August 22, 2012
Apparently, Our Non-existent God Hates Republicans
La Althouse is wickedly funny today, riffing on Dana Milbanks' lame "Proof God Hates Rethugs" shtick:
If God controls the weather, let's not worry about global warming. Or are you going to say He controls the weather but not the climate? We're talking omnipotence, or do you think that's some kind of joke?
But this skinny dipping story... what the hell? Hell, I say. Swimming naked has been the normal way to go swimming since forever. I'm virtually certain Jesus and his disciples swam naked in the Sea of Galilee. God sends us into the world naked. The unborn — are they human? — float naked in the waters of the womb. Is there something wrong with nakedness that the Democrats would like to make a big deal about? Some Republicans were unholy in the Holy Land?
Explain your theory/theology and why it's consistent with American principles of keeping religion and politics separate.
Many progressives seem to regard religious faith as an unreasonable and deeply ignorant superstition - sort of like believing in Fairies or Chupacabras. Naturally, denying God's existence doesn't keep them from using him as the ultimate appeal to authority (yet another tactic progressives claim to reject!) when it's politically expedient.
Texan99 serves up more Democratic incoherence wrt religion. Apparently, Paul Ryan's an insincere Catholic if he doesn't embrace the Social Justice wing of the Catholic church. Ryan's bishop sets them straight on the Church's priorities:
Mr. Ryan's own bishop wrote recently that the Church considers abortionan "intrinsic evil" (meaning always and everywhere wrong, regardless of circumstances). In sharp contrast, he said, on issues such as how best to create jobs or help the poor, "there can be difference according to how best to follow the principles which the church offers."
Once again, when progressives oppose Catholic principles, they're brave, enlightened truth-to-powerers. When conservatives do it (not that Ryan has actually done that, mind you) they're hypocrites.
Posted by Cassandra at August 22, 2012 07:43 AM
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Yes, the belief that the rich should share with the rest of us -- that's not religion, that's just self-evident truth. Unless you're a Catholic, in which it's religion and you're an apostate if you doubt it. And if you believe innocent life or marriage are sacred, well, that's just primitive superstition. But reverence for Gaia is settled science.
Darn it, I wish we could keep all this religion separate from pure politics.
Posted by: Texan99 at August 22, 2012 04:37 PM
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Posted by: Heather at August 23, 2012 09:41 AM
As usual, I keep finding myself reading and re-reading. I know Catholics believe in social justice, but isn't that why the abbeys and monasteries were instituted in the first place?
I wonder how much of the dissent is a rebellion against the power the Church back in the day?
I am not talking about the Inquisition; but the power it had up through Pope John.
Posted by: Carolyn at September 12, 2012 07:05 AM