While the actual wording may be apocryphal, I’ve always enjoyed the quotation attributed to Gandhi in which he said, “I don’t reject Christ. I love Christ. It’s just that so many of you Christians are so unlike Christ.” I can’t think of a person who better embodies this idea than Jeff Laszloffy of Montana Family Foundation, the absolutely odious head of the Montana Family Foundation.
Laszloffy’s latest affront to decency comes from his unlistenable radio show. During a five minute segment called “A Depraved Mind is a Sad Thing” (not for the weak of stomach of strong of mind), Laszloffy piously intones about the sinful nature of man over the past 2000 years. Laszloffy claims, that while he was listening to testimony, “God gave him an amazing revelation,” one that led to personal attacks about the appearance, age, and sexual orientation of his opponents, culminating in the claim that people who simply disagree about legislation have “depraved minds” that are determined to turn Montana into Sodom. It’s interesting how often Jeff’s version of God is so filled with hatred.
For the most part, it seems that this is the core of Laszloffy’s job as head of the Montana Family Foundation: lurking around, waiting for opportunities to exploit local controversies and to demonize anyone he believes is headed to hell—all so he can line his own pockets. A review of the Montana Family Foundation’s 990 reports to the IRS reveals that Laszloffy has taken in over $80,000 in personal salary each of the past three years, and amount absolutely dwarfing the organization’s expenditures on programs or education. I know that when I spend my charitable dollars, I look for organizations that spend their donations on something other than salaries of their self-aggrandizing leaders.
If Laszloffy has nothing better to do than demonize opponents and make unfair accusations about their character, I ‘d think a Christian could find any number of charities and organizations who truly exemplify the values of Christ: compassion, love, and forgiveness. I must have missed the part of the New Testament that called for smug condescension and self-righteous arrogance. Laszloffy certainly missed this passage from Zephaniah:
Seek the LORD,
All you (B)humble of the earth
Who have carried out His ordinances;
(C)Seek righteousness, seek humility
Perhaps you will be (D)hidden
In the day of the LORD’S anger.
H/T: Thanks to Jamee Greer for pointing out this broadcast.