Tuesday, June 6, 2006

FIRE THE WOULD BE GATEKEEPERS

I can’t help wondering what universe the extreme religious right lives in. Whether or not gays can get married or celebrate a civil union is the most important item on the country’s agenda? You have heard of the war in Iraq, right? The economy? The uninsured? Folks who can't afford prescriptions and food or rent at the same time? Oh, I forgot this works in with your "end time prophecies." I don't you folks want to be around if we have Armegeddon without the benefit of the Rapture. Incidentally, I think this is just about the most repugnant belief any person of faith can articulate.

 

I know it’s about control and power. Who decides who is a full member of our society? Obviously they want to be the gatekeepers.

 

I wonder what would happen in the Republicans were to say to these would be John Calvins and Savonarolas “I’m going to reach out the voters who are concerned about fate of the entire country, you can join the party or you can stagnate. You’re one leg on the dog, not the whole dog. You have a right to be heard, but so does everyone else.” I’m not holding my breath. I expect I’d turn blue before this happens. John Calvin died in his bed, but Geneva eventually overthrew the theocracy he inspired. Savonarola did not die in his bed. http://www.historyguide.org/intellect/savonarola.html

 

I haven’t seen Elmer Gantry on the tube for just ages. Too bad.


4 comments:

lisaram1955 said...

Time was (Reagan's time, that is) that you could promise the Christian right anything in order to get them to vote for you, and then just blow them off once you were in office.  Those were the good old days.  The Christian right has got ahold of enough money and power in the interim to enable them to exact their pound of flesh from any politician behind whom they throw their  considerable weight.  Lisa  :-]

lightyears2venus said...

Theocracy is the right word.
*debbi*

toonguykc said...

I hope these people who believe in Jesus actually get to meet him someday -- he'll just look at them and shout "YOU SUCK!".  And then walk away as they look at each other and decide to call him a 'terrorist'.  And 'un-American'.  

SIGH

I'm glad you write the stuff I'm not smart enough to!!  I adore you!!

XO,
Russ

tenyearnap said...

Remember those bumperstickers that said "Come the Rapture, this car will be unmanned"? My favorite sticker is an off-shoot of that one: it shows a pentacle and says "Come the Rapture, we'll have the place to ourselves again".