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Friday, December 16, 2005

What Would Jesus Do? Let them die! says Religious Right

I am, admittedly, a political junkie. Several times a month, my wife has to tell me, "You're getting too involved. Don't forget you have a family." I need that kind of reminder, once in a while. One of the things that my political junkie-ness has pushed me to do is to become a member in the American Political Consultants Association. A perk to this was a subscription to "The Hill" - which is a newspaper put out specifically about the members of Congress, their staffers, and lobbyists. I get it a week late because of the mail delay, but it has a ton of info in it.

I apologize for not having a link to send you directly to this story, written by Alexander Bolton, but it appeared in the December 7 edition of "The Hill":
Angst on the Right over Frist: Citing Inaction, Family Research Council drops Senate from its annual scorecard:

A lobbyist for another prominent conservative advocacy group said conservative voters, who believe they delivered control of the government to the GOP last year, are so disenchanted that many may not vote next November.


I could disagree with a lot in that statement, but I just don't believe that they are refusing to vote. They'll learn to hold their noses like the rest of us. The important thing is that they are upset and at least trying to talking tough to try and pressure people


Several conservative leaders have attributed the lack of actions partly to Frist, who controls the Senate calendar...


*snip*

Frist has won many big victories for conservatives, the aide added, such as shepherding Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts to confirmation, limiting federal spending on hurricane relief on the Gulf Coast and threatening to strip Democrats of filibuster power over judicial nominees.


Wait a minute! The Religious Right's priority is in limiting FEDERAL HURRICANE RELIEF? Someone hand me a concordance quick! I need to see where the Bible says, "Thou shalt tread the poor under your heel and deny them succor when they lose their homes."

Let's be clear, too. We ARE talking about the Religious Right. The groups specifically mentioned in the article are not the Heritage Foundation, but the Family Research Council, the Free Congress Foundation, and Concerned Women for America.

Perhaps the people running these groups need to read up on the Gospel of Mark: "The poor you will always have with you, and you can help them any time you want." (14: 7). Perhaps they need to find Proverbs 22: 9 "A generous man will himself be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor.". Maybe they never read Isaiah 41: 17 "The poor and needy search for water, but there is none; their tongues are parched with thirst. But I the LORD will answer them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them."

Why are these groups claiming to speak for Christianity? Doesn't this sound a bit more like Jesus? No wonder America hates Christians - it has a group of imposters claiming the name while stamping their foot in America's face.

I don't doubt the faith of anyone associated with these groups - but I do doubt the connection between their stated goals as a group and the things they are trying to accomplish. I don't find a single verse in the Bible where Jesus tried to keep anyone from helping the poor.

This is why we need a voice for progressive faith.

Come, Let Us Reason Together

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