Some days I wonder if human compassion is dead. And then a Paul Shirley shows up, and I stop wondering.
If you haven't heard this -- and surely you have -- Shirley is the journeyman pro basketball player who ignited a firestorm the other day by writing in his blog that donating money to the relief effort in earthquake-ravaged Haiti was like giving money to a homeless man. In other words, an enormous waste of time and money.
"Kudos on developing the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere," Shirley sneered, before suggesting that Haiti's residents "use a condom once in awhile."
What a charming man.
OK, here's what's most disturbing about this: That Shirley apparently has a litmus test for deciding whether or not to behave like a human being. Who the hell cares that Haiti is "the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere"? What's that got to do with anything?
Look. If the guy doesn't want to contribute to the relief efforts, fine. But at least be honest about it. Don't trot out a lot of horse dung about how the country in question doesn't deserve your money because it doesn't meet your exacting standards as a nation. Too many people are dying for anyone to indulge that sort of frivolous disingenuousness.
I'd much rather hear Shirley just say he's not contributing anything because he just doesn't give a rip. At least I'd halfway respect him then.
No, I take that back. I still wouldn't respect him.