Is Chris Pratt's Mario homophobic or not?
Also, the Christian Girl Autumn collection is here
Chris Pratt is Mario and it’s making me think of church
Garbage Day did a good summary of the pushback and why he’s politically out of place in Hollywood, but I’ll expand a little more here, because as well as being an odd choice in general (search “except Chris Pratt” in Twitter), it has to do with religion.
Chris Pratt has been an evangelical Christian since his early 20s after he responded to a Jews for Jesus evangelist outside a liquor store in Maui (I don’t think he’s Jewish though??)
I spent years on Tumblr following Parks and Recreation blogs where nobody (including me) realised this, but eventually he mentioned he attends Zoe Church in Los Angeles - a favourite for clebrities.
Zoe Church is notoriously opaque when it comes to LGBT people, but ultimately only recognises marriage as being between a man and a woman. Elliot Page alerted him to the situation, but Chris seems willfully ignorant (or simply can’t believe it) saying, “I go to a church that opens their doors to absolutely everyone.”
It’s true that Chris’ public persona is someone who wouldn’t hate anyone, but the same goes for his church, which seems welcoming but isn’t.
The whole thing has made him on-the-nose for many of his former Tumblr fans. Also, queer folks just love Nintendo, so it would be good if its mascot wasn’t voiced by someone who doesn’t support gay rights.
“Welcoming but not affirming” churches are a huge problem for LGBT+ Christians, who inadvertently waste years of their lives in places they’re never actually embraced.
Viking-era ring says “for Allah”
Saw this tweet and was like “Oh that would be cool if it was true” but it’s apparently legit.
[Extremely Jesse Pinkman voice]: Yeah history!
The Christian Girl Autumn collection
It’s getting to the end of September, which means while I am celebrating oncoming shorts weather and waiting for the frangipani to bloom, up in the northern hemisphere they’ve begun Christian Girl Autumn.
This video came to me as a mystery and delight so please watch it before reading further.
The ethereal music. The glitzy slow-mo cinematography contrasted with the big box stores. The Christian-themed apparel. The buying underwear. The GOD-LOVER pumpkin spice latte. The praying and the leaves. The women be shopping vibe. Incredible. The more I watch it the better it gets. If you want to live in the mystery, I don’t blame you. Read no further.
But I cracked this one: This TikTok video promotes a website called i-need-god.com, an online store that sells Christian-themed apparel that straddles the line between high irony and embarrassing sincerity (it’s run by the @ineedgodineverymomentofmylife Instagram page).
They sell “Prayboy” g-strings and a bumper sticker that says WE ARE ALL DOGS IN GOD’S HOT CAR, but honestly I can absolutely see these things being sold in a Christian bookstore. I particularly love the GOD’S GONNA TURN ME INTO DIRT tee. Memento mori!
He’s already being crucified - waterboarding seems a bit much
Is God immutable?
Approximately once a week, Weird Christian Twitter will have some Discourse™ about an obscure theological idea. Sometimes it’s Pelagianism, but this week it was about the imutability of God - the idea that God does not change.
Most Christians believe this, but progressive and process theologians argue that God changes in response to creation, among other things. @RyWig kicked it all off with a tweet but he autodeletes and nobody seems to have taken a screenshot.
Anyway it inspired this post which I thought was funny. Thanks!
Faking it for the Holy Ghost
When I was growing up, my best friend was Pentecostal and I visited his church often. People would fall down and laugh spontaneously during the services, and when I asked what they were laughing about, my friend’s dad said God was telling everyone knock-knock jokes. That’s just a story from my life and it’s only vaguely related to the video, sorry.
Is porkless pork halal?
Meatless diets are increasingly popular, and so are vegetarian meat substitutes - even among people who eat meat. I never thought about this, but here’s an excellent article on how meat-free pork raises some complex theological issues for Muslims and Jews.
It’s technically permitted, but is that enough? Why do we avoid the things forbidden by our faith traditions? In a future where most “meat” doesn’t come from animals, will certain religions lose their distinctive practises?