The spirit of Tucker Carlson lives in on so many Americans. One facebook “friend” (I wish they were called “contacts” instead of “friends”) whose posts I chose to permanently hide now, blasted people who gave her weird looks for traveling with her dog. She wrote, “I love this dog more than some people love you.” How sad, but how true. Dog lovers keep loving your dogs, but don’t love them more than you love people. And if you do, don’t use your Christian faith to promote your stance.
For many, 2010 meant something new. For Michael Vick, it represented his first chance to start at quarterback since spending time in the slammer for all of the dog fighting mess. And with that chance to start, albeit only because of another Q.B.’s injury, he has gone on to enjoy an incredible season. A season which he pretty much single-handedly propelled me to a fantasy football win in our Redeemer league. Even Obama lauded praise on Vick for taking advantage of his 2nd chance.
Now I never pulled for the guy to begin with, and really have no reason to pull for the guy. But he did his time and is now making the best of it. However, you wouldn’t be in any spiritual danger to pull against Vick; but then again, for some, pulling against Vick isn’t enough.
FoxNews analyst Tucker Carlson, who is the spitting image of a K.A. (Kappa Alpha) fraternity boy at my alma mater Furman University, had this to say:
“I’m a Christian, I’ve made mistakes myself, I believe fervently in second chances….But Michael Vick killed dogs, and he did [it] in a heartless and cruel way. And I think, personally, he should’ve been executed for that. He wasn’t, but the idea that the president of the United States would be getting behind someone who murdered dogs?”
I like dogs. I’m allergic to them, but I still really like them. But dogs are not people. Dogs are not made in the image of God, and that’s why doing things like murdering people made in that image can get yourself executed in the Old Testament and present day period (Gen 9:6). And this whole made-in-God’s-image thing is also why its so bad to curse people (James 3).
You can root against this joker. You can make the case that he didn’t go to prison long enough, because he really didn’t do any time for the actual murder of the dogs. Mike Florio of profootballtalk.com, and also a lawyer, writes:
As to Vick, he was fortunate that the state-level prosecution for killing dogs was bungled; Surry County, Virginia prosecutor Gerald Poindexter somehow couldn’t get a grand jury to indict Vick on charges of killing dogs even though Vick admitted to killing dogs in conjunction with his guilty plea on federal charges. A zealous and competent prosecutor would have obtained an indictment and a conviction and would have pushed for an additional sentence over and above the time served at Leavenworth.
But you can’t, as a Christian, want him executed.