Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Spooky Deja Vu

It was kinda' spooky (even for the corporally challenged). First we watched Brian Tamaki and his blackshirts (the So Straights?) in a mass parade on the streets of Wellington - then we switched over to Prime for the final of Cross of Fire (mini-series based on the real life downfall of a corrupt Ku Klux Klan leader in the 1920s). The marching blackshirts were replaced by marching whiteshirts (or white knights in nightshirts) but the social dynamics were the same and so was the message of hate and intolerance so obscenely wrapped in supposed "christianity".
It may be that Brian Tamaki stands above the venial corruption of Grand Wizard Stephenson. It may be that he faithfully accounts for all the tithes paid into his church and expends them only (at least according to his beliefs) on the Lord's business. (It may even be that there are real Nigerian philanthropists who genuinely seek to give large sums of money to deserving recipients over the internet). But if not, he would not be the first televangelist to prove a fraud and a hypocrite. Nor is he the first leader of the religious right to set fire to the cross with Jesus still on it but that assuredly is the act we witnessed last night.

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