Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Is Mardi Gras another Halloween to the religious right?

Apparently Mardi Gras is now getting the same damnation shade eye from the Religious Right as does Halloween. When a stranger observed me today wearing beads and smiled that I had "the Mardi Gras spirit," a woman nearby corrected him to say it was Shrove Tuesday. When I jokingly asked what that was, she stiffened up to say it was the name of the day for Christians. To which I replied, "So is Mardi Gras" and walked off. I encountered a lot of this kind of You're-Going-to-Hell-and-I'm-Not attitude when writing American Voudou, which deals with violently repressive white "Christian" religious/racial intolerance to African theology. I don't think it's an accident that the main city that celebrates Mardi Gras in the U.S. is majority black. Today I got a twinge of that same feeling. The more things change.....

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