As we were driving toward Austin I saw a billboard for the "Capital of Texas Zoo."
For crying out loud, wouldn't it be easier to call it the Austin Zoo? The triathlon held in Austin is called the Capital of Texas Triathlon. Does Austin have an inferiority complex? I don't think so, I think they just worship Texas. Texas is a religion. Evidence for this came when we visited the Alamo. As we walked in we encountered a sign saying the Alamo was a shrine, so no photography, no loud talking, just whispers. I expected them to pass around a plate. Yes, we were experiencing the story of origin, the birth of the religion, the birth of Texas. What made this more ironic was that we had just come from San Fernando Cathedral, the oldest church in Texas, the home of the archdiocese of San Antonio. A baptismal service was going on, and we with cameras in hand, were invited in while the service was going on. It was noisier in the cathedral than it was in the Alamo, and we could take pictures! But San Fernando was not to be outdone. There near the entrance were the remains of the men who gave their lives for the other religion: Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie.
Through their death was the birth of Texas. Christianity has the cross and Texas has the star,
the "lone star."
There are stars everywhere.
I will never again look at the Texaco logo in the same way.
Look at the Dallas Cowboys logo.
Even the Houston Texans logo.
We found manhole covers with stars on them. Gates.
Stars on freeway overpass concrete pillars. Bathroom walls. I started to wonder if maybe Texas laid claim to the birth of Jesus? After all, Jesus was born under a lone star.
Then I saw that there was a Bethlehem, Texas. Could it really be?