Frank Bruni of the New York Times (no, not the York News Times) had an article where he interviewed former Nebraska Senate candidate Bob Kerrey about his belief in God.
And Bruni drops this note:
Kerrey labels himself agnostic.
And he notes that in his 12 years in political office, Kerrey never once uttered, “God Bless America”. Why? Well, because, Kerrey says,
“It seems a little presumptuous, when you’ve got the land mass and the talent that we do, to ask for more.”
Look, Bob Kerrey wants to be agnostic, awesome, be agnostic. We have agnostic friends. People have their own beliefs.
But when, in all the years as Governor and Senator did we EVER hear that out of him? Do yourself a quick Google search and you’ll see that Kerrey is labeled as a member of the Congregationalist Church. (Oh, and he’s also an internet-ordained minister, who presided at Steve Martin’s wedding.)
And who could forget (well, we didn’t anyway) back when Kerrey was attending mass at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Omaha, and receiving Holy Communion (a Catholic sacrament, and only for church members). Kerrey apologized and all that, but then boldly took the gifts up to the altar at Sacred Heart the following week, just to show that he wouldn’t be cowed.
So all that…from an agnostic? And we don’t know how long Kerrey has held onto his agnosticism, but the article implies it was his entire time in elected office.
And what does all this say?
Well, the NYT and Don Walton and probably the OWH — if they ever mention it — will hold Kerrey up as a hero — nay, the GREATEST HERO — for daring to say that he is uncertain about the existence of God. And that church and state should be separated! (“Ooooh! How wise! Clap clap clap clap clap!”) My what a GOOD liberal! Always questioning!
But note, readers. Ya NEVER heard this before from Kerrey, yeah?
And then Kerrey’s line about “God Bless America”?
“…you’ve got the land mass and the talent that we do, to ask for more.”
What the F is he talking about? And hey, is he agnostic, or isn’t he? So he’s saying that IF there is a God then He (or SHE!) has better things to do than lay His (or HER!) blessings down on the rich, HUGE (oh, and evil) America. Right? Is that it?
(And “talent”? Don’t bother blessing us God, because we’re puh-lenty talented already!)
As if we needed further evidence of Kerrey’s flakitude.
But here’s the thing, and really the reason we want to point all this out:
1) We want to make sure you see it.
2) Here is Kerrey pitching — to the NYT and not the OWH or the LJS — about how enlightened his religious feelings are. And you want to know WHY he never revealed his inner-most thoughts to Nebraskans? He says,
“If you talk openly about your doubts,” he said, “you can get in trouble.”
Read: Nebraskans are Bible-thumping hayseeds who don’t unnerstan sophisticated church-talkin’.
Or, “I don’t want to lose the religious vote, so I’ll just let ‘em believe I’m a church-going Nebraskan — just like YOU!”
In any case, no doubt you will hear more pearls of wisdom from Kerrey — but it sure as heck won’t be via the York News Times anymore. (And we can LITERALLY hear the eyes rolling in Kerrey’s head, every time that paper’s name is mentioned…)
On the Governor’s race front, we are hearing from various sources that we may hear from State Senator Charlie Janssen, one way or the other some time next month. We would think that it could only benefit him to get out ahead of the race at this point. If he’s going to pull the trigger, the sooner the better.
No word yet on Jon Bruning. Some think he will sit it out, but we have not heard much one way or the other.
We have been told (indirectly) that that Don Stenberg is pretty unlikely to get in.
And Pete Ricketts’s name is another that is getting mentioned.
Which would make things VERY interesting.
We have still heard a few other names, but very little definitive.
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And God Bless the rich, big and uber-talented United States of America!