Sunday, November 19, 2006

Reverend Billy and Shopocalypse

Wash your hands and say yer' prayers, cause germs and Jesus are everywhere. -Kinky Friedman

Rev. Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping is my present church home. The Stop Shopping Gospel Choir is shouting Amen!

Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is the target (Did I say Target?). That's the day when you can join Rev. Billy, the choir, and yours truly, and many more in not shopping. Don't spend money on Friday. Revolt! Don't take the bait. Stay home, visit a friend, take your lunch to work. Don't spend a dime!

Make sure the car is gassed up on Wednesday. Purchase what you need beforehand and spend no money anywhere on Black Friday. If you can: Make it Friday and Saturday.

Wouldn't it be nice if the mega-retailers had a bad weekend following Thanksgiving. Prices would drop more in the following weeks.

I have practiced this type of consumerism for years. I even hand-draw Christmas greetings one at a time.

All across the country revolts will happen in Mall-Wart and other selected locations. It might involve pushing an empty cart around a store for a couple of hours, or possibly filling one to overflowing, leaving it in an aisle or telling the checkout person you left your wallet in the car. This is sometimes given the name Commerce Jamming.

You can learn more about Black Friday at the Adbusters site.

More than you'll ever need to know about Rev. Billy can be found at The Revealer, a daily review of religion and the press.

Will something happen in Oshkosh? I don't know yet. Send me a note and I'll let you know.

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