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Southern Christian Ministers Betray Christ by Ignoring Health Insurance for the Poor

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Your Daily Dose of BuzzFlash at Truthout, via my pal Mark Karlin:

...Red States adopting the total GOP assault on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) refused to accept federal funds for expanding Medicaid eligibility, leaving many of their citizens without coverage that they could receive under the act.  But the Republican politics of damning anything associated with the ACA as the work of the devil has left many white and minority Americans in healthcare Hell.

Ironically, CNN notes that "most of the people who fall into the coverage gap live in the Bible Belt, a 14-state region in the South stretching from North Carolina to Texas and Florida." Yet, and this is why this GOP political act of condemning individuals, families and children to death or bankruptcy becomes relevant to religion. [...]

CNN did find a pastor or two who would go on record:

The Rev. Phil Wages, senior pastor Winterville First Baptist Church in Georgia and a blogger, was one of the few Bible Belt ministers willing to speak on the subject. [...]

“I have an issue with the government coming in to get money through me - through taxes - to take care of people, when my argument is that I should be free to give to charities or to my church in order to take care of the sick and destitute,” he says.

The most fundamental rebuttal to the argument of Rev. Wages is then why are so many millions of Americans without healthcare insurance if the churches are taking care of them?

After all, a lot of these people are low-paid working people who don't receive health insurance as part of their jobs [...]

Indeed, CNN includes a counter-argument to Rev. Wages:

Wages’ position is impractical and unbiblical, says Ronald Sider, a longtime advocate for the poor and author of “The Scandal of Evangelical Politics."

Churches and charities don’t have enough resources to take care of an estimated 48 million Americans who don’t have health care. The Bible is filled with examples of God's fury over economic oppression of the poor, which Christians should regard as scandalous, he says.

“If you are not sharing God’s concern for the poor, it raises huge questions about whether you are a Christian at all,” he says about pastors who say nothing about the uninsured poor.

Anyone can deem themselves a good person by claiming to be "saved" by Jesus, but Jesus preached saving others from injustice, poverty and hunger.

You can't be "saved," until you understand that Jesus rebelled against those who sought financial gain at the expense of others.  Jesus was an advocate of God's compassion toward all, particularly those scorned and left behind.

Meanwhile, millions in the Evangelical and Baptist South will continue to be the victims of a trumped up theology, rigged for those who find comfort in the words of pastors who sell the snake oil of "salvation."

Please read the entire post here.

practice what you preach

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Michele Bachmann: “I was very proud of the fact that I didn’t get anything wrong..." she said wrongly.

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Per Salon, Michele Bachmann took part in a “newsmaker interview” at Patrick Henry College, a conservative evangelical school in Virginia. Or as I like to call it, a "You still here?" interview.

When asked about the “inevitability” of gay marriage, Bachmann said,

“I won’t be deviating,” explaining that no matter what humans think, God created marriage and that is unquestionable.

Unquestionable! No doubt about it! What she believes is the truth. For everyone. Ever.

So who created marriage for atheists and people who believe differently? Oo! Oo! I know! *waving hand wildly* Pick me! People did! Mostly the two people who wanted to get married. Or people who benefited from their getting married. Those people.

Asked if any good came from feminism, Bachmann said that realizing that “women are valuable and that women should be listened to is very important.” However, she continued, “But in my opinion, that wasn’t feminism, that was Jesus Christ who did that. Because Jesus Christ did more to lift up women… We didn’t need the 1960s to tell us that, all you have to do is read Proverbs 31.”

Mmmnotsomuch Michelle, those "valuable" women pretty much lifted themselves up, and it hasn't been easy. They've had a little assistance from a few very wise men who have recognized the obvious, that men and women are equals.

But if Jesus did so much to "lift up women," what exactly has he done to get women equal pay these days? And about those reproductive rights and transvaginal ultrasounds...

But perhaps her most revealing answers came when she spoke about her failed presidential bid. “I was very proud of the fact that I didn’t get anything wrong that I said during the course of the debates. I didn’t get anything wrong and that’s a huge arena,” she said.

America begs to differ:

Video- SC GOP Debate: Michele Bachmann- We Should Be Less Socialist Like China

Video- SC GOP Debate: Bachmann- Obama Is Willing To Stand With Occupy Wall Street And Not Israel

Video- Michele Bachmann Blasts Herman Cain’s ‘Devil’ 9-9-9 Plan At Republican Debate

And sometimes it's not what Michele said that was wrong, it's what she did that caused some murmurs and head scratching. Remember that Where oh where was Michele Bachmann? moment during the debate? If only Jesus had filled us in on her whereabouts.

Oh, and this happened: Was the debate de-Bachmann’d?

The nation should be de-Bachmann'd, and that is "unquestionable."

god has better things to do... if there is, in fact, a god.

