There is a troubling amount of evidence that even at the highest levels of elitism within the Republican party, there exists a strain of what can only be described as Christianistism.
That’s a mouthful. Christianist: a person who professes to be a follower of the Christian faith but fails to actually follow the tenets of Jesus, using the appellation of “Christian” to mask their own personally held beliefs while claiming that such beliefs are Christian.
Of course all too many of our teabagger friends profess to be Christians, yet fall into the odd category of those who are against feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, visiting the imprisoned, and tending the sick. They support GOP efforts to reduce food stamp allotments, unemployment insurance payments, blocking health care to the uninsured, discrimination against the LGBT community, and the reduction of women’s autonomy from state regulation, to name just a few.
But their “leaders” also have this dangerously intellectually indefensible attitude as well. One never things of the Kochs as men who are Christian necessarily. They support public TV for instance, especially science shows, recognizing that their “base” the teabaggers, are probably fairly unaware of this fact since the Tea People are not known for their penchant for education or higher-brow television fare. But the Kochs are an exception I think.
George W. Bush came on the scene spouting “compassionate conservatism” and certainly made known his deeply held Christian beliefs. Yet, he sent men and women into war, resulting in American deaths numbering over 4,000 and Iraqi deaths nearing now, possibly some 1.4 million persons. One would expect a Christian to use violence as a last resort and not the first. Nobody today is unaware that there was at bet highly questionable “evidence” and even less reason to invade that country.
Upon completion of his two terms, Bush, unlike his Democratic predecessors, did not seek some manner to work for the betterment of society and the world at large. Instead he engaged in a self-absorbed dedication to being a painter, exhibiting as at least one expert pointed out, a sort of charming childish ability. Some would argue that same childish charm was his main offering as President.
Mike Huckabee, once upon a time, an actual pastor, seems to be nothing more than a Christianist. He has at various times indicated a belief that the President of the United States was born in Kenya, made impassioned pleas to send money to his group designed to “end Obamacare” while telling lies aplenty about the program. His television ad claimed the ACA was “rammed down the throats of the American public” and done in “back rooms”. Today he is spouting that living in America is no better than living in North Korea.
I may be wrong, but I have always thought that being a good Christian starts with being a person who tells the truth. It certainly doesn’t mean being a person who lies for one’s own benefit, to further one’s own career.
Charles Keating passed away a few days ago. You remember him don’t you? Keating is most remembered for his eye-balls deep involvement in the savings and loan scandals of the 1980’s. Certainly his Catholicism didn’t prevent him from playing fast and loose with the laws regarding making money. Yet he used his “Christian” beliefs as the fulcrum upon which he pushed his social agenda regarding pornography. His Citizens for Decent Literature provided the framework for future conservative social agenda forays into the public sphere.
At one point in time, Keating, in his pursuit of purity, put out a documentary that gave all sorts of statistics about the influence of pornography on the society. Years later, he admitted that he had made them up. Another liar.
Ted Cruz has exploded onto the stage as the savior of the extreme Right.
He spouts a brand of anti-immigrationism, anti-health care, and just plain anti-progressivism that is both stunning and audacious.
Yet Ted also draws the mantle of Christianity around his shoulders. He has it on good authority. His father is a preacher, a preacher of such vile hate and vitriol that many wonder that Ted does not shush him up for fear he will so inflame the sensible middle as to make Ted’s future Presidency utterly untenable.
But Ted not only doesn’t stop the old man, he embraces the theology that his father espouses. That theology is nothing less than what is known as Dominionism, the belief that certain people (Ted included) but all Christians who think as they do at least, are destined to be the kings of the world, ruling in the name of their very strange notion of Jesus. People who don’t believe as Ted does are those to be ruled.
