God – the greatest PR man of them all

It seems that anybody’s image can be made over for some people, so long as they claim to have God on their side. According to this article in the New York Times, the Son of Sam killer David Berkowitz is being held up as an exemplar of redemption by Christians in the US.

Berkowitz terrorised New York for over a year from 1976 to 1977, killing 6 people. He claimed variously that he had been commanded to do so by a demon that had possessed his neighbour’s dog and that he was a member of a Satanic cult that had carried out some of the killings. You might argue that the belief in demons and his subsequent belief in God are connected and that the people lauding his redemption should be wary.

But, as is the modern way, a church is hosting a blog for him to pontificate on everything from homosexuality to his fellow inmates’ hip-hop. So, you might also argue that he lost the right to pontificate in public about other people’s taste in music and partners at the time he was busy murdering innocent people. But then sometimes it seems all is allowable if you claim you have God on your side.

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1 Response to “God – the greatest PR man of them all”


  1. 1 OS July 14, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    God is the greatest excuse for the failings of all mankind. In His name (choose from any number of Gods depending who brainwashed you) you can kill, rape, defile or do whatever you want. There’s nary a thought to the fact that many of these worshippers are fucking lunatics.

    I believe in God. But I think my God is unfashionable. My God tells me to live and let live and actually love my family, friends and neighbours. It’s a wonder I haven’t been smitten by one of the mightier Gods 🙂

    Bilbo. x


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