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Thursday, October 28

The God Factor in the Election

Who ever thought that God would be a factor in an election? Who ever thought that an evil power would use God's name to recruit followers? My mom always told me that the devil would come a knocking in the guise of a good guy. There are always plenty of people who have blind faith and those are the people, while well meaning deep down inside, are being led to slaughter and have an unusually important role to play in the upcoming election. How do you convince them to vote correctly without telling them that they are ignorant? Hmmm.

I learned something since I got involved in the internet and met people from all over the world in all walks of life: There is truth in all religions. You just have to try to dig it out from under all the muck. I have befriended Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists and Ethical Humanists and I have learned that the one thing, the big thing that is constant in all religions, which therefore must be truth is how we treat our neighbors, especially those who are less fortunate than we are. Anything else is just filler, conjecture and opinion.

So here is the weekend reading assignment for all progressives:
Faith Abuse: When God Becomes A Campaign Ploy
Arianna Huffington:
"As someone for whom faith is incredibly important, and who regularly prays for all the people and things that matter to me, I'm hopeful that God is as appalled as I am with the way His name is constantly being taken in vain on the Bush campaign trail, and with how the president is abusing his faith to justify to himself and to the world his disastrous policies. "
Faith, Hope and Clarity
Robert Wright, New York Times
"Every morning President Bush reads a devotional from "My Utmost for His Highest," a collection of homilies by a Protestant minister named Oswald Chambers, who lived a century ago. As Mr. Bush explained in an interview broadcast on Tuesday on Fox News, reading Chambers is a way for him "on a daily basis to be in the Word."

Chambers's book continues to sell well, especially an updated edition with the language tweaked toward the modern. Inspecting the book - or the free online edition - may give even some devout Christians qualms about America's current guidance."
Is George Bush the Christians' Christian?
By Steven Waldman
"Conservatives are right when they say that the faith-makes-you-irrational idea is a gross caricature. What Bush supporters are less willing to admit is that President Bush has helped to promote this caricature that liberals now exploit.

The president repeatedly says he makes decisions based on "instinct" and "gut" and by looking into the hearts of world leaders. He lets it be known that he doesn't read the newspapers. He seems to discourage dissenting viewpoints. He jokes about his poor command of the English language and his lousy grades in school. He is America's most famous evangelical Christian and he's proudly anti-intellectual. "
Why Are Some American Christians So Bloodthirsty?
Understanding Pro-war Christians' Indifference to Civilian Deaths
by Dr. Teresa Whitehurst

"...conservative Christianity in the U.S. has succumbed to that which it has, in decades past, most rigorously warned against: moral relativism. By restricting any discussion of morality to sexual behavior, right-wing politicians have obliterated the once-central Christian teaching that the way we teach others is of paramount importance to God. Cleverly "working the room," pro-war politicians have infiltrated churches to such a degree that killings and torture are no longer within the province of morality. When morality is only about sex, no aspect of war – even the killing of entire families – can arouse criticism, much less condemnation."
The mark of a chosen person (repost)
by Jeffrey John
The Church that Jesus first assembled was a gang of sinners and rejects. Any Church that is His Church ought to know that it is the same. It has to show the same kind of love, the kind that includes and embraces first, then let’s the love do the healing from the inside. That’s what Catholic means. Michael Marshall once wrote: ‘the test of genuinely Catholic Christianity is not that it makes good people better, but that it makes bad people holy’.
Conflicted Evangelicals Could Cost Bush Votes (repost)
By Peter Wallsten, LA Times

"I'm very antiabortion, but the reality is the right to life encompasses a much broader field than just abortion," he added. "If I'm a proponent of life, I have to think about the consequences of not providing prescription drugs to seniors or sending young men off to war."
Daniel A. Helminiak, Ph.D.

We're still discussing this article on Blondesense here.

And Michael Miller told me about this gem. Oy vay:
The Godly Must Be Crazy
By Glenn Scherer
"President Reagan's first secretary of the interior, James Watt, told the U.S. Congress that protecting natural resources was unimportant in light of the imminent return of Jesus Christ. "God gave us these things to use. After the last tree is felled, Christ will come back,"

"O my Lord, if I worship You from fear of Hell, burn me in Hell,
and if I worship You in hope of Paradise, exclude me thence,
but if I worship You for Your own sake,
then withhold not from me Your Eternal Beauty..."
-- Rabi'ah Al'Adawiya ,
Muslim & Sufi mystic poet born in Basra, Iraq (717 - 801 CE)
Thanks Mohsan

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