Like most of the world, I am aghast at the horrifying death of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The horrible way in which he is presumed to have died is unthinkable – yet it happened.
Unlike President Donald Trump, I don’t think Khashoggi “appears” to be dead. I am certain of it. The reporting has been too consistent on the details from all credible sources that are not Fox News. ( As a former reporter, let me assure you that the way journalism works, the more media outlets that confirm and report the EXACT same findings, the LESS the likelihood that news is “fake.”)
Meanwhile, Fox evidently is helping spread conspiracy theories to defame Khashoggi, as if that somehow makes it justified to kill another human being by vivisection.
Because of the many horrible ways to die, to be cut apart while still alive has to be the equivalent of being burned at the stake or crucified.
But Trump cannot internalize that horror. At a rally in Montana tonight, he gloated in the admitted misdemeanor assault Rep. Greg Gianforte (R-MT) visited on a reporter by clotheslining the journalist while Gianforte was running for Congress.
But somehow is it is the Democrats – not the Republicans – who are the “unruly mob.”
Trump’s violent rhetoric will someday visit violence on a journalist on our own soil. If he finds it “unfortunate” that the world is taking notice of what Saudi Arabia’s rulers have done to Khashoggi, he will wither under the glare of attention that will be focused on him should a death of a U.S. reporter be committed on our own soil.
When a supposed Christian leader goes on the 700 Club and says that arms sales to Saudi Arabia are more important than murder, you know that God is doing a face plant emoji at the total desecration of the Ten Commandments by those who proclaim His Word to millions on TV.
“Thou shalt not kill” is pretty specific and unambiguous on God’s list of the top ten things in life you shouldn’t do in order to live according to Divine Law.
In fact, when it comes to weapons of war, God’s own opinion about war and its weapons is made plain:
“And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.” (Isaiah 2:4)
One cannot help but hope that one day God will rebuke a President that places so little on the value of a human life and so much on an arms deal that hasn’t even gotten beyond a statement of intent – as well as a televangelist who clearly feels the same.
For theirs is a desert of the spirit where God’s commands are covered by the sands of war’s spoils.