A Reader Writes, and “The Kid” Delivers

An e-mail popped into my box this morning from a reader.

Hi there.  I am a convert to Catholicism.  I converted in 1996.  In the last 2.5 years I have had a re-conversion of sorts.  My family that I grew up in are Southern Baptists and are devout.  They occasionally send me things I feel are a little passive aggressive in nature attacking the way I practice my faith. (rosary, daily mass, saints, etc)  Here is the latest thing they sent me:

It riled me a bit.  Am I over reacting and looking for an angle or does this rub you the wrong way a bit too?  Or do you think this is sound theology?

Thank you,

I wrote the person back and said I’d look into this later, as I was at my “day job.” But I looked at the video though, and I knew there was going to be plenty to say. I mean seriously, Jesus sure doesn’t want you to color the world from the perspective of a Republicrat/Demoblican, to say the least. Sheesh.

The good news is, “the Kid”, aka Marc Barnes, you know, Bad Catholic, said just about everything that needs to be said. I mean later today. In the afternoon. Providentially.

So forthwith, go and read his post, Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus —The Smackdown, with the utmost dispatch. And remember this to: the kid in the video above is gifted, but he might want to follow in Mark “Marky Mark” Wahlberg’s footsteps. Pronto. Otherwise, we’ll have another “I’m spiritual, but not religious” casualty on our hands.

Because religion is for grownups; spirituality is for kids.

OK, my work is done here. Peace!

  • http://tonylayne.blogspot.com/ Anthony S. Layne

    Joe Heschmeyer @ Shameless Popery also has a pretty good takedown, and links to Fr. Andrew Damick, an Orthodox priest who blogs at Road to Emmaus, who fisks the whole poem thoroughly. Of course, what’s simple, catchy and wrong will be preferred over what’s complex, thorough and correct. *sigh*