Sunday Weekly Review: Congress Goes to Hell
[Three days after the show, the Washington Post published an article making the same point. A Religious Protest Largely From the Left: Conservative Christians Say Fighting Cuts in Poverty Programs Is Not a Priority. The article is republished by me in the blog below. Next time you think Focus on the Family or Concerned Women or Family Research Council Jerry Falwell are Christians, think again. Their focus is on hate, not love. They are an insult and an affront to Jesus’ teachings in the New Testament. Kudos to the United Methodist Church, Episcopal Church, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Presbyterian Church USA and United Church of Christ, and Sojourners for recognizing the real spirit of Christmas.]
There’s a special place in Hell for those who mistreat the poor.
As the Republican Congress this week, right before Christmas, through “tax cuts to investors” and “health care cuts to the poor”, grabs billions from the dirt poor to give to the idle rich (while pocketing millions for themselves), what would Jesus do? What would God do?
For Christians in Congress, the act was not just decidedly un-Christian, it was the work of Satan.
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While Jesus said “the meek shall inherit the earth” and “it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than the rich to enter heaven,” the Republicans are determined to punish the meek and to widen the eye of that needle while gorging themselves on the carcasses of the poor like vultures at a trough. They are succeeding. The poverty rate went down every year of Clinton’s presidency and up every year of Dubya’s. As kids go hungry and without toys this Christmas, the Republican Grinches who Stole Christmas ensure that every idle trust-fund heir of a billionaire has not one but two Lear Jets and the rapacious oil companies Sheikhs of the Dubai are the beneficiaries of our tax and petro-dollars.
For the sole Republican Jewish Congressman — we haven’t forgotten you, Eric Cantor of Virginia — your evil act, according to the Hebrew Bible, fiercely angers the Lord God.
“Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Execute true judgment, and shew mercy and compassions every man to his brother: And oppress not the widow, nor the fatherless, the stranger, nor the poor; and let none of you imagine evil against his brother in your heart. But they refused to hearken, and pulled away the shoulder, and stopped their ears, that they should not hear. Yea, they made their hearts as an adamant stone, lest they should hear the law, and the words which the LORD of hosts hath sent in his spirit by the former prophets: therefore came a great wrath from the LORD of hosts. Therefore it is come to pass, that as he cried, and they would not hear; so they cried, and I would not hear, saith the LORD of hosts: But I scattered them with a whirlwind among all the nations whom they knew not. Thus the land was desolate after them, that no man passed through nor returned: for they laid the pleasant land desolate.”
Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, and fair-minded secular humanists and atheists also believe that taking from the poor to give to the rich is an evil, evil act.
And to those that believe that asking the rich to let a few crumbs trickle down from the plate of the idle, trust-fund rich in “charity” to the hard-working poor so they can lap it up like a hungry dog eating scraps…verily, we may well call them hypocrites.
There have always been evil, selfish people. Sodom and Gomorrah were full of them. But the prophets condemned them. As did Jesus and Mohammed.
Where are the preachers tonight as Tiny Tim goes hungry while the Republican (Gin)Grinch Steals Christmas because their hearts are ten sizes too small? Ask yourself who are the Americans who actually support this evil? And how come James Dobson, Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, and their fellow traveler Rabbis and Imams aren’t condemning, it promising hellfire and brimstone to the sinners?
Could it be that these ministers care more about Expensive Churches and Golden Chalices and High Salaries from the Hypocrites in their Flock who want to call themselves “Christian” or “Jewish” while averting their eyes from the Holy Texts that roundly condemn their cruelty? Care more about Money for their Churches than they do about the Gospels themselves or the Holy Bible?
Wouldn’t Jesus throw these Greedy Money-Hungry Whores from the Temple?
In this Holiday Season, we must do more than throw a few pennies at the feet of a homeless man. We must commit ourselves to throwing out a Congress that seems determined to oppress the poor….
Where are the People of Faith? Do they not see the Evil?