Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Right-Wing Religious Hypocrisy

The rhetoric of religious freedom and the war on Christianity has nothing to do with religion or faith.  While painted to look like an argument for freedom of conscience, it is a poor attempt to assert control.  

In their constant mention of the Bible, right-wing talking heads conveniently ignore the fact that Jesus ate with prostitutes, lepers and sinners.  He said those who suffer and are downtrodden would be welcomed into the kingdom of God.  He said to obey the Ten Commandments, but that the complicated Mosaic laws were not relevant to worshiping God.  And despite what little the Bible has to say about homosexuality, none of it came from Jesus.

People like Santorum and Huckabee want to cherry-pick Old Testament scriptures while ignoring prohibitions like eating shellfish and getting tattoos.

Arguing that you're loving a gay person by praying for them is passive-aggressive and condescending.

And as regards the Duggars, no one is infringing on their right to worship or free speech.  Politicians use the Duggar's fame for expanding their platform, instead of drawing attention to our broken foster care and adoption systems, or the suffering of starving children here and abroad.  You know…things Jesus might actually have cared about.

Men like Santorum and Huckabee exploit the ignorance of their audience - people who may not even know any gay people and whose opinions may be shaped by plutocrats like Limbaugh, Hannity and Coulter.  They encourage their followers to vote for empty suits who cut taxes on rich people and corporations, but cut nutrition programs for poor children and identify themselves as people of faith.

They like to admonish liberals for not protecting the sanctity of life, but they're pretty indifferent to the struggles of real people living real lives here and now.  They're not particularly concerned with poverty or inequality or torture or war crimes or a hundred other ethical issues.

We know that banning abortions doesn't decrease the number of abortions.  Sex education, contraception and access to proper health care - these are the things that reduce abortions, and the very thing they oppose at every turn.

Countries like the Netherlands are literally kicking our ass when it comes to reducing teenage pregnancy, but let's just continue to turn a blind eye to all that, and keep promoting stuff like abstinence programs.  Interesting, isn't it, that people who are all about the bottom line don't like to talk about numbers like these?

No, guys like Santorum and Huckabee aren't about religion;  they're carnival barkers for their own personal form of theocracy.

As George Carlin said, they're all about protecting life until it's out of the womb; then you're on your own, kid.  No neonatal care, no day care, no head start, no school lunch, no SNAP, no welfare, nothing.

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