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.