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Truth vs. FictionKenneth G. Ramey Salem-News.com
I guess the Republican Party of Jesus speaks with one voice, if their voting as a block is any indication, and that is disturbing if not down right dangerous.
(PASO ROBLES, Calif.) - The Republican Party’s political agenda is founded on Christian beliefs that are firmly rooted in the minds, if not the souls, of those who embrace it, and seems to affect about one third of the people of these United States who fail to understand that their religion is not, as Rev. Huckabee says, “totally relevant to politics.” He’d make politics subject to religion!
Some Representatives in Congress have not kept pace with scientific advancement the evidence of which has trumped emotional insistence on Biblical lore and left it in its dust. The Republican Party of God [Jesus] adamantly opposes arguments which believers consider contrary to religious tenets buried in the pages of Judaism’s Torah, Christianity’s New Testament, and Islam’s Koran, the three Religions of the Book, each of which follows in order beginning with Judaism.
All profess to worship the same God, but the symbol of each differs Judaism and “Jehovah;” Christianity and “Jesus;” or “Mohammed” and Islam. Jehovah is an invisable God, the invisible One God of the Jewish Nation; Jesus, as Christ, followed as, the Son of God, the Word, and the One God of All Nations; Islam is a creation of the 7th Century, A.D. and Moslems consider Mohammed the last of God’s Prophets and therefore, God’s last word; Jesus is relegated to the role of a lesser prophet, setting the stage for religious wars of dominance for centuries, similar to the Iraq war when Rev. Rod Parsley of Cincinnati preached it was “God’s will that American Christians destroy Islam,” and Geo. W. Bush, with his Evangelical Holy See and its disciples falsely persuaded the U.S. to move preemptively to invade Iraq, an innocent Islamic nation.
This same Evangelical mentality pit’s the Party of Jesus against the Democratic Party in which some members raised in strict conformity to a fundamentalist Christian faith preached in the South, the rural Midwest, the Upper Northwest and parts of New England, embrace the concept of rugged individualism as a matter of Protestant pride and human dignity. The concept of individualism is not to be disparaged, but Republicans seem determined to return America to the18th Century and beyond when rugged individualism was a necessary way of life from which Americans today have mostly escaped because times and circumstances have changed dramatically.
Orthodox Christianity’s Schism occurred in the 11th Century when Orthodox Leaders loosed the ties that bound them to a common brotherhood with Rome which, though it resorted to rude and deceitful, not to say un-Christian maneuvers, failed to establish its primacy over Orthodoxy. That break was quiet compared to the Catholic Church’s loss of its Counter Reformation against Protestant Reformers in the 18th Century after three centuries of agonized suffering and gruesome loss of ten million lives. The Protestant victory culminated in the Second Great Schism that freed Protestants from Rome’s cruel and dominating rule. Why Protestants, some Democrats but especially the Republican Party of Jesus should want to replicate Rome’s religious authority and dictate how we should live, and sometimes die, is beyond me, but it seems as if that is exactly what the Republicans hope to do.
Following the break with Rome, Protestants were free to establish Christian churches of their liking; the basic tenets of the faith were retained, but elaborate Catholic ceremony and architectural grandeur were reduced or eliminated. The Eucharist remains, of course, but the Bible’s printed word, printed in volume following the invention of the press in Germany in 1525, replaced dogma and Latin used by the Vatican, its popes and Catholic clergy for centuries. Protestant sermons were preached in the vernacular of each nation for its members.
The Mayflower Pilgrims who brought with them the religious habits from Europe in the 16th Century killed their last so-called witch in Salem, MA in 1621, the same century our Founding Fathers provided for Separation of Church from State to protect us from excessive church conduct; should we wonder why?
In the late 20th Century Mega Churches became all the rage as the concept of communal villages under the control of individuals began to lose popularity; Jone’s Town in Guyana, S.A., is the most prominent community because of the voluntary massacre of its members and the killing of an investigating Congressman and of members who tried to opt out at the last minute.
