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June 1, 2010

Al and Tipper Gore Separating

Former Vice President Al Gore is separating from his wife, Tipper, just two weeks after celebrating their 40th anniversary.

In an e-mail obtained by the Associated Press and Politico, the Gores said it was "a mutual and mutually supportive decision that we have made together following a process of long and careful consideration." The Gores met at a high-school graduation dance, were married on May 19, 1970, and have four children. In 2002, Al and Tipper Gore wrote two books on family values: Joined at the Heart and Spirit of Family.

CT profiled Al Gore as a presidential candidate in 2000, before he eventually lost to Republican George W. Bush. CT also covered some of his environmental work, advocacy that eventually led to the documentary "An Inconvenient Truth" and a Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.

Comments

Always disappointed when a marriage fails. I guess however, she must have found out that much of what al has espoused, relating to global warming, is subject to doubt, while it appears, it's still bringing him considerable revenue!

"...she must have found out that much of what al has espoused, relating to global warming, is subject to doubt, while it appears, it's still bringing him considerable revenue...

It is always disappointing to see people engaging in this kind of gossip and back-biting, but especially disappointing to see it on a Christian site. Whatever reasons Al and Tipper Gore have for separating are their business. Until and unless they choose to make those reasons public, it serves no godly purpose to engage in remarks of this sort.

If someone were to indulge in this kind of rudeness directed at a public figure whom you happen to agree with or admire, you'd probably realize immediately that such behavior is wrong. An important part of the Bible's message is that it is just as wrong to behave this way towards those we disagree with.

Can you imagine Jesus indulging in this kind of snide speculation and rumor-mongering? I can't. Rather, it seems the kind of thing Jesus tried to tell us to avoid.

Gore's choice of non-Christian, non-dual-loyalty 'Israel first' Joe Lieberman as his running mate in 2000, and his 'New Age'-'not New Age' beliefs are commentaries on his essentially Pharisaic brand of Christianity. Googling "Al Gore hypocrite" delivers 218 000 results. Under Clinton, Gore was part of the decision to impose the sanctions on Iraq that led to the deaths of half a million children - a good enough reason why the US was (to say the least) not welcomed in Iraq and why the US morally disqualified itself from any enforcement of international justice, a situation exacerbated by the Bush administration's catastrophic attack on Iraq (a million Iraqi deaths and 4000 US Military lives) using lies about non-existant 'WMD' as a pretext on behalf of the Neocon cabal of Israel-firsters like Wolfowitz, Feith and Perle. The name 'Operation Iraqi Freedom' was chosen over 'Operation Iraqi Liberty' because of acronym issues. American politics stinks to high heaven.

...Googling "Al Gore hypocrite" delivers 218 000 results...

And Googling "George Bush traitor" delivers more than 725,000 hits. That doesn't mean there's any truth to the idea that George Bush is a traitor.

Googling "Rush Limbaugh liar" gets more than 250,000 hits; "Rush Limbaugh idiot" gets almost 500,000 hits. That doesn't mean that Rush Limbaugh is either an idiot or a liar.

Googling "Billy Graham liar" gets 128,000 hits; "Billy Graham Communist" gets 144,000 hits; "Billy Graham racist" gets 70,000. That doesn't mean Billy Graham is a liar, a racist, or a Communist.

If you really want a lot of hits on a Google search, try "Jesus Christ pervert" (more than 350,000), "Jesus Christ liar" (more than a million), and "Jesus Christ satanist" (well over 4 million)! Which says nothing about Jesus Christ, and a lot about the limits of usefulness in using the number of hits in a Google search to prove something. Your other criticisms of Al Gore seem similarly strained.

Why anyone would want to use the news of someone getting a divorce to indulge in running down that person is beyond me. Yes, Al and Tipper are no doubt flawed people -- as are we all. But instead of using this occasion to find bad things to say about someone you have never met, why not pause for a moment to be sad about the end of a 40-year marriage -- and to pray for Al and Tipper in the same spirit you would want others to pray for you if it were you whose marriage was ending?

It's always sad to see a marriage end at any stage, but after 40 years it's particularly sad. I agree with you Nova. We shouldn't be running people down but loving them. There is far too much judgement in the church. People thrive on love not judgement. If you don't know the person personally, and are thus not part of the problem or the soloution, what you're saying about them is simply just gossip.

Breaking News! "Divorce contributes to man-made global warming." Does Al Gore know this? There's gotta be a film in here somewhere. I wonder if AG will plant several more trees to off-set his divorce carbon footprint? Inquiring minds want to know.

"It is always disappointing to see people engaging in this kind of gossip and back-biting, but especially disappointing to see it on a Christian site. Whatever reasons Al and Tipper Gore have for separating are their business. Until and unless they choose to make those reasons public, it serves no godly purpose to engage in remarks of this sort."

But by making a public announcement; they have made the issue public and open it up for comment. If they wanted privacy than keep it private. Don't make an announcement.
If the Gores are Christians than they are accountable to the body of Christ as a whole and the decision will involve inquiry as to "why". It is only logical as well as biblical. One word I don't find in the wording of the announcement is "temporary" before separation. If this were occurring so each party could have some "breathing room" or "time of reflection" than it should be temporary. To not include that word raises questions. So to say, "leave them alone, it's a private matter" just doesn't ring true.

That another couple can't make it for the long haul is human, part of our fallen nature. What is ironic is that despite our nobler aspirations to save our planet by being a more connected, responsible and mutually caring global community (I think this is some of what Al Gore is about), we still find it so incredibly hard to be truly devoted and in love with JUST ONE person for a lifetime. There's a real opportunity and a real calling there for the church to be the kind of community that spawn lifelong marriages filled with love, forgiveness, fidelity and faithfulness.