Come the RaptureYes, brothers and sisters, laughter is not only the best medicine, but it can save your wretched soul. According to the Good Book: “Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: they said they among the heathen, The Lord hath done great things for them. Didst thou hearest the one about the rabbi, the minister, and the penguin?” Psalms 126:2.

We Americans are often uneasy about religious matters. We try to respect others’ faiths but often fall short.  This is true for me when I encounter such things as speaking in tongues (glossolalia), which is common in Pentecostal churches, including the Wassila Assembly o’ God, Sarah Palin’s former church. According to her former pastor, no one recalls Sister Palin actually speaking in tongues, but the possibility she has is intriguing. (Apparently Episcopalians are unable to achieve this state of religious excitement, but they rarely get very excited outside of church either. And Unitarians? Forget about it.)

There could be real problems if the Vice President, meeting with foreign dignitaries about an important disarmament treaty, suddenly is filled with the Holy Spirit and begins to speak in tongues. Chaos will ensue, unless of course the others also receive this gift of the spirit as it caroms off the Veep.

On a more serious note, although the VP has traditionally had very little influence on public policy development, at least pre-Cheney, Palin-as-VP would almost certainly become the figurehead of the Religious Right and energize the creationism, anti-global warming, book banning, anti-gay marriage, anti-choice movements. And if McPalin doesn’t win, look for her to build her base over the next four years and run in 2012.

Try to sleep soundly thinking about that.

Until then laugh and be joyous, because the End Times for your sense of humor may be closer than you think.

*(Ballad of the Chrome Nun, © 1973, Paul Kantner, Grace Slick, & David Freiberg.)