“I do not consider myself a Christian, but I would like to quote Jesus and ask, ‘Who among you has not sinned?’” So writes Maria Rodale, CEO of Rodale, Inc., in an open letter to President Obama published yesterday by the Huffington Post.
Rodale, a self-avowed supporter and two-time voter for Obama, is herself a publisher. Among the periodicals that her company puts out are “Men’s Health,” “Women’s Health,” and “Prevention.”
Rodale is an author, as well. Her book, “Organic Manifesto: How Organic Food Can Heal Our Planet, Feed the World, and Keep Us Safe,” is on sale at Amazon.
It is on the basis of personal health that Rodale brings herself to question Obama’s decision at the crossroads at which he currently stands. “[Y]ou are,” she writes, “perhaps, at the biggest fork in the road you are likely to ever face”:
One fork bears a sign that says ‘Attack Syria.’ That is a well-worn road, littered with the bodies of children and soldiers, civilians and suicides (both military and nonmilitary). It is a classic road, where ego and history seemingly say a president must travel as some sort of rite of honor. But it’s also a road that leads to more bitterness, more anger, and endless tragedy.
But what does all of this have to do with Jesus and sin? She’s getting to that:
Yes, Syria has undoubtedly used chemical weapons on its own people. Maybe it was the government; maybe it was the opposition; maybe you know for sure. But here’s what I know for sure: We are no better. We have been using chemical weapons on our own children — and ourselves — for decades, the chemical weapons we use in agriculture to win the war on pests, weeds, and the false need for ever greater yields. While the effects of these ‘legal’ chemical weapons might not be immediate and direct, they are no less deadly. And you, Mr. President, have had an unprecedented opportunity to stop it, but you haven’t. You haven’t. In fact, you have encouraged it. And I am supremely disappointed in that. [Emphasis added]
Some might call this hyperbole. Writing about the Rodale letter at Mediaite, Noah Rothman notes that “some might call her a raving lunatic,” adding:
Others would call Rodale a beacon of sanity in an insane world. Then there are those who wonder what kind of a God would allow the cosmic injustice of this person’s fortune and success to continue, given the fact that she not only holds asinine opinions like these but thinks advertising them is a clever move. Count me in the latter group.
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