Jesus’s Cheerleader

Have you ever wondered what’s happened to the line between church and state? Are you curious as to whether the line has been blurred or erased altogether? Clay at DeadlyHippos investigates the issue by visiting a megachurch in Tennessee. The church is run by Maury Davis, a man convicted of first degree murder who subsequently found God-uh and was saved-ah. Pastor Davis is also the man behind the DVD Islam: An Evil Religion (A four part series). Oh the sweet, sweet irony. In between pop songs, unraveling of enormous American flags, and fireworks displays, Davis cheers the virtues of traditional American “values” like ignorance and the cult of domesticity. This particular bullet from the post sums up the religious right pretty well:

Davis finally quotes the bible at 7:42. However, he does so without referencing the Bible or even having a copy of the book himself. In fact, I realize I haven’t seen a single Bible or any other book since I entered the church.

The American Jesus don’t need no books. He don’t need no bible. He’s got his megachurch, his fifty foot flag, and his xenophobia.

(Via Deadspin.)


  1. #1 wheatdogg
    July 23, 2006

    How’s the song go?

    I don’t care if it rains or freezes,
    ‘slong as I got my plastic Jesus
    Riding on the dashboard of my car.

    I can go a hundred miles an hour,
    ‘slong as I got the almighty power …

    I forget the rest. It’s been too long.

  2. #2 wamba
    July 24, 2006

    Faith and nationalism: Indivisible in America
    In which Michael Medved collects anecdotes of those who mix religious fervor and nationalistic fervor.

  3. #3 Shelley Batts
    August 11, 2006

    Those mega-churches are everywhere in the South, usually by the highways. I had a funny name for them and their neon signs and 25 ft-tall crosses next to artifical reflecting pools: Six Flags over Jesus.

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