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Gibson writes: "Even conservative Christian students at the university where Rick Perry made his remarks about leading by a Christian example agree that it's 'un-Christian' to deny life-saving medical care to the uninsured. And plenty of Christian leaders are still calling for an end to brutal budget cuts that kill jobs and force more working families into poverty."

Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks to the first general session of the 2010 Republican Party of Texas Convention in Dallas. (photo: LM Otero/AP)
Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks to the first general session of the 2010 Republican Party of Texas Convention in Dallas. (photo: LM Otero/AP)



Texas Republicans Should Read the Bible

By Carl Gibson, Reader Supported News

19 September 11


Reader Supported News | Perspective

 

exas Gov. Rick Perry recently said America should be guided by "the Christian values that this country was based upon." Even though Article 11 of the John Adams-endorsed Treaty of Tripoli states "the Government of the United States of America, is not in any sense, founded on the Christian religion," I'm sure it warmed the hearts of Christian voters in the room. However, Rick Perry is the absolute worst model of a Christian leader.

The scriptures are clear about the necessity of helping the sick and the poor. Proverbs 3:27 instructs those to not withhold good from the deserving when it's in their power to do so. Jesus defined the Christian's role of aiding the needy in Matthew 25: 35-41, adding that those who deny the needy the help they need do it to him also. Jesus also warns, speak out against religious hypocrites in Matthew 23. The idea of wealth redistribution isn't new - Luke the Apostle actually advocated for it in Acts 4, in a passage called "Believers Share Their Possessions."

Yet, Rick Perry instead chose to deny public healthcare to tens of thousands of his fellow Texans with reckless cuts to Medicaid. 4.6 million Texans are living in poverty, with a poverty rate three percentage points higher than the national average. After Governor Perry cut millions from volunteer firefighter and forest service budgets, Texas' wildfires are raging to this day.

Instead of redistributing wealth, Perry's friends in the capitol denied help to struggling people in his state in the midst of a $27 billion revenue shortfall, and chose to reward owners of $250,000 yachts with a generous tax break. Perry, who constantly criticizes federal entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare as "unconstitutional," apparently feels entitled to $600,000 in taxpayer money to spruce up his rented mansion.

Not to be outdone, Ron Paul recently hinted during the CNN-Tea Party debate that allowing the uninsured to die was "what freedom is all about," before finally relenting and saying churches and charity could likely pay for life-saving healthcare for a hypothetical uninsured patient in intensive care.

This is a pretty callous statement coming from Paul, considering his 2008 campaign manager Kent Snyder lacked health insurance and died of pneumonia two weeks after Paul's campaign concession. Snyder's mother is unable to pay the $400,000 cost of her son's medical bills, despite help from churches, charities and a website set up by his friends.

Even conservative Christian students at the university where Rick Perry made his remarks about leading by a Christian example agree that it's "un-Christian" to deny life-saving medical care to the uninsured. And plenty of Christian leaders are still calling for an end to brutal budget cuts that kill jobs and force more working families into poverty.

If America is to truly be guided by Christian values, Christians would do well to vote for those who actually practice what they preach. While Perry and Paul demand cuts to public programs and healthcare for the uninsured, President Obama is finding his inner Luke and asking the richest Americans to share their possessions to help lessen the burden of deficit reduction already on the shoulders of working families. The Tea Party's favorite candidates should take a cue from the president and truly embrace the Christian values they speak about.


Carl Gibson, 24, of Lexington, Kentucky, is a spokesman and organizer for US Uncut, a nonviolent, creative direct-action movement to stop budget cuts by getting corporations to pay their fair share of taxes. He graduated from Morehead State University in 2009 with a B.A. in Journalism before starting the first US Uncut group in Jackson, Mississippi, in February of 2011. Since then, over 20,000 US Uncut activists have carried out more than 300 actions in over 100 cities nationwide. You may contact Carl at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Reader Supported News is the Publication of Origin for this work. Permission to republish is freely granted with credit and a link back to Reader Supported News.

 

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+54 # BicParker 2011-09-19 14:09
Perry is a hypocrite.

BUT what about HIPOCRITES??!!

DOCTOR Ron Paul swore an oath to save lives. He should lose his medical license!!
 
 
+7 # NanFan 2011-09-20 09:11
Pffft!

