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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Politics is always funny until someone gets burnt at the stake

The "Christian-aligned" Tea Party are complaining, protesting and even challenging Obamacare; a policy of President Barack Obama which will enable millions of poorer Americans to have health care insurance, something which they have previously been denied.  Without health care, many of them suffer without treatment, many of them die.

Yet, the Tea Party are complaining that the government should not be able to tell them what to do.  This is in keeping with Tea Party practices of demanding that government tell people what they can NOT do, such as:

  • you can NOT be gay and you certainly can NOT marry someone of the same gender, 
  • you can NOT have appropriate birth control and you certainly can NOT have an abortion (even if it might save your life), 
  • you  can NOT belong to a religion other than Christianity and you certainly  can NOT be Muslim, 
  • you  can NOT be pro-Peace and you certainly  can NOT criticise the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan ... or the calls for war on Iran, 
  • you  can NOT be pro-Palestine and you certainly  can NOT criticise Israel's violations of the United Nations and the International Atomic Energy Agency, 
  • you  can NOT be pro-Human Rights and you certainly  can NOT criticise American foreign policy which has cost thousands of innocent lives in foreign countries ....
The Tea Party opposes government sponsored social welfare schemes, but supports government sponsored corporate welfare.  They want economic liberalism, a laissez faire economy, until the greed of unfettered capitalism crashes and then they expect government to bail out the corporate despots who caused the problem in the first place.  They demand smaller government ... except when it comes to Defence and Police, but leave Education and Health to be delivered by profit-driven companies.

You Go Tea Party ... no, seriously, please ... go ... now ... back to the Dark Ages ... or better still - please, pretty please, read your Bibles - you know the verses about love, peace and caring for the poor, the oppressed, the widow, the stranger.  Jesus was not a war mongering, capitalist, He commanded us to love all and to care for all - even the least of these!

Politics is always funny until someone gets burnt at the stake!

Starter scriptures for love, peace, caring for all

Matthew 22:37 & 39 - "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind and ... you shall love your neighbour as yourself". 

Matthew 25:45 - "Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me". 

Matthew 25:31-46 - Parable of the sheep and the goats

Matthew 5:1-12 - The Beatitudes 

John 13:35 - "by this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another".

1 John 4:20-21 - "If someone says 'I love God' but hates his brother, he is a liar, for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God, whom he has not seen?  And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God, must love his brother also". 

And let us not forget scripture about sharing the wealth - something which America seems to be sadly lacking:

Exodus 16-17: "This is the thing which the Lord has commanded: 'Let every man gather it according to each one's need, one omer for each person, according to the number of persons; let every man take for those who are in his tent'.  Then the Children of Israel did so and gathered, some more, some less.  So when they measured it by omers, he who had gathered much had nothing left over, and he who had gathered little had no lack. Every man had gathered according to each one's need".


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