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 Rants: With Eyes Closed, It’s Only “Rumors”

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I came to a sad realization this week. For at least some members of the Christian Right (I am hoping it is not all), the war, the evidence of the Bush Administration’s lies, the loss of our own Constitutional rights, the torture of prisoners, history, national and international news are all considered only rumors. Therefore, I am told, they do not listen to them…

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They refuse to acknowledge that these events are even happening. Besides, even given the very remote possibility that some of it might be more than just rumor, it doesn’t really matter anyway. It is perfectly okay to just ignore it, refuse to acknowledge it, or talk about it. In fact get angry that it is dared even to be mentioned. God and Government now apparently share the same altar, and criticizing government is the equivalent of criticizing God.

Sadly, I guess that explains a lot. I begin to wonder though, just what it will take to open their eyes. If their next door neighbor is taken to jail, if the next town over explodes, if people they know disappear? If all their children die in an illegal war? Will it not be real unless it is their own house that blows up, or they, themselves, that are taken away?

Will it, perhaps, be real then?

As long as eyes are closed, it doesn’t matter how many die, scream in pain or horror, are maimed, lives destroyed, how much of the Earth itself is damaged. It’s not happening to them, afterall. That it is done in the name of their “God,” by the leader that they elected, and re-elected knowing he started a war based on lies, is apparently of absolutely no consequence. They can hide in their homes, shut out reality, claim it does not exist, verbally attack anyone who says it does, and insist vehemently that they have no responsibility.

I cannot imagine or explain this attitude, except to say that it must feel good to be able to convince yourself everything unpleasant just doesn’t exist.

Somehow, I don’t seem to be able to keep blinders on, I really wouldn’t want to live that way, in any case.

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Re: With Eyes Closed, It�s Only �Rumors� (Score: 1)
by NonZionist on Saturday, August 06 @ 10:09:16 EDT
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You critique many in the "Chrstian Right". I think you should also critique the "Christian Mainstream": Many people THERE are just as pharisaical as those "On the Right".

One can find these pharisees everywhere. They completely miss the point of religion. Where Christ taught spiritual life, they seek spiritual death -- a heartless formulaic robot-like existence, an existence where one doesn't have to THINK or FEEL.

I call these people anti-Christ "Christians". They ignore Christ's commandments and everything Christ taught, then, like the pharisees of 2,000 years ago, they turn Christ into an idol and a war-lord. They are spiritual zombies.

God seeks comrades and claims love; the Devil seeks slaves and claims obedience.
-- Rabindranath Tagore, Fireflies, 1928

Did Christ ignore or fear unpleasantness? No way! He dealt with lepers and outcasts, and he was an outcast himself. In the end, he was murdered by the powers and principalities.

You've given us another excellent rant, Blue1Moon! I wholeheartedly agree with your conclusion:

I really wouldn�t want to live that way, in any case.

We are the fortunate ones, we who have eyes to see and ears to hear, we who have conscience and compassion. Count your blessings!

Our struggle for truth and freedom, peace and justice, brings BOTH sorrow and joy:

The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.
-- Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

Re: With Eyes Closed, It’s Only “Rumors” (Score: 1)
by tommeb on Saturday, August 06 @ 10:16:25 EDT
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Alas, everyone has their vision of Eden and/or Utopia....

Thankfully this is not mine and I will continue to protest and sign petitions to end the radicalism that
is festering in this country and defeat those in government that promote it.

Re: With Eyes Closed, It’s Only “Rumors” (Score: 1)
by Blue1moon on Sunday, August 07 @ 10:02:36 EDT
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I agree wholeheartedly NonZionist, and work as you do also, Tommeb, to do my best to stop it.

Yes, I do indeed count my blessings. Once you pass through the sorrow, you are filled with light and joy and become ever stronger.

After hearing from the Christian Right, and reading NonZionist's comments, that this is true also of Mainstream Christianity in many cases, I begin to fear that we are facing another civil war. That Mr. Bush will never allow himself to be impeached, that he will bunker down and try to hold on to his Almighty Greed & Power no matter if he destroys this entire country physically, in addition to what he had already done constitutionally and to the Nation's spirit. Our country has always been about diversity, and the acceptance and blending of people from all places on Earth, a place held up as somewhere you could go and live in freedom - no longer.

It is frightening to watch the direction of the world, knowing where it may likely lead, if the people do not stand quickly against these dishonest leaders whose only real agenda is themselves and furthering their own riches, power and control.

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