‘Murica. Has a nice ring, doesnt it?
America (much like many governments in the middle east) was founded by religious fundamentalists. The pilgrims that founded our country were kicked out of England for being to fanatical (yes, I know your teacher in elementary school sugar coated this fact and told you they left voluntarily to escape “persecution”).
Their brand of fundamentalism, in this case, was Christianity. A pacifist religion that preaches forgiveness for wrongdoing, peace, and lending one another a hand. It also distinctly forbids a lot of things including but not limited to violence, hate, usury (lending money at an interest rate).
So how the hell did we get here?
We live in a time that the United States has troops in nearly 150 countries, schools and movie theaters are being shot up by psychotic gunmen and our entire means of living is through loans from banks.
Can you name 150 countries? I certainly can’t without a map. That’s one hundred and fifty countries not INCLUDING the naval ships at sea. If you’d like to see where you tax dollars are going, CNN has a nifty link here. http://www.cnn.com/interactive/2012/04/us/table.military.troops/
It’s staggering to think of how large our military must be. Mind you, not all of these countries are actively invaded or occupied by the US (of course, through intimidation they might as well be). So, how does being the red right hand of the planet fit with peace, love and grace? How on earth do these American “christians” say things like, “for God and Country” (which, if you really feel like nitpicking is a first commandment breaker to begin with).
One hundred and fifty countries that we have sent armed men and women with guns- a tool whose sole purpose is to deliver harm upon another mammal. We live in a country that established the NRA- a frightening little organisation i’m sure you’ve heard of. I would task you with the charge of seeing how many of the NRA are not in the mindset of considering themselves “good christians”.
After all, i’m pretty sure John 3:17 through 3:18 reads “and Jesus did smite the faggot with his m-16, and it was good. There was much rejoicing”.
Automated assault weapons. I’m sure that’s what Jesus would support if he were real and on earth.
We also live in only country to have frequent school shootings. Furthermore, as evident by last nights theater shooting in Louisiana, we appear to have a theater shooting epidemic starting as well.
Some misguided Christians might tell you something like “let him who has no sword sell his robe and buy one,” – Luke 22:36-38.
But a sword is not a gun. A sword can deflect blows without harming an opponent. A sword requires a wielder to feel the kill so to speak. It is decidedly less lethal. Furthermore, acts of cowardice are very difficult with a sword- it requires precision, and lacks range. One, for example, couldn’t kill and maim 70 people in a movie theater using a sword.
So how is it this organization relates almost solely to white gun toting self identifying “christians” ?
The mindset of these folks has become so warped that the second amendment has become an addiction. Like any strong addiction they’ll lie cheat and steal to keep getting their fix. Take Susan Shannon for example- a popular NRA Blogger who claims to have “seen the light” from being a liberal to switching to a full on Christian NRA Nut job. On her blog she calls out the government and suggests “…Adam Lanza NOT had access to those legal guns, he could never have killed those kids. He was too mentally ill to have gotten those weapons himself. He was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome and we now know that he had many, many interventions by school officials in the past. I felt that the killing of little children would be the strongest argument yet that we should clamp down on gun ownership. I just couldn’t believe the TIMING and circumstances of this event- a GIFT to the Progressives to disarm us. Who can argue with this case? I was ready for the inevitable.”
Yes. You read that right. She believes the government armed a psychopath for the sole purpose of killing it’s own citizens to fuel an argument on gun control. Paranoid, much?
So, naturally if our little American brains can come to that conclusion and sleep at night, warping christianity to fit guns in doesnt seem too difficult.
How about usury? The bible specifically rejects usury- originally defined as the lending of money at an interest rate (Funny enough our dictionaries have started adding the words “at an unreasonable interest rate”). Anyone who has read the bible (all twelve of you) know That the new testament constantly calls out bankers as sinners. Hell, being a tax collector was considered to be shameful work (and a lot of that money goes back to the public). So how is it American society is built entirely around debt?
You need a loan to drive a car to work, to get a home to live in, and probably a second loan/mortgage to keep said house and car. Then, you have to pay insurance on that car, and on that house and on your own body. Our system is designed to keep almost every American in some form of debt or recurring payment for the rest of their life. If that doesn’t sound like usury I don’t know what does. In the meanwhile the W.A.S.P.s bemoan their “plight” because the “jews run all the banks”.
OF COURSE THEY DO. YOU’RE NOT ALLOWED TO, Remember that JESUS fella?
In closing, it’s terribly hard to deny that fundamentalist Christianity did what any other fundamentalism does- it obliterated the ideas of which it was created for the benefit of power for the oh so mighty few.