Supposedly God’s Own Party, the 2016 GOP Still Doesn’t Care What Jesus Said

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By the time children step foot in school again this fall, it will have been two years since Pope Francis cautioned that the Church had become “obsessed” with abortion, gay marriage and contraception.

“It is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time.”

Indeed, it is not. Jesus never mentioned any of them. Not once.

He did, however, talk about the poor, and about the evils of the rich, and how the rich will not enter the kingdom of God (Matthew 19:23). He told his followers to turn the other cheek, to love and to forgive.

Pope Francis went on to say that, “The dogmatic and moral teachings of the church are not all equivalent. The church’s pastoral ministry cannot be obsessed with the transmission of a disjointed multitude of doctrines to be imposed insistently.”

We have to find a new balance, otherwise even the moral edifice of the church is likely to fall like a house of cards, losing the freshness and fragrance of the Gospel.

Two years later, here we are with the Republican Party and Religious Right focused as much on abortion, gay marriage, and contraception, as ever before. We are forced to continually re-fight the same battles as children starve, as people go homeless, and as corporations brutalize not only workers, but the environment.

Ted Cruz’s campaign site (www.tedcruz.org) features a “Life, Marriage, and Family” page, proclaiming,

Without life, there is no liberty. And ensuring every child is born into a home with a loving family provides the best chance for that child to achieve anything. That is why Ted Cruz has been on the front lines defending life and standing up for marriage when it has come under assault from activist judges.

There is nothing about ensuring those children are fed. In fact, nowhere on his campaign site will you find anything about Jesus’ condemnation of the rich and exaltation of the poor. Just a bunch of stuff Jesus didn’t find particularly important.

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, another presidential hopeful, just signed 20-week abortion band into law, which bans abortions after 20 weeks except for when the mother’s life is in danger. There are no exceptions for “severe fetal anomalies or for victims of rape and incest.”

Jesus never talked about these things. Not once. Jesus never called for strange men to probe women’s vaginas. Scott Walker and his Republican legislature could have come up with a law protecting the poor from the rich. Jesus talked about that. The Pope talks about that.

But Wisconsin Republicans would rather focus on their pet bigotries than on following Jesus.

Lindsey Graham of South Carolina says on “Secure our Values” page of his 2016 campaign site (www.lindseygraham.com) that he wants to “ensure that America remains a shining city on a hill.” This means, apparently, that “America was built upon the fundamental notions that life and liberty are sacred and inalienable rights.”

Unless you are a woman, of course. Or gay. Or want to be safe from people exercising their Second Amendment rights at your expense. And really, it’s kind of funny when you consider the fact that living in a Red State is harmful to your health. Maybe there ought to be signs at the border, like on packs of cigarettes.

Graham insists that,

There is no part of society more vulnerable and in need of our protection than the unborn. The inalienable right to life of every innocent human being is an essential element of a civil society.

Nothing about the children after they are born of course. After that, children don’t need protection, apparently. And no mention of the poor, or their inability to take care of their children. Nothing about the rich people who oppress them.

You know, stuff Jesus talked about.

There are now sixteen Republican candidates. You will find pretty much the same pablum* (that’s an intellectual term for, as vocabulary.com helpfully puts it, “a big load of hooey”) coming out of all their mouths. Even Donald Trump, who is not particularly religious, supports a 20-week abortion ban, apparently, because everybody else does.

Not one single one of them is talking about anything Jesus talked about. None of them is talking about forgiveness, or loving their enemies, or turning the other cheek, or caring for the poor or condemning the rich.

In other words, the party of shoving Jesus down all our throats doesn’t really care much at all about Jesus, let alone sanctifying life, but rather about sanctifying their own bigotries with the veil of religion. Jesus may not have liked Gentiles much (he called them “dogs” and “swine”) but he liked women. He liked children. He liked the poor.

And despised the rich, who were going to be last under his father’s new regime (Matthew 20:16).

With the Republican Party being the party of the rich, it’s no wonder that message gets lost. There is less excuse for the rest.

Pope Francis says, because it is true (Luke 14:33: “So therefore, none of you can become my disciple if you do not give up all your possessions”), however uncomfortable the thought makes you, that you must give up all your wealth to follow him, not just give to charity and take your tax deductions.

In Pope Francis’ words:

Christian poverty is that I give to the poor what is mine, not just what is left over, but even that which I need for myself, because I know that he enriches me.

This is not communism, says the Pope. It’s Jesus.

And he is right.

This doesn’t get talked about. It’s awkward, after all. How many Christians are willing to give up everything? And how will they follow him? Jesus isn’t wandering around the Midwest as he wandered around Galilee. He’s dead. Been dead for 2,000 years.

