Religion and Politics in America
I want to talk about the US election. However, I am not going to do that quite yet. I will talk more extensively about the US general election this weekend, but for the moment, I want to touch on an issue that is very influential for millions of Americans, or indirectly for all Americans.
The right wing pundits, wonks and politicians love to pander to the American religious right. They love to espouse the idea of dominionism, or simply put, Christians who want to subject America’s secular form of government under the theocracy that they prefer. Why is this wrong from a legal, secular stance? Why is it wrong from a theological point of view? Let’s examine this issue.
Sarah Palin Et. Al.
In 2012, it is ridiculous that the US populace still has to argue over whether a woman has the right to choose. Or the right to have birth control, voting rights, or anything else that should have been solved a long time ago. Yet the religious right wants to end women’s rights in general, they want a patriarchy that adheres to their narrow vision of religion, and Christianity in particular. They don’t accept modern ideas of morality, such as the immorality of letting a woman die because she needs an abortion, or making a woman give birth to the child of her rapist. They don’t accept anything that is not in their so called divinely inspired bible, you know, that book they like assaulting other people with. We know that their ideas are becoming increasingly more unpopular, but I want to touch on one interesting point. More baffling than their support for outdated ideas on women’s rights (or the advocacy for those rights to be rescinded from the female population), more insane than their irrational hatred of different sexual orientations, is their support for so called “free market” capitalism. They argue that the US is becoming socialist (Fuck I wish they were right about that) they argue that setting up a more egalitarian economic system is not only anti-American, it is anti-Christianity, and anti-god. They go by the idea that babies should be born, as many as possible, but when it comes to making sure they are fed, clothed and educated, they don’t give a flying fuck. They want their money, no taxes, no participation in society other than the ability to exploit and be exploited. They want all the money, all the fame and all the power. These Christians like Mitt Romney (I know, many Christians don’t consider him Christian, but I don’t care what they consider him, I consider someone the religion they consider themselves to be, and he considers himself a Christian) are very wealthy, millionaires even. Mitt Romney has multiple houses, horses and cars and more land and money piles upon piles of money. He has more than he’ll ever need, taken by ruining jobs and destroying lives. He was a business vulture. And now he is rich. He gives some of it to the church he goes to and follows. Now, I am not a Christian. I think that is no surprise to you, my faithful readers. However, I think there is a lot of good in the bible. There are wise sayings, some moral stories, it’s part of the fabric of human history, and I can respect that. Now, let’s pretend we’re Christians (if you, my reader are not actually one) for a second, and try to look in the bible for jsutification of this cutthroat capitalistic mindset, this greed, this hoarding and this inequality.
Ok, hmm. Looking, looking hmm, where is this…….
Ooh, I found something. Here it is!
Matthew 25:35-45 :
“35 for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? 38 And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? 39 And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ 40 And the king will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’ 41 Then he will say to those at his left hand, “You that are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; 42 for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me clothing, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ 44 Then they also will answer, “Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?’ 45 Then he will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’
I think it speaks for itself. Christianity in America is a farce. A fucking farce. Mitt Romney sees all the poor people, many in his campaign, and did he help them? No. Did he advocate for a more egalitarian society to help the poor? No. Does he advocate for using tax to send the to college? No. Sorry Christian dominionists, I think you’re doing it wrong. That whole Christianity thing, yeah, you’re fucking it up.
Trivia tidbit: The early Christian church was communist. True story, look it up. There is no secular, or theological basis for the religious right in the US. NONE. So please, can we as a country grow up and move on? Who knows, maybe some leftist Christians are reading here and have some thoughts?
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