Saturday, August 23, 2008

Oprah Winfrey is in danger and everything in me is screaming "NO!"

Today I watched a YouTube video in which Oprah is asked how her spiritual beliefs are reconciled with Christianity. I enjoyed that video, and was very interested to find the parallels between her journey and mine, right down to the age at which she began to question. Questioning is a great failure in the eyes of the Christians I grew up with (and as), but in truth it is the beginning of the journey of discovery. I'll embed the video below, so you can see it if you are interested, though this is not the main point of my story.

As usual with Youtube videos, there were other related videos listed on the screen. I watched "Warning to Oprah Winfrey" by some new covenant pastor. He was all friendly and nice, but hard line of course. Then came the clanger - "New Age Oprah - World's Most Dangerous Woman". This video I didn't even watch all the way through, for it epitomizes the attitude and energy of the patriarchal, old and entrenched religious viewpoints, that whole feeling of hatred and antipathy towards anyone who does not follow their lead, their doctrine, their control. You can see this attitude in any hard-line church, not just Christian ones, but the underlying feeling is the same - do as we tell you or you will suffer, and if you are a woman, well, so much the worse for you. I will not link to this video here.

Several seconds into this video, I was on my knees on the floor howling in grief, for I could feel how they hate Oprah. These are the sorts of people who bomb abortion clinics and who torment pure souls in the name of God, who make sure that anyone who falls within their reach is severed from their connection with God as soon as possible, so that they are easy prey for their control.

I howled for Oprah, and for my desire for her to be safe. She is standing tall, doing what she can to bring the new energy to this world which so desperately is crying out for it. I want Oprah to be safe. I want her to bring her part of the new energy to those who need it.

If there is anything I can do to help her with this, I will! I pledge this now, with all my being and all the power and energy of who I AM.