Saturday, July 24, 2010

All-encompassing love (heterosexual Christian)

1. The text:

Honolulu Star-Advertiser 24 July 2010: A13
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2. The context: 

Earlier in July, Hawaii's Republican governor vetoed a bill that would have legalized civil unions, homosexual or heterosexual. Opposition to the bill was organized by most of Hawaii's churches, including one evangelical congregation whose members, in accordance with the Christian doctrine of supersession, circled the capitol building seven times on the day of the veto, blowing shofars. Hawaii's Republican lieutenant governor, now running for governor, has said that his political goal is to save Hawaii for Jesus.

3. However,

The Hebrew word haShem, "the Name," is employed by Orthodox Jews to avoid uttering the name of the Divinity.

4. And it will be noticed that haShem is a Democrat.


DevorahLeah said...

What mystifies me is why conservative Christians think it is their duty to establish their version of Christianity in the name of Jesus-- who was, by all acounts, a Jewish guy who tried to reform his own religion rather than start a new one.

When people tell me they are speaking on behalf of Jesus, they sound either misguided or arrogant. I mean, did Jesus appoint them to handle his publicity? I think not. What's more, contrary to the revisionist theology of the Glenn Becks and David Bartons of the world, we DO have separation of church and state in America; and while Christians are the majority, we do NOT live in a theocracy. If the founding fathers had wanted us to be conservative Christians, they would have established that ideology as the offiical US church-- but they instead said there should be NO established religion, and that continues to irritate ultra-conservative Christians to this very day.

Further, the New Testament says very little about "hot button issues" like contraception or abortion or gay marriage, but it says a LOT about feeding the poor and helping the less fortunate. Today's conservative Christians seem more worried about controlling who can marry than they are with following the Biblical injunction to "judge not, lest ye be judged." How sad for them.

Jonathan Morse said...

There is a factual answer to the question in your first paragraph: Matthew 28.18-19, known to Christians as the Great Commission: "And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost."

And if I were being serious I'd say that the situation in Hawaii is scarier than it may seem from my post. The anti-gay activists aren't just fringe types; they're led by the Catholic Bishop of Honolulu and the Hawaii leadership of the Mormon church, working together, and they're changing the state's tolerant culture. The only major Republican candidate for governor, for instance, is a fanatically reactionary Catholic who is associated with the International Transformation Network, the organization that's pushing death for gays in Uganda. On the Democratic side of Hawaii's September primary there are two significant candidates: one an old-fashioned (and old) liberal but the other an anti-gay Mormon. Hawaii has an open primary, so with the reactionary Catholic all but assured of the Republican nomination, it'll make sense for his followers to cross over and vote for the reactionary Mormon.

And then, whoever wins the general election, Hawaii will be on its way to becoming Utah West.

sam said...

Interesting that Suzie Lum spoke of "all encompassing love"..she obviously thinks that all encompassing means love from God for a select few. If she has ever heard of a dictionary, I might respectfully sugest that she look up the definition of 'encompass' and the word 'all'. I (in my truly forgiving radiant saintliness) hope she is not too embarrassed by her total lack of comprehension of the English language.

And might I suggest that she watch any number of TV talk or TV courtroom shows...the number of heterosexuals that are "engaged" with 3 or 4 children, as well as the number of folks who don't even go that far and live together as married couples is astounding. If heterosexuals are so respectful and awed by this institution, why don't they: a.get married, and b. why do so many that DO marry get divorced?
To paraphrase Rodney King---why can't we all just get along? There are much more pressing issues in the world to be concerned with--like the Gulf oil spill and child abuse and ethnic cleansing and hunger world wide and droughts, and the 2 wars the US in currently engaged in...and how about the JOBLESS rate? Sheesh! Come to think of it, Ms. Lum and her buddies need to get a life!
Sam Morse