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Saturday, August 13, 2011

Can Governor Perry Pray His Way to Christianism?

Comedians certainly get laughs by creating buzz around hypocrisy, so why doesn't somebody go for the hilarity of a politician who prays for guidance but espouses anti-Christian social policies?

Politicians like Michele Bachmann (Sarah Palin without the charisma), Sarah Palin (Michele Bachmann with charisma) and now Texas Governor Rick Perry (Sarah Palin's wanna' be) would make wonderful anti-Christian dark night comedy fodder, if their hypocrisy didn't harm vulnerable people.  These high profile politicians and their followers espouse cutting social safety net programs like Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, programs for immigrants and military retirement benefits. All the while, they pray for guidance.

But wait! There's more. Each one of them is endorsed by the right wing extremist (RWE-RWE) T-Party that, hypocrisy cubed, are not a political party at all. Rather, T-party "baggers" are like a pack of junk yard dogs whose tails are wagging the nation's respectable Republican party faithfuls.

I'm not kidding when I ask for your prayers about this blog.  Help me understand where in the New Testament did Jesus Christ speak about exclusion of the elderly, poor, immigrants or veterans?  No where. Rather, Christ's message was completely opposite what the RWE-RWEs preach.

When Jesus Christ performed the miracle of the multiplication of loaves and fishes, he did not ask if people in the crowd were unqualified to be among his followers.

I was impressed when a friend sent my a column blog by Tom Zirpoli who writes for Maryland's Carroll County Times:
http://www.carrollcountytimes.com/news/opinion/columnists/tom-zirpoli-christianism-differs-from-christianity/article_443f74de-bd02-11e0-b162-001cc4c03286.html

Zirpoli doesn't make light of the hypocrisy around Christians who speak anti-Christianism rhetoric:  

"A Christian, by definition, is a follower of Jesus Christ." (Writes Zirpoli). "While it has been a few years since my Catholic schooling, I remember that Christ's main teaching was to take care of 'the least of my brothers'."

"Christ wanted his followers to feed the poor, to provide them shelter and to generally care for the poor as if the person were Christ Himself. Proverb 14:31 reads, 'He who oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God'."

"Being a Christian in America today seems to have a whole new meaning from what I learned from the Catholic nuns. For example, how did Christians go from believing that we are all God's children to the belief that some of us are illegal and need to be sent away?"

Thanks Tom, for printing up to the hypocrisy of the Christian Right.  I find it funny that many people among the Christian Right hold the US Constitution up next to the Bible, as being inspired writing, but they deny everybody but themselves the right to free speech.

Extremist Republican political buzz is focused like a magnifying glass collecting sun rays on the RWE-RWEs praying their way to political power. Governor Perry would have us believe he spent 40 days and nights in the Texas dessert before announcing his candidacy for US President.  During his meditation, Perry surely  found an Oasis of cash in them there cactus, because he'll need a Texas oil field full of it to win the 2012 Presidential election.  Meanwhile, I wonder if Perry prays for as much money as possible to fall from heaven, just to keep his prayers answered.

As a practicing Roman Catholic Christian woman, I find right wing Evangelicals to be devout in their religious beliefs, but laughable when it comes to putting their values into caring for all people, i.e., everybody - they act like the poor, the disabled, the veterans, the elderly, the children of immigrants and non-Christians must wear their cloth and speak their rhetoric.  Jesus Christ saved the sinners, he forgave those who crucified him and he offered salvation to the man who was hanging on the cross next to his tortured body.  Let's pray for Christian politicians to follow the values taught to us in the New Testament.

Let's pray Governor Rick Perry will not become a hilarity icon of Saturday Night Live.








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