March 8, 2001
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"We need to return to the basic Christian principles of our Founding
Fathers for which this country is based...." - Ralph Reed, Jerry Falwell,
Pat Robertson, George W. Bush and the rest of the GOP.
"Twenty times in the course of my late reading, I have been upon the
point of breaking out, "This would be the best of all possible worlds,
if there were no religion in it!" - John Adams (a founding father)
"The government of the United States is not in any sense founded on
the Christian Religion." - Article XI of The Treaty of Peace and Friendship.
There have been many complaints of "christian-bashing" (lower case "c"
mine) in the defense of John Ashcroft and George "W's" so-called "enlightenment."
Sen. Bob Smith, R-New Hampshire, remarked that the questioning of Ashcroft
by his Democratic counterparts would have kept even Mother Teresa from
becoming Attorney General!
First of all, the comparison is obscene in and of itself, which is befitting
of a senator of Smith's ilk. To compare a woman who will be sainted to
a guy who did his best to keep segregation alive in "Mizzurra" during
his state service and who's constituents threw him out after one term
as senator in favor of a dead guy is rational only to the vermin who believe
that Bush, well, kinda won. To apply the principles of Christianity in
any form to the likes of Ashcroft or Jr., in light of their past and present,
should anger any true Christian.
But, alas, I digress. What I'm trying to get at is would Ashcroft be
just as honorable or have just as much integrity in the eyes of his fellow
right wingers were he Mormon or Muslim or Jewish or Buddhist or Wiccan
or even Catholic? Does the GOP realize that the Founding Fathers wanted
nothing to do with Christianity in it's then present form? Do they realize
that even the Baptists felt government and religion should be worlds apart?
C'mon, don't make me laugh. Once again, they are completely clueless!!
And so are their followers. Including "Little Boy George." Here's a quick
little history lesson. It was the Baptists of long ago who were instrumental
in securing the separation of church and state. Our founding fathers made
many statements concerning how the Christian/Puritans had perverted Christianity.
Consider the following:
"Christianity…(has become) the most perverted system that ever shone
on man." - Thomas Jefferson.
"I would not dare to so dishonor my Creator God by attaching His name
to that book (the Bible)" - Thomas Paine.
"The Christian church has set up a religion of pomp and revenue in
pretended imitation of a person (Jesus) who lived a life of poverty."
- Thomas Paine.
"Religion and government will both exist in greater purity, the less
they are mixed together." - James Madison.
The vast majority of our founding fathers were either Deists or Unitarians.
The first folks coming to America were trying to get away from the "higher-ups"
determining what religion was acceptable and what religion was not. The
so-called Christian ethics or beliefs of Ashcroft and Wiener-Head have
been taken to task in the last month. Right wing-nuts wanna know what's
so wrong with John-Boy and Bush-Lite being Christians and, hence, pushing
a more "compassionate" agenda? They wanna know what do those Satan worshiping
liberals have against Christian ethics being blended in to this new administration?
Well…not a thing. IF that were the case. See, neither Jr. nor John is
"Christian" by definition. That's the problem. Once again, the perverted
version of Christianity promoted by the GOP rears its ugly head. Hitler
considered himself a Catholic and even wrote repeatedly about the benefits
of Christianity. Just because a politician and his good ol' boys call
themselves Christians obviously doesn't make it so.
Christianity is defined as being "Christ-like"; adhering to the teachings
of Christ." Got that?
Okay, let me ask you, would Jesus sign legislation allowing concealed
guns in church? Would Jesus work his ass off to make sure black children
and white children never went to school together? Would Jesus take money
meant for children's health care to offset a tax break for the wealthy?
Would Jesus refuse to help a mentally ill man and then execute him because
he committed a crime? Would Jesus kneel before money in exchange for protecting
the world his Father created? Would Jesus cheat? Would Jesus lie? Would
somebody tell me why the Republicans think Jesus is on their side?
The Smirk-in-Chief used the word "Jesus" repeatedly during his inaugur-auction
speech. How did that make the Jewish community feel? Or the Muslims? Or
the Buddhists? Or the Wiccans? Or the Atheists? (Yup, they count too).
How does this behavior "unite" instead of "divide?" Who determines what
religion is gonna get your tax dollars? Do any of these bogus compassionate
conservatives strike anybody as being open minded when it comes to religion?
Didn't think so. One of the rights this country was founded on was the
"freedom of religion." All religion. Whatever belief makes you a better
person in your eyes and others…should be just fine. No matter who you
call God or Goddess. To my Republican counterparts…leave God and Jesus
alone! You obviously don't know who he/she is!
If ya don't believe me….check this out. Liberal is defined as being "open-minded,
tolerant, generous." Guess what? That ain't you guys, for sure! Jesus,
by definition, was a liberal! Now what are ya gonna do?
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