This is a picture of one of the leaders of the Shriners riding in the St. Pat’s day parade a few weeks ago. There were about ten cars with the leaders of the organization in them. They all had weird names like potentate and many others I can’t even remember.
No offense to the Shriners. They do great things for kids. But as I watched them in the parade I couldn’t help but feel a little weird. I think the wierdness I felt was the same weirdness people feel when they think about church… A bunch of words they have never heard of, giving props to people and positions they have never heard of, and a bunch of traditions that no one understands.