2014-10-25 02:08:04 UTC
Many right-wing Christians vilify the poor, in direct contradiction to the
teachings of Jesus. Why
Amanda Marcotte, Alternet
This article originally appeared on Alternet.
In an age where your average Republican politician is thumping the Bible
with one hand and trying to strip food from the mouths of the poor with the
other, it's become a sad cliché to point out how little the most outspoken
Christians have in common with their charity-preaching, forgiveness-loving
messiah. It's only gotten worse in recent years, with the followers of the
man who cured lepers threatening to shut down the government if Obama
insists on giving more people access to healthcare.
But while a nudge and a laugh at the silly Christian hypocrites is a good
time, it's worth looking deeper at what's really going on with the
parsimonious haters of the poor who claim to speak for Jesus. The fact of
the matter is that right-wing Christians refuse to see their differences
with Jesus as hypocrisy. To really understand how religion works in the
world of politics, it helps to understand that it's usually more about
rationalizing what you already want to believe than it is about actually
studying your religious texts and drawing intelligent conclusions from
"Consider a 1998 study in the "Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery"
that found that every time a gun was used in a house in a self defense or
legally justifiable shooting there were four unintentional shootings , seven
criminal assaults, or homicides, and 11 attempted or completed suicides"
from Scientific American May 2013
"We've got to stop being the stupid party,"
the Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal explained.
"It's time for a new Republican Party that talks like adults.
"Facts." John Adams argued "are stubborn things,
and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations,
or of the dictates of our passion, they cannot
alter the state of facts and evidence.
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