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By Diogenes (articles ) | Nov 10, 2006

Holiday gift suggestion

Today's question is: are the folks at the eco-sensitive Wild Wings Galleries deliberately transgressive, or are they just brainless?

The answer is: Yes.

If you care to give them a brief lesson in incarnational theology, I'm sure they'll find it instructive.

Wild Wings Galleries
2101 S. Hwy. 61, Lake City, MN 55041
1-800-248-7312
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  • Posted by: ladybird - Nov. 13, 2006 2:31 PM ET USA

    Which reminds me of Childrens' "Midnight" Mass of 5 years ago. The usual Christmas/Easter cohort in attendance. Mass had been touted as "for the children". In front of us a woman held her "child" in her arms...a chihuahua; carried her "child" even as she processed up to receive the Blessed Sacrament. As she took the host the dog put his little nose right up to and upon the chalice. I was in shock! But Fr. seemed non-plussed. Tolerant, you know.

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Nov. 12, 2006 5:39 PM ET USA

    In Orange County, CA they would all be extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist. The shark does confirmation.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 12, 2006 2:15 AM ET USA

    Does this suprise anyone with an ounce of sense? Do consider the source--these are people who would rather worship critters that go around sniffing one another's heinies, drink out of toilets and spend a great deal of time scratching fleas, than worship the Son of God.

  • Posted by: ladybird - Nov. 12, 2006 12:27 AM ET USA

    You Guys! This is not a nativity! These are cutesy doggies in cutesy outfits for doggy fans! Puhleese! I can't see any nativity! I see a spoiled basset (king of the house) and a "wolf-in-sheeps-clothing" and another spoilt dalmatian. All gifts for doggy lovers! Not a doggy nativity! And another thing...I like Jesse and Garrison! And I'm not even from MN!

  • Posted by: Hammer of Heretics - Nov. 11, 2006 3:37 PM ET USA

    It does seem that anyone who would buy such a thing would not take the idea of the incarnation seriously. Of course, there probably is a whole spectrum of people who fall into that category ranging from those who are so invincibly ignorant that they don't see why portraying the Christ Child as a Basset Hound is a problem, to those who fall into the category of those who completely deny that Christ is God and take great pleasure at treating his Image with disdain.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 11, 2006 9:33 AM ET USA

    "If you care to give them a brief lesson in incarnational theology, I'm sure they'll find it instructive." I'm sitting here in Minnesota (yes, I'm getting hot, though it is 5º F. outside--we even have indoor plumbing at my house), wondering about the waste of brains reflected in the post and some of the responses. I'll try to keep in mind that pride is one of the seven deadly sins, and the importance of maintaining my sense of humor. I'm just disappointed that I just seem to get so snotty.

  • Posted by: Leo XIII727 - Nov. 11, 2006 8:13 AM ET USA

    In another context the crowned basset hound would be cute, too.

  • Posted by: hUMPTY dUMPTY - Nov. 11, 2006 6:18 AM ET USA

    As a collector of Creches, may I point out that none of the "traditional" creche scenes are found in the Bible, but most of the Nativity traditions stem from the those books excluded from the Canon in the 4th Century, e.g. the so-called Gospels of Mary, et al. WWJD?

  • Posted by: Takeya - Nov. 11, 2006 3:20 AM ET USA

    Maybe we should give them the benefit of the doubt and take it this as their idea of "all Creation shall praise Him". Or is that just being naive?

  • Posted by: - Nov. 10, 2006 11:40 PM ET USA

    Linus, I take personal offense at your comment. I've been living in MN for more than twice as long as you did and I can personally vouch that there are plenty of brains around here, despite the cold. In fact, they're well-preserved because of the cold. (Of course, in what condition they're preserved is another question. Anyone seen Jesse or Garrison around?)

  • Posted by: - Nov. 10, 2006 6:13 PM ET USA

    I live in Minnesota. I'm not brainless, though there is six inches of new-fallen snow on the ground. The display seems to be a harmless form of kitsch, though I admit that it might be part of a plot to commit sacrilege and lead people away from considering Jesus Christ as the center of history and the universe. We must be more clever and charitable in our outrage over such things, people, if we endeavor to carry out the great commission. Has anyone attempted to engage the artisans?

  • Posted by: Laity1 - Nov. 10, 2006 5:00 PM ET USA

    Has our Faith gone to the dogs?

  • Posted by: SER - Nov. 10, 2006 2:10 PM ET USA

    Few things shock me anymore, but the idiocy conveyed in that photo-- to think that someone deliberately designed such a blasphemy, thinking it somehow adorable-- leaves me speechless.

  • Posted by: Mangy Donkey - Nov. 10, 2006 1:14 PM ET USA

    That one dressed as a sheep makes me think of a "wolf in sheep's clothing." Fitting, I suppose, for they are sure to dupe a few "sheep" into buying this insulting mess.

  • Posted by: Linus682 - Nov. 10, 2006 1:03 PM ET USA

    I lived in Minnesota for ten years, they are just brainless, its the cold you know.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 10, 2006 12:30 PM ET USA

    Imagine the uproar if the did one of the false prophet Mohamed!

  • Posted by: FrPhillips - Nov. 10, 2006 12:28 PM ET USA

    It is pretty horrible -- although the dog dressed as a Wise Man seems pretty appropriate, especially after the recent election. A lot of our "wise men" seem to be real dogs.

  • Posted by: NonSumDignus - Nov. 10, 2006 12:00 PM ET USA

    Yikes! I'm a dog lover but this is so awful. The "Little Drummer Pooch" is kind of cute, though.

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