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Give unto Best Buy What is Best Buy's.

So I caught this bit about BestBuy asking a priest to cease and desist with a GodSquad car, inspired by their GeekSquad.

http://www.salon.com/wires/us/2010/08/15/D9HK7QP00_us_geek_squad_god_squad/index.html

I wonder if he uses Bibles System 2.5? (Christian, so 2.0. But King James? Good News? Thoughts?)

This actually reminds me of another of my regular brushes with religion in the Times Square Subway Station.

If you don't know the Jews for Jesus, they are "Messianic Jews." They believe Christ was the real Messiah. And they believe in an even bigger miracle:

That you can believe in Christ the Messiah, and still be Jewish.

I know, I know. I'm the Ex-Roman Catholic Atheist with a Jewish Heritage. Who am I to judge who a real Jew is? Well, I know I'm officially not a Jew( my Mom's the Goy, my Dad is the one who fell for the shiksa,) and that most Jews see Messianics as just another way Christians try to convert and dilute Jews from what they feel the true faith is.

And honestly, there is a reason why you don't see Jews trying to recruit outside the Tribe much. When you have been hounded and persecuted for most of recorded history, guess what? YOU DON'T THINK IT'S COOL.

And yeah, beyond selling out to people who just want Jews to cause Armageddon and bring back Jesus "El Savior" Christ, they are pretty much an evil cult.

So, anyhow, being in the subway at some point in the last century, and seeing them in their uniform shirts and glazed stares, I see something odd in the pamphlets they hand to people to throw on the subway.

Beavis and Butthead.

YES! THE FOOLS WERE USING THE BOYS! They were showing how Beavis and Butthead found God. And God was cool. God rocked. Let's pray to God and Jesus.

So I did the only thing I could do. I called Viacom. Sorry. Besides being of the Judge ( Mike, that is), Beavis and Butthead stood for the best defenses against those who would abuse faith.

"Chicks, boobies, and HEAVY METAL ROCK N'ROLL!! HEhehehe,ehehhe,ehehehe, hehhh."

*THWAP* SHUT UP, BUTT MUNCH! This is like, serious stuff."

"Ow! Assmunch!"

Anyway, I remember seeing a bit on it on the news, haven't been able to find any mention of it on the web. Viacom basically let the matter drop, or quietly sent a cease and desist. The Not Quite Ready for End Time Players continue to haunt the subways, and it's just an interesting to think about.

Borrowing from popular culture can lead to some interesting sermon's and sermonizing. I remember a sermon from my childhood. Ralph Bakshi's "The Lord of the Ring's" had come out. The priest, who clearly read the books, reflected on the hobbits, how they kept EVERYTHING, and were materialistic.

And how we shouldn't be like that.

It was kind of cool. He managed to tie Tolkien into a Catholic mass with subtlety, humor, and no Narnia references.

And what did we learn? Well, in all kinds of preaching, be it religious or secular, borrow from popculture carefully.

When done well, it can be a good way to illuminate your meaning, and connect with the audience.

When done poorly, it just opens you up to the mockery you likely deserve.

And not done carefully, you need more than a canon lawyer on the speed dial.

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firynze
Aug. 16th, 2010 03:04 pm (UTC)
...wow. That's...special. Just when I didn't think the Jews for Jesus could confuse me any more...

(at least they're still not Matis Yahu. He confuses me ON SO MANY LEVELS.)
j_bkl
Aug. 16th, 2010 06:35 pm (UTC)
Decent musician trying to break down some barriers, if not all of them.

And yeah, the j4j's are a equally confusing and confused.

Thus, perfect people for me to mock..er... respectfully write about.
video_jukebox
Aug. 17th, 2010 06:42 pm (UTC)
Reminds me a little of a newspaper I got from Moonies on the subway years ago. It was a series of messages broadcast all the way from Heaven (by way of a prominent Unification Church member) from famous and not-so-famous dead people from history. Jesus and Karl Marx were among them, and all of them went on and on about how great and enlightening the teachings of Reverend Moon were and, in the case of Marx and other Communists who sent messages, how wrong they were about Reverend Moon in life. I just remember thinking that, if I were dead and still conscious on some level after death, I'd be pretty pissed if someone put words in my mouth like that.
j_bkl
Aug. 17th, 2010 07:18 pm (UTC)
Well, the dead are the best to misquote.

Unless they are recently dead, were rich, and have some good lawyers defending their Estate.

Anyone try to misquote/use Elvis, man, his people will TCB in a FLASH, BABY! YEAH!
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