Sunday, November 23, 2008

This Blog Post is More Famous than Jesus

Before the death threats come in, I should explain the title of this post. It was inspired by this article I saw today that says that the Vatican has finally "forgiven" John Lennon for his 1966 statement that the Beatles were more famous than Jesus Christ.

The article notes that Lennon's statement "infuriated Christians, particularly in the United States, some of whom burned Beatles albums in huge pyres." What struck me about this was, what a bunch of hypocrites. First, what is wrong with the idea that someone could be more famous than a mythological dead white guy? (Be that Jesus or Elvis).

But more importantly, what about that whole humility and "blessed are the meek" schtick? It sounds to me rather arrogant and insecure to get this upset about an off-the-cuff remark by a musician. It just reminds me yet again of how arrogant and whiny Christians can be, particularly in the United States. Really, if you thought you had "god" on your side, why the hell would you even care what a musician said?


armagh444 said...

Well, if nothing else, now you know why the Vatican's pronouncements so frequently leave American Catholics (who really should secede if only for the sake of consistency) rolling their collective eyes.

Player Piano said...

Once again, the Vatican's pronouncements are far behind the pace of history.