What is your opinion of Mr. Rogers and the fact that he was a Presbyterian minister?
One of the problems I have with Christianity is the hypocrisy of claiming to follow the teachings of Christ and living in constant judgment and condemnation of others. So when a person of faith lives their faith - and by all accounts, Fred Rogers did, every day - I have nothing but respect for that. From everything I have ever heard about him, he was genuinely a kind, decent, loving person.
And honestly, I have very little patience with anyone who is judgmental towards believers in any deity. I may not believe what they do, but I understand the desire to believe in something transcendent and I'm not going to knock that, especially, again, if they are kind and decent people.
I think he made a good choice to abandon the church to help children. Besides, Presbyterians are mostly liberals, and not very religious.
There's a joke where a Baptist preacher was annoyed to keep passing his hillbilly neighbor napping on the porch every Sunday morning. But whenever the preacher invited the neighbor to go to his church, the man said he didn't have any good clothes.
So the preacher went to Good Will and bought him the best suit and accessories he could find, gave them to the neighbor and said he expected to see him in church that Sunday.
But the man never showed up.
When the preacher returned from church, the man was on the porch, dressed in his old clothes.
"Why didn't I see you at church?" the preacher demanded. The man shrugged.
"After I put on the suit, I looked so prosperous, I went to the Presbyterian church instead!"
Fred Rodgers was a good, kind, loving man. A little weird by my lights (I can never forget Robin William's parody of him: "Let's put Mr. Hamster in the micowave! Pop goes the weasel!" ) but someone who really loved his work and made positive change in the world.
In SPITE of him being a Presbyterian minister.