Right-Wing Is Filled with Biblical Illiterates: They’d Be Shocked by Jesus’ Teachings if They Ever Picked Up a Bible
Jesus wouldn’t have supported food stamps
December 23, 2013 |
Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly defended the Republican Party’s spending cuts for SNAP by effectively declaring Jesus would not support food stamps for the poor because most them are drug addicts. If his insensitive remark is inconsistent with Scripture, which it is, then the question becomes why do talking heads on the right get away with proclaiming what Jesus would or wouldn’t support?
The answer is simple: Conservatives have not read the Bible.
The Right has successfully rebranded the brown-skinned liberal Jew, who gave away free healthcare and was pro-redistributing wealth, into a white-skinned, trickledown, union-busting conservative, for the very fact that an overwhelming number of Americans are astonishingly illiterate when it comes to understanding the Bible. On hot-button social issues, from same-sex marriage to abortion, biblical passages are invoked without any real understanding of the context or true meaning. It’s surprising how little Christians know of what is still the most popular book to ever grace the American continent.
More than 95 percent of U.S. households own at least one copy of the Bible. So how much do Americans know of the book that one-third of the country believes to be literally true? Apparently, very little, according to data from the Barna Research group. Surveys show that 60 percent can’t name more than five of the Ten Commandments; 12 percent of adults think Joan of Arc was Noah’s wife; and nearly 50 percent of high school seniors think Sodom and Gomorrah were a married couple. A Gallup poll shows 50 percent of Americans can’t name the first book of the Bible, while roughly 82 percent believe “God helps those who help themselves” is a biblical verse.
So, if Americans get an F in the basic fundamentals of the Bible, what hope do they have in knowing what Jesus would say about labor unions, taxes on the rich, universal healthcare, and food stamps? It becomes easy to spread a lie when no one knows what the truth is.
The truth, whether Republicans like it or not, is not only that Jesus a meek and mild liberal Jew who spoke softly in parables and metaphors, but conservatives were the ones who had him killed. …
It’s no secret that I don’t believe many conservatives are actually Christians. And I damn sure don’t believe the GOP represents real Christianity at all.
So I coined the term “Republicanity” as the religion I believe these people actually worship. It’s a term I really hope gets more mainstream attention because I’m absolutely fed up with Republicans slandering the Christian faith.
Republicanity is a blend of cult-like religious beliefs mixed with political ideologies. It’s neither a true political party, nor a real religion—it’s both. It’s why so many conservatives cling to being a Republican as tightly as they do being a “Christian.” To many of these individuals, they treat their devotion to their political beliefs with the same conviction as they do their faith.
For them to dare question Republican talking points is tantamount to questioning their belief in God.
See, real Christianity is predicated on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. You know, that whole helping the poor; giving to the needy; accepting one another; loving thy neighbor; forgiveness; hope and not judging others. Basically, principles that aren’t beholden to one specific faith or religion — instead, they’re what I think are representative of good human beings.
You don’t have to be a Christian to believe in the values for which Christianity stands. Which is one of the reasons why I call myself a Christian. Yes, I believe in Jesus Christ, but I also think the values I believe in transcend religion to the very heart of human kindness and decency. I believe that even when I meet people from other religions — or of no religious affiliation whatsoever — we can share these common values as good people.
Yet, when it comes to many conservatives, they don’t represent any of these values.