Wednesday, December 08, 2010

X-Post: American Power: Elizabeth Edwards: Nihilist

Or "Donald Douglas Omits Human Decency in Post About Dying Woman"

More of that famous Donald Douglas class:
American Power: Elizabeth Edwards' Parting Statement Omits Mention of Faith in God:
The story's trending at Memeorandum. And at ABC News, "Elizabeth Edwards Won't Receive Anymore Cancer Treatment: John Edwards' Joins Family at His Wife's Side." But I notice at her farewell statement an odd aspect to her "three saving graces": She doesn't list faith in God as one of them:


Elizabeth has been advised by her doctors that further treatment of her cancer would be unproductive. She is resting at home with family and friends and has posted this message to friends on her Facebook page.

You all know that I have been sustained throughout my life by three saving graces—my family, my friends, and a faith in the power of resilience and hope. These graces have carried me through difficult times and they have brought more joy to the good times than I ever could have imagined. The days of our lives, for all of us, are numbered. We know that. And, yes, there are certainly times when we aren’t able to muster as much strength and patience as we would like. It’s called being human. But I have found that in the simple act of living with hope, and in the daily effort to have a positive impact in the world, the days I do have are made all the more meaningful and precious. And for that I am grateful. It isn’t possible to put into words the love and gratitude I feel to everyone who has and continues to support and inspire me every day. To you I simply say: you know.

With love,

Clearly Elizabeth Edwards wants to put her faith in something, be it hope or strength or anything. But not God. I wonder if it's just bitterness, that's she's been forsaken by more than just her estranged husband --- that's she's been forsaken by Him. And imagine if she'd have become First Lady. Americans generally expect outward expressions of faith in our presidents, Christian faith especially, and thus in our First Ladies as well. The Democratic base obviously doesn't care, as we can see in the "wow factor" expressed by the author at the American Prospect. Being anti-religion is cool, so Edwards' non-theological theology gets props from the neo-communists. Still, at her death bed and giving what most folks are calling a final goodbye, Elizabeth Edwards couldn't find it somewhere down deep to ask for His blessings as she prepares for the hereafter? I guess that nihilism I've been discussing reaches up higher into the hard-left precincts than I thought.
Isn't that lovely? What better way to show God's love and mercy than to attack a dying woman for not being sufficiently Christian? One would think the term "holier-than-thou," and the connotative meaning attached to it, would've prevented a real Christian (or for that matter, a human being laying the slightest claim to decency) from saying such things. Donald though, is a very special kinda guy. Attacking the recently deceased and soon-to-be-dying for not living up to his political, social, or religious standards is just one of the many fucked up creepy services he offers.

The God I worship doesn't want any part of those who berate the dying for not being sufficiently humble before Him in the days and hours before or after their deaths, in the name of petty political points. Speaking for myself, I can only say that if this is the kind of message Donald is receiving from his place of worship, I think it's time for a new place of worship, one that has the slightest concern for human dignity and worth.

From the comments (one can only imagine the ones he moderated out of existence, if these are the ones he allowed to appear):

mantis said...
What would Jesus do?

Attack a dying woman, that's what!

God has a nice warm spot in Hell reserved just for you.
-- December 6, 5:10 PM

gail said...
I don't think this is an example of nihilism. It seems more like the Stoicism practiced by the ancient Romans, like Marcus Aurelius, an honorable, if grim, philosophy. --
December 6, 2010 7:44 PM

Anonymous said...
She is dying jackass. -- December 6, 2010 7:54 PM

Anonymous said...
You, Donald, are scum.

You have redefined the meaning of low blow. -- December 6, 2010 8:57 PM

An American Niiiiihilist x-post

UPDATE, 12/8/10, 4:15 PM: There are now 80 or so comments at Donald's original post, permitted through moderation because it allows him to fancy himself a victim and a martyr, as this subsequent post indicates: American Power: Opiate of the Masses

Also, two more from me, and others blogging (updated as necessary):
Donald Dick | TBogg

Dying woman forgets to mention God

Elizabeth Edwards Is Dying, Hates the Baby (Baby Jesus)

A House With No Frame | The Moderate Voice

Elizabeth Edwards Dies | Politics | Christianity Today

bjkeefe: Wingnut Taste

Compassion and Love Are Not Partisan, or Exclusive to Any One Religious View | The Moderate Voice

Fading Elizabeth Edwards Draws Media Sympathy, Support, and Controversy | The Atlantic Wire

This “it” may be the “that” that’s so far up with which it can’t be put. : Lawyers, Guns & Money
This “it” may be the “that” that’s so far up with which it can’t be put. - Acephalous (Same post, but the comments at each make it worth visiting both.)

Rising Hegemon: You stay classy

What'd I Say?: In Reply: Elizabeth Edwards: "this was a time for prayer, good wishes, and Christian mercy"

What'd I Say?: In reply: Elizabeth Edwards: "How about we just let God sort it all out instead of judging Mrs Edwards or her imperfect faith?"

Righties Dance on Elizabeth Edwards' Grave -- And Use My Reporting to Do It | AlterNet

Don Vader Finds Your Lack of Faith…Disturbing � Heavy Metal Librarian

Why Elizabeth Edwards Left God out of Her Last Goodbye

Elizabeth Edwards and God -

Cram & Ballwell !: Elizabeth Edwards Deserves To Rest In Peace

Faith and Politics in America - Boing Boing

Doubt – apple juice

In Death Elizabeth Edwards Inspires Talk of God - 1 A Woman's Point of View News Analysis -

Find and Ye Shall Seek: A mature faith and an immature faith

Hackman's Musings: Beyond Exclusivism

Wingnuts Prematurely Criticize Elizabeth Edwards : Dispatches from the Culture Wars

catsittingstill: Late off the mark

Donald Douglas Receives Hatred For His Compasssion Towards … | HappyTipsDaily

Feel-the-love department | Civil Commotion

Asshole of the Year | Bors Blog

New rules: there are some things you are not allowed not to say anymore : Pharyngula

The Self Taught Atheist: Unabashed Christian Arrogance

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