If a little knowledge is dangerous, a little uninformed faith is downright treacherous. Need we report this self-evident truth: reason cannot determine whether Jesus was divine, or the messiah, let alone could save even fervent believers from original sin? Less controversial, and open to evidence, is how dramatically Jesus' hijacked Birthday Bash has saved commerce, if not capitalism. Religion is no longer a healthy check on business but its salve.
For the record, this year I harkened to "herald angels" at Grace Cathedral -- and stayed until the end of the Christmas Eve service. Yet returning to Nob Hill's affluent streets I swore I could hear echoes of Tom Lehrer's catchy refrain, "Angels we have heard on high, Tell us to go out and buy!" The Prince of Peace is now not only co-opted by evangelicals as the new warrior Prince (who should dictate) Politics, but a Prince of Profits, too, fishing for soulful high returns.
On the political front, I waited in vain for one holier-than-thou, brandnew House member to summon the Christmas spirit, or the greatest Republican president, himself a latter-day martyr by repledging "malice towards none" and "charity towards all." As America is some besieged Christian command station, as voiced by slick message-terrorists like Sarah Palin, why are there no offsetting clerical voices sounding Jesus' real, quintessential, singular message: "love thy enemy"?
GOP Humbug on Charity
A bad moon is rising when in advance fresh GOP insurgents instead pledge malice towards many -- science, unions, poor, and middle class while hand-feeding charity to fat cats. Beware Rep. Darrell Issa, whose gall pre-empts his own inquisitions by censuring the Obama's administration as "one of the most corrupt." Faith alone is so efficient: indictment equals conviction so why not just hang the suckers?
Driving this curious Christian do-gooding is one over-arching ideological mindset that links the militant Christian right, spanning evangelical, fundamentalist, charismatic, Christian Reconstruction, and Dominion theologies. However diverse, prayer warriors come together when preaching society must "be governed exclusively by the law of God as codified in the Bible, to the exclusion of secular law" (Wikipedia).
That bit of understatement fixes the greatest threats to American and world security within our very gates -- and chambers. If rightwing Christians hold together without getting refudiated, brace for messianic glaciers crushing all that Bush-Cheney missed. Backed by our most cohesive electoral constituency, this crusade dwarfs in immediacy climate change and overpopulation: new political oppressions are only as far off as 2012 if Republicans sweep.
That makes my #1 Resolution for 2011 not just battling dinosaur Republicans (the symptom) but the underlying disease -- that America is not only a Christian nation, but THE fortress Christian nation, so endowed with "exceptionalism" no force on earth dares intercede. Compared to rightwing dreams of systemic change, all of Obama's "audacity of change" agenda is a mere rock skipping over water: and much of the advanced prep work for theocratic dominance needs no Congressional funding.
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