Monday, June 23, 2008

George Carlin R.I.P.

If you pay attention to the news, you already know George Carlin died yesterday at the age of 71. If you've been paying attention to his words over the past few decades, you know he was relentless in his attacks on the Catholic church and Christianity in general. His mockery of the Christian faith was a main theme of his stand-up routines, movies and books.

He was obviously hateful to Christians, a man who said his dream role would be to play "a priest who strangles children" was a hateful man. It is understandable that many Christians won't lose any sleep over his passing. For those who are quick to focus on his spite and say "good riddance", I want to ask you to take some time out this evening and pray for the man. Despite the hurtful things he's done and said over the years, he is now reaping the fruits of his labor. He was someone who knew God and rejected him, we should not feel relief or anger at the man, but deep sorrow for a soul that probably didn't see salvation.


Leticia said...

My sentiments exactly. May God have mercy on his soul.

Esther said...

Only God knows if he repented at the end. May he rest in peace.

Diane said...

Carlin would not have repented as there is no need to.

He was a comic genius and the only reason he attacked the Church is because of its folly and its criminal actions.

"In the Bullshit Department, a businessman can't hold a candle to a clergyman. 'Cause I gotta tell you the truth, folks. When it comes to bullshit, big-time, major league bullshit, you have to stand in awe of the all-time champion of false promises and exaggerated claims: religion. No contest. No contest. Religion. Religion easily has the greatest bullshit story ever told.

Think about it. Religion has actually convinced people that there's an invisible man -- living in the sky -- who watches everything you do, every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a special list of ten things he does not want you to do.

And if you do any of these ten things, he has a special place, full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish, where he will send you to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry forever and ever 'til the end of time!
But He loves you.

He loves you, and He needs money! He always needs money! He's all-powerful, all-perfect, all-knowing, and all-wise, somehow just can't handle money! Religion takes in billions of dollars, they pay no taxes, and they always need a little more. Now, you talk about a good bullshit story.

Happy ex-catholic

Anonymous said...

Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more; it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.
William Shakespeare

Diane said...

since religious zealots love to take things out of context, i looked up this quote.

Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

It's from Macbeth. Various discussions comment: A "walking shadow" was an understudy in a play (so, "poor player" with player meaning an actor and poor denoting, again, that they weren't good enough for the starting job). In this quote, Shakespeare compares life to an understudy, who worries and brags about his or her chance on stage, but the day never comes. The actor is gone and the audience never even knew they were there."

Such is obviously not the case with Mr. Carlin. This quote is regarding the futility of life in general. Macbeth says these lines after learning his wife has committed suicide.

Anonymous said...

May he rest in peace.

Anonymous said...

I am praying for him. May god have mercy on him.