Sunday, June 3, 2012

Curt Schilling: Arch Conservative Christian Hypocrite

Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: and when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. Matthew 13: 5-6, from the parable of the sower, Matthew 13:1-23

Early last week, former mlb pitcher Curt Schilling’s video game company, 38 studios, laid off its entire staff after defaulting on a 75 million dollar loan from the state of Rhode Island.

Schilling pitched two important games for the Boston Red Sox in the 2004 playoffs in helping the team to its first World Series victory since 1918. Following those games Schilling openly professed his belief that God was with him on the mound, and several years afterwards said: “I am proud of what we did that night, but I am far more excited about what I was able to experience in my relationship with Christ that night.”

Yet within hours of the Red Sox World Series victory in October of 2004, Schilling was on Good Morning America endorsing Bush, and continued to campaign for the president while voicing his support of the war in Iraq. 

Also incongruous with Christ, Schilling is an outspoken conservative member of the Tea Party who uses his celebrity to get on the airwaves and preach smaller government, less reliance thereupon and more individual responsibility. He also espouses the virtue of the free market economy, and with this recent debacle has implemented that detestable tenet of great capitalists: socialize the risk, privatize the profits.

Schilling made roughly 114 million dollars in his baseball career, so how did he choose to honor Christ after retiring from the sport? He decided to try and increase his wealth by starting a video game company whose first and only offering to the public was a violent fantasy role playing game called Kingdoms of Amalur. Not any of that sounds very Christian to me.

Schilling also has an autistic child. Autistic births have spiked in recent decades, and since there is ongoing research and strong reason to suspect that contamination of the environment and/or food supply are possible factors in the phenomenon, I find it mystifying that Schilling would continue to back the Republican party—which former congressman and current candidate Alan Grayson so succinctly describes as a 'wholly owned subsidiary of corporate America'—whose stated goals include a continued fight for the deregulation that leads to the suspected contaminations. Would a child of God truly participate in foisting that upon the neighbors he’s instructed to love as himself? I think not.

The population of Rhode Island is just over one million people, so 75 million dollars equals just under 75 dollars from every person in the state—including the 11 or so percent who are unemployed.  But because the loan was financed by the sale of bonds, Rhode Island is actually on the hook for more than 100 million dollars—100 dollars from every man, woman and child in the state.

And while Schilling secured the loan when former Republican governor Carcieri was in office, he is now, with bitter nastiness, blaming current Independent governor Chafee for the company’s failure, citing a failure to offer tax credits and a deferment of payment, and for what Schilling called 'devastating' public comments Chafee made regarding the matter.

So Schilling preaches that everyone should take responsibility for the themselves, yet practices that the people of Rhode Island take responsibility for his abject failure in business--a most despicable hypocrisy.

While Schilling clearly sees Christ, he just as clearly does not know Him, or he would have followed a path to Jesus rather than one toward mammon.

Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you. James 5:1

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