I will end a week’s pursuit with this final and last blog for the week. Why is it that we Americans are in an uproar towards government at a time that they are showing more compassion while the Churches are preaching more hate against both the liberal as well as the gay community? I think most will agree, at the very least, that is a misplacement of priorities. While the churches preach hate and support for inequality, the government allows a greater expression of openness in the military with the gay community, pass healthcare for the majority and work towards getting control of some of the job losses.
Catholic Charities announced because of the potential of gays donating their time in their organizations they would no longer carry healthcare for anyone. A Baptist Church was added to the hate crime organizations of America because of their views against gays and it has long been known that the Mormans have spent tons of money fighting against the ERA for years.
From the 1920′s to 1971 the equal rights admendment sat stagnant with the excuse that women already have all the rights that men have while the Churches, Mormons especially, spent, “moocho bucks” defeating any efforts attempted. Eventually, though, right does win out in America and that is why we are the Nation that we are.
Lets face it, Religion has always been on the wrong side of justice in America from slavery, to equal rights, to corporal punishment used against helpless children. In the 1950′s and still the 1960′s Churches were against marrying people of different religions on their alters or in their tabernacles. Parents that are not Mormon today still cannot witness or give away their child in the Tabernacle. Catholics and protestants couldn’t marry on the alter and for all I know they still can’t. To marry a person of a different race had all the same hate spewn as same sex marriage does today. The Bible was brought out to spout how offensive it was for a white woman to lay with a black man. The government did not interfer with any changes made in these practices the Churches themselves realized they were losing parishioners,congregationalists,support and they felt the need to change as Americans’ passion for justice grew.
Churches are very slow to change and to accept what most of us only feel is a compassion for our fellow man. Because of it they are also slow to take responsibility for the fanatics that their preaching also sets loose on society to commit the havoc that it often causes. A great deal of the gay bashing, hate crimes and bombings that occur have to or morally should be shared with both the churches as well as the terrorists due to the bigotry being taught or the stand taken by the Churches, not just by the hate groups alone. Most have been inspired in their thinking from some pulpit or the other. In some cases they are being taught that they are God’s or Christ warriors and have a duty to strike back at the sinners.
That is the reason that Liberals are sometimes considered “vile” in the eyes of the Churches. Not because the liberals are hurting people but because they are forcing the Churches to have to speak out against the liberals and the gays. He made me say or do it scenario. People that accept humankind as one have had a long history of ex-communications in the Churches and because of it to be liberal, “is to be a child of Satan” and leads to the destruction of Society in the eyes of many religions. Unfortunately our churches are regulated by no one unless they start stocking up firearms or sexually abusing children. Even in that case, as we have seen, they are treated as though they are above the law.
I have never been able to understand where if ever forgiveness of gays and liberals by the Churches enter the picture. Perhaps even they know that one never has to apologize or defend love of one’s fellow man. It clearly is considered to be a sin though to be either liberal or gay. Talk about a contradiction of Christ’s teaching.The person that dares to think differently than the churches teach are always a threat to their basic foundation. To be docile and accepting is to be a good member of their congregation as it is always easier to lead and convince people that think in flock mentality as the Church does..
To those of us that are Liberal in our compassion, we simply accept all people with equality. If we are Christians we feel that it was/is Christ’s teachings that lead to the acceptance of all mankind as being the same and possessing inalienable rights. Churches have always had to change to keep up with the compassion of the liberal progressive thinker. Especially in the American churches so there is a large drive being done, through home schooling and summer camps, by especially fundamentalists an evangelicals as well, to “dummy up” their faithful. Intellectuals have long been despised by religion.
Although this will anger most, to take away the rights of women to gain health care for the majority while women pay for their own decisions on their reproductive health is as wrong as the Churches’ fight to maintain slavery was in the 1800′s. To subject women or I should say girl children to incest and rape and then not pay for it, is in itself another crime of rape.
To pay for Viagra but refuse women birth control is typical “Good OLE Boy” action. To deny gays Their Constitutional rights is simply wrong, in my estimation. I feel it will always be the right of all Churches to deny marriages to anyone they choose but it is not the place of States or Federal government to deny marriage or any right guaranteed in our Constitution to same sex couples simply because they are gay.
The Churches have every right to set their own Doctrine and rules and to accept both the aide granted them as well as the tax exemptions granted them by “we the people” but then they must stay entirely out of the government dictates to practice and to enforce the Constitution of this Great Land. I repeat as I have many times that it is the law regardless of how arrogant they are in thinking that they need not follow it.
Groups or organizations that do not contribute toward the support or tax base that allows government to govern especially should not be given a voice and certainly not be running the politicians or controlling their votes. At this point those of us that wore ourselves out talking about healthcare for all,” as being the right thing to do” have no choice but to congratulate those from President Barack Obama to the Democratic Congress and Senate that voted for what amounted to be insurance company reform instead of healthcare reform, because at least it is a start. No thanks to the Churches or the right wing Democrats or Republicans in their entirety, who fought it every step of the way.
Eventually we can hope that both the Churches and the right wing will exhaust themselves and blow up their lack of fair play with the hate that they produce in bigots over the issues and that women’s rights as well as all constitutionally quaranteed rights are as safe and secure as the anti-slavery laws of America are today in the Supreme Court of our land. I said, “We can hope!”
God help us all as Judge Stevens retires and his replacement is fought tooth and nail by both the Churches and right wing Democrats and Republicans! Here comes more mud folks! Some of these people have waited years for this liberal judge to retire so that they can over-ride Roe vs. Wade. God Bless you President OBama!
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