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More on BushFish

A few more quick thoughts on the BushFish.

one: Jesus Junk is junk after all, and shouldn't be taken TOO seriously. And it's not like folks haven't tried to sell the Fish as a symbol of America before. Or the cross for that matter.

In essence, I echo the Slacktivist blog's comments that the Bushfish fridge magnet doesn't quite qualify as "the abomination that causes desolation, standing in the holy place."

two: That said, it is a cultural artifact of sorts, and even if the fine folks at bushfish were just involved in a bit of not well thought through "product development" in the ever growing christian fish marketplace, it still points to a troubling fact that they percieve that there is a marketplace for what in essence combines a "political campaign bumper sticker" with what is or was a historic family crest and proclaimation of Christ that predates the cross or the crucifix.
And if you question why folks both inside and outside the Church are concerned about a theocratic mixing the State's authority wrongly over and with the Church's authority...then check out the language at the Bushfish site that spells out what the Bushfish symbol merely illustrates: "God belongs in government"...or that "the Lord" Himself should have a place in our "public institutions." At my most charitable, I'd say that is messy, blurry langugage designed to incite passion and a magnet sale...rather than anything more serious.
Mark Borowitz described the fear this language also evokes:

"SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE VANISHES, REPLACED BY NEW ENTITY CALLED STURCH

The separation of church and state, long considered a hallmark of American democracy, vanished early Sunday morning, replaced by a new institution called sturch.

While the exact shape and dimensions of the new church-state entity, sturch, remain to be determined, President Bush today installed as its official leader the Reverend Bill Frist (R-Tenn), the star player in this week’s “Justice Sunday” broadcast.

At a formal swearing-in ceremony at the former White House, now called the Big White Cathedral, Rev. Frist said that jettisoning the wall between church and state would benefit all Americans “except those who are anti-faith, and they know who they are.”

He added that by combining the two traditionally separate institutions, sturch would allow congregants to seek salvation and motor vehicle renewals on Sunday without leaving their pews."


Of course this satire, and the actual fears behind "Sturch" are mostly just fears not reality, BushFish doesn't help calm anybody's nerves on the whole thing.(On the other hand, my more conspiracy minded friends keep reminding me about the Monty Python adage that "Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquisition")

And if the Bushfish folks every deciede to branch out into HilaryFish, or ObamaFish I'd be the first ones to picket them, and remind them what ICTHUS stands for.
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5/16/2005 03:44:00 PM

Good stuff over at Mark Daniel's site: http://www.markdaniels.blogspot.com

Mark is a self-described conservative leaning Pastor, who does a great job describing why the BushFish messes with an ancient family symbol that ought not be played with...    



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