This is the one hundred and eightieth installment in The Sounds of Fundamentalism series. This is a series that I would like readers to help me with. If you know of a video clip that shows the crazy, cantankerous, or contradictory side of Evangelical Christianity, please send me an email with the name or link to the video. Please do not leave suggestions in the comment section. Let’s have some fun!
Today’s Sound of Fundamentalism features a video clip from the Catholic program Take 2 with Jerry & Debbie. A woman by the name of Mary called in to tell a story about giving a hospitalized woman a communion wafer. The woman ate the wafer and immediately puked it up. The sick woman evidently received spoiled meat — remember the wafer is literally the flesh of Jesus. What did Mary do? She gathered up the puke-covered Jesus and put him in a bag. Faced with an existential crisis of leaving Jesus in a plastic bag, Mary decided to the eat the puke-covered Lord of Lords and King of Kings.
Lesson of the day? Sincere religious beliefs will make some people do bat-shit crazy stuff.
Oh boy, that’s sick.
Whenever I read an Evangelical or Fundie “expose’ ” regarding Catholicism, I take it with a grain of salt.
I walked away from Catholicism myself, just as I later walked away from Evangelicalism- but I also recognize that Papist Bashing is a cash cow for many of these Bible beating types. And the thing is: the really credible ammo against the church of Rome, the really good stuff, usually comes from Catholic scholars and intellectuals who still regard themselves as Ctholic- albeit not traditionalists or unthinking Catholics.
This story, of course, came from a Roman Catholic program, and not an Evangelical expose.
I recall a magazine article comparing 9-11 hijackers to pigeons. With religion you could train jihadists to kill themselves, though “bird brain” pigeons could not be trained despite their use as couriers in dangerous wartime environments.
Analogous to this I notice that my pet cats, who sometimes barf, will not eat barf from themselves or the other cats. I don’t have to worry about the other cats eating this barf.
I’ve considered putting up a statue of Bastet , just in case the cats want to be religious… then again maybe that’s not the best option.