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Mae West, Prophet

The famous sex icon Mae West had one of her striptease shows in New York City closed down because of the intervention of some of the leading clergy in that city.  When they confronted her, scolding her for "obscene behavior," she responded:  "I'll tell you what's obscene.  It's you preachers who are supposed to be men of God but live like rich men, instead of calling your people and yourselves to give what you have to meet the needs of the poor.  I'll tell you what's obscene.  It's churches that spend thousands of dollars for stained glass windows and claim that's what Jesus would do with the money."

You have to wonder why a sex icon should have to speak like a prophet sent from God to challenge us to address obscenities that, in our pieties , we often ignore.

- Tony Campolo