When the Gospel Got to Greece…

…it became a philosophy.

When it got to Rome, it became an Empire.

When it got to Europe, it became a civilization

And when it got to America, it became a business:

For low, low prices ranging from $352….

…to $1090…

… you can be inspired, not by the Holy Spirit, but “by your own style” while enjoying that sense of luxury and Klass with a Kapital K that MAGA religion has come to project to the world as it worships a gilded porno-screwing casino owner who promises all the kingdoms of the earth if they will bow down and worship him.

I prefer crappy little handmade beads on cheap string to absolutely anything that has ® attached to the name. Celeb marketing of religious tchotskes is gross. But it’s the stench the US Church in the age of MAGA radiates.

And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who sold and those who bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons; and he would not allow any one to carry anything through the temple. And he taught, and said to them, “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations’? But you have made it a den of robbers.” (Mk 11:15–17)


4 Responses

  1. To be fair, of all the ways we’ve seen people try to profit off Christianity, this has to be one of the least offensive ones, in my estimation.

    And if we’re being honest, we all know that with a good marketing campaign, “crappy little handmade beads on cheap string” can be sold at premium prices. So, as tacky as I may find it on a personal level, I really don’t begrudge people for their choice in aesthetics, or those who want to cater to that particular niche market.

  2. Not the first time I see the rosary or other religious paraphernalia sold as a fashion accessory. And certainly not the last.
    Is it limited to America? Not at all. It’s been that way since ancient times and will stay with us until the end of time.

  3. It was a combination of little things made me gag.

    -the wearing of a “rosalet.” The only people who seem to pull off wearing a rosary are religious orders who hang them off their habits.

    -there is a difference between a fashion accessory and a religious object. I’ve seen some beautiful, artful rosaries out there and they are worth the price. I’ve also bought marked up rosaries from the Our Lady of Guadalupe church in Mexico and I didn’t feel bad about it.

    -the exorbitant price for said fashion accessory.

    -it’s too blingy for me. That’s my personal taste granted.

    -the whole “watch me both pray and wear this.” Ugh.

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