(Cross-Posted at Moonbattery)
Since the late 1960’s, mainline protestant denominations in the USA have been declining (while evangelical churches are thriving). The old-school churches have watered down the gospel and, in many cases, have become little more than daycare and social activity centers with a vaguely Christian theme. These churches become ever more secularized, and wonder why their congregations are elderly and declining.
A few churches think they’ve found the answer: Dogs.
Every week, Covenant Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles holds “Canines at Covenant,” a service for dogs and their owners, featuring dog treats, dog beds, prayers for pets and even special music, such as “GoD and DoG.”
A church in Austin, TX is offering a similar service. I don’t think this is an occasion for “outrage,” it’s more an occasion for “point and laugh.” And I get the argument that anything that gets people into church is good. But when I hear people say things like, “dogs are my children,” I think their values are misplaced. In most cases, people ought to count more than animals (although I’ll make exceptions for Nadal Hasan, Bernie Madoff, and Bill Maher).