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Christians Passing Un-Christian Laws, Says GOP Strategist

Christians Passing Un-Christian Laws, Says GOP Strategist

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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1:59PM PDT on Apr 21, 2012

Wanted to send Paw W. a green star, but care2 is overloaded today...can't even access my messages. Anywhoooo, am glad I live in CA where some sort of sanity concerning gun laws prevails!

7:40PM PDT on Apr 10, 2012

nothing new

1:01PM PDT on Apr 9, 2012

He committed murder, it's that simple, he could have been scared as hell, but there was no self defense. I guess we should nuke Russia since we are scared that they have nukes and military power and that scares us. Anyone would say if you shot an unarmed man, from a distance it's murder, except in Florida? That is the dumbest law I have ever heard of.

11:12AM PDT on Apr 6, 2012

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scientifically and historically illiterate butts out of my garden. Not that that keeps all of them out; many could still simply invoke that antiquated, edited set of mythical cult tracts written by Iron Age misogynistic tribesmen to behave badly. See

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knoxville_Unitarian_Universalist_church_shooting

Everyone who owns a gun has their reason for doing so, I think. Most adhere to the laws, which are not as lax as a lot of my favorite journalists contend. In the case of George Zimmerman, I think he is a willing participant in an echo chamber of deluded people who believe it is their duty to defend "freedom" (but just theirs, mind you) by bullying anyone who thinks---or looks---differently than they do. He screwed up ROYALLY and he now needs to be held accountable for his actions. Karma is a bitch.

11:10AM PDT on Apr 6, 2012

I'm a recovering Southern Baptist; a scientist; a fiscal conservative and a social liberal; and I own guns. Always have since I was a boy. Harvesting/hunting food on occasion and I loved plinking at targets. I am certainly not a fan of the lying, propagandist NRA, but I have had a concealed weapons permit for over 20 years. For the first 17 years or so, I had the permit so I could legally drive to and from ranges, hunts, etc. with a pistol in addition to hunting gear. I rarely carried. Then, in September 2008, when it was obvious that our nation---and as it turned out, I, too---was about to elect the first African-American president, my wife asked how much ammo I had. I checked and said, "Not enough." I began carrying regularly at that time and have ever since.

You see, I live in Alabama, another state whose guns laws are similar to Florida's (and a host of other southern states). I live in a rural area with my family, a big garden and some honeybees. It's dark out here at night, like we like it. And I am surrounded far and wide by "Christian" Teabaggers who in 2008-Present have declared implicitly and explicitly that it is always open season on liberals. Those around me are flummoxed to learn that I, a "card-carrying liberal", am a much better shot than they are---and that I possess a much cooler head than to attend political rallies with semi-auto rifles, emulating the band of Pentagon-brainwashed assassins. Good. That helps to keep their church-going, unemployed, angry,

4:08PM PDT on Apr 2, 2012

Wendy asks some EXCELLENT questions....

"Stefani, bless your heart: What are these physical "threats" you and your conservative friends face that make you need to go around the US armed? That maybe some guy in Wal-Mart might wish you a Happy Holidays instead of a Merry Christmas next December? That people might complain when churches get to use school property rent-free for their Sunday services, or point out the conservative Christian money being poured into the Kony 2012 campaign?

What is it with conservative Christians that they have to be on about how THREATENED they are all the time? Is your faith like a thrill-ride to you, and you wouldn't want to worship Jesus if it weren't exciting and scary?"

9:14AM PDT on Apr 2, 2012

To Inga S., and Troy G., and the other pro-gun rights posters on this thread:

We can debate the rights and wrongs of uncontrolled gun-ownership until the cows come home. Personally, I think a few controls are not a bad thing. I have friends in Europe, who can't buy and carry whatever they want to, wherever they want to, and I don't see anyone lining up to oppress them. It's kind of a moot point, as no one is rushing to pass any gun control laws in the US right now, and the biggest threat seems to be that a few people are starting to say that maybe a Stand Your Ground law that allows getting out of your safe vehicle against police advice, and chasing somebody who might turn and hit you, isn't such a good idea. That's not the point of this article. This article is about whether it is Christian for everybody to go around armed.

And it's not. After he was betrayed in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus specifically told his disciple Peter to put away his weapon and let him be taken prisoner. During the days of the Early Church, Roman soldiers and anybody who bore arms for the government, had to wait until they retired to be baptized, because it was understood that going around armed and perhaps killing or wounding people, wasn't a Christlike thing to do. Face it: You guys are wrong about this one. Why not find another god to worship, like Mars maybe, someone who stands for what you really believe in?

8:51AM PDT on Apr 2, 2012

To Stefani D., who said, "after all, it is 'mostly' a hostile un-Christian world.

if so called 'Conservative Christians' weren't armed... they might have already been wiped out long ago..."

Stefani, bless your heart: What are these physical "threats" you and your conservative friends face that make you need to go around the US armed? That maybe some guy in Wal-Mart might wish you a Happy Holidays instead of a Merry Christmas next December? That people might complain when churches get to use school property rent-free for their Sunday services, or point out the conservative Christian money being poured into the Kony 2012 campaign?

What is it with conservative Christians that they have to be on about how THREATENED they are all the time? Is your faith like a thrill-ride to you, and you wouldn't want to worship Jesus if it weren't exciting and scary?

5:39AM PDT on Apr 2, 2012

Thanks for the article.

6:32AM PDT on Mar 31, 2012

It matters not what color Trayvon was, what past indiscretions he's
committed, that he was wearing a hoody, or even whether Zimmerman is guilty of racial profiling or not. What matters is an innocent kid - not carrying a weapon, was gunned down by an adult.

What the people want to know and have a right to know follows...
Why is Zimmerman in hiding? It only adds to our suspicion of his
guilt. Why isn't he explaining his actions to the public? Why did he lie about a bloody head wound and broken nose he claims came from Trayvon? Why is a "neighborhood watch" guy weilding a gun? Why the big cover-up by the authorities? A child is dead! We the people deserve to know who, what, why, where, when and how this took place. How else can we prevent this from happening again if we are not given adequate information as to what went wrong so that we might protect all kids.

It is time to put Mr. Zimmerman on trial and let a jury of his peers determine whether his actions were justified.

And to the New Black Panthers - Shame on you. Neither Malcom X nor
Martin Luther King would approve.

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