Tuesday, April 05, 2005

'Who Will Survive the Shopocalypse?

Thanks to Jeff Gentry for the shout out and heads up on the Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping's stop in Boston. This group of merry pranksters preaching a gospel of anti-consumerism, while the American Church is bowing to the god of consumerism. Where is the church on this issue?

Boston Globe had a great profile that is convicting to my Christian covictions on a number of levels. Read it and let me know what you think.

a couple of my favorite Rev Billy quotes from the piece...

''Our neighborhoods are being destroyed by transnational chain stores, children! We are drowning in a sea of identical details! Praise the god that is not a product, the god that swims in the part of the sky not yet covered with corporate logos!"

''We face this urgent apocalypse where we're shopping ourselves to death, whether it's a $4 latte or a B-2 bomber," says the reverend, also known as actor and activist Bill Talen. ''Lift your hand from the product and back away."

''The Disneyfication of Times Square was being pushed by Giuliani in a militaristic fashion."

He will be the patron saint of my Consumer Resistance in the future!

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