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Obama candles!

Saintly Obama gets priestly slam:

He may be the Second Coming to many San Franciscans – but one local Catholic priest wants a popular prayer candle with President Obama‘s picture on it pulled from a local gift shop, saying it “mocks Jesus” and “depicts our beloved saints in a not so saintly way.”

The Rev. Tony La Torre of St. Philip the Apostle Church, in ever-hip Noe Valley, is so riled up that he’s calling for a boycott of the neighborhood’s Just For Fun card and novelty shop, which has been selling the $15 candles at a fast clip.

The candles feature the president’s halo-adorned head plastered onto the crucifix-clutching body of St. Martin de Porres, the Peruvian-born friar regarded as one of the first black saints in the Americas …

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February 16, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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  1. Every Catholic should be “riled up”. In a country where today one must be tolerant of everyone’s beliefs it seems catholics are not afforded the same respect.

    I wonder if this shop would carry items that mock Judaism or Islam!

    It’s time all Christians start boycotting businesses that mock Christianity.

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    Comment by D. LeBlanc | February 16, 2009 | Reply

  2. It’s called freedom of speech, and I’m proud to live in a country where it is honored and respected.

    I have no desire to own one of these items, but I would defend to the death the right of the store to sell them. (Or to sell items mocking Judaism, Islam, Wicca, the New York Yankees, Bud Light, or anything else someone chose to mock.)

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    Comment by Mistereks | February 17, 2009 | Reply

  3. +JMJ+

    If it were Obama’s head on Jesus’ body, then I’d raise a stink.

    I have to wonder, though, about the person who did the original Photoshop. Was he being tongue-in-cheek or sincere?

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    Comment by Enbrethiliel | February 18, 2009 | Reply

  4. Is that a giant candle in the background? That thing has to be at least two feet tall!!

    Do you think they sell ones of St. Joseph that big, and do you know where I could get one?… the hunt begins.

    But getting back on topic:

    Do you remember three ago when that Danish newspaper published a series of cartoons depicting Mohammad, and there were all those riots in Denmark from no other than members of the “religion of peace”? In fact, the Pakistani governing party issued a bounty for the deaths of the Danish cartoonists.

    Why then are we so nice, especially with the recent rise in desecrations and church vandalism? I think that boycotting is a good start, but we need to actively act towards the creation of a Christian society and take a more active role in securing the financial stability of what values we want to survive and what we cherish. For example: don’t go to Starbucks, Peet’s, or Java Detour when you can go to a local coffee shop owned by a Christian neighbor who loves and upholds the same rule of law, and moral principles that you do; and will then turn around a donate to charities that you like instead of dumping money in the pockets of Planned Parenthood, ect. Thus, we can begin great things in a very small way.

    ___Sources___

    http://www.brusselsjournal.com/node/698

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    Comment by George | February 18, 2009 | Reply

  5. Well said, George! I agree wholeheartedly.

    (And if you, dear reader, happen to live in the north valley, support Augie’s Fine Coffee and Tea!)

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    Comment by Jeff Culbreath | February 18, 2009 | Reply


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