Bill Cosby – December 13, 2014
Bill Cosby is excrement.
That is, if he is guilty of the crimes he is accused of… and I have no reason to doubt the word of the women who have come forward.
OK – Bill Cosby is allegedly excrement for the alleged crimes he has allegedly committed against these women. Again, I have no reason to doubt them, but, like every American citizen, Bill Cosby is entitled to his day in court. But I need to say a few things.
1) I believe that the crimes Bill Cosby is accused of committing should be capital offenses – that’s right, I am in favor of the death penalty in some cases of rape. We’re not talking about statutory rape; I mean violent rape, or the rape of a young child, or the use of drugs to debilitate a woman. Yes – I have advocated the death penalty for these kinds of crimes, as well as many cases of murder. Sexual crime is especially vicious – we need to eliminate from our society those who have committed these crimes, but always beyond a reasonable doubt. Our civilization ought to protect women and children above all else. I don’t care if that sounds sexist or chauvinistic – if so, I accept those labels. Women and children should be protected far above any mature (18 years or older) man. Absolutely. Without a doubt… And every time we fail to protect women and children to a very high degree, we become a less godly, more barbaric culture. That includes abortion, which brings severe harm to children – obviously – but also to women.
2) I think that many – yes, most – of the people pointing fingers at Bill Cosby are enormous hypocrites. Jesus talked about a man with a wooden plank in his eye pointing out the tiny speck in someone else’s eye. Not that what Bill Cosby did, even if only one of the accusations turns out to be true, is speck-like – on the contrary, he has a giant log sticking out of his eye. But these hypocritical accusers have giant redwoods in comparison. How so? Well, some of them have done as bad, if not worse than Bill Cosby. But even if they haven’t, they’ve opened the door to this kind of behavior by advocating a liberal definition of morality. That is: they refuse to take a stand on any actual document. That’s why the Word of God (the Bible) is so important. God said these things are truth, and those sinners of us who follow God by following Jesus desire to keep His law. Jesus said: “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments” (John 14:15). We can never do that perfectly, but that’s why we believers have the Holy Spirit in us – to give us the power to obey His commandments because we love Him. Many of these people deny the truth of Scripture and basically say “Let your conscience be your guide.” Which is only possible if you have a moral conscience… I’m sure Bill Cosby’s conscience told him that what he was doing was OK – after all, he apparently kept doing the same things. It seems that he was living his life according to the basic principle of Satan – “Do what thou wilt.” And who are you, those of you who live by that principle, to judge another man’s pleasure? By saying anything (except an advocacy of what he did), you reveal your hypocrisy.
3) We shouldn’t be surprised when a sinner sins – even if he has advocated good. Bill Cosby has never (to my knowledge) claimed to be a believer. He has not claimed a relationship with the Lord Jesus, the only true way of salvation. He has, apparently, had a form of religion – he has a funny routine concerning his first exposure to his wife Camille’s Catholicism. He sounds like he grew up in church; the routine is only funny if he has something to compare his wife’s religion with. He also is famous for a routine concerning God and Noah. But never has he claimed salvation in any sense. He’s like a lot of Americans, who have a civil kind of Christianity, but the change of heart that occurs with genuine regeneration is not part of it. He has some sense of right and wrong, but that’s just by being a part of a culture that has been influenced by Christian morality. Much of what he’s done has been positive – but without true salvation, it doesn’t ultimately matter. To live the real Christian life, you have to have been reborn. True morality comes from the inside: a Christian is a vile sinner who has accepted the gracious gift of forgiveness of that sin, possible because the only sinless human who ever lived suffered the penalty that our sins deserved: death. He suffered a bloody death by Roman crucifixion so that we sinners can live with Him forever. And Bill Cosby, as correct as he has been in many areas, is not correct in the most important area. Therefore – we should not be surprised when a sinner sins. We’re all sinners; it’s only those of us who have accepted the free gift of salvation that, by walking by the Holy Spirit, we have a chance to live an imperfect righteous life. We believers sin, but sin is not the unchanging pattern of our lives.
