Sunday, December 7, 2014

These Aren't the Xians You're Looking For

Ed Kilgore is shouting in the wilderness again.

But the thing that bothers me most about the dehumanizing of the poor and the dispossessed is its violent conflict with the supposed religious ethic of this country, particularly when it is promoted by people who think of themselves as good Christians. For the life of me I cannot understand Christians who do not grasp that an essential tenet of their faith is the radical equality of human beings as subjects of both divine judgment and redemption. Every human being is made in the image of God, and how one treats those Jesus called “the least of these” is the acid test of Christian ethics, certainly as important as obedience to rules of sexual behavior or social order. I think it’s fair to demand—if not, of course, to expect—that the religious leaders of those who look at poor people of color and see subhumans whose lives are punishment for vice preach against nothing else until this grievous collective sin is stigmatized if not exterminated once and for all.
With all due respect, Ed, the compassionate, peaceful, Socialist Jeebus you worship no longer exists; he was killed long ago by Supply-Side Terminator Jeebus who hates everybody who is not a white, christian, straight, rich, republican male.

You want an American government and society that reflects the teaching of new testament socialist Jeebus?  Don't look for allies in the churches; look for allies among the liberal secularists, humanists and atheists of the god-free.  We're the ones who share your values.

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