May 20, 2006

Wealth and Camels, oh my

From Sojo is this story that I forgot--about a Catholic principal who decided to cancel prom, mostly because he thought that the decadence was a poor symbol of Christian stewardship. Here, Sojo notes the wonderful way that Stephen Colbert took on this issue:
'Yeah, I know that this is a Catholic school and Jesus said it's easier for a camel to pass through an eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. But may I remind Brother Hoagland, our nation is rich enough to buy some really huge needles, with eyes you could drive a limo full of drunk prom kids through. ... So, remember kids, they may take away your prom ... but never let them take away your champagne dreams and your caviar wishes.'

Hoagland wrote in his letter, 'When Jesus said that it was very hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven, it shocked his hearers and it still shocks us.' "

Genius. Pure genius.

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