The Death of Michael Jackson

07.21.09 | Dr. Stephen Coleman | Comments[2]


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On June 25, 2009, Michael Jackson died. Since then, there has been a lot of talk and a lot of news coverage about his life and death.

Fair enough.

To some, Jackson was the King of Pop. To others, he was a deeply flawed human being. Some thought he was a combination of both. That said, when a person dies it is important to respect their passing if not for the person…then for their family.

Therefore, I was deeply shocked when a Congressman Peter King from Long Island unleashed a devastating attack on Jackson before the memorial services had even taken place. The Congressman, who may run as a Republican for the U.S. Senate in 2010, called the deceased entertainer a "low-life," a "pervert," a "pedophile," and a "child molester."

My reaction to King's comments?

Well, on the one hand, there is probably some (or even a lot of truth) to what the Congressman said. After all, it was Jackson who paid millions of dollars in settlements to boys who accused him of sexual misconduct. It was Jackson who admitted to the nation and to the world that he let young boys sleep in his bed.

On the other hand, I think the timing of Congressman King’s comments was disgraceful. Out of respect for Jackson's family, the Congressman should have withheld his remarks until after Jackson's memorial services. That would have been the appropriate, as well as the Christian, thing to do.

Ladies and gentlemen of New York and Pennsylvania, Congressman King showed a bizarre lack of judgment and humanity with his inappropriately timed remarks about Michael Jackson. In my view, Congressman King does not have the class nor the dignity to run for or sit in the U.S. Senate. I invite you to respond with your opinion.


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on 08.30.09 eugene commented

micheal jackson was a great man he was a great singer people love you micheal i love you for ever micheal

on 04.14.10 Jeremy from Sligo,PA commented

Well my feelings on all this that i have read is that, The world is full of people that are judgmental, I have done the same i have sinned by judging others. I know in my heart and reading the teachings of the Bible that we are not to judge others. There is only one person that has that job and that is God, My Lord and Savior Jesus. The music that Micheal Jaskson has made some of which i like, Whatever he does on his own time is his worry and business.If the roomers are true of the singer then his worry will be with God, I hope that the pop star is not but only him and God knows. As far as a Congressman making judgment on Micheal Jaskson as far as a Congressman being a leader does NOT make him look good to the American People. This is my opinion on this matter., Thank you Jeremy

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