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The Political and Social Dangers of Long Hair
A “viewer of television” and a fan of the Sacramento Rivercats has trouble with long hair, specifically that of player “Manny Rodriguez” (his name is actually “Ramirez”, but the caller mixed it up).
Caller: He (Ramirez) has these “long, long dread locks…It flies in the faces of first, second and third base…it could hurt their eyes.” So when he slides, his dread locks become a weapons of eye gouging. She continues, “When they have dread locks, they don’t wash that hair for two weeks…I think there should be rules.” Well, Bob Marley had dreads, and he was into dangerous things like love and peace. But that clean-cut Jimmy Cliff certainly never used drugs. He has short hair!
Caller: They should have short hair… “and maybe they won’t get on these performance enhancing drugs…” Yes, it’s only those long-haired bicyclists that use steroids.
Caller: Long hair leads to drug use… “it looks horrible, it doesn’t look wholesome…and then maybe they won’t do drugs…” if they had short hair. “They’re all getting on steroids” like Lance Armstrong…the long haired biker… “This unwholesomeness is crossing America…”
So far the caller is making sense, relative to what comes next.
Caller: “And then…people start okaying abortion and gay marriage…” “stuff that is NOT according to the bible…” “Abortion and gay marriage is against the bible.” “since that (long hair) has been allowed, then they’re doing this drugs…” “It’s a lazy thing having this long hair.”
It’s questionable whether the Bible is truly anti-abortion or anti-gay marriage, and both sides of the issues have been in an epic battle for years over the interpretation of a book that at best is historical fiction. However, there is little debate over the fact that Jesus had long hair. The caller has made Jesus cry by calling him a drug-taking abortionist!
Long hair versus short Hair
The woman on the answering machine warns us about the dangers of long hair. When Manny Ramirez slides, she cautions us, his hair could hurt their eyes. That must have been what happened to John McCain in the 2008 presidential campaign; Sarah Palin’s hair hit him in the face and hurt his eyes.
Samson lost his power when his long hair was cut, so maybe the woman has a point. Delilah did the world a favor by cutting his hair, thus disarming him.
The woman on the phone is right dear folks. Long hair is dangerous. However, it’s not as dangerous and people like her.