Hollywood Gets Preachy, On and Off Screen

Televangelists rose to power and notoriety in the '80s, and as we approach the second decade of the new millennium, celebrities are coming out more about those things that may have been considered private in the past. With the media explosion caused by the Internet, celebs have started to be more vocal about things that matter, and why shouldn't they? I would rather hear about Demi and Ashton's commitment to kabala than Lindsay or Britney's recommitment to Promises for more substance and fame abuse.

If the power of prayer can guarantee salvation, inner peace or, perhaps, a nod at nominations time, then hallelujah, because there there's nothing like a Grammy winner singing God's praises. (Though do you think God really cares if you won or not, or does God just believe "it's an honor to be nominated?")

Self-deprecating comedian Kathy Griffin may have hit the nail on the head when she won an Emmy earlier this year, saying that, while so many winners thank Jesus, no one had less to do with her award than the son of God.

I don't know about you, but I'd be a little scared to pick a fight with the powers above. I'm still praying for every bit of hope I can get every day. The fact is, now more than ever, we have more religions than flavors of Ben & Jerry's. It would be bland if we only had vanilla and chocolate — don't we crave variety in our life?

Religion is part of our personal style — prayer equipment has become a fashion staple, and places of worship have always been meeting grounds for people of like minds to share their ideals and schmooze. Chances are, the wise men were on a business trip before they stumbled across the manger. They could have been discussing business of a religious sort at the last supper, so why shouldn't celebs congregate at the same congregations?

The Good Sheppard Catholic Church is where Brooke Shields, Reese Witherspoon and Mark Wahlberg often meet in Beverly Hills, while A-list African-Americans, like Samuel L. Jackson, Latoya Jackson, Denzel and Pauletta Washington, Stevie Wonder and Kai Milla, and Cookie and Magic Johnson, are often seen singing God's praises at West Angeles Church of God.

Then there's Scientology. Its founding father, L. Ron Hubbard, has always been an epicenter for controversy. The religion's poster children include Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise, who recently caused a major stir in Germany, where he's shooting his next flick. The German government deemed Scientology illegal, because of its so-called brainwashing effects.

Well, to me, this whole celeb-obsessed culture is starting to seem more and more like brainwashing. What's next for a Hollywood fashion guru like me? I'm praying for sainthood.

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