Monday, March 29, 2010

(Sigh . . . )

You know, in some ways it’s hard to be a believer these days. And folks like this don’t make our jobs any easier.

I’ve read the Bible. I’ve read a lot of religious-themed works. Nowhere – and I mean nowhere – can I find evidence that to prepare for the end times, we need to stockpile guns and target police officers, even after you sort through the symbols and euphemisms and parables these works contain.

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No, the only things I can find are things like this:
Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you and persecute you; that ye may be the children of your Father in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have you? Do not even the Publicans the same? And if he salute your bretheren only, what do you more than others? Do not even Publicans so? Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
That’s Matthew 5:44-48, folks. And there’s a lot more evidence in the Bible and in other books that Jesus Christ didn’t want people killing others in order to “protect his testimony,” as these militia nuts seem to think is appropriate.

So, folks, don’t call yourselves Christian if you’re plotting murders.

And, folks, don’t lump all Christians in with these kinds of right-wing nutjobs.

Spouting and espousing this kind of nonsense only gives the likes of Sam Harris and his ilk more fuel to add to their fire.

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