I was listening with interest to the recent broadcast of Bill McKibben talking about moral issues regarding climate change. However, I was quite taken aback and completely distracted from his overall message when, in describing the mind-numbing experience of visiting a typical grocery store, McKibben said: "You visit the stations of the cross around the perimeter of the supermarket."
I found his metaphor insulting, inflammatory and very anti-Catholic. How does it help a listener to consider McKibben's viewpoints about supermarket shopping when McKibbin compares stopping at, say, the produce section, to the nailing of Jesus to the cross? Talk about an extreme and odd overstatement. This bizarre quote was so personally offensive to me that I have spent more time dwelling on it over the past few days than I have on thinking about McKibbin's message about climate change. Perhaps Mr. McKibben should consider the moral issues of insulting countless religious-minded people when he is simply trying to make the argument that it is healthier and more community-spirited to shop at a farmer's market than at a grocery store. Why is there a need on his part to offend?
I also found it quite ironic that McKibben's odd and unnecessary turn of phrase was made on a show named "Speaking of Faith."
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