Michael Moore recently made headlines over a number of controversial tweets he posted following the release of the highly lauded, Oscar-nominated film, American Sniper. The filmmaker and liberal political activist had no reservations about sharing his disdain for the film and snipers in general. Although he didn’t necessarily mention the title of the film and insists his words had nothing to do with the film, his reference to snipers was taken as an indirect blow toward the movie.
The tweets quickly began circulating around the social network and have caught the attention of the media and a number of celebrities. Many notable figures, including hero snipers, have taken the time to address Moore about his statement. However, he obviously wasn’t receptive to the responses because now he’s fired back again. This time, he’s added references to Christianity by arguing that, “Jesus wouldn’t put any soldiers lives in harm’s way in the first place because he wouldn’t have sent them 2 Iraq.” On Jan. 24, Moore took to Twitter yet again with more sniper insults.
Of course, Moore’s latest Twitter rant has sparked yet another controversial debate. Moore is now being accused of twisting the meaning of biblical references to support his notions of the condemnation of war and snipers. Several scriptures in the bible actually contradict Moore’s statements and references to the bible. The bible suggests that God actually destroyed the world twice to rid it of corruption and sin. It was destroyed by water the first time, then demolished again by fire. The bible speaks of the flood in the book of Genesis.
“Now the flood was on the earth forty days. The waters increased and lifted up the ark, and it rose high above the earth. The waters prevailed and greatly increased on the earth, and the ark moved about on the surface of the waters. And the waters prevailed exceedingly on the earth, and all the high hills under the whole heaven were covered. The waters prevailed fifteen cubits upward, and the mountains were covered. And all flesh died that moved on the earth: birds and cattle and beasts and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, and every man. All in whose nostrils was the breath of the spirit[a] of life, all that was on the dry land, died. So He destroyed all living things which were on the face of the ground: both man and cattle, creeping thing and bird of the air. They were destroyed from the earth. Only Noah and those who were with him in the ark remained alive. And the waters prevailed on the earth one hundred and fifty days. (Genesis 7:17-24)”
Then, in the book of Matthew, Jesus clarified that his purpose was not to bring peace. He came to bring a sword.
“Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.”
In the book of Luke, Jesus also warned disciples to arm themselves as soldiers would.
“He said to them, “But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one.” (Luke 22:36)
Although Moore has made it clear that he’s not a fan of snipers, he recently clarified that he has been an avid supporter of the troops. His last tweet revealed that he opposed Bush sending troops to Iraq in the first place. He recently touched on the film and revealed he’s still showing it at the Manistee, MI theater that he programs, reports Rolling Stone.
“Not because I like it, but because, unlike the other side, I’m not a censor,” Moore wrote. “I trust smart people and people of good heart will know what to do. You can’t have a conversation about what Clint Eastwood is up to if you haven’t seen what it is he’s up to.”
“In the end, the thing I’m most proud of for what I’ve done for the troops was sticking my neck out 12 years ago to become a leading opponent to Bush and the war. I tried to save more lives than a sniper ever could hope to – by preventing us from going to war in the first place,” Moore wrote. “So, Fox News and the other lazy media — quit making shit up about me! You look ridiculous.”
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