Pop stars are more revered in our culture than God. There's a chapter in Ingraham's book on religion entitled "Eat, Pray ... Just Keep God Out of It." Ingraham reports that a 2009 survey from LifeWay Christian Resources found 72 percent of the "millennial" generation described themselves in a poll as "more spiritual than religious." Ingraham mourns, "Either Oprah Winfrey has a lot of fans or these people have a commitment problem. It's like telling a spouse 'I love you, but I'm not passionate.' Odds are, they really don't love you that much."
"Spiritual but not religious" even defines a website called SBNR.org, which claims as its catchphrase: "All religions contain some wisdom, but no one religion contains all wisdom." God is what you say He is. In fact, who cares who God is? The focus isn't so much on God as the face in the mirror. Another motto on their home page: "Love is the answer. You are the question." Ingraham thinks SBNR should stand for "spiritual, but not really."
It's not just anti-religion; it's full-fledged anti-religious bigotry. Ingraham recalls how the secular crowd saves its anti-Christian outrages for Holy Week, just to give Easter some added heartburn. On this past Good Friday, Oprah invited author James Frey to discuss his new book, "The Final Testament of the Holy Bible," a novel in which Jesus is a recovering alcoholic in a dirty Bronx apartment "who impregnates prostitutes for kicks."
All this "zinging" has a deeper meaning: to bring some sobriety and focus to the point of raising children in a world that doesn't want to grow up. The culture-curdlers won't give up without a fight. Brown and his fans have piled on the insults on Ingraham's Twitter account, including Brown sticking to his usual vocabulary: "the haters look just as old as F**k!" Twitter was just another forum for his vandalism, another wall for ignorant graffiti.
For this "artist," it was just another day, another barrage of verbal assault and battery -- which hurts a lot less than the beating he gave Rihanna.