January 4, 2008 5:34 AM

Since when are hatred and divisiveness Christian values?

Romney adviser: Romney will stop ‚Äö√Ñ√≤the militant gays.’

He’s always had the same position as to regards to the gay agenda. Look, he wants to know people to know he values gay people as people, okay? But he doesn’t want the militant gays to be able to change the cultural institutions of the country.

  • Jim Talent

I really wish someone would explain to me why and when the teachings of Jesus Christ came to be so universally accepted as being about hatred, exclusion, and discrimination. OK, I’m a Buddhist, so I can plead ignorance here and still maintain a modicum of credibility, but I did grow up Lutheran. I don’t recall the Gospel, at least as it was taught to me, being so heavy of hatefulness and negativity. The Christianity I can remember being taught was about love and acceptance and tolerance. It was about loving your fellow man as yourself and recognizing that all human beings are unique creatures of God and forces for good.

Somewhere along the line, what I like to call the “Fred Phelps effect” began to assume a greater role in public life. Hateful zealots like Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell used their bastardization of the Gospel to strengthen the foundation of their own personal power and empire. I’m sorry, but if Falwell and Robertson and their ilk could be described as “Christians”, then I’m the Queen of England. These intolerant, mean-spirited zealots are about Christianity in the same way Britney Spears is about moderation and motherhood.

I can’t help but wonder what Jesus might find if He were to return to Earth today. Frankly, I’m not sure that those who profess to be His most fervent followers would even recognize Him. I have a difficult time believing that, despite all of the pandering to Christians by Republicans this campaign season, Jesus cares a whit about Republicans OR Democrats. I seriously doubt that, no matter how much Mike Huckabee might claim the imprimatur of the Almighty, you’ll be seeing any Divine endorsements.

….Hi! I’m your Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ…and I approved this message.….

You know, there’s a reason the Founding Fathers emphasized the separation of Church and State. It’s just too bad that so many Presidential candidates, particularly Republicans, seem to have forgotten that important piece of Americana.

Oh…and if you’re thinking that the Founding Fathers didn’t understand, respect, and fear the power of religion in public and political discourse, try reading this. I think you’ll find that John Adams and Thomas Jefferson forgot more about the power of Christianity and the teachings of Jesus Christ than any of the Fred Phelps wannabes today have ever known.

Lord, save us from your followers….

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