This is propaganda babble, the Big Lie from Perry-Paul-Hitl er. Look at the pix of Perry! He's no Christian and never has been.

He's a murderer under the guise of his political power. If he gets into the highest office in the land, we're in the deepest doo-doo we could ever, ever imagine.

Pray, you ersatz Christians, because he doesn't really care about you either. You have one hope if you believe in the teachings of Christ:

"It's easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to get to heaven." ~ Jesus Christ

N.
 
 
-1 # propsguy 2011-09-20 20:43
what ron paul actually said if you watch the video is that as a doctor, he never turned away anyone, nor did any hospital at which he worked. his complaint, as near as i could figure, was with a system of for profit bureaucratic insurance which increases the costs of routine procedures beyond anyone's ability to pay.
someone once said that if a doctor had to look a patient in the face and say "harold, this drug i want you to take is going to cost you $3000 a month. the shocked look on harold's face would stop the doctor cold.
but because harold has insurance, no one ever thinks about what things cost.
as an example, 7 yrs ago i broke my left wrist and when it healed, i was given some putty and told to squeeze it to build up my muscles and my dexterity. it worked out just fine.
recently i broke right wrist in italy where the care was wonderful and the total cost was 36 euros to get copies of x-rays to bring here. the bone doctor here insists that i have physical therapy even though i had none the last time. hell, my insurance will cover it so why not? except that i have a $30 co-pay every time i go and so ultimately those 8 visits will cost me $240.00 to do something that time, healing and my normal movements would achieve on their own. without our stupid system, my doctor might have some sensitivity to my finaces
 
 
+66 # ALinSTL 2011-09-19 14:09
What's really funny is that all these GOP CHRISTIANS just LOVE Paul Ryan's plan, which is based on the philosophy of one of the biggest ATHEISTS to exist: AYN RAND!!!! GOP Christians support running the country under an atheist agenda!!!!!HAAA AAAAAAA HAHHAHHAH HA...
 
 
+16 # universlman 2011-09-19 20:47
call me sentimental - my favorite maxim from the bible: "thou shalt not kill"
 
 
+5 # karester 2011-09-21 06:02
Right. And in the state of Georgia, Troy Davis' execution is just 9 hours away. An innocent man! What did the SCOTUS say? "It is not unconstitutiona l to execute an innocent man." HAH!!! WTF??
 
 
+35 # Ryan Langemeyer 2011-09-19 14:11
Hmmmmm.... Are "Real Christians" actually beginning to raise their heads and their voices to confront the Christian Hypocrites? The Real Christians have been dormant and quiet for way too long. It's time for Second Christian Reformation!
 
 
+2 # KittatinyHawk 2011-09-19 18:51
Which Christians are we asking about, which Real Christians? they are all hypocrites
 
 
-64 # MidwestTom 2011-09-19 14:15
I do not believe that any Christian will deny aid to the sick and the poor. However, years ago I read a report about the efficiency of various welfare assistance programs. These numbers may not be exact, but they are close. A church run program distributes 100% of funds allocated and available to welfare (food or assistance) programs; a county run program distributes 70% of program funding; a state program distributes 55% of funds allocated, and a Federal program distributes 45% of program cost. One can a Christian, and still oppose Federal Welfare schemes.
 
 
+33 # BicParker 2011-09-19 15:49
Can you be a Doctor and let people die who do not have insurance-a corporate profit scheme??
 
 
+11 # KittatinyHawk 2011-09-19 18:53
Yes they can.
 
 
+27 # OldRedleg 2011-09-19 16:08
How does the old saying go? "Figures don't lie, but liars can figure"

I seriously doubt that any program, even a church-run program, can realistically distribute 100% of its allocated funds to its welfare programs, even if it worked solely through volunteer help. You throw out some serious numbers and implied allegations, which you may honestly believe, but are really just hearsay since you don't provide any real type of context for them to be judged from.

(and no, I wasn't one of those giving you a thumbs-down)
 
 
+4 # karester 2011-09-21 05:58
When a government program is funded, the funds include labor and operating costs. These church figures probably do not include any of that. They could have a special offering for the "needy", but some of the church budget is probably used, also. If someone wasn't paying to keep the lights on there would be no such offering.
 
