A whisper of good news indeed. The annual Festival of Praise (FOP), a supposedly nondenominational and ecumenical but conspicuously charismatic-evangelical sing-song event, will not be running for its 26th edition this year.
The nutbags and demagogues who shake their legs on the committee decided to cancel this year’s edition (a few days before Singapore’s independence day) due to the imminent (with hope…) incarceration of its “executive director”, Mr Kong Hee, who is currently begging his imaginary yahwist fairy godfather to help him out of a situation which might possibly tsunami away all secret ambitions of world dominance.
The tongue-rollers must be goddamned (pun definitely intended) disappointed that they will not be able to bunny-hop themselves into a trance with campy “praise and worship” songs which attempt to imitate the best of contemporary pop-rock music albeit very poorly.
Speak of “not being like the world”.
It is excruciating that not only is the mantra session garbaged with mediocre music and lowbrow lyrics, the pep talks (delivered usually by guest fundamentalist preachers from overseas) are sodium thiopental for the mind. I know – I have been there.
The white noise can be somewhat stirring – as expected by unschooled despots – but landmined with logical fallacies, poor arguments, half-truths, sappy anecdotes and worst of all, orwellian doublespeak.
It is good riddance, for this year at least, that this stalinesque monstrosity is cancelled.