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Wednesday, June 29, 2005

The Gospel of Matthew vs James Dobson, Gary Bauer

Posted by: Hammer / 7:27 AM

Several respected Christian leaders say the prognosis is not good for public acknowledgment of God and His laws. They say Monday's Supreme Court rulings in two Ten Commandments cases do not bode well for those who might wish to publicly express their faith and exercise their God-given right to do so.

Speaking to a national radio audience on Tuesday (June 28), Dr. James Dobson of Focus on the Family said by ruling against the display of the Ten Commandments in Kentucky courtrooms -- but, in a separate decision, stating a granite monument in Texas depicting the Decalogue is constitutional -- the Supreme Court "tore a hole through the First Amendment."

...But Bauer says faith was a cornerstone in America's founding. "When it came to faith in the public square, our founding fathers were anything but 'neutral,'" he says. "They clearly intended for government to be guided by morality. What they did not want was an official state denomination, like the Anglican Church of England, suppressing other denominations."

The Gospel according to Matthew, chapter 6, verses 5 and 6:
And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
That Jesus. He knew shit about politics.


Woah there cowboy!! You don't actually have to follow the words of Jesus to be a Christian!! Didn't you get the memo? No reading required. You don't have to "understand" the bible to believe in it. ;)


By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:59 AM  

You have to follow parts of it. The cool part is that you get to decide which parts!

What I find troublesome is the people who are utterly convinced that they -- and only they -- have picked the right parts.

By Blogger Hammer, at 8:38 AM  

Is this why Jesus invented CLR bathroom cleaner???

Leviticus, Chapter 14: 39 - 47

"On the seventh day the priest shall return to inspect the house. If the mildew has spread on the walls, he is to order that the contaminated stones be torn out and thrown into an unclean place outside the town. If the mildew reappears in the house after the stones have been torn out and the house is scraped and plastered, it is a destructive mildew and the house is unclean. It must be torn down - its stones, timbers and all the plaster - and taken out of town."

Get those bulldozers started, red staters!!!

Now, I realize this text should be taken as metaphorical. I just don't understand how all of the strict bible contructionists balance crap like this, when they use "it says so in the bible" for their ridiculous prejudices against homosexuality, etc. Don't they realize how much crazy stuff is in that book?

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:30 AM  

I prefer the scrubbing bubbles mildew remover, myself. CLR is good for hard water stains, though.

I dunno. The definition of "faith" seems to include a great power to rationalize.

That's harsh. I respect sincere, tolerant people of faith. I don't respect pepole who turn their faith inside out into an excuse for hate.

By Blogger Hammer, at 9:43 AM  

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