Wednesday, April 27, 2005

The Dragon Goes all Religified

Nothing educational today, but a post at mydd caught my eye yesterday about how we confront the 'conservative menace'. (N.B. I may have got the wrong post, but this one's still a good read anyway.)

The post talks about some article's attempt to brand Democrats as being the party that provides 'freedom from fear'. Somewhere along the way, the discussion turned to Christ's 8 Beatitutudes, which are much more of a Democratic position as opposed to the republican, fatherly 10 commandments. Now, I'm fully atheist, but I've always felt a strong attaction to these statements. Here's the full text of the 8:

"Blessed are the poor in spirit,for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are they who mourn,for they shall be comforted.

Blessed are the meek,for they shall inherit the earth.

Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,for they shall be satisfied.

Blessed are the merciful,for they shall obtain mercy.

Blessed are the pure of heart,for they shall see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers,for they shall be called children of God.

Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."

So, here's my proposal. Any time conservatives try to put up the 10 commandments somewhere, liberals should respond by trying to put up the Beatitudes right next to it. The conservative manipulators would not be able to resist, because how could they put up Moses without putting up Jesus and still call themselves Christian?

In the end, the ACLU would bring all the signs down, but Democrats would get to show that they do have faith, and people might actually be forced to confront the fact that Jesus (if he existed at all) was a rather progressive revolutionary.


At 10:05 PM, Blogger hoagieboy said...

I see your point hoagie boy, but this really bugs me. Why are we fighting a "religious" fight? Why is it "ok" that we are a "Christian nation" but it's not "ok" for some nations to be "Muslim nations." What is it about Americans that makes them so crazy about religion? It's not the same in France, England, Canada, Germany, Switzerland, Ireland etc etc. I am betting Australia is not like that either but I haven't been there so I won't say. But anyways, you see my point? What do you think has made America this way? And is there any way to change it?

- make girl


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