Friday, August 19

The elephant in the room

Taking the conservative Christian wing of the Republican party at their word (sic), then they are of the opinion that the United States is (or was/should be) a Christian nation.  At the very least, it is a nation founded on (and should return to) Christian Values™.

Assuming that, why would they be against Medicare/Medicaid (tending to the sick and dying), Food stamps (feeding the hungry), Social Security (providing for the elderly), Welfare (helping the poor), a progressive tax structure (giving your cloak when asked) and education programs (tending the lambs of the flock)?  Why would they be for tools of violence if they follow the Prince of Peace?  Why would they be so in bed with the capitalist dream if the love of money is the root of all evil?

Note that I DO believe that the rank-and-file here are god-fearing Christians, not amoral, duplicitous meanies (that appelation I reserve for politicians of most any stripe).


Do they really believe that those policies are what Christ meant when he said to love your neighbour?
Can they honestly say that they do these things wanting said policies done unto them? 

Just sayin.

1 comment:

  1. I'M afraid they might, and that's the scarey thought. I am becoming more and more convinced that Christian Americans are not really Christian but Capitalist Christians. That would be an oxymoron. The bigger question might be whether self identified Americans can be Christian. I don't know that any of us have ever really been taught how to be both.