I like Michael Moore not at all. I don’t appreciate his rhetoric, I don’t think it’s helpful. The other day, with Gustav about to plow into the Gulf Coast on the day where the Republican National Convention opened, Michael Moore claimed it’s arrival was, “Proof that there is a God in Heaven.” Frankly, that just ticks me off. That part is at the beginning of the video on that page – he doesn’t get much better. I do wish he’d make his movies and then shut-up. At least the movies are clever – when he talks in public I think he’s like the anti-Dobson or something, and I have the same “fingernails on a chalkboard” reaction.
Let us be honest about this, however. For all his Faults Michael Moore is an expert at seeing irony in the public sphere – I just don’t think he communicates it very well (something which I think John Stewart and Stephen Colbert do very well). When Michael Moore made his outrageous statement, it sprang from Evangelical Christians.
“How’s that?” You might ask. After all Evangelicals have never gleefully smirked when a hurricane was about to plow into the coast (which isn’t entirely true, Katrina had some real whackos out proclaiming God’s Judgement on New Orleans – and don’t forget 9/11 and good ole’Pat Robinson). Focus on the Family did, however, create a nice You Tube video asking Christians to rain out Obama’s acceptance speech (shown below).
- First, how freaking childish. This is the public face of Christianity? And People wonder why I don’t call myself an Evangelical anymore?
- Second, by all accounts, it was one of the most beautiful nights of the summer when Obama gave his speech (I didn’t watch it – I’ll wait for the Republican convention to close and watch both speeches on-line, I can’t take the political commentary of American TV).
- Third, and here’s the irony that Michael Moore woefully communicated, a week after those “humble prayer requests” went up to God – a hurricane is taking nearly everyone’s attention off of Focus on the Family’s favorite party. This is where John Stewart would say, “Whoops.”
Gustav is going to be a mess of a clean-up. Thankfully, it looks like the region is responding better than last time, and NOLA looks to make out OK, but pray for all the displaced families – reliving the trauma of Katrina is not going to be easy.