Grinch Alert: First Baptist Church of Dallas
Yesterday morning, a friend in Texas posted the following video on my Facebook page:
The fountain is part of a $130 million expansion currently underway at First Baptist Church, Dallas, purportedly the largest church construction project in U.S. history.
As I have mentioned previously on this blog—in a piece enthusiastically heralded by the Fort Worth Weekly—the project is being spearheaded by head pastor Robert Jeffress, a controversy-manufacturing media whore whose career I’ve been following for the better part of two decades. (Before embarking on the largest church building project in history, Jeffress was best known for his gay-hating politics.)
In my previous post, I made what I still believe to be an airtight case that the deity worshiped by Robert Jeffress and his congregation is in fact Satan, the sworn enemy of all that is righteous and holy. Among other transgressions, I found the act of spending $130 million on an idolatrous shrine in an era of virtually unprecedented poverty and suffering for many Americans to be in undeniable concordance with the worldly splendor with which Satan tempts Jesus in Matthew 4.
Besides a $130 million monument to the corruption and decadent excess of late-stage American Evangelicalism, Jeffress’s other new project is GrinchAlert.com, a website that lets users put local businesses on the site’s “naughty” or “nice” lists according to their perceived secularization of the winter holiday.* For example:
NICE: “Walked into the Staples Store and was very pleased to hear Silent Night — with the words being sung! Nothing like shopping and hearing about ‘Jesus Lord at Thy birth!’ Keep it up Staples!!”
NAUGHTY: “Though I am a frequent flyer with Delta [Airlines] they did not mind offending me, a Christian, with an email stating ‘Happy Holidays From The Delta Family’.”
And so on.
GrinchAlert.com allows users to add naughty businesses to their blacklist. Unfortunately they screen them before posting, which is why you won’t find the one I submitted this morning:
Naughty or Nice?: NAUGHTY
Business: First Baptist Church, Dallas
Story: They prioritize the divisive politicization of spiritual issues and grotesque materialism (c.f. the giant fountain and multimillion dollar complex currently being built) over the message of Christ.”
This, dear reader, is where you come in. Even though our stories will probably never see the light of day, it would be extremely gratifying for me if a notable percentage of the submissions these volunteers have to go through are trying to put First Baptist Church on their own naughty list. If this sounds awesome to you as well, I encourage you to submit First Baptist Church of Dallas (or any other Evangelical organization you deem worthy) to GrinchAlert.com.
*The celebration of a winter holiday precedes Christianity, of course, in the form of Yule as well as other pagan festivals. Before it was selected to commemorate the birth of Christ, December 25 was the birthday of Osiris, Attis, Dionysus, Mithras, and a host of other dying-and-resurrecting godmen whose life cycles correspond to the death and rebirth of the sun.