“I will continue to resist, and revolt against the racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, and Islamophobic leaders the Deporables and the Evangelicals support. They think they are doing the “will of God” when in fact they are playing God by their deeds, words and actions. These old white people will get the response from their Creator soon enough. Hopefully their time on earth has prepared them for the heat and humidity.” ENDS AND BEGINNINGS
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My heart grows weary in face of the accumulating evidence that America is regressing to the dark years of the 1950s before the advance of the civil rights movements. Is it possible that Judge Moore truly represents the voice of Alabama? Does this issue a dire forecast of where America is heading?
My friend at ENDS AND BEGINNINGS in today’s fine commentary illustrates the concern we should have with this potential Senator representing Alabama.
Some of Moore’s more memorable quotes;
- “Homosexual behavior is crime against nature, an inherent evil, and an act so heinous that it defies one’s ability to describe it.”
- “We have child abuse, we have sodomy, we have murder, we have rape, we have all kind of immoral things happening because we have forgotten God.”
- “False religions like Islam who teach that you must worship this way are completely opposite with what our First Amendment stands for.”
- “We have blacks and whites fighting, reds and yellows fighting, Democrats and Republicans fighting, men and women fighting. What’s going to unite us? What’s going to bring us back together? A president? A Congress? No. It’s going to be God.”
Unfortunately, people who have not been reared in a genuine Christian home see this unholy assault on the moral compass of most thinking Americans as indicative of Christianity. The faith has suffered immensely at the hands of fundamentalist evangelicals who spout their fears and hatred supported by a translation of our Holy Scriptures which they claim is literal, inerrant and infallible. Many devout followers have been ostracized for questioning this interpretation. Those who have been fortunate enough to escape this brainwashing usually walk away from any and all organized religions.
However, I continue to honor the teachings of the Christianity I knew as a young man. It was a way of life based on compassion, tolerance, inclusiveness, and equality for all of God’s creation. Yes, that came from the Christianity I knew. Not all who profess the faith follow the path which Judge Moore advocates. Although I no longer assume the label, I will always defend the pacifism and egalitarianism of the Christian faith which reared me. It is the Way which Jesus of Nazareth defines in his Biblical character. It is the Truth and the Life.
Firebrands like Roy Moore are doing a great disservice to the vast majority of believers who absolutely do not walk his path nor advocate his intolerance. I often refer to the words attributed to Jesus and it matters not whether those words are authentically his for they are nonetheless verses of great wisdom. The book of Matthew in chapter 10 speaks of the persecution believers shall suffer for speaking the truth of Jesus.
That truth, the brotherly love and compassion which is defined in the story of Jesus, is not flowing from the mouth of Roy Moore and others like him. Rather, it is gushing from those who live their lives in peace and inclusiveness shining a light on the darkened world of fundamentalism. It is the enlightened faces in Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism who endure persecution as described in Matthew 10 for daring to love unconditionally. Truth does not emanate from the dark corners of racism, bigotry, homophobia, and sexism. It never has and never will.