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Dogmatic Fundamentalists are Giving Christianity a Bad Name

By Angie Pratt and Edith Fletcher  Posted by Rob Kall (about the submitter)       (Page 1 of 1 pages)     Permalink    (# of views)   No comments


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Eric Reikowski, in "The Lame Joke of Progressive Christianity," takes the majority of Christians as a joke. And it is far from a laughing matter.

He pejoratively calls progressive Christians "abortionists, socialists and sodomites" even though the majority have never indulged in any, any of the above.

He accuses them of campaigning "to annihilate any (that's any) public manifestation of our Christian heritage" even though the majority of progressives do publicly declare themselves Christian. And even though they have never tried to prevent any, any person to publicly do so at his will as long as it is not at taxpayer's expense.

Mr. Reikowski, in a strikingly unChristian way, is smearing the God-fearing majority in this country as a type of infidel such as other religious groups attempt to do at times.

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On the other hand, progressive groups do not stoop to smear. They do not want to interfere with folks like Mr. Reikowski. They only want people like him to refrain from using politics and taxpayer money to interfere with them.

Progressives feel that the Old Testament, which is the main source for authoritative behavior, cannot be lifted above the New Testament's basis of love, tolerance, peace and good will toward all men, all women, all countries, all situations and all times.

I am really getting tired of hearing fundamentalist right wingers walking and talking as if they have cornered the market on Christianity and morality. It couldn't be further from the truth.

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Acting as the incarnate of hypocrites, they spend their time rolling around in the Old Testament focused on "an eye for and eye" and cryptic singular passages from revelations. Do they try to be followers of Christ? Do they try to live their lives like Jesus would want them to? Well,no. They're too busy quoting biblical versus to listen to the words of beauty that the Son of God spoke in the Sermon on the Mount.

When I was growing up we used to laugh amongst ourselves at those who wore long dresses and buns and put religious tracts on doors. We used to dismiss these apocalyptic messengers as escapees from the insane asylum, but we didn't think anyone should stop them.

Now days we are expected to respect these dogmatics even while they don't respect us and try to suggest that we are all going to hell because we do not believe as they do.

Well, enough. I'm no longer going to keep my mouth shut as they propagate smears every time their mouths open. I'm going to respectfully disagree with these do-badders. Join me. It will be refreshing to see the disbelief in their eyes when they discover that they really are a minority.

Remember, Jesus would not drive a SUV. He would NOT support torture, no matter what the religious right says. And we all know what he had to say about love and charity.

Written by Angie Pratt and Edith Fletcher http://www.politicalposts.com

 

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Rob Kall is an award winning journalist, inventor, software architect, connector and visionary. His work and his writing have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, the HuffingtonPost, Success, Discover and other media. He's given talks and workshops to Fortune 500 execs and national medical and psychological organizations, and pioneered first-of-their-kind conferences in Positive Psychology, Brain Science and Story. He hosts some of the world's smartest, most interesting and powerful people on his Bottom Up Radio Show, and founded and publishes one of the top Google- ranked progressive news and opinion sites, OpEdNews.com

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Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 

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