July 25, 2011
In Jesus’ name, boogity, boogity, boogity
There were two big religion stories over the weekend. I’ll be getting to the Norway bombing story, and the coverage of it, tomorrow. But for now I’ll take a run at the other religion “news” getting lots of attention: Pastor Joe Nelms prayer at the Nationwide Federated Auto Parts 300.
From The Tennessean:
Certainly you’ve seen the prayer by now. It was on Sportscenter last night and has been mentioned by a lot of papers. My old friend and colleague Sarah Pulliam Bailey took a look at some of the coverage at GetReligion, and she wasn’t sold on the “Talladega Nights” reference.
But I was. Much as you might not expect a Southern Baptist, which Nelms is, to be watching Will Ferrell movies, it’s difficult to imagine a Southern Baptist from the South or Bible Belt missing anything concerning NASCAR.