Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Bob Loves to Gossip

Have I ever told you the story of when I met Bobbo? I remember it like it was yesterday.

Imagine my surprise when I'm in a local Meijer's store and see a guy that looks like Bob Dutko. I know what Bobbo looks like because he has his picture on the WMUZ website. Being curious, I approached this stranger.

"Excuse me," I started, "Are you Bob Dutko?"

His response was shocking. Bob looked at me and sneered, "What the h--l do you want?"

"Well," I said, "I listen to your show and just wanted to introduce myself."

Then the obscenities started. "I don't give a flying s--t who you are, just leave me the f--k alone!"

"Excuse me?"

"You c--k suckers are always approaching me, bothering me, wanting to talk to me! Just because I'm on the G-d d--n radio doesn't mean I'm your friend! F--k off and get your faggoty a-- away from me!"

Stunned and feeling like I was in an episode of Deadwood, I could only walk away. I never thought that someone who puts on a Christian face in public could be so offensive in private. So I left the store, disillusioned, understanding that Bob needs only to be Christian in public and his private life can be entirely different.

By the way, I've never met Bob Dutko. I made the entire story up.

Offensive, isn't it?

But I do have a point: I manufactured this story to demonstrate the technique that Bob uses when attacking Hillary Clinton. Last week, Bob has recounted all sorts of personal anecdotes to prove that Hillary Clinton is "unfit" for the office of the President. He repeated the same claims on today's show. This is nothing more than Bob attacking a sitting U.S. Senator by spreading gossip.

Of course, Bob defends the people spreading these stories by appealing to honor. Bob approves of gossip if it comes from a person who carried the nuclear football. Bob approves of gossip if it comes from a former Presidential bodyguard. Bob approves of gossip if comes from someone who worked in the White House kitchen.

However, it doesn't matter where the stories come from because gossip is a sin.

The Bible defines gossip is idle talk about someone else behind their back, usually with malicious intent. It's wrong for Bob to spread these stories because they have no other purpose but to destroy reputations. It's also really important to note that Bob is quoting from books, where people are making money trading in this trash. The fact that these stories are told with the profit margin in mind should raise serious questions about trusting any of them.

The Bible is clear in condemning gossips. Sirach 28:13 states, "Cursed be gossips and the double-tongued, for they destroy the peace of many."

And what of those who listen to gossip? Sirach 28:16 states, "Whoever heeds [gossip] has no rest, nor can he dwell in peace."

So Bob Dutko is not only actively sinning, he's spreading discord among his listeners.

I just hope Bob is a Christian in private, because he he sure isn't one in public.

5 comments:

Jeff said...

Sorry Irl, but I have to call you out on this one. You've completely quote mined the Bible for your own purposes. You'll see if you read the entire passage, that Bob is justified.

[Sirach 28:13] Cursed be gossips and the double-tongued, for they destroy the peace of many. [28:14] But praise be on those who gossip against Democrats, liberals, and "the left". [28:15] For God created these peoples as vessels for Satan and they deserve our never-ending scorn.

djtyg said...

I detect sarcasm.....

Ben Dover Fool said...

Hey,

Just a word of caution. Most of Bob Dutkos listeners are evangelical protestant , so quoting out of Sirach will not make a huge dent in their thinking. I would advise, in this context not quoting out the catholic bible (Sircah, Tobit, 1st and 2nd Maccabees etc.)

I am a Conservate Roman Catholic, with a long evangelical past. I also agree that Bob Dutko is not an ideal front man for Christianity. More of an embarassment.

Ben

Irl Hudnutt said...

Ben,

Thanks for the comment. I use the Catholic Bible because it is generally considered the best english translation of the ancient texts.

Plus, I use it to emphasize that Bob does not represent and Christian majority. If Bob dismisses me because I am using the "Catholic" bible, he is telling Catholics that their theology is wrong.

Bob is too much of a coward to attack the Catholics.

Eugene Moore said...

I love your Blog and all the others I have just read. I have been wondering why anyone has not been saying any-thing about this narrow minded "Carpetbagger", failed sporting goods salesman, who would have all of us follow George Bush strait into Hell. Glad I found you and your fellow "Bloggers" who expose this guy for what he really is, a pompous, self rightious, phoney Christian. Eugene M.