I thought it would be funny to put a Ichthys placard on Kirsten’s vehicle and wait for her to notice. I visited Perfect Peace Christian Lifestyle Store during lunch and purchased the “Jesus fish”. Being in the store was awkward. It was somewhat like accidentally finding myself in the women’s locker room: part of me was curious and wanted to look around while the other part of me just wanted to get the hell out of there!
If you think Islam has cornered the market on religious fundamentalism or that Christian extremism is limited to abortion clinic bombing you probably haven’t been in a Christian “lifestyle” store lately. The store I visited was selling a plethora of apolocyptic books, cds, t-shirts, and bookmarks. Many of the offerings, as expected, were extremely xenophobic.
While looking at the sea of propoganda I asked myself a question I’ve considered many times before: “Why spend to much time indoctrinating oneself unless the dogma is quite unbelievable and when, if ever, has one learned enough that faith is no longer necessary?” It appears that even the devout followers have diffuculty believing this crap!
As I wandered around this large store looking for the Jesus Fish I noticed a bright orange t-shirt hanging on the wall at the opposite side of the store with large black letters on the front that spelled “NARROW MIND, OPEN HEART.” I thought, “there is no way they put that on a shirt!” Could it be true? I fumbled around in my pocket searching for my camera phone as I walked across the store to get you this picture. Priceless. Are Christians really this stupid? Or do they consider narrow mindedness a desirable attribute? It is beyond me how any intelligent person can make truth statements without having first considered alternative explanations and available evidence. This t-shirt might as well have read, “STUPID, BUT NICE.”
George W. Bush: Portrait of a Leader was prominently displayed on a small table near the POS counter. The Christian right is the only demographic that could promote George W. Bush’s leadership capacity as something other than a vacuum. Perhaps they feel obligated to support the man who has for so long and hard tried to push their delusional dogmatic bullshit on the rest of us. Or perhaps they think it is un-American not to support the president because…well…he’s the president. That attitude is decidedly un-American. I doubt this is the case since they obviously didn’t feel that way about the office during Bill Clinton’s tenure. To the store’s credit this $24.99 book was marked down to $9.97. I like what David M. Yates said in his Amazon.com book review, “One of the best examples of hero worshipping going way over the top.”