Sunday, March 27, 2005

Goodnight, moon 

So, in other Easter news, the Michigan Legislature is considering a bill that will allow the denial of medical treatment to gays—under the banner of "religious freedom," of course.

Nice. Could there be any clearer evidence that today's Fundamentalists have nothing to do with Christ or Christianity?

Allow me to quote Jesus (Luke 10:25-37):

25: And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, "Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?"
26: He said to him, "What is written in the law? How do you read?"
27: And he answered, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself."
28: And he said to him, "You have answered right; do this, and you will live."
29: But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?"
30: Jesus replied, "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him, and departed, leaving him half dead.
31: Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him he passed by on the other side.
32: So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.
33: But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was; and when he saw him, he had compassion,
34: and went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; then he set him on his own beast and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.
35: And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, `Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.'
36: Which of these three, do you think, proved neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?"
37: He said, "The one who showed mercy on him." And Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise."

Class, who are the robbers in this story? (Why, that would be the Republicans!)

And class, who are the priest and Levites who rode by? (Why, that would be the Fundamentalists!)

So, class ... Who are the good Samaritans? Hmmm???

And isn't it interesting that here Jesus identifies "life" ("Do this, and you will live") with taking the actions that really help your neighbor?

Fundamentalism in the vernacular: Fuck the Good Samaritan and the donkey he rode on.

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