In her insane recklessness, Kathy Griffin might have sat night after night watching the lunatic insults to the President from counterparts like Stephen Colbert wondering when she could jump on the bandwagon.
Her irrational judgment, indubitably, wouldn’t let her go half way. Her makiavelic thoughts had to take her way further than comparing the President to a Gorilla or other insults that I choose not to repeat.
So, of course, she goes to the lowest, most outrageous, most despicable of insults. What her little brain doesn’t tell her though is that, by doing so, she is actually insulting not the President but the many innocent victims who have fallen under the knife of the most evil in this world.
She probably envisioned herself as a Heroine portrayed in newspapers, media outlets and such, or had dreams of liberals applauding her as she waived on a stage dressed in an Oscar-like gown. Henceforward, she enlists a crew and actually makes it happen. In many ways, successfully.
She, plan intended, becomes the news of the week, and disgustingly but not surprising, receives the support of similar characters.
Jim Carey says: “It’s the job of the comedian to cross the line at all times.” Jammie Foxx says something similar. Al Franken, with his out of this world despicable hypocrisy, says he would still participate in a book event with her but, because of a possible political backlash, retracts from it and disinvites Griffin from the event. And, of course, Rossie O’Donnell who still focus her comments on the President and not the real victims of Griffin’s extreme lack of tact.
Is there good news in this tragic event? Yes. America gets it right no matter how long it takes. Despite the agonizing and frustrating images of support, a stronger conservative movement seems to evolve and images of disgust and disapproval are all over giving this country hope that stupidity will not prevail, but sanity and love of country still will.
I still feel sad for that 11 year old boy who had to see his father portrayed with such cruelty, and for the thousands and thousands of people who have to wake up every day to a real photo shoot.
Who knows also–no plan intended by Griffin, now in my book named “She evil?”–that this portrayal might serve to ridicule those who use it to promote their fanatic and extreme religious madness and, in consequence of, the shock value effect of their intent it is diminished.
Once again, President Uchtdorf inspires with a message that transcends our own discernment of things or, better yet, gives exquisite answer to intriguing questions that sometimes go unanswered because simple and profound truths get buried by the loud voices of confusion and hate.
I have witness thorough out my life how people with a religious, political or social purpose have forced their agenda using fear to motivate their followers or listeners. President Uchtdorf puts it so clearly when he says:
“Fear rarely has the power to change our hearts, and it will never transform us into people who love what is right and who want to obey Heavenly Father. People who are fearful may say and do the right things, but they do not feel the right things. They often feel helpless and resentful, even angry. Over time these feelings lead to mistrust, defiance, even rebellion.
And later states:
“The Lord has made it clear that “the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, [and] temperance.”3
As parents we try to use different methods to make our children obey us as we try to protect them. One of these methods is certainly instilling fear in them. We think that fear will stop them from entering a world that might destroy them or will move them to do what we want them to do. I have seen people that go as far as using “end of the world” strategies or the world is not safe and therefore I will keep you with me at all costs…I see that a lot in parents that choose home schooling.
“One of the ways Satan wants us to manipulate others is by dwelling upon and even exaggerating the evil in the world. Certainly our world has always been, and will continue to be, imperfect. Far too many innocent people suffer because of circumstances of nature as well as from man’s inhumanity. The corruption and wickedness in our day are unique and alarming. But in spite of all this, I wouldn’t trade living in this time with any other time in the history of the world. We are blessed beyond measure to live in a day of unparalleled prosperity, enlightenment, and advantage. Most of all, we are blessed to have the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ, which gives us a unique perspective on the world’s dangers and shows us how to either avoid these dangers or deal with them.” President Uchtdorf
We all love our children, we want them to be safe and free from suffering, but I realize that we can’t do it with fear. Sometimes we want to protect them from everything but we can’t. We can be a presence of comfort and guidance, but we cannot give them fear as a tool because they will not survive.
I don’t believe God wants His children to be fearful or dwell on the evils of the world. “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”10 He has given us an abundance of reasons to rejoice. We just need to find and to recognize them. The Lord often reminds us to “be not afraid,” to “be of good cheer,”11 and to “fear not, little flock.”12
If we want to persuade our children to make the right choices and be prepared to confront the world, we need to talk to them as intelligent human beings no matter their age. We need to teach them of the dangers of the world and give them spiritual tools to survive it as we still instill in them great hope that the world is still a wonderful place, and, if they ever find it troubling, they have the power to change it. As we do that, let’s listen to President Uchtdorf when he says:
“God motivates through persuasion, long-suffering, gentleness, meekness, and love unfeigned.8 God is on our side. He loves us, and when we stumble, He wants us to rise up, try again, and become stronger.”
Religion is or should be a school of learning. A place where imperfect human beings go to learn the Gospel of Jesus Christ or the things of God. Hence, by participating in righteous activities and teachings you become a better human being no matter the state of your spirituality. For instance, you need religion the same way you need a school to learn to be a doctor. In a college setup environment, a teacher teaches you to save a human life. In a church environment, a teacher teaches you the things of the Lord, how to save your soul, a friend’s soul or how to live a life free of sin, which gives you the best alternative to find happiness away from the conflicting influences of the secular world.
Religion should not preach hate but love as Jesus Christ did. He walked across the land teaching people to love one another and to lay down their lives for their friends. What a great example and what a wonderful message to spread around the world. However, he did not only share this message, but he also built a church and taught people His Gospel. He called Apostles and introduced saving ordinances such as the symbolic baptismal covenant and the concept of the resurrection and Eternal Life. Therefore, He believed in religion, but a religion where we go to learn eternal principles such as the priesthood, the companionship of the Holy Ghost…a guiding force that teaches you in whispers based on your faith.
Jesus Christ taught us amazing things and left us with the greatest gift of Salvation. His actions and words are forever stamped in our souls. Who cannot be inspired by the Sermon on the Mount, or the symbolic Sacrament as he said good bye to his disciples in the Last Supper, or be eternally thankful for His suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane as He opened the way for us to achieve exaltation, or his physical agony on the Cross…
All of his teachings and life need to be taught… Religion, used in a positive way, does that. People who are offended by Religion should stay away for the ones that purposely criticize and diminish other people’s beliefs, but should look for the ones that seek to improve our lives through the teachings of Jesus Christ. To each its own though. However, let’s remind us all of our Savior’s message…”if you love me, keep my commandments…” (John 14:15) His commandments are found in his Gospel. His Gospel is his religion.
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