Politics, Sex, Religion, and all those impolite Human Conversations...

My Photo
Location: Oaksterdam, California

Thursday, July 15, 2004

Wailing and the Gnashing of Teeth

Religious correspondent, The Dark Window, investigates whether 48 Senators are going to hell over their cloture vote on the Federal Marriage Amendment:
World Net Daily Exclusive: At Least 48 Senators Are Going To Hell

So implies our old friend Joseph Farah, the brains behind World Net Daily, in his latest column. I bet you'll never be able to guess who's going, either. Well, okay, maybe you will be able to guess...The DEMONCRATS!!!

That's right. God is going to punish people who didn't want to punish people. It's not really difficult to make fun of such nonsense and dismiss them as kooks, if it were not for the fact these people are in deadly earnest.

From Catch I came across Bill Moyers' Democracy in the Balance. For me this section is the soul of his argument:
OVER THE PAST few years, as the poor got poorer, the health care crisis worsened, wealth and media became more and more concentrated, and our political system was bought out from under us, prophetic Christianity lost its voice. The Religious Right drowned everyone else out.

And they hijacked Jesus. The very Jesus who stood in Nazareth and proclaimed, "The Lord has anointed me to preach the good news to the poor." The very Jesus who told 5,000 hungry people that all of you will be fed, not just some of you. The very Jesus who challenged the religious orthodoxy of the day by feeding the hungry on the Sabbath, who offered kindness to the prostitute and hospitality to the outcast, who raised the status of women and treated even the tax collector like a child of God. The very Jesus who drove the money changers from the temple. This Jesus has been hijacked and turned into a guardian of privilege instead of a champion of the dispossessed. Hijacked, he was made over into a militarist, hedonist, and lobbyist, sent prowling the halls of Congress in Guccis, seeking tax breaks and loopholes for the powerful, costly new weapon systems that don't work, and punitive public policies.

And Jesus wept...