Jesus and the Tea Party

I was sent a link to a humorous mix of Tea Party idiocy and the ideals of Christianity.  I have long wondered how right-wingers can call themselves ‘Christians’ when so often they vote against the teachings of Jesus.  The continuing Republican filibuster of unemployment benefits, for example,  smacks Jesus in the face, but some skewed, perverse reasoning compels these Republicans to deny food, clothing and shelter to those who have been put out of their jobs.

It was a solid block of Republicans both in the Senate and House who voted against health care reform with chants of , “Kill the Bill!” Apparently they believed that heath care was to be dolled out according to one’s financial ability to pay for it.

The right-wing lust for war and vengeance surely must bring a tear to the Lamb of God as well.  Billions of dollars flows like a pipeline to the Pentagon, but school funding and medical benefits need to be reigned-in.

Nearly every Republican voted yesterday against more rules and restrictions over greedy banks and financial institutions- regulations that would help the middle and low income families have more assurance that their assets would not be gambled away by high-rollers on Wall Street or high interest charges on money lent to them.

Right-wing Republicans vote for more and more restrictions on immigration into this country, but fewer and fewer restrictions on owning and carrying a gun onto the streets of this nation.

Income taxes are always too high for the wealthiest citizens of the United States and the Republicans  are forever working hard to keep them down, thus shifting the burden onto the middle classes.  However, they never seem to be interested in reducing consumer tax and excise taxes which target the poor.

Finally, right-wing [c]hristians are forever voting to deny the rights of gay and lesbian citizens of this nation. Their obsession with keeping gays and lesbians marginalized seems almost psychotic in its intensity.

Yes, the hypocrisy displayed by Congressional Christians and the Christians at the voting booth across this land is stunning.  It brings to mind the scenes painted in stories of an earlier time in America of southern men in KKK robes lynching niggers on Saturday night and singing Christian hymns in choir robes on Sunday morning.

  • Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
  • Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.
  • Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land.
  • Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.
  • Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
  • Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God.
  • Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
  • Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
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3 thoughts on “Jesus and the Tea Party

  1. The bottom line is that the religious in this country, both catholic and protestant (not all, but probably the majority).. It’s all a crock of shit and smacks of blatent hypocrisy. People become religious as sort of a fear based insurance policy.. Just in case there is a God, I need to get my ticket punched.. not because I particularly love or give a crap about Jesus, but because I don’t want to fry. What a great basis of belief.

  2. An Insurance Policy! What a great explanation. Thanks for pinpointing the ‘reality’ of all of this hypocrisy, Steve.

  3. Steve, my fundamentalist school teacher wild weekend companion said it was more like a social club.

    I don’t believe that religion should be a social club, but something one truly believes.

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