October 4, 2006
-- by John Emerson
The big reason for the anti-gay fervor within the hard right is that it puts down a moral floor. Normal sleazy backsliding Christians can always say "I'm a sinner, I've succumbed to temptation many times and I probably will do so again -- but I've never done anything as disgusting as that. And I never will."
Sleazy Christians think of Jesus the way they think of their connection at the county courthouse -- a get-out-of-hell-free card. "I may not seem like a believer, but Jesus is there when I need him", one scuzzbag told me.
One day the real Christians (wrong-headed as they are in some respects) are going to understand how badly they've been used, and how their combination of self-righteousness, ignorance, and political cynicism (politics is the fallen world, so anything goes there) has caused them to become evil.
Christians will be judged too.
Bonus: Republican Sex Criminals
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And who are the "real" Christians?
"He who has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me..." (John 14:21)
And what are his commandments?
"Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?" And [Jesus] said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the law and the prophets." (Matt. 22:36-40)
And who is my neighbor?
Jesus answered that question with the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10), the Samaritans being the ultimate example of the despised Other to 1st-Century Jews.
And finally, what about judgment?
"Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get." (Matthew 7:1-2)
But few in the Religious Right appear to have read those passages. At the very least, they seem to think that their "get out of jail card" means that these passages don't apply to them.
BTW, let me make it clear that I do not think that homosexuality is a sin. Hypocrisy, on the other hand, is.
Logic would dictate, but common sense suggests otherwise I'm afraid.
They believe becasue they have to. To not believe create too grate a paradox in their feeble minds.
They believe what they've been mislead into believing.
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