Monday, July 10, 2006

Religion Taking A Left Turn?

SeeBS engaged in wishful thinking:
Religion Taking A Left Turn?
Conservative Christians Watch Out: There's A Big Churchgoing Group Seeking Political Power
[ED.: Oooooh. I'm scared!]

(CBS) At a church in Washington, hundreds of committed Christians met recently and tried to map out a strategy to get their values into the political debate.

But these are not the conservative Christian values which have been so influential lately. This is the religious left.

"Jesus called us to love our neighbor, love our enemy, care for the poor, care for the outcast, and that's really the moral core of where we think the nation ought to go," Dr. Bob Edgar, General Secretary of the National Council of Churches told CBS News correspondent Russ Mitchell.

The National Council of Churches represents about 50 million Christians in America — the majority of them mainline Protestants.

"Jesus never said one word about homosexuality, never said one word about civil marriage or abortion," Edgar said.

He calls this movement the "center-left" — and it's seeking the same political muscle as the conservative Christians, a group with a strong power base in the huge Evangelical churches of the South.

My Comments:
Who do these jokers think they're fooling? They think that mentioning "Jesus" a few times is going to make their leftist agenda palatable to voters in middle America? These people aren't accomplishing anything but preaching to the "Christian" left choir.

They certainly won't pick up many of those Ohio "values voters" that they need to win over with rhetoric like this: "Jesus never said one word about homosexuality, never said one word about civil marriage or abortion."

Previous Pro Ecclesia posts on this subject:
Religious Left Seeks to Silence Church's Voice

Religious Left Struggles to Find Unifying Message

Methodist Leader Calls For Impeachment

Lefty Loonies Try to Put Religious Spin on Abortion

Al Gore Uses Religion to Attract "Global Warming" Converts

Dean Statement on Marriage Sparks 'Gay' Backlash

Saint Hugo - the Religious Left Begins its Embrace of [Castro-Loving Commie Bastard] Hugo Chávez

Religious Conservatives Push for "Values Voters' Contract with Congress"

Has Tim Kaine Shown Democrats How To Reach The Promised Land?

For Democrats, a Troubling Culture Gap

Left-Leaning Preacher to Howard Dean: You Can't Fake It, So Shut Up About Religion

Wary Democrats Discover a Severe "Parents Gap"


At 7/10/2006 12:04 PM, Blogger Subalternate said...

What's weird is that you attempt to discredit this article without even truly thinking about it, you simply assert that their is some sort of agenda...well how can their not be an agenda...doesn't everything we do in life depend on some sort of agenda or intention or reason for doing it...and I have said this before and I will say it again, I am not a Christian but from my understanding of the bible and the teachings of Jesus...Jesus was very much in line with the teachings of the left, specifically when it regards things such as social values and equality and many of the other things that makes the left care about class differences. I will say it now and I will say it forever, the teachings of Jesus were WAYYYY more socialist and neo-CON! You are jest going to have to come to the realization that the Neo-Conservative agenda isnt the most fundamentally Christian way of life, aside from holding on to abortion and gay issues, it seems that the rest of the agenda is SKEWED WAYYY towards the original teachings of your religion.

At 7/10/2006 12:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They certainly won't pick up many of those Ohio "values voters" that they need to win over with rhetoric like this: "Jesus never said one word about homosexuality, never said one word about civil marriage or abortion."

Why is it that the Left always trots out Christian Sadduceeism? Christianity has never gone by the four Gospels alone and the Gospel of John explicitely says that it was not an exhaustive collection of Jesus' sayings—because such would be impossible!

At 7/10/2006 12:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Besides, considering how hostile the milieu in which Jesus taught was to homosexuality, the argument from silence, if it has any value, would have to be taken in the opposite way they want to take it. When the New Testament dealt with a milieu friendly to sodomy, in St. Paul's letters to churches in Greek pagan cities, you here quite a bit about it.

Also, I find it quite rich that they in one breath argue that Jesus' teaching on the poor can be extended into an endorsement of quasi-state socialism and then say that he said nothing about civil marriage. Hello: he said nothing about what the government should do concerning taxation and wealth redistribution either.

At 7/10/2006 1:00 PM, Blogger Pro Ecclesia said...

You know, Weezie, people might take you a LOT more seriously if you didn't include a likeness of murderous leftist radicals like Che in your posts.

Ad hominem, I know, because it doesn't address the substance of your post. But how seriously would someone on your side of the aisle take a comment from someone using a photo of Mussolini, Franco, or Pinochet?

At 7/10/2006 5:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

But he was a communist mass-murderer!

At 7/10/2006 7:14 PM, Blogger Brother James said...

Statements with"Jesus never said.." just betray the speaker's complete disconnection with the Holy Spirit, whom Jesus promised would reveal all Truth to us, and glorify Him. The "Religious Left" seek to use Jesus to glorify the State.


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