Saturday, January 17, 2009
Money Changing Hands
Where can you find books about "Christian sex" (doing it on your knees?), "Samson muscle suits," or the ever-popular "camouflage Bibles"?
That would be the Mardel Christian and Education store, owned by a division of the Southern Baptist Convention, in Lubbock, Texas.
You can also find The Sword of God (Lights Up! Realistic Sounds! Powerful Message!), Jonah and the Whale action figures (warning: choking hazard, small parts not suitable for children. Or whales) but you apparently can no longer find the Christian mints: Testamints.
Another thing you won't find is Ben Stein's Expelled:
But if the DVD wasn't sold out, you'd find the film that exposed academic prejudice against scientific evidence for Intelligent Design, and which Christians helped to make the No. 1 documentary of 2008, with a sticker slapped on its cover: "Family Approved."
Perhaps most telling is the comment by manager Rian Reynolds:
I think that there are too many secular stores out there. We need something to balance that and bring a Christian view into the world.
For a last delicious bit of irony, the store is located at 7020 Quaker Avenue.