4) From Wikipedia: The Presidential Medal of Freedom is an award bestowed by the President of the United States and is—along with the comparable Congressional Gold Medal, bestowed by an act of U.S. Congress—the highest civilian award of the United States. It recognizes those individuals who have made “an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors”. Without blinking an eyeball, Mr. Obama last year presented this prestigious award (awarded “With Distinction”, by the way) to a man accused of raping a woman named Juanita Broaddrick. He was also accused of sexual misconduct with Paula Jones, Monica Lewinsky, Kathleen Willey, and many other mistreated, disrespected women referred to as “bimbos” (like Gennifer Flowers). He was accused of telling “the Creep’s Lie” (“I’m gonna leave her, baby! For you and only you, sweetheart!” or something to that effect). Who suffered the most through all that? The one who blew the whistle on this vile misbehavior by the Chief Executive – while he WAS STILL the Chief Executive – Linda Tripp. The media piled on her gleefully, publicly ridiculing her looks and just about everything else about her. She was accused of wrongdoing, not His Royal Majesty, King William the First. Another point: Ronald Reagan gave this (once) prestigious award to people like James Stewart, Danny Kaye, Helen Hayes, Kirk Douglas, Billy Graham, Cardinal Cooke, Count Basie, Pearl Bailey, Eubie Blake, Kate Smith, Frank Sinatra, Jeanne Kirkpatrick, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Barry Goldwater, Walter Cronkite, Andrew Young, Jacques Cousteau, Generals Matthew Ridgeway and Chuck Yeager, and James Cagney – some he agreed with politically and some he didn’t, but all of whom are readily recognizable by average Americans. The current occupant of the White House has given it to Meryl Streep, Marlo Thomas, Toni Morrison, Ben Bradlee, Tom Brokaw, Oprah Winfrey, Bishop Desmond Tutu, Stephen Hawking, John Glenn, Ethel Kennedy, Harvey Milk, Gloria Steinem, Madeleine Albright, John Dingell, John Lewis, Abner Mikva, Patsy Mink, and a whole lot of other leftists very few people have ever heard of. He did award one to George H. W. Bush, but he was never much of a conservative, and probably to cover his tail-end when he gave one to… Mr. Bush’s successor two years later. Mr. Obama did give them to Stan “the Man” Musial and Ernie Banks – to his credit. But Ronald Reagan gave one (posthumously) to Jackie Robinson. The lists hardly compare… Oh – and President Reagan was given the privilege, the honor, of giving a Congressional Gold Medal to Danny Thomas (who is more likely known as Marlo’s dad to these people).
5) Quick – how do we know that Dr. Frasier Crane is smarter than Cliff Claven on Cheers? OK – obviously, Kelsey Grammar’s character is a doctor and John Ratzenberger’s is a mailman. And we know that because Frasier’s always dressed like a psychiatrist and Cliff almost always has his Postal Service uniform on (although that does not necessarily mean one is smarter than the other – it depends on how we define “smarter”). It also doesn’t have anything to do with Cliff’s “filler words” – as the “uh” in “It’s a, uh, well-known fact…” – because a lot of very intelligent people do that. William F. Buckley, uh, Junior, was one of the most intelligent people who ever lived, and he, uh, did that a lot. OK – it could be the content of what they say (although, again, what some psychiatrists say is as foolish or idiotic as a lot of Cliff’s pronouncements). Could it be because Dr. Crane is attracted to intellectuals like Diane and Lilith, whereas Cliff’s buddies are fellow morons Norm, the Coach, and Woody? Not really… it would take some time to watch the show to figure that out, anyway. And, besides, Frasier is friends with the rest of the gang, too, not just his love interests. And Sam and Diane are attracted to each other – does that make Sam an intellectual? No – the reason we know immediately is because of how they speak. Dr. Crane has no discernible accent (other than a kind of Ivy-League nasal condescending tone, although he’s allegedly from Seattle), while Cliff has a distinct regional accent (it’s a, uh, well-known fact that, uh, he’s from, uh, Boston). Quick! You are an actor told to play a person of low intelligence – what do you do? Almost everyone would agree that the easiest way to sound “dumb” is to affect a thick regional accent – most often, a Southern accent of some kind, right? Think about it. Or ike the Maine potato farmer telling the lost city slickers: “You can’t get there from here!” Or, how do you imitate a stupid New Yorker? Ya drop yaw ah’s, right? (translation: you drop your r’s) How ‘bout a dumb Brit? Would you imitate an accent like Rex Harrison as Professor Henry Higgins? Or would you be the Cockney Eliza Doolittle before her Pygmalion-like transformation? Archie Bunker is an idiot, not just because of the things he says (and apparently believes), but also because of how he says it – with a thick New York (I’m not sure WHICH particular part he sounds like he’s from) accent. He says “terr-lit” for “toilet” and we rock with laughter at his lack of brains. And, ironically enough, the person on the show who has a genuine New York accent is his son-in-law Mike – but it’s not a thick accent; it’s modified enough to make him sound intelligent. It’s ironic because his character was allegedly brought up in Chicago. And, as we all know because of the guys who did “Da Bears” sketches on SNL, those guys are of very low intelligence because they speak with (at least genuine sounding) Chicago accents. And this is nothing new – the word “barbarian” came from Greeks making fun of the way non-Greek speakers talked. To their intellectual, highly educated Greek ears, they were brute beasts whose speech sounds like “bar-bar-bar-bar-bar…”
We American have looked down on a string of foreigners, from the Irish to the Poles to the Italians all the way to the people from India and Africa and the Spanish-speaking world today. Even Chinese workers on the Union-Pacific Railroad – and other places – were mocked and put down as “coolies”. All of them were (and are) considered less intelligent because of their foreign accents or their inability to speak English well. So, how do you try to look more intelligent? Well, as everybody who wants to be on TV or the movies knows – unless you want a career as a character actor who never gets a leading role – you had better speak English well. You had better “get rid of your AC-cent” if you want to be a news reporter of any kind of lead, sympathetic character. Well, I guess Ton Hanks could play the half-brained Forrest Gump (but his low intellect was part of the plot, so of course he got away with affecting an Alabama drawl to show everyone how dumb he really is), but that is certainly an exception to the typical rule. If you want to sound intelligent, you have got to have that flat American accent that just about everybody on TV or radio has. Even in sports broadcasting – Dizzy Dean was considered dumb because of his Arkansas drawl, not because he was genuinely of low intelligence. Which brings us to Bill Cosby. Now, why was Bill Cosby so popular with all audiences in his comedy routines? Thinking as the liberal media-types think, you would say because he “talked white.” And he has gotten vilified for that perception over the years. He did, after all, play a character on “The Cosby Show” that we accepted as a doctor, because he speaks well (or, as his detractors say, “talks white”). Bill Cosby sinned against the liberal world because he actually said the unspeakable truth: black people can’t speak “ebonics” or with a “black-cent” and expect to be taken seriously as intelligent people. How DARE he, not only THINK such an evil thing, but how dare he actually SAY it!” He got in huge trouble and had to kiss Jesse Jackson’s ring (almost literally) because he had temerity to say something which we all know – if you speak American English with any kind of thick regional accent, people are going to look at you as unintelligent, no matter how intelligent you really are. And – Cosby didn’t stop there. He also criticized black Americans for using “foul language.” You know – just listen to any other comedian today for a few seconds. Every stand-up comedian is not only expected to use the most base English words, but you’re vilified for both not using them and being critical of those who do. I believe ALL English-speaking people need to stop “taking like sailors.” It’s bad all over – and Hollywood loves it that way.