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VIDEO: Sexy Liberal John Fugelsang on "long-haired, brown-skinned, homeless, Middle Eastern Jew" Jesus

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I've been meaning to put this up for awhile. It's fantastic, and besides, I'm madly in love with John Fugelsang:

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The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur introduces a monologue on Jesus and Republican Presidential candidates from comedian John Fugelsang (Sexy Liberal Comedy Tour) who guest hosted the new TYT Network panel show The Point.

Watch the full episode: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFoaDrtPrXA

Watch more Point episodes: http://www.youtube.com/townsquare

https://twitter.com/JohnFugelsang

https://twitter.com/thepointtyt

H/t: Denise Romano

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VIDEO, PhotOH! Jesus, GOP!

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I got two emails today, one person sent me the above video, and one sent me this image. Both are wonderful:

I'd attribute the photo, but none was shared.

That's a lot of Jesus for an atheist like me to get in one day.

H/t: Ellen and @Joewo

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Levi... The new Jesus?

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What next? Merry Levmas?

Asked whether he believed people would take Johnston's run for office seriously, with TV cameras rolling, [Levi Johnston's manager, Tank Jones] said: "People questioned Jesus Christ, so I definitely don't care about these mere mortals questioning Levi Johnston.

"People can question whatever they want. I mean, he's going to keep on doing his thing," he said. "He was going to do this, even if this wasn't a reality show."

"Mere mortals"? Hey, I resent being called "mortal"! "Mere" maybe, but mortal?

But seriously, folks, I was right in the middle of building my shrine to Levi when I read this little tidbit.

As I was muttering about needing more unscented candles that would shed the perfect holy pinkish hue (apologies to Seinfeld's George Costanza) upon His image--  and just before I knelt in prayer to the Levi/Former Half-Gov Mary McNotVirgin Pietà I had constructed in His honor-- I marveled at Levi's resemblance to that clearly fake Jesus everyone still reveres.

"No wonder he posed nude!" I exclaimed to nobody in particular, "He was prepping for his next photo shoot, Levi on the Cross! Sheer genius!"

Or "mere" chutzpah. Holy crap....

... emphasis on holy.

And remind me to stop exclaiming things to nobody in particular. People might think I'm as whacko as Lord Levi.

H/t: Francine

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VIDEO- The real War on Christmas: Jesus shoots Santa in display

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By GottaLaff

Jesus Shoots Santa In Christmas Display

Seasons greetings, Bill O'Reilly! You know how you always seem to be blaming evil liberal Commies for the so-called War on Christmas? The one in which the words "happy holidays" are the weapon of choice? I still haven't figured out what war that is exactly... but I did stumble across a showdown between Jesus and his former colleague Santa. Thought you might be interested.

So will Bill-O and friends condemn Jesus for gunning down Kris Kringle? Or will they stand by J.C.'s Second Amendment rights and call it self defense? Killing Rudolph would have been more acceptable. After all, he's only a reindeer, and hunting is A-OK with most folks, right? But running him over? Scandalous.

Oh, but I kid the Bill-O.

Seriously, what kind of "creative" mind comes up with brutal faux Santacide as appropriate front yard art?

Jesus Christ, you have the right to remain silent... night:

A Christmas display featuring Jesus shooting Santa Claus and a run-over Rudolph is riling some residents of a California neighborhood, KCOY-TV in Santa Maria, Calif., reported. Homeowner Ron Lake said his Christmas display in Nipomo is an expression of his repressed creativity, and that Santa represents the commercialism of Christmas.

Let's not forget that whole First Amendment thing, either. In this case, it's very disturbing, unpleasant freedom of speech.

Well, at least per Ron Lake, we now know what Jesus would do.

PLEASE NOTE: I REMOVED THE VIDEO because it was doing that autoplay thing. You can find it here.

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Man gets 36 months for Internet threats to assassinate Obama

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Finally, one of the crazies that makes sense. /snark

A Wisconsin man who professes to be the second coming of Christ was sentenced Friday in federal court in Jackson to 36 months in prison for making Internet threats to assassinate then-President-elect Barack Obama.

In a nearly daylong sentencing hearing, Steven Joseph Christopher, 42, said at one point in court, "I'm not crazy."

He was living in Brookhaven in January when he made the Internet threat against Obama, about a week before the president was sworn into office.

Christopher admitted making the threat, but said he never had any intention of harming Obama. He said he made the threat to gain attention for his cause that he is the second coming of Christ and the Apocalypse is coming in 2012 and much of the world will be destroyed.

When U.S. District Judge Henry Wingate asked him what he thought his sentence should be, Christopher replied, "I think I should be let go. I want to meet with President Obama."

"I am the Christ, the returned Christ. I'm asking you to look at my heart. I think you (Wingate) are an honorable man and I hope you will see that I'm the Messiah and kiss me on the head."

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