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What Jesus said and What the Christian Lunatic Fringe Hears.

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According to the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, "The number of Americans who do not identify with any religion continues to grow at a rapid pace. One-fifth of the U.S. public -- and a third of adults under 30 -- are religiously unaffiliated today, the highest percentages ever in Pew Research Center polling.

In the last five years alone, the unaffiliated have increased from just over 15% to just under 20% of all U.S. adults. Their ranks now include more than 13 million self-described atheists and agnostics (nearly 6% of the U.S. public)."

So what's going on in Christendom? Valerie Tarico, gives us something to think about in her article on Alternet.org on September 26, 2012 titled, "Why Do the Craziest Religious People Get the Most Attention? "There's no question that religion can have some ugly moral and social consequences. The homophobic and misogynist attitudes of many American Evangelicals come   straight out their sacred texts.["] The fact is, putting God's name on Iron Age morality contributes to Iron Age behavior."

And mixing Iron Age morality with postmodern neuroses results in some pretty wacky maledictions. Unfortunately, these folks get all the publicity while the vast majority of serious and sincere believers go unnoticed.   Here's some examples of the twisted revisions of Christian teachings coming from this segment of Christianity today. They would be humorous if they didn't cause so much suffering.

Jesus said, "love one another as I have loved you."   To these folks he really meant to "love those who agree with you and share your lifestyle, preferably have achieved a certain level of financial security and come closest to your color or complexion. Be particularly selective in your love of Muslims, people of color and homosexuals."  

Jesus said, "what you do to the least among us, you do to me."   To these folks he meant   "don't take me literally. If the least among us look like dope addicts, wino's, queers or the homeless, they probably deserve their plight.   If you help them you keep them dependent and that's a sin.   It's okay to help the least among you only if they deserve it. And who better to determine if they deserve it than you?  

Jesus said, "judge not lest ye be judged." Their interpretation?   Get serious!   It's required of you to judge anyone who is lower in socio-economic status.   Anyone who disagrees with your theology is inferior too, so go ahead and judge your little heart out.   Hint: The proper way to feel superior and make them inferior is to judge yourself by your intentions and them by their circumstances.

Jesus said, "Sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven". This is one that they acknowledge may not apply today as it did in the time of Jesus. Today, we have safety nets for the poor so they don't need your money, unless they're just too lazy to partake in the princely benefits at the government trough.   And if they are, you don't need to worry about them. Anyway the poor cannot be trusted to manage money effectively. And it would be a sin to give it them, so keep it yourself.

Jesus said, "turn the other cheek." What he meant was if you've exhausted all other possibilities, like standing your ground, ready to use lethal force with your concealed carry weapon and you run out of ammunition that you've been hoarding since Obama got into office, and finally, in a moment of lucidity, you find that your antagonist is not really that dangerous.

Jesus said, "let he among you, who has not sinned cast the first stone."   Notice that he didn't say "she" which is his dog-whistle method of pointing out that women should not be allowed to even hold, let alone, throw stones. And if you take this to its logical conclusion, meting out punishments is reserved for those in authority. And If women can't throw stones, they are not fit for positions of authority.   They really should stay in the home doing housework.

Who wants to belong to this tradition? Twenty five to thirty percent of the Christians in America, that's who.

Robert DeFilippis

 

