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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

True Believers

I don’t like to write about U.S. politics.

As a matter of fact, I’ve mostly referred to politics as part of humor posts. The blogosphere hosts plenty of idiot voices on our country’s political system and personalities; I don’t need to add mine to the mix.

But we are gearing up for a presidential election—and an obliquely political comment last week caught my attention. In case you missed it, the Rev. Al Sharpton, in a debate with author Christopher Hitchens, said something controversial about Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney:

“As for the one Mormon running for office, those who really believe in God will defeat him anyways …”

Wow. For a man of ostensible Christian humility like Sharpton, that’s quite an arrogant statement. His apparent first instinct, as revealed in this impromptu debate response, is that a Mormon like Romney doesn’t “really” believe in God.

I don’t care how Sharpton imagines his pet version of a supernatural, divine being. Frankly, I don’t care how Romney or anyone else does, either. That’s not the point.

It’s the assumption of the holier-than-thou attitude that troubles me.

Sharpton seems to think that he is best placed to identify the people who “really believe in God.” (I can’t put my finger on it, but something tells me that Big Al puts himself into that group—which, naturally, makes him superior to others who fail to believe in his version of God the way he does.)

Shame on him as a supposed “man of God.”

And think about it: This is the most economically advanced, technically sophisticated country in the long history of humanity. Yet part of our social and political spectrum holds up a person spouting this kind of hypocritical, haughty prejudice as a spokesman.

Shame on us as a supposed nation of tolerance.

22 Comments:

At May 15, 2007 1:54 PM, Blogger Jeff replied to my musings ...

I absolutely despise Sharpton, he is the biggest hypocrite out there. It's people like him that make equality impossible. He calls for the empowerment of blacks while trying to lash out at whites, especially Jews. This statement is ridiculous, I'm sure if Romney was to say just "As for the Black running for office" he would be torn to shreds by this idiot.

 
At May 15, 2007 6:00 PM, Blogger Bruce replied to my musings ...

Simply put, Al Sharpton is an asshole, and I'm sick and tired of seeing his face on tv every other day.

 
At May 15, 2007 9:33 PM, Blogger Layla (aka Barbara) replied to my musings ...

Um, I don't think Al Sharpton is a Christian. It people like him that give Christians a bad name. All I can say about him is __________________________. And I don't say that about many people.

 
At May 15, 2007 9:40 PM, Blogger Mike replied to my musings ...

Ask Sharpton about Tawana Brawley. I grew up in that area of NY. He and her attorneys, along with Tawana destroyed an honest man's carrer in public office, and have yet to pay their restitution. From the 80's!! Now he tries to act like he's some respectable leader. Fucking jackass, and I'll stop there.

 
At May 15, 2007 11:13 PM, Blogger dschalek replied to my musings ...

Regardless of which side of the political aisle, Christians are fucking assholes.

 
At May 16, 2007 6:09 AM, Blogger David Amulet replied to my musings ...

It seems we all agree on Sharpton. I didn't make time to watch the candidates' "debate" last night--I wonder if they asked any questions about him and his comment.

-- david

 
At May 16, 2007 9:08 AM, Anonymous LisaBinDaCity replied to my musings ...

When will the not so good Reverend learn to STFU?

Never, I'm guessing...

 
At May 16, 2007 12:51 PM, Blogger Shannon A. Long replied to my musings ...

I’m amazed. Every person I’ve talked to or listened to on talk radio despises Sharpton. How does he still get press?

 
At May 16, 2007 7:29 PM, Blogger :P fuzzbox replied to my musings ...

With Farwell gone, somebody has to take up the religous nutjob slack.

 
At May 16, 2007 8:46 PM, Blogger Rocky replied to my musings ...

Missed reading your stuff, David! I will catch up on much of your past posts in the coming weeks. I've finally crawled back out from under that pesky boulder I was living under...

Maybe Sharpton is just hoping that a Mormon doesn't win office because he is insecure about which wife he would call "The First Lady"?

 
At May 17, 2007 12:04 AM, Blogger Linda replied to my musings ...

I have always hated those that felt the need to judge others. I think about how Christians are not supposed to judge others, but yet people like Sharpton are always first to point a finger. Honestly, it is this kind of behavior that gives Christians a bad name.

