Further comments on the GOP’s attempt to equate homosexuality with the propensity to molest children, and the right wing’s misappropriation of Christ’s teachings:
It is very plausible that we’re witnessing the death-throes of the Republican party’s current iteration. It is run by the very worst sort of hypocrites and cynical opportunists. They rely solely on fear and volume to undermine the most basic ideals of democracy. They make every possible attempt to distract the public from the issue at hand, regardless of what that issue might be. If one tries to extrapolate future outcomes from past actions, then witnessing the GOP trying to equate homosexuality with propensity to molest makes utter sense. They do indeed protest too much; using only the most deluded oversimplifications of Christianity’s essence , they try to propagate divisiveness and exploit people’s fears of the Big Scary World.
Take this a step further, and it becomes clear why the Apocalyptophiliacs of the right-wing are so dangerous and dishonest in any position of authority– they hope SO desperately for the End Of Times that they haven’t ever bothered to come up with a Plan ‘B’. I find it unfathomable that right-wing self-proclaimed Christians obsess OBSESS OBSESS so much on homosexuality when Christ himself NEVER mentioned it. In the Gospels, Christ mostly talked about uplifting the poor(he was in favor of it), mentioned adultery a few times(he was against it), but never once suggested that we cut the Capital Gains Tax or force poor sweatshop workers in Saipan to work as prostitutes and have any resulting fetuses non-consentually aborted. I’m pretty confident that Christ would’ve been opposed to these policies.
The molestation of children is almost exlusively perpetrated by men against little girls and is unacceptable in any combination of genders. There are many statistics re: sexual abuse to be found on http://www.csom.org/pubs/mythsfacts.html . The GOP’s gay-hatin’ policies attempt to deny the fundamental value of millions of Americans and keep many of their own members locked into lives of dishonesty, terror, and stunted development. Fear is the most powerful motivator and the need for acceptance by the Tribe is a pretty big one too; nothing good can come of a life lived in fear of not being accepted and valued in our very ‘personhood.’
I’d love to see a Fred Phelps-type figure rebuking usurious payday loan companies with phrases like “well, we hate the sin but love the sinner.” I haven’t seen any evidence of a single self-proclaimed conservative Republican Christian chastising Pat Robertson for shilling diet potions on the network he built with his parishoners’ donations– the modern equivalent to moneychangers in the Temple. Christ was not keen on such things 2000 years ago. Pat Robertson, of course, has used parishoners’ donations to engage in illegal gold mining and has repeatedly attempted to hide or mis-represent his involvement in this and other shady and immoral schemes–see for examples:
- Here’s a good, informative article from the Washington Post;
- An informative article from Christianity Today;
- The New York Daily News weighs in;
- and, some commentary from one of the Apocalyptophiliac’s favorite boogiemen, Mother Jones.
Tick tock GOP– the end is indeed in sight, but not necessarily in the way the Apocalyptophiliacs have been hoping for.