The president sins on national television!

OK, this is low-hanging fruit, but on a whim I checked the American Family Association website tonight and found this gem of right-wing Christian lunacy:

It’s rare that you can actually watch the president of the United States commit a sin live and on national television.

But that’s what happened yesterday when President Obama told the nation that he is compelled to take more money from the rich.

This is a direct, public and disgraceful violation of the 10th Commandment.

The 10th Commandment, of course, flatly prohibits the sin of lust for another man’s wife or for his possessions. “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife…or anything that is your neighbor’s.” 

The author, one Bryan Fischer, goes on to compare President Obama’s “sin” to that of Generals Petraeus and Allen, and to throw in the 8th commandment as well (“You shall not steal.”)

Taking money from some citizens against their will only to give it to others to whom it does not belong is not good public policy, it is theft. It is legalized plunder.

It would be comical if the AFA was a fringe organization, but it’s not. It’s pretty mainstream and influential in evangelical circles, where there is no god but Jesus, and Grover Norquist is his prophet.

And these are the same people who are deeply offended when nonbelievers ridicule, “blaspheme,” or even question their religion. But there is no way that  I as an unbeliever could disgrace Christianity as effectively as its own followers do every time they whore out their Almighty God to suck the dick of the rich and powerful.

8 thoughts on “The president sins on national television!

  1. I am on the AFA email list for one reason.. if they are against it, it’s probably a pretty good thing to be for. There is little doubt that what happens at the AFA is wholly commenced with a combined IQ of less than 75 among its instigators.

    It’s always fun when they use scripture to pick and choose so they can accuse:

    Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary – from Mark Chapter 12
    13 And they send unto him certain of the Pharisees and of the Herodians, to catch him in his words.
    14 And when they were come, they say unto him, Master, we know that thou art true, and carest for no man: for thou regardest not the person of men, but teachest the way of God in truth: Is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar, or not?
    15 Shall we give, or shall we not give? But he, knowing their hypocrisy, said unto them, Why tempt ye me? bring me a penny, that I may see it.
    16 And they brought it. And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? And they said unto him, Caesar’s.
    17 And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s. And they marvelled at him.

    Mark 12:13-17 The enemies of Christ would be thought desirous to know their duty, when really they hoped that which soever side he took of the question, they might find occasion to accuse him. Nothing is more likely to insnare the followers of Christ, than bringing them to meddle with disputes about worldly politics. Jesus avoided the snare, by referring to the submission they had already made as a nation; and all that heard him, marvelled at the great wisdom of his answer. Many will praise the words of a sermon, who will not be commanded by the doctrines of it.

      • They pay attention to Jesus and what he taught only when it serves them. This is as it has always been. Not enough people are keeping count for anyone to notice… for the most part, they have always quoted scripture divorced from the ‘big picture’ because that is the only way to support their bigoted and hate filled theology. How many swear by the ten commandments and Leviticus but will deny that they are to adhere to the bad parts where they are to kill those who eat lobster etc. It’s so easy that people overlook it. Christians, to a person, are hypocrites.

      • I think the hypocrisy is built in. I remember when I was a Christian, emphasizing some teachings above others, or using one (less offensive) passage to interpret another (more offensive) one. This happened quite easily, just to make sense of everything and avoid cognitive dissonance. At the time I would have been offended by your expression “bigoted and hate filled theology,” but today I’m embarrassed by my youthful views on things like hell or gay rights, which didn’t seem hateful to me at the time. But groups like the AFA have also politicized the faith to a remarkable degree. They’ve managed to combine many of the worst aspects of Christianity with the worst aspects of political conservatism. It’s a toxic brew. I guess the only good thing I can say about it is that I think it’s causing a lot of people to question religion in general.

      • The only thing more effective at creating atheists than what the AFA does is actually reading the Bible with an open mind. If you can push yourself past Genesis, you still have to get through Numbers, Kings, and Leviticus. If that is not enough, you weren’t really reading with an open mind.

  2. Reminds me of an Onion story: Jesus Christ Files Lawsuit Against GOP For Slander

    When asked about the lawsuit, House Speaker John Boehner made the following remarks:

    “Mr. Christ is entitled to his opinion, however the GOP believes that the underlying message in the Bible is that giving tax cuts to the wealthy is the true path to happiness.
    I don’t know where Mr. Christ thinks the Bible says to help the poor and the sick, but that sounds awfully socialistic to me, and we are not a socialist country.”

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