I read about half of William Hamby’s article on Atheist empathy when I paused to reflect on the irony that was practically dripping from his words. He had written about his empathy for Christians, the “haters” who “spew” everywhere, all the time.
Of course, this is from a guy who’s constantly bashing Christianity and can’t seem to say anything nice about anybody unless they’re an atheist and/or gay.
Now I don’t promise to speak for everybody, but I get it…William really doesn’t like Christians.
No, William, to answer your question — I didn’t do a little happy dance after reading your article.
I shook my head in bewilderment, wondering what causes you think the way you do.
But then I read an article in this morning’s AJC, and it suddenly the realization struck me like a hammer.
William’s problem might not be with me. It could be more with guys like Markel Hutchins.
You know…loudly professed Christians that publicly appear to be total hypocrites about their faith.
Mr. Hutchins recently made news by filing a lawsuit against the estate of Kathryn Johnson, the 92 year old woman killed by police raiding her home on a no knock warrant.
Confused, she shot at the police. They shot back. It was a senseless tragedy, compounded by attempted cover up.
We can argue about police responsibility, question the existence of “no knock” warrants for drug searches, such a large payout for the death of a very old, poor woman, or any of the other facts surrounding the case.
We should not have to argue about what compensation (if any) is due Mr. Hutchins.
Anyone who calls himself a “Christian minister” who would sue the family involved in a wrongful death case for half a million dollars based on a verbal agreement to speak on behalf of the estate is both vile and revolting.
If he was their pastor prior to the incident, he should have helped them as his responsibility to his congregation, not from expectation of profit.Then if the family chose to donate to his church, that’s a blessing.
If the family came to him and asked him to represent them, he should have had an agreement in writing if his expectations were set that high.
Hutchins released a statement which read,
I served as the family and Estate’s spokesperson, strategist, advisor and consultant with a clear understanding of how I would be compensated,” Hutchins said in a statement Thursday night. “My staff and I holistically managed the public and private efforts that made the significant settlement possible and yielded Mrs. Johnston’s heirs millions of dollars. I literally risked my own safety and security to advance the cause of the Estate of Kathryn Johnston and expended considerable resources of my own with no reimbursement or remuneration to date.
Was that “holistically” with or without help from the Holy Spirit?
Apparently he must be cut from the same cloth as the “Reverend” Al Sharpton. Hutchins is making a name for himself, but not in a way that would be pleasing to God.
I’d love to know how many hours he claims to have dedicated to this effort so we could calculate an hourly rate of what he feels his services are worth.
How exactly was his “safety and security” threatened? What “considerable resources” were expended for him to get in front of a camera a few times?
Did he have to buy a new suit or something? A Ferrari to transport him to the television station?
Mr. Hutchins mentions his service to the family and the estate.
What about his service to God?
It’s interesting to note that Mr. Hutchens is suing to recover a “tithe” amount of ten percent from the total settlement, but he doesn’t stipulate that the money belongs to God.
The reality seems to be the only god this “minister” worships is himself, because that sure seems to be who he’s serving.