Fundamentalists get Freudian

Uber-Pastor Rod Parsley has recently sweetened the deal for those interested in supporting his efforts in Sudan. Jeff Sharlet is skeptical about just what those efforts are aimed at: "Pastor Rod was raising cash for holy war -- I mean, relief work -- in Sudan..."


"Do you experience erectile dysfunction? Would you like a little more size? Pastor Rod Parsley wants to help -- he'll turn your 'male headship' into a deadly weapon with extra inches."
The preacher who helped Bush edge out Kerry in Ohio with his homo-hating rhetoric has now added several inches to the sword he's giving away for those who donate $54 to his organization. A sword. More inches. Gawd.

"It's the 'SWORD OF THE KING,' promises Pastor Rod." See, now here's the problem. Scriptures are open to interpretation, sure. Those who claim to have the message spot-on are to be distrusted, sure. But Jesus. The entire POINT of the scriptures, of Christianity, is that the sword, fear, violence, are weak. That the flesh, love, G-d, transcends brute force.

Jesus.

Sharlet writes: "Pastor Rod's mixture of faith, myth, and nationalism collapses the metaphors of scripture into worldly militance." Read the rest for a bizarre and discomforting day. Guaranteed. (TheRevealer)

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