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Fun Friday: Stephen Colbert’s Catholic Bender, After Falling Off Lent Wagon

A royal wedding seems too solemn to qualify for a “Fun Friday,” plus I only caught a brief glimpse of the recap this morning (stymied by the West Coast time zone and shared hotel room with toddler). For what it’s worth, I predicted Kate would go with that Maid Marian/Shakespearean look (though some are now calling it a throwback to Princess Grace Kelly), when I heard she and Prince William had requested that trees be installed in Westminster Abbey. Lovely!

So, let’s enjoy Stephen Colbert’s fall off the Lent wagon and self-described Catholic bender. (Unfortunately, you can’t embed clips from “The Colbert Report” or “The Daily Show” on the redesigned Beliefnet blogs yet — The Powers That Be are working on it.)


That clip reminded me of my sister falling into a kind of a lamb coma after chowing down at our Easter Sunday feast after having gone  totally meatless this year during Lent. As for me, I was just happy that my toddler managed to sit quietly for most of the midnight service, before we had to hustle out at 11:55 p.m. to join the other sheepish-looking parents and strollers appropriately gathered outside the church. Also, drove everyone home in extremely thick fog WITH burning candles remaining lit. Greek Orthodox superstar!

Happy Easter, and Christos Anesti!

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posted April 30, 2011 at 3:53 pm

Nicole have any of the Christian leaders issued statements about why all those tornadoes are striking right in the middle of the Bible Belt? Surely some of them have an opinion about what those people did wrong to deserve that.

My sympathy is to those people and I don’t think they did anything wrong. I know many of them live in historical tornado country, though some of these tornadoes showed up elsewhere. I understand that kind of weather is consistent with global warming, so I’m afraid some things that only happened every hundred years will be happening every ten years or more often. It’s time for a lot of good solid storm cellars. And it’s way past time to start dealing seriously with the causes of global warming.

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posted May 1, 2011 at 12:26 am

Very good point nnmns, and, whilst my heart goes out to those victims of those recent tornadoes in your beautiful country, as you say, it is a real wake-up call to us to take seriously the threat posed by global warming that our extravagant lifestyles have created. In so doing, we can create a much better world for future generations. Being authentically Christian(or whatever one’s faith is, for that matter), means csring for God’s green earth. Great post, Nicole, and letter, nnmns. flipperthedolphin.

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posted May 1, 2011 at 2:37 pm

Market Place Radio said a few years ago that insurance companies are likely to become a force to solve the global warming problem. Given the tragedy of the commons, unowned resources tend to get trashed. While insurance companies don’t own the air, the do own the resulting liability. So they are likely result to push politicians and their money will talk.

nnmns, religious fundamentalists tend to see natural disasters as either a test of faith, or God smiting the wicked. Which group the victims are in is relative to the observer.

BTW this is not a flippant comment. I Googled “test of faith natural disasters” and came up with this:

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