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The Terrorism of Fundamental Evangelical Christianity

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In a recent book, the Dalai Lama made an interesting claim. He said we would benefit from having a secular morality that supersedes all religious teachings. In other words, an overarching ethic that subsumes all religious belief systems.

Philosophers like Hume, Hobbes, Kant, and MacIntyre have offered us ways of thinking about morality, including and excluding the idea of a providential God. Any one of which could serve the claim made by the Dalai Lama.

Here's the reason why. Along with many other learning intuitions like language, we come into the world with a sensitivity for morality in place. Infants as young as nine months old can tell right from wrong. So, contrary to what some might believe, humans gave morality to religions and not the other way around.

Religions are the various flavors added by the cultures they come from.

In other words, we are born with the capacity to love goodness, love ourselves and love our neighbors. Everything else is flavoring. Sometimes that flavoring enhances. Sometimes it perverts.

Speaking of perversions, there is a pernicious religious flavoring in the United States that corrupts the very basis of our inborn moral nature. And that religious flavoring is Fundamental Christian Evangelicalism and it has been insinuating itself into our government since Ronald Reagan.

With or without a native religion, those of us who still have access to our inborn human moral sensitivities are repulsed by the vulgar display of "Professional Christian" Con Men and women claiming this president is appointed by God. As preposterous as this claim is on the surface, the real reason lies in their fevered imaginations. His "reign" signals the end times when Jesus will come to judge us, take the good people to heaven where they will enjoy watching the rest of us die agonizing deaths in the final battle of Armageddon. And as a consolation prize, the Jews will be converted to Christianity, the one true religious flavor.

Even these five hundred or so words grants it too much gravitas. The number of arguments to refute this fantasy would fill an encyclopedia but let's just stick with one point. None of this belongs in government. Yet, there it is. Ninety percent of these folks are in full support of the current administration which itself is highly influenced by these fantasies.

Having this set of fantasies so well-insinuated into our administration is bad enough, but the focus of attention is on one of the most unstable and inflammable areas on the planet, the Mideast. Our foreign policy, or what we call foreign policy, in the Mideast is being overtly influenced by Fundamentalist Christian Evangelicals who want the end times to start in a field near Jerusalem.

In my mind, this is insanity disguised as religion to polish it up and offer it as a justification for some of the darkest parts of the human psyche. To want the world to end is the final exasperation of a feeble-minded philosophy, an inability to deal with the complexities of life, a stubborn insistence on failed expectations.

"The world just ain't the way I want it to be, so I want my God to destroy it." That may be just fine for you and yours, but the sane among us have different ideas.

Resist the flag-draped politician who carries a bible. If we need a wall, it's between the bible and the flag.

 

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The unpatriotic, amoral, unethical Ronald Reagan was a multi-adulterous/sexual predator, who as president would bloviate "God Bless," while swapped wife Nancy used an astrologer to schedule his White House appointments.

Evangelical Christianity has a new twist on an old faith. Gone is the suffer until death to receive salvation. Evangelicals believe in the prosperity gospel, which runs contrary to everything written in the Bible; that used previous religious teachings to compile it. You can enjoy gluttony, revere in the bounty of riches you acquire, mostly from sinful pursuits. Just make sure your tiding proportionally to your revenue stream; IMPOTUS "spiritual" leader, the adulterous Paula White deems your first months salary to gratify her desires.

Many of these mentally-challenged faithful think IMPOTUS is being used by "God," showing how low an opinion they have and worshiping a false prophet whose career of Conning people, money laundering and serial lying run contrary to Biblical teachings. What's scary is that IMPOTUS administration is packed with many of these mythical believers and using their office to influence US policy; with the Soleimani droning as an example. click here

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It is not just the evangelists, who, as best I can tell, proclaim we are forgiven and will go to heaven just by accepting Jesus Christ as our savior, no matter how much we sin and without need to confess or repent or recompense our victims.


Almost all Christian churches are descended from the imperial Catholic Church of Rome. In USA, that church prays for the safety of the biggest killers of the US-Muslim wars, without worrying if their sins will take them to hell, let alone considering their victims. The US war machine has even corrupted at least two Quaker chaplains.

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Thanks for your response. I don't paint all Christianity with the same brush, but I do respect your sentiments.

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"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"

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click here Evangelical preacher Ralph Drollinger gives Bible classes to the cabinet members, members of Congress and elected officials in several state legislatures, instructing them on how to vote.

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Scary huh? Thanks for your response.

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