There is little difference really between communal villages and Mega Churches where multitudes gather more for the emotional experience which comes from listening, often to made-up homilies than from the truth and understanding of the deeper relevance of the Evangelical partnership that moves the Republican Party’s thinking; Evangelicals teach that its members are true Christians who don‘t question, and intellectuals are instruments of the Devil because they do; just the sort of fodder which appeals to the Evangelical Holy See, a power that looms in the political background of the Republican Party, but can be decisive. The Holy See decides how Party members should behave in order to regain the Political Power it lost.
Russ Limbaugh is a personality who has invited criticism at times even from the ranks of Republicans who mysteriously suffer a sheepish change of heart, and issue a public apology to Russ before avoiding the subject thereafter. John McCain felt the force of the Holy See’s wrath when, as the Republican candidate, he indicated he would select a person as his running mate who was soft on abortion. Evangelists assured him if he did he would not be elected President. They offered him Sarah Palin as his running mate because, if they could not control McCain who they considered a maverick, they knew they could control Sarah Palin who as a Pentecostal was cleansed of effects of witchcraft by an African Pastor in a ceremony broadcast nationally.
Sarah Palin was the darling of the Holy See, but a poor candidate when it came to political interviews. On stage, John smiled his quiet smile, bit his lip, blinked a lot and put up with what he certainly didn’t like while confessing for the record that Sarah was just what his ticket needed. She turned out to be a grander maverick than John McCain ever was. The election was lost, big time.
Karl Rove was recalled from exile to take over where he left off after Geo. W. Bush cut him loose. Karl, as is true of many Republicans, has not declared his religion publicly to my knowledge, but he gets along well with the Evangelical Holy See which convinces me he is one of them. He criticizes the Tea Party contingent that recently was elected to the House of Representatives that, although fundamentally Christian, possesses a mind and design on politics of its own that Karl Rove finds unsettling.
As the architect of the Party, Rove may object to any dilution of the power he has established over the years. But the old guard is simply that, the “old guard,” while the newly elected see themselves as the leaders of the new generation of leaders, but with a lot to learn, if only they will. One’s religion, and how it is viewed, should not be the deciding factor when it comes to politics; these youngsters are adamantly opposed to the logic and reasonableness of the democratic process. It reminds me of a syllogism: The national debt is too high; it is an unhealthy situation; therefore the debt must be reduced now! While the first two premises are true, the conclusion is a specious argument, a piece of reasoning that seems logically true but is actually deceptive all things considered. Yet their point is well taken.
Paul Ryan ran into trouble when he proposed to constituency in his home state of Wisconsin cuts in Social Security and Medicare adding that by reducing taxes on the wealthy jobs would “trickle-down,” and the economy pick up; a conclusion tried in the past that only made the rich richer at the expense of the middle class. Paul Ryan, and others of the Tea Party persuasion, were booed by their own people who hopefully sent them back to the drawing board to develop a more mature solution. Geo. W. Bush and his Evangelical Holy See are to blame for the state of the American economy; about that there can be no reasonable doubt.
The American Military is so advanced of other nations that we can afford to cut back without serious detriment to our National Security. Our troops in Iraq should not remain there beyond the commitment made to us to remove them all this year, come what might. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina stated just this year that the U.S. should have “an enduring presence in Afghanistan, where America should build military air bases,” for what purpose I can only imagine. And he and John McCain would have the U.S. become more militarily involved in Libya. How would this contribute to reducing the National debt? Shouldn’t the U.S. get out of Afghanistan first? Is it any wonder the debt ceiling needs to be raised temporarily?
I guess the Republican Party of Jesus speaks with one voice, if their voting as a block is any indication, and that is disturbing if not down right dangerous. Evangelists have proven to be charlatans, just as have some of our politicians who preach what they do not control. Both need to be watched so America does not lose our democratic example that Arab nations now seem eager to emulate. Ours is an opportunity not to be missed.
Kenneth G. Ramey is a member of Salem-News.com's original team of writers, he generates provocative articles on the subject of religion and world affairs. We are pleased that Ken's "lone wolf" presence as a writer in the world has been replaced by a spot on our team of writers at Salem-News.com. Raised in Minnesota and California during the dark years of the Great American Depression, Ken is well suited to talk about the powerful forces in the world that give all of us hope and tragedy and everything in between. You can write to Ken at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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