And the earth? Oh the earth and all it contains, are theirs to rule over as well. Dominated in fact. Ted’s Christianist army is the wrestle control and subdue the earth. That means exploiting all it’s resources as if they are unlimited. For as this brand of Christianist believe (so very conveniently) God will never let the supplies end, or will give us something better when they do. There is no possibility that we will ruin our own planet with these people. They have twisted the Good Book to assure themselves that that can’t happen.
Imagine, we are all at the mercy of their admittedly uneducated, self-serving conclusions of a copy of a copy of a copy, of a copy of dozens of independently written documents over the span of 1,000 plus years, which was argued over and voted upon by other humans tossing in some documents and tossing out others, and then translated again and again by mostly unknown other humans for various purposes and reasons. They would have us believe that their personal opinion about the meaning of obscure phrases and words, means that we don’t have to do a thing about climate change, or much of anything actually, except get ready for the big fight in Israel where the final battle will take place.
This is not Christianity, this is opportunism.
And the fear is that far too many sadly uneducated, gullible, trusting, needy souls are buying into this rhetoric and will prevent those of us who are rational, thinking, caring and compassionate people from doing what needs to be done to actually if not in the name of Jesus, at least in His spirit, do what is morally right:
For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.’
As Gandhi said,
“I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”
Gandhi was wrong. These are not Christians but Christianists. And there is a difference.
Yes! Christianists use Christianity for their own personal benefit rather than the benefit of humanity. It is a form of selfishness just like libertarianism.
I do agree Jerry. It’s always at the expense of the “others” and one is called upon to either accept that or become them…not very “freedom” loving in my opinion. !END
A small reminder list of hypocrisy in all its glory.
Actually Teabaggers and most avowed capitalist worship at the alter of free-markets. If they claim the guise of christian too that won’t supplant what the god of laissez-faire dictates.
Agreed. I think Gandhi also said that if he ever met a true Christian, he would become one!
thanks for the additional info! !END
Yes, feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, visiting those in prison, and caring for the sick is Christian. But here in America it’s socialism. 🙂
yeah, so they say….but then they aren’t really Christians are they? !END
well, you know me, I am a devout, ah, semi-devout, hmmm, quasi-devout agnostic…or at least I think I am. You know us agnostic….pretty unsure bunch. Well, anyways, see, I think you have been very unfair to George W Bush. He is after all a very fair painter. And Speaker. Why gosh…I found a report that said he is realllllly busy talking. And making money. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/george-w-bush-rakes-15-million-speaking-fees-leaving-office-report-article-1.143215
….cause,see, buying all those pain-by-numbers, oops…paint-by-number kits are a real drain on an ex-presidents personal economy, and what with the general economy being pretty bad, cause, see, we have to pay for these wars and stuff….geepers, hanging foreign Dicktaters is not cheap and all.
well, anyways….me and a couple of the boys thought it would be a swell idea if only GWB could stop by and ‘speak’ with us some monday after noon down at Oblio’s Lounge where we hold our weekly Book Club meeting…so I looked on the web-er-roo, and sure enough….if you dial 703.684.0555 you get a line to the folks that take care of that stuff for George…..http://www.washingtonspeakers.com/speakers/speaker.cfm?SpeakerID=6436
course it does say at the very very bottom that fees vary vary depending on event location and they kinda hung up on me when I offered $4.25, one beer and all the popcorn he wanted. I guess I will ask Basketball Joe and Baseball Ed if they will throw in a little more. Schultz said he could paint the men’s room, that it needs it and he cannot afford to have it done quite yet, cause of the economy and all. I’ll have to call again and mention it is a Christian Bar and stuff.
Sheesh, I hope it turns out better than the first call…..the men’s room sure enough could use a little paint. I would if he would also….oh never mind,
Why you put such a lot of thought into this that I am willing to add in 50 cents too (not the rapper). Hope ol George can get on up there and give you guys a nice little talk about his ‘speriences in the WHite house. Maybe tell you how Putin looked him in the eye and saw a sea of stupid floating on an empty sea of dumb. Or sumpin.