Monday, May 28, 2007
I don't know, maybe that Dawkins chappie has a point. I am deluged this morning with news from the ultra-bonkers wing of American religion. The most deliriously entertaining item comes from the Pandagon blog, which, when not written by Jeffrey Archer's future squeeze, Amanda Marcotte, can emit some good stuff. This vid is a joy, if a disturbing one. Good ol' boy Fred Phelps brings hellfire down on the Cheneys - 'these two old fools who are holding dyke daughter Mary's newborn bastard son and pretending to like it.' Fred - 'God hates America. America is doomed' - is a fine example of that strange phenomenon - American anti-Americanism. Meanwhile, at the Creation Museum in Kentucky, you can see relieved dinosaurs peering out of the windows of Noah's Ark. 'Sure beats the hell out of extinction,' says one grateful brontosaurus from Cleveland. New research among ten per cent of Americans tells us that Noah's wife was Joan of Ark, hitherto thought to have been a lady from France, the one country God hates more than America. The book that reveals this makes the point that, though the US is the most religious nation in the developed world, it also appears to be the most ignorant about religion. Brian's Bible Pronunciation Biblical Pronouncing Website has been nominated by some as the worst web site in the world. It's certainly the most Zen as every link brings you back to the same place. And, finally, a brand new American faith - relationships - is brilliantly represented by Lloyd on Ofuzi - 'You've got a gripe, let's hear it.' Lloyd is in search of 'an unstable woman for a drama-filled relationship'. I especially like his stipulations that she must 'drink to forget', a course of action that never, in my experience, works, and that she should have 'undergone negative psychiatric evaluations in the past.' I know, I know, weird America is an easy target, but it is Bank Holiday Monday and it hasn't stopped raining for decades.
Posted by Bryan Appleyard at 5:32 am