Originally Posted by SDW2001
I am not feeling particularly polite today, so rather than say this is misguided and wrong-headed, I'll just call it crap.
Mmmk? Christianity does not teach violence. It does not teach selfishness. It does not teach the 7 deadly sins. It teaches people to be as Godly as possible. It teaches tolerance, peace and love...most importantly the love of the Savior, Jesus Christ. THAT is the "platform" of Christianity.
So, if Christianity does not teach "violence, selfishness and the 7 deadly sins", and *does* teach "tolerance, peace and love", then why is it that the US, which is often described by its Christian majority as a "Christian nation":
(1) has such a massive proportion of its population locked up, many for "crimes" which hurt nobody?
(2) Why do we march overseas on such a regular basis to flatten, with carpets of bombs, foreign nations who have never attacked or threatened us?
(3) Why do we routinely support some of the most vicious regimes on the planet?
(4) Why does the bastion of US Christianity, aka the "Bible Belt" have the nations highest rate of sexual crimes, child abuse, domestic violence and divorce?
(5) Why do individual Americans feel the mandate to arm ourselves to the teeth, so "I can shoot the other guy before he shoots me" mentality? Of whom are we so terrified that we have to carry lethal weapons around with us?
(6) Why do we reward, to the tune of $trillions, a criminal cartel of "banksters" who have regularly taken the country, on many occasions, down the road to economic ruin, and gouging the general public in the process?
(7) Why do we support torturing and permanently imprisoning people before their guilt or innocence has been properly determined in a court of law?
(8) Why do we execute (aka murder in cold blood) people to show that killing people in cold blood is wrong (yes, its a bumper sticker).
(9) Why do elements of our apparently, so-called "Christian" authorities regularly plan to attack facilities/people/buildings whatever, within our own nation, in order to blame others? (Thou shalt not bear false witness?)
(10) Why are we so proud of being anti-community and pro some nebulous notion of "rugged individualism?
(11) Why is racism, intolerance of/violence towards minorities of all types, so tolerated by large sections of this so-called "Christian" nation?
(12) Why are those who are active for "peace, love and understanding" routinely singled out by elements of our "Christian" government to be targeted, punished and harassed on such a regular basis?
(13) Why are we so proud of making life so goddamned difficult for those who are less skilled in the dubious art of making money.... in other words, those who occasionally or regularly get left behind in the material "rat-race", a large proportion of whom are decent hard working people of integrity, or combat veterans to whom the Pentagon says: "Ok, you've done your bit, now go screw yourself". When these people sometimes fall on hard times, we seem proud
to make it as tough as possible for them to get started again. The homeless and hungry people are not fucking criminals, despite our bloody-minded, *weird* society's framing of them as such.
(14)We as a nation seem to be much more skilled in the practice of taking from the poor (and middle class for that matter... whats left of it), and funneling the proceeds to the wealthy élites, in greater proportions with each passing year.
I could type these lists ad nauseam
, but I don't have the time.
There is an expression often used by people who like to call themselves "patriots" (misguided, for sure):
"My country, rIght or wrong". or the variation on the theme: "America, love it or leave it".
The original statement from which these misguided and incomplete quotes were lifted goes as follows:
"My country, right or wrong. When it is right, lets keep it right, when it is wrong, make it right".
We are very skilled at reframing everything from ideas to religious teachings, to conform to a certain set of values, for the sake of convenience, maintaining a lifestyle, or for ideological domination. This even includes convincing the public to support politicians who vote against their interests. How else did large portions of the Bible Belt politically transform itself over the last few decades?
Anyone recall the story of Jesus in the temple.. the only time in the gospels where Jesus became violent? His target was the banksters and currency scammers of the day... the Chase Manhattan/Goldman Sachs/Enron/etc etc etc of the region.
What would Jesus think about our monetary methods?