PJ has a delightful article on the recent sainthood of Michael Jackson. This happens, even to the unknowns, where all is washed away in death:
All Our Idols Go To Heaven
The beatification had begun. A maudlin media mush-fest was in full swing. Worshipful crowds were gathering all over the country to wallow in grief stricken adulation for their fallen idol. Michael Jackson’s body had barely enough time to assume room temperature when the internet rumors began to appear on the Christian blogs and websites:
Someone who knew someone who knew someone reported that gospel recording artists Sandra and Andrae Crouch had prayed with Michael to receive Jesus shortly before he died.
And she points to other articles from the past, declaring the dead whole:
Frankly, I think it’s a disservice to ‘sancitify’ these people like this.