Thursday, November 10, 2005

Good old Christian values

I can't help myself. I try to steer clear from most religious and political button-pushing topics on my blog, just because I don't want to call down the Religious Right Spammers in my comments, but I can't sit on my hands on this one. It's just a quote from good old Pat Robertson -- his response to the voters exercising their right to replace each and every one of the eight members on the board that had voted in favor of a policy that required teachers of ninth-grade biology classes to read a statement on so-called intelligent design before starting lessons on evolution.

Robertson said, in response:

"I'd like to say to the good citizens of Dover: If there is a disaster in your area, don't turn to God, you just rejected him from your city. And don't wonder why he hasn't helped you when problems begin, if they begin. I'm not saying they will, but if they do, just remember, you just voted God out of your city. And if that's the case, don't ask for his help because he might not be there."

I'm just glad I wasn't drinking a soda when I read that, or it would have been sprayed all over my keyboard.


instamom said...

i hate when we have really obnoxious, overly-opinionated guys like that representing "Christian values".

Liz said...

The Religious Right scares me.

I heard an NPR gig about "Intelligent Design" so googled it to get some more info. This one seemed most inspiring to me:

I finally have a faith (and a decision on a tattoo).

nancytoby said...

Heh, here it is:

Liz said...

Ah yes, I missed your call to join Nancy. Looks like you converted months ago.

mipper said...

he's a pleasant man, isn't he?

anonymouse said...

Not all Christians are nice people. The same Book that tells you to turn the other cheek has been used in the past to promote slavery, anti-Semitism, witch hunting, the Inquisition, the Crusades and more. Think about that when you vote. Base our laws, and the actions of our nation, on more than Bible verses taken out of context or nuts like him will rule our world.

Downhillnut said...

Funny, MY Christian upbringing taught me that it doesn't matter what you've done, if you ask for forgiveness and help, then the slate is wiped clean.

I always hate it when Christian leaders take the vindictive, hell and damnation side.

Granny said...

These people already have their "value" system firmly in place and then search for Bible verses to justify their bigotry.

My pastor calls it prooftexting as he's shaking his head in despair.

We had a long discussion about sodomy at our PFLAG meeting the other night. If we read the whole section, Sodom's crime wasn't homosexuality, it was violence and lack of charity toward strangers in their town (who happened to be angels). The story isn't necessarily true but it shows how anyone can twist Scripture to their own purposes.

I didn't do a separate post on Granny (because no one who reads my rantings has any doubt about where I stand) but I sure chimed in on Blogging Baby. I was afraid I might have started a war but, for once, it didn't turn into 60 somments back and forth.

I think the religious right may have a committee that surfs the net looking for "their" topics. They never seem to show up on the posts about the best stroller or how to soothe a crying child.