As a Jesuit trained Catholic, I'm appalled at the willingness of Rick SATANorum to convert the sin, "THOU SHALL NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS" into a virtue when it comes to lying about Obama and portraying him in a false and negative light.
But then again, this type of sociopathic "serial sinning" has been the "craze" among "Christian Conservatives" since before Day One of Obama's Presidency. (For more, please see my previous articles: "Crusader Christians, Tea Party Cult & the Left" and also "Why Right-Wing Christians Claim Obama As "The Antichrist").
This in part includes: Santorum and his aide, Alice Stewart's depicting Obama as promoting a "phony theology" and pursuing "radical Islamic policies;" Santorum's deceitfully sly portrayal of Obama as Hitler without using Hitler's name and as "Satan" without using Obama's name; Satanorum's use of "snob" as cowardly code for "uppity nigger" to describe Obama; his maliciously false and paranoid portrayal of Obama's helping more kids go to college as "indoctrination;" and his and his followers' lying about what they said/meant afterwards.
In the last few days, just regarding these examples alone, the right-wing has collectively given a virtual "clinic" on the "bearing of false witness," cowardice, and deceit. This falls right in line with Rush Limbaugh's fiendishly clever portrayal last week of Obama's "morgage plan" as both a form of "racial reparations" and a Nazi-like attack by Obama on what Rush deceptively hinted at were "Jewish bankers," but without saying those words. And lest we forget, the constant depiction of Obama as "The Antichrist" fiendishly made by many White "Conservative Christians," which I described in one of my previous articles.
But beyond this type of rank, satanorum evil, I am also deeply concerned over the meaning of Rick Santorum's rise - i.e., to help stoke the devilish "Conservative jihad" and right-wing "religious war" being waged to impose these extremists' sharia-esque sovereignty over our country. They have hijacked Chrisitanity and the Constitution's "free exercise of religion" clause to cloak themselves in the "borrowed robes" of "moral- authority/superiority" and "liberty" to mask their agenda of privatizing the public sphere (e.g., public schools, prisons, social security, medicare, etc.) and imposing "full spectrum dominion" on both our minds and bodies (including bodily fluids, contraceptive, health, and partnership choices, zygotes, embryos, etc.).
Santorum's "bible" is the "Old Testament/Old Covenant" (and St. Paul's "Epistles from New Testament because he's the gateway to the most stoneage customs of the Old. Also, the "Book of Revelations" with its apocolyptic imagery and "rapturesque" fantasies). Because his Gospel is the "Gospel of Inequality" i.e., Ayn Rand's sociopathic "Atlas Shrugged," and NOT the Gospels of Jeus, he doesn't recognize that OBAMA'S TRUE CHRISTIANITY is based on the NEW COVENANT TEACHINGS OF JESUS.
Sadly, Jesus become an "inconvenient truth" to the right-wing in general and Conservative "Crusader Christians" like Satanorum, Michelle Bachmann, Paul Ryan, Scott Walker, et al. They portray the "poor," "sick," and "afflicted" Jesus prioritized as "moochers," "looters," and "parasites," and call "communism" the "common good" that Jesus made the manistay of his ministry.
Significantly, now it is the Lenten Season for Christians, when we are supposed to give up something of significance as we prepare for Easter's celebration of Supreme Love. However, it seems Republican "Crusader Christians" have not just given up for Lent but permanently given up ever following the example of Jesus and his admonition that we "care for the poor." Unless, by some spin of "Gingrich Logic," Republicans believe that Jesus meant that they should "seize the bodily fluids of the poor" as an example of their "care."
"Right-wing 'Crusader Christians' and their GOP/Tea Party Cult have now become followers of Ayn Rand, an atheist and self-proclaimed Jesus hater. So now, they have not only essentially proclaimed, 'I accept John Galt as my Lord and Savior,' but also pledge allegiance to the motto of Ayn Rand's hero and psychological inspiration - the child murdering serial killer and psychopath, William Edward Hickman: 'WHAT'S GOOD FOR ME IS RIGHT!'"
As a "Conservative Catholic," Satanorum has benefited from the right-wing coup in the Catholic Church, which overthrew many of Pope John 23rd's reforms, empowering cliques of right-wing Bishops around the world. Satanorum's beliefs are consistent with those of Ralph Reed, who has merged his so-called "religious right" with the Tea Party. They've also made Ayn Rand their "Goddess" and supplanted the Gospels of Jesus with the "Teachings of John Galt." This wing of "Conservative Christianity" is directly linked to apoligists and supporters of slavery, segregation, and lynching.
In fact, Martin Luther King, in his Letter From a Birmingham Jail, chastised such White "Christian Conservatives" for turning a blind eye to, enabling, and/or participating in the bombing of Black Christian Churches and the lynching and burning alive of Black men, which they often did on the same day they went to Sunday Church service, at picnics for the whole congregation, including their children! Of course, "States Rights Conservative Christians" fought tooth and nail to prevent the passage of Federal Legislation to stop this barbaric practice, and they were successful.
