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Pat McMahon

Weird worship

I guess we can call this Easter Monday.

Did you and the family celebrate yesterday ... big dinner, hunting for eggs, maybe an annual visit to church? Those are the Easter things I understand.

But there are some practices that quite simply lose me. For example, I heard a news story from the Philippines about some of their faithful crucifying themselves to recognize the suffering of Jesus. I mean real nails through the hands and feet. That doesn't say happy Easter to me.

I had a hard time getting through that Mel Gibson movie on the same subject. But it's not just Filipinos who practice that kind of extreme fervor.

Even today there are charismatic priests and nuns in Europe who believe that self-flagellation of whipping themselves will bring them closer to God. It's done symbolically in the worlds of Islam and Judaism ... Indian holy men pierce themselves.

Sorry! I'm over in the camp where we are told to respect our bodies as temples of God.

For my Easter, only the cream gets Whipped and then put on top of pie.

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author

He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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