A Cry for Help

It turns out there is a born-again approximation of The Onion called Lark News. Sample story:

ST. PAUL -- College students from a Bible school here have started an unusual outreach program to men with ponytails.
    "We consider them a distinct unreached people group," says Bart Nkomo, 23, from St. Paul Bible College. "That ponytail is really a cry for help."
This tends to confirm my suspicion that every single element of American mass culture will eventually have its parallel in the evangelical world.

Via Doug at LBO-L.
August 12, 2008 12:04 PM | | Comments (4)

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For the record: The (male) Swedish finance minister sports a ponytail. The Swedish government also includes the Christian Democrats who have their roots in evangelical churches. That could make for some pretty interesting cabinet meetings.

And here's the more obvious Orthodox Christian equivalent, The Onion Dome

Maybe, but I think you got it wrong. Evangelicals are everywhere, and some art/culture forms artificially exclude religion. You are merely noticing that people reappropriate their own cultural forms, e.g., satire. BTW, Larknews is really, really funny. It's on a par with some homeschooling families putting on the play Guys and Dolls (or Judy Garland singing Get Happy), except that the Salvation Army lass would preach in earnest instead of ironically. Or Bob Dylan deciding--who'd a thunk it?--to actually sing gospel songs instead of ironically quote them.

It's probably not too much of a stretch to say that, in the West, every mainstream art, culture, or science form was formed in a church-going population, and that the believers have an ambivalent relationship with said forms to this very day, as do the mainstream practitioners toward the church.

Actually there are quite a few Christian humor and satire site sites. Two others you might want to check out are http://www.shipoffools.com/ and http://www.wittenburgdoor.com/

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