Here's a nice story to add to our hypocritical fundamentalist stew today. You've all heard by now that Kathy Griffin (that partially funny comedienne from the D-list) had a bit of fun at the expense of Jesus.
Sports stars, actors and accident survivors have no qualms about thanking Jesus for their success. It's part of our vernacular that many people just accept. If we win, Jesus did it, if we lose, it was the quarterback's fault.
Kathy Griffin's Emmy acceptance speech wasn't even the first time somebody has made fun of thanking Jesus. Yet, in sharp contrast to the run of the mill "thank-you-mother, father, baby Jesus" speeches, she said, "a lot of people come up here and thank Jesus for this award. I want you to know that no one had less to do with this award than Jesus. Jesus can suck it. This award is my god now!"
You just knew some Home On The Prairie types were incensed, but we all were wondering just how far they would go to voice their displeasure. We now have an answer.
The Miracle Theater from Pigeon Forge, TN spent over $90,000 on an advertisement in USA Today telling Kathy Griffin, in essence, that, no, the baby Jesus can NOT suck it, regardless of what 'it' might refer to when spoken by a female. Now, I'm not against a theater group promoting themselves, but using the Jesus angle is a little crass, no? Sort of like using AA dues to go get drunk?
Maybe I been thinkerin' too much lately. But that $90,000 could have fed a lot of starving children, possibly a whole village in Sudan (where Christians are actually being persecuted, not just offended by celebrities). Whatever happened to Christian charity? Jesus seemed to think it was pretty important. Matthew 25:41-46
And I should say kudos to the Christian group for not using the tired old trick of selling your theater group with a hot young girl in an angel get up. Using sex to sell Christian entertainment just doesn't work.