A group of Alabama pastors are holding a 3-day conference to which only "white Christians" are invited. The event will feature a cross-burning, which a conference spokesman insists on calling a "cross lighting"; the "lighting" will be done with....er, fire. The spokesman declared, "We often use fire. Our ancient fathers said fire was a cleansing element. Even the Bible says the earth will be purified with fire. What purer element can we use as a symbol of our worship?” He added, “It has nothing whatsoever to do with any kind of racism or hate or anything like that, and anybody who would brand it as that would be a racist and a hater themselves, you know...We’re seldom ever have been invited to black Muslim events and we never have been invited to NAACP events and we never have been invited to join Jewish synagogues events and stuff,”
The poet William Stafford set himself the task of writing a poem a day. When someone asked him what he would do when his poem-of-the-day wasn't very good, he replied "I simply lower my standards." In order to increase output, the bar here is set at a low level - the point of this is to have some fun with current events and politics. I welcome contributions and comments. Now you can also follow Doggerelo on Twitter (@doggerelo). Because of continuing medical problems, I'm no longer able to post a poem-a-day. I'll continue to post poems, but at a reduced frequency, so please stay tuned.