Why is Christianity so market-driven? Because it sells. Christians buy useless crap and bible after bible, repackaged to any particular audience the producer can dream up. I know, because I fall for these marketing ploys over and over. But the most annoying crap to come out of Christendom is from the paint by numbers “art” of Thomas Kinkade. Well, here’s what happens when you turn your “ministry” into a business. In this Beliefnet article, Kinkade engaged in alot more than painting fuzzy, happy-bunny pictures for the God-besotted:
The more bizarre allegations came out in those same legal proceedings, when former employees and business associates recounted in very specific detail such un-Christian-like behavior as visiting strip clubs, groping a woman’s breast at a signing party, and urinating in public places, including Disneyland (poor Pooh!) and a Las Vegas hotel elevator.
In a bizarre twist to this entire drama, it’s these allegations of lewd conduct that Kinkade is not denying. (He has denied the accusations of financial impropriety). In a deposition, the artist mentioned his practice of urinating outdoors, saying he “grew up in the country” where it was common. When asked specifically about the alleged Las Vegas elevator incident, Kinkade admitted it might have happened. “There may have been some ritual territory marking going on, but I don’t recall it,” he said. In the same deposition, Kinkade also said there was a lot of drinking and “rowdy talk” at the party in question, but he couldn’t quite remember what he did to the breasts of the woman who claims he harassed her.
For Pete’s sake, how can people support men like this? What’s so annoying about people like Kinkade is that they feel they are above everyone else and can do whatever they want because they know people will buy their crap. They are wolves in sheep’s clothing. Read more here.