Francis is Driving Them Nuts
"Even as we today raise our hand against our brother....We have perfected our weapons, our conscience has fallen asleep, and we have sharpened our ideas to justify ourselves as if it were normal we continue to sow destruction, pain, death. Violence and war only lead to death."
It sure is an amusing thing to watch these Tea-partiers and their ongoing, massive FREAK OUT with respect to the philosophy of Pope Francis. Some, like noted scatterbrain, Rush Limbaugh, have gone as far as calling him a "Marxist". Sarah Palin has expressed her disapproval by saying the pope sounds "pretty liberal". What's up with that? All the pontiff is doing is passing on to his flock the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth - the Prince of Peace. How could they possibly take issue with that? Isn't that the line that a Christian would be expected to take? What gives?
The dirty little secret is out: Jesus' teachings in the New Testament are anathema to the ideology of the right wing. Why do you think they hardly ever quote Him? Francis is forcing all Catholics - and by extension, all Christians - to come face-to-face with the reality of what He was all about. I am not a theologian. The totality of my religious education comprises what I learned in Sunday School as a little boy and Catholic grammar school (grades six through eight). But as sparse as my instruction might be, I at least understand that Christ's whole purpose on this earth didn't involve catering to the status quo. There was a wee bit more substance to it. He was about love, and forgiving - and giving.
Jesus does not approve.
Okay, I'm gonna go out on a limb here. Call me a reckless heathen if you like but this is how I see it:
Tax cuts for a class of people who already have more money than they know what to do with? This one is such a no-brainer that I'm embarrassed to even mention it. Jesus does not approve.
A bloated military that expends its might by roaming the world and killing a lot of people with dark skin (of which He was one by the way)? Jesus does not approve.
Building privately owned prisons for profit and then passing more-and-more harshly punitive laws that will ensure that those prisons are packed to capacity forever? Jesus does not approve.
Placing the extreme burden of taxation on the backs of the poor and middle classes while some multi-billion-dollar corporations pay zero? Jesus does not approve.
Passing legislation that will prevent the most vulnerable of those among us to take part in their democracy? Jesus does not approve.
Forcing those who educate our children and serve our infrastructure to accept cruel cuts in their paychecks while the coffers of the rich and powerful runneth over? Jesus does not approve.
A health care industry that sends people who get desperately ill spiraling into poverty? Jesus does not approve.
A culture that labels people as "the deserving poor"? Jesus does not approve.
A legal system that allows the financial industry to bankrupt millions of innocent people while that same system's highest legal officers admit that these criminals are too big to prosecute? Jesus does not approve.
A political party that claims to have an inside line to the Almighty Himself while consistently suffocating the lives of the meekest of us? Jesus most definitely does not approve.
Them plutocratic emperors ain't got not threads, baby!
What Pope Francis is doing is holding up a mirror - and there are many among us who are recoiling in horror at the reflection. Human society stands at the precipice of spiritual annihilation. We're either - all of us - going to care for and nurture one another, or we're going to hurdle into the abyss.
Now if you'll excuse me I have a needle's eye and and a camel that I'm conducting and experiment with.
These are delicious times in which to be alive. They really are!
Christ vs. Conservatism - A SERIOUS Conflict
from "The Rant", 21 July 2006
I wrote this little ditty way back at the beginning.
Here is a message I sent to Pope Francis''s Twitter account on December 1:
"@Pontifex: Your Holiness, you are driving the right wing in America nuts. Thank you."
Dear Lord, I love this pope!