In his Jesus for the Non-Religious talk, Bishop John Shelby Spong points out how ridiculous it is for an athlete to thank God for a touchdown, or something of the sort. As Spong put it God hates Phoenix. When you thank God for an achievement like that you are implicitly saying that he chose the other side to be losers.
It’s always remarkable how people are Hollywood awards shows spend so much time thanking God. Why do they believe that their achievement reflects God choosing to favour them, and to withhold his favour from all the other nominees? And, if they really believe that they won the award through supernatural intervention, why God? Why not the devil? It isn’t like the lifestyle of the average celebrity is “godly”. So why do they expect God to favour one sinner over another, or a good person over a sinner? Haven’t they heard of the book of Job?
So what’s the big deal about Kathy Griffin’s acceptance speech?
In her speech, Griffin said that “a lot of people come up here and thank Jesus for this award. I want you to know that no one had less to do with this award than Jesus.”
Not a thing. She has as much right to make a show of her lack of religious beliefs as other people have to make a show of their beliefs. Not to mention, saying “Jesus had nothing to do with this award” is no worse than saying “Jesus hates the other nominees”.
As for the rest of her quote, the one that’s getting called “hate speech” by the likes of Bill Donohue?
“Can you believe this shit? Hell has frozen over. Suck it, Jesus, this award is my god now.”
How is that different from what any convert might have to say? How is that different from the “there is no God but my God” statements that people make all the time? I suppose (a) it’s funny, and (b) she probably isn’t going to ask for tax-exempt status for her award or for her show (which, after all, is the body of work that led to the creation of her deity, much like L. Ron Hubbard declared his SciFi writings to be part of Scientology and thus tax-exempt).
If proclamations that your deity was superior to other deities constituted hate speech, I think just about all monotheistic religions would have to be declared hate speech. Of course, none of this would surprise a fan of My Life on the D-List. From Reuters:
Asked about her speech backstage a short time later, an unrepentant Griffin added, “I hope I offended some people. I didn’t want to win the Emmy for nothing.”
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