Minnesota has its quirks

And some are very very annoying. We had crazy Christians running around last year putting up anti-Evolution billboards. Now, this:

Running right through the heart of the Twin Cities is a spiritual road that dozens of evangelical churches say is specifically mentioned in the Bible as the “Way of Holiness.” They call it the “Highway of Holiness.” Others call it Interstate 35.

Evangelicals throughout the Midwest… have been praying at 24-hour prayer rooms for a month for Interstate 35 in order to “light the highway.” Young people in the movement have been holding “purity sieges” in front of LGBT businesses, abortion clinics and stores that sell pornography. So far, Minnesota has been spared of “purity sieges,” but 24-hour prayer rooms have been set up in Minneapolis, Albert Lea and Duluth.

The scriptural basis for the new movement comes from Isaiah 35:8, which reads, “And a highway will be there; it will be called the Way of Holiness. The unclean will not journey on it; it will be for those who walk in that Way; wicked fools will not go about on it.” Because of chapter 35, believers say the highway mentioned must be Interstate 35. In addition, a number of people in the “Highway of Holiness” movement claim to have had prophetic experiences that involve Interstate 35.

Wow. Read all about it here…

Comments

  1. #1 Coturnix
    December 6, 2007

    “…those who walk in that Way…”? Are they approved by the Ministry of Funny Walks? Or is it a wink-wink that Way?

  2. #2 John McKay
    December 6, 2007

    If it’s the Way of Holiness shouldn’t they be out walking on it and trying to keep the wicked from using their road instead of hanging around gay bars annoying the paying patrons.

  3. #3 Groucho
    December 6, 2007

    If I could walk that way, I wouldn’t need the cornstarch.

  4. #4 Greg Laden
    December 6, 2007

    Yeah, and if it is such a way of holiness how come what should be a 25 minute drive took me an hour and a half this morning and an hour and 20 minutes this afternoon….. (do you suppose all those bumps I went over were praying people? )

  5. #5 Sandra Porter
    December 6, 2007

    How do explain it falling down?

  6. #6 Tony P
    December 6, 2007

    I saw the video and I got hopping made about it because of their so called conversion of the gay guy.

    Friend of ours decided that the gay life was too torturous etc. so went the religious route. They had him shacked up with a former lesbian, etc. Now mind you, I found his m4m site profile and he shows himself as “bottom” so that must have been interesting.

    About six months later he decides the reparative therapy isn’t making him happy so now he’s gay again. But he’s a total basket case.

  7. #7 Chris H
    December 7, 2007

    I’m not even going to dignify the comments made about Representative Elison with a response. This, however: “I don’t usually send what the Lord is downloading to me, however this is very timely and significant I believe” confused the hell out of me.

    It starts out with a gross lack of communication skills, progresses into a paradoxical understanding of technology, and the happy ending, I suppose, is the religious catch all “I believe.”

    “what the Lord is downloading to me.” There has got to be a bumper sticker in here somewhere…

  8. #8 Lassi Hippeläinen
    December 7, 2007

    “Are they approved by the Ministry of Funny Walks?”

    Actually, it was the Ministry of Silly Walks. I remembered it as Ministry of Odd Walks, which IMHO would have been even better…

  9. #9 Dunc
    December 7, 2007

    Hang on a minute… There was a series of books back the 80s that spun-off from the “Dark Future” tabletop game from Games Workshop, in which a suspiciously Mormon-esque cult was trying to summon suspiciously Cthulu-esque entities to destroy the world. One aspect of the summoning was to spill a heck of a lot of blood along a particular highway, which the cult leaders accomplished by convincing their followers that they had to make a holy pilgrimage along it and then letting the suspiciously Road Warrior-esque gang-cults massacre them along the way.

    OK, so it didn’t score great points for originality (although there were some nice touches to the alternate history involved), but all the same… Is life imitating pulp sci-fi these days? ;)

  10. #10 Coturnix
    December 7, 2007

    Yup, sorry, Ministry of Silly Walks: