Paul Ryan mangles a religious parable and tells a welfare recipient that we shouldn’t feed the fish;
“Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime. Don’t feed fish.”
Cardinal Dolan says by all means we should feed the fish;
“…much more needs to be done, and not just by private charity. The government must continue to play its part as well. Too much rhetoric in the country portrays poor people in a very negative way.”
and Bishop Thomas John Paprocki says you’ll go to hell if you vote for the guy that’s helping to feed the fish:
“…I am not telling you which party or which candidates to vote for or against, but I am saying that you need to think and pray very carefully about your vote, because a vote for a candidate who promotes actions or behaviors that are intrinsically evil and gravely sinful makes you morally complicit and places the eternal salvation of your own soul in serious jeopardy.”
What’s a poor Catholic voter to do? Over in Philadelphia they’re preparing for the ‘America for Jesus’ rally, but they’re forgoing the fish, and opting for lamb:
“…the only thing that can save America in the end is not the donkey or the elephant but the agenda of the lamb.”
Meanwhile, “David’s Tent DC” has begun a 24/7 continuous prayer session on the National Mall that will run until election day, because, as their website states:
God has made a way to build this alter of worship right beside the highest Executive Office in our land!…
(that “way” would be called the proper permits)
We are believing for grace to come upon the American voter and the leadership of our country in the coming term. If ever our leadership needed grace, is it not now?
I have to wonder where these folks have been for the last few years, but better late than never I guess.
Then there’s the Alliance Defending Freedom, a group of 1000 pastors that have decided to collectively get all up in the IRS’s face about church/state separation in the tax code, while demanding “pulpit freedom“- that’s right- “pulpit freedom”.
It seems religious leaders haven’t been paying enough attention to the number of folks leaving organized religion due to its fanaticism and politicization - stuff just like this actually.
Smarmy little religious con man Ralph Reed is back, already breaking the 9th commandment (the false witness one) by way of his coalition’s “Voter Guide” which, as Alternet reports, contains 3 outright lies about President Obama’s positions on Medicare, environmental regulation and abortion.
Evidently he and his folks are going to go into churches and leave their voter guides in the pews for congregants. If all goes well Ralph’ll burst into flames when he sets foot in the first church, and that will be one affront to God taken care of.
The religious right had 3 candidates in the primaries who claimed God told them to run: Bachmann, Santorum, and Perry; none of them could garner enough votes to beat Romney. Either God’s messing around with folks, or we need to start using Rorschach tests to screen candidates.
Pray or don’t pray, when Obama is re-elected: the world will not end, there will not be 1000 days of darkness, you won’t fall into a pit of hopelessness, nor will the fires of hell swallow you up. Romney will have lost, and the world will go on. That’s all.