Thursday, April 22, 2010

Consternative Contradictions Part I: What Would Jesus Do? (WWJD?)

By “Pintface” Pete Bogs/BogsBlog

You are outraged by the idea that “under God” could be removed from the Pledge of Allegiance. That prayer could be banned at a public school or questioned at a city council meeting. That the Ten Commandments were removed from a Tennessee state government building.

Why wouldn't you be, when America is a “Christian nation?”

Curiously, when a new law here mirrors Christian values (outside ritual and relic, i.e., prayer and statues), some of you “Christians” are among the most ardently opposed, or simply remain silent. Could it be that when money (taxes) enters the picture those beliefs are conveniently cast aside? Many of you are certainly afraid to put your money where your mouth is.

Jesus healed the sick, and without need for remuneration; he didn’t speak of government-provided universal health care as a threat to personal freedom. (He also fed the hungry masses with loaves and fish; he didn’t rail on lazy welfare moms. These are but a few things that show J.C. to have been a liberal socialist.)

If you thought about what Jesus would really do, you couldn’t oppose health care reform. Stop putting WWJD? bumper stickers on your cars and start examining how your political beliefs conflict with your faith (and vice-versa). Then open your eyes for the first time and make a positive change.

This is the first in an intermittent series of posts in which, using the second person, I will lay out specific areas where U.S. consternatives consistently prove themselves to be hypocritical, irrational, hateful and/or just plain wrong. It was the realization of these very things that has over the years transformed me into an ardent liberal and Reasonist; these are also the motivation behind most of what I do here. For the sake of explanation – and perhaps I am remiss in not posting this sooner – “consternative” is a generalization I coined to describe fiscal conservatives, social conservatives, Republican(t)s and their ilk. Not all members of each of these interrelated groups are guilty of all the things I will discuss – but they are all still big dummies. Like major dummies.


Jack K. said...

Amen, brother, amen!

dianne said...

Politics and religion ... not a good mix, I really cannot understand why the majority of Americans, whether they are republicans or democrats don't jump at the chance for a better health system ... do they think that social medicine is like socialism ... is that the problem?
For it is nothing like socialism, nor a threat to personal freedom and it will help all Americans to better health care services.
Jesus healed the sick, it's a shame he isn't still around for he had no hidden agendas, he actually cared. xoxoxo ♡

boneman said...

Yeah, well, it's obvious that a lot of folks don't understand WHY the new health care reform bill will make the taxes lower.
Ease the budget drain. Help the poverty stricken get some kind of health care. And even further the future plans of President Obama...bring most abortions to an end.
Not all, mind you, nor impede on a woman's choice, but, for those who get them for fear of being pulled down the rabbit hole of pure destitution, an alternative. An option.

boneman said...

(and, yes...get that off our money!)