 
+13 # Tom Baxter 2011-09-19 17:33
Social Security, which is not welfare distributes 98% of its budget as does Medicare. WIC which is welfare wastes 55% of its money on nutrition and health education, stop smoking initiatives, etc as required by law.
FDIC's and the FED's welfare distributed 200-300% of their funding to banks too big to fail under Bush and the same under Obama, but they have the unrestricted ability to charge whatever is needed to keep big banks solvent the federal government.
 
 
+5 # Ken Hall 2011-09-19 20:05
MT: You're asea once again, one wonders how you swallow such tripe and not choke. It is always better to engage the mind before opening one's mouth. While it may be true that some church programs are efficient at distributing assistance, these days there is enough evidence of ecclesiastical malfeasance to make a person pause before making any kind of blanket statement about them. How many Christian leaders have been found with their hand in the till? In bed with a mistress, someone else spouse, or with little boys and girls? How many "family value" types have been found trolling for homosexual sex, including a few pseudo-Christia n federal politicians. While I know that many Christians are sincere, honest believers and do follow the ten commandments, the hypocrisy and venality of some is there for all to see, just read your newspaper. As far as gov't run welfare programs go, they do a very good job of efficiently delivering aid because they have low administrative costs. Contrary to what the right wing nut jobs would have us believe, there are many gov't workers who are smart and diligent, and they deliver the goods. About ten years back I remember a scandal involving the CEO of United Way. There can't have been a very good ratio of donations to distribution because he had a whopping salary and still used the corporate jet for personal junkets.
 
 
+2 # X Dane 2011-09-22 17:20
You are right Ken, but these days it is very fashionable to denigrate people working for the government. People we NEED, like teachers firemen, police and many other people we don't see, but who none the less do important work.

I think we, the middle class and the working poor have fallen into the right wing trap: DEVIDE AND CONQUER. If public and private workers fight each other,
they (right wing) win. So let's stop that NOW!!
 
 
+7 # racp 2011-09-20 08:00
Quoting MidwestTom:
I do not believe that any Christian will deny aid to the sick and the poor.

1) Please define Christian. 2) How do you qualify efforts to oppose changes to a health system that reduces the uninsured or make imposible to discriminate against people for preexisting conditions? Would that be denying aid to the sick?
For a start, the Bible doesn't have an aster after "help the sick and the poor." It is totally according to the scripture to do it through a federal goverment program. There is also no additional requirements, just being sick or poor. Nothing about credo, nationality, or etc. Even sin does not disqualifies anybody. Historically, charitable acts can be done directly or through the Church. BTW, "charity" in a church is not exactly voluntary, and the allocation of resources given to the church for charitable purposes is decided by the hierarchy, not the person who donates.
BTW, if you were a sick Christian, would you be happy if, lets' say for the sake of the argument, a very wealthy Satanic Druid gives you health care conditional to becoming a Satan workshiper? And why should donations to the church (in this case of the Satanic Druid) be tax deductable? Why would part of my tax dollars go to subsidize that donation? Federal Welfare programs are what ensure freedom of religion for those in need too.
 
 
+7 # karester 2011-09-21 05:52
But your church run programs only help you IF you go to their church, do as they say, believe what they believe, and you better vote the way they vote! Do not tell me I'm wrong, because I have been desperate and sought help from a number of churches. NO! No! No! Where do you think Recants get their training!??!

They will not even offer to pay an electric bill. They are cold. They are self-absorbed. They are no more Christian than a duck!
 
 
+48 # Libertysghost 2011-09-19 14:56
If Rick Perry and Michelle Bachmann are examples of what passes these days for Christians, then count me out. I'll follow George Carlin's advise and worship the Sun (but pray to Joe Pesci).
 
 
+29 # fredboy 2011-09-19 15:18
I don't believe Texas Republicans know what the Bible is.
Especially the New Testament.
 
 
+10 # KittatinyHawk 2011-09-19 18:56
All forget bible is written by man. man manipulates the bible to fit their own situation. Not impressed with bible interpreters of the Christian rite...would rather depend on someone who has the goodness in his/her heart.
Church not Government is for the People...they take from the people.
 
 
-1 # X Dane 2011-09-22 17:34
KittatinyHawk
Church not Government is for the People...they take from the people.
Are you sure that is what you meant to say?????
 
 
+19 # Deist 2011-09-19 15:22
If Christians read their Bibles they will know, based on multiple Bible promises, that Medicare and Medicaid are not needed, nor are doctors and nurses and hospitals because the Bible clearly promises Christians that they will be able to heal the sick. For example, John 14:12 openly and clearly says that Jesus said, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father." Since the Bible says that Jesus brought Lazarus back from the dead, based on John 14:12, Christians who believe in Jesus can at a minimum heal all of the sick people on our planet. However, this holds only if the Bible is based on truth. It is not, that's one reason I'm a Deist!

Progress! Bob Johnson
http://www.deism.com
 
 
+7 # KittatinyHawk 2011-09-19 18:56
Bible written by Man. Man cannot heal himself no less the world
 
 
+30 # Peacedragon 2011-09-19 15:23
Being a Christian or not is not that vital. When all of us humans give up greed and quit fighting wars we will have a better planet to live on.
 
 
+7 # vitobonespur 2011-09-20 12:03
Being or not being Christian isn't the issue here. Behaving in accord with the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth is.

As someone once told me: "Don't tell me about your God. Show me."
 
 
+48 # RSJ 2011-09-19 15:29
I'm tired of Republicans referring to our country and our heritage as 'Christian.' What nations have we forgiven before we vanquished them in war? How many times has America 'turned the other cheek' when attacked? What sort of Christianity was and is being practiced on Native Americans, Africans, Hispanics and gays? Since when did it become a Christian virtue to gouge people for health care or medicine or food or housing? Exactly in what part of the New Testament did Jesus approve of rank hypocrisy and deception to achieve one's goals? And where did he endorse the rich getting richer at the expense of the poor? In fact, Republicans like Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann and most of the Christopublican s are the opposite of what constitutes a true Christian and should be reminded of it every time they open their mouths with false piety. Watching so-called Christians cheer the death of another human being, as they did when Perry's record of executions in Texas was raised, is emblematic of their hypocrisy. Can they possibly be so unaware that they don't realize the founder of the religion they claim to follow was also legally executed by the state? Sadly, "Love one another" has never penetrated their thick wall of fear and hatred; they serve Mammon and call it love of God.
 
 
-3 # Beaula2010 2011-09-19 17:54
Actually, Jesus was executed by the religious officials, not the state (Romans) because Pilate could not find any reason to execute him; he had not broken any laws. So Pilate turned him over to the Jewish authorities and they executed him.
 
 
+3 # KittatinyHawk 2011-09-19 19:01
Bribery or blackmail, Jesus was a joke to Pagan belief, to Jews he was what was prophesied and they wanted Control not a plain man to rule them. Jesus was not happy with their interpretation of his Father's Intentions.
Jesus never had reason to take on Roman only those pretending to worship Father yet Mock the Creator by treating others so badly. Even back then there was hatred for the others that had broken away.
 
 
+8 # RSJ 2011-09-20 15:32
Actually, Beaula2010, the Jesus we've read about was executed by Roman soldiers on behalf of the state of Judea, which was run by King Herod Antipas, who answered to Pontius Pilate, who was a representative of the Roman Emperor Tiberius. The Wikipedia entry says:

"When Jesus was sent back, Pilate could still have represented Antipas' failure to convict as support for his own view (according to Luke) that Jesus was not guilty of a capital offence, thus allowing him to avoid responsibility for Jesus' execution."
-- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herod_Antipas#John_the_Baptist_and_Jesus

Judean Governor Pilate, however, allowed the execution to proceed so, yes, Jesus was executed, ultimately, by the Roman Empire, the 'state' at the time. While Jewish high priests of the 1st century may have favored having Jesus silenced, they had no power to execute him; that was entirely up to Pilate.
 
 
+1 # X Dane 2011-09-22 17:48
Why the negative marks??? Beaula is correct. It was NOT Pilate who wanted to crucify Jesus. Remember "I wash my hands" It was the High priests, I can't remember the names.
 
 
+2 # KittatinyHawk 2011-09-19 18:58
Excellently worded
 
 
+4 # Lolanne 2011-09-20 09:21
Preach on, RSJ! You are absolutely right: the far right that calls itself christian is anything but.
 
 
+33 # Todd Williams 2011-09-19 15:34
Obviously these fake, pious SOBs are NOT Christians at all. This also points out the phoniness of organized religion in general. These jerk-offs decry the Federal government out of one side of their mouths while begging for Federal funds out of the other. I'm sick and tired of the Rethuglican BS and BSers.
 
