Sunday, June 7, 2009

They Learned from Jesus (Just Ask Them!)

Last week, three famous troglodytes gathered together to do and say as troglodytes sometimes do and say:

Newt Gingrich, Mike Huckabee, and Oliver North visited Rock Church in Hampton Roads, Virginia to give a three-hour long lecture on “Rediscovering God in America.” The speakers warned the audience about the “continuing availability of abortion, the spread of gay rights, and attempts to remove religion from American public life and school history books.”
Granted, I am working from this very partial transcript of the affair -- the judicious reader will suspend final judgment until reviewing the fuller version in the next issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Knuckle-Dragging Theocrats -- but isn't this thumbnail portrait still revealing? Here as often, a preoccupation with other people's groins (abortion, the gays) predominates, leavened only by a pining for a blatantly unconstitutional mingling of church and state. It's far from clear how this topical emphasis squares with the teachings of Jesus as recorded in the Bible.

Mind you, I am not a fan of Jesus -- his qualities as a moral teacher have been greatly oversold -- but compared with his self-proclaimed followers, he deserves praise for finding time, now and then, to consider something other than the sex lives of others, and he drew a fairly straightforward line between god's kingdom and Caesar's state. Would that his noisiest followers could scour his works -- or someone's -- and find something new to flog.

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