I’m a Christian.
But there are few things that make my skin crawl quite like the smug, preening religious left. (Yes, smug and preening). PJ O’Rourke referred to them as “World Council of Churches types who have sanctimony like other people have halitosis”.
I’ve attacked them in the past; “religious” groups lining up with gun control groups, my own Presbyterians (at least at the hopeless national “General Assembly” level) joining with Hamas in attacking Israel and, here in Minnesota this session, the idea of the “Moral Budget” – groups of left-leaning Christian denominations who are pestering the government to do their work for them.
King Banaian, a member of an ELCA church, has had enough, too, and tells ’em all about it:
A and Bishop B (and W, X, Y, and Z, in the case of this letter) want to compel nonbeliever C to do for poor D what they won’t ask believers F, G, H &c. to do by the offering plate. They do so under the guise that “a budget is a moral document”.And my budget is, in fact, a statement of the morals of my own family. My church’s budget is a statement of the morals of my church. The government is not a church, or a family. The government’s budget is not a statement of the entire society’s morals. It is a compulsion of the majority upon the minority.
Where, dear bishops, is that compulsion a “moral statement” directed in the Bible?
I recall only that when the rich man heard he could not enter the kingdom of heaven without sacrificing all his earthly possessions, “he went away sad, because he had great wealth” … and Christ let him go. The bishops are not so inclined.
When the Bush Administration took the opposite tack that these disgraceful packs of hamsters are taking – by inviting faith-based organizations to lend their expertise to government social program efforts – the left responded with a zillion dim “reality-based community” japes and a whole lot of nothing else very smart.
So what do we call the opposite – when churches demand government to step in and do their work for them?
The “frogs begging for storks” community?
Read King’s entire, infuriating piece.