This isn’t a religion blog–but some religions just can resist turning themselves into entities too rich not to ridicule. Take this report linked on Midwest Conservative Journal (hat tip: Kathy Shaidle):
The United Church of Canada may ask its members to stop buying bottled water. The request is part of a resolution against the privatization of water supplies that has been put before delegates at the church’s general council this week in Thunder Bay. Richard Chambers, the social policy co-ordinator with the national office of the church, said that water is a human right, and no one should profit from it. ‘We’re against the commodification, the privatization is another way to say it, of water anyway, anywhere,’ he told CBC News. ‘And bottled water that we see being sold in Canada is just an example of that. The thin edge of the wedge of the privatization of water.’
Midwest Conservative comments;
It sure is inspiring to see that the UCC is on top of the most important moral issue of our day. Because everybody knows that Halliburton is just waiting to corner the world’s water supply, kill the poor and make Dick Cheney even richer. That’s why Bush is going to declare war on Antarctica, you know. All that ice. Unfortunately the UCC hasn’t worked out all the kinks of this idea yet.
But there’s more to the story:
Ironically, the church’s delegates are drinking bottled water this week at its meeting at Lakehead University. The conference facility was not equipped to provide drinking water. Chambers said the church had asked for tap water at all functions, but a mix-up occurred.
What? Doesn’t Thunder Bay, Ontario, where Lakewood is located, have running water?