Today is May 13th, and we celebrate T.U.LI.P. Day. John Calvin established the very first TULIP day in 1575 in commemoration of his doctrines of grace. It was to be the holiest of all holidays for the new Israel, Geneva, Switzerland to recognize.
Engraved from the original oil painting in the University Library of Geneva, this is considered Calvin’s best likeness. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Of course the preceding paragraph was made in jest, but this really is Tulip Day, just not the above mentioned. Apparently, the tulip is only the world’s third most popular flower.
NEVER SAY NEVER: JUSTIN BIEBER HOPED ANNE FRANK WANTED HIM AS A BOYFRIEND!
Anne Frank (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
In what has to be the strongest display of taste and class ever, Justin Bieber signed the guestbook for Anne Frank’s house, you know, victim of the Holocaust/Shoah during the Third Reich, “Hopefully she would have been a Belieber.” No really? Are you serious? Hey, how about hoping we learn from this awful tragic history that Frank and the Jewish people were subjected too?? Oh no? Okay, it’s all about me and my ego and my fans. This is just awful, and so revealing. Pop culture icons think they can do whatever they want, like trivialize racism and the death of millions, make some sort of lame apology, and then move on next week. Thanks for showing your true colors, Justin. I will surely miss you and the obsession our culture has with you. No, wait, I won’t.
Saturday I received a Facebook message with a concern about our blog’s banner the says: Worlds’ Finest Theology Blog. Was it a typo? I had to giggle to mahself but I realized not everyone would get it, so here goes. Worlds’ Finest is a reference to the Huntress & Power Girl comic. On Earth 2, an alternative universe, they were originally the Robin & Supergirl, but landed on Earth One.
Seth and I chose to keep “Worlds’ Finest” because PJ seeks to discuss alternative viewpoints (worlds) and possibilities in Christianity, pop culture, and politics
There are those that say that laughter is one of the languages of the oppressed as a way to cope with outrageous injustice. Humor is a way of directly confronting a problem with all the trappings of formality. An example from this site would be Introducing The United Nations Peacemakers’ Study Bible. I’ve tried not to make it too obvious my displeasure with study bibles catering to markets to suiting consumers’ needs [that was snark], and so in the latest news about the KJV Military Bible, rather than making arguments that have already been made here before, I took the approach of satirically mocking this trend of patriotic study Bibles while making fun of these same persons who fear the UN One World order.
When a person has been hurt by an institution, rather than retribution, I would argue that laughter heals all things rather than simply time. Two examples are Stephanie Drury’s Stuff Christian Culture Likes and the Christian Nightmares blog on Tumblr. I don’t agree with everything that come from sites and Twitter accounts but they do address controversial issues that Christians do not like to talk about. Maybe humor and sarcasm is the only way these issues get addressed.
Satire, while it is useful in making statements, one of the downfalls in using it, because you are appealing to people’s emotions, is confusion and misunderstanding a lot of times. For example, take the Non-Cunningham account on The Twitter, a parody account of Conor Cunningham (apparently a voice in Radical OrthodoxyTheology or whatever):
and thanks to @TheologyStudio for doing so much to make sure WOMEN keep their period blood soaked ideas out of REAL ORTHODOX THEOLOGY!
From the Twitter handle & bio of the account, you really can’t tell right off the bat if this is a parody account or not, it took an hour or so for me to figure out that it was the first time I started following. But for those who aren’t used with this version of satire on social media, and probably persons who are used to having their bodily presence challenged in the academy (yes women I am talking about her), it makes for an even more hostile and marginalizing virtual environment when Twitter for a lot of people is their safe place. I could really care less what group of people are behind the account, but what I do care about is when they cross the line, subtweeting vulgar names about women after being informed that his mentions were making others uncomfortable.
I wish there was a way for academics to confront their opponents directly, call me crazy but isn’t that’s what conferences are for, or phone calls, or face to face visits perhaps?
Finally, a Bible that suits my consumer needs. I’m a pacifist, and now I am excited to announce the introduction of the UN Peacemakers’ Study Bible, for those who believe in international peace movements and humanitarianism. Need a Bible full of quotes from Christian pacifists? This study bible has them, all the way from Tertullian to Menno Simos to John Howard Yoder. This study bible includes anti-war liturgies and and commentaries reflecting on the godly work that the United Nations does. The UN Peacemakers’ Study Bible contains special essays comparing American icons Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson to King David and King Solomon of Israel. Now you can have a Bible that reveals the true meaning of Scripture: to spread democracy and free market capitalism around the world!