Gonzo TV preaching

GeneScott.jpgNo obituary this week can do full justice to Dr. Gene Scott, the most contrarian Christian ever to have his own TV show. His hometown papers, the Los Angeles Times and the Pasadena Star-News, cover the wildest highlights.

NPR offered an interview with religion scholar Richard Parker of Harvard University, who spoke for many observers of American religion when he said, more than once, how much he will miss Scott’s presence.

I consider it poignant that Scott and Hunter Thompson have died in the same week. Though I was never as spellbound by Thompson’s writing as by Scott’s performance-art preaching, I sensed more than a few common threads in these two men’s lives (with apologies to Entertainment Weekly):

Hunter ThompsonGene Scott
Communication styleDiscursive and self-obsessedDiscursive and obsessive
Favored anestheticChivas RegalVarious wines
Preferred smokeCigarettes (in a holder)Cigars
Parodied byDoonesburySaturday Night Live
SecurityShotgunsHired guns
NemesisGeorge W. BushThe FCC
A good neighbor?If you like shotgun golfIf he liked your cause

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  • http://wildfaith.blogspot.com/ gratefulbear

    I was a big fan of Hunter S. Thompson. Your chart comparing him with Dr. Scott is an appropriatly gonzo tribute to both men. May Light Perpetual Shine Upon Them.

  • Charlie

    Gene Scott always reminded me of some of the grotesque characters you find in Flannery O’Connor’s novels. Perhaps his faith was sincere, but he always struck me as a fraud who was out to dupe gullible people. I put him in the same class as televangelist Jim Bakker, another man whose Christian schtick damaged the reputation of the church.