Liberals and God
I have had several lengthy comments about my Falwell entry. It reminded me that liberals and Christian organizations are not that different but the people who those organizations are purported to represent are as different as night and day.
1. Having grown up in and gone to church 3-4 days a week for most of my juvenile years, (and it was not just church - it was Southern Baptist) and then going to college and rejecting Christ as a total and complete farce, I can safely say that Christian people and liberal people share very few features. My commenter felt that Christians are the last acceptably persecuted class - particularly by liberals. I would argue that Christian organizations and liberals are VERY similar and operate on a shared set of principles. But Christian people and liberal people are not.
1. Few liberals I know hate God. For one, these organizations don't believe in Him which makes hating Him logically difficult. But in actuality, they hate what mortals do in His name. (NOTE: The bumper sticker "Jesus, protect me from your followers" comes to mind). Kinsey-1 pointed out one central problem that many liberals have with Christianity which is their churches/organizations are tax free money sluices for conservative causes. But liberals have no comparable slush fund. Jerry Falwell was not Mother Theresa and let us all keep that in the front of our mind. Jerry Falwell was preaching hate and bigotry, not because he believed those stances personally, rather these sermons spoke to the masses, delivered votes, and expanded his power base. Christian organizations force us to deal with them because they won't leave their beliefs at the pulpit - which is where they belong. Christian organizations (much like liberals) are constantly trying to get the Federal government to impose their will. And you can look at my previous blog entries to note that I think that using the judiciary to solve problems, that the legislative and executive branches should solve, is fundamentally wrong. Some silly Christian things might include, abstinance-only education, putting the Ten Commandments in court houses, giving tax money in the form of vouchers to fund an inferior religious education, churches are tax free organizations, and so on.
Bottom line: Christian organizations work the system as bad as, if not worse than, any liberals. Christian organizations feed at the Federal money trough so heavily and intently that it makes welfare mothers driving a Cadillac blush.
2. We live in a secular country. We were founded as a secular country. We should operate by a shared secular set of core beliefs. Any Christian organization who is going to talk about how this country is Judeo-Christian (I love how the Jews always get the first part of the hyphen but are only 1-2% of the country's population) needs to address what Christian values were being implemented when Andrew Jackson offered rewards to people to shoot Indians in the 1820s, they might wonder what Christian prinicples allowed slavery, which Christian principles allowed for the Japanese to be interred in concentration camps, which Christian principles were at work during Jim Crow years, which Christian principles were in place for the vast and expansive discrimination against Jews during most of this Republic's existence, the practical enslavement of Chinese to build railroads, the practical enslavement of the Mexicans who do migratory farm work, etc etc etc.
Bottom line: If the country was TRULY Christian, these sorts of events would never happen. If we are a secular country (which we are), these evils are easily explained.
My view is that if you are a Christian, you are a Christian all week long. Not only on Sunday morning - but Monday through Saturday. You have no idea how many sermons I sat through that offered this as the main tenet. (NOTE: Liberals NEVER pretend to be a conservative). Christians organizations ought to promote love and compassion all day, every day because that is the model Christ laid down.
3. Christian organizations have to recruit people to their wicked lifestyle. I've always admired the Christian organizations for talking about how fags recruit young boys and girls to their cause because they cannot procreate and therefore their wicked ways would die out without fresh blood. I admire this because Christian organizations are criticizing fags for doing the same activities that Christian organizations do.
Somehow when Christians are recruiting for Him it is different than we fags are recruiting him.
Bottom line: Christian organizations have to keep the money rolling in because they need to fund the conservative candidates or hire lobbyists to modify or create legislation to support their belief structures.
When you hear "liberals" on talk radio - please remember that these "liberals" are not individuals, rather they are organizations that promote a certain ideology. "Liberals" operate by the same principles as "churches". This is a whole different ball of wax from thinking about individuals who have a left-leaning belief structure and individuals who think of Christ as their Savior.