The Republican Religion and Christianity
I know that many of my Republican friends would like me to agree with them that conspiracy mongering about the Benghazi attack on 9/11 is the only thing worth talking about right now. I suppose after how they reacted to jokes about ‘My Pet Goat’ I really can’t take their hyperventilating that seriously now.
Apparently the demands of GOP political convenience are a powerful theological argument. That the GOP has nurtured religious and ideological slanders of the President is beyond argument and that these slanders thrive in the ears and mouths of their base is evident; that an increased intertwining of conservative politics into American Christianity has debased both must only be apparent to those who haven’t joined the Church of the Republican Party. The ugly racism that underlies the intense hatred of President Obama on the right cannot be ignored but by the most determinedly ignorant partisans. For all of the noise the right has made about ‘vetting’ President Obama there are big questions about his faith that Mitt Romney will not answer. It’s why I would urge all of my Evangelical friends to honestly ask themselves this question.
Talking about Mormonism in a political context is tricky and I want to be clear that in no way am I asserting or implying that Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith disqualifies him for the Presidency. There should be no religious requirement or other ‘test’ in American politics yet the GOP has certainly done their level best to make it seem as if that were the case, especially when they are trying to convince people that President Obama is a secret Muslim who also believed everything Reverend Jeremiah Wright said. As distasteful and unchristian as that is, it is the sight of folks like Billy Graham rewriting their theology to suit their politics that is most upsetting.
For years fundamentalist and conservative Christians have claimed their stern adherence to cruel doctrines towards homosexuals, women, children, and just about everything under Heaven as something sacred, that their beliefs were too precious for the profane suffering of another to be relieved; they never understood what He meant when He said, “I require mercy, not sacrifice.” Now that Republican realities demand they sacrifice their doctrine on the altar of politics.
More later. I’m gonna go vote.