Date registered: Sep 2004
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Originally Posted by Jillian80
Er....wha? Most Judeo/Christian 'moral values' are based on those of earlier religions. There's nothing new under the sun....
Edit: GS beat me to it. And much better stated, I might add.
Mostly true, but Jesus was a revolutionary. I am always amazed that the conservatives claim him, because Jesus was the original far-left leftist. Sell everything but the clothes on your back and give it to the poor. Do not dedicate your life to the pursuit of riches, dedicate it to helping others. Exhalt the children and their well being above all other things. Mr. Christ couldn't get elected Septic Tank Inspector in a Republican town if he ran today.
It was the Apostle Paul and the Roman Emperor Constantine that turned it into what it is today: a bunch of bullshit. Christians, especially Protestant Christians, are simply misnamed. They are Paulians, they exhalt Paul's homophobia and love of authoritarian structures over the real message of Christ. They are Constantinians, they twist the message in order to gain political power. Actually helping the less fortunate? Pass the tax cuts, please.
Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.
-President Barack Obama, 1st Inaugural address
Last edited by FeelTheLove; 02-26-2007 at 08:20 AM.