 
At May 17, 2007 5:57 AM, Blogger David Amulet replied to my musings ...

Lisa B: Maybe I should have titled this post STFU.

Shannon: There's always an audience. After all, look at how many people watch "reality TV," buy Nickelback albums, or read stories about Paris Hilton. It's not Sharpton's small following that really surprises me ... it's our tolerance of his intolerance.

Fuzz: I'd volunteer, but as good an actor as I am, I simply cannot pull off "hypocritical Christian soldier."

Rocky: It's great to see you again, truly. I'll be swinging by your site to see if you are getting back to posting some of the best writing in the blogosphere. Enjoy catching up on my posts--it will be easy because I've been down to about once a week.

Linda: Of course, I step into hypocrisy myself by judging Sharpton. But I'm critical of him for being critical ... intolerant of him for being intolerant ... that makes it OK, right?

-- david

 
At May 17, 2007 3:26 PM, Blogger Godwhacker replied to my musings ...

David, you are so political. The best politics comes from speaking one's mind and that is where you excel.

 
At May 17, 2007 9:23 PM, Blogger Jay replied to my musings ...

Sharpton bothers me. If he was passionate about one cause, I would respect that, but he gets passionate about every single one of them, which makes me think all he really cares about is getting himself on TV.

And his comment to me is very intolerant - it's dangerous ground when you start saying that my belief is the right belief, and yours is different so it's not.

 
At May 18, 2007 11:25 AM, Blogger goldennib replied to my musings ...

Whether about religion or any other topic, these are the kind of believers who are most dangerous: those people who feel their beliefs are the one and only right ones, to the exclusion of everyone else. Must feel good to feel so righteous.

 
At May 18, 2007 6:12 PM, Blogger The Phoenix replied to my musings ...

This is the real problem when it comes to any form of fundamentalism - it's the belief that a human being can suddenly judge and condemn as if he were God.

Sharpton probably thinks lightning bolts fire out of his arse.

 
At May 19, 2007 7:16 PM, Blogger Ray Van Horn, Jr. replied to my musings ...

That's exactly right, David. I'm indifferent to Sharpton, but a shallow comment is a shallow comment. Ever since 9/11 the whole issue over God is on "our" side has been prominent. I frankly get tired of the God Bless America slogan. Well, since God is recorded by the prophets as creating the whole world, shouldn't it be God Bless the World or God Bless Mother Earth? This is just another example of why the US is the ne Rome.

 
At May 19, 2007 9:54 PM, Blogger Ba Doozie replied to my musings ...

I can't friggin stand al sharpton. He should be clubbed like a baby seal. I'm not very opinionated or anything

 
At May 20, 2007 12:04 PM, Blogger David Amulet replied to my musings ...

GW: Yes, I usually do speak my mind, that's true ...

Jay: Dangerous is exactly right. I wish I could say this kind of thing is harmless, but it leads to bad places.

GN: I like myself a lot and have strong beliefs, too, but I hope I'm not so self-righteous as Al.

Phoenix: Lightning bolts, huh? Now that's an image I wish you wouldn't have given us.

Ray: At least we don't have gladiator-type contests for the mass public. (Oh wait ... we DO have American Idol.)

BD: Clubbed like a baby seal is a bit harsh, but he does bring out that kind of emotion in people.

-- david

 
At May 20, 2007 5:56 PM, Blogger Curare_Z replied to my musings ...

There's only one thing I believe in Amulet...

and that's YOU.

I'm back, bitches. XOXO

 
At May 20, 2007 11:52 PM, Blogger Phats replied to my musings ...

Yeah politics is very touchy, especially in my family we are all divided. I shouldn't say we since I have never voted in my life, and hey I am a history teacher go figure

 
At May 22, 2007 5:28 PM, Blogger David Amulet replied to my musings ...

Hey, everyone--Curare is back! WOO HOO!! She is good for Amulet's ego (just what I need).

Phats: You're a history teacher, so it's more important that you know about past elections than vote in current ones.

All: I'll have anew post in a couple of days. It's been a craaaazy week.

-- david

 

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