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  • By Theresa Mitchell
    Jul 4, 2008
    "Portland Alliance reviews JEEZUS!" (partial article by Alliance writer Jay Thiemeyer) SATIRIST TAKES ON RELIGION, POLITICS by Jay Thiemeyer For all those who delighted, as I did, at the cartoonish antics of James Dobson (Focus On The Family) as he stood on his hind legs and declard before man, children, and Ahl-MIGHT-y Gawd (hallelujah!) that he would never, NEVER vote for that charlatan, that pretender in conservative's clothing, that immoral traitor to his country, John McCain, for the Presidency, Theresa Mitchell has provided the book for you. If, on the other hand, you were one who delighted when the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) from Arizona succeeded in getting a stay on implementation of Oregon's domestic partnership law in January, you would probably find this book blasphemous and would like nothing more than to grab every copy yoiu could find, throw them in a pile, and burn them. Indeed, there are segments of the book which are incendiary: "The hairdresser... More > could tell that beneath those coiffed white tresses, Reverend Bob Bobson was irritated....On the one hand, he had delivered a couple of wildly popular told-you-so sermons already, and on the other hand, the Rapture hadn't played out ... well ... properly ... There had been no red calf, no storming of the Temple Mount, and the Jews --well, a third of them were supposed to have died, but they just kept on breathing.... He just didn't feel in control of the situation. And then there was the fact that he hadn't been Chosen...." This is no Book of Revelations. Titled simply "JEEZUS!," it fantasizes on the concept of aliens appropriating Americans' gullibility regarding all things Gawdly and chaste, in a scheme to steal our polar ice cap from Antarctica, as seen from the perspective of two Thelma and Louise-type lesbians. Foiling the religious nuts and saving the planet requires the heroics of a huge cast of bizarre and entertaining characters, including a Hyacinth macaw named Petey. Petey is the cohort of the two lesbians and occasionally their salvation. The pew-people get what they pray for and then some. Promises of being taken away in the Rapture drive them to near-destruction before reason prevails. Really? Did I say something about reason? Reason has nothing to do with anything recorded in this book. It is all about Faith, my bruthuh! Faith and the torments of HELL for the unwary. In short, read the book and don't believe a word I say. It is a satire of undiminished glee. It is Mitchell's keen take on the news of our world today as channeled through Gene Wolfe, Ursula LeGuin and, I'd suggest, Tom Robbins, Gus Van Sant and John Waters. If the author were a libertine, I'd add the influence of South Park. "JEEZUS!" is clever and surprising, filled past brimming with artfully bizarre characters and take-offs on religious matters. (With collapse of the wall between Church and State, I'll simply say "religious" here, since the religious has usurped and directed the political.) .... It is an energetic fantasy to say the least. At times it shows the strain of a first effort, with scenes that could use a good editor and a little less indulgence, but overall it holds together, carried by an unrelenting rage. [this omits the ending and about eight paragraphs, but it shows the tone.]< Less
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Product Details

Published
November 13, 2007
Language
English
Pages
157
Binding
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
Weight
0.64 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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