Posted by: johnhourihan | September 5, 2012

God, Jerusalem, the Democratic platform and the 10 commandments


I am confused by the self-righteous people who contact me to explain what “The Lord” wants from our politicians, and why I don’t understand the rules of morality.
I am puzzled when Fox News, the Republican news channel,  gloats over their insane over coverage of the word God being first left out of and then added into the Democratic platform.
I am befuddled by the tea party and the evangelical right who say they will vote   for the Republican presidential hopefuls “on religious grounds.”
Hey, there are rules you know. They are written down.
If you are Jewish, Anglican, Reformed, Orthodox Christian, Catholic, Lutheran or any other Christian denomination, we go by the ten commandments.
Them’s the rules.
They differ a little in numbering but they are pretty much the same rules. So let’s take a look at which ones are being broken and by whom..
1. I am the Lord Thy God: OK, both men running for the presidency and both men running for the vice presidency, for all intents and purposes, believe in their god. Even
1A. Thou shall have no other gods before Me: I believe they are even on this. Only those fanatics who are trying to find whatever weapon they can against one of the candidates no matter how false it might be, would think either of them worships a false god. Even.
2. You shall not make yourself an idol: I believe this means we are not supposed to worship an idol made in the likeness of someone. We are only supposed to worship God. Some say that Catholics do this with their statues of the saints. I was always taught as a Catholic that we do not worship the statues, we only have them to help us remember the saints. Even if others  are correct in this assumption, there is a Catholic on each ticket so they are even here as worst.
3. Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy: Well, last Saturday and Sunday all of them were campaigning  so I guess they both broke that and are still even.
4. Honor thy mother and father: They may not honor someone else’s mother and father, for instance they may not honor yours and mine, but I’m pretty sure they all honor their own. Even
5. Thou shall not kill/murder: OK, here I have a problem. The free dictionary says, “The precise definition of murder varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. Under the Common Law, or law made by courts, murder was the unlawful killing of a human being with malice aforethought.“ Therefore I believe this commandment covers all killing with malice aforethought, so I include war.
So, on one side we have a president who ended one war, in Iraq, and is working hard to end another, in Afghanistan, while being extremely hesitant to begin another in Syria, and for his efforts is being chastised by the other side.
They also say he supports abortion, when all he really supports is to say that when it comes to abortion people should have a right under the law to choose which way they will go. This decision doesn’t actually kill anyone. The people who are so weak that they can’t make a decision not to have an abortion or use contraception solely on the rules of their religion unless there is a federal law that they can’t, are the ones killing people. On the Republican side, from what I have been hearing lately, the Republicans seem to want to send our military into Iran and Syria to kill some people, with malice aforethought, and maybe even into Russia for some strange and unimaginable reason, or any place else that ticks us off. But they at the same time say they believe in the sanctity of life. So I guess the Republicans come out way behind on this one. Unless they are just lying again.
6. Thou shalt not commit adultery: I don’t think either pair is adulterous, and I couldn’t possibly hazard a guess as to how many of their followers are adulterous. I just know there is a ton of adulterous politicians. Let’s leave this one even also.
7. Thou shalt not steal: I’m going to go out on a limb and say I don’t think any of them are thieves.
8. Thou shalt not bear false witness against your neighbor: OK, this is where the teams separate. I believe that by his nature as a politician, in his life, Barrack Obama has told a lie or two. However, I listened to the GOP convention, and these two men and their supporters, in three nights, told more lies about their opposition than I have ever heard before. The Republicans should be ashamed of themselves. They lose big on this one.
9. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife: I do not believe any of these men are coveting any of the other men’s wives, unless it is the first lady since I believe that, even though all the women involved are attractive, she is the best looking and smartest of all of them. But let’s call this even.
10. Thou shalt not covet anything that belongs to your neighbor:
Whoa. I’m pretty sure that Barrack Obama does not wish to have anything that belongