Mon Jul 23rd, 2007 at 12:29:55 AM EST
Jesus Camp. The documentary that was so disturbing I had a little difficulty sleeping last night, yet it's enlightening in a way that Silent Spring accomplishes with it's first chapter. Where do we even begin? First of all, I felt that the clips I watched were worth watching after a while, and the movie was so intelligently made and open-minded that it's no wonder it was nominated for an Oscar (An Inconvenient Truth won). Whether you think the camp and the fundamentalist movement is good or bad for Christ depends on your sanity level.
First, with the sale of the (last?) Harry Potter book, let's see what the camp director feels about the boy wizard...
That lady, by the way, is Becky Fischer, who has said the film in no way exploited her or the camp and even promoted the film. And as you watch clip after clip, this smartly-made, take-no-sides documentary gets more and more addicting
"You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth."
This guy does not believe with the comment but is dictating his offense of people who don't believe golbal warming is real and use God as an excuse for it. As for the "rape the earth" comment, it blends well with the oil, timber, etc. lobby that the infallible Republicans is very much married into. Not only has the bible clearly stated that we should be good stewards of our planet (I have yet to come across a "be intolerant to gays" verse, yet there's so much activism and fanaticism against it. And we have some clear-cut "take care of the planet" verses and little response) There are Evangelists, like Richard Cizik, who believe that global warming and the environment are serious issues and are leading Christians to the forefront on these issues. And there are some, like James Dobson, who for no real reason, tried to remove Cizik (fellow evangelists barked at the notion, and it failed)
"God will destroy those who destroy the earth."
Hmmm, maybe some people should be looking at this more often than at their own gut feelings
Finally, a voice of reason who can put things out much more clearly than I ever can
Politics and religion don't mix. Ever. Our founding father's don't want it, many industrialized nations don't want it, and we should all be tolerant of anothers' beliefs even if you feel that the guy next to you will be spending an eternity in hell when he or she dies.
These type of Christians, the Fundamentalists, can fill football stadiums and decide elections, but they are still a minority chunk in our nation. I am volunteering at a bible camp next month and no, they do not act this way. They do recite a lot of "God/Jesus is real!," "God/Jesus is awesome" and I would personally like to see more action for the poor than routing out any skepticism in faith (it does produce backlashes). And the Democrats got an amazing 29% of the Evangelist vote last November. And the Democratic presidential contenders talk more about the hijacking of Christianity, using faith to get through hard times, and helping the poor and not the usual staples that unscrupulous Republicans can willingly try "No gay marriage, no stem cell research, no abortion, government funding of faith groups, and fusion of church and state."
The Rev. Ted Haggard
was caught with a male hooker two months after the film's debut.
A Discussion in Faith~~
Even the early Muslim states tolerated the presence of different faiths (though, those people were taxed more) and accepted greater equality for women, as the Prophet Muhammed had told them to. Now look at the state of Islam in countries like Iran, with its dwindling freedoms. As a bumper sticker reads: Want a country with church and state? Move to Iran. You can't mix religion with government because there will always be people exploiting the public's need for faith and use their narrow-mindedness for their own benefit. Take the oppressive Kings of the old days.
It's absolutely sickening how the Republicans (and conservative talkers, like the folks at Fox News) exploit Christian voters without scruple and morals. And in case you haven't heard, for those Repubs who tried to remove Clinton from office for his affair, Gingrich, Livingston (the man who was to succeed Gingrich as speaker), and Vitter (who said Clinton was morally unfit to rule and praised marriage) all had at least one affair around the same time they were crying crocodile tears over the prospect of an unmoral president. Mark Foley, who decried Clinton over his affair with an intern sexually harassed his male pages over the internet. The hubbub over the event led to his resignation and possibly cost them Congress in 2006.
The Rev. Fred Phelps, who so manically and insanely hates gays leads his followers to angrily protest at military funerals, saying the deaths were deserved for the nations growing tolerance for gays (huhhuhhuh?.) He also claims that those who are gays or sympathize with them are deserving of death and eternal hell.
And speaking of such, perhaps no party is more gay-based than the Republicans. Yes, they introduced a gay marriage ban amendment that they knew had no effect of passing to motivate their base for the 2006 election. They placed state referendums to move the fundamentalists to the polls. After the election, which the Dems won, the new party in charge passed legislation to include attacks on gays and transexuals as hate crimes (What, it wasn't added already?), the majority of Republicans voted against this common sense measure and President Bush vowed a veto.
But because everything they do it hypocritical, you find that so many Republican politicians are gay. There was a Repub flyer sent to homes in Arkansas following the 2004 election showing the picture of a bible: banned. A picture of two gay men marrying: allowed. It warned against voting for Democrats by exploiting one's hatred. And the guy behind it, Daniel Gurley, yup, was gay and resigned. The pro-gay Log Cabin Republicans are a group that condones the actions of Repubs again and again. The blogactive
blog lists over a dozen gay Republicans, working against their own rights. There are some gay conservatives, however, like Mike Sullivan, who stand up for their rights.
Billy Graham, the most widely-recognized and undoubtedly the most admired Evangelist of all time keeps out of political topics, refuses to define who exactly goes to heaven or hell, calls for more aid to the poor, reads his bible, and (gasp!!) is still a member of that sinner's party, the Democrats.
There's a lot that can be said on the cult-like hijacking of faith.