Ranters: Stout fiftyish black man in black suit and straw hat; slender fortyish black woman in dark tracksuit
Location: 81 bus headed south on Hill
Time: 11 p.m., Thursday
Topics Covered: wealth-centered churches, Faustian bargains, life under water, free will vs. determinism, religious beliefs of early Americans, the hallmarks of a good church, the preponderance of fornicators even in churches
Does Rant Include Advice About Whom You Should and Should Not Fuck With: Yes, Satan.
Man: What gets me is all this noise about the “Prosperity Gospel.” That's not a gospel – that's an excuse to do exactly what Jesus said you shouldn't be doing. A nice car ain't a blessing. A big house ain't a blessing. All those people, they dead inside.
Woman: Satan is Prince of Lies and Air. People shouldn't mess with that. He says, 'I'll give you all this glory and finance if you worship me.' They think it's the American Dream. It ain't America's, it's the devil's.
Man: We're at the bottom of the ocean and he gives us this big bowling ball full of sin to hold onto. If we could see what was happening, that we're drowning, we could choose to let go.
Young Latino Man Sitting a Couple Rows Back: Isn't that what makes us different than the animals? Because we have the freedom to choose?
Man: Animals, they got different qualities to them, but they choose. They choose to sit all day and lick themselves.
Woman: Animals ain't got a soul. When I hear about the Native Americans and how they worship a tree and a rock and an animal, I'm thinking “Don't you know that there's God over this? Now, if you want a good church –
Man: I don't need a church. We are the church. We are the temple most high.
Woman: A good church holds to the gospels. They choose to and I choose them. A good church knows that the unrighteous shall not inherit the Kingdom of God. Not sinners, fornicators, rapists, thieves, kidnappers, extortionists, effeminates, murderers, cursers – not one of them will enter the Kingdom.
Man: Throw out the fornicators, and that's ninety per cent right there.
Woman: If they try to throw me out, I know I got a good church.
Man: I shouldn't have said that, about the animals licking. I got a big mouth sometime.
Woman: They lick, though.