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Thursday, June 30, 2005

The Religious Right and Hypocrisy: More from Ludlow


18. Item: the Religious Right has neglected the teachings of Jesus that "he who is without sin should cast the first stone."---Why hasn’t the Religious Right boycotted Fox for its indecent programming when it spoke out vehemently against Ellen Degenerous’ coming out episode? What about Bill O’Reilly’s sexual harassment problem?

19. In place of God's words, the Religious Right has substituted a doctrine in which perceived sinners are to be persecuted. ---Not sure what he means here.

20. Gays, for example, are persecuted because of their alleged sins. In some cases, leaders of the Religious Right have encouraged acts of physical violence against gays.---Any info on this? I think only the crazies do that. Well, Maybe not.

21. While the Religious Right has been eager to persecute others for their alleged sins, they have been blind to their own.---My preview of literature and statements by the Religious Right (not really scientific) seem to focus on what they are against rather than cleaning up their own house.

22. While the Bible counsels that a rich man can no more enter the Kingdom of Heaven than a camel can pass through the eye of a needle, many in the Religious Right have celebrated the acquisition of wealth.

23. While the Bible enjoins us against pride, the Religious Right appears to be flush with pride in it's holier than thou stance.

24. While the Bible asks that we be slow to anger, the Religious Right is quick to anger -- indeed it appears to revel in anger and in fanning the flames of anger in others.---I'm not going to mention any names here because I don't want to be percieved as mean. A few years back, a prominent Southern Baptist leader was dismissed from his post because of his inability to control his anger. He now teaches at an SBC institution. Thank God he's not gay or he would never find work again. I also know a lot of really fat Baptists. Isn't gluttony a sin?

25. While the Bible counsels that we are not to be "revilers," key members of the religious right have consistently and aggressively reviled their political enemies as well as those who are perceived to be sinners.--Russell Dilday's firing was particularly mean.

26. It seems then, that the Religious Right picks its sins selectively, ignoring the clear Biblical message against avarice, pride, and anger, and emphasizing selected “sins” that have little to no Biblical basis.--Nice lecture by Bill Moyers.

3 Comments:

At 6:31 PM, Blogger Elle said...

As a former Baptist, I'd like to comment on how many in that tradition go to All You Can Eat Buffets after Sunday morning church. A lot. My former church began having church an hour early, partially so we could get to the restaurants before the Methodists.

 
At 3:32 PM, Blogger Wasp Jerky said...

Gluttony is a sin Baptists ignore because they're participating in it. Abortion and homosexuality make easy targets because most in the SBC are clean of those things. The only sins worth condemning are the ones not being committed by those on their high horse.

 
At 3:38 PM, Blogger Howie Luvzus said...

Kevin,
That's very true. As a Baptist growing up I never heard sermons about racism either. I wonder why?

 

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