Thursday, March 19, 2009

Breeding Fear

Joel Osteen at Lakewood Church, Houston, TexasImage via Wikipedia

The other day at work two older women came in the store looking for something they had seen on television. They were having trouble describing exactly what it was but the best I could get was that it was some sort of water purifying device. I brought them back to our camping aisle and showed them what we had there. Mostly what we have are tablets and filters for hikers or campers, nothing that you would use to purify a lot of water at one setting. I assumed it was some sort of 1-800 type of infomercial they had seen it on. No, I was wrong.

They had seen it on a Christian channel. They named the televangelist but I don't remember who it was. Evidently he's telling his televised flock that they need to be ready for another terrorist attack or worse. What I think he told them was that with President Obama leading our country we needed to be prepared for this country to fall apart and it was going to be every man and woman for themselves. They started to say something like that and than caught themselves and said in case of another terrorist attack. And I realized something. These two older women were scared. They truly believed what this snake saleman was pitching.

I wanted to say something so much to them. But how can you argue with such Godly logic as they've been given. People like this television preacher makes me so angry. They spew their hatred and fear and rake in their money and live in their mansions and drive their fancy cars while the people that listen to them are scared and learn to hate and fear others because they're not the same as them.

It's really just sad.

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Travis said...

This kind of thing makes me so angry. I've seen people I thought were rational and fair-minded buying into this politics of fear garbage.

JohnH985 said...

It's a shame. And the worst part is that its so hard to try to reason with these people. Once someone buys into it they don't want to change their mind.

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