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Thread #78311   Message #1407228
Posted By: Jerry Rasmussen
12-Feb-05 - 11:29 AM
Thread Name: BS: Giving up religion for Lent...
Subject: RE: BS: Giving up religion for Lent...
Hey, Guest:

I really am trying to stay away from religious threads, because I don't see anyone listening. Just everyone talking. I just want you to know that as a sincere Christian, I am not only listening to what you've said in the last two posts (if you're both the same person) but that I share your concern for what the religious right is doing.
I'm not convinced that Bush and the power structure is driven by the religious right, because I think they are driven by greed and the thirst for power. But, I think they are using the religious right as dupes for their own selfish purposes. I am very sympathetic to the concerns that you express, because I am equally concerned.

It's not the teachings of Christ that are the problem though, (from my perspective.) Christ was very outspoken about "rendering unto Caesar what is due to Caeser, and rendering unto God what is due to God." Christ was a bitter disappointment to those who looked to him as a means for overthrowing the Roman power structure and inserting them into power. Christ was very much for the separation of church and state.

I just want you to know that if anything, I am even more incensed than you are with how the religious right is stupidly being used to promote greed and power... kinda reverse Robin Hoods... take from the poor and give to the rich. It infuriates me because it is so hypocritical and contrary to the teachings of Christ. I can comfortably walk hand in hand with those who are fighting against the use of the religious right to deny people their rights.

After all, Christ threw the Pharisees out of the temple. Too bad he can't stop by Washington for a few days...

Jerry