I for one am pissed off that conservatives are claiming christanity for themselves. I think the following article makes a good point of why Jesus wouldn't be a Republican. |
Jesus No Republican
Religious activist David Barton is traveling the political "swing states" lecturing ministers on the role churches should play in the election. Barton's lectures are notable for three reasons.
- The Republican National Committee is financing the tour.
- Barton is the deputy chair of the Texas Republican Party.
- Lectures are off limits to the press, raising questions that Barton is advising churches to take actions that would violate their tax-exempt status.
At the same time, the Bush campaign is strong arming churches into handing over their membership directories to the President's re-election team, apparently in the erroneous assumption that all Christians are Republicans.
If the moneychangers in the synagogues upset Jesus, he must be absolutely livid over this brood of vipers trying to turn his houses of worship into political action committees.
Conservatives have been claiming Jesus as one of their own for nearly three decades now. David Barton calls Christians a logical constituency for the republicans. Liberals need to stand up and quit ceding the religious high ground to conservatives. Last I looked Jesus didn't require Christians to be registered Republicans. In fact, if either party has a claim to Jesus' political affiliation it would be the Democrats. The teachings of Christ and his work on earth bear little resemblance to what the Republican Party represents today.
The unfettered accumulation of wealth is the rock upon which the Republican Party is built. Amassing great quantities of wealth was certainly not a priority with Jesus. In the bible, Jesus advises a rich man that to receive the treasure of heaven he must "sell all you possess and give to the poor". Blasphemy to today's conservatives. Looking at President Bush's tax cuts, you might think he interpreted that passage as "take all the poor possess".
When Jesus talks about how hard it will be for the wealthy to enter the kingdom of God what are they thinking, " the heck with the kid, we'll reason with his old man?"
Would Jesus, the Prince of Peace, been in favor of the war in Iraq? I think if he were here today, he would have been with the millions around the world who marched for peace and against a needless war. Rush Limbaugh,
Sean Hannity, Bill O' Reilly and the rest of the conservative jabber boxes would have branded him a UN-American-communist hippie -peacenik. Come judgment day I'm looking forward to hearing the spin they and the rest of the chicken hawks put on their war mongering. Myself, I'd rather be on the side of the one who said, "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God"
According to conservatives, the United States is in mortal danger of collapse if prayer isn't allowed in school. What they really mean is Christian prayer. Christian fundamentalists are not going to tolerate readings of the Koran or Torah over the school PA.
But I digress; the school prayer issue is another case where instead of waving the bible they should take the time to actually read what Jesus had to say on the subject. Oops! Turns out he recognized this public pontificating for what its is. "And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men". Sounds like he is talking about President Bush and half the Republican Party.
So, where does Jesus say we should pray? "But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your father." And another plank of GOP platform hits the floor.
Jesus was a champion of the sick and the poor. Hardly a mantle Republicans can lay claim to. After he gave his disciples the power of healing he sent them out to heal the sick and admonished them to take neither gold nor silver for their work.
What? Free medical care. Wow, not even Hillary dared go that far! Imagine what the Republican attack machine and its HMO puppet masters would do to him in this day and age for advocating socialized medicine.
It is election time so it must mean another round of laws to protect marriage from those dastardly homosexuals. While conservatives are relentless in their zeal to attack gays they waffle at actually enforcing all that Jesus had to say about marriage.
Adultery seems a bigger threat to marriage than gay couples but you don't hear much from lawmakers on the subject. Probably hits a little too close to home. Divorcing a woman or marrying a divorced woman is considered adultery in the bible. Will we see President Bush calling divorced women immoral and a threat to society? Maybe, but not before November 2nd.
Jesus saved his sharpest rebukes for hypocrites. He rails against them through out the New Testament. And that is why I am certain Jesus is no Republican
Jesus No Republican