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would point out that women were shielded from 'thr... by Mark Sashine on Tuesday, Mar 26, 2013 at 12:47:33 PM
Believe me, I've known some women in business with... by Robert De Filippis on Tuesday, Mar 26, 2013 at 2:50:09 PM
Akutagawa says that a woman is capable of supereff... by Mark Sashine on Tuesday, Mar 26, 2013 at 3:37:38 PM
Yes, women have always fought for survival and, un... by Betsy Whitfill on Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013 at 9:06:47 AM
I have two very successful  daughters who ar... by Robert De Filippis on Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013 at 9:29:41 AM
Exactly. Good for you. However, at a very basic ... by Betsy Whitfill on Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013 at 9:55:13 AM
Their mother taught them nothing. I would say you... by Kim Cassidy on Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013 at 7:39:49 PM
Right on, Kim. Its true...women clean up :)... by Betsy Whitfill on Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013 at 8:57:17 PM
Men may be violent at times, but for genuine cruel... by Eric Arthur Blair on Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013 at 9:27:44 AM
Yes, the wheels have pretty much come off the Reli... by Betsy Whitfill on Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013 at 9:03:16 AM
The Christian religion is going through change. Th... by Robert De Filippis on Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013 at 9:34:33 AM
Yes, indeed. And so it is for all the traditions.... by Betsy Whitfill on Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013 at 9:58:33 AM
And what would that be?... by Bud Martin on Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013 at 10:32:22 AM
I may disagree also that it ever existed. Goodnes... by Kim Cassidy on Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013 at 7:59:38 PM
With luck, christianity will not surveve another 1... by kanawah on Friday, Mar 29, 2013 at 7:25:24 PM
Who needs a church to believe in Christ or God?... by jerry miller on Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013 at 3:39:33 PM
No one need be religious to be spiritual, to belie... by Betsy Whitfill on Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013 at 5:08:45 PM
The "holey" bible is a book with many written cont... by kappie on Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013 at 9:41:24 AM
Anyone who really reads the bible, critically, wil... by kanawah on Friday, Mar 29, 2013 at 7:34:01 PM
Nobody knows what Yeshua said. What has been publi... by Bud Martin on Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013 at 10:38:02 AM
If you take all he political deletions, distortion... by Robert De Filippis on Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013 at 10:45:02 AM
Yes, indeed.  If people just followed the Gol... by Betsy Whitfill on Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013 at 10:58:00 AM
My dear, departed friend Ron Moyer taught me the n... by Josh Mitteldorf on Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013 at 12:11:51 PM
with that.  Some people in the privileged cla... by Truthbug on Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013 at 2:03:04 PM
Karma is the end result of The Golden Rule.... by jerry miller on Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013 at 3:43:34 PM
Hmmm, maybe, but Karma is a Law, like the Law of G... by Betsy Whitfill on Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013 at 5:17:38 PM
If you take all he political deletions, distortion... by kanawah on Friday, Mar 29, 2013 at 7:41:30 PM
all religions are a " three legged stool "1) To ex... by kanawah on Friday, Mar 29, 2013 at 7:37:18 PM
Surely hypocracy is the modern lubricant of societ... by David Brittain on Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013 at 10:38:27 AM
I won't.... by Robert De Filippis on Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013 at 10:45:53 AM
With thousands of others, I participated in the Ma... by Shireen Parsons on Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013 at 10:42:37 AM
Hate is taught. I've witnessed the birth and early... by Robert De Filippis on Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013 at 10:48:15 AM
Nor, indeed, any "religious" concepts.... by Bud Martin on Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013 at 1:12:13 PM
fear this is all too true!... by Priscilla Jenkins on Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013 at 10:48:00 AM
Luke 22:36 is where Christ tells his disciples to ... by Jeremy Davis on Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013 at 11:51:53 AM
yes the red letter Christians may try to manipulat... by Paul McArthur on Friday, Mar 29, 2013 at 6:45:51 PM
I've been reading George Eliot.  She came to ... by Josh Mitteldorf on Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013 at 12:05:03 PM
I guess that puts me in good company.... by Robert De Filippis on Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013 at 12:52:37 PM
Was basically let it be and live and let die by th... by Michael Dewey on Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013 at 12:46:39 PM
Having been kicked off C2 for standing up to the p... by Toby Seiler on Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013 at 4:22:49 PM
Last advice to John in Revelations 22:10-11 ... by Michael Dewey on Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013 at 12:48:30 PM
It's an emotional 'revelation' by an unidentifed s... by Bud Martin on Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013 at 1:23:27 PM
While writing a letter to a Brother about the good... by Michael Dewey on Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013 at 1:35:09 PM
The fundamentalist christians have an over abundan... by kanawah on Friday, Mar 29, 2013 at 7:47:10 PM
Clear writing and your style made me chuckle. &nbs... by Robert S. Becker on Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013 at 1:14:38 PM
If the mythical Yeshua of Nazareth existed and tau... by Bud Martin on Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013 at 1:31:18 PM
My (former) church has a pastor that seems to over... by Toby Seiler on Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013 at 4:28:47 PM
because He is no malicious, obviously. Hate though... by Mark Sashine on Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013 at 1:39:54 PM
Which one might that be? Religions are inventioins... by Bud Martin on Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013 at 2:04:22 PM
but the concept of monotheistic God whatever inven... by Mark Sashine on Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013 at 3:00:32 PM
Atheism is a-theistic, meaning "non-theism." Theis... by Burl Hall on Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013 at 4:36:27 PM
Atheism is simply the belief that God does not exi... by Betsy Whitfill on Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013 at 5:22:28 PM
Sorry Betsy....I'm not going to say you're wrong b... by Burl Hall on Thursday, Mar 28, 2013 at 12:51:14 AM
I hear what you are saying, Burl. Yes, Bliss is b... by Betsy Whitfill on Thursday, Mar 28, 2013 at 9:16:54 AM
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I happen to know very well  the sources and t... by Mark Sashine on Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013 at 6:35:52 PM
Right-wing "Christians" are in error not simply be... by E. J. N. on Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013 at 4:16:14 PM
Much of this too is that the Christians you speak ... by Burl Hall on Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013 at 4:41:33 PM
As a student of comparative religions at WV State ... by Bud Martin on Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013 at 5:12:59 PM
Mr. Scanlon's observations have historical verific... by Bud Martin on Thursday, Mar 28, 2013 at 8:39:59 AM
the Westboro creepies. Their idea of Christianity ... by Archie on Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013 at 6:31:00 PM
Interesting how this article, about what most evan... by Patricia Victour on Thursday, Mar 28, 2013 at 9:13:18 AM
Thanks. Well said.... by Robert De Filippis on Thursday, Mar 28, 2013 at 9:43:43 AM
The article is not helped by this mini-rant (belo... by Robert S. Becker on Thursday, Mar 28, 2013 at 10:55:14 AM
I hope you realized the humor intended even if you... by Robert De Filippis on Thursday, Mar 28, 2013 at 11:27:19 AM
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Yes, I know the tone had shifted and the language ... by Robert S. Becker on Thursday, Mar 28, 2013 at 12:25:37 PM
Thank you.... by Robert De Filippis on Thursday, Mar 28, 2013 at 2:09:48 PM
Speaking of "Lunatic fringes", you might do well w... by FrankieC on Thursday, Mar 28, 2013 at 10:42:17 AM
Amen. Unfortunately, I bet no fundamentalist Chris... by Andrew Schettino on Friday, Mar 29, 2013 at 2:29:11 PM
Unfortunately, you're right. I doubt a fundamental... by Robert De Filippis on Friday, Mar 29, 2013 at 3:34:44 PM
A very good article.Most of the fundamentalist chr... by kanawah on Friday, Mar 29, 2013 at 7:20:20 PM