Friday, April 08, 2005

Salvation Through Spectacle

"Now when I die
I hope you're not appalled
Don't want no fancy funeral
Just one like ole John Paul!"
-Steve Martin (in a manner of speaking)

Regardless of how you feel about the Roman Catholic Church and its politics, they sure know how to throw a funeral. A scene like this really drives home the ever-creeping aesthetic tackiness of modern-day American religiosity. Must everything in this country be reduced to a storefront? Just because you can go for a walk with Jesus in sweat pants doesn't mean you should.

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