Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Why "The Bible Belt" Is Christianity's Worst Enemy

Rep. Paul Broun,  a physician, labeled evolution, embryology and the Big Bang theory “lies straight from the pit of hell."

"The Bible Belt Is A Weapon Used Buckle End First"

"Red State Moocher Bibliography"

Dear J,

"The Bible Belt's" uncompromising biblical views debase and degrade Christianity.

Adamant insistence on "fundamentalism's" own "purity" and "inerrant understanding" contribute mightily to America's ongoing disaffection with religion. 

Yesterday, it was revealed - for the first time - that Protestant Americans comprise less than half the population. (The Catholic percentage dipped slightly, and the number of  non-believers rose above 20% for the first time.)

Even if Republican Representative Broun is right, the application of intellectual rigor would impose restraint from condemnation of scientific findings as "straight from the pit of Hell."

The Bible Belt is to "The Teaching of Jesus" what "Islamist Jihad" is to "The Teaching of Mohammed" - two ugly things that alienate good people, simultaneously inflaming bad people.  

Christian Fundamentalists (and many Evangelicals) think they occupy "the high moral ground" when, in fact, they re-enact Lucifer's Fall, justifying their arrogance by doubling down on self-imposed benightedness. 

As a companion piece, I encourage you to listen Diane Rehm's excellent panel discussion, "Fiftieth Anniversary of Vatican II."

Pax on both houses,


PS "The Last Time Christians Had Any Balls, They Welcomed Martyrdom" 

The following six links (with commentary) were added on October, 7th, 2016:

Foul Audio Tape: Trump Encourages His Fellows To Just "Grab Them By The Pussy"

Trump's First Wife Ivana, Talks About His Raping Her

Audio Tape: Trump Brags About Trying To "Fuck" A "Married Woman"

Audio Tape: Trump Says On Hot Mic: "When You're A Star... You Can Do Anything" To Women

Not only "should" this audio tape put an end to Trump's presidential aspiration, it "should" make conservative Christians hang their head in shame. If they had the slightest aliquot of decency they would don sack and ash and beg forgiveness on the Cathedral steps.

If they do not repent, fundamentalism, evangelicism and conservative Catholicism may well plummet from the parapets of heaven -- a Fall every bit as deserved as Satan's own!
Christians Are Their Own Worst Enemies
Wrecking The Brand

"Why Voting For Donald Is A Morally Good Choice," Christian Post

Broun Camp Stays Quiet After Evolution Remarks

By Cameron McWhirter
The office of U.S. Rep. Paul C. Broun (R., Ga.) wasn’t commenting  Monday following the widespread dissemination late last week of the video in which Mr. Broun, a doctor, labeled evolution, embryology and the Big Bang theory “lies straight from the pit of hell.”
Mr. Broun’s spokeswoman, Meredith Griffanti, didn’t return calls for comment. Mr. Broun’s office was closed for Columbus Day and its voicemail box was full. The video of Mr. Broun’s remarks has been removed from the Liberty Baptist Church website and the church’s pastor, Michael Griffin Sr., didn’t return calls for comment. The remarks, however, are now widely available across the web, including on YouTube.
Mr. Broun, a conservative Republican who is running unopposed this November, sits on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.
He made his remarks at a hunter’s banquet at the Liberty Baptist Church of Hartwell, Ga., on Sept. 27. The remarks were then posted on the church’s website. Mr. Broun’s district, which covers the northeast portion of the state, is heavily conservative and evangelical, though it includes the liberal city of Athens, home to the University of Georgia.
“All that stuff I was taught about evolution and embryology and Big Bang theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of hell,” he said at the banquet. “And it’s lies to try to keep me and all the folks who are taught that from understanding that they need a savior.”
Mr. Broun went on to say that he believed the earth was about 9,000 years old, an age rejected by most scientists as far too young. Scientists put the age of the earth at about 4.5 billion to 5 billion years.
The comments received sharp criticism from various quarters. Bill Nye, a popular science educator, condemned the remarks on the Huffington Post and conservative radio talk show host Neal Boortz tweeted Monday that, “Voters in Paul Broun’s Congressional District (Ga. 10) should write in Charles Darwin on the ballot this year.”
UPDATE: Monday afternoon, Liberty Baptist Church, the church where Mr. Broun made his remarks, re-posted a video of the event on its website. Senior pastor Michael Griffin Sr., told the Wall Street Journal that they had received positive and negative emails and telephone calls since the story broke, so they initially decided to take the video down. They decided to repost it because they believe in a Biblical world view and Mr. Broun’s remarks supported that view, he said.

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