Vick’s Cynical ‘Jesus’ Ploy Insults All Intelligence
Between apologies to everyone from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank — to all the kids who used to look up to him, Vick declared that he’s found Jesus and has turned his life over to God.
After Paris Hilton’s contrition photo-op (Bible and Power of Now in hand) we should not be surprised when yet another red-handed celebrity turns to ‘god’ with a cheap plea for forgiveness.
Let me just say: I don’t follow football, and until this dogfighting flap, I had no idea who Michael Vick was. So to be blunt, I don’t give a shit what he does for a living, what he believes, or what his race is. He should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. As a celebrity, his reputation should suffer according to his crimes. We should all be ashamed that we live in a country where an expression of god-belief can even remotely affect justice. Once more: You are fully accountable to your own conscience and to other human beings for your actions. That alone is the basis for morality.
Given Vick’s circumstances, we can understand that his lawyers and P.R. people have put him up to this. But a conversion in the spotlight is hardly virtuous. Further, the doctrine of a ’savior who died for our sins’ is at its core a creed of non-accountability. According to Christian teaching, no one is beyond redemption, even a murderer, rapist, or war criminal. According to this awful doctrine, all such a person has to do is declare his belief, and he is ’saved.’
1 John 2:2 — He is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
What a freaking cop out! But hey, if it works for murderers, why not for someone who ‘merely’ tortures dogs?