Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Are liars to be held as proper guides

Despite their efforts to stir up mass hysteria, the Christian Coalition and Civic League is discovering that the majority of people adhere to scriptural mandates.

The Leagues founder, Pat Robertson, called for violation of Genesis 20:13 – calling upon American People to authorize the cold blooded murder of the Venezuela President Hugo Chavez.

Isn’t it interesting, when hurricane Katrine took out New Orleans, it was Chavez who immediately came forward – even as Bush was finding clearing brush on his ranch more important than the lives of – to offer low cost oil, humanitarian aid, relief workers, and money.

Speaking of Katrina, bush showed his normal consistence, first proclaiming, “Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job," and then, true to form, the FEMA head, Michael Brown – who apparently hadn’t screwed-up enough to justify a “Medal of Freedom”, or other honor – was fired.

While Bush was turning down Chavez, and the offer of 1000 doctors from Cuba, the Canadians sent assistance – which arrived in Louisiana five days before our own National Guard, or FEMA.

I find it interesting that an evangelical, who proclaims knowledge of scripture, has never discussed the second – post-flood – “forbidden fruit” (Genesis 9:4 and Leviticus 3:17). It’s interesting that he lied about advocating murder – even though his words were taped and heard by 700 Club viewers.

Are liars to be held as proper guides to salvation? Do people of faith follow advocates of murder? Core constituency Red Voters, the Coalition he formed, do – and proudly violate scripture.

I find it interesting that his Coalition and Civic League asserts biblical justification for their attacks of gays – but can cite neither a passage from either the Old Testament, nor the words of Jesus, in support of their blatant falsehood. As we know, there no such passage, nor do such words exist.

The “homosexual” concept is not Biblical – the term dates from 1884 – and there is only one verse in Leviticus which relates to men, not women, and therefor could not be used to condemn lesbians.

That verse was violated by Catholic priests who molested more than 10 thousand individuals, 80 percent of whom were male. When a supposedly heterosexual priest sexually molests a young male parishioner, he violates that single prohibition.

Even the Catholic Church, which has had more than a millennium to establish a specific scriptural references, states in its Catechism that "homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered," not scriptural violation.

The chapter and verse in question is, of course, Leviticus 18:22: “thou shall not lie with mankind as with womankind, because it is an abomination.” No such language exists for women; and note the obvious, or proposed connotation, is an anatomical impossibility.

Isaiah 10:1 warns: “Woe to them that make wicked laws, and when they write, write injustice.” It is an important warning; “The Sermon on the Mountain” (Matt 5) “Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after justice”. Both Common Sense and Religious Morality demand just laws.

Rosh Hashanah, October 4th, marks a New Year – start it by recalling, discrimination, by any name, or claim, is injustice. On November 8th, those of faith, and the moral among us, will keep the law.

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