Religion Month of Sundays
posted by June 13 at 16:54 PMon
What happened when The Stranger sent 30 writers to 30 church services last Sunday? All hell broke loose. Here’s a taste of Lindy West’s piece on visiting the “meditation room” at Sea-Tac airport last Sunday…
On the front wall, where one expects Jesus to dangle, there’s a large photograph of a mountain lake at sunset. “Lake Wenatchee,” it reads, “January, 1986.” Just to the right is a tiny door with no doorknob, which could only lead from the adjacent chaplaincy. The door has a peephole in it. Is the chaplain in there behind the peephole? Is he peepin’? Can he peep all the atheism that fills my cold, doomed heart?
I lower my head and pray to Lake Wenatchee. I get the overwhelming feeling that Lake Wenatchee doesn’t give a shit. And even if it did, what could it possibly do for me? Or my family, or the hobo taking a nap, or all those people terrified to get on all those planes? How awful, to blame your misfortunes on a personal failure to pray persuasively enough. Anyway, at least Lake Wenatchee exists (Lake Wenatchee, 1; God, 0).
When you read the whole package—which you can do by clicking here—you’ll see that our writers were damn near everywhere this weekend. We went to Methodist worship, Catholic mass, Islamic prayers, Jewish services, mega-churches, mini-churches, mainline churches, offline churches.
We didn’t, however, get a writer to a Church of Scientology service.
This omission is sure to piss off the super-duper-sensitive, e-meter-grippin’, lawsuit-happy cry babies that run the Scientology racket, of course. I’m braced for their angry letters. Heck, I’ll write one myself: “By refusing to send a writer to our church services is a clear manifestation of the Stranger’s religious bigotry. By omitting Scientology from this feature package the Stranger subtly communicates to its readers that Scientology is not a legitimate religion that deserves to be taken just seriously as any other… blah blah blah… L. Ron… blah blah blah Suri Cruise…”
Of course the Church of Scientology would be pissed off if we had included them in our “Month of Sundays” package. “How dare you mock our sincerely held, if completely crazed, religious beliefs!” You really can’t win with the Scientologists.
Still, I’ll admit it was an oversight on my part to leave ‘em out. But if there’s anyone out there that wants to head to a Scientology service and report back to us about it, we’ll happily amend our “Month of Sundays” package to include America’s goofiest new religion. I emailed the Church of Scientology of Washington State, inquiring about services in Seattle, and got this response…
Sunday Service is at 11am. It is at the church located at 601 Aurora Ave North, 98109. All are welcome.
Anyone wanna go check it out this weekend and write it up?