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Can a Blog Make a Jackass Out of Itself?!?

Scott on November 16, 2006 at 8:31 pm

I know that “jackass” may be extreme, but I needed something stronger than “fool” and jackass was the word that came to mind. To be sure we’re clear, Webster’s defines “jackass” as: a contemptibly foolish or stupid person; dolt; blockhead; ass. Now, in this case I am not really referring to a single person but am instead referring to a blog and its ridiculous, asinine, incendiary coverage of the recent story connected to Rick Warren and his visit to Syria.

I think that it is safe to say that Slice of Laodicea, one of the most virulent and vitriolic blogs in the blogosphere, hates Rick Warren and others “of his kind.” They can’t stand his style of teaching and preaching, they think that his books are spiritual garbage that shouldn’t be read by anyone, and they believe that he waters down the gospel and/or mistreats the Gospel message entirely. Many in Slice’s corner also believe that Mr. Warren is a “wolf in sheep’s clothing,” a deceiver and a tool of Darkness being used to mislead the masses and take them down the highway to Hell.

This being the case, it came as no surprise that when the story broke in the news about Rick Warren visiting Syria, SLICE and its peeps were all over it. Ingrid, the chief architect of the hate and disdain aimed at Warren, attacked the story like a wild dog. Her (self) righteous indignation at Warren and his temerity were palpable as she spewed forth her judgments and ominous evaluations.

SLICE and its contributors (both post writers and commenters) spent several days expressing outrage and spiritual/moral indignation at Mr. Warren for what they seemed to believe that they knew about his trip. Of course, ignore the fact that they didn’t actually KNOW anything about the trip except what was reported by the Syrian news agency, which is owned and operated by the Syrian government and which would make it a questionable source of reliable news at best.

To illustrate, let’s get a taste of what Ingrid and her posse have been spewing forth over the last several days:

From Ingrid’s “News Release:”

“The Mufti called for conveying the real image of Syria, national unity and its call to spread peace, amity and justice to the American people which the US administration has distorted their image before the world.
Pastor Warren expressed admiration of Syria and the coexistence he saw between Muslims and Christians, stressing that he will convey this image to his church and country.”

Rick Warren also is quoted as saying that 80 percent of the American people oppose what the Administration is doing in Iraq. We at VCY America Radio Network are appalled and angered that Rick Warren is praising a nation that has long supported international terrorism and that desires the utter destruction of Israel.

Rick Warren owes an apology to Israel, to the American people and to the victims of Syrian sponsored terror whose blood continues to soak the earth’s soil.

I guess we should ignore the fact that Mr. Warren didn’t actually say anything about spreading Syria’s propaganda about its image to the world, nor did he say anything about 80% of the U.S. population being against the war. Since Ingrid heard it and wanted to believe it (because it fits with her hatred of Rick Warren), it was worth reporting. That’s some mighty fine news work, Ingrid! Way to go!

Next, Ingrid smells a conspiracy:

The news media, Christian and secular, are not reporting on Rick Warren’s Syrian trip and I’d like to know why. When you do a search on Rick Warren and Syria, Slice is the first site to come up, followed by the Syrian Arab News Agency. I find that very strange. Here’s yet another news story in which reports on Rick Warren meeting with the Education Minister in Syria (he appears to have met with everyone) to discuss scientific and academic cooperation between America and Syria. Read this and explain to me why this isn’t being reported on I for one would like to know why this isn’t being reported on by any major media.

Would it be silly of me to point out that the answer to Ingrid’s question COULD BE that perhaps the “secular” news media has the brains and/or common sense and/or intelligence and/or wisdom to know that the Syrian government’s news reports are about as reliable as were Iraq’s news reports at the beginning of the war when Saddam Hussein’s guy was busy telling the world how the Republican Guard was in complete control and how the American soldiers were dying left and right all the while there were American tanks just blocks from the news studio taking complete control of Baghdad.

