I admit this is a bit thrown together, but I just have to comment on something because it has been bothering me for quite a while now.
It’s Mr. X. He’s one of the folks who can make me very sad over the state of Christianity in politics and media.
What’s normally said about Mr. X in the blogosphere is simply, “He’s an idiot.” Here are a few of the reasons why:
- Mr. X “totally concurred” with a certain Mr. Y when the latter said that blame for 9/11 had to be shouldered by the ACLU, abortionists, feminists, gays, lesbians, pagans, and People for the American Way.
- According to Mr. X, Katrina was largely a function of America’s views on abortion.
- Mr. X says that the earthquake in Haiti is related to Haiti’s eighteenth century slave revolt and pact with the Devil.
- Mr. X says that Islam is not a religion, but rather a political movement intent on taking over the entire world.
- While I’m at it, just for good measure I’ll note that this past Halloween the website associated with Mr. X’s ministry noted that we shouldn’t eat candy sold in stores during October, because it’s all cursed by demons.
I have to admit, I’m a bit confused. I kind of thought that conservatives typically didn’t like the whole “blame the victim” approach. I didn’t realize that God would kill (or allow the killing of) tens of thousands of Christians today, because of something their political ancestors did hundreds of years ago. For the life of me, I really thought Islam was a religion. And if demons are so intent on cursing our children, why would they only do it with candy, and only in October?
So, anyway, here’s what I’m thinking. I watch videos of this guy, and I think, you know, maybe this guy believes what he’s saying. I mean, I think, really, sincerely, he believes it all. And so yeah, if you want to say so, then I can see you saying he’s not very bright. Even if you choose not to attack his theology and simply look at his timing, you could say it. But, I’m saying, so what if he’s not terribly bright? I’m not sure I can hold much against somebody who is sincere but simply isn’t the sharpest tack in the box. In fact, I’d take a sincere idiot over the alternative, because I’m also thinking the following…
Is it really possible for this guy to be the idiot people say he is? Can you really get to be as famous as Mr. X is, even to the point of being under any kind of consideration for being in a Presidential bid, and be an idiot? Don’t you at least have to be a bit shrewd? A bit clever and calculating? A bit driven by a plan? Well if so, then I have to wonder where Mr. X is really coming from when he says the things he says.
To be fair, it isn’t only Mr. X whom this applies to. I think I could make a list of media personalities who make me wonder if they are just really, really dim, or if there is something a bit, well, sinister behind their remarks. There are quite a few folks in the world who say stuff, and I think, “Good Lord. That’s sad. That’s ignorant on so many levels, I don’t even know where to begin explaining how ignorant it is.” And then I think about it, and I think, “No. Come on. You can’t be that ignorant. You just can’t. You’re a reasonably sharp person, and you have to be so to have gotten where you are. You can’t possibly believe what you’ve just said. So, why are you saying it?”
There’s a certain flavor of analysis that can be done in each case, but what it generally comes down to in its conclusion is this: The person doesn’t even care if what they are saying is correct or incorrect, right or wrong, brilliant or idiotic, responsible or irresponsible. He or she knows that there is a group of followers out there who will believe anything that he or she says, let their emotions lead them, and who will continue to buy books, watch a show or listen to a radio program, or simply send a check. The conclusion is simply that people say these things for no other reason than it profits them, and they will take a profit from anybody no matter what kind of damage it does to society or to individual souls.
And that’s why I hope people like Mr. X truly are just a bit dim and genuinely think they are doing good in the world when they dribble their opinions all over themselves; I don’t like having to face the idea of the obvious alternative.