 
+3 # karester 2011-09-21 05:43
Right on! End tax exempt status for churches!
 
 
+6 # universlman 2011-09-19 15:40
call me sentimental but i'm still fond of that old chestnut - thou shalt not kill
 
 
+32 # suzyskier 2011-09-19 15:54
I think the trouble with all these so called Christians (Perry, Bachman etc) is that they love to quote verses from the old testaments fire and brimstone. They seem to completely ignore the New Testaments "Christian" approach. I don't think they are Christians at all. Besides this country was not founded on the bible nor should it be. We are supposed to be a multi-cultural country. If they had their "Christian " way most citizens would be kicked out. Now that's Christianity right wing style.
 
 
+18 # OldRedleg 2011-09-19 16:31
Very good point, suzy! Having been raised in a mostly Roman Catholic religious environment, I didn't have a great deal of indoctrination in the Old Testament dogma. I, too, have often wondered why so many so-called "Christians" spend so much time studying and quoting from the Old Testament, whose God was/is a jealous, spiteful, revenging deity. The Christian God I learned about was kind, fairly humble, and generally forgiving, except perhaps for the bit about the money changers in the Temple.

Interestingly, even open, liberal-minded religious scholars and pastors are shocked when I question their seemingly devotion to the study and tenants of the Old Testament.
 
 
+13 # KittatinyHawk 2011-09-19 19:08
Bible was written by man about a Being no one saw. When the Prophet, Son was born, no matter who you call him according to what Religion in AD. God was not jealous, man was. Man hated, angered. We, I too a Catholic. looked at Old Testament as a man Diary. One Leviticus was evil beyond any belief. Mans Sins were the depiction in Old Testament, I believe Jesus showed this in his sermons, so Apostle's wanted to go away from the old ways by showing A Man who loved all equally.
His Death was a result, as many loved him. Even Romans admired his simplicity. He was not threat to them.
People who cling to bible all cling to their own quotations, their own interpretations . Old Testament was a sad documentation of what man could do to one another, we didnot learn from it.

No these Politicians use the Old testament the Way those who wrote it did..Dominance and Submission, Fear and Loathing. Man is fallible
 
 
+5 # RSJ 2011-09-21 12:51
That's true, Suzy. I haven't been in a church in decades and am agnostic these days, but when I was a kid forced to go to several different Sunday schools depending on where we were living at the time, one thing all of them taught was that the teachings of Jesus were the 'Good News' (from whence came the word 'Gospel') that God had a new compact with humanity due to Jesus' death on the cross, and Jesus' words superseded the Old Testament if there was a conflict (and there are several). Apparently they don't teach this in fundamentalist schools, preferring to worship the wrathful OT Lord Thy God rather than the loving Father in Heaven of Jesus. They also can't get the hang of that 'pray in private' thing which Jesus specifically said his followers should do, nor the 'judge not lest you be judged' concept. "Love one another," even those you consider evil, might as well have come from Satan. I have tried to read some of these fundy screeds and, aside from the assaults on common sense, they show about the same understanding of Christianity as the Teabaggers have of socialism.
 
 
+21 # John Locke 2011-09-19 16:42
The real problem in this country are the so called fundamental christians, those who profess to be born again, their brand of christianity is fear based and accordingly illegitimate... their belief system is based on a book that is really a fairy tale, based on metaphors to convey a message, we don't stone women and children, or gays...yet this "book" conveys that message... religion is an opiate it commands blind faith of the ignorant...
 
 
+9 # KittatinyHawk 2011-09-19 19:37
We are Born Once. We are expected to learn from out mistakes. There is second chances daily but you must live that lesson.
Mouthpieces for their own sad lives. Book was a Diary of mankind, and the sins we are capable of committing.

No where in the Bible did God or Jesus ever demand we be born again. Just to ask Forgiveness for Our Sins. Simple request to gain the Kingdom of Heaven.
No where does it say anyone would not be granted this. We were all created Equal, imperfect as we are, we are the Creatures that were Created along with the First more Intelligent species we kill daily with total disregard.
Funny how Man went to the trouble to create the Ten Commandments and do not follow them at all. Man made them as a God would not need the First Three Mentioned, we already Believed in Creator all Faiths, even Pagans
 
 
+8 # jwb110 2011-09-19 17:16
Send this article to the White House. Maybe they'll have the guts to use it as strategy and a formation of a real platform.
 
