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Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Religious Wrong and “Moral Values”

Religious Wrong and “Moral Values”

I have said this hundreds of times, and will say it until I’m red, white, and blue in the face. The religious right is a bunch of hypocrites. Period. Now, of course YOU know that, but the problem is that THEY don’t know it.

It seems that the only thing “moral values” means to the born-again crowd is being against abortion and against those nasty, dirty homos.

At least that’s what it looks like to everyone outside of their little fold.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the bible, the original five books or the New Testament, it’s very clear that there are far more important issues in the bible than homosexuality. Abortion, I can sympathize with their assessment that it’s crucial, from their perspective it’s murder. I get that. But to vote for a candidate who is supposedly against abortion, but is also against environmental stewardship (regardless of what he says), against peacemaking, against sharing with the poor, against economic structures that help the poor improve their lot, and so much more… is sheer hypocrisy. And absolutely counter to the teachings of Jesus.

I’ve had conversations with both friends and adversaries about this and all I can conclude is that the born-again community is stark denial of anything that doesn’t fit with the world they want to see. You can see it in so many tracts written by obviously one-sided, right-leaning Christians who want to believe in both Bush and the other scripture-quoting righties. Like all of us, they see what they want to see. (See: http://www.bible.com/answers/awar.html for more of this, with no questioning at all of themselves or possibility of another valid opinion. It’s called pontificating, by the way. It’s what I like to do here, but I don’t pretend to be objective.)

For the record, here is the section of the New Testament that’s called the “Beatitudes,” or the Sermon on the Mount.

The text of St. Matthew runs as follows:

  • Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Verse 3)
  • Blessed are the meek: for they shall posses the land. (Verse 4)
  • Blessed are they who mourn: for they shall be comforted. (Verse 5)
  • Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after justice: for they shall have their fill. (Verse 6)
  • Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. (Verse 7)
  • Blessed are the clean of heart: for they shall see God. (Verse 8)
  • Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. (Verse 9)
  • Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Verse 10)

(from http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/02371a.htm)

http://www.pbministries.org/books/pink/Beatitudes/beatitudes.htm

Basically, the New Testament is full of love for thine enemy. But you will always find “devout” Christians quoting the “Old” testament when rationalizing war, even though Jesus was clear about his ministries being a new and correct interpretation of it.

But it’s just not convenient enough, apparently.

So, dear readers, go forth and multiply your knowledge of what Jesus really had to say, and remind people that they’re full of shit when they talk about the Republican party being the party of “moral values.” Cuz it’s not. It’s the party of anti-abortion and anti-gay. Or, really, the party of convenient religiousity when it’

1 Comments:

  • At November 9, 2004 at 4:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    "right wing conservative" christians adapt an old testament view of God's judgement upon others which you pointed out, but furthermore they adapt God's Holy annointing of a King into modern democracy. Bush, to them, has been appointed "King" by God. It is an act of miracle that he was re-elected. I cynically watched CBN's (christian broadcasting network) coverage of the election for about five minutes last tuesday night and had to switch it when Pat Robertson got giddy with excitement claiming that he thought (thought? ha! he knew!) Bush would be re-elected and renew the country's values. [my stomach turns, are we living in ancient times?] So, basically any decision Bush makes, goes unquestioned by the religious right because the divine power appointed him President of the United States of America--I think this is where it starts for the more radical extremist right wing Christians. They seem to forget that not every person who says they are a Christian is one. while bush may be "a man of faith" without works or obedience, he is floating in a dead faith. same with the christians who voted for bush...

    “Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment,” said Christ in John 7:24.
    see, the right has gullibly embraced Bush's profession of faith in spite of evidence to the contrary.

    most importantly, Bush runs OUR country in the same Divine manner to which he "was appointed". I know I'm blindly going thru all these points and not supporting them effectively, but the material is out there in the Bible, just ask Pat Robertson.


    The issue of homosexuality seems, to me, to be an issue that is more generational; the older generations who voted by the masses this election coupled with religious right helps to explain why the homosexual marriages were banned in all states it was up for last tuesday. well, at least it works for me for now or until someone disagrees.

    floating,
    j. mcglone

     

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