"Nearly every Monday for six months, as many as a dozen congressional aides — many of them aspiring politicians — have gathered over takeout dinners to mine the Bible for ancient wisdom on modern policy debates about tax rates, foreign aid, education, cloning and the Central American Free Trade Agreement."
Sweet Jesus, are you kidding me?
If you believe in an afterlife, if you believe in a reckoning for the way we conducted ourselves in our time on this Earth, then these guys are leading us on the primrose path to damnation. Make no mistake, we don't get to distance ourselves after the fact. We don't get to plead our case as say that we never REALLY believed what they said, that we always thought they went too far.
If you want to boil Christianity and the teachings of Jesus down to their essence it would be this: Take care of each other, be good to each other, and love each other. That's it. It's really simple. And because it's simple, it's also really, really, really hard to do well. And yet, rather than devoting themselves to following that ideal (and failing, because we're human and that's what we do, but picking themselves up and trying again and again and again and again), they scour the Bible as though it were a contract, looking mightily for loopholes and exempting clauses that say that they don't really have to do what Jesus said they had to do.
"Homework includes readings from the Bible — but also from Nietzsche, Engels, Machiavelli and Henry Kissinger."
Because no one better exemplifies an emracing of the Life of Christ than Henry Kissinger. WWHD?
Oh, and then there's this:
(CNN) -- Bush administration officials Tuesday disavowed Christian broadcaster Pat Robertson's call for the assassination of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.
Venezuela's vice president Vicente Rangel accused Robertson of inciting violence and demanded: "What is the U.S. government going to do about this criminal statement made by one of its citizens?"
Robertson told viewers of his longtime show, "The 700 Club," on Monday Chavez is "a terrific danger" bent on exporting Communism and Islamic extremism across the Americas.
"If he thinks we're trying to assassinate him, I think that we really ought to go ahead and do it," Robertson told viewers on his "The 700 Club" show Monday. "It's a whole lot cheaper than starting a war."
Really, He actually said that.
Frankly, I don't think that the U.S. government should do anything about this. Robertson is well within his rights to be an ignorant fucktard and say whatever fucktarded thing comes to his meager excuse for a brain. But I also think that those of us who disagree have every right -- and indeed an obligation -- to point out just how stupid and dangerous his thoughts are. I would also say that anyone who has any regard for Christianity has a duty to recognize how much Robertson and his ilk have twisted it from the charge to take care of one another, to be good to one another, and to love one another. Either that, or Robertson should have the balls to say what he really thinks: Jesus was a pussy.