Megachurch pastor and Christianity franchiser extraordinaire Rick Warren, recalling his 27-year-old son Matthew, who committed suicide Friday at the family’s home.
Yes, we’re supposed to be solemn and respectful at a moment of loss such as this. But judging from the *press statement Warren’s Saddleback Church put out about his son’s suicide and longstanding depression*, and speaking as a past sufferer of existential depression, there seems to be no acknowledgment on Rick’s part that maybe, just maybe, his lifelong evangelism promoting a Christian cosmological narrative of love and everlasting life, juxtaposed with a clear inability to connect with his son on the most basic of loving levels, might have further screwed Matthew up and made self-oblivion seem an attractive choice.
As evinced in the quote above. I hear a troubled young man asking for help squaring his upbringing and dogmatic beliefs with what he feels so acutely and painfully. I’m not sure what Rick feels, but given the context in which he offered this anecdote, it seems less like a mea culpa or an introspective “what-if” than a supremely craven impulse to deny any responsibility: “Oh, you know, he was a tortured soul with a death wish, what can you do, anyway he’s in a better place now.”
This, from a man made millionaire many times over for penning a book titled “The Purpose-Driven Life.”
Rick, I’m truly sorry for your loss. I truly wonder whether *you* are.
In an interview with NPR, former NRA lobbyist and founder of Rocky Mountain Gun Owners Dudley Brown compared deer hunting season with election season.
When the next wingnut decides to take a shot at an elected official, you can be sure this guy will be quick to note that he didn’t specifically say that people should shoot Democratic members of Congress and that, obviously, “hunt” here means “vote for someone else” not actually shoot the person as one would, I guess, shoot a proverbial animal during “the proverbial hunting season.” Not a human animal, though.
Important distinction. This guy’s totally in the clear. Of course, these guys, who are almost certainly big fans of Brown and his rhetoric … well … I’ll keep an eye on them.
Either Rick Scott is taking this “moderate makeover” thing a little too far, or he delegated his correspondence to the wrong intern.
In a form letter dated March 22, Florida’s conservative tea-party governor congratulated state Democratic Party chairwoman Alison Tant for making a local list of notable women…with surprisingly florid praise. “Your efforts are helping move our state in the right direction,” he told Florida’s progressive-in-chief, adding: ”It is my pleasure to extend best wishes to you for your continued success.”
See for yourself:
Now, a little more bipartisan chumminess would be a fantastic thing, but it’s a stretch to believe that Scott — he of the tea party paradiso, the drug-tested welfare recipients, the long voting lines, the cheap health care (for himself), the Trayvon debacle, the war on liberal arts — is pleased with the recent Democratic direction of his state.
More likely, there are 25 of these letters, one for each of Tallahassee’s “Women You Need to Know in 2013.”*
Which means Scott is simply guilty of not accounting for what goes on in his name… as when he ran a medical conglomerate implicated in the largest Medicare fraud case in US history. In that case, good news for Republicans: Rick Scott is not a traitor to the conservative cause. He’s just a poor manager.
That should look excellent on a bumper sticker in 2014.
* Editorial note: There are, in fact, many more than 25 women worth knowing in Tallahassee.
Via Schorsch at Saint Petersblog:
Patrons of strip clubs won’t be able to make it rain with government assistance under a measure that got its first vote of support from state senators on Tuesday.
The Regulated Industries Committee approved with little discussion the proposal (SB 1048) by Sen. Andy Gardiner to prohibit electronic benefits (EBT) cards from being used at strip clubs, liquor stores and gambling establishments, including casinos, pari-mutuels and Internet cafes.
The House version (HB 701) has cleared two committees with little trouble and is set to go before Health and Human Services Committee on Thursday.
And exactly how many EBT cards pop at these dens of vice? Florida’s puritanical legislators have yet to say. Though it’s probably similar to the numbers of Florida welfare recipients who are doing drugs: very, very few.
Come on, Tennessee. It’s just one Muslima. You still owe us all for letting Taylor Swift happen.
Enjoyed meeting and talking to you. Not often does one hear “jeremiad” and “halcyon” in a Fort Lauderdale lunch conversation. Keep in touch.
PS Ben Yagoda.
…are the Heritage Foundation and Neil Strauss’ The Game.
You want me.