Yogis and Buddhists fund NASCAR?!

Via Roger Wolsey
on Feb 20, 2011
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Apparently, all of the American ones do.

I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw the article.  It’s a piece about how a Congressional Representative from Minnesota is receiving death threats because of her proposal for Congress to cease having American taxpayers sponsor a NASCAR team.  The team is sponsored by the U.S. Army.

What the what?!

Since when are U.S. taxpayers supporting the wasteful consumption of fossil fuels?  And a friggen death threat?  Really?

“There have been no reported threats against Republicans who have proposed stripping funding from abortion, family planning, public television, health care, environmental protection agencies, WIC, the FBI, NASA, state police, education, Medicaid and Medicare.”

As one of my friends aptly put it in response to my sharing this with her, “so we (tax payers) help fund the gov’t fund an entertainment where fossil fuels are consumed with reckless abandon for what??? to keep demand for oil high and the need for troops battling for US interests in the middle east continues, or so its important to open more offshore oil facilities or open up the wilderness of Alaska to more oil wells???”

Put me on record as seconding this wise representative’s proposal.  The Preamble to the U.S. Constitution states that our government is to seek the General Welfare of the citizenry; i.e., the common good for the commonwealth.  Funding to NASCAR needs to stop way before we cut aide to citizens facing challenging life circumstances.

I am having a hard time fathoming that some of my fellow Americans seriously would say NO to Public broadcasting, Social Security, Welfare, the NEA, and Planned Parenthood, but YES to an obscenely over-funded Defense Department – and NASCAR.

And again, a death threat?

I think I need a beverage.

p.s. all of the American Christians, Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Wiccans, Pagans, Agnostics, and Atheists are funding NASCAR too.


About Roger Wolsey

Roger Wolsey is a free-spirited GenX-er who thinks and feels a lot about God and Jesus. He’s a progressive Christian who identifies with people who consider themselves as being “spiritual but not religious.” He came of age during the “Minneapolis sound” era and enjoyed seeing The Replacements, The Jayhawks, Husker Du, The Wallets, Trip Shakespeare, Prince, and Soul Asylum in concert—leading to strong musical influences to his theology. He earned his Masters of Divinity degree at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, CO. Roger is an ordained pastor in the United Methodist Church and he currently serves as the director of the Wesley Foundation campus ministry at C.U. in Boulder, CO. He was married for ten years, divorced in 2005 and now co-parents a delightful 10-year old son. Roger loves live music, hosting house concerts, rock-climbing, yoga, centering prayer, trail-running with his dog Kingdom, dancing, camping, riding his motorcycle, blogging, and playing his trumpet in ska bands and music projects. He's recently written a book Kissing Fish: christianity for people who don't like christianity


4 Responses to “Yogis and Buddhists fund NASCAR?!”

  1. BrotherRog says:

    from a friend: "I thought that it was because of the massive Tax breaks that the NASCAR track owners are receiving….Not just the sponsorship of just one car. SHEESH.

    Whats funny is that NASCAR came about because of Moonshine Runners who were making money avoiding Taxes….Now WE are paying them out of our taxes."

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  3. ARCreated says:

    looks like I picke the wrong week to stop sniffing glue…a "beverage" couldn't touch this…thanks for sharing??? it's true what they say you know? ignorance is bliss…le sigh

  4. You do not eff with NASCAR. Simple as that. Those people are serious about their sport. That dude was lucky getting off with just a death threat and not castration.