BENEATH THE SPIN ERIC L. WATTREE, SR.
JESUS WAS A LIBERAL
Well, November must be near, because the Republicans are already jumping into their swift boats. They desperately want to run against Hillary, but they've obviously determined that the Democratic nominee is going to be Obama, since they've already trotted out their designated lackey in the person of Kenneth Blackwell in the New York Sun.
In his article, Beyond Obama's Beauty, Blackwell says, "We won't arrive where we should be until we no longer talk about skin color or gender", then he immediately begins to attack Obama, the only Black candidate in the race. He then goes on to suggest that Sen. Obama may be the anti-Christ.
It never ceases to amaze me how Democrats can allow conservative Republicans—a group whose only reason for being is to undermine the poor—to co-opt the love of God as a political issue. I once read a bumper sticker that said, "The Christian Right is neither Christian, nor Right." I remember thinking at the time, what a profoundly concise statement of fact--Shakespeare couldn't have said it any better.
It's unbelievable what these thugs have done--they not only stole Christmas, they stole the Messiah himself. So instead of caving in to the conservative theft of Christianity, every Democrat in America should drive the truth about these demagogues home every time they opened their mouths to address the Christian community. They should use every opportunity to educate the people to the facts, and the fact is, Jesus Christ was a liberal--and according to his teachings, to be anything else, is less than Christian.
Ok, I know--that sounds like a ridiculously partisan statement, and admittedly, I'm far from a Biblical scholar. In fact, I'm not even truly what most people would call a Christian--that is, unless they examined my heart. But I can read, and all the supernatural stuff notwithstanding, I am a great admirer of Jesus as a progressive, a teacher, and philosopher. So I stand by my position--Jesus Christ was a liberal, and I challenge any Biblical scholar in the world to prove me wrong.
The Ten Commandments says just about everything the Bible has to say—try to live a loving and honorable life. The demagogues take its many verses, however, and twist them out of context to make them say whatever they want them to say. But for anyone who wants the definitive word on how to be embraced by God, simply turn to Matthew 25:34--it lays it all out, plain and simple:
The conservatives then asked, When did we refuse to feed, clothe, or visit you in the pen? He then pointed to the people on his right and said, when you failed to help the least of these, you failed to help me. Now the righteous will go into life eternal, and you will go into everlasting punishment.
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Friday, May 02, 2008
Posted by Eric Wattree at 4:23 AM