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Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Political Endorsement?


This might seem a but silly initially, but give it a shot:
How Jesus Would Vote?

There you'll find a Yahoo! article about a consortium of religious experts who undertook the daunting, theological question of "Who Would Jesus Vote (for)?" Pretty silly, right? But think about it, there's such an undercurrent of religious righteousness in this country that, maybe we should look at today's issues armed with the teachings of Jesus. At a presidential debate 4 years ago, when asked to name an influential philosopher, George W. Bush responded, "Christ". This isn't surprising, after all, if Republicans can wrap themselves in the flag, they must be equally adept at wraping themselves in the Shroud. Since he admittedly isn't a big "reader", one can only assume his answer meant the idea of Christ, and not his teachings.

Indeed, in the above article one author was met with jeers and laughs when he said,"If ever there were a bleeding-heart liberal, it was Jesus Christ." Now, I'm not religious (7 years of Catholic school made sure of that), but I'll go a step further. When you think of the time he lived, Jesus was very much a rebel. Here was a good Jewish kid who was given all the ancient Old Testament "An Eye for an Eye" teachings and said, "Nah, fuck that. Turn the other cheek and love thy brother."

Especially now, when the conservative right claims they're merely doing what God, Jesus Christ, would want (Bush admitted to biographers that he prayed for God's leadership after giving the order to bomb the shit out of Iraq), if we really examine the teachings (New Testament!), most of the conservative agenda is quite opposite of Christ's teachings. Of all the hotbed political issues, waging war, protection of wealth, saving the environment, abortion (I can't recall what Jesus said about abortion, but I'm sure it's in there), and gay marraige (Who, I ask, loves thy brother more than the homosexuals?), it would be easy to imagine that hippy Jesus taking the liberal perspective.

Not that I seriously seek the endorsement of Christ. In fact, after the Catholic church threatened to not serve Kerry Communion unless he changed his stance on abortion, I was really hoping he would do what any normal Catholic does when facing a real-life conflict with the church, simply pretend it don't exist. Remember, most of those brutal mobsters were devout Catholics. Think they were sweating out church teachings while performing a hit? Maybe that's what Bush is doing? Claiming to be religious while ignoring the teachings. Still, it would be fun to watch someone point out just how un-Christlike the current administration's policies are, especially given the affection they have for him.

To illustrate just who were talking about, play the Religious Right Match Game. The authors of that page (not the Religious Right), say "So Scary, They're Almost Funny", I say, "Yes-Scary, Yes-Funny."Posted by Hello

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At 2:42 PM, Blogger Drew said...

That's great, but I've got cold hard evidence that Jesus is on the side of Hannity and O'Reilly.

http://www.cafepress.com/patriotboy.11878560?zoom=yes#zoom

This comes from a blog written by a certain JC Christian, patriot

http://patriotboy.blogspot.com/

I rest my case

 
At 12:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah, that's interesting ...it reminds me of a joke... a jew, an episcopalian, and a lion walk into a shoe store...

 
At 1:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

**HYDROPONICS**

 
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