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The "Holy" Hypocrites Among Us

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In this age of alternative facts, made up truths, fake news and memes has found common currency and ground with organized religion. After all, this "opium of the people," have been bamboozling and hoodwinking (thanks Malcolm X!) the masses for centuries. In the process they have lied, obfuscated, and promoted the very worse in human banality. From the brutal, vicious crusades prosecuted "in God's name" while singing the murderous Christian battle hymn "Onward Christian Soldiers, marching off to war, with the Cross of Jesus going on before," to the ignorance and criminality of the Spanish Inquisition, I have no use for religion and what it professes.

And today, American Christianity is right at home with unmitigated and unadulterated hypocrisy. So, pardon me if I do not believe. Today, I'm completely amused looking at the contortions and antics that "born again" Christian Republicans are twisting themselves into over the POTUS, and salacious allegations of his sexual shenanigans that read as a cheap dime store novel. I am convinced that American Judao-Christianity is, for all intents and purposes, very dead, but it is definitely not buried because its sure stinks, pardon the pun, to high heaven.

Yes sir, American Christianity (and Christianity in general) was butchered and killed at the hands of ultra-conservative Evangelicals. Today, the long-ago pride of Jesus-is-our-Lord-and-Savior Evangelicalism has now stopped being a religious faith tradition in America that followed the pious teachings of Jesus about justice for the upliftment and betterment of all humanity.

Modern Christianity, like it's old prototype did before, has made a Faustian Bargain, no, a pact with the Devil, for the sake of political expedience as evidenced by the fact that it looked the other way and held its nose while supporting a serial sexual groper of women and political con man for President of the United States when its hypocritical leaders ALL knew that he was deeply flawed and profoundly unfit to be the POTUS.

Indeed, the central lesson of the Gospel Message love, peace and fraternity has been brutally butchered, tarred, feathered, and quartered by the self-serving ambitions of Trumpism's sundry flimflammers that have sold their very souls for political currency. For me, it would be outright laughable the way that Evangelical Christians are behaving as vile and putrid hypocrites and conmen only interested in "showing us the money." You see, Evangelicals have conveniently constructed an exclusive interpretation that fuses and confuses modern-day white supremacy with purported notions of Biblical salvation. For these Christian hypocrites only those from the dominant white culture, along with their supposed inferiors (foot soldiers) who with colonized minds, can be saved.

I am no Christian. In fact, you might say that I have a healthy disrespect for all religions. So, in my view, to save Jesus from those claiming to be his heirs, genuine Christians must rescue him from the hands of those who use him as a fa├žade from which to hide their racist and un-Christian phobias their fear of Blacks, their fear and loathing of the undocumented, their fear of Muslims, and their ignorant fear of "the others" in American society. Evangelicalism in America today has stopped being a faith perspective movement rooted on and in Jesus and his teachings, and has morphed into a political movement whose beliefs repudiate and reject all that Jesus advocated and stood for.

These Christian hypocrites promote and spew a message of hate from the supposed hallowed pulpits and halls in which they say Jesus's spirit resides. Sprinkling "holy water" to wash away their guilt, hubris and greed and spreading smoke to hide their selfishness, they lie and mislead their congregations. They condemn as sin those who express genuine love for each other that is outside their narrow, medieval and puritanical evangelical straight jacket, espousing the kind of dogma that triggered the barbaric practice of "burning at the stake."

They embrace and promote a backward, reactionary rigidity and dogma that makes anything and everything they touch endemically and systematically toxic, banal and ugly. Christian Evangelicalism of today is being built on a foundational doctrine of cash-and-more-cash and a cynical promotion of the so-called spurious and controversial Prosperity Gospel that justifies multi-millionaire preachers and bilkers wearing holy vestments made of sheep's wool and enforcing the Cult of the Personality, shamelessly promoting self-aggrandizement on the backs of a cowed, confused, genuflecting and fawning congregation.

O yes, these serpents and sinners long ago discovered that being crude, money-grubbing profiteers - rather than prophets - delivers an earthly financial security and "rewards," never promised by Jesus in whose name they slaughter those who are hungry, thirsty and naked, and the helpless foreign-born among them. Christianity as a for-profit enterprise is a rank abomination before all that is supposedly Holy. From their gilded pedestals erected in white centers of wealth and power, they gaslight all to believe they are the ones being persecuted because of their faith and their beliefs.

This narcissistic neo-Evangelicalism embraces a new age of profound ignorance. For example, rather than considering the scientific consequences of climate change as evidenced by the number of storms of greater and greater ferocity they dupe stressed out believers by professing to have all of the answers using their Bibles as guidance. Again, I'm no Christian but to ignore the damage caused to the "Christian God's creation" so the super-rich few can profit in raping Mother Earth will trigger huge celebrations in the depths of the fiery pits of Gehenna, aka Hell.

Demonstrating the very zenith and epitome of Christian hypocrisy, these "good Christian people" are now embracing and enabling the incarnation of the very vices Jesus so resolutely condemned to advance their selfish political agendas. I am convinced that the death knell of American Christianity started long ago but has been hastened with the election of the present occupant of the White House. Long hiding under stones and out of sight, these creatures of slime and night have now emerged, called forth by their vaunted champion who has an estranged relationship with the Christian Holy Bible, and correspondingly, an equally adversarial relationship with the truth.

