June 24, 2008, - 1:19 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
I debated whether or not to post this on my site, since I find it disgusting and utterly tasteless and low-class.
But after opening my copy of USA Today, this morning, and reading a repeat of what I’ve been saying for years–ie., that, unfortunately, Oprah has replaced organized religion in America, and is the most influential woman in America–I decided to show you the “ultimate” in class and high-brow stuff that our national Jim Jones of daytime talk is purveying to America in her magazine, “O”‘s July 2008 issue.
In the latest Pew survey of Americans’ religiosity, Oprah is not mentioned once, yet USA Today finds it necessary to bring her into the mix:
“Americans believe in everything. It’s a spiritual salad bar,” says Rice University sociologist Michael Lindsay. Rather than religious leaders setting the cultural agenda, today, it’s Oprah Winfrey, he says.
“After the attack on Pearl Harbor, the national memorial service was at Washington’s National Cathedral, conducted by Episcopal clergy. After the 9/11 attack, Oprah organized the official memorial service at Yankee Stadium, and while clergy participated, she was the master of ceremonies.
“The impact of Oprah is seen throughout this survey. She uses the language of Bible and Christian traditions and yet includes other traditions to create a hodgepodge personalized faith.”
Well, America, here is a taste of your new spiritual salad bar, your “cultural” agenda setter. Don’t forget she’s supporting Barack Obama. Oh, and here’s a tip: If you’re embarrassed your son will read it, don’t write it.
Oprah TMI (Too MUUUUUCH Information)–it’s the new “Spirituality”:
In case you were wondering, this is the face–or is that, “Assistant High Priestess”?–that goes with this Oprah “Beauty” tip “Spirituality”:
Richly pigmented, a shock of mahogany mink. GUH-ROSS. If this is the “spiritual salad bar” of America, I’m sticking to meat and potatoes.
Ain’t Oprah “spirituality” great, America? Blecccch.