Special to INS - Bryant Wright, President of the Southern Baptist Convention, announced today that a committee of fellow pastors recently completed a conference call with God. Preliminary results from this confab indicate that God will require 52,000 new angels in 2011. The age limit of 5, imposed by Emperor Constantine in 335 C.E., will continue in force.
"God was calling for twice that number," said Wright, "but we convinced Him that the lower figure would be sufficient." When asked where the new angels would come from, Wright replied, "Half will come from sub-Sahara Africa. They get bleached once they pass through the Pearly Gates, so they can be any color."
The pastors expressed some concern that Heaven might be getting overcrowded. God reassured them that this was impossible, since Heaven was flat and only ten miles square. The oldest angels are routinely pushed over the edge where they enjoy eternal peace in Oblivion, the last stop for believers.
Pressed as to whether there were angels assembled in Heaven from other parts of the universe, God admitted that one alien group was en route and was to arrive during Hanukkah on December 4, which upset several in the Baptist group. "Why couldn't God delay their arrival until December 25th?" asked Rev. Jimmy Bob Haggler from Pascagoula, Mississippi. "The Jews get all the breaks and even get credit for the fact that Jesus was a rabbi."
Apparently, the alien angels are from a planet circling Delta Clitori, some 11-million light years from Earth and 6-billion light years from Heaven. To keep them occupied, the children's program and intergalactic favorite, Teletubbies©, runs continuously. Another group from Alpha Viagri is scheduled to arrive on Easter Sunday, much to the relief of the pastors.