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Travis Danner
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These liberals are trying to their hardest to run this country into the ground. What with their Socialist, “Hey, let’s try to get everyone some health care” garbage.

Just listen to their messiah, Taliban Commander Obama, spew his bleeding-heart plans to bankrupt the United States of America.

“I was hungry and you gave me something to eat. I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink. I was a stranger and you invited me in.  I needed clothes and you clothed me. I was sick and you looked after me. I was in prison and you came to visit me.”

Sounds like godless, Communist mularkey from some long-haired, Prius-driving, Whole Foods-shopper, huh?


Jesus Christ said that? Are you sure?

Oh, I guess that was actually from the Bible. My bad.

The teachings of Christianity are rooted in peace, love and charity. Many of its modern-day followers, however, believe in war, loathing and hoarding wealth. That’s right, the so-called religious right— Republican officials and voters who claim the authority of Jesus Christ himself to justify their anti-human beliefs, have once again shown their true colors.

This latest episode with the shutdown of the US government has put the hypocrisy of these so-called Christians on full display. They’d rather shut the government down than allow more people access to health care. They’re more concerned with maintaining their wealth than looking after the sick.

Every “compromise” the religious right proposes in Congress to end the shutdown involves cutting spending designed to help the helpless. That is comical considering that those same “religious” congressional Republicans got paid throughout the government shutdown. Apparently, it is more blessed to receive than to give.

We may be finally witnessing the death throes of the “religious right” as we know them. An ABC News/Washington Post poll from Oct. 14 showed that 74 percent of Americans disapprove of the Republicans handling of the economy. America may finally be ready to free itself from the reign of the fanatical, obstructionist, destructive reign of the Tea Party and the “religious right.”

One of the tenets of the modern Republican party is the insistence that their party is “pro-life.” Certainly, for decades the party has stood against the practice of abortion. But let’s be honest here, the Republican party is pro-death.

Sure, they care passionately about babies in the womb. But once they’re out, they’re on their own. They’ll cut charity offerings like welfare or food stamps while continuing to wage the disastrous joke known as the war on drugs, which is nothing more than a war on the poor. For decades, the Republican party has been a heat-seeking missile aimed directly at the communities of the poor and disadvantaged.

“Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”

Then there’s the religious right’s attitudes on wars.

I’m not naive enough to think that some wars are not necessary. The Civil War lead to the end of slavery and the preservation of the United States of America. World War II stemmed the tide of fascism threatening to blot out the light of freedom from the world forever.

But the right-side of the aisle is always first to beat the drums and cheerlead the bombing of any foreign country. Not only have the lunatics taken over the asylum, they’ve demonstrated a willingness to burn it down with everyone else inside.

It’s a punishment-ethic that arose during the era of Ronald Reagan—this idea that any opportunity to inflict injury on another human being should be taken if it be taken in the name of self-righteousness. It’s almost as if they skipped over the parts in their Bible that says turn the other cheek, live peaceably among all men, and revenge belongs to God.

The roots of this sadism by those bearing the name of Jesus, sadly, run even further back. It’s a trait that we have never been able to shake as a species. The Crusades. The Spanish Inquisition. The slaughter of Native Americans. Slavery. The persecution of gays. The death penalty. The murders of abortion doctors.

It’s one of the great mysteries of human existence—how so much of the Christian story has been hijacked from within. The public face of this religion seems to always be forces who seek to spread death and devastation instead of promoting the selflessness and love their religion commands.

Of course, the Christians and Republicans I’m referencing do not represent 100 percent of either group. There are considerable numbers of peace-loving, charitable religious people who spend their lives carrying out the teachings of their faith. But the noise generated by the religious right has drowned out the more moderate religious voices that exist in America. And what they’re loudly spewing doesn’t jive with this religion they wear as a badge of honor.

“Depart from me, you who are cursed … For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat. I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink I was a stranger and you did not invite me in. I needed clothes and you did not clothe me. I was sick and you …”

Shutdown the government???

In the minds of many conservatives, they’ll do the same mental gymnastics they always do to justify their cruddy, people-hating idealogy. It usually goes like this:

We’re not neglecting the poor and unfortunate. We’re helping them learn to help themselves.

We’re not killing or allowing people to die. We’re giving them quicker access to heaven.

The evidence of the cruelty and self-loathing masquerading as self-righteousness has mounted so high, it towers over humanity like the Eye of Sauron from “Lord of the Rings.” Fortunately, all 435 seats in the House of Representatives will be up for election this fall. Soon, the American people can cast out the wolves in “Christian” clothing and restore principles of basic human decency—peace, love and charity.


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