The Most Reverend Thomas J. Tobin, Bishop of Providence, addresses the Myth of the Cuddly, Sweet, and Always Nice No Matter What Jesus:
I do find it intriguing, though, that the critics of the Obama column were more offended by my writing than the fact that the President is using their tax dollars to destroy unborn children. (And now to engage in the destruction of human embryos in stem cell research.) But it still seems to me that if the President’s anti-life actions don’t stir up moral outrage in you, nothing will; if they don’t offend your conscience, you need a conscience transplant, my friend.
The other premise of my critics seems to be that because we are Christians we should never be angry or challenge others. We should always be charitable, tolerant, kind and nice, they suggest. After all, isn’t that what Jesus would do?
Bishop Tobin wrote his column after getting a wide range of feedback—much of it very angry in nature—concerning his February 12, 2009, column, "My Interview with President Obama," which was a fictional dialogue between himself and the newly elected President:
TOBIN: Is it safe to assume that you consider the use of tax dollars to pay for abortions overseas to be good foreign policy?
OBAMA: I believe that people overseas should have the same rights we Americans have – the right to kill their children and use abortion as a form of birth control.
TOBIN: But shouldn’t we be using foreign aid for more positive reasons – for example, to provide food, clothing, shelter and medicine to impoverished children?
Read that entire piece. Back to the most recent column:
In the words of another great bishop, Fulton Sheen:
This highlights, I think, one of the issues with President Obama: legitimate criticism of his actions, words, and principles are sometimes interpreted as attacks on his person precisely because for some ardent Obama supporters the person is the principle. Put another way, it seems to me that quite a few people voted for and support Obama not because he believes in Principles A, B, and C, but because he is Barack Obama. This cult of personality has little or no interest in gauging principles; it is rooted in a nearly religious adherence to a personality. Thus, any criticism of Obama's principles (i.e., support of "reproductive justice") is interpreted as a hatred of the man. Thank goodness for shepherds such as Bishop Tobin who are willing to clearly and firmly describe reality rather than letting reality be bulldozed by false cries of "Intolerance!"