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May 9, 2012

Onward Christian Republicans!

Filed under: Politics,Religion — Steve Ruis @ 6:58 pm
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A couple of days ago the Speaker of the House of Representatives allowed a religious conclave to occur in the Capitol’s Statuary Hall, possibly the most prestigious meeting place in that building. This was not, as you would expect, a multi-denominational meeting representing the whole country’s religious, this was a meeting of radical Christian Evangelicals, you know the type, those who claim Catholics aren’t “real” Christians.

This is clearly an example of the religious right flexing its muscle, its access to the seats of power. I don’t want to address, at least for now, the advisability of such a breach of tradition (it ain’t) but rather what this says about the latest crop of Evangelical Politicians. Supposedly these folks claim that Christianity is under attack and that Christians need to become more political just to defend themselves. So, is their premise true? To some extent it is. But they don’t often address why Christianity in the U.S. is “under attack.” Really, the phrase “under attack” is a bit overblown. Actually some Christians are being criticized for being too negative, too bellicose, too political, and for being UnChristian.

To understand why, just look at what the Christian right has done with the little power it has garnered through the 2010 midterm elections. We got a flood of anti-abortion bills in the House and in the state capitals which Republicans dominate. We got a flood of anti-gay marriage bans. Oh, anti-immigrant and anti-minority rights bills, too.

Wouldn’t you expect Christians with some political power to think “What would Jesus do?” and want to succor the poor and help those in need. We apparently are getting just the reverse. It is the poor’s fault they are poor. Get a job, you bum. And while the rich are supposed to have a hard time getting into heaven, they are being taken care of quite nicely by earthly Christians in political power. Christian charity? Not right now, please, I am working on a bill to raise the interest rates on college student’s loans and cutting Pell grants so we can cut taxes for rich folks.

What is really happening is righteous radical Republicans and Republican backers are cherry picking Christian input to advance their radical agendas. Consequently Christians are getting the reputation of being abrasive, political, and harsh. If Christians don’t want this mantle, if they want to end the “attacks,” they need to disavow the ideas painted with their “support” as being Christian efforts.

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2 Comments »

  1. War on Christians is whenever you don’t 100% agree with them. And if you don’t agree that is counts as war, then, sir, you’ve just declared a war on Christians.

    Comment by List of X — May 9, 2012 @ 10:12 pm | Reply

  2. In a sense, the ‘Christian’ right are becoming the very reason that people came to the ‘New World’ in the frist place. Oppression form a dominant religion. It is a common theme from the extreme religious right that if someone doesn’t think as they do, believe as they do, do as they do, then they aren’t ‘real’ Americans. This more as much as the harsh fiscal policies (do unto others as you would have them do unto you) will and are turning the Moderates and Independents away from the Republican party.

    Comment by fatherkane — May 10, 2012 @ 4:41 am | Reply


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