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Rob Jenkinson's Letters from America #13
by Rob Jenkinson
2006-12-14 10:09:32
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Well folks, my time in Nashville’s suburbs has come to an end. I must admit that I didn’t think that I’d make it, but I did. Right now, I’m at Nashville airport waiting to see if I’ll make it back to New York or not, as some bad weather of epic proportions has hit the US and is heading eastwards.

For the most part, Nashville is a very cool city. The west end is packed with loads of great restaurants and bars, and has a very cosmopolitan feel. The downtown area, or Broadway (listen out for it mentioned in all your favorite country songs), is the main tourist drawing area, and every bar has a live band playing. In one bar called ‘The Stage’ I happened to see what has to be the best pub band ever. Can’t remember what they were called now, since I was a bit drunk.

As cool as Nashville is, you are undoubtedly in the south and being in the south means being in the famous Bible Belt. There are churches everywhere and most people are politically very right wing. I like to think of them as misguided as you have to feel sorry for them when they have to suffer such programming as the ridiculous Believer’s Voice of Victory, which is aired in the morning on the Nashville affiliate of Fox. It’s hosted by the ill-informed and downright evil Terri Copeland Pearsons.

Terri opens the show by telling us that there’s a lot to pray for today and then goes on to insinuate that the reason the Democrats won the midterm elections is because good God fearing Republicans didn’t do enough praying. Presumably you’d pray in an election to remind God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit to put their votes in.

The set is very basic. It’s only a living room looking affair with a two piece suite (sofa and chair), Terri sits in the chair and takes up most of the air time staring right into the depths of your soul. On the sofa sits an insane grey haired woman who babbles incoherently whilst Terri prays for the end of days and the obliteration of the unholy. Well, not quite, but almost.

I must admit at this point that I was only half paying attention, as I was getting ready to leave for a flight. I’m actually pissed off that I gave it that much attention as I’m sure that’s the reason why I left my book, phone charger and a firewire cable in my hotel room.

But Terri and her praying buddy said some truly shocking things. Right off the bat, Terri tells us that the world is seeing a separation between good and evil, people for and against Israel, which is to say for or against God. Incredible.

She later went onto pray for the “madmen” in the Middle East who want to kill God and that their God is different to our God, “Our God is Jehovah,” she drawls into the sky, “Theirs is Allah”. I would have liked to call in and pointed out that Allah is just an Arabic word for “The God”, but it was a pre-recorded program. She also mentioned similar people in the most southern tip of the world. I’ve thought hard about this and can only come up with Chavez, but he’s not quite in the most southern tip or the world. If you have any clues, let me know.

As I said, I was only half paying attention.

So all of this and it is only 8am! What a way to start a day, nothing better than a good ole fashioned racist prayer. You’ve got to love it, readers, but I’m glad I’m back in New York.

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