Posted by: JennyRain | January 15, 2010

Is there a Cure for Stupidity?

We Christians have much more than a PR problem.

We appear to have a thinking problem too.

It really breaks my heart to see leaders that profess to be followers of Christ be so flippant and insensitive about the trauma of others and today I ran into yet another stupid comment about the suffering and pain the Haitians are encountering after the massive earthquake struck this week.

Will the flurry of stupid comments from Christian leaders ever cease?

On Slavery

Doug Wilson, who runs an extreme right religious empire in Moscow, Idaho, that includes a church, Canon Press, and New Saint Andrews College says,

“Slavery as it existed in the South … was a relationship based upon mutual affection and confidence. … There has never been a multiracial society which has existed with such mutual intimacy and harmony in the history of the world.”

How did Christians justify slavery?

On apartheid

Pat Robertson says on the 700 club in March of 1992:

“I think ‘one man, one vote,’ just unrestricted democracy, would not be wise. There needs to be some kind of protection for the minority which the white people represent now, a minority, and they need and have a right to demand a protection of their rights.” (In regard to South Africa)

On the Tornadoes in Minneapolis

Piper: A day after tornados and storms slammed the Midwest, John Piper, a prolific author and preaching pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, called an out-of-the-blue tornado that struck downtown Minneapolis Aug. 19…

…a “warning” from God to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, whose delegates were meeting there to debate a liberalized policy on homosexuality.

On 9-11:

Rev. Jerry Falwell (with Rev. Pat Robertson) blames

“pagans, abortionists, feminists; gays and lesbiansfor bringing on the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington.”

 

 

On Haiti:

Pat Robertson says

 “Haitians invoked earthquake in deal with the devil.”

Controversial Comment Amid Haiti Tragedy

Limbaugh: In his regular call in show, after criticizing the current administration’s efforts as political ploys only then,

… appeared to discourage help for the island nation, saying, “We’ve already donated to Haiti. It’s called the U.S. income tax.” Critics have characterized Limbaugh’s comments as insensitive and tone-deaf at a time when heartbreaking images of the devastation dominate news coverage.

Confronted with some of that criticism, Limbaugh slammed a caller as “close-minded.” “What I’m illustrating here is that you’re a blockhead,” Limbaugh shot back. “What I’m illustrating here is that you’re a close-minded bigot who is ill-informed.”

“If you had listened to this program for a modicum of time, you would know it,” he said. “But instead, you’re a blockhead. Your mind is totally closed. You have tampons in your ears. Nothing is getting through other than the biased crap that you read.”

On the Jewish Community and the Reason for the Holocaust:

Adolf Hitler, a Catholic, who was raised by his Christian church to hate Jews, believed he was doing the Christian Lord’s work by killing innocent Jews, because they were not Christian

“Therefore, I am convinced that I am acting as the agent of our Creator. By fighting off the Jews, I am doing the Lord’s Work.”

 

I love what Pope John Paul II said …

“Stupidity is also a gift of God, but one mustn’t misuse it.”

Will we ever learn?

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