Monday, November 24, 2008

Reflected glory

The Vatican’s newspaper has finally forgiven John Lennon for declaring that the Beatles were more famous than Jesus Christ, calling the remark a “boast” by a young man grappling with sudden fame. The comment by Lennon to a London newspaper in 1966 infuriated Christians, particularly in the United States, some of whom burned Beatles’ albums in huge pyres.

But of course the Church of Rome still seeks to boost its relevance by stirring up a ‘controversy’ about an off-the-cuff remark made over 40 years ago by a guy who’s been dead almost 30 years.

And a remark no one thinks at all remarkable, outside Vatican City and beyond a vocal minority of fanatics in the Bible Belt.

Forget Lennon, O Ye Defenders of the Faith, what about poor old Giordano Bruno?

I’m sick and tired of hearing things
From uptight, short-sighted, narrow-minded hypocrites
All I want is the truth now
Just gimme some truth now

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