Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Ungodly Sins

Two stories involving Christianity -- or at least the far right's interpretation of Christianity -- have been in the news lately.  First was the expected yearly diatribe against gay people from Pat Robinson (left).  Yes, this is the same guy who blamed gay people (among others) for the 9-11 attack.  His predictions for the year 2010 have a warning for LGBT people: you are ruining our country!  The Associated Press is reporting that the head of The 700 Club said, "God won't bless an America that institutionalizes homosexual rights and abortion while prohibiting prayer and Bible reading in public schools. How can we pray for his blessing when we have that going on?"

Robertson, whose BFF is God, had also predicted that a terrorist attack in 2007 would kill millions of Americans.  God apparently told him this directly, also.   A question: how can a man who repeatedly claims to have a direct line to God and who repeatedly makes false predictions still get air time and money?  And why is he considered sane while I'd be considered crazy if I said my dog Willa (right)  told me what was to happen in the world next year?  I am not at all denigrating people of faith.  But in my experience, true people of faith don't brag that they and God have some secret bond and they certainly don't blame the very existence of people unlike themselves for the disasters in the world.

The second religious story this week is a comment made by Brit Hume (left) on Fox News.  While discussing Tiger Woods' situation, Hume noted that Woods could recover as a golfer but would have a harder time recovering as a person.  According to the Huffington Post,  Hume said, "The extent to which he can recover seems to me depends on his faith.  He is said to be a Buddhist. I don't think that faith offers the kind of forgiveness and redemption that is offered by the Christian faith. My message to Tiger would, 'Tiger, turn to the Christian faith and you can make a total recovery and be a great example to the world."

Wow.  Here is a newscaster (1) proclaiming that one religious belief is superior to another and (2) urging a celebrity to join that superior religion.  And people accuse gay people of proselytizing?

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