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Friday, January 21, 2005

Pardon My Rant, Part Two 

When we returned to the South (after three long years in the shadow of our Nation's capital), one of the "treats" of the morning was getting to watch two hours of the televised segment of a regional/syndicated Alabama radio show with a huge following that was shown on a local Atlanta affiliate station.     Generally, everything was in good fun, good 'ol boy humor, semi-frequently interspersed with the two co-hosts professing their Christianity without hesitation or apologies.

Although, on more than one occasion, we had heard them "trashing" Anna Nicole Smith -- not just in passing -- but in a long diatribe of insults.     The first couple of times, I was disturbed, and actually called into the show once to express my opinion -- which I had to relay to an intern who "promised" to pass it on.

Finally, two weeks ago, I tuned in and heard the most outrageous insults being bantered about over Anna Nicole.     I'm not saying she's a good person, or a bad person . . . I'm saying it isn't our place to judge -- especially for two public figures who claim to be devout Christians.     So, I sent them an e-mail which read:
Name: [names withheld]
On Jan 12, 2005, at 7:52 AM

Hey, Guys!

I know you think it is humorous to make fun of Anna Nicole.     Of course, she has put herself into situations that have made her the butt of many jokes.     But, you have to remember, she was in a coma several years ago and sustained brain damage that caused some of the speech problems and other neurological problems.

I hear you guys talking about her a lot, and I feel sorry for her because she has had a lot of problems, and seems to be a very unhappy and searching soul.

And, these are the two comments I received back:
From: [name withheld]
Sent: Wednesday, January 12, 2005 11:09 AM
Subject: Re: Anna Nicole

"that is sad but being sloppy drunk and whoring around doesn't help with the sub human doubt she is lost..."

[name withheld]
The [names withheld] Show

-----Original Message-----
From: [name withheld]
Sent: Wednesday, January 12, 2005 11:31 AM
Subject: Re: Anna Nicole

"That and drugs & drinking."

[name withheld]
The [names withheld] Show

I was appalled by their flippant attitudes and comments.     At that very moment, I never tuned in again.     After almost a week, I decided to express myself one more time, in an attempt to make my point more clearly.     This is the e-mail I sent:
-----Original Message-----
Sent: Tuesday, January 18, 2005 11:04 AM
To: [names withheld]
Subject: Show Comments


I have been wrestling with this for almost a week now, and am really still at a loss as to how to approach it.     I have been a loyal fan since even before moving back from D.C. in September because I would tune in every time I would visit my parents in Chattanooga, Tennessee.     When we moved to Georgia in September, one of the high points of the morning was seeing two hours of your show each day on [station name withheld].

My s.o. and I were both so impressed with your stand for your convictions, the lack of fear that you displayed in discussing issues relating to Christianity - especially on a station such as [station name withheld], the guests that you would feature, and what seemed your non-judgmental signs of brotherly love and concern for others.

I have to admit that, after receiving the e-mails back from you -- [names withheld] -- regarding Anna Nicole Smith, I haven't tuned in since.     I'm not saying she's a good person, or a bad person . . . that isn't my place to say.     It's just that so many people listen and look up to you and your views and opinions, I would think that you would be a little more considerate in how you express them.

In John 8:7 it says,
He who is without sin, let him cast the first stone.
And, in Matthew 7:1 it says,
Judge not, lest ye be judged

The e-mail response I received back from this message basically said I was "judging" based on my comments.     Oh, well . . . I have two extra hours each morning to devote to other things and don't have to try to watch/listen to this show AND do something else at the same time.

I'm not claiming to be some high-and-mighty better person . . . I just think that people in the public eye should be held accountable for their actions, comments, views and opinions if they are:
  1.   High profile public figures;
  2.   Claiming to be Christians; and
  3.   Using a public forum to deliver their views and opinions.

Just, whatever you do . . . GET-OFF-OF-THE-FENCE . . . for pete's sake!     Pick one side or the other; but, don't keep straddling the fence, trying to pick from both sides -- that only tends to ride up in the crotch after a while . . .

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