Monday, July 23, 2007

Tammy Faye Bakker 1942-2007: Today's Cartoon

After a long courageous battle with inoperable cancer, Tammy Faye (Bakker) Messner passed away shortly after conducting her final interview, with CNN's Larry King.

I have to say, I was quite alarmed by the appearance of the once beloved television personality; whose rapid deterioration only underscored the grave severity of the situation... and then of course there was poor Tammy Faye, who was wasting away from cancer.

Critics of CNN and "Larry King Live" will be quick to point out that while the network may have scooped the other news channels by getting Tammy Faye's last interview, the former televangelist had survived her illness up until her appearance on a program that many call "infotainment"... and view as part of the cancer currently affecting the entire American news media.

That being said, the courage and inner strength displayed by Tammy Faye Messner during the course of her final interview would make even the most hardened atheist re-evaluate their faith. If for no other reason than when it is not causing wars or exploiting the vulnerable, "religion" at its most deeply personal level grants individuals the peace and comfort that comes from creating a sense of certainty within oneself, when dealing with the uncertainty of what reality (if any) is to come next.

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