Radio show host Steve Gill last week derided marchers observing the 2,000th American death in Iraq, saying, “Their compassion for life seems to have a political agenda behind it,” and alleged that marchers “gleefully” anticipated the death.
Whatever your opinion of Gill’s attack on the death observance, there’s no doubt he’s consistent. A check of news reports over the past few months shows Gill sticking to his opinion that mourning the dead equals disrespecting the dead.
• In August, the annual candlelight remembrance of those who were murdered in the past year found Gill on the radio urging the mourning families to “Take a tip from O.J. and get out there and look for the killers. Marching around holding candles never put anybody in the chair.”
• Gill went out of his way to deride the Cancer Remembrance Day observance last spring, in which families of those who have died from the disease hold a memorial service. “It seems that this mourning has a political agenda behind it,” Gill said. “They seem to always want more government funding for cancer research. I’m against cancer, but I’m against big government more. They just don’t get it.”
• Two weeks ago, while the American Heart Association was hosting its annual Heart Walk, Gill hosted the “Eat Red Meat and Fried Foods and Don’t Worry About It” Walk, in which participants wheezed down a 25-foot path to a finish line of tables of pork rinds and grilled steaks. “Yeah, sure, those Heart Association people say they are walking in honor and remembrance of those who have died from heart disease,” Gill told the gathering. “But if you look at their dietary guidelines, it’s a bunch of stuff about avoiding red meat and fried foods. The best way to honor those who died of heart attacks is to enjoy life!”
The host also noted on the air last week that far too many sermons are based around the Sermon on the Mount and Jesus’ statement, “Blessed are those who mourn.”
“These preachers just need to talk about something else,” Gill said. “I’m not sure Jesus even said that.”
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