I seriously need someone to explain to me how closed-minded bigots can continue to make hateful public statements and still be considered Christian leaders.
Pat Robertson is one such evangelical leader who has no business being such. Like Jerry Falwell, whose death has both rendered him unable to make an ass of himself and rid the American people of his existence, Pat Robertson needs to muzzle himself. Hurricane Katrina, he blamed on topless women and gay rights parades. The earthquake in Haiti is, according to him, due to Voodoo and pacts made with Satan. [Robertson really missed the boat on the whole Voodoo thing…and really could have punched up his Katrina scapegoating with it.]
I like how John Kass stated things in his Tribune column: “I’m clearly no theologian. And the wrath of God against the sinners seems a common thread in the Old Testament. But has Robertson forgotten about the New Testament, the new covenant, the one that’s all about love and caring, even for the sinners?”
That Christian leaders can, time after time, make these sorts of statements and still retain their power and influence is what makes me ashamed to be associated with Christianity. The hate and narrow-mindedness demonstrated by the majority of Christians in America are what makes me ashamed to be associated with Christianity.
Also, Sarah Palin.