Looks like an attempt at a little Daily Reckoning humour has been lost in translation. In shedding a literary tear for the way investors punished the Commonwealth Bank the other day we used the phrase “Jesus wept,” from the Gospel of John, Chapter 11, verse 35. Not everyone was happy.
I think you would take offence if I published the statement, that; “Your mother was a whore, and your father got his AIDS from his enthusiastic homosexual bonking of little boys.” The inclusion of the statement “Jesus wept.”[in the Daily Reckoning] obviously does not attract as much attention if you included a later statement that; Mahomed sleeps around! Your respect for the values of others would be appreciated.
My goodness. Yes we would (and did) take offense to that padre. We hope we don’t ever run into you in a confessional.
First, we were unaware that the phrase “Jesus wept” is used as an expletive in this part of the world. We like to offend conventional wisdom in financial matters, but don’t go out of our way to do so in spiritual matters. You should never talk religion or politics at dinner!
Besides, God is not our beat. We didn’t use the phrase as an expletive, but in the fine tradition of the week, we apologize if we offended anyone.
But maybe spiritual matters shouldn’t be your beat either, with a letter like that.
Try as we might, we don’t remember Jesus ridiculing whores or homosexuals in the New Testament, or saving souls by bullying sinners. He won his arguments the old fashioned way, with words and love and actions.
Not all ideas deserve respect, either. Some are stupid and dangerous. It’s the obligation of thinking people to point them out and heap the ridicule on them they deserve.
We happen to be a believer, but we get pretty discouraged about organized religion after reading letters like yours. We’ll say a prayer for you tonight.
Have a good weekend!
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