The resurgence of the popularity of the FDR/JFK/Jesus -hater, Ayn Rand, and her fictional hero, John Galt should be a concern NOT just to TRUE CHRISTIANS, but to ALL American Patriots. Significantly, sales of Rand's Atlas Shrugged tripled in the first two years of Obama's Presidency, selling over a million copies. Ironically, Rand was an avowed atheist who hated the kind of advocacy for the poor, sick, and vulnerable that Jesus and True Christians stand for (i.e., whom Rand and her followers like Santorum, Paul Ryan, et al call "looters," "moochers," and "parasites"). In Rand's paranoid mind, there was an "equivalence" between Soviet Communism/Socialism (which she was obsessed with as a Soviet emigre) and ANY kind of so-called "Big Government" initiaitve undertaken by OUR OWN duly elected, pro-Capitalist United States Government.
These initiaitves included those undertaken by FDR to SAVE capitalism, which continue to benefit the masses of American citizens to this day (and that Rand herself benefitted from, e.g., Social Security and Medicare). I’m particularly struck by how Rand's use of the term, “communist” and “socialist” to describe FDR’s administration and reforms (a view of FDR also shared by many mainstream Conservatives), and "socialist" and “fascist” to describe Kennedy’s, has been adopted by her followers, the Tea Party, "Christian Conservatives," and right-wing media who casually describe Obama the same way AND mean it.
In my view, their apostasy and hypocrisy are so thick that THEY are the ones responsible for so many who have turned away from religion or even despise it since they have successfully hijacked the media and made themselves the "official" version of Christianity and moral piety.
And that includes the "U.S. Catholic Bishops," who are the "1% Oligarchs" of the Church, who try to sway every Presidential election to the Republicans, their seemingly "souless soulmates" who also happen to be their wealthiest if not most wayward patrons. As a Jesuit trained Catholic I feel compelled to speak out against these modern day "pharisees" and their "sodomy obsessed fertilized egg and fetus fetish," which they use to to present themselves as "morally superior" and falsely claim the "moral authority" to dictate political policy for the WHOLE country as they help the Republicans impose full spectrum dominion and achieve wholesale privatization of the public sphere
Seen in this light it makes sense that "the Oligarchs" would attempt to seize "moral authority" to lead ALL Christians by diverting attention away from their historic "cover-up of the cover-up" of what Santorum might call their own "sodomy scandal."
That's why WE must energize/organize a "BOTTOM -UP" MOVEMENT to BE THE BACKBONE Democracts need to pursue a progressive agenda that can realistically be implemented, rather than naively expect them to “just do the jobs we elected them for” and treat as a “betrayal” each “issue” they don’t approach and/or resolve ideally or according to some "ideologically pure" way. There's NO direct TOP-DOWN link between the President's voice/energy and "WE the People." It gets filtered through the MEDIA. The right-wing is so successful because they have 1600 right-leaning radio stations MOST of them "religious," Fox News, an organized network of Think Tanks, publishing houses, well financed blogs, legions of paid trollz, thousands of churches, and far more cash from Billionaires and Corporations than the Left has from Soros and Unions.
They've also got ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) financed by Kochs and mega-corporations, writing majority of laws adopted by legislatures nationwide, geared towards privatizing the public sector. They wrote draconian anti-immigrant laws in Arizona where arrestees are turned into cash by Prison Industrial Complex - members of ALEC. They also wrote the voter suppression laws adopted by Republican State legislatures that could change results of Presidential/Congressional elections.And let's not forget the powerful and secretive right-wing religious group, "THE FAMILY," which includes key members of Congress (see John Sharlett's great exposes on them).
For the record, I DO NOT accept the premise of the anti- abortionists that abortion is "murder" or that a fertilized egg is a "person," just like I don't accept the premise that a corporation is a "person" and that disbanding one and terminating (i.e., aborting) its employees is "murder," or that you and I are "fertilized eggs" (which according to the sick syllogistic reasoning above, both you and I and corporations would all be since we are all "persons" and therefore "fertilized eggs" since they both are "equivalent").
Finally, right-wing Christians, including the Catholic Bishop Oligarchs, have NOT made an equal cause of ending the death penalty, war, and poverty as they have abortion. This speaks to their hypocrisy, apostasy, and unworthiness to speak on behalf of let alone lead those who are TRUE followers/friends of Jesus.
It’s time for prgoressives to get real, and for even those who self-identify as "secular" or "atheists" to not be afraid to be inspired by and articulate DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING'S POLITICAL THEOLOGY as we reclaim our FAITH & FREEDOM from those who've defiled it beyond recognition, to whom we say:
TRUE CHRISTIANS FOLLOW JESUS - NOT JOHN GALT
©Ronald B. Robinson
For more, please read my substantially revised and substantive treatment of right-wing political theology: "CRUSADER CHRISTIANS, GOP/TEA PARTY CULT, & THE LEFT": This includes how "the left" must revise its approach to secular politics if we are to overcome the right-wing religious, political-economic, and "full spectrum tsunami" poised to send us back to the stone-age if not Armageddon.
Also, another previous article referenced in the beginning of this one: "WHY RIGHT-WING CHRISTIANS CLAIM OBAMA AS 'THE ANTICHRIST.'"