Friday, January 29, 2016

Unpopular Politics

Falwell Jr. endorsed Trump? Of course. When the Democratic Party returns to its core identity of "speaking for the voiceless", it will prioritize that value over its value of "sexual liberty at all costs". At that point, it will protect unborn humans as strongly as it protects unborn Bald Eagles. And when that happens, Christians will realize that the Democratic Party has a Christlike compassion for human needs, while the Republican Party has a Christlike understanding of human nature. And then, the "political fight" will be a fair one. Until then, Falwell and his ilk would much rather vote for a wall-builder than a baby-killer, and our political process goes nowhere. #UnpopularOpinion

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Evangelical politics is mean

The Brutalism of Ted Cruz: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/12/opinion/the-brutalism-of-ted-cruz.html

This indictment stands not only against Ted Cruz, but against every self-described "Christian Conservative" I've ever met:

> "Cruz is a stranger to most of what would generally be considered the Christian virtues: humility, mercy, compassion and grace. Cruz's behavior in the Haley case is almost the dictionary definition of pharisaism: an overzealous application of the letter of the law in a way that violates the spirit of the law, as well as fairness and mercy."

I'll be blunt: In an effort to pursue and celebrate sexual liberty, the Democratic part (which is usually the champion and voice of "the little guy") has abandoned the responsibility to represent the unborn -- who, while inconvenient, are (by any scientific measure) biological humans whose only rights limitation is by virtue of their physical location. If they were Bald Eagles nesting on your roof, they'd be protected. But because they're humans (unique DNA with brain waves - that's human) they can be pulled out feet first and have their brains suctioned out, if that's the choice a woman wants to make.

(It's really strange. We don't allow my "choice" of, say, prostitution or drug use with my own body. But we celebrate the "choice" of killing a unique biological human.)

Republicans see that hypocrisy and freak out, abandoning the Democratic platform (with its professed goals of grace and mercy) for the Republican one, which is basically libertarian at the expense of the disadvantaged. But, at least it doesn't approve of chopping and suctioning babies.

(Except, Trump does. I doubt very many Evangelicals realize that.)

The Democrats counter that religion and politics don't mix, without realizing that abortion isn't a religious issue. In fact, the only thing that could possibly defend it is to postulate a spiritual "soul" that's not present in a fetus. (The pre-brain-wave argument tries to make that point... but, then, why didn't Obama support a ban on the so-called "partial-birth abortion"? Because "the decision is the woman's to make" which sounds great until you realize that we ban people from making all sorts of far less morbid choices about their own bodies.)

So, that's how you have the mess of so-called Christians gleefully supporting the most un-Christian politicians they can find.

The day the Democrats renounce their pro-choice platform and put their political might behind supporting live births and adoptions (which, right now, is a corrupt system that financially manipulates adoptive parents to the tune of thousands and thousands of dollars) is the day you'll see the Christian wheat separated from the chaff.

Until then, Ted Cruz will be plenty popular.