Tuesday, September 19, 2006

And They Shall Handle Deadly Snakes And Not Be Harmed

So Christians have been in the news a lot the last few days (no, not the Pope's comments on Muslims--though I'll probably comment on that soon enough).

Too bad it's not for anything remotely of substance or praise.

Today, Fox announced it is creating a new division, FoxFaith. A branch of the same company that produces Fox News (the only news broadcasters who will be raptured to be with the Lord, I once heard a pastor say from the pulpit) and of course, "Beverly Hills 90210," "Melrose Place," "Married With Children," "The Simple Life," and "Temptation Island" (which those same gushing believers conveniently like to overlook) will now release as many as a dozen films a year specifically for Christian audiences who generally shun cineplexes but may be wooed in after the success of such films as "The Passion of the Christ" and "The Chronicles of Narnia." Here's hoping it's fair and balanced. Maybe O'Riley, Geraldo and Coulter will get cameos. Amazing what a single, biased, demographic-pandering news network will do for a company's image with sheep with blinders on.

On other news, e-mails have begun circulating this week that mere days before his death, Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin made Jesus Christ his Lord and Savior at a Pentecostal church in Australia. And there was much rejoicing. This seems to happen anytime somebody "nice" dies. "Thank God he became a Christian before the end." "Yes, it was all in God's perfect plan. I always knew there was something special about him." "Yes, it's a great comfort to me knowing that he is in Heaven right now." Too bad it isn't true.


Blogger Justin said...

I followed all of this from my friends in Australia as it was happening. I'd like to say that my buddies were appropriately sceptical. So they shot through an email to the church that was reported in the rumor. They got an answer immediately.

Of course, they concurred with Snopes.

Snopes -- the 'bible' of rumour. Mostly inerrant. :)

11:11 PM  
Anonymous Nate said...

Snopes seriously rawks as a reference.

9:45 AM  
Blogger Justin said...

Nate -- indeed. Love Snopes...

8:30 AM  

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