The belated and often irregular, Attie Award!!
Ok, so, there are lots of reasons I haven’t given an Attie this past week. I couldn’t find any worthy canidates, as it seems d-baggery has been kinda low this week. Plus, with OSU starting up school, it’s been a bit of a crazy week. So, not a lot of time to do research.
So, I think this is the time for a joint Attie award to christians and atheists both. I’m giving this week’s award to all of us for one simple reason: our obsession with celebrities.
What I mean is this, when a celebrity becomes a christian or outs themselves as an atheist, both sides throw a big party. Even worse, each side trots out this fact like it’s really a big damn deal and somehow is the final nail in the other side’s coffin. Then, we have to listen to said celebrity extol the versions of what they think, while all of us do a gigantic faceplant muttering, “Please shut up”.
Christians are really bad at this. When a celebrity becomes a Christian, we trot them out to do the Christian talk show realm and we get embarrassingly bad conversations. For the love of St. Thomas, St. Paul himself shut up for about ten years before he started his ministry. And, if Paul can do it, surely the likes of Kurt Cameron or any celebrity sports star can. Learn a little bit about the faith you are embracing before you open your mouth. We really don’t need you to kill more trees by writing insipid books that will wind up in the Barnes and Noble clearing rack. Even worse, by allowing these celebrities front row and center, we push them to the point of wrecking their own faith by prostituting them for Jesus.
But, Atheists are not immune to said disease. They have a whole website dedicated to the idea. There are certainly some good ones on the list, but do you really want to trumpet that Angelina Jolie or (gag) Barry Manilow? Will he write the songs that make the whole world disbelieve? Doubtful.
So, here is to our celebrity obsession and how we think it leads credibility to our arguments, not realizing we are committing a huge logical fallacy, the appeal to authority. St. Thomas, release the hounds and gnaw on our celebrity obsession.
Wait, come to think of it, Mandy is supposed to be about Manilow’s dog. And we will know that dog is god spelled backwards. Stop sending us mixes messages Barry!