September 1, 2006

Say it ain't so

Hat tip to Anglican for this story about Thomas Kinkade, the very popular Christian artist and how business and Christianity sometimes mix in a toxic way:
"The ex-owners allege in arbitration claims that, among other things, the artist known for his dreamily luminous landscapes and street scenes used his Christian faith to persuade them to invest in the independently owned stores, which sell only Kinkade's work.

'They really knew how to bait the hook,' said one former dealer who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the case. 'They certainly used the Christian hook.'"
That is the thing Christians should find terrifying--that people would use their faith for profit.


Kevin said...

Any trip through Blessings Christian Marketplace will amply demonstrate that Christianity is big business. That crap that get's sold in Jesus' name must make him weep over the blasphemy.


Adam said...

Gotta love the "jesus junk" thats gets sold - it really is simply amazing.

How can we stand for this?


ubub said...

I find it hard to tell the difference between the "Jesus Junk" and the stuff parodying the "Jesus Junk." Jesus action figures, Jesus on a pogo stick (Sweet Jumping Jesus), etc all seem to be sold so widely (Mardells and hip little toy stores) that its hard to say whether its sincere misguided piety, naivete, or a misrecognized sense of irony.

Sarah said...

What do you expect from a man who says that God is his art agent?

ubub said...

Um, I don't know, better art??

Greek Shadow said...

You should have heard the caterwallering around here when the head of the Board of Realtors told all the agents that they could not use fish or cross symbols in their advertizing, in the yellow pages or even on their business cards. He kind of ran into a brick wall of freedom of speech and the free exercise clause. Still most of the realtors were using these symbols as hooks for fools.