Sunday, 9 November 2008

Religious right requiem

I am an atheist.

But I quite like that famous quote from Ghandi: "I like your Christ. I don't much like your Christians"

And I really do not like the American religious right. Which has, over the last thirty years, demonstrably failed in its objectives, and at the same time kept in power some of the most incompetent administrations on the planet.

Cal Thomas used tp work for them, became disillusioned and has been writing about them for some time. This is in Friday's Washington Times and I Stumbled Upon another blogger's take on it. Here are his own words

If results are what conservative evangelicals want, they already have a model. It is contained in the life and commands of Jesus of Nazareth. Suppose millions of conservative evangelicals engaged in an old and proven type of radical behavior. Suppose they followed the admonition of Jesus to "love your enemies, pray for those who persecute you, feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit those in prison and care for widows and orphans," not as ends, as so many liberals do by using government, but as a means of demonstrating God's love for the whole person in order that people might seek Him?

Such a strategy could be more "transformational" than electing a new president, even the first president of color. But in order to succeed, such a strategy would not be led by charismatic figures, who would raise lots of money, be interviewed on Sunday talk shows, author books and make gobs of money.

I think a lot more people (whom he might label "liberal" but I think of as "progressive") have also stepped up to the plate as the right wing rhetoric flew and disgraceful policies were introduced. For instance, food banks were introduced into BC as a way of disgracing the Social Credit government's welfare cuts. Sadly, we still have food banks and welfare rates well below the poverty level. Other people I know spend their retirement and their own resources on trying to make up for Canada's cynical withdrawal from aid to impoverished countries. Of course there is much less one person can do than a country as wealthy as Canada when it did devote a percentage of its GDP to international aid. And these people certainly do not live in Mansions and drive SUVs. Oddly enough enough, such people do not tend to talk about politics or religion. But you can judge their character by their actions, just as I judge Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson.

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