“A Hybrid Hope”


Only in Detroit would they combine auto show and liturgy. Follow the link. You won’t believe the images: hybrid vehicles in a Christian sanctuary. (Credit: REUTERS/Carlos Barria) I found this link on Princess Sparkle Pony’s blog. Her commentary is apt. From the original Reuters piece:

(Rev. Charles) Ellis said he started to organize the service last week after hearing from auto workers, retirees and their widows who were all fearful of even harder times.


At one point, Ellis summoned up hundreds of auto workers and retirees in the congregation to come forward toward the vehicles on the altar to be anointed with oil.

Oil? Anointing with oil? It’s not clear to me from the grammar here if they were anointing the cars or the people. Also unclear if they were using olive oil or crude.

“It’s all about hope. You can’t dictate how people will think, how they will respond, how they will vote,” Ellis said after the service. “But you can look to God. We believe he can change the minds and hearts of men and women in power, and that’s what we tried to do today.”

Don’t forget, American ponies, that Michigan is a blue state. The R’s are quite willing to cut you loose if you dare to vote against them. Senator McCain pulled out two and a half months ago, and his Senate comrades seem willing to follow his lead.

That said, I can’t say I think much of the idea of appointing a “car czar.” Congress has been unwilling to live up to the Constitution since at least the time it signed over warmaking to the Bush Administration. Step up to the line and offer some oversight and take responsibility. The last thing the X-branch needs is another dictator in the fold.

Back to the worship … Princess spoke of golden calves. What do you think?


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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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2 Responses to “A Hybrid Hope”

  1. Gavin says:

    I just played for a concert in Detroit. People here are so very, very, very gung-ho about the bailout. I’m not terribly sure they realize they’re giving billions to corporations, most people here seem to think they’re actually going to give money to the city. “Bail out Detroit” and all…

    I’m just cynical about large corporations. I came from a city that was devastated by companies leaving and taking away jobs, so I don’t tend to think of them as our heroes.

  2. Gavin says:

    And here’s the real question: Bush is set to give the companies the $24 billion from the bank bailout. If the banks only needed $676 billion to save the economy, why did they give them the extra $24 billion? The answer is obvious, but I’ll let someone else blurt it out…

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