Today, the shameful fact is that Evengelical Christians could care less. Yep, its far better to grope women than men they reason, equating a criminal act as "lesser" because it happened to be against women. And other good, God-fearing political Christians defended an alleged child abuser by equating his actions with Mary and Joseph, essentially saying that his alleged abusive behavior was not a big deal since "Joseph was way older than Mary, a slip of the girl" and look how great that turned out.

Nowadays, Christians vehemently and with great conviction say they believe in the Bible and God and that Jesus rose from the dead. From the Sunday pulpit to the alcoholically merry bar stools all across America, Christians of all hues and stripes profess this basic principle as a badge of honor and essential truth. This belief is an article of faith and what makes them, well, Christian. I believe! They shout. But once they claim that certificate of Church and Christian orthodoxy, they think they've now been freed from the obligations of grace, from the cost of discipleship, from the way of Jesus that is defined, and simply hunker down on ignorant dogma, and viciously excoriate all "unbelievers" like me.

So, let me end with this: I get to cast the first stone because I'm no conman or Christian hypocrite. Again, I'm not a Christian believer. In the face of all this, I can't help but believe that Jesus if he's watching is finding it exceedingly difficult in recovering from his induced vomiting session caused by those who keep shouting and perverting his name.

 

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Cannons of Christianity - Phil Ochs Phil Ochs (1940-1976) was an American folk/protest singer known for his sharp wit and sardonic sense of humor. A movie recently came out about him called ...
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Christian cannons have fired at my days
With the warning beneath the holy blaze
And bow to our authority
Say the cannons of christianity

Oh the children will be sent to schools
Minds of clay are molded to their rules
Learn to fear all of eternity
Warn the cannons of christianity

Holy hands will count the money raised
Like a king the lord is richly praised
On a cross of diamond majesty
Say the cannons of christianity

Missionaries will travel on crusades
The word is given, the heathen souls are saved
Conversions to our morality
Sigh the cannons of christianity

Come the wars and turn the rules around
To bend your soul on the battle ground
And the lord will march beside me
Drone the cannons of christianity

Cathedral walls will glitter with their gold
And the sermons speak through silver robes
Building castles amidst the poverty
Say the cannons of christianity

Worship now and wash your sins away
Drop the coins, fall to your knees and pray
Cleanse the world of all hypocrisy
Smile the cannons of christianity

Christian cannons have fired at my days
With the warning beneath the holy blaze
And bow to our authority
Say the cannons of christianity

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Note: The song is "Canons" of Christianity, not "Cannons." Some of the videos and lyrics spell it "Cannons."

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I trust that Phil Ochs used the (mis)spelling very deliberately, using canons in the title and cannons in the lyrics. (brilliant!)

A canon is a law or dogma. A cannon is a weapon.

Many religious and legal canons are, indeed, as destructive as cannons.

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Interesting if you are right. I am not able to verify it in any 'official' version of the song. There are a lot of websites with the title of the song and with the lyrics. But, about half spell it one way and the other half the other way. The definition of 'canon' is the reason I decided that should be the way it is spelled.

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Being an owner of many Phil Ochs albums, I agree with your statement.

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Hot damn good writing!

Michael Roberts, I have never read my own thoughts on this subject expressed more powerfully! If I wore a hat, I would most definitely and dramatically take it off to you. Thank you. :)

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The author is unfortunately correct in his observations. I do not throw out my faith in Jesus , however, because of what men do.

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Agreed.The authors observations were right-on but I disagree with his extreme interpretation.Evangelical evils and alliances were prophesied by Jesus and the Apostles.Christianity,government and most all institutions have been corrupted by the "love of money".

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Agreed.The authors observations were right-on but I disagree with his extreme interpretation.Evangelical evils and alliances were prophesied by Jesus and the Apostles.Christianity,government and most all institutions have been corrupted by the "love of money".

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Thank you Michael for expressing the thoughts of so many. Like most I have a background of being brought up in a church. Somewhere I also discovered that when you open the bible or listen to a hellfire and brimstone preacher only poop comes out. The evangelical community are the prophets of satan and in my opinion if not checked will destroy the planet.

Jim Baker, Pat Robinson, Paula (speaks in tongue) ??? and the jet setting preachers will keep bringing in the money from their destitute followers until mother nature decides to dump on all of us. A dump that unfortunately we all will deserve.

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I no longer describe myself as a "Christian" because so many people have perverted and distorted His message into the opposite of its clear meaning. These days I call myself, "A follower of Jesus of Nazareth" to show that His life and teachings are my guide on how to treat other people. At this time there are a lot of campaign statements. Jesus made one too, it's at Luke 4: 10 to 30. It speaks of helping the poor and the sick, of freeing prisoners----and of cancelling all debts so that all people would start over as equals. That made the worshippers at his home town synagogue so angry that they formed a mob that tried to throw him off a cliff! Read a couple of Commentaries that explain exactly what was meant by the few words He spoke. He was proposing to turn existing society upside down and inside out. All of His subsequent actions and teachings are consistent with this announcement in Luke 4. Ghandi said that he liked Christ very much----but he did not like Christians. Based on the way Ghandi was treated in white South Africa, I understand why.

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