Tuesday, July 22, 2008

God, Ponca City, and the Chrysler Building

Ponca City has been mentioned in public, and get this: it wasn't in this blog, nor was it in Ponca City itself! It was at Butterflies and Wheels, and the person doing the mentioning was Ophelia Benson, whom I now admire more than ever. I am totally quoting this:

[W]hat else would Allah do to give a sign to show that Islam is the only true religion for mankind? Write his name in letters of fire across the night sky, high enough and large enough for a whole hemisphere to read? Send his only begotten daughter to be tortured to death? Dictate another really boring book about camels and finance? Pick up the Chrysler building and move it to Ponca City Oklahoma? Issue the 11th commandment, forbidding people to wear their baseball caps backward? Of course not. The only sensible way to give a sign to show that Islam is the only true religion for mankind is to write your name and your prophet's name on three pieces of meat the gristle thereof in the kitchen of a restaurant in Birnin Kebbi, Nigeria.
Did you catch that part I bolded? Ophelia Benson could have picked any crappy little town, but she picked out Ponca City, Oklahoma -- exactly the kind of notice for which Ponca City has long been hungry. Take that, other crappy towns everywhere!

It's an interesting thought, to be sure. It may surprise you to learn that if Allah or any of the other leading deities suddenly relocated the Chrysler building to Ponca City, it would not only substantiate the god's existence and awesome powers, but would also dominate the local skyline, its 1000+ feet challenged only by a couple of the larger grain solos in the area.

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