Sunday, October 09, 2011

Here's Our Future, With Republican Religious Candidates

This is a quote from Bryan Fischer, a director of the American Family Association, who, with other Christian evangelical groups, held a political summit with republican candidates for president.

"The next president of the United States needs to be a man ... of sincere authentic genuine Christian faith," he said, in a jab at Romney.

Fischer said the next U.S. president must deny evolution, stop government assistance for the poor, veto any increase in the debt ceiling and "treat homosexual behavior not as a political cause at all, but as a threat to public health."

I'm sick of hearing "this country was founded on Christian principles".

This country was founded on nothing of the sort. It was founded on poverty and persecution, experienced in other countries, leading to immigration, which led to bloody and brutal theft of Native American land and life. If we want to white wash history and call those principles "Christian", go ahead, but don't thump your Bible near me. I'm going to call you out on it.

I'm not going to pretend we are more brutal than any other nation or tribe. Humans are brutal and violent, as a species, and that's the way we seem to have been wired. The history of the human species, of countries, of kingdoms, is wrought with violence and bloodshed against our own. We find ways to feel ok about that and religion is one of them.

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