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Plus: Sunday Mourning at the Church of St. Relevancy

by Greg Asimakoupoulos
June 27, 2008

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Goddess Worship

Goddess Worship
Oprah's popularity has become a religion.

Her temple is in Harpoville.
Her mantra? Simply "O."
She's worshipped as if God-in-flesh.
She thinks she is, you know.

With wealth and power, Oprah reigns
from sea to shining sea.
Her faithful sing her praises
like she is Divinity.

This goddess loves her worshippers.
From her all blessings flow.
She gives to those in desperate need
and those who watch her show.

She's on TV and radio.
She has a magazine.
Her profits speak a new-age truth.
Here minions have a scheme.

Her book club dictates what we read.
Her O Ambassadors
are missionaries for her cause
Her kingdom's evermore.

Sunday Mourning at the Church of St. Relevancy
Grieving the death of two liturgical friends.

Has anyone seen Gloria?
She's missing from my church.
Miss Patri taught me praise for God.
Please help me in my search.

"Doc" Sology is also gone.
I long to see him back.
I leaned on him when I was young.
He kept my praise on track.

But something changed. The songs got fast.
The Lord's Prayer went away.
Responsive readings from my past
were loudly drummed away.

My Sunday mornings aren't the same
since Gloria and "Doc"
were labeled too traditional
and forced to take a walk.

It's mourning time here in my pew.
Can you relate to me?
I have a hunch my friends have died.
The death of liturgy.

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Pastor Sam from Colona, IL writes:
June 27, 2008
"Goddess Worship": an addendum...


And now she’s got a new cause…
As if she were his mama!
You’ll see his face, and hear his name –
O, she’ll make it known: OBAMA!

And if she’s “GOD”…as she thinks she is,
That must make him “Messiah”.
She’ll preach her “gospel”, call it truth…
But don’t let what’s “truth” get by ya:

He’s no answer to the need
America now faces…
Don’t bank on youth or speeches
Or vote because of races.

Vote your heart, your conscience…
Vote for one who’s faced the fire.
‘Cause if you don’t, you’ll wake to find,
Once more, you’ve lost…to liars!

AnnaMarie from Eagle River, Alaska writes:
June 27, 2008
Sunday Mourning at the Church of St. Relevancy - couldn't have said it better! Thanks!

Everett from partial observer writes:
June 29, 2008
I think you were a little hard on Oprah. Apparently she no longer is a Christian, but she does go about doing good, and a lot of those are things largely untouched by others.

I am with you on St. Relevancy. Relevancy attaches to what is good, not to what is new or old.

D. Rose from Chicago,il writes:
July 11, 2008
This poem is an affront to Oprah. Your comments are both racist and sexist and really are inappropriate to the individual and the work that Oprah accomplishes.

The Pastor from Colona adds to the bigotry with his offensive comments. This type of "political poetry" lacks wisdom,core Faith values and I believe Jesus would be appalled at reading this regarding one of HIS creatures.

Oprah never has claimed DEITY and shame on you for suggesting such a thing!

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