In a speech to Tea Party conservatives on Saturday in Columbus, Ohio, Rick Santorum claimed President Obama’s policies are not ‘based on the Bible’ but rather ‘some phony theology’.
In other words, Rick Santorum is suggesting-as a criticism mind you- that in the year 2012, the policies of the President of the United States are not based on a book written over 2,000 years ago.
This is the same book of course which has shaped Santorum’s strict, primitive, and frankly paranoid view of Sex. The same book which has Rick convinced that both Gays and birth control are a bigger threat to our Country than Hitler, Communism, Nuclear Weapons…and Nic Cage movies combined.
The same book mind you, which is unmistakably inconsistent and contradictory. Consider that the puritan view of sexuality which is held by Rick Santorum and other two cans short of a six pack far-right Christian Conservatives, is predicated on a book which features such seemingly perverse ‘story lines’ as :
- Abraham fathering children with Sarah and his servant Hagar.
- Jacob marrying both Rachel and her sister Leah….
- Oh and he also married his servants Bilhah and Zilpah.
- In case you’re unclear, that’s called Polygamy…and there’s tons of it in the Bible
- Incest….lots of Incest
- Human sacrifice -like with Lot saying “Here angry mob- take my two virgin daughters”
- Death for female adulterers
- Slavery….as in sex slaves
So to be clear, Rick’s saying President Obama is not using this archaic, taboo-riddled, pathologically psychotic book as his blueprint for governance-and he considers that outrageous, not quite as outrageous as a woman being murdered on her wedding day for not being a virgin I‘m sure- but nevertheless outrageous.
However, the truth is that it’s actually Santorum and those of his holier-than-thou theocratic ilk, who conspicuously disregard the more modernly applicable teachings of the bible, who deliberately ignore those words of Jesus which in 2012, would be of the most value, which would most promote the common good.
In the temple courts [Jesus] found men selling cattle, sheep and doves and othersitting at tables exchanging money. So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple area, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. [John 2:14 & 15.] Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions. [Luke 12.15.] Truly, I say unto you, it will be hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. [Matthew 19:23] You cannot serve both God and Money. [Matthew 6:24.]Love your neighbor as yourself. .[Matthew 22:39] So in everything, do to others as you would have them do to you. [ Matthew 7:12.] If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. [Matthew 19:21]But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. You will be repaid at the resurrection of the just. [Luke 14:13 &14.]
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. [Matthew 5:9] Resistnot evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. [Matthew 5:39] I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despite-fully use you, and persecute you; [Matthew 5:44]
If Rick were to bomb Iran-as he’s said repeatedly he is quite ready if not eager to do-could he then claim to be employing policies ’based on the Bible”?
The fact is, the Bible is the most widely taken Rorschach test ever, and the varying results…or findings, can be viewed in History Books, in Wars, in Geography, in Governments. The way one utilizes it-the way one interprets its cryptic writings, or allegorical teachings, tells us much more about that person, then it does God or his will.
So what have we learned about Rick Santorum through his selectively overzealous interpretation of the Bible?
Well let’s just say that in this inkblot, Rick sees a tug of war going on, with “sinners”-including Gays, those who have sex for pleasure, those who use birth control, and President Obama on one side, and on the other side -the morally pure, including The Santorums, Foster Friess (and his money) and God Himself. America of course is in the precarious middle, its fate hanging in the balance.
So that considered, what’s Rick’s diagnosis?
Be Good Friends,