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No joke: A priest, a minister and a rabbi walk into a bar…

Political advertising is often either schmaltzy or shockingly negative, but this spot from Minnesotans United for All Families, one of the main groups opposing the marriage amendment in Minnesota, is pretty funny. It starts with the timeless joke set-up “A priest, a minister and a rabbi walk into a bar” and ends with the religious leaders (Episcopal Deacon Rex McKee, Lutheran Pastor Jim Erlandson and Rabbi Michael Latz) explaining their opposition to the proposed amendment.

Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Beryl John-Knudson on 08/15/2012 - 07:38 am.

    Stand-up clergy routine?…

    Funny I suppose but I am more curious about the bracelet on the fat man’s wrist and what they ordered; what kind of tippers they were…tells more about the individuals behind the “cloth’ and their respect for another point of view?

    Oh yes too…tell me what the hands say; which one bites his nails, which one is manicured?

  2. Submitted by Beth-Ann Bloom on 08/15/2012 - 12:08 pm.

    A real conversation

    Legislators who proposed this unfair and mean amendment said they did so to encourage a dialogue among Minnesotans about marriage. Minnesotans United for All Families have done an exemplary job in establishing this dialogue with respect, listening ears, and even humor. They have done an exceptional job in helping all of us understand that people of faith oppose the amendment not in spite of their religious convictions but because of them. This ad and others like it are a gift to the civil dialogue.

  3. Submitted by Beryl John-Knudson on 08/15/2012 - 03:54 pm.

    My apology….

    I support any two individuals right to share in all the benefits as citizens of the state and any religious ceremony that may support or sanctify or bless their relationship.

    It’s not my right to choose for others, no way…no problem with that.

    But to view three prime time religious leaders at a bar looking like a set-up for an off-Broadway scene, my curious mind does wander, and wonder a bit…. and probably failed to recognize sufficiently, the serious ” civil dialogue” so presented…my sincere apologies,yes…

    I’m not knocking the picture nor the intent here…hey, this could be the start of something great?

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