And here I thought “Satan’s plant” was an insult

On Monday I published my piece on “Dr.” Pastor Marc Monte.

Later that day “Dr.” Monte tweeted this:

satanic plants

Yesterday an online friend (hi, Anne!) sent me this:

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Non-fundicus!  That’s what we should have named our group!

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John Shore (who, fwiw, is straight) is the author of UNFAIR: Christians and the LGBT Question, and three other great books. He is founder of Unfundamentalist Christians (on Facebook here), and executive editor of the Unfundamentalist Christians group blog.  (In total John's two blogs receive some 250,000 views per month.) John is also co-founder of The NALT Christians Project, which was written about by TIME,  The Washington Post, and others. His website is JohnShore.com. John is a pastor ordained by The Progressive Christian Alliance. You're invited to like John's Facebook page. And don't forget to sign up for his mucho awesome monthly newsletter.

  • Jill

    John Shore, you ROCK! My laugh for the day. *AH!*

  • Hannah Grace

    “It’s also known for its ability to survive long periods of darkness, and will not wither on the vine.” I know it’s a joke, and a cute one, but something about that really moved me. How beautiful.

    Keep fighting the good fight, John.

    • Jill

      Absolutely Hannah. Great point.

  • Alvin Góngora

    Bery* proud of his very satanic spelling

    • Keetcha

      Where’s the like button for this? LOL

    • LN

      I know, it made me wonder if he was a friend of Strawberry Shortcake – everything in those books was “berry” wonderful…

  • Nancy Crocker

    That plant looks amazingly like a spurge (just arrived, straight from spurgatory?) but that would also make it a close cousin of that wonderful Christmas emblem, the poinsettia.

    I think I have to give this idea a thumbs-up!

  • Natalie

    Proud Satan plant.

  • Natalie

    Just sayin’

  • boy jesse

    Oh my God, this is sheer brilliance the likes of which i have not seen in AGES!

    • Anne

      Thank you kindly. I was very pleased with my latin name.

  • Tim N

    There must be some reason why it’s called “devil’s plant.” Maybe it tastes beyond putrid when stewed and that’s all you get to eat in hell?

  • http://jw-thoughts.blogspot.com JW

    Seems to me he has taken fundamentalism to the extreme in which all you have to do is forgive and it will be forgiven. Easy to say when you are on the unhurt side of the tracks, don’t you think? He needs to be sent a message about that.

  • Lymis

    There’s a good zinger in here somewhere about Satan’s plants and God’s vegetables, but I haven’t had my coffee yet, and it’s not quite coming together.

    Dr. Monte, remember how Jesus is recorded about feeling about the plants that don’t bear good fruit – get your own figs in order before you start tossing around accusations like this.

    And really? You’re proud of your Satanic followers? That seems odd. Well, say hi to them from this fruit for me.

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/johnshore/ John Shore

      And this is you BEFORE your coffee? Awesome.

  • Kate

    I love this so much.

  • http://allegro63.wordpress.com sdparris

    So its a hardy plant, able to withstand drought, extreme temperatures and harsh conditions. It also helps other nearby plants to survive through assisting in the pollination process.

    If I am to be compared to a Satan’s Plant, I will heartily take it as a compliment, as being tenacious and helpful are great attributes.

  • Mindy

    718 Twitter followers is really not bery many.

  • http://blueberrypancakesfordinner.wordpress.com Erika

    i might have to tattoo this plant on my arm.

  • http://www.LindaFossen.com Linda M. Fossen

    This is just brilliant and so worthy of sharing…Awesome, awesome, awesome!!!

  • Mark

    Monte needs to smoke some of satan’s plant

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/johnshore/ John Shore

      HAR! I mean: stop it. That’s wrong.


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