Where have all the clowns gone, and why?

Record Observer - - Religion -

The Gra­cious Mis­tress of the Par­son­age and I were get­ting our­selves si­t­u­ated in the liv­ing room with some af­ter sup­per cof­fee while watch­ing the lit­tle bit of TV. These days, a lit­tle bit of TV is about all a per­son can han­dle.

Noth­ing quite mea­sures up to a nice hot cup of cof­fee af­ter a scrump­tious sup­per and if any­body can scrump­tur­ize a sup­per, it is the Gra­cious Mis­tress of the Par­son­age. Ev­ery once in a while she will point out the fact that I am not as skinny as I once was. My re­sponse to her is sim­ply this, “It’s your fault for be­ing such a won­der­ful cook.”

That stops the con­ver­sa­tion; she smiles, sits back and thinks about what I just said. I sit back and smile think­ing that I have got­ten out of an­other bit of a pickle.

It is very hard to keep up with the news to­day be­cause we have such tech­nol­ogy that what­ever hap­pens any­where in the uni­verse we have an im­me­di­ate story about it.

I do not know about any­body else, but I am just a lit­tle bit tired of the news these days. My wife and I were shocked this week to see a news re­port about, of all things, clowns. These clowns, so the re­porter went on, were scar­ing peo­ple and com­mit­ting crimes like rob­bery. Re­ally? Then they had some footage of some­body dressed up as a clown, fright­en­ing peo­ple and threat­en­ing to do bod­ily harm. Now, some places are for­bid­ding clowns to show up. Even dur­ing the Hal­loween sea­son, some stores are not sell­ing clown cos­tumes.

How far have we gone in our cul­ture when clowns are a threat to our cul­ture?

It was not al­ways that way. In high school, for ex­am­ple, I was of­ten re­ferred to as the class clown. That was a ti­tle of deep rev­er­ence and pride. To be the class clown meant you were do­ing things that made other peo­ple laugh. You were jok­ing and clown­ing around and cre­at­ing a great deal of mer­ri­ment. With the ten­sion many of our high school teach­ers cre­ated in class, the class clown had an im­por tant job of bring­ing down the ten­sion.

If there were awards for be­ing the class clown, I cer­tainly would have got­ten one in high school. They only have awards for schol­ar­ship and ath­let­ics. I say noth­ing is more im­por­tant in a class than the class clown. There should be some kind of recog­ni­tion in this area.

Then when I was grow­ing up, my mother kept telling me to, “Stop clown­ing around!”

At the time, I re­ally did not un­der­stand what she was try­ing to say. In high school, it was a mea­sure of ac­cep­tance, but in the home, it was some­thing in­ap­pro­pri­ate.

Al­though I do re­spect my mother, I have yet to “stop clown­ing around.”

Now, I have my wife telling me to, “Stop clown­ing around.” I have of­ten wondered if this is not some kind of gene passed on to ev­ery wo­man.

There was not just one news story about these fal­la­cious clowns do­ing all sorts of crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity, but it seemed to be as if a trend was de­vel­op­ing.

I have a friend of mine who is a pro­fes­sional clown and does all kinds of work with chil­dren’s and char­ity ac­tiv­i­ties. You would not find a nicer per­son in all the world than my good clown friend. I have not talked to him about this new de­vel­op­ment in clownville, but I am sure he has a good take on it.

The pur­pose of the clown is to make peo­ple laugh. That’s all.

Now even a cer­tain fast food chain has given their clown a va­ca­tion un­til some of this non­sense passes over. I think this is stupid.

I be­lieve that if some­body is mis­us­ing the clown mo­tif for “naughty ac­tiv­i­ties,” the peo­ple who are af­fected the most should justly pun­ish him. And by that, I mean chil­dren and peo­ple who still are act­ing like chil­dren.

If any of these peo­ple dressed in a clown out­fit should be caught do­ing some­thing that is un-clown­ish there should be some very dire circumstances ad­min­is­tered in an ap­pro­pri­ate way. Like a pie in the face.

At one time, no cir­cus was com­plete with­out a whole bunch a clowns keep­ing the mer­ri­ment go­ing strong. All of these false clowns should be gath­ered to­gether and dealt with rather brutishly. Af­ter all, if you are go­ing to de­fame such a sa­cred char­ac­ter in the Amer­i­can cul­ture, you need to be dealt with very se­verely. How dare some­body do this sort of thing to an iconic fig­ure of Amer­i­can so­ci­ety?

Why is it we have some peo­ple who will take some­thing that is very pre­cious to cer­tain peo­ple, turn it around and make it a very neg­a­tive and nasty thing? There should be a law against that sort of thing. Where is the politi­cian that is go­ing to put his or her foot down against this kind of trav­esty in our so­ci­ety?

Is noth­ing sa­cred any­more in our coun­try? I think the apos­tle Paul had some­thing like this in mind when he wrote, “Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are de­filed and unbelieving is noth­ing pure; but even their mind and con­science is de­filed” (Ti­tus 1:15).

Why will some peo­ple take some­thing that other peo­ple get plea­sure from and turn it into some­thing neg­a­tive? Only a cor­rupt mind would do this.

Dr. James L. Sny­der is pas­tor of the Fam­ily of God Fel­low­ship, Ocala, FL 34483, where he lives with his wife. Call him at 1-866-5522543 or email jamess­ny­der2@att.net. His web­site is www.jamess­ny­der­min­istries.com.

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