When people talk about culture of life, but their decisions are based on a culture of money…
When people invoke scripture against gays, but not against poverty…
There’s a rhetoric gap. And it needs to be used. It needs to be used to cut the Republican party down to the ground, to smash it to pieces.
(And maybe, once we raise consciousness enough, we can move past using two parties to polarize discourse, and politics can become a culture of discussion and compromise and responsibility, instead of a pathetic soccer game for a gang of greedy boys.)
Kat provides this:
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Meanwhile, my good friend John alerts me to a good interview with evangelical Jim Wallis, on the falseness of the Republican claim to be on the side of God. (As if it weren’t obvious.)
Religious or not, you have to admit that the Republican claim to being a Christian outfit is hogwash, bullshit, except in the sense that Christianity retains its sullied status from the days when it was used to justify slavery and murder abroad:
Jesus didn’t speak at all about homosexuality. There are about 12 verses in the Bible that touch on that question. Most of them are very contextual. There are thousands of verses on poverty. I don’t hear a lot of that conversation.
What surprises me is that more decent Christians don’t rise up and punish the Republican party for hijacking the rhetoric of faith and putting it to the use of supportingaiding and abettingbig business in their conquest of the human world. Me, I’m against mixing religion and politics, but if the Republicans are going to do it as brazenly as they areto counter every value crucial to actual Christian moralitythen I wouldn’t mind the Democrats doing it, a little jadedly, as long as they were actually pursuing a politics and economics of economic and social justice. (Not that the Dems are actually pursuing that now… but hell, maybe the adoption of the rhetoric might even drive them to do it more.)
America, this might sound too sci-fi for you, but I am telling you, in all seriousness: the War on Terror is a distraction from the real war, that the Republicans and those whom they answer tobig businessesare waging on humanity worldwide. And now they’ve even conscripted Yahweh, as if your God were some pimply teenaged kid whose wishes don’t matter, as long as He is of use to the State.
Are you going to let them get away with that?