Mr. Tooley (Pot) – @MarkDTooley – I’m The Kettle


In response to a press conference that featured prominent clergy people from across the ecumenical spectrum, Institute on Religion & Democracy president Mark Tooley decided he needed to weigh in on it – as if we didn’t already know what he was going to think about it.  However, he didn’t just go to the point of saying that these are bleeding-heart religious types, he went a bit further – prompting this post.

Among other things – but all along these same lines – Tooley said:

Today’s religious crusaders for gun control are mostly activist elites whose influence beyond a D.C. press conference is dubious.

He called religious officials that speak out about comprehensive measures to combat gun violence – including measures to curb out-of-control gun sale and power – “activist elites.”

I would like you to read this.  This is President Tooley’s biography – direct from the IRD website:

Prior to joining the IRD in 1994, Mark worked eight years for the Central Intelligence Agency as an analyst. He is a graduate of Georgetown University and is a native of Arlington, Virginia. A lifelong United Methodist, he has been active in United Methodist renewal since 1988, when he wrote a study about denominational funding of pro-Marxist groups for his local congregation. He currently attends Washington Street United Methodist Church in Alexandria, Virginia.Mark Tooley became president of the Institute on Religion and Democracy (IRD) in 2009. He joined IRD in 1994 to found its United Methodist committee (UMAction), which he still directs as a ministry to reclaim America’s third largest religious body for historic Christian beliefs. He is the author of Taking Back The United Methodist Church, published in 2008, and Methodism and Politics in the 20th Century, to be published in 2011. His articles about the political witness of America’s churches have appeared in The Wall Street JournalThe American SpectatorThe Weekly StandardNational Review Online,Washington ExaminerHuman EventsThe Washington TimesThe Review of Faith and International AffairsTouchstoneThe Chicago TribuneThe New York Post, and elsewhere. He is a frequent commentator on radio and television.

Among the numerous books he has written, he writes columns for prominent (and mostly conservative) publications and is a frequent guest on conservative radio and television.  He has lived adjacent to our nation’s capital his whole life, worked for the CIA, and now runs a conservative, Washington think tank.

I’m sorry, Mr. Tooley, but your quote is nothing more than the pot calling the kettle black.  You have more influence.  This gives you the ability to skew the opinions of many into thinking that yours is a more populist message.  However, that doesn’t mean you are any different than what you claim people like myself are.

If anyone is the elitist, it is you.  I don’t have enough influence or power to be an elitist.  If your work is so much more holy and right than those you seek to constantly ridicule, than your use of the term is intellectually dishonest.  Among other things.

I might point you to an article about faith and the gun control debate.  Please, find it here.  There’s a lot of good stuff in it, but you need to know just the gist.  Is your right to bear arms more important than the commands to love God, neighbor and self?  If giving up your rights to unfettered 2nd amendment expression meant that it could save lives in Washington, DC, Chicago, IL or Los Angeles, CA, wouldn’t that be worth it?  Do you even give this a thought when you shoot off at the mouth against your brothers and sisters in the faith?

I don’t often use the term “holier than thou,” but I am pretty sure it fits here.

Good day, sir.

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