 
+20 # Brooklyn Basics 2011-09-19 18:16
This is so true. Fortunately we still have young people like Carl Gibson who care about their fellow human beings.

Perry and Ron Paul, and Paul's scary son, Rand Paul, who is also a doctor, remind me of the brown shirts. They would have done very well in Hitler's Germany.
 
 
+14 # futhark 2011-09-19 18:23
Texas Republican Christianity embodies the worst aspects of social Darwinism, since it is based on the concept that the medically "unfit" do not deserve a chance to enjoy life and reproduce. I guess people the way God made them weren't good enough because the genetically defective or just plain unlucky cancer and accident victims must be pruned from the human family tree, making more room for the deserving rich folks, who are all healthy, strong, and smart (ha! ha! ha!).
 
 
+4 # karester 2011-09-21 05:41
It's genocide, and it has been going on for years. I am old and I have been watching. It has taken some years to build to this point. Finally, "they" have come out of their secret rooms and "we" are finally sounding the alarm.
 
 
+14 # twinlily 2011-09-19 18:45
Beaula2010, Jesus was executed by the Roman authorities, not the Jews. There are many ways we know this, and you can see the PBS Frontline piece on it here:
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/religion/jesus/arrest.html
 
 
+1 # William Bjornson 2011-09-20 01:03
The Romans were the Occupier such as we are today. The people who had a much different God than the Romans wanted to bother to understand came and said that a "troublemaker" had arrived upon the scene and could lead to disturbances among the people directly violating Roman Edict. They turned him in. He knew they would. If he were as perceptive of humanity as portrayed in various works including the New Testament, he may have had all he could take. Time to die... If He is God, neither the Hebrews nor the Romans killed Jesus. Only Jesus could kill Jesus. You must know this in your heart. For He is Lord! Otherwise it's just stupid. We killed GOD against His Will? Just a bit egostistical and disengenuous in my view, which makes it difficult to want to accept.
 
 
+11 # angelfish 2011-09-19 20:03
There are CHRISTIANS in this World, and then, there are "christians". We ALL know to which Category the ReTHUGs belong.
 
 
+3 # giraffee2012 2011-09-19 21:03
How do the "religious" right believe these "RdTHUGs" are Christians and vote for them based on their "alleged" Christian values. Are they brain-dead or are they just as fake as Perry, Bachmann, etc?
 
 
+1 # Polimorphus 2011-09-19 21:43
These guys are actually the ultimate Christians. They have learnt from the Sermon on the Mount. That's why they want more and more people to be poor.
 
 
+6 # ALinSTL 2011-09-19 22:15
Dr Ron Paul & his son, Rand (named after Ayn Rand), are the type of doctors who took the HYPOCRITIC, not the HYPOCRATIC OATH, which allows you to let uninsured patients to die, 'cause you're only in it for the money, right? Screw that," do no harm" idea...
 
 
+4 # William Bjornson 2011-09-20 00:43
Christians. Tejas Christians. Look into the sky. It's Hot!. Or it's goin' to be hat. "And G-d shall smite them with a dryness and a heat to remind them what awaited them if they staith upon the Path they seem to have chosen. More will burn, the farmer most of all. This They shall Know if they listenth not to the true Heart of God. Thou Shalt Not Kill is His wish as is Thou Shalt Not Covet." It drips with irony that the effect should be observed so strongly concentrated upon both the source and the deniers of climate variability. Almost, if not, a Divine dose of reality as only the weather can provide.
 
 
+6 # Progressive Texas Democrat 2011-09-20 02:41
Just look your Republican acquaintances, if you're like me you've no Republican friends, directly in the eye and ask, So which is it, do you believe in Jesus of Nazareth, or Jesus of Wall Street?
 
 
+6 # Gary Vance 2011-09-20 05:24
Hello KittatinyHawk, actually, Jesus did say in John 3:3 "...no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again." This is the bottom line message of who is a Christian and who isn't. However, the evidence of this inward transformation should be outwardly manifested through compassionate deeds and evident to all. Obviously, the Republican philosophy on public assistance is not compassionate and therefore not Christian and not worthy of any Christian's endorsement. Jesus was a true advocate for what many of us call liberalism.
 
