This blog started out as a companion piece to my book, Musings from the Christian Left (excerpts of which can be found in the July 2004 link) and to support a planned radio show. Now, its simply a long term writing project from a Christian Left Libertarian perspective (meaning I often argue for liberty within the (Catholic) Church, rather than liberty because the church takes care of a conservative view of morality.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Values Choices for the Parties

Eugene Robinson writes today about the quandry the Republicans are in over the Foley scandal and how it is revealing the pressence of "gasp" gays and lesbians in their membership and on their staffs. He wonders if the Republicans can explain the reality of the situation to their conservative voters or abandon what could be a teaching moment in favor of a gay purge.

One could get the impression that all Christians are conservatives. That is not the case. There is a Christian Left, some of whom are politically liberal and others who are doctrinally so and who might even be politically moderate, since they are definitely to the right of the secular left.

As much at fault has been the Democratic Party's recent predeliction for secularism (even though in reality the Reagans were secularists and the Clintons weekly attenders at services). Even looking at conventions, one must note that gospel choirs and singers are as apt to entertain at the Democratic Convention as the Republican. Of course, beyond the facade, the noisiest of activists in the Democratic Party are secularists. Perhaps it is time for the secular left to share the microphone with the rest of us.

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Blogger Seven Star Hand said...

Hello Michael and all,

Here's some more red hot ink for your pen. Now help me vanquish the sword!

This Foley fiasco has given people the chance to change the make-up of this government, which will ultimately lead to the end of the Bush-Cheney reign. It may not be pretty, but it is a gift, nonetheless. Don't waste this advantage. Use it wisely to end the more pressing problems that face us all.

Want to better understand some of the desperation among top Christian politicos? Want to know what else they are pretending not to know about? Follow the links and read about who I am and what I have to say. Notice that my last name is Page? Think this "page" scandal is a mere coincidence? The timing and ramifications are much worse than most realize yet.

If Christian political leaders are going to go around attacking others for not living up to their professed values, it's a damn good idea to be truthful and actually walk the walk. Logs and motes in the eye, camels through the eye of a needle, glass houses, kettles and pots, and what goes around comes around, et al. Karma's a bitch when She finally decides enough is enough! This wouldn't have been so bad on Republicans if they hadn't been such arrogant hypocrites in order to corner the so-called values voters! Now the "Two Candlesticks" and "Two Witnesses" (Truth and Justice) are "breathing fire" and "raining hailstones!"

Christian Political Leadership, Hypocrisy, Duplicity, and Purposeful Evil

The current scandal involving Congressman Foley is merely the latest in an amazingly long list of blatant deception and duplicity by Republicans and the Christian Right in recent years. While bedeviling us all with their holier-than-thou pretenses, they consistently support and/or perform blatant greed and abominable evil. Never forget the extent of their arrogance over the last two decades and especially the last 6 years. It is beyond amazing that Christians continue to blindly support such obviously blatant scoundrels, even as they are repeatedly exposed going against the most basic of human values. The level of hypocrisy and duplicity boggles the mind. There is no longer any doubt, whatsoever, that Christianity is little more than a purposeful deception used by political and religious leaders to dupe, manipulate, and coerce entire populations into giving them wealth and power, which they always use for greed, injustice, and abominable evils.

The actions of Foley and those who covered up for him directly parallel the actions of scores of priests that have raped innocent children, preyed upon others for centuries, and had their actions hidden and abetted by the Vatican. Now, in eerie repetition of Vatican history, we have a power hungry Christian Emperor (GW) working closely with the Vatican and Judeo-Christian aristocrats to lead crusades in the so-called Holy Land. Furthermore, to leave little doubt about the reality of this assessment, the USA, as the new Holy Roman Empire, is about to legalize the torture it has perpetrated in recent years while steadily reversing many of the democratic and civil freedoms that people gained when the Vatican and royalty lost control of their European empire at the turn of the nineteenth century. Now we see them following the same old path of evil as they strive to cement the status of the USA as the latest proxy Vatican empire. Make no mistake about it, the new dark ages are looming on the horizon unless we do something proactive to prevent it.

Remember that those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it!

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Peace...

1:19 PM

 
Anonymous geoffrey said...

I couldn't agree more; in fact, I've been frustrated with arguments with secular leftists because they somehow believe that, as a professing Christian, I am a closet right-winger. Part of the problem are what I call secular fundamentalists, people whose minds are closed to the possibility that religion can actually be a freeing, vivifying source giving people strength and purpose. I have grown tired of these arguments, however, and no longer rise to the bait. I think rather than insist on mike time, we should buy our own microphones, as it were.

1:32 PM

 
Blogger Michael Bindner said...

Thank you Geoffrey.

As for Mr. Page's comments, while Bush and the Vatican agree on abortion, birth control and stem cell research, I don't think they agree on foreign policy. This whole Pope as anti-Christ thing is old and frankly unacceptable. The Pope is a hierarchist who needs to be educated about the true nature of natural law (how it cannot exist in the same breath as authoritative pronouncement). The purpose of a Christian Left is to underscore that point to the leaders of the various Christian sects as it is to move the world of politics.

Bush is no Christian Emperor, just the American one. Europe and Christendom are hardly united behind his cause. There may one day be a Christian emperor, but it is not George W. Bush. The legend of the Christian emperor is that he is Catholic, not a Methodist.

4:39 PM

 
Blogger Michael Bindner said...

Geoff,

If you could provide some response to Mr. Page's comments, I would really appreciate it.

Thanks,

Mike

4:43 PM

 
Anonymous Geoffrey said...

OK, Mike, I will do my best.

Unconnected ramblings, with left-wing fearmongering and anti-Catholic bias (USA as Holy Roman Empire; new Vatican etc.). I agree that the hypocrisy of the Republicans is pretty huge; I do not believe it betrays some deeper streak of evil. When power becomes more important than people our leaders are now nihilists, and the results of nihilism are destruction. Our leaders need to be replaced, not because they are the anti-Christ, but because they no longer serve the public interest. It isn't the Republican Party that's failed, it is the leadership of the Republican Party that has made a decision that style is more important than substance, that politics is more important than policy, and that power is an end in itself. Removing them from power in COngress is the first step to reducing the damage they can cause.
I despise breathlessness and the idea that our counttry's fate hangs on the brink - although it may. This is a propitious moment, even with the North Korean bomb test; this just shows the abject failure of the current Administration (their current attempt to blame Clinton misses the point; where have they been for five years?).
The Foley-Hastert-Boehner scandal is small potatoes; it is just an object lesson in the dangers of too much power concentrated in too few hands.

7:29 AM

 

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