Revealed here and now, for all to hear – Oprah Winfrey is (dramatic sting) the anti-Christ.
It says so here: http://unamsanctamcatholicam.blogspot.com/2008/03/oprah-winfrey-is-antichrist.html and here: http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/Wolves/oprah-exposed.htm (*I broke the links on purpose). I saw it on You Tube, too. Hmm… Must be true.
Never mind the Pope, Hitler, Stalin, rock music, Osama bin Laden, Bill Gates or Charles Darwin … nah … it’s daytime talk queen, Oprah Winfrey… oh, and possibly Eckhart Tolle.
They’re plain EVIL, you know. Making people buy books and magazines and watch TV (yeah ok, I hate most TV, so I won’t disagree). Making people think about just accepting what’s happening now . Oh yeah, and horror of horrors, Oprah and Tolle say that you are divine. You’re god.
Yup, that’s sealed it for me. Oprah is the anti-christ of the Book of Revelations.
The You Tube clip I watched that proclaimed that Oprah was starting her own church. It must be true because her webcast with Eckhart Tolle got 20 million hits. Wow. If that’s proof of starting a church, then the Harry Potter Puppets clip with 53 million hits must be a megachurch. To say nothing of all the versions of Dramatic Chipmunk (10 million hits on the original 5 second clip alone) and Angry German Kid (8 million hits) that are out there.
I kinda like the idea of the Church of Dramatic Chipmunk…With a look, you experience all that IS.
I can see the service now: A packed cathedral, the DRAMATIC sting, and 5000 people snap about, glaring down the truth over their left shoulder…
First, a disclaimer:
I don’t watch daytime TV. Daytime TV is the worst of the worst. Full stop.
In my castle, the television is not allowed on before 4pm. I am one half of god in my castle, and thus what I say is Divine Law. (Gadgetman is the other half of god).
Thus, I am not an Oprah fan, watcher or admirer in anyway. I think some of the books she promotes are crap, others are good. I only know they’re recommended by Oprah because they have a sticker on them that says so. An Oprah recommendation doesn’t make me buy a book.
I also have a dim awareness that Oprah’s into New Age fluff (Yes, I’ve been there, done that, too. Sometime, I’ll write about the whacky things I did, saw and heard during that period of my life).
Oprah promoted the Da Vinci Code which had cardboard cut-out characters, lots of plot and no substance. It had half-baked ideas about the role of the Goddess in Christianity, and stuff about Jesus’s family in it which you could have read in much greater detail in Barbara Thering’s books. Given that I did my Honours thesis on the revival of Paganism in Australia, the contents in the Da Vinci Code related to Goddess worship were shallow; the whole book was best viewed as badly-written fiction.
So, I’m no Oprah fan, but I’m no Oprah hater, either. I really don’t care and don’t pay much attention to the woman. It sounds like she’s done some really good things -more good things than bad- and has touched a chord with many. The truth is, Oprah doesn’t force you to watch her, buy her books, or ascribe to her views in the manner that the fundamentalist hoards seem to bleating.
Why then -why oh why?- do fruitcakes (fundamentalist Christians) see her as the anti-christ? Wouldn’t the Gay Rights Movement, Liberal anything, Global Warming, the Entire World Economic System (intentional capitals) be more likely to be the great anti-christ of the Revelations? If ever there was a candidate for the anti-christ, it’s the world economic system that’s developed over the past thirty years and is now collapsing on its own greed and the disease of deregulation and free market economics gone-too-far. If you need false prophets preaching light and salvation whilst enslaving billions, look there. Stop getting sidetracked by pretty lights and colours. Go directly to the GOD LEVEL of the REAL GAME.
In spite of such global economic practices gone mad, and their insidious and far-reaching effects on people’s lives, however, we have fruitcakes preaching that Oprah is the anti-christ.
FOR CHRIST’S SAKE, PUT THINGS IN PERSPECTIVE: Oprah a talk show host! Not a politician, not a preacher or the Governor of the World Bank.
Outside of the US, she’s not that influential. There are billions of people in the world who’ve never heard of Oprah Winfrey. Can you US-based fundie fruitcakes understand that? There is a world beyond the United States that has NEVER heard of Oprah Winfrey . In other words, the great, global threat that Oprah poses is all in your ethnocentric mind.
We are all ethnocentric -it is an inevitable part of being a functional human within a given socio-cultural context. The ability to recognise this, step back, and experience life through the eyes of the ‘Other’ for just a moment is one of the greatest gifts that anthropology has to give. Try to understand what is meaningful in the lives of Others, for just a moment. The United States is not the only place or culture in the world.
I’ve met some amazing Christians who go out and do this. They live and work in places like Nepal, the Soloman Islands, Papua New Guinea, etc. They are secure enough in their beliefs to experience the cultures and beliefs of others first hand, without needing to force their religion on anyone else. A few years ago, one of my closest friends went on a Uniting Church study tour to Korea. She went to Buddhist temples and experienced Buddhist teachings. She went to India and saw the diversity of the Great and Little Traditions. She is a strong, balanced and practicing Christian. She would make a great Buddhist or yogi, too.
AnthroYogini’s lessons for fruitcakes:
- 1. the United States does not comprise the entire world
- 2. be your own anthropologist every now and then
- 3. you can be a Christian, secure in your beliefs, and walk a mile in someone else’s shoes
Oprah Winfrey is a TV talk show host. She is not the anti-christ. There is a world beyond the frame of US daytime TV that has no idea about Oprah Winfrey. Eckhart Tolle is a garden gnome with a great voice, who’s written some books about paying attention to what’s going on right now. He is not the anti-christ, either. I do not believe in an anti-christ, but I think that the absolute deregulation of certain nations’ economies has become far more of a threat to humanity in the here and now than a fictional anti-christ channelled by a 2000 year old disaffected Jew.
In more important matters, Australia are being thrashed in the cricket by India. About bloody time, too. Those Aussie cricketers (an arrogant mob) needed to come back to reality. You can’t be the best forever.