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Thursday, May 10, 2007

Religious Diversions Part 2

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WHY am I posting something blasting God AGAIN here? BECAUSE I think CHURCH LEADERS, POLITICIANS and corporate ELITISTS, including officials of UNIONS are the FALSE PROPHETS of our time, FOOLING maybe 91 PERCENT of us regarding PIVOTAL world events.  Religion and WEDGE issues are the CURTAINS they hide behind - begging to be REVEALED

It opened its mouth to utter blasphemies against God, blaspheming his name and his dwelling and those who dwell in heaven.
- Revelations 13:6

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Book - God Is Not Great
By Bruce Desilva
Yahoo News
April 28, 2007

Christopher Hitchens is an essayist and pundit who loves a good fight and is never afraid to pick on someone his own size; but this time he’s outdone himself. He’s picked on God.

The title of his new book, “God Is Not Great,” is an intentionally inflammatory twist on “Allah Akbar.” Indeed, he lambasts Islam as “not much more than a rather obvious and ill-arranged set of plagiarisms” from Judaism and Christianity.

But Hitchens is an equal opportunity atheist. His reviles all religions and scorns anyone foolish enough to accept any idea on faith.

A spate of atheist screeds has arrived in the bookstores lately, but Hitchens’ may be the best since Bertrand Russell’s “Why I Am Not a Christian” (1927), laying out the essential arguments with force and precision.

He makes his case in the elegant yet biting prose we have come to expect from him. His style is erudite (he cites Richard Dawkins, Shakespeare, George Eliot, Blaise Pascal, C.S. Lewis and Thomas Aquinas in a span of three pages) yet manages to be accessible to the casual reader. He is at once funny and mean spirited, sniffing at the absurdity of the Bible’s “minor miracles” and dismissing as buffoons all who would disagree.

Hitchens is the reincarnation of H.L. Mencken, the penultimate social critic of the first half of the 20th century, who used words like gunshots and considered most Americans “boobs.” Of course, reincarnation is another notion that could induce paroxysms in both of them.

Hitchens’ quarrel with God is too complex to invite summary, but it can be fairly said that he considers religion just plain childish.

“It comes from the bawling and fearful infancy of our species,” he writes, “and it is a babyish attempt to meet our inescapable demand for knowledge as well as comfort, reassurance, and other infantile needs. Today, the least educated of my children knows much much more about the natural order than any of the founders of religion.”

But Hitchens is not satisfied to merely refute religion. He must also demonize it as “an enemy of science and inquiry,” as “subsisting largely on lies and fears,” and as “the accomplice of ignorance and guilt as well as of slavery, genocide, racism and tyranny.” Hence the book’s subtitle, “How Religion Poison’s Everything.”

And he does mean everything. As he would have it, religion foments hate and war. It justifies the torture and murder of “heretics” and “infidels.” It represses healthy human sexuality. By discouraging contraception and encouraging reliance on prayer instead of medicine, it is even bad for your health.

This is, of course, a familiar augment. Hitchens has nothing new to say, although it must be acknowledged that he says it exceptionally well.

But what is the point of writing such a book? Surely, it will change no minds. Surely, with a title like this, it will not be read by anyone who does not already agree with it.

Hitchens is, if he will forgive the religious reference, preaching to the choir.

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A Call To The Faithful

By Lou Dobbs
CNN
May 8, 2007

The separation of church and state in this country is narrowing. And it is the church, not the state that is encroaching. Our Constitution protects religion from the intrusion or coercion of the state. But we have precious little protection against the political adventurism of all manner of churches and religious organizations.

The leadership of the Catholic Church and many Protestant churches, as well as Jewish and even Muslim religious organizations, are driving that political adventurism as those leaders conflate religion and politics. And while there is a narrowing of the separation between church and state, there is a widening schism between the leadership of churches and religious organizations and their followers and members.

Conservative evangelical leader James Dobson recently said actor and former Sen. Fred Thompson wasn’t Christian enough to be president. He instead chose to commend Newt Gingrich, who has been married three times and recently admitted to an extramarital affair. Five evangelical Christian leaders signed the “Land Letter” to President Bush in 2002 affirming a Christian theological basis to invade Iraq.

This week the head of the Los Angeles Archdiocese, Cardinal Roger MAHONEY, basically threatened his faithful with denial of heaven if they don’t support amnesty for ILLEGAL ALIENS. The good Cardinal said: “Anything that tears down one group of people or one person, anything that is a negative in our community, disqualifies us from being part of the eternal city.”

The nation’s religious leaders seem hell-bent on ignoring the separation of church and state when it comes to the politically charged issue of illegal immigration. A new coalition called Christians for Comprehensive Immigration Reform Wednesday will begin lobbying lawmakers with a new advertising and direct mail campaign on behalf of amnesty for illegal aliens.

The Rev. Jim Wallis of Sojourners Magazine put it this way: “If given the choice on this issue between Jesus and Lou Dobbs, I choose my Lord and savior, Jesus Christ.”

But before the faithful acquiesce in the false choice offered by the good Reverend, perhaps he and his followers should consult Romans 13, where it is written: “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.”

There is a more obvious and immediate judgment offered by the followers and members of both the Protestant and Catholic Churches. A Zogby poll last year asked churchgoers if they supported the House bill that would make illegal aliens return home and reduce future illegal immigration by securing the border and performing checks on illegal employers. Seventy-five percent of Protestants responded that was a good or very good idea, 77 percent of born-again Christians also agreed, and 66 percent of Catholics also backed tougher enforcement measures.

This schism between our church leaders and church members is just as broad and deep as that between our elected officials and their constituents across the country. Neither the state nor the church is exhibiting wisdom or fidelity to our national values in permitting the widening of that divide.

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