Just when you think you've seen it all, the sheer anti-logic of the "evangelical wing" - or perhaps I should say "wings" - is going out of its way to appear at the apex of hypocrisy after declaring, innocently enough, a “Day of Prayer for the World’s Economies", and then praying at the feet of a "Golden" - well, actually bronze - statue of a Bull, originally set up to satirize Wall Street Greed. Wonkette noticed the Biblical proportions of this thing... According to the guy who dreamed this all up,
“We are going to intercede at the site of the statue of the bull on Wall Street to ask God to begin a shift from the bull and bear markets to what we feel will be the ‘Lion’s Market,’ or God’s control over the economic systems.”
Apparently, the commandment not to worship idols was lost on these guys. How could they have been blinded to this?
Maybe they were inspired by the Osteens' pray-for-stuff philosophy:
Over and over, in sermons, books and television interviews, the Osteens repeat their most firmly held beliefs. If you pray to Jesus, you'll get what you want.
Which, however, ignores such things as, say, the Ten Commandments. Religion for them is very much into material stuff, as when Victoria O was asked about religion per se:
When I asked her how she kept her two children interested in church, she answered that even though they were a broccoli and lean-meats household, she gave them doughnuts as a special treat on Sundays.
She came up with doughnuts - (what elitist wrote that? DONUTS it is) - as a way to be "interested in church". This donut-faith connection shows the shallowness that could easily pray to a Golden Calf and miss the obvious. On the one hand, a bull. On the other, donuts.
Meanwhile, we are waiting with baited breath for Sarah Palin to stop the racism, violence- and hate-mongering that her crowds revel in. Here is the latest in a depressingly long line of such expressions.
A hangman's noose was found near an election sign for Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Barack Obama posted near Clermont, Fla., police say.
"It's unbearably heinous; it's like having the KKK right here in Clermont," resident Barbara Reed said, referring to the Ku Klux Klan white supremacy group.
Where's Palin and her Xian crowd? Praying for "socialism from space". Or maybe she's getting some kids to bus in to fill out McCain's rallies. Better yet, she might just fade away?
It turns out, the only thing that's actually working for the McCain campaign is the daily inciting of rage, fear and hatred among the easily-led gomers lined up outside of Sarah Palin's rallies. I repeat. The one thing that appears to be working nicely for Sarah Palin and John McCain right now is the really evil and divisive stuff.
And we simply can't allow Sarah Palin's fear-mongering -- her Neo-McCarthyism and her Neo-Southern Strategy -- to ultimately be the one successful thing about this otherwise laughable McCain campaign. We can't let this be the one thing that might win the election for the Republican ticket.
And of course, there's that nasty Statue of Liberty, and the illegal immigrants it brings in. Would Sarah Palin sell that, too, on eBay? Or maybe just "convert" it, and "save" Wall Street from its evil, while they're at it.
Maybe those same evangelicals would be wiser to pray - no donuts, no bull - for an end to the hatred and narrow-mindedness in their own hearts.