Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Witches' Brew of Religion And Politics

Political theory says that ecumenical Christians are the easiest people to fool, and Conservatives have taken advantage of that fact to bolster their ranks and get out the vote.

But what happens when rightwing ecumenicals cross the line separating Church and State?

"I am quite sure that now that often, and very often, in matters concerning religion and politics a man's reasoning powers are not above the monkey's." -- Mark Twain.

You ask, "What could go wrong?"  Ask the Fascist Five over at the Supreme Court...

"An Outrage Beyond All Others: The Use Of Religion to Assault Democracy."

"Within 24 hours of the Hobby Lobby ruling, there were two statements from Christian fundamentalists that demonstrate exactly what happens when a group has been given a small amount of power or freedom and then attempts to gain much more. The first statement, 'My religion trumps your right to (fill in the blank)' is precisely why the Founders included the 1st Amendment’s Establishment Clause the High Court’s conservatives’ Hobby Lobby ruling demolished according to constitutional scholars and lawyers. The second statement was in a letter to the President within 24 hours of the ruling warning him he better start 'giving deference to the Christian prerogative' that is also a direct result of the conservative Court neutering the Establishment Clause. However, the idea of government 'deference to the Christian prerogative' began long before Hobby Lobby, and it is the result of giving the religious right an inch that inspired them to take a mile...

Watch what one of our most respected newscasters has to say about the subject:

"Watch Jon Stewart Schools Anti-Immigrant Fake Christians Demonizing Children On What the Bible REALLY Says! (Video)"

"In Murrieta, xenophobic morons are gathered to complain about the border crisis–you know, Obama’s fault–and turn away children who are in need of compassion. Jon Stewart took a moment to mock the idiocy of these Teabagging dolts, their baffling ignorance of the Bible and failure to understand the premise upon which America functions.

"'These children are fleeing terrible crime and violence in their home countries, seeking embrace in the open and caring arms of mother America,' Stewart said. 'Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to breathe free.'"

"Stewart rolled a clip of Murrieta protesters yelling, 'Go back to Mexico!' before pointing out that the majority of the children are actually from Central American nations such as Honduras and El Salvador...

But in the interest of fair play, one of their most respected pastors sets us straight:

"Pat Robertson claims child’s stomach pains are caused by demonic possession."

"Diagnosis: Demons. Televangelist Pat Robertson recently advised a mother that the stomach pains suffered by her son are the result of demonic possession, and that she should seek out someone experienced in 'spiritual warfare' to cast out those pesky demons...

Because if you can't trust you pastor, who can you...uh, oh....

"This is not an opportunistic attempt to slander Christian pastors by stringing together random cases compiled over the decades – these are all stories that hit the local news in May 2014 alone. Likewise, these are not random cases of “everyday Christians” getting arrested for “everyday crimes” such as theft or drunk driving. These are a few of the reported cases of Christian leaders taking advantage of their positions of perceived power – from the month of May alone!"

But some of the rightwingers make sense when it comes to our individual rights and liberties...

...don't they?

"Remember that bit in the Bible where Jesus refused to heal the leper because he didn’t have health insurance? No, me neither.  Yet, according to a new YouGov poll, Republican Jesus would have done just that.

"The poll, conducted July 1-2, covered 1,000 U.S. adults using a sample selected from YouGov’s opt-in online panel to match the demographics and other characteristics of the adult U.S. population.  On a wide range of political issues, from healthcare to gun control, from raising taxes on the rich to climate change, respondents were asked what Jesus wold support or oppose.  Funnily enough – Jesus mostly agreed with their own views, never mind the Bible.

"While the majority of Democrats saw Jesus as a figure of acceptance, charity and compassion. Republicans appeared to conflate Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged with the Bible..."

But let's be honest...


After all, we always need religion 'cause nothing else can help us...

After all, Jesus told us so...


"MIAMI, FL - JULY 02: Opponents of same-sex marriage stand behind a railing near supporters of the LGBTQ couples who are inside the courthouse asking the state of Florida to recognize their marriage on July 2, 2014 in Miami, Florida. Six couples that identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) are in court asking that their same-sex marriage be recognized in the state of Florida." (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) | Joe Raedle via Getty Images)

"Jesus would have some pretty strong opinions about the biggest political issues being discussed in America today, according to the respondents of a new HuffPost/YouGov poll.

"Americans were most likely to think Jesus would weigh in on the issues of health care, carbon emissions and abortion. Fifty-five percent of adults said Jesus would be supportive of universal health care, compared to 19 percent who said he would oppose it. Fifty-two percent said Jesus would support reducing carbon emissions, while 13 percent said he would be in opposition. By a 52 percent to 20 percent margin, respondents also said Jesus would oppose legalized abortions.

"Americans also seemed fairly confident about what Jesus would have to say about gun control and taxes. Forty-six percent said Jesus would be supportive of stricter gun laws, while 25 percent disagreed. A near identical percentage, 45 percent to be exact, said Jesus would support imposing higher taxes on the wealthy, compared to 23 percent who said he would oppose that position..."


The meme, "America is a Christian Nation," has been repeated over and over and over again until too many of the Low Information Voters have begun to believe it.

The ignorance of the average Conservative Sheeplet is something we've preached about constantly but when Conservatism is outlawed we will have to come up with something the Low Information Voters will understand...and education is only the first step.

Until then, we better table any debate about Mandatory Voting.


"And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in
the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth,
they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close
the door and pray to your father, who is unseen. Then your father, who sees what is
done in secret, will reward you."

(Matthew 6:5-7.)


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