You think I’m saying that because of his quote about the Mormons not believing in God, but I’m not. Oh sure, it relates to that, but not like you think.See, about four weeks ago, Don Imus said some pretty despicable things (I definitely despic them) about some black, female athletes. Now, despite the fact that we enjoy the 1st Amendment freedom of speech in this country, he was vilified and eventually fired for what he said. At the time, Sharpton picked up the cross and lambasted Imus in the media because of what he said. Then Sharpton said Imus should be fired.
Fast foward to today when Sharpton himself made a gaffe. I know he probably doesn’t believe that Mormons don’t believe in God. But, that’s what it sounded like he said. I also don’t think Imus is a racist, but that’s what his comment sounded like.
Now, Sharpton has that uncomfortable sensation of walking in Imus’ shoes, the very shoes Sharpton himself tore apart. This, I believe, is the main reason Christ taught that being overly critical of others is bad. This is a classic beam/mote problem and it’s almost funny that a self-proclaimed Christian minister, somebody who claims to believe in God more than others, fell into a most un-Christian trap that he himself set.
Interestingly, the Book of Mormon predicts this and labels Sharpton as wicked. 2 Nephi 28:8 says:
“And there shall also be many which shall say: Eat, drink, and be merry; nevertheless, fear God—he will justify in committing a little sin; yea, lie a little, take the advantage of one because of his words, dig a pit for thy neighbor; there is no harm in this; and do all these things, for tomorrow we die; and if it so be that we are guilty, God will beat us with a few stripes, and at last we shall be saved in the kingdom of God.”
You know, Al, if you believed in the Book of Mormon, you might have saved yourself a trip to Salt Lake and some humble pie.