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Jarring Juxtapositions: The Hypocrisy of the Religious Right

Posted by on May. 22, 2014 at 9:26 AM
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When I googled hypocrisy of the religious right, I had so many articles to choose from, it was hard to pick.  I liked this one however because it was written by someone who is a Christian, not a left wing atheist which we all know would be immediately dismissed by those who are blind to their own glaring hypocrisy.  There are so many other articles that I may spread the joy of what most of us already know all over this site.   All I ask is that those of you who would call themselves members of the religious right keep an open mind and heart and really examine what it is that you espousing. 

The good old Religious Right, RR for short, has been getting on my nerves a lot lately. Politically, I am not a leftist in the slightest, but my politics are based on pragmatic views which I willingly allow to be subverted by the Bible. That means that I might think a given economic system works the best, but the ethical demands placed upon me by God supersede the pragmatic foundations of my economic theory. In other words, a just economic system has a higher moral value than say having the smoothest or most stable economy. This puts me in a weird place where the injustice of our current system makes me look–I believe under the guidance of Scripture–much more “liberal” than I probably really am. This half-way an outsider perspective has helped me look closely at the Religious Right/Evangelical Conservatives in a way that I feel was impossible a few years ago.  What follows is simply an unorganized list at the most galling hypocrisies that I have noticed.

 

RR on Guns: Guns don’t kill people, people kill people. Inanimate objects can’t cause people to do things, it is the sin in their heart.

RR on Contraception in Schools: ZOMG, the condoms and birth control will make all the children instantly break out in orgies. Save the children! Abstinence education only.

Conclusion: Inanimate objects can only make people have sex.

 

RR on women: God really wants a woman to stay home and take care of the kids. That’s her highest calling.

RR on poor women: Why should I pay anyone to sit on their butts? Those lazy whores need to get to work.

Conclusion: If white women stay home, they are doing God’s work. If black women stay home, they are lazy (and probably promiscuous).

 

RR on tiny humans: Life begins at the moment of fertilization. Every embryo is a gift from God. God loves life and demands we protect it.

RR on big humans:  Incarcerate everyone and load the system with mandatory minimums. Execute as many criminals as possible. Preserve American hegemony through armed conflict on the thinnest of pretexts.

Conclusion: God loves babies. Screw everybody else.

 

RR on regulations: The government needs to stop intruding in the lives of its citizens. It just needs to leave me alone.

RR on gay marriage: Marriage is a religious institution that the government needs to regulate to save it from all the queers.

Conclusion: Government intrusion in the lives of sinners is always acceptable

 

RR on evolution: Teach the controversy!

RR on homeschooling/private schools: Don’t teach the controversy! Evolution-free zones!

Conclusion: Darwin is the Schroedinger’s Cat of RR education policy

 

RR on Israel: God gave them that land! Those Arabs and Terrorists, but I repeat myself, need to GTFO.

RR on Tattoos/Pork/Mixed-fiber clothing: That’s OT stuff and purely ceremonial.

Conclusion: All that stuff God said about foreigners and strangers was ceremonial.

 

RR on Ford: You are covered in gay cooties and we won’t buy your cars until you’ve had a shower and said you are sorry for offending us.

RR on Chick-Fil-A: Freedom of Speech! Saint Cathy of the Chicken Sandwich has been persecuted and is being led to Fowl Golgotha!

Conclusion: Freedom of Speech means agreeing with the RR.

 

I have more, but you get the idea. These shenanigans are tiresome, and I don’t feel like holding back my mockery any longer.

http://www.wtjblog.com/2013/02/07/jarring-juxtapositions-the-hypocrisy-of-the-religious-right/


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idunno1234
by Silver Member on May. 22, 2014 at 10:02 AM
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It is nauseating, the immorality coming from those who call themselves the religious right, those who purport to know and live God's word.  Gun loving, war loving, death penalty loving, fetus loving but not giving a shit about the living, materialistic consumeristic wealthy idolotry, poor hating, women hating, gay hating, everyone but those who believe like they do hating, judgmental, arrogant,actually thinking they speak for God people.

You need to stop and actually start thinking about the immorality of your beliefs or this country is screwed more than it already is.


romalove
by SenseandSensibility on May. 22, 2014 at 10:11 AM
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This post reminds me of the end of National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, when Chevy Chase loses it about his boss and goes on a descriptive rant....

Quoting idunno1234:

It is nauseating, the immorality coming from those who call themselves the religious right, those who purport to know and live God's word.  Gun loving, war loving, death penalty loving, fetus loving but not giving a shit about the living, materialistic consumeristic wealthy idolotry, poor hating, women hating, gay hating, everyone but those who believe like they do hating, judgmental, arrogant,actually thinking they speak for God people.

