Not really, but there's actually a grain of truth there. A woman namedCindy Jacobs picked the anniversary of the 1929 stock market crash as 'a day of prayer for the world's economies' and the Word went out on the fundamental grapevine.
The bull story is getting some internet traction, but come on now, the source is Wonkette. It's probably a good sign that I can still be surprised by people's gullibility-- not jaded and faded yet, by Ba'al.
I bit, I'll admit. I followed the boingboing link supplied by my brother and went on from there. On some level I wanted it to be true, so I read every blog I could find and all of the comments. The price was 45 minutes wasted; the jokes were priceless.
The bull was a throw-in, but worshipping an idol was too good for Wonkette to pass up. That's my impression, at least. Their photos look more like performance art than some people looking for their fifteen minutes of fame.
Good theater, but Jacobs actual message is less funny and a bit scarier:
For this reason, we are meeting with intercessors at the New York Stock Exchange and the Federal Reserve Bank and its 12 principal branches around the U.S. on October 29, 2008. We are also going to intercede at the site of the statue of the bull on Wall Street to ask God to begin a shift from the bull and bear markets to what we feel will be the “Lion’s Market” or God’s control over the economic systems. While we do not have the full revelation of all this will entail, we do know that without intercession, economies will crumble.
Wow, what if she'd gotten to George Bush a few years ago?
Odds and ends update:
No word from the Vatican, but they're vetting priests. Sorry, no Palin joke here.
Wall Street could use a little religion
There's sharia law, of course. (I tried to go to another Washington Post article via the Daily Beast cheat-sheet, but the geniuses at their registration don't recognize Saipan's 96950 as a valid U.S. zip code. I left a sarcastic note.)