posted on Feb, 15 2009 @ 06:36 AM
Not sure if this is religion or politics -
San Francisco Chronicle
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.
The store owners have sold more than 700 candles and are expecting more shipments. They don't plan to stop selling them. The church says this is
mocking the Catholic/Christian faith. That it ridicules Catholic beliefs.
If this were Muslim beliefs being mocked and misused, there'd be an uproar. But it seems it's okay because it's 'just the catholics'.
There wasn't a picture with the article - but I found what I think they are talking about ... St. Martin de Porres with Obama's head on it -
These aren't the ones the church is complaining about. But I thought I'd show them to show that there are many versions ... and they are all hot
sellers amongst his followers.
If you google images - obama candle - you'll see a ton of them.
It's rather creepy.
People light candles in places of worship, asking spiritual entities for help.
People light candles in occult practices when dealing with the spiritual world.
For a living human being - a lawyer/politician - to be on a candle like this, and to hear all the messianic rhetoric coming from his followers and
from himself as well. YIKES.