Terrible angels

American spirituality being what it is these postmodern days, anything can be turned into an icon, an idol, a god or an angel. I constantly scan the horizon for the impending arrival of the next deity, but it is hard to keep up.

Until this week I had not been aware of Boopolatry, the latest craze sweeping the spirituality set. I learned of it from two witnesses. The first was a newspaper advertisement for Boop stamps that have been issued by the Republic of Guinea. Collectors, we are told, are scrambling to get the Betty Boop stamps, which may become "more desirable than the U.S. Bugs Bunny stamp, the most popular stamp of all time."


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