I liked Keith somewhat, noting his sometimes over the top rhetoric but also his willingness to backdown and apologize. I’m not sure what foil the sane now have to FoxNoise, but we’ll see. As others will note, Comcast, a leader in the attempt to control cyberspace and a larger GOP donor, took over NBC today.
Colbert may be the greatest theologian of the modern time, Jim West not withstanding. This in response to O’Reilly’s misuse of Christ and the use of Christmas by the GOP to go home...again:
Keith Olbermann returned to one of his favorite targets last night when he named Bill O’Reilly his “Worst Person In The World.” This time, O’Reilly got the honor for a column in which he cautioned against providing too much aid and charity for those in need:
There comes a time when compassion can cause disaster. If you open your home to scores of homeless folks, you will not have a home for long. There is a capacity problem for every noble intent…there are millions of Americans who are not responsible, and the cold truth is that the rest of us cannot afford to support them…being a Christian, I know that while Jesus promoted charity at the highest level, he was not self-destructive. The Lord helps those who help themselves. Does he not?
“I don’t know, pal, because the phrase ‘the Lord helps those who help themselves’ is not in the Bible, which is where one has to assume O’Reilly is getting his nonsensical, Catholic-school dropout holier-than-thou cant,” Olbermann said. He then went on to read a couple of Bible verses that he thought might be more appropriate to explain the book’s stance on charity and to mock O’Reilly, respectively.
For all intents and purposes, Christ was not a liberal Democrat and wouldn’t have been today. I do get their point, however, and I hope you do too. He wasn’t anything near a Republican, nor, for that matter, a Libertarian, although He met one once when He was in the desert for forty days.
MSNBC has suspended star anchor Keith Olbermann following the news that he had donated to three Democratic candidates this election cycle.
“I became aware of Keith’s political contributions late last night. Mindful of NBC News policy and standards, I have suspended him indefinitely without pay,” MSNBC president Phil Griffin said in a statement.
“I thought it would be a little easier in the speech,” Beck said, than to go into the following elaborate explanation (via Mediaite):
Yesterday I went to the National Archives, and they opened up the vault, and they put on their gloves and then they put it on a tray. They wheeled it over and it’s all in this hard plastic and you’re sitting down at a table and you can’t, because of Sandy Berger, I had a long conversation with him about this, you can’t actually touch any of the documents, these are very very rare. So what they do, they have it in this plastic thing and they hold them right in front of you, you can’t touch them but then you can say ‘can you turn it over,’ and then they turn it over for you and then you look at it. I thought it was a little clumsy to explain it that way.
The above link as the video… Anyway, all Beck had to say was ‘they held it in front of me’. See, not that difficult.
That’s not the only lie, or misstatement, that Beck made, and yet… people put absolute trust in his, um, rather colorful descriptions of history.
The real reason I do this is not because of Beck’s conservtianment politics, but because of the union between Beck and others via religion, and using religion to, well, cast a nice spell over the American populace.
On election night, November 4th, 2008, the voters of California voted to ban gay marriage, which had been allowed by the courts of California. The subsequent days have seen protests erupt across the country, with activist, cultural leaders and political leaders. As the Republican Governor of California, one Arnold Schwarzenegger said,
“It’s unfortunate, obviously, but it’s not the end,” he said about the same-sex marriage ban. “I think that we will again maybe undo that, if the court is willing to do that, and then move forward from there and again lead in that area.”
Keith Olbermann, the anchor of America’s nearly number 1 news show (Countdown with Keith Olbermann) issued a special comment last night asking those that believe in religion to allow for ‘the heart’. I don’t normally take issue with Keith, but I find it somewhat offense his comments and calls about religious people and the use of Scripture. We are commanded from the very beginning that marriage is to be between one man and one woman.
Then the rib which the LORD God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man. And Adam said:
“This is now bone of my bones
And flesh of my flesh;
She shall be called Woman,
Because she was taken out of Man.”
Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. (Genesis 2:22-24 NKJV)
Of course, there have been many times that the ‘one wife’ part was not followed, especially in the Hebrew Bible – Abraham, David, Solomon – but that does not negate the fact that it was commanded to be one man and one woman, not spouse and spouse. This is not a matter of the heart, as we are told different things concerning the heart – evil and good, wicked and righteous. It is a matter of God’s commandment and the particular – some would say peculiar – world view that sees homosexuality as a sin before God.
I try to be a good fundamentalist Christian but I simply cannot find myself in political opposition to gay marriage, believing that individual morality must be tackled and governed by the Church; however, I stand in full opposition of any one on any side of the discussion from confusing politics with religion. I do not appreciate Mr. Olbermann’s comments concerning religion.
And here are people overjoyed at the prospect of just that chance, and that work, just for the hope of having that feeling. With so much hate in the world, with so much meaningless division, and people pitted against people for no good reason, this is what your religion tells you to do? With your experience of life and this world and all its sadnesses, this is what your conscience tells you to do?
With your knowledge that life, with endless vigor, seems to tilt the playing field on which we all live, in favor of unhappiness and hate… this is what your heart tells you to do? You want to sanctify marriage? You want to honor your God and the universal love you believe he represents? Then Spread happiness — this tiny, symbolic, semantical grain of happiness — share it with all those who seek it. Quote me anything from your religious leader or book of choice telling you to stand against this. And then tell me how you can believe both that statement and another statement, another one which reads only “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
Mr. Olbermann would correctly deride those who would use religion to make political actions, but in his interpretation, he would have use this universal ‘God’, one of love, to make policies. He appeals to a ‘God’ that very few recognize as being one in their religion. Yes, indeed, the Christian God is a God of Love, but he is a holy God and demands holiness. Homosexuality does not fit into this. Would Mr. Olbermann desire us to use this God as the sole source for policy? Hardly.
I guess what bothers me the most is that many of those what would create a separation between Church and State readily erase that line when they seek to win something that they desire, such as Mr. Olbermann.
Mr. Olbermann ended his Special Comment with a quote from Omar-Khayyam
“It appealed to me as the highest that I can vision. I wish it was in my heart, and I wish it was in the hearts of all:
“So I be written in the Book of Love;
“I do not care about that Book above.
“Erase my name, or write it as you will,
“So I be written in the Book of Love.”
Let me leave you with a quote from the Apostle John,
Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:11-15 NKJV)
First, I am not Pentecostal – Oneness or otherwise. Second, I don’t care what religion a candidate has or pretends to have. What I do care about is the way the media is treating the ‘Pentecostalism’ of this said candidate. I was watching Keith Olbermann last night an he kept stressing that this candidate speaks in tongues. She speaks in tongues. Yes, that’s right, she speaks-in-tongues. Granted, even her pastor has denied hearing her speak in tongues, but really, is that a major political issue?
Is our religious freedom under attack? No, not by laws and legal oppression, but by mockery? I believe in speaking in tongues, although I take Paul’s position. Can you imagine any in the media mocking Judaism or Islam the way that they are mocking Pentecostalism? (Anyone remember the cartoons of Muhammad in Denmark?) This is why I am very much against portraying these candidates as religious figures. Instead of mocking Pentecostalism – by that is included anyone who speaks in tongues – they should focus on other things, like Joel’s Army and the modern charismatic/prophetic movement.
Now, there is a rumor that she was baptized in the name of Jesus Christ; however, bare in mind my friends, if the one baptizing is not correct, then it doesn’t matter how you were baptized. Would you let a Hindu baptize you, even if he baptized you in the name of Jesus Christ?
Returning to the idea that it is okay to attack conservative Christians… Our national culture is consistently beginning to allow attacks on the person who holds the religion. It is a big deal in the presidential election if she speaks in tongues? Or is it an attempt to denigrate Christianity across the board or just certain segments of it, like the conservative side. It is the stance of the culture to degrade anyone that actually has a stance based on religion and beliefs in a God that is black and white and is still active in this world?
P.S. – We always have to be on guard against the encroachment on civil liberties. Mockery is a little step to a big fight.