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Video:Rev. Billy -- Shopocalypse Is Upon Us

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Accompanied by his Stop Shopping Gospel Choir, the good reverend rails against the evils of corporate greed and consumerism and the damage being caused to the planet as a result.

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JL A (281)
Wednesday November 27, 2013, 7:38 pm
Wild & Weird: The Shopocalypse and the Earthalujah Revival

Reverend BillyPreachers thundering out messages of damnation and salvation to passionate crowds have a long, storied history. Theirs is a fire-and-brimstone tradition that lives on in modern America -- for instance, in the wild-eyed sermons of a certain "Reverend Billy."

Accompanied by his Stop Shopping Gospel Choir, the good reverend rails against the evils of corporate greed and consumerism and the damage being caused to the planet as a result. He likes to preach to large crowds on Black Friday in order to deliver them out of the "Shopocalypse" and into a more sustainable "life after shopping." Rev. Billy performs credit card exorcisms, connects consumerism to climate change, and asks, "What unsustainably produced sweat-shop items would Jesus buy?"

He's been arrested more than 70 times delivering his message in major shopping centers from Times Square to Walmart's headquarters in Bentonville, Ark.

But you don't have to be one of Rev. Billy's congregants to think about boycotting Black Friday this year and saying no to rampant overbuying. Check out his website and watch this interview.

Mary T (358)
Wednesday November 27, 2013, 9:21 pm
Thank you Sister JL for sharing this Rev Billy. Amen to Rev Black Friday shopping for me

kate K (481)
Thursday November 28, 2013, 9:50 am
Thank you for sharing Jl

lee e (114)
Thursday November 28, 2013, 10:45 am
I'm talking to my family in an attempt once again to take the "consumerism" out of Christmas - especially since I'm an atheist, and very poor - but I doubt very much that I'll be at all successful - I find the season extraordinarily stressful, and am always glad come February! So sad to dread this time of year! Good for Rev Billy!

Past Member (0)
Thursday November 28, 2013, 2:01 pm
Good for Rev Billy he is right its all getting too much nowadays and Christmas is a nightmare It has lost all its true meaning and is all about shopping and adverts trying to brainwash people what to buy What happened to the days when we were kids everyone had hand me downs and second hand Christmas presents that our grandmothers collected for us throughout the year to fill up a stocking and we were happier than the children now We now live in a society where hardly anyone only the few are satisfied Everyone wants bigger and better and more

Roger G (154)
Thursday November 28, 2013, 2:06 pm
noted, thanks

JL A (281)
Thursday November 28, 2013, 3:01 pm
You are welcome Mary, Kate and Roger!

Sheryl G (360)
Friday November 29, 2013, 5:15 pm
Please sign this Petition for Rev. Billy

JL A (281)
Friday November 29, 2013, 5:27 pm
Thanks for highlighting the related story that shows the risks Reverend Billy is willing to take consistent with his beliefs Dandelion.
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