Gary Faulkner’s remarks are so twisted that it would simply be unfair to assume that all liberals are suffering from similar moral and intellectual hernia. Only a bigot would assume that of the average liberal.
“And, of course there is the ever-present Rush Limbaugh's asinine analysis. He argues that this tragedy fits ‘right into Obama's hands.’ Obama will use this for partisan political gain!”
I believe Rush Limbaugh is on to something when he suggests that liberals will exploit anything for political gain. In the fall of 2008, Faulkner wrote a Letter to the Editor urging people to vote for Barack Obama for president. Among many of his reasons was that John McCain’s wife once had an addiction to prescription drugs. Ever since Gary Faulkner stooped to that level he has had, in my view, no moral authority as a public commentator.
“Far be it from me to suggest they might be using this tragedy to up their TV ratings. Do (conservative Christians) actually side with these two? ...”
I do side with Rush Limbaugh even though he doesn’t have a TV show. And, for the record, it was Rahm, not Rush, who said we should never let a good crisis go to waste.
“In the meantime, I recommend they do what they do best - pray. Go off to church Sunday and pray like crazy. Pray for the good Lord to see fit to somehow reverse what has happened to these poor Haitian people, or explain it, or do something honorable.
Gary is becoming unhinged in this paragraph. What we really need are groups of feminists chanting “Vagina! Vagina!” If it can empower the feminists then certainly it can bring stability to Haiti!
“Meanwhile, we non-theists will do what actually works. We will support the sciences that are striving to understand and predict earthquakes; support improving construction technology; and liberally donate goods and services to the Haitian people, these souls who are suffering and have suffered far too long. And do it in silence, with caring, and respect.”
It strikes me as fascinating that Gary Faulkner boasts in public about donating “liberally” and then, in the next sentence, claims he is doing so in silence. It really takes a PhD to say something that stupid.
Faulkner’s status as a “non-theist” suggests that his sense of moral superiority is merely subjective and lacks any independent objective basis. It also lacks any empirical basis. World Vision – a Christian organization – is leading the way in the relief effort in Haiti. That should come as no surprise. Christians are at the forefront of every relief effort in the wake of every major tragedy.
Gary Faulkner is more than simply uninformed. He is loud, uncaring, and disrespectful towards Christians. But that doesn’t mean we should throw him to the wolves.