Forward: Today marks the beginning of my first attempt at a blog and I've chosen Thom Hartmann's community as my forum. I've titled the blog "Religious Right? Yea Right!" because I plan to discuss what I have heard from the right recently and how it is so out of touch with Christian values not to mention the values of most of the world’s religions. I hope you enjoy reading my occasional rants.
Today's Topic: Remarks on Senator Byrd's Passing
When it comes to political punches, it seems death is a popular time to get in one last kick. The recent loss of Senator Byrd should have been followed by kind remarks and memories of the work he has done to further his cause. However, like all of us, the Senator had some skeletons in the closet, Byrd's just happen to be big fat skeletons. Membership in the KKK is no doubt an extremely shameful mark on one's life resume and I would never in any way shape or form defend intolerance. However, Senator Byrd had moved past the uglier parts of his history and went on to become a great man. This is where religion comes in. Most religions, Christianity especially, revolve around the idea that we are fallible. We are human beings with weaknesses and we are going to stumble. We solve this fallibility through the processes of repentance and forgiveness which is a personal endeavor with each individual's God. It is even warned in the Bible that all men must forgive their fellow man and leave judgment to God. So what did the "religious right" do with the tragedy? Across the board the right media outlets saw Senator Byrd's passing as one more chance to drag his name through the mud, passing judgment all along the way. I guess there really is no such thing as repentance or forgiveness in the world of the right; once a sinner always a sinner. The worse remark overall I heard came from the Right's Prophet Glenn Beck. With no regard to respecting the dead, Glenn suggested to his radio audience that Senator Byrd should be buried in his KKK hood. (I'll let the self-righteousness set it.) Here is my response to Mr. Beck. ... Glenn, you yourself overcame a dark past filled with drug-use and alcoholism. How can you, a reformed man, call for the judgment and non forgiveness of another in your shoes? It’s all just more proof that the right is not religious. If you don't believe in repentance, forgiveness, and leaving judgment to God, you are the secularist.
Final Thought: Maybe when Glenn Beck's time comes, he should be buried with a crack pipe, bottle of whiskey, and a stack of divorce paperwork.