by Rob Kall
Congressman John Hostettler made news yesterday by demonstrating that he is an ignorant, contemptible Christianist. He asserted, according to the Washington Post, that "the long war on Christianity in America continues today on the floor of the House of Representatives" and "continues unabated with aid and comfort to those who would eradicate any vestige of our Christian heritage being supplied by the usual suspects, the Democrats."
"Like a moth to a flame, Democrats can't help themselves when it comes to denigrating and demonizing Christians," he said.
I must confess, that it feels like I am at war with this idiot and the traitorous Americans who have taken the wise teachings of Jesus and distorted them into the ugly, hateful Taliban-like, woman hating, freedom rejecting, democracy denying religion that they practice. At the same time, I have enormous respect and appreciation for Christians who honor, value and follow the teachings of Jesus Christ, and Muslims and Jews who lovingly follow their teachings as well.
It started with Augustine. He converted Jesus' teachings to what worked for him to win a war and consolidate his power in Rome. Since then, there have always been despicable, power hungry people like Hostetler who have been willing to take the teachings of Jesus and these sacred ideas, using them as a whorehouse bed upon which they engage in the most degraded, despicable profligacies. It is tragic that good Christians have to stand by and watch these a**holes use their faith in such an ugly way.
There's nothing wrong with Christianity that isn't the same problem that Islam, orthodox Judaism, guns, nuclear energy and water have in common-- they can all be misused and abused. And we have a situation in the world where fundamentalists have taken perfectly good teachings and spiritual wisdom from Christianity, Islam and Judaism and twisted them into something dark, ugly and hateful.
My own personal belief about heaven and hell is that they start right here, before you die-- and these reprobate haters are already in hell. The signs are clear-- self righteous, sanctimonious judgmental condemnation of others, rigid, unkind, unforgiving rules, beliefs that they are better, that they are separate.
The first rule of any religion, in dealing with others, should be respect for other people's beliefs. If the religion fails this simple test, it is a failed religion and doesn't deserve to be respected itself..
It would seem that Congressman Hostetler was pandering to someone --perhaps some core constituents --or some imaginary organization that would give him money or fund a Swift Boat veterans type attack on his next election opponent. Fortunately, he was intimidated into withdrawing his statement. Hostetler is a contemptible idiot, who deserved the censure of the house of representatives. It is a sad reflection of how far they have fallen that they allowed him to simply withdraw his idiotic comments
Every modern religion has enough writings so that fools, whores and panderers can extract phrases that seem to suggest support for whatever they damn well please. In a country where there is freedom of speech, these corrupters of the words of faith have the right to use those words in the service of their misguided efforts. Somehow, these diabolical voices sometimes ascend to temporary positions of power. They will never succeed in the long term. But it would be good if there were some way that, as a planet, people of good faith and loving kindness could come together and figure out a way to neutralize these voices, to take away the energy and power before they build such fulsome heads of steam.
Why can't a multi-denominational group of spiritual leaders get together and establish some basic rules and ways to handle these Neanderthals? This is a problem that will not just go away. We need brave leaders who can stand up to them and cast them out of the temples, mosques and churches. Maybe a spiritual version of the UN would work-- a spiritual peacekeeping force that would act like immune system antibodies, rejecting dysfunctional, cancerous zealots and their abnormal flocks before they do real damage. There would be a risk of the peacekeepers becoming too powerful and too judgmental. But with the history of religious excuses for wars, political corruption and other insanities, it's worth considering.
Rob Kall is editor of www.OpEdNews.com
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