Anyway, that’s why I’m not entirely comfortable following the media’s lead in attacking Bill Cosby. If he’s guilty, by all means, string him up! But the things he said that are true need to be addressed, no matter who said them. I mean – even the First Black President doesn’t use ebonics (unless he’s trying to look cool to an audience that is impressed by that). Of course, he grew up in Hawaii and did NOT speak that way at the time. He certainly didn’t speak that way as a college professor or as the editor of The Harvard Law Review. And, even though he’s as much Irish as he is Kenyan, he could never get away with putting on an Irish accent anywhere in the world (well, considering what the liberal media has already let him get away with, maybe he COULD). Unless you’re Hillary Clinton, no person of European ancestry could put on an ebonics accent in front of any audience anywhere. If a Republican or a conservative of any kind were caught speaking ebonics, even in private, they would be immediately skewered by the press and expunged from whatever political scene they were a part of (it would be over for them!) But we’re no supposed to say anything about it, so… hush up, Bill! (More likely – “Shut the f— up, Bill!”)
6) Bill Cosby is vilified by his detractors for suggesting that not all African American live in the ghetto. Here’s another irony: Bill Cosby DID grow up in poverty. He DOES talk about how he grew up in a poor household. He did a TV cartoon show in which his character and his brother and their friends were poor African American kids. He acknowledged all these things in his comedy – he didn’t duck the realities. But, unlike many others, like Richard Pryor, he allowed you to become part of his world, even if you weren’t (I didn’t grow up rich by any means, but I didn’t grow up in a poor urban environment, either). Unlike the others, he drew you in and you were invited to experience his world – never in a mean, accusatory way, but as a regular American like we all are. His comedy was gentle but real. His characters were not only like people we all knew, but they became friends you wanted to know. That’s why the cartoon show was so well-received and enjoyed by kids across the spectrum of ethnicity. He was our friend, not someone who accused you of hating him because of his skin color. He genuinely touched lives of many people, across the board. Isn’t it also ironic: I didn’t feel any jealousy about his wealthy lifestyle when he started drawing on current events with his family. Again – the fact that he was fabulously rich and famous had nothing to do with our ability to enjoy his comedy. Even as a rich man, he still had the common touch; he still touched all of us. In fact, it was an HBO Special on his comedy act with stories about his growing children in their wealthy mansion that caused NBC Network executives to take a chance on his TV sitcom. That special reminded many of us of the guy we had first gotten to know 20 years earlier, with his stories of Fat Albert being replaced by stories of his daughters and his son, Ennis. I still laugh at his delivery of his kids’ song, praising him before MOM shows up: “Dad is great! Give us the chocolate cake!” Hilarious! One more irony: if it’s true (which I have no reason to doubt) that he did these terrible deeds, then we had serious sexual misconduct from someone who rarely used sexual content in his act; rarely (if ever) used “bad language”, and who led the way in keeping the comedy of his show as morally upright as a TV show produced in the 1980’s and ‘90’s could be.
7) This shows, once again, the tragic results of sin. The Scriptures teach that all have sinned and have “missed the mark” – we have all failed to live up to Yahweh’s standards. We all deserve eternal separation from Him – but we can have our sins forgiven because Jesus the Messiah, the only God-man, the only human being ever to live a purely sinless life, allowed Himself to die in a hideous, bloody fashion so that Abba Father can impute His righteousness to us. If we repent and accept the sacrifice of Jesus, when Abba Father looks at us, He doesn’t see our sinful life, but the pure and perfectly holy life of His Son. Bill Cosby is another sad example of a man trying (at least publicly) to live a righteous human life with the power of his fallen human flesh – it never works, it always fails. Fallen, weak, sinful humans need the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit to give us the ability to live a life that is not sinlessly perfect, but is as close to that ideal as a human can be. Unregenerate people will tend toward a sinful lifestyle, no matter what their intentions are.