suppress the urge. And then I pray...for them...and for me.

Mark Scott Abeln said...

My vehicle once had 4 bumper stickers, but I reduced it to two.

The Reformer said...

good going!

Jon said...

Kat,

Now go back and replace what you deemed the two most important. Not the sarcastic ones, but the two which convey a respect for life and love of the Church.

Bumper stickers are a public witness, no less than a habit.

They let the opposition know they are opposed, and they let those living under assault know they are not alone.

Dymphna said...

I hate bumperstickers. They spoil the looks of the car.

Anonymous said...

Our only bumper sticker says "We love our priests" & came from the Office of Vocations. Where my parents live, the crisis pregnancy center bumper sticker doesn't have slogans--they print up their phone number! I think bumper stickers can be a positive witness, esp. the cpc one that might actually give folks info. they need.

Still, I often think bumper stickers are a way for the owners to claim their moral superiority--"eracism", or "Free Tibet"--that don't do a damn thing about the problem but make the driver feel morally smug. Same thing for signs and those ugly rubber bracelets.

Lola said...

This year I put a "Conch Republic" Southernmost Point - Key West on my rear window. Jammin' in the MiniVan. Worried I'll be pulled over on suspition of narcotics...

I still want a bumper sticker with the Blessed Mother on it and "I Love my Jewish Mother".

Or a Rosary with "Whip the devil with one of these"

Oh, that would offend someone.


But, a better witness CC would be taking a drivers refreasher course and anger management. (I'm reading a book on AM right now. Becasue I don't want to have to start paying the darlings if I let some obscenities fly.) Deep Breaths Offing it Up. Being patient and careful with all those idiots who somehow got a license...

Then you'd get to keep all those bumperstickers.

Enbrethiliel said...

+JMJ+

Great post! All the simplicity and profundity of a parable.

Tara said...

Ha! That's funny, I think you should have kept yours. I just put two on my car, one says: Catholic to the max, and the other says: Saint Michael pray for us. I like them. Usually bumper stickers just make the car sorta messed up looking--especially when they start to wear a bit, but when they get worn I"ll remove them. Go put some new "good" ones back on!

Keystone said...

The greatest shock in Heaven, will be listening to God talk to each saint individually, and finding that not ONE soul came to heaven by a bumper sticker.

Simultaneously, the greatest shock in Hell, will be listening to satan talk to each unbeliever individually, and finding nearly ALL came to Hell, by believing in a bumper sticker,....some too closely on the freeway.

Anonymous said...

Praised be Jesus Christ!
now and forever!
I read your blog with interest, but rarely chime in.
This topic, however, I could not resist.
I must admit, that my previous mini van had over twenty pro life- "in your face" type of Catholic stickers.
I decided with my new mini van to tone it down a bit. I have only seven.... with more positive thoughts.."Prayer Changes things"
"Children, Our most precious natural resource" "Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you"-God...
"A person is a person no matter how small" etc. I also have a lovely picture of the Blessed Mother and another picture of the Divine Mercy.
I appreciate your thoughts, and I relish the fabulous pictures..
You are in my prayers..
Ellen, the Maronite from Buffalo

Maggie said...

I don't have any myself, but I've always wanted one that says, "Love the Earth? Use NFP" with the web address of the couple to couple league.