You need to stop and actually start thinking about the immorality of your beliefs or this country is screwed more than it already is.

Sisteract
by Socialist Hippie on May. 22, 2014 at 10:39 AM
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I think most of the people here are fake- either that or they are bordering on zealotry. Idunno, I think you just need to believe that all that they spew is fake and in the interest of drawing self attention.

latashac
by Bronze Member on May. 22, 2014 at 10:54 AM
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I don't think they can help themselves. Their need to believe in absolutes makes it impossible to see things from a rational viewpoint. Faith doesn't require them to see any other angle or form a logical opinion. They use whatever part of the bible they need to justify their position even though there are several other parts of the good book that contradict what they say.
idunno1234
by Silver Member on May. 22, 2014 at 10:57 AM
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It isn't fake though....these people vote.  There are countless articles that show people are getting elected who have attempted to impose the most outlandish things based on their fucked up idea of "biblical" law.  I consider this an affront to the GOP and a real threat to this country because they literally believe they have God's backing.  What's scarier than that??

Quoting Sisteract:

I think most of the people here are fake- either that or they are bordering on zealotry. Idunno, I think you just need to believe that all that they spew is fake and in the interest of drawing self attention.


Sisteract
by Socialist Hippie on May. 22, 2014 at 11:07 AM
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In terms of the voting, there are far more sane, moderates than the fringe loons- the regional places where the hard right/left candidates get the nod, are concentrated in certain areas. Avoid those areas and all is good. We will never see an extremist loon in the WH- never. The sane rule on the big stage.

The sane religious understand that "their" deity does not need to be woven into every aspect of American life, government, politics, educations, the work place, health care. 

And I still believe the nuts on CM are fake. They like the attention it brings.

Others are attempting to atone for past grievances and misdeeds- too bad, so sad that they are late to the making good decisions party.

Quoting idunno1234:

It isn't fake though....these people vote.  There are countless articles that show people are getting elected who have attempted to impose the most outlandish things based on their fucked up idea of "biblical" law.  I consider this an affront to the GOP and a real threat to this country because they literally believe they have God's backing.  What's scarier than that??

Quoting Sisteract:

I think most of the people here are fake- either that or they are bordering on zealotry. Idunno, I think you just need to believe that all that they spew is fake and in the interest of drawing self attention.



Sisteract
by Socialist Hippie on May. 22, 2014 at 11:08 AM
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Quoting latashac: I don't think they can help themselves. Their need to believe in absolutes makes it impossible to see things from a rational viewpoint. Faith doesn't require them to see any other angle or form a logical opinion. They use whatever part of the bible they need to justify their position even though there are several other parts of the good book that contradict what they say.

Wish I could like this 1000Xs

TappyToes
by Bronze Member on May. 22, 2014 at 11:14 AM
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I am a Christian, have been since my Baptism as a child.

My church, as far as I knew, followed Christ's teachings. As I grew up, I began to see, hear and understand things in my church that did not seem Christ like.  That was not in the 'gee, he/she sinned' sort of thing, but in the policies and practices of the leaders and therefore by the congregation as a whole.  As I matured and began to realize I could question and think for myself, I began to look at other houses of worship.  Lo and behold, they were similar.

To make a long story short, I no longer attend, support financially or otherwise ANY organized religious institution, but I am still a Christian and try to live my life as I understand Christ's teachings.

Frankly, I distrust many so-called Christians, especially those who stand "in the street" preaching and praying.

bible study


mikiemom
by Gold Member on May. 22, 2014 at 11:15 AM
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The people who need to read this will dismiss it because they need to keep their cognitive dissonance going.

Sisteract
by Socialist Hippie on May. 22, 2014 at 11:16 AM
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This was my experience as well.

Quoting TappyToes:

I am a Christian, have been since my Baptism as a child.

My church, as far as I knew, followed Christ's teachings. As I grew up, I began to see, hear and understand things in my church that did not seem Christ like.  That was not in the 'gee, he/she sinned' sort of thing, but in the policies and practices of the leaders and therefore by the congregation as a whole.  As I matured and began to realize I could question and think for myself, I began to look at other houses of worship.  Lo and behold, they were similar.

To make a long story short, I no longer attend, support financially or otherwise ANY organized religious institution, but I am still a Christian and try to live my life as I understand Christ's teachings.

Frrankly, I distrust many so-called Christians, especially those who stand "in the street" preaching and praying.

bible study



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