Archive for December 23, 2008

obama-hypeEvidently, Barack Obama didn’t loathe Rick Warren too bad after the much-maligned and -celebrated “Saddleback Forum”, because they are still BFFs… or are they?

According to CNN, President-elect Obama is making tidal waves instead of smooth ripples for his historic inauguration by selecting a friendly face to kick it all off in prayer:

Prominent liberal groups and gay rights proponents criticized President-elect Barack Obama Wednesday for choosing evangelical pastor Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at the presidential inauguration next month.

What cracks me up is the uber-liberals are swooning because they think they voted for the wrong guy. Additionally, the mega-conservative is calling up their friends asking, “Is this the same guy we couldn’t stand?”

So, what’s the explanation behind the BarackStar’s actions? Campaigning!

He campaigned for more than two years for the office, and once he got it, he began jocking for the seat in four more years with his cabinet posts, and now this?!

The cat’s a machine – you know, soulless, automated and constantly looking for a power source?

Trust me, Body of Christ, there is nothing sincere about having Rick Warren at that lectern other than the fact Obama will use B-roll in four years to tout his commitment to evangelicals. And it will probably work among the sheep. Obama knows it, Warren knows it and the respective folk’s PR guys know it too.

[It’s] shrewd politics, but if anyone is under any illusion that Obama is interested in advancing gay equality, they should probably sober up now,” Andrew Sullivan wrote on the Atlantic Web site Wednesday.

Oh, for these four years, sober up indeed. But the next four years, unless the Republicans come up with some wunderkind candidate (or you know, unify behind a cause) then sobering is out the window because they will party like it’s 1999 – and drink like the booze costs that much too.

So, um, is there a petition to pray for gout or some such? If so, I may sign that thing.


May as well throw employment in there too

What the heck is going with the Anglican Church in Jolly Ol’ England? Extreme Makeover: Christmas Edition?!

When I think of Christmas, I envision three wise dudes bearing gifts, angels with clarion messages and sweet baby Jesus. However, some priests in the Anglican Church have decided to create a new Christmas story, one more to their sardonic liking:

But now Hindu snowmen, a Chinese dragon and a Jewish temple are also to be included in an attempt to make the celebrations more inclusive of Britain’s diverse communities. Westminster Abbey will unveil life-size snowmen that Anglican clergy hope will help to improve relations and dialogue between other faiths. Dressed in turbans, with bindi dots on their foreheads, they are intended to demonstrate that Christmas should not be exclusively for Christians.

The Rev Jane Hedges, a canon at the abbey, said that it was important to encourage people from other faiths to join in the celebrations. “We’ve done this as it creates a good opportunity for Christians to meet and hear about the stories of people of other faiths,” she said. “Christmas is an opportunity for everyone to stop and think and is a great opportunity for the different faiths to talk to one another. “Wherever you’re coming from there should be something to celebrate at Christmas.”

Christmas is the most beautiful time of the year… namely for CHRISTIANS! Why is that so difficult to decipher?!

People don’t buy Hindu trees, Muslim presents or a Buddha ornament for said twig and garland. Now there is that thing about Santa Claus being an anagram for Satan… well, Claus, but I don’t hear that being brought up in “Universalism 101 Bible Study”

MEMO to Rev. Jane of the Apes here: Any day is a good opportunity for different faiths to talk to one another, it’s called work. However, if you are so consumed with homily that you can detect the right time to actually live one out, then there is a lot more you should be doing to discuss Christ than a stupid celebration round the old oak tree.

However the smarmy side of me wonders what Easter would be like at this dumb chic’s church? What, a rabbit being lifted out of the earth, with a halo taped to its ears and then every Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu and Atheist can take turns in punditry debating the bunny’s existence.

Good times.

playboy-virgin-maryIt’s no secret that bashing Christians is Feng Shui. There is no shame any longer in making Jesus a mockery for all things heinous, impious and iconoclastic. So, why does this story about the Virgin Mary being made a spoof cover for porn still surprise me?!

Yes that smut is a real picture from Playboy Mexico, and yes, somewhere the real “Our Lady of Guadalupe” is about to roll up with some of her oye carnals, screaming “La Raza” and looking to peel a cap in some perverted photographer somewhere in Tijuana.

Now, my Espanol isn’t what it used to be, but I can read the cover that reads, “We love you, Maria.” Um, you think this was done on purpose given the stained glass window and the fact this crap hit the shelves so close to the season for stocking stuffers?

So, finally, the Church united and griped out loud! And Hef apologized with the quickness…kinda:

While Playboy Mexico never meant for the cover or images to offend anyone, we recognize that it has created offense, and we as well as Playboy Mexico offer our sincerest apologies.” The publisher of Playboy Mexico Raul Sayrols, also said in a statement: “The image is not and never was intended to portray the Virgin of Guadalupe or any other religious figure. The intent was to reflect a Renaissance-like mood on the cover.

And what renaissance mood was that, holmes? The Spanish Inquistion? Yeah, that’s some sweet PR, you chauvinistic dinosaurs. Note, they are not apologizing for publishing sacrilegious porn, but rather for getting caught above the radar. Nice.

However, what’s important to notice is this story had the same life in major news (specifically the Church) about as long as… well, any other story where the Church is in the center of a no-holds-barred attack on faith. Free speech, ain’t it grand, or just excommunicated when it comes to things of God?