Keeping the Faith

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Osteen.jpgBeing a professor, I don’t get to write just anything, but one of the touching things about Hunter Thompson epigones like Matt Taibbi is how they like upholding gospel truth against the contemporary prosperity gospel. As in:

McCain’s transformation is so complete that at a recent town-hall meeting in Nashville, when asked to name an author who inspired him, the candidate — who once described televangelists of the Jerry Falwell genus as “agents of intolerance” — put none other than Joel Osteen at the top of his list. “He’s inspirational,” McCain said.
Standing at the meeting, I didn’t write Osteen’s name down in my notebook — apparently because my brain refused on some level to accept that McCain had actually said it. Of all the vile, fake, lying-ass, money-grubbing shyster scumbags on the face of this planet, there is perhaps none more loathsome than Osteen, a human haircut with plastic baseball-size teeth who has made a fortune selling the appalling only-in-America idea that terrestrial greed is actually a form of Christian devotion. “God wants us to prosper financially, to have plenty of money, to fulfill the destiny He has laid out for us,” Osteen once wrote. This is the revolting, snake-oil-selling dickhead that John McCain actually chose to pimp as number one on his list of inspirational authors. So much for “go, sell everything you have and give to the poor,” and all that other hippie crap from the New Testament.


  • John

    Amen Brother Taibbi, Amen.

  • Rob Winslow

    And some people wonder why I wish religion in the US would go the way of religion in Europe–wither.

  • Unfortunately, not only-in-America. Africa is full of preachers with the same line.

  • Come on, John McCain was groping for an answer precisely because he is not into “spiritual gurus” and my best guess it that he knows Joel Osteen from a few clips he’s seen on TV or the fact that he is a best-selling author.
    The irony is that McCain is the candidate not using religion so overtly in this election. Read Obama’s books, study his campaign, etc. He is more organized to use religion to win that GWB was on the Right.
    One thing I do agree with and that is that I wish both would run away from using religion at all. McCain could have said that and I wish that he had. I also wish Obama would stop making his own appeals to faith.
    And someone please tell Dobson to keep his foolishness to himself. When will we ever learn? Partisan politics has nothing to do with the kingdom of God at all. I don’t want Europe but I am sure rooting for leaders who will learn to hold faith more privately when it comes to running for office and running the country.

  • How many books has Olsteen sold in the US (and here in Canada, for that matter)? Obviously many of your fellow citizens think he’s “inspirational” too, and well, McCain would like their votes, thank you very much.
    Lets be honest. If we really followed Jesus, the world would hate us, not vote for us.

  • Rob Winslow

    If we really followed Jesus, we would step beyond him, not cling to him.

  • Anonymous

    On the likes of Osteen see:
    http://www, and watch “demo.”
    Justin spoke at my church and comes highly recommended by my pastor, Dr. John MacArthur.