The recent comments made, by Rev. Jesse Jackson, about Barack Obama have gotten my mental gears turning. For those that haven't read or heard the comments.. here's the link http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/07/09/jesse.jackson.comment/index.html
The first thing that came to my mind, when I read those comments, was that that is awfully salty language for a Reverend to be using. Then, I began to wonder, what kind of Reverend uses that kind of language and should a Reverend be using that kind of language. I realize that nobody is perfect, but if a reverend can't hold himself to a higher standard, then who can?? After entertaining those thoughts, I was struck by another question. A much more important question, I think. Should a reverend be entertaining thoughts of physically harming another person? Whether those thoughts be public or private.
Even if he had used a more scientific dialogue to convey his sentiments, the sentiment remains the same.
Ultimately, my concern lies in the fact that a life long reverend would entertain such violent imagery. Do I think that he would actually follow through with those comments? No. Do I think that Reverend Jackson needs to hold himself to a higher standard, in public and in private, and set a better example? Yes.