In case you missed it, Saturday Night Live put on a sketch whose only humor came from its mocking of Christians and The Bible. There was nothing inherently funny about the situation or writing, the intent was to mock fundamentalist Christians who encourage their children to read the Bible, and provide the audience an opportunity to laugh at them. If anything the parents, especially the mother, were written and portrayed as crazy.
After the sketch aired, the official NBC SNL twitter account (@nbcsnl) tweeted out this still from the “commercial” furthering the “joke” by encouraging their followers to check out the “fine print” they created for the ad copy, which was only on the screen for just a couple of seconds and could never have been read by viewers in real-time watching the sketch.
The only point in producing such “fine print” was to create something that could be tweeted out later to extend the joke into the twitter-verse. The only other sketch to merit such attention was Weekend Update, and that was to feature a joke promote the new anchor team.
The Fine Print Reads:
The Bird Bible may cause excessive cawing and attempted flight. The Bird Bible does not guarantee salvation for your soul or the souls of your children. Any feathers found inside the Bird Bible should be considered good luck and used to ward off evil spirits including but not limited to the Devil himself. Any likeness to other birds living or dead is purely coincidental. Do not be alarmed if your Bird Bible has a faint egg smell. This is normal and healthy. No refunds or exchanges.
It seems to me that the only ones guilty of “excessive cawing” are the writers at SNL. Perhaps they should try humility next time.
Today I want to draw your attention to a new website I have been reading recently, and is beginning to have a profound impact upon me. It is… The Imaginative Conservative.
It’s purpose is to further the ideas of Russell Kirk who is known for his incredible book, The Conservative Mind, among many others. Kirk had a huge influence on conservative thought in America in the 20th Century, and the site is dedicated to his legacy. It has amazing “reprints” of essays by Kirk, and wonderful discussions of his ideas on how to influence culture.
Reading this site allows me to think more deeply about the fight in which we are engaged, how best to fight it, and what I can do as a “scholar” to engage in that effort to defend the True, the Good, and the Beautiful.
So go there now, visit, and scroll through the essays and read one that you find interesting, or click on a link you like and learn more. Then do it again tomorrow.
You can also find them on Facebook. Go there and LIKE the page. If you are like me, it will become the favorite thing in your news feed, (even better than Grumpy Cat).
As conservatives we must take back the culture. One way to do that is to literally stand up and perform our values. In both of these videos religious individuals use flash mobs take to public spaces, malls, during Christmas time in order to inject the Christ, back into the commercialization of Christmas holiday.
As moving as these video are they also provide a way forward and possible strategy for political conservatives. The videos both begin with an individual taking a stand by raising their voice, which then allows other individuals to join in. Some of those people are part of the flash mob, but some are not, and others gain comfort and solace just from seeing the demonstration of faith and belief. The videos are also designed to be shared via YouTube so that the message can reach father over time and space than the incident in that mall on that day.
We must find similar ways to perform our traditional American values in public and give people an opportunity to see that they are not alone.