Sunday, May 21, 2006

Top 11 Descriptions of Oprah

Ann Oldenburg recently wrote an article for USA Today questioning the divinity of Oprah Winfrey. Here are the top 11 descriptions of Oprah from people in this article:

11. "I am not God," - Oprah Winfrey

10. "Our culture is changing," he says, "as churches are in decline and the bulk of a new generation is growing up outside of religion." Instead, they're turning to the Church of Oprah. - Chris Altrock, minister of Highland Street Church of Christ in Memphis

9. "I wonder, has Oprah become America's pastor?" - Cathleen Falsani, religion writer for the Chicago Sun-Times

8. "What you have is something nobody can describe," - actor Jamie Foxx

7. "No one person should have that kind of power to affect markets, politics or anything else," -Debbie Schlussel, a lawyer, conservative columnist and blogger

6. "A sanctimonious bully," -media critic Robert Thompson on the PBS NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

5. "A self-righteous attack dog," - arts and culture critic Steven Winn in the San Francisco Chronicle

4. People who have no religion relate to her," - Marcia Nelson, author of The Gospel According to Oprah

3. "I think that if this were the equivalent of the Middle Ages and we were to fast-forward 1,200 years, scholars would definitely think that this Oprah person was a deity, if not a canonized being." - Claire Zulkey, 26, an Oprah follower who has written about Winfrey in her online blog at zulkey .com

2. "She puts the cult in pop culture," - media critic Mark Jurkowitz

1. "She's a really hip and materialistic Mother Teresa," - Kathryn Lofton, a professor at Reed College in Portland, Ore., who has written two papers analyzing the religious aspects of Winfrey


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