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Sunday, April 08, 2012

It's the day when Christianity becomes the official religious system of Punditistan
Posted by Jill | 6:28 AM
Here's todays Sunday Gasbag lineup:
•NBC’s Meet the Press: Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL); Sen. John Kasich (R-OH); Archbishop-designate of Baltimore William Lori; daughter of Billy Graham, Anne Graham Lotz; United Methodist Pastor Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO); member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID); Executive Editor at Random House Jon Meacham

•ABC’s This Week: Pastor Rick and Kay Warren; George Will, ABC; David Chalian, Yahoo!; Michael Eric Dyson, Georgetown University; Chrystia Freeland, Reuters; Peggy Noonan, Wall Street Journal

•CBS’ Face the Nation: Cardinal Timothy Dolan

•Fox News Sunday: Newt Gingrich; Sen. Kent Conrad, (D-ND); Sen. Ron Johnson, (R-WI); Brit Hume, Fox News; Mara Liasson, National Public Radio; Steve Hayes, The Weekly Standard; David Drucker, Roll Call

Interesting that only Faux Noise isn't draping itself in the Shroud of Turin today, though I guess Newt Gingrich has to speak for the pious today over there today.

In the New York Times, Ross Douchebag lauds "...a presidential field whose diversity mirrors the diversity of American Christianity as a whole." Because after all, Christians are not just the majority, but the ONLY ones whose opinions matter, here in this nation that was supposed to have no establishment of religion. Funny how the Jews, whose holiday of Passover always goes hand-in-hand with Easter, matter not one whit, for all that the Jewish holiday of Passover IS WHAT THE LAST SUPPER WAS. Douchebag kindly folds Mormonism into the warm blanket of Jesus-worship, conveniently forgetting the Mormon belief that after the resurrection, Jesus decided to take a nice vacation to the US and perform some miracles.

There are many Christians in this country who are perfectly content to buy new clothes for their kids, go to church this morning, then go home and enjoy a pagan bacchanal consisting of an orgy of chocolate-bunny eating and a hunt for eggs before sitting down to a nice ham dinner, which is of course what Jesus, nice Jewish boy that he was, ate at the Last Supper, right? They, like the screechers of the Christian Wingnuttia movement, never stop to wonder just what eggies and bunnies have to do with Jesus, just as they never stop to think what a guy in a snowsuit and pine trees have to do with a baby born in the Middle East. For these people, their faith informs their lives and brings richness to their spiritual experience.

The Christian Wingnuttia movement no longer sees its faith as something that informs their lives. They see it as something that must define their lives, and because that definition is so frail, it must inform everyone else's life too through relentless indoctrination and proseletyzing via the political system.

So today, unless you remain the safe arms of Chris Hayes and Melissa Harris-Perry, you'll be repeatedly flogged by people complainint about how Christians are so persecuted in this country by the horror of having not everyone believe the way they do.

And me? I just might go buy a box of chocolate-covered matzo. Because after all, while the Jews were wandering the desert, they had plenty of chocolate, put aside from the oneg shabbat dessert table at last Friday's Shabbos service. Then I'm going to celebrate the Buddha's birthday, which is today. Then I'm going to start getting ready for the Hindu holiday of Akshaya Tritiya. This is a holiday that you'd think would be celebrated among the moneyed classes, since it's a festival of never-decreasing wealth.

But you won't see ANY talk of these holidays on the Sunday gasbag shows. After all, we don't want anything tainting the rock-solid faith of Timothy Dolan.

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Blogger PurpleGirl said...
Personally, I like Diwali. Candles, sweets, parties, gifts and you ask Lakshmi to grant you continued prosperity

Blogger Bob said...
Diverse? Maybe so, for a diverse assortment of religious charlatans, theocrats & crackpots.

Anonymous Nan said...
What floored me was seeing a completely serious report on CBS Sunday Morning about that discredited piece of medieval relic mongering, the Shroud of Turin. Despite the fact it's been carbon dated and despite the fact it's well known that fake relics were produced by the kazillions back in the day when every church thought it had to have a piece of the True Cross or a chunk of some saint's femur, CBS wasted air time pandering to the gullible. Again. And what's the basis for the speculation that the shroud is real despite the scientific tests that proved otherwise? The image on the shroud shows wounds that match up with the actual practice of crucifixion (nails through the wrists) than with the way crucifixion was depicted in art work during the Renaissance (nails through the palms of the hands). That's it.

Of course, they also had a long piece featuring that most loathsome of Bible thumpers, Franklin Graham. I'm still trying to figure out just why we kept the television on the morning news shows instead of going to Netflix to watch a few episodes of Angry Beavers instead.