And from Slice’s ever-frightening-ever-rabid-ever-sincere peanuts gallery:

Robyn: What an illusionist! We can expect no less from those who are deceived; those who are in darkness; those who are self-promoting; those who wish to be friends with the world. Warren is putty in the hands of the great Deceiver.

YvonneK: I continue to be amazed by how much Rick Warren is looking more and more like he’s part of the final global deception.

George Cancilla: I stand firm in declaring that Katherine Schori and Rick Warren are false prophets, no different than the False Prophet of Revelation, and no less deceiving and destructive.

Mary: God is revealing Mr. Warrens true character to all that have eyes to see and ears to hear.

Matoska: What does Light have in common with darkness? We already know who’s the father of Rick Warren.

Lisa: Well, if you want 1 world religion, ya gotta start somewhere. Why not the Muslims? Next stop, North Korea and India. Gotta round ‘em all up to be Purpose Driven and sell the appropriate number of books and cd’s. And what’s with the suit? A Hawaiian shirt is okay for God, but a suit for a guy in a robe? Will he wear a robe and turban on stage at Saddleback next?

Wondering: Please forgive me if I’m being paranoid, jumping to conclusions, or coming off as slanderous toward Mr. Warren…but what does he think he’s doing? Between the PEACE compromise (unholy partnership with ungodly governments), his frankly disturbing influence over the Church, his desire to control missions activities, and now this (dabbling in outright politics in an effort to bring about lasting peace), it would appear that Mr. Warren is not who I thought he was. And I don’t like the implications of whom he’s beginning to resemble. Again, I’d rather be reading too much into this, but at the same time we’re expected to be vigilant. If he’s not THAT one, he’s laying the foundation as one of THEM. (No, I’m not going to say it outright, because then it WOULD be an open accusation. I’m not going to do that to you, Ingrid.)

Jack: I’m pleased to see by these comments that there are still some who haven’t bowed the knee to Rick. For some time I’ve been struck by Pope Rick I’s resemblance to the Antichrist. After all, the Antichrist will be a man of peace (or is that P.E.A.C.E.?), and Daniel 8:25 says that he “by peace shall destroy many.” Maybe the “P” stands for “Propaganda.”
R.W.’s next book should be “The Purpose Driven Useful Idiot.”

To summarize this wise group of individuals, Rick Warren: is obviously in league with and/or a tool of the Deceiver (the Devil); is part of the coming “global deception” (the one world government, one world religion, anti-Christ controlled, pre/mid/post tribulation world); is a False Prophet and is a child of the Devil; is possibly the Antichrist himself or at least has a strong resemblance to He Who Shall Not Be Named.

But there is only one HUGE problem with Ingrid and her insightful gang of acolytes as reported in World Net Daily, according to Warren and his people what the Syrian News Agency reported didn’t happen. Many of the quotes attributed to him were bogus. Warren didn’t praise the Syrian government as the Syrians claim, nor did he collude with our terrorist enemies by lending comfort and support in any way to their cause.

If Ingrid would have taken a more balanced and newsworthy approach to the situation, she and her people could have avoided looking so ridiculous and foolish. If she was actually a newsperson concerned with journalistic integrity (or just plain honesty and integrity in general) she should have taken a stance of concern about the story but without jumping to conclusions.

But that would be expecting too much from SLICE. The pious, self-righteous ruminations of this group of 21st Century, Inquisitionesque Pharisees impeach their own judgment and demonstrate why they and all that they claim to stand for should be treated with extreme caution and a large amount of skepticism.

By The Way…Even if the Syrian government made up everything that they are reporting (which they probably did), I would still question the wisdom of Mr. Warren visiting there. He says that the visit was prompted by an invitation from his next-door-neighbor. I take him at his word. I just think that perhaps he didn’t completely take into account his notoriety and the weight his visit would carry in terms of world impressions. But at the same time, I am willing to concede that Warren has many close friends and advisors who gave him council, so though I disagree with his decision I will at least give him credit for giving the decision due consideration.

Of course, since the peeps at Slice can’t stand Warren or anyone in his camp, that kind of consideration would never be considered.

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