Thursday, December 15, 2005

Get Me That Burning Fish


The state’s Democratic chairman has apologized for a political gimcrack that parodied a popular Christian automobile adornment.

The fish-shaped magnet was posted for sale alongside other political paraphernalia last week on the state Democratic Party’s Web site.

The magnet also bore the image of a cross and the word “hypocrite” over a background of flames. State Rep. Doug Ericksen, R-Bellingham, called it an “anti-Christian” symbol.

Paul Berendt, the state Democratic chairman, said he was surprised to find the item advertised on the Web site. He told The Seattle Times the magnet was not properly vetted and was removed from the party’s site after less than 48 hours.

He apologized for offending anyone, and called the item embarrassing. “We didn’t sell any of them, and we’re not going to,” Berendt said.

The fish magnet is copyrighted by a Mount Vernon company. Berendt said he was unsure of its meaning, but said he thinks it is aimed at “people who claim to be pro-life but are for the death penalty.”

I want one!