Tuesday, September 21, 2010

King Clone

What would you do if you received a Christmas card of Jesus paying homage to Elvis? The former BBC Religious Affairs correspondent, Ted Harrison, wrote a novel.

‘King Clone’ tells the worryingly believable tale of an Elvis-obsessed couple who, having cloned Elvis and brought him up as their own son, somehow forget to tell him. When he visits Memphis on his student gap year, a practical joke goes disastrously wrong and he is hailed as the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll returned, the new Messiah of the ideologically and ethically bankrupt Cathedral Church of the Latter-Day Elvis.

The fact that Elvis worship now verges on being a religion in real life is skilfully exploited by Harrison. He encapsulates the stupidity of our 21st century obsession with celebrity and hero worship, and the cynicism of money-making religion, taking a swipe at the ‘new age’ reliance on meaningful 'coincidence' along the way.

A great satire on organised religion, spiritual exploitation and celebrity; a funny story with a darker meaning and a twist at the end…
Available from Amazon at http://tinyurl.com/2upm2b2

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Religious Atheism

It never ceases to amaze me how atheism is becoming more and more like a religion every day, as this Press Release attests: -

Atheist Teens Empowered by New Foundation's Gift