Wednesday, July 13, 2011

White Evangelicals Clearly Reject Teachings of Jesus

Read more of this article at The Ledger...

Recently I had a book published on the life of the historic Jesus, which I titled "The Radical Rabbi of Nazareth." The best of biblical research in the past 25 years confirms that he was, indeed, radical in his effort to create an egalitarian community that sought deliberately to challenge the oppressive occupation of Palestine by the Roman empire by creating a countercultural movement based on a nonviolent-resistance approach that was caught and used in our time by Gandhi in India and by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the civil rights movement of the 1960s.

The irony of our time, however, is that the group in American religious life that would most likely respond to this interpretation of Jesus' involvements, white evangelical Christians, is, in fact, the group most clearly rejecting Jesus' teachings. The evangelicals claim to have a personal relationship with Christ, claim the Bible to be infallible, and are the most faithful churchgoers. Yet, it becomes obvious when you see their involvement in politics that they reject the teachings of Jesus. His message is too radical for them.

Jesus' message was one of compassion, justice and forgiveness. But evangelicals claiming to be "pro-life" are supporters of the death penalty, the use of torture, and gun ownership without regulation. They support corporate greed, oppose help for the poor in the form of food stamps, subsidies for schools and job training. In other words, they are pro-pre-emptive militarism, pro-gun and pro-tax write-offs for big corporations. 


Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Republicans are becoming a parody of their own irresponsible image.

From Wonkette -

Every day Arizona Republicans work just a little bit harder to more closely resemble the violent idiot parody rife with blood-soaked hillbillies wandering around shooting at each other that we usually picture when we think about this state. State senator Lori Klein is today’s cartoonishly moronic protagonist, for pulling a loaded gun out of her purse without the safety switched on and pointing it at a journalist trying to interview her about gun rights. “I just didn’t have my hand on the trigger” was her official gun safety strategy, according to Klein. At least Jesus didn’t make her sneeze.

Monday, July 11, 2011

A government in bed with the wealthy...

The following words are those of FDR - but they are just as relevant today.

Nine crazy years at the ticker and three long years in the breadlines! Nine mad years of mirage and three long years of despair! Powerful influences strive today to restore that kind of government with its doctrine that that Government is best which is most indifferent.

For nearly four years you have had an Administration which instead of twirling its thumbs has rolled up its sleeves. We will keep our sleeves rolled up.

We had to struggle with the old enemies of peace‹business and financial monopoly, speculation, reckless banking, class antagonism, sectionalism, war profiteering.

They had begun to consider the Government of the United States as a mere appendage to their own affairs. We know now that Government by organized money is just as dangerous as Government by organized mob.

Never before in all our history have these forces been so united against one candidate as they stand today. They are unanimous in their hate for me and I welcome their hatred.

I should like to have it said of my first Administration that in it the forces of selfishness and of lust for power met their match. I should like to have it said of my second Administration that in it these forces met their master.

Following is a YouTube video including the speech from which the words were taken...

Via: Down With Tyranny

Friday, July 08, 2011

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Friday, July 08, 2011

Portrait of a Patriot

Ken Myers was almost everything a patriot should be.

He loved Jesus:
He’d quote the Bible forward and back, and had talked about becoming a minister at one point.
He was "a faithful follower of Brother John Birch:"
Myers subscribed to the views and philosophy of the John Birch Society and regularly read its publication New American.
He loved the Second Amendment:
Myers’ collection of firearms included SKS and AK-47 military-style assault rifles. He also had other rifles, including a 30.06 and a .303, along with at least two shotguns, two 9 mm handguns, a .22-caliber revolver and a .38-caliber snub-nose pistol. His rifles were equipped with night-vision scopes, and he had night-vision goggles and a Kevlar bullet-proof vest, McLeoud said. He bolted an older Kevlar vest to the inside of his truck for extra protection.

“He’d always carry that snub-nose in his pocket..."
He trained with the best:
Myers, a self-employed glazier, talked frequently about the “militia training’’ he received in Michigan before moving to South Carolina about a decade ago...
And he was prepared for the big FEMA roundup:
On at least four of those trips, Myers took along waterproof, military ammunition cans stocked with survivalist supplies, including antibiotics.

“He’d bury them along the river bank or string them up with ropes in trees that would be used for deer stands,’’ McLeoud said. “He’d tell me, ‘This is how you prepare for things if the shit hits the fan.’’’
With all that going for him, It's hard to believe he'd do something like this:
Myers fatally shot his 25-year-old wife, Angela Myers; her twin sister, Tabatha T. Brown; and their 50-year-old mother, Vicky May Hook Brown; about four miles from Wagener. He also fatally shot his ex-girlfriend, Esther Baldwin, at another location about four miles from the first murder scene.

As police responded, Myers steered his pickup at three officers. The officers, who weren’t injured, were able to fire gunshots at the fleeing vehicle. After a brief chase, Myers drove back to the scene of the triple murders and killed himself with the same shotgun he used earlier, as the deputies arrived, Elwell said.

Friday, July 01, 2011

Now this is interesting...

During Bush Presidency, Current GOP Leaders Voted 19 Times To Increase Debt Limit By $4 Trillion Without Asking for Anything to Reduce the Deficit

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Understanding the constitution

Facts on Medicaid

Explaining the Republicans

Wholly Owned Subsidiary

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Gate rape

Fish food

Budget dealing

How to tell us apart

Arguing against energy

Going to prison to live the American dream

Michele Bachmann's Story of America

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