Clowns for Jesus

Well, it looks like the Steven Baldwin and the Operation Start Up guys will not be sending their bizarre care packages with the Left Behind games in them. Max Blumenthal over at The Nation and ABC News exposed their plans. Looks like these folks won’t get a tax credit for the game. Oh, it’s just too bad.

OSU president Jonathan Sprinks in a recent press release said of Baldwin, “Since God made a difference in his life, he’s been very outspoken.”

Sprinks came under fire from bloggers for writing on his Web site, “We feel the forces of heaven have encouraged us to perform multiple crusades that will sweep through this war-torn region,” about OSU Tour’s planned trip to Iraq. “We’ll hold the only religious crusade of its size in the dangerous land of Iraq.”

The above text has been removed from Sprinks’ site but can be viewed on the cached page.

Sprinks did not return requests for comment on this article.

The Defense Department’s only comment on the record was that the OSU Tour is “currently not planning on sending any care packages to the troops in Iraq.”

In addition to the game, OSU Tour’s “Freedom Packets” were supposed to include pocket-sized editions of the New Testament, evangelical DVDs and books, baby wipes and phone cards, according to its Web site.

So we see the real reason was to send out the games. Why can’t they send out the rest of items in the care packages? I’m sure the soldiers would appreciate the phone cards and baby wipes. Sounds to me like the guys at OSU are acting like children. I guess if they can’t send the religious items, then they don’t want to send anything at all. Waaah. What a bunch of clowns.


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