Quote# 80517

[re: a church where members dress up as science fiction and fantasy characters]

"I don't have a problem with people enjoying sci-fi, but church isn't the place to encourage escapism and fancy dress," Mentone Baptist minister Murray Campbell said.

Murray Campbell, Herald Sun 71 Comments [4/9/2011 3:05:29 AM]
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Can we bring back the "Ironic Statement of the Month" award, please?

4/9/2011 3:17:54 AM


@ Fpqxz

I'll second that

4/9/2011 3:27:24 AM


Oh the irony...


4/9/2011 3:30:11 AM

Raised by Horses


If not fundie, then at very least unbelievably ironic and hypocritical.

Let's see here...

Fancy dress: Check.
Escapism: Check. Seriously, there is not a big enough square for this checkmark.

4/9/2011 4:01:31 AM


I'll go ahead and get this out of the way:

"Pot, meet kettle".

4/9/2011 4:18:17 AM


Then what should the church be the place for? Nudity? Screaming at the top of our lungs? Inquiring minds need to know.

4/9/2011 4:34:14 AM

Doctor Whom

4/9/2011 4:54:31 AM


I actually agree with the point he's trying to make. The way he says it is hilarious, though.

Even if I'm not religious, I can respect that church should be a place for contemplation, calm and seriousness.

4/9/2011 5:43:17 AM

Pule Thamex

I don't have a problem with people enjoying church, but reality is not the place to encourage bigotry and inhumanity.

4/9/2011 5:56:15 AM



Not fundy. Apart from the ceremonial wear, it really isn't.

It often becomes so, but yeah.

4/9/2011 5:57:17 AM

On the contrary, Church is based on escapism and fancy dress. Ever see the Pope, or the guy in the Crystal Cathedral? They are wearing robes... Convinced?

4/9/2011 6:37:01 AM

4/9/2011 7:10:48 AM

Wait, do you really think it's the kind of church you attend?. My goodness!!!!

4/9/2011 7:27:18 AM

Fundies Make Me Sick

Well, I don't really see this statement as Fundie, just slightly ironic.

4/9/2011 7:38:43 AM


This entry gave me a much needed big laugh

4/9/2011 7:58:32 AM

Doctor Fishcake

This has made my whole day.

4/9/2011 8:13:22 AM


This isn't fundamentalist, and its only ironic for non-christians (and even then not so much).

4/9/2011 8:17:10 AM

Smurfette Principle

Has this person never heard the term "Sunday best"? Or, you know, "prayer"?!

4/9/2011 8:31:25 AM


4/9/2011 9:14:19 AM

Think or GTFO

That's exactly what it's about.

4/9/2011 9:17:18 AM

Jasper Spotty-Butt

Of course, both the sci-fi church and the Christian church celebrate fantasies. Except that the fantasy of the sci-fi church has a chance of representing some kind of reality, perhaps in a galaxy far, far, away. Whereas the Christian church has not the slightest chance of God ever existing at all, anywhere in this or any other universe. Also, the costumes are better in the sci-fi church.

4/9/2011 9:18:26 AM


And these other people who go to their own church where they're apparently happy with what they have going should care....why again?

4/9/2011 9:20:43 AM



4/9/2011 9:21:28 AM

Kay dubs

I'll agree with the irony but not with the fundieness.

4/9/2011 9:38:39 AM


I have no problem with people enjoying their own beliefs, but beyond the closet (Matthew 6:6) isn't the place to encourage escaping reality and forcing their beliefs upon everyone else.

British Atheist, Logician and Dogma Destroyer-in-residence says.


Thank you, 'Eclair'. A delightful lady I photographed at an anime convention in the US several years ago. When I got talking to her, it turned out that - like me - she was an enthusiast of the works of anime director & character designer supreme, Keiji Gotoh; of course, her favourite character is Eclair in the Sci-Fi anime series "Kiddy Grade", thus her cosplaying as this character.

...oh, and she's also a Christian. Just not a fundie one. At last year's San Diego Comic Con, Fred Phelps' Westboro Baptist Church decided to 'protest' at this huge annual event. But the fans at the SDCC got wind of this and organised their own (and vastly bigger) counter-protest. Suffice to say, the WBC buggered off sooner than they'd originally planned. A Jesus cosplayer was there too. Guess whose side he was on?

Argument destroyed much, Murray?

4/9/2011 10:25:33 AM

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