Sunday, September 18, 2005

Hell Hath No Fury

When I was younger, during the heyday of the spread of communism, I feared a combination of Christian fanaticism and communism. I thought the ideologies had the potential of being kindred spirits or “fellow travelers” in the language of the times. “To each according to his needs; from each according to their abilities,” sounds almost biblical. Luckily for all of us and the rest of history, in the short sightedness of the communist fundamentalist, religion was viewed as an “opiate of the masses.” They missed one of those golden opportunities of history to hitch their wagon to a major driving force in all of humanity.

What happened in Iran and what the Islamic fundamentalist would like to do to all of the Middle East could easily have happened in the West if communism and Christen fundamentalist had join forces to control society.

But then communism as a force with which to be reckoned for all practical purposes came to an end at the end of the last century, and I thought, my fears could be forgotten and regulated to those that the young are ought to have. But it would seem I was premature in ignoring my feeling of uneasiness and putting it off to young exuberance.

George Bush came to town with his faith-based government. He was re-elected and the self-righteous right claimed the credit; they had one of their own in the most powerful position in the world. God became the Presidents most important advisor.

Now as we look at the 2008 election – with the stutter step of the mid-term election – where will they turn? Who will insure they do not lose power? Whom can they support that will insure they (and their God) retains the power in the White House? John McCain? Never! Frist? Maybe, if no one else is there to choose? Senator Rick Santorum? Good one – he walks and talks the walk’n’talk. But too young. Dick Chaney? Too old, weak heart (his natural one, his spiritual one is perfect for the job). How about Cheney in a one-termer with a young VP to take it for the next eight years? Perfect!

Once again, I must retire to my mental attic and pull out an old fear that I thought had been stored away to be forgotten with other youthful angst. Hell hath no fury like righteous indignation. The greatest of atrocities have been committed in the name of God. If one claims God, one can act the most ungodly.

Just as in the Cold War, I came to realize that I had more to fear for my personal freedom from the anti-communist than I did from the communist, now it is the self-righteous right that I need to fear than the sinners for which they claim to be trying to save but for which they stand in such judgment. Remember, it was their kind that crucified Jesus Christ. It was not the dregs of society that stood in the court yard and called for the crucifixion of the Son of God; it was the most faithful, the one who listen to their religious leader, who where the majority that voted to condemned Jesus. So much for religion in politics.

Pray God protect us from faith-based government.
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