Sunday, April 05, 2009

Sunday Sacrilege


"A remarkable culture-shift has taken place around us. The most basic contours of American culture have been radically altered. The so-called Judeo-Christian consensus of the last millennium has given way to a post-modern, post-Christian, post-Western cultural crisis which threatens the very heart of our culture."

-- R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, lamenting the fact that the number of Americans who identify themselves as non-religious has nearly doubled in recent years

Newsweek: "The End of Christian America" by Jon Meacham/4.4.09

11 comments:

Ref said...

It is those right-wing politics spouting fundamentalists that are the chief reason many Americans will no longer reflexively describe themselves as "Christians." People don't want to be considered part of that mess anymore.

Anonymous said...

all i can say is 'thank God'

Jeremy said...

Amen Ref.

Deacon Blue said...

More room for all the rest of us in Heaven, ya heathens!

I kid, I kid...

...because frankly, I think an awful lot of people who don't identify as Christian will get in, and a lot of assholes who tout their Christianity will be booted long before they even get in spitting distance of the "pearly gates."

You know, come to think of it, Pearly Gates would be a great name for a stripper or porn starlet...

Alzeyor said...

......and Lord knows no one has or ever will lead a fulfilling life, one of kindness towards their fellow man and of integrity in their way of life, without believing in Baby Jesus and The Big G.

(sigh)

Ref said...

Used to be a folk singer 'round these parts who went by that name. Her last name really was Gates.

Jeremy said...

Amen (again) Deacon.
In fact, if and when that whole rapture thing they love to wring their hands over happens, I think many of those big mega churches are gonna still be full.

Anyone who is just in there because they are afraid of hell in fact, because fear of damnation is not the same as salvation.

Oh, but I better stop now, before I start preaching (as my Pentecostal preacher grandpa would say!)

aaron said...

Good article, thanks for the thought-provoking. As a Christian, can I just say that I'm glad that the separation between church and state is finally gaining traction?

em said...

"You know, come to think of it, Pearly Gates would be a great name for a stripper or porn starlet..."

Depends on the sort of porn you watch (or what kinda strip clubs you go to). Just sayin'. I'm a chick and I'm pretty sure I'm more picky about porn than most guys, and in my experience the term "Roast Beef Gates" might be more appropriate...

...wow, I've overshared. Sorry.

Also, this is one of the funniest things I've read in a while:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/04/03/hannity-panel-talks-porn_n_182801.html

Anonymous said...

The priest from CaddyShack said it best when he said: "There is no God."

Deacon Blue said...

Well, em, I'm actually pretty picky about my porn myself. I consider myself kind of a porn snob, really, since I prefer skin flicks by folks like Michael Ninn or Andrew Blake where there are artistic pretensions to go along with naked and often fetishistic passions.

I actually prefer my porn actors to have non-cheesy names, if possible, in those rare occasions I give a crap about their names.
;-)

But, to be honest, I was thinking mostly "pearly" because of, well, any kind of sheen that might be gracing those "gates." There was another image that also inspired my suggestion, but I think I've shared too much already.