Former President George W. Bush’s one-time chief strategist, Matthew Dowd, came out and stated the obvious on ABC’s This Week. He spoke in response to the Trayvon Martin shooting and Florida’s gun laws.
There is such irony about this. Most of the states that have passed this including Florida and the ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws and the expanded gun-ownership laws where you can carry a concealed weapon are also the same states and the same legislatures and the same governors who sort of pushed for prayer in the school.
To me, there is such and irony here, that we want to be a Christian nation and we want to act in a Christian manner, but oh, by the way, we don’t believe in the turn your other cheek and we don’t believe in love your enemy. We believe in loading citizens and basically giving them an opportunity to shoot people.
It is not so much irony as it is pure hypocrisy. Groups and sites like Talk2Action, Religion Dispatches, People for the American Way’s Right Wing Watch, and Media Matters have documented this for years now.
The blending of conservative ideals on guns and crime mixed with conservative Christianity decades ago, despite them being antithetical to basic Christian teachings. Jesus taught his followers to turn the other cheek in the face of adversaries. Also central to his message was love and forgiveness. Neither of these run true in the GOP’s messaging.
You can watch it below thanks to Raw Story.
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