But that’s what he said. He didn’t say “stop abortion,” or “stop gays from getting married,” or “don’t use contraception,” if you want to follow me. He never said any of that.

It is not that the Pope wants to ignore those three things, though nobody is likely to forget his explosive and controversial, “Who am I to judge?” remark. He is not a Free Thinker. Some have even questioned how much of a moderate he really is, despite the right’s cries of “Marxist!”

Regardless of where he really stands, the Pope has said that abortion, gay marriage, and contraception have to be seen in a larger context:

I see the church as a field hospital after battle. It is useless to ask a seriously injured person if he has high cholesterol and about the level of his blood sugars. You have to heal his wounds. Then we can talk about everything else.

Wouldn’t that be something? To talk about something else…

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35 Replies to “Supposedly God’s Own Party, the 2016 GOP Still Doesn’t Care What Jesus Said”

  1. ‘no food for you Johnny’

    Republican corollary:

    and don’t expect any help from the government to teach you how to fish you lazy boy…

  2. Until love is dead, Jesus lives!
    Non-believers are free to disagree,
    but don’t chastise this soul for
    believing in something more
    substantial than the GOP god, wealth.
    Hope folks aren’t offended when I
    pray for our nation each day. (Even
    repug trolls.) Excellent read, HH.

  3. All that is from the Liberal Jesus- that evil bastard- what a freeloader!

    But Republican Jesus!
    “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.- Matt. 10:34

    And oh! What a fine thing it is for Swords in this day and age!

    Cafeteria Christianity- Quote Mining. If Gahd didn’t like it, HE wouldn’t allow it.

  4. I’ve been saying since the 1990’s! the GOP’s religious right is NOTHING but a huge CON GAME!! but lets dig deeper, shall we? in the mid 1920’s the business elite wanted to BRAINWASH the average american with FAKE religious propaganda to SELL them merchandise and rake in the MONEY! correct me if I’m wrong, didn’t CHRISTMAS just become a legal holiday in the 1920’s? the GOP with their corporate masters having been running this scheme FOREVER! NIXON just turbo charged it with the SOUTHERN STRATEGY campaign! the GOP is truly the most dangerous hideous organization, america has ever produced! BTW since the GOP is ready to LYNCH Pope Francis, for actually ACTING like a christian, I’m watching how catholics response to the GOP! santorum actually said ”THE POPE ISN’T A SCIENTIST” NO santorum! YOU A$SHOLE!, POPE Francis has a MASTERS in chemistry! AND YOU?? ANYWAY, I bet over 50% will abandon the Pope and embrace the GOP! and you wonder why I can’t stand republicans?!

  5. Pope Francis wont endorse the gop, they do not reflect the word of God in the least, their brand of hate, judgement and violence does not mesh with Christianity whatsoever.

  6. @Grim, I know the Jehovah Witness don’t accept CHRISTMAS as a holiday, I’ve been studying the bible off and on since 1980 and I’ll be totally honest, theres a LOT of things that strike me as odd, strange, I’m being honest, most christians wouldn’t dare admit that. But heres the reality, like King Soloman said in Ecclesiastes 1- 4 -11, ”What has been is what will be, and what has been done will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun.” The GOP is SIMPLE running the second oldest CON GAME known to man! tricking not very bright people into following something supposedly HIGHER than themselves but ultimately following people who aren’t worth the dirt off my shoes! NEWS FLASH to american christians, take back YOUR religion! the GOP highjacked it! I’m fighting back are YOU?

  7. So, what makes a Christian a Christian?

    A. Follow the teaching of Jesus Christ.
    B. Accept Jesus as your Saviour and say that it outloud to all and all of the time.
    C. Attend “church” meetings and Bible studies.
    D. All of the above.

    For my fundie acquaintance, it is B and B only.

    I don’t get it. But, then I’m not a Christian I guess.

  8. I’ve said it before. The Churchians , primarily in the GOP; are the Pharisees, Sadducees, and hypocrites that JC warned against. They’re the religiously shrouded autocrats that crucified him the first time, and would do it again.

  9. Without life, there is no liberty. And ensuring every child is born into a home with a loving family provides the best chance for that child to achieve anything. That is why Ted Cruz has been on the front lines defending life and standing up for marriage when it has come under assault from activist judges……………Banning
    abortion ensures the OPPOSITE of this..

  10. From the wild Irish slums of the 19th Century Eastern seaboard to the riot-torn anomic neighborhoods of Los Angeles, our society has always produced sociopaths who are quite often the products of illegitimacy, broken homes, and a lack of any bonding with male or societal authority. Some 70% of sociopaths come from fatherless homes.

    http://www.friedgreentomatoes.org/articles/apd_sociopathy_psychopathy.php

    My Hypothesis- Legal Abortion would decrease the Ranks of the Republican Party.

