PZ Myers has a great post about the absurd and disgusting ways some Christians have on insisting that everyone believe like they do while callously marginalizing a human life at the same time. I highly urge you to read the whole post, but I want to say a few words about just one part of it.
This is a quote from one Donald Douglas at AmericanPowerBlog speaking about Elizabeth Edwards’ final statement before her death of cancer:
Clearly Elizabeth Edwards wants to put her faith in something, be it hope or strength or anything. But not God. I wonder if it’s just bitterness, that’s she’s been forsaken by more than just her estranged husband — that’s she’s been forsaken by Him. And imagine if she’d have become First Lady. Americans generally expect outward expressions of faith in our presidents, Christian faith especially, and thus in our First Ladies as well. The Democratic base obviously doesn’t care, as we can see in the “wow factor” expressed by the author at the American Prospect. Being anti-religion is cool, so Edwards’ non-theological theology gets props from the neo-communists. Still, at her death bed and giving what most folks are calling a final goodbye, Elizabeth Edwards couldn’t find it somewhere down deep to ask for His blessings as she prepares for the hereafter? I guess that nihilism I’ve been discussing reaches up higher into the hard-left precincts than I thought.
What did Elizabeth Edwards say that was so terrible to cause such a vitriolic response? Did she curse god with her dying breath? Umm, not quite. Here is what she said:
“You all know that I have been sustained throughout my life by three saving graces—my family, my friends, and a faith in the power of resilience and hope.”
Did you catch that blasphemy? Didn’t the anger against God just leap right out of the page and slap you in the face? No? It didn’t for me either.
Apparently, she neglected to mention God or Jesus in her dying message to the world. That’s it. No death-bed denial of the existence of God; no words of favor for hedonism and atheism; she just didn’t happen to mention God. That’s all.
For all the douchebag Donald knows, she prayed to God and asked his blessings in private before she died. After all, didn’t this man’s beloved Jesus teach that it is better to honor God in private where only He can see, rather then in public just for the benefit of being seen to be pious? Wether she did, or didn’t, is between her and her (supposed) God. Its none Donald’s, mine or your business. Period.
And what is really galling is that there were plenty of people agreeing with this warped sense of outrage:
“Donald, I don’t know who Elizabeth Edwards is, but I’m glad you defend the faith in God. 🙂
I hope everything is well with you and your family.
Have a time! :-)”
Don’t know who she is? Try goggling “Elizabeth Edwards”. Defending the faith in God? Defending it from what? And for whom? I thought their god was all powerful. What does he need defending from? Is their god so pathetic that he needs mere humans to defend their own faith in him for him? Oh, and the “Have a time! :-)” is a nice, gaudy, touch.
Or this gem:
She is dying jackass.
Fortunately, there were a few with some sense of decency who spoke up:
What would Jesus do?
Attack a dying woman, that’s what!
God has a nice warm spot in Hell reserved just for you.
Too bad hell doesn’t exist.
You, Donald, are scum.
You have redefined the meaning of low blow.
Low Blow? Absolutely. Not to mention heartless and unforgiving. Isn’t it funny how so many followers of a religion that is completely centered around forgiveness can’t seem to find any of it in their hearts for their fellow human biegns? Their sanctimony keeps getting in the way.
Add this to my incredibly long and constantly growing list of things I hate about Christianity. Maybe thats why our society seems so mired in discord and hatred. They say we are a Christian nation, and with Christians like Donald in the majority, I think I now see our problem.