Wednesday, September 03, 2008

All Alike in the Dark

If there ever was any doubt that the Right-Wingers think women are stupid, since John McCain picked Sarah Palin as his running-mate, that doubt has disappeared. They think we've even dumber than I realized. Throw those Clintonites a woman -- ANY woman -- and (the theory goes), they will automatically vote for her.

Of course no real Hillary supporter is going to go for this crap. Governor Palin is against everything Hillary Clinton stands for -- as is McSame. The polls clearly show that nobody's being fooled by this except for the fools on the Religious Right. And they are pretty much fooled by everything.

The philosophy seems to be that, as the old male-neanderthal saying goes, we're all alike in the dark. But unless we're Right-Wing, Christianist whackjobs, we are NOT in the dark. Therein lies their problem. They may believe their charlatan leaders' lies, but we won't. It's becoming encouragingly apparent that no one else will, either.

How odd that these people don't distinguish between one woman and another. How much odder, still, that they take such a view -- yet call themselves Christians. Nothing could be farther from the genuine Christian perspective.

The God revealed in Jesus Christ is "no respecter of persons." And in Christ, "there is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, but all are one." God looks at our humanity, NOT at our gender. Yet God made -- deliberately and lovingly crafted -- each and every one of us. God loves, values and judges each of us as an individual person.

This is only one of at least a thousand examples of why the "Christian Right" is neither. Not only are these people very, very wrong, but they are not even real Christians. Their view could not be farther from it.

Christian doctrine also says we should judge ourselves more harshly than we do anyone else. Not so the Republican thugs of today, who are tripping all over themselves with excuses for the trailer-trashy carryings-on of the Palin family, even while they pass endless judgment, with Moses-like sternness, on the morality of just about everybody else.

If she were anybody else's daughter, Bristol Palin's sex life would be none of our business. But her mother chose to run for the second-highest office not only in the country, but in the world. So her daughter's sex life is not only the business of the family, but of the country -- and the world. Can't stand the heat? Then get the hell out of the kitchen.

They want to pass judgment on us. Not only that, but they want to be able to FORCE their judgments off on us, whether we agree with them or not. They would usurp the very role of God "Himself." Thus have they forfeited any right to "privacy."

Please, please, PLEASE let's have the debate on morality -- especially Christian morality -- the Religious Right keeps claiming that it wants to have. They're playing chicken with us, of course. The last thing they really want is an honest and rigorous discussion about morality, but they think that we're afraid to call their bluff.

Never has a more shamefully immoral crowd run this country. We owe it to the country to call their bluff. In fact, we owe it to Christ.


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