  11. Marriage is NOT under assault from so called ‘activist’ judges.

    Your lies reflect poorly upon your character.

    The Supreme Court’s ruling on the legality of marriage for gay folks affects straight marriages- not one whit.

    Riddle Me This P- hogan. If marriage is so freaking sacred to the Right Wingers- why do so many of them get so many divorces?

  12. Hraf, how dare you selectively interpret the words of Jesus to fit your own morals, only self-righteous Republican “Christians” can do that.

    [wink]

  13. @Kranky, you nailed it! todays Religion Right are the same EXACT people who begged and pleaded to Pontius Pilate to crucifiy Christ! that’s why I go nuts talking about republicans who defile Christ teachings, I’ve said it a million times here,I know my post sound ANYTHING other than a SWEET LITTLE follower of Christ but I give up on republicans! MATTHEW 7-6 sums up my feelings about republicans, “Do not give up which is holy to dogs, nor cast your pearls before SWINE, lest they trample them under their feet and turn around and tear you into pieces.” that’s TODAYS REPUBLICAN PARTY! PERIOD POINT DOT!

  14. Then tell me, why there are so many kids in foster homes and/or on the streets? Why has Mr. Cruz voted to take away food stamps, medical care (Obamacare), basic welfare that would benefit those families?

    Did he not force the government shutdown in an attempt to repeal Obamacare, costing the government millions and millions of $s, money that could have been used to help the poor?

    Has he not voted against a livable wage which could help those families get out of poverty? For that matter hasn’t he voted against every single bill that would benefit the ones living in poverty?

    Is this how Mr. Cruz stands up for families?

  15. These “born-again” Christians who claim to speak for God while convincing themselves that they are guaranteed Heaven and can freely condemn others without falling from grace — have already fallen from grace.

    It’s not their right to choose. It’s not their right to command God.

    38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
    39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
    Romans 8:38 -39

    15 For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.
    Romans 9:15King James Version (KJV)

  16. There was an old couple who had major health problems that lived next door. I felt sorry for them and used to buy them groceries until I found out that they sent 10% of their Social Security check to Jim and Tammy Baker. [WINK]

  17. Really a great article. I am going to pass it along to those who feel they are above me because they flaunt their religion and wear it like a badge on their sleeve. They do not practice,nor care to give truly from their heart and soul. HH keep up the great articles.

  18. I concur with the article and the commenters. I was raised by devout and dogmatic Xians, dogmatic because my Presbyterian mom had it in for Catholics but that could have been just because she had an irritating sister-in-law for whom life and afterlife were “pope or nope”. For myself, I read the bible considerably and got irritated by the inherent contradictions everywhere. So I became an eX Xian ASAP a half-century ago. I like Francis except for his imminent beatifying of the nut who enslaved and tortured California Native Americans, Junipero Serra. But he’s in a marketing war for Latino souls so at least I grasp why.

  19. You’re right about that. The simple fact is that these false “Christians”, Don’t follow any of the teachings of Jesus at all. They base everything on the Old Testament and the letters of Paul, which were personal letters to people in churches he’d visited, that were having problems. They were never meant to become “church doctrine”.

    Paul didn’t really pass on the teachings of Jesus either, but instituted his own beliefs into what he taught. Just to point out, Saul of Tarsus, who became Paul, was one of the Pharisees, and was in fact, a Christian hunter who found and exposed Christians of that time, to be killed. As one of the Pharisees, Paul was indoctrinated into the laws of the temple long before he “converted”, and therefore would have taught from that perspective.

    To be truly Christian, is to follow the teachings of Jesus, as he taught them…

  20. My answer to that would be A. Follow the teachings of Jesus.

    By the way, I don’t recall Jesus stating that we should accept him as our lord and savior. I do recall his stating that the way you treat others would determine his judgment of you though. He made that quite clear in Matthew 25:31-46. He also instructed his followers to never judge or condemn others, but to always forgive…

  21. Overheard at a comic book convention:
    “Your God was nailed to a Tree”.
    “My God has a hammer. You do the math.”

  22. Allowing for the fact that you must be atheist or agnostic, and respecting that it is your right to be free of religion, it would be appreciated therefore, if you would stop mocking God and Jesus in your posts. Other than that, I think pretty much as you do. Thanks for considering it. M

  23. That is not mocking either God or Christ. It is mocking the gloss ril Chrischuns™ put on both. However, I am sure you are the life of every party.

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