Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Conservative Christians Delight In The Punishment And Pain Of Others

"We Can Be Pretty Sure That Many Good People Are Roasting In Hell"

The Thinking Housewife

Alan: Not just many people, but "many good people."

Dear Fred,

I do not know if The Thinking Housewife is getting weirder or if I'm growing more attuned to her weirdness.

In any event the post pasted below, "Bumper Sticker," is not only bizarre but gratuitously uncharitable. 

It often seems that Christian conservatives delight in punishment/pain as if sadism were an indispensable pillar of their worldview. (Of course, conservatives don't see their fondness for torment as sadism. They see it as personal alliance with God's "smiting hand.")

"Do War's Really Defend America's Freedom?"
(Homage To Marine Commandant, Major General Smedley Butler)

Christians And "Christians" Choose Between Mercy, Love And Forgiveness, Or Retribution And Punishment

Punishment Rarely Reforms But Instead Tends To Reinforce Wrongdoing

Christianity's Bedrock Commitment To Torture: Remaking "The Faithful" In God's Image

The Civil War: White Christians Slaughtering One Another On A Scale ISIS Can Only Dream Of

"Christian Conservatism: "The Saved," "The Damned," "The Rich," "The Poor"

Psychological Projection Indicts "The Good Christians," Not The People They Indict

My Correspondence With A Christian Fundamentalist: "The Best... Becomes Evil"

Pope Francis: What Christianity Looks Like When Believers Realize "God Is Love"

Consistent with America's Know-Nothing Nativism -- to whose lineage The Thinking Housewife belongs -- Ms. Wood is, ironically, anti-Catholic despite her profession of ultra-orthodoxy. 

The American Party: Know Nothing Nativism And Opposition To Catholic Immigration
Like the Pharisees, the Know Nothings are always with us.

"The terrible thing about our time is precisely the ease with which theories can be put into practice.  The more perfect, the more idealistic the theories, the more dreadful is their realization.  We are at last beginning to rediscover what perhaps men knew better in very ancient times, in primitive times before utopias were thought of: that liberty is bound up with imperfection, and that limitations, imperfections, errors are not only unavoidable but also salutary. The best is not the ideal.  Where what is theoretically best is imposed on everyone as the norm, then there is no longer any room even to be good.  The best, imposed as a norm, becomes evil.”  
"Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander,” by Trappist monk, Father Thomas Merton

No matter how quixotic it proves to be, Germany's treatment of immigrant refugees is more Christian than the spiteful bitterness, prototypal ghettoization and frank cruelty that Laura admires as orthodoxy in the 16th century thug, Pope Paul IV. 

Pope Paul IV, 1476 - 1559. Proto-Nazi?

Germany Open To 500,000 Refugees Each Year As Crisis Grows On Continent

I don't belief The Thinking Housewife is aware of the role played by her other hero pope, Innocent III, whose thuggery rivals Paul IV.

Pope Innocent III's Albigensian Crusade And Genocide

Pax tecum


PS Lest we forget...

"Terror And The Other Religions"
How Do Christians Rank As Terrorists?
Juan Cole

The Thinking Housewife

Bumper Sticker

September 5, 2015
Great idea I saw today for a campaign season bumper sticker:
I voted for Bush Senior, but I ain’t voting for SeƱor Bush!

The Hard, Central Truth Of Contemporary Conservatism

The hard, central "fact" of contemporary "conservatism" is its insistence on a socio-economic threshold above which people deserve government assistance, and below which people deserve to die. 

The sooner the better. 

Unless conservatives are showing n'er-do-wells The Door of Doom, they just don't "feel right." 

To allay this chthonic anxiety, they resort to Human Sacrifice,  hoping that spilled blood will placate "the angry gods," including the one they've made of themselves. 

Having poked their eyes out, they fail to see  that self-generated wrath creates "the gods" who hold them thrall.

Almost "to a man," contemporary "conservatives" have apotheosized themselves and now -- sitting on God's usurped throne -- are rabid to pass Final Judgment

Self-proclaimed Christians, eager to thrust "the undeserving" through The Gates of Hell, are the very people most likely to cross its threshold. 

Remarkably, none of them are tempted to believe this. 

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