1. Wednesday, July 14, 2004

    my former battery-mate 

    mr. matthew lee welch brought up the concept of theo-cons, republicans who are rooted in Christianity who push moral agendas into american policy.

    i say this without the least bit of sarcasm, but i am, in theory, in full support of such a concept.

    the biggest problem that i have with this fine land is its shame in regards to religion. in order to distance ourselves from the religious zealots of the rest of the world, american politians oftentimes hide their spirtual beliefs so as not to be branded a Jesus-freak puppet or an echo chamber of the vatican.

    westerners, and particularilly americans, have proved that they can balance their religion and their politics. most of us believe that God, infact, does NOT counsel the president of the united states to go to war with certain countries and/or to give tax breaks to the rich.

    we have proven that you can have a moral compass that can work in conjunction to the bill of rights. we have proven that you can be a Christian nation minus Reformation.

    what we have yet to prove is that we can govern a Christian nation by the teachings of Christ who preached things like “Whoever has two cloaks should share with the person who has none” (welfare), “turn the other cheek“, and His “new” commandment of “Love one another like I’ve loved you.”

    if President Bush claims to be a Christian, I would like to see him rationalize his policies to the above.

    i would also like to see more bible reading.

    what i wouldn’t like to see is bible-thumping. America is great, in part, because of its diversity. i see no problem with a Christian president saying, “it is my belief that…” or “my faith teaches me… but I know yours might be different.” in fact i would encourage it.

    ultimately i think that more religion in america, particularilly Christianity, would make for a less-violent country. i see very few places in the good book where it encourages preventative strikes on foreign lands.

    and hardcore Christians, who see the Lord as their ultimate savior, and Jesus as the way, the truth and the life, should have a difficult time spending more money on “defense” and less on education.

    if the Lord is our shepherd, after all, then whaddup with all the aircraft carriers?

    but thats me, and i am obviously not reading the same bible as they are because within the second page of my bible it says that all the green seed-bearing plants are here for our use.

    which to me means legalize it and free tommy chong.

    so yeah, i would love to see the theo-cons out there, as well as the theo-libs.

    sad thing is most of them are too chickenshit to stand up for what they truly believe in, and the others dont even know what they believe in, they just think that theyre supposed to believe in Jesus for some reason.

    me, i believe, and i pray, and i trust. and hopefully ive shown in three years writing this that you can be a Believer, and the actions will mirror the beliefs far better than the words ever could.

    simon world + matt welch + silverbake