On Saturday morning Lori Alexander posted on her website an article by David C. Cooke (while misspelling his last name) concerning how television is pure evil personified. She’s not just talking reality television here, but everything. I went to take a quick gander at who the original author was and stumbled across another self-proclaimed ‘Good Christian Patriarch’ with lengthy opinions posted on Facebook. Lori’s article title is just awful – The Sad Horrible Effects of Television on the Minds of Christians’ and it’s illustrated with a promo from AMC’s zombie show ‘The Walking Dead’
While I don’t agree with much of the article beyond the fact that television can be a distraction and a time-waster I have to say it puzzles me how hateful Alexander is about television. After all, she is the one that has said that during her sicker moments she would lay around watching movies on the Hallmark channel. She has posted this more than once at her old blog. There’s nothing wrong with that if it helps you rest and recover. I do it when the asthma goes nuclear stupid and I cannot get off the sofa. Sadly enough I am super limited here in Costa Rica on channels and have found myself watching ‘Judge Judy’ and ‘Dr. Phil’ more than I would like during those episodes of sickness.
Then here is where it gets funny. Many of his posts on Facebook are the same subject and same viewpoint that appears a few days later at Lori Alexander’s website The Transformed Wife. I’ve long thought that like King Solomon said that there is nothing new under the sun. There is a reason why when one comes across one self-appointed cultural enforcer online that everyone else in the same circle is ranting and writing about the same subject. Nothing new under the sun.
We knew Lori was riffing off topics already covered by cultural enforcers she also reads, reinforcing that odd echo chamber effect that much of Evangelical Quiverfull is. But this is the clearest example of that yet.
But there are subtle tweaks. I have to give Cooke credit, when he wrote about the need for Biblical modesty for both men and women instead of simply ranting about tight clothes, short skirts and v-necks belonging to ‘Harlots’. Which brings me to another point. Unlike Lori Alexander he never uses foul blaming and shaming words like ‘slut’, ‘harlot’, ‘Jezebel’, ‘whore’ and others. This is respectful and much more appropriate to an open dialogue with others. Too bad Lori does not do the same.
I love that he includes men in this even if I don’t agree with the idea of policing the clothing choices of others because of lust.Lori Alexander, not original and twisting others ideas just enough to add in blaming and shaming names.
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