Yano, there's a *REASON* that I personally pushed for St. Teilhard de Chardin's canonization (preceding even Bob Marley).
It's because *that* is where we differ the most from the other Rasta churches.
And though I rarely mention it, I've seen the dead after death. In particular, John Lennon appeared to me after he died and explained a point to me from the dream I'd had of him being shot earlier that day that was our assignment for class.
But, "Was he dead?"
Why, yes, I'm pretty sure he was dead. He looked rather wispy. I'm pretty sure that if you can't tell, ask them what they think of sex. I'm nearly 100% sure that the dead no longer participate in sex. If I see him again, I'll be sure to ask.
I just had a phone call from a local nutjob who wanted us to take the 'Rasta' off our church because we aren't waiting for H.I.M. to come back (Ras Tafari). He told me he was sure that Ras Tafari was still alive, because he'd seen him.
I mentioned that the Ethiopian Crown Council had determined he was dead, appointed a new Emperor, and he died, and they are hanging back on appointing his successor until they get back in Ethiopia (apparently).
So far, that's two (the Coptics called and bitched last year).
I mentioned to him that one of the reasons we schismed off of EZCO was the misogyny and homophobia.
I didn't mention to him that this fascination with 'black' things was another reason.
If you hadn't noticed, H.I.M. was of Jewish descent, and was an Ethiopian Coptic Orthodox. Genetically, he's a 'caucasian'.
Bob Marley is *at least* half Anglo (not just European, but Anglo).
Now, as a Celt, I'd have to point out that accepting Bob has little to do with his race, but really, it's easier to deal with the black half than the Anglo.
The new guy is considerably darker than the old guard (and his bio mentions it).
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