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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

The Golden Calf’s All Growed Up

posted by on October 29 at 13:17 PM

Wonkette just put up this amazing picture:


Apparently, some Christians are on Wall Street, putting their hands on and praying over a large brass bull in the hopes that God will save the world’s economy and transform the United States from a bull and bear economy to a lion (of God) economy. Do these people actually read the book they’re supposed to be following?

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Posted by reverend dr dj riz | October 29, 2008 1:20 PM

False idol! Pagans!

Posted by Mr. Poe | October 29, 2008 1:21 PM

yeah whatever happened to thou shalt have no other gods before me?
hypocritical much?

Posted by angelika | October 29, 2008 1:22 PM

If only the "god" they claim to worship was real. It could make for some great smiting material!!!

Posted by Cato the Younger Younger | October 29, 2008 1:22 PM

I am starting a mental collection of my favorite photographs that represent this year. This one is in there for sure (along with this one that was recently posted).

Posted by Julie in Chicago | October 29, 2008 1:24 PM

I think I saw this movie. The ending was pretty cool, though...

Posted by Chris B | October 29, 2008 1:24 PM

Who won Hump 4? Did I miss the announcement?

Posted by xu | October 29, 2008 1:24 PM

With god on their side the markets can only go down now. Muahahahhaha!

Posted by Bellevue Ave | October 29, 2008 1:26 PM

If only the evil secularists in new york would have allowed my 10 commandments to be displayed in their schools...

Posted by The Lord | October 29, 2008 1:34 PM

when i see things like this and the african witch doctor who blesses "good xtian" sarah palin, i begin to think the answer to you question is "no."

Posted by ellarosa | October 29, 2008 1:36 PM

Mooby save me! and can i get a egga-mooby-muffin?

Posted by vooodooo84 | October 29, 2008 1:37 PM

It'd work better if they performed a couple sacrifices to it.

Posted by flamingbanjo | October 29, 2008 1:40 PM

That bull has some big brass balls, if I remember correctly from my last visit. I wonder which lucky one got to cup 'em?

Posted by Bob | October 29, 2008 1:41 PM


please make-ah this bull a ah-magical bull-ah.

we need to make more money, lord-ah

so we can keepeth it for ourselves-ah

and not help the poor and needy as we were commanded-ah.

in your name we blaspheme,


Posted by mike | October 29, 2008 1:43 PM

No way. ImprovAnywhere. Gotta be. I mean, yeah, there's a lot of praying going on on Wall Street right now, but c'mon.

Posted by Dara | October 29, 2008 1:45 PM

This is just the absolute height of comedy. Fake Christians worshipping a fake idol.

Posted by Joe | October 29, 2008 1:46 PM

@1: ditto

Posted by Jesse | October 29, 2008 1:46 PM

Wow. I love crazy Christians and their ignorant hi jinx.

Posted by Carollani | October 29, 2008 1:52 PM

The Lord will smite them for their worship of false idols.

"Then the LORD said to Moses, "Go down, because your people, whom you brought up out of Egypt, have become corrupt. 8 They have been quick to turn away from what I commanded them and have made themselves an idol cast in the shape of a calf."

Exodus 32:7

Posted by Mary T | October 29, 2008 1:54 PM


Apparently, that makes all the difference...

Posted by COMTE | October 29, 2008 1:54 PM

In response to your question, yes, they read the bible. They just have a difficulty comprehending it.

The people praying over the Wall Street bull are a particularly absurd brand of Christian. My experience with them has, unfortunately, been extensive. As a result, I've come to notice that those drawn to this type of Christianity are precisely the ones who need it most. Therefore, the people least capable of independent, perceptive thought are left to interpret a book that they have neither the basis for, nor the interest in, truly understanding. For a Christian of this type to ever really understand "God" would not only be a miracle, but a sin.

It is no surprise that they continually find entertaining ways of humiliating themselves. Their very salvation requires it. They begin as hypocrites and end as self-righteous hypocrites. Expecting them to either make sense, or to realize for themselves why they make no sense, is an endlessly infuriating position.

Posted by backslider | October 29, 2008 1:56 PM

I think that would be a nice altar. It sure would get more people in church.

Posted by Vince | October 29, 2008 1:57 PM

Someone needs to go down there dressed as Moses and get to lecturin'.

Posted by Dougsf | October 29, 2008 2:13 PM

Bull, indeed.

Posted by inkweary | October 29, 2008 2:15 PM

I'll betcha you could persuade them it was solid gold pretty easily. Maybe a bunch of them could get arrested for trying to carve chunks off of it.

Posted by Fnarf | October 29, 2008 2:19 PM

I think this photo of the bull pooping me out is much more appropiate.

Posted by Tabitha | October 29, 2008 2:22 PM
Posted by Tabitha | October 29, 2008 2:23 PM

It's a delicate balance, isn't it? On the one hand, we need stupid people to buy the crap that we (as a society) sell. Without them, the economy would grind to a halt, and we'd have to start producing non-crap, and that cuts into the bottom line.

But we can't let it get to a point where we have too many stupid people, or we get situations like this.

What to do?

Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay | October 29, 2008 3:32 PM

Mr. Constant, I know Christians, and these people are no Christians.

Posted by Greg | October 29, 2008 4:57 PM

it may work but i think praying on a golden calf may seem a bit....ironic?

Posted by some_dude | October 29, 2008 5:03 PM

For the record, and as someone who was raised among hellfire-and-brimstone fundies and evangelicals (albeit infinitely SANER ones than these), I just want to say that I am beyond horrified and am absolutely convinced that the world has finally gone completely insane. I have never known a religious person who would remotely consider that anything even looking like idol worship was an okay thing. This is so far beyond nuts, it's scary.

Posted by whatevernevermind | October 29, 2008 5:04 PM

Hilarious, absolutely hilarious!

Posted by laterite | October 29, 2008 5:25 PM

Is this a screenshot from the orgy scene in The Ten Commandments?

Posted by Womyn2me | October 29, 2008 8:16 PM

So they are asking God to fix what they broke, why don't they fix it themselves, are they too lazy? why do people always ask God to do the work to which they themselves have been assigned, God dosen't run the economy, WE DO! These same people are also always trying to do Gods work for him, passing judgments on otheres, which is Gods domain, fighting nonbelivers/unbleievers/heratics should be easy for God, why not lay off, stand back and let God act as his own henchman, if he's really all powerfull what does he need all these people for?

Posted by bill wesley | October 30, 2008 3:19 AM

Can someone please inform the author that praying does not make them Christians? The act these people are doing is not a Christian act so clearly these people are not Christians no matter what they or the author says.

Posted by Frank Forum | October 31, 2008 11:31 AM

They could do a lot better for the market by dropping all their savings into a mutual fund.

Only, I hope they don't. Because that would also be the financially savvy thing to do right now, and I can't stand the thought of them prospering.

Posted by CosaMostro | October 31, 2008 12:04 PM

"I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. They are so unlike your Christ." -- Mahatma Gandhi

Posted by Blain | October 31, 2008 12:16 PM

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