 
+1 # vitobonespur 2011-09-20 12:14
Not only that, but I have it on good authority that the healing of the sick and raising of the dead were all covered by the patients' HMOs. What, did you think Jesus did that stuff out of the goodness of his heart?
 
 
+4 # Jane Gilgun 2011-09-20 07:20
It is way past time that Christians and members of other faiths challenge the interpretations of those who call themselves Christians and show by their actions and words that they have no idea what Christianity is about. Jesus sought out the very kinds of people that these unloving individuals exclude.
 
 
+1 # lmm213 2011-09-20 08:23
Mr. Governor, please remember Lacarus when you consider public assistance in light of Christian principles.
 
 
+5 # fredboy 2011-09-20 09:45
Time to cede Texas back to Mexico.
 
 
+1 # Kraag 2011-09-20 12:07
You are missing the point of these Christians. IF you are worthy, Jesus has blessed you with success and will continue to do so. The poor among us are out of favor, undeserving, or Jesus would be helping them. You can do what you want since you love God and God loves you. Why would you associate with or help those God does not love?
 
 
+2 # karester 2011-09-21 05:34
Look at that photo! He looks like the Anti-Christ! The red satin tower, the single gold star, his hands out welcoming his followers... geeesh
 
 
-2 # MichaelZ 2011-09-21 09:10
Does nobody get what this wind bag is doing but me? Carl Gibson quotes Rick Perry "the Christian values that this country was based upon."... Then Carl Gibson refutes it with a John Adams-endorsed Treaty of Tripoli letter stating "the Government of the United States of America, is not in any sense, founded on the Christian religion,"..........

Now boys and girls; I know its tough, but can you catch the deception here?

COUNTRY vs. GOVERNMENT?

Do democrats really see no difference between these two words?

Really?
 
 
+5 # bearzee 2011-09-21 11:58
Luke 3:11, Acts 2:44-45: 2 Samuel 12:1-5, Matthew 19:24, Matthew 5:1-11, Acts 4:32-35, Luke 7, Mark 10:17-23, Romans 13:6-7, 1 John 3:17, Leviticus 25:35, Isaiah 10: 1-2, Amos 8:4-8, James 5:1-5, James 3:14-18, James 2:1-9, James 1:9-11, Proverbs 22:16, 22-23, Isaiah 3 13-15.

Acts 2:44-45
All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need.

Isaiah 10: 1-2
Woe to those who make unjust laws, to those who issue oppressive decrees to deprive the poor of their rights and withhold justice from the oppressed of my people

Proverbs 22:16
One who oppresses the poor to increase his wealth and one who gives gifts to the rich—both come to poverty.

The right-wingers claim to be Christian in order to dupe believers. Falwell and Robertson did not start the "Moral Majority" until Carter threatened to remove the tax-exempt status of their lily-white schools. It's not Roe v. Wade that upsets their followers; it's Brown v. Topeka Board of Education.

The right has replaced Christ with Ayn Rand (they talk about putting Christ back in Christmas while simultaneously removing Christ from Christianity) and the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John with the Gospels of Sarah, Glenn, Rush, and Sean.

You CANNOT serve Jesus Christ and Ayn Rand.
 
 
+1 # Paul Scott 2011-09-22 16:07
Some Religious Icons that helped morph evangelicals into the religious right. --- "Moral Majority is a political organization and is [not] based on theological considerations" Jerry Falwell (Deceased) (The Fundamentalist Phenomenon, p. 188). Falwell to the Religious Newswriters Association “if we ever opened a Moral Majority meeting with prayer, we would disintegrate” (The Flaming Torch, Jan.-Feb, 1983, p. 14). --- "There is no such thing as separation of church and state in the Constitution. It is a lie of the Left and we are not going to take it anymore." --Pat Robertson, November 1993 during an address to the American Center for Law and Justice (He lies about the First Amendment). Simply type “liquor officer” into your search engine and read. --- "What is needed is a central registry through which violations of religious freedom can be reported. Henceforth, Focus on the Family will serve as the “repository” of that information, which will later be reported." James Dobson speaking on religious freedom in a Family Newsletter July 1995. This guy is simply evil in a body that would restart the murderous mayhem of the inquisitions.
Reported to whom; the republican religious right inquisition?
To follow after Christ one pretty much is to busy correcting oneself, to create much evil; however, to follow after man one will assuredly heap fire upon their own head.
 

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