Thursday, 11 December 2008

Manx fairy tales

Seems the new Anglican bishop has been taking advice from the fairies.
No, really.
He's picked up on the popularity of pinning messages to the trees down at Fairy Bridge. This gave him the idea for something he calls a 'prayer box'.
Apparently this is something that looks like a garden bird box, but you stick notes in it instead of breadcrumbs for robins. These are going to be nailed to trees in church grounds, along with cards and biros, so spookchasers can write cards to their imaginary mate.
See if you don't believe me.
What I love is his explanation.
He says: 'Some may say we're a superstitious lot (or have a lot of superstitious visitors), but I think there's something more profound behind this.'
'I'm convinced that it is a sure sign of the human longing for God and for conversation, fellowship, relationship - communion- with him.'
Um, no, it means you're a loon who needs imaginary friends, and if you can't hide behind institutional lunacy like major religions you tend to get sectioned.
And once again, why do Christians insist on calling believers in other old wives tales 'superstitious' but intimate their own folk tales are not? How can you be a Christian without belief in the supernatural?
Apparently also when humans look at beauty or pain: 'humanity doesn't know where to direct its thoughts and emotions of thanksgiving and longing. The result can be what you can see at the Fairy Bridge.'
...or in any church, mosque or synagogue.
I'm also intrigued that he goes so far out of his way not to knock anyone who calls out 'Hello fairies' as they pass over the Fairy Bridge. Maybe the shrinking church is more desperate for inter-faith alliances against change than we knew already!

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