Someone’s pinned tickets to the noticeboards at work for the upcoming Twin Cities Festival with Luis Palau. Now I’m all for freedom of speech, but there’s something kind of spooky about this guy. Emma’s seen some of his followers through a work-related thing she went to and they all appeared to be suburban, whitebread, Republican-voting, polo-shirted, pleat-fronted-trousered, enormous-car-driving, men-wearing-slip-on-shoe types. Palau himself appears to be some kind of evangelical guy who does free festivals in big cities with Christian rock and various events including “extreme skateboarding” – bring the kids! He’s clearly in touch with the youth, in fact here’s what he says about the misguidance of our youngsters: “Adam and Eve, they think, is a rock group. The Virgin birth, a song by Madonna.” Yes sir, he’s clearly in touch.

His homepage doesn’t say much about his conservative “Christian” views, except for the suspicious first line in his Statement of Faith: “We believe that the Bible is the verbally inspired Word of God, without error in the original writing, and the supreme and final authority in doctrine and practice.” While I’d love to believe that makes for pious followers it raises a flag to me that it’s almost guaranteed to make for selective Biblical reading, and for lots of people giving money from their fat wallets to good causes (a good thing) while believing that gays and people who believe in evolution will burn in hell. Sorry to be so cynical about it, because I’d like to hope that there are some genuinely good people who follow this kind of thing but experience tells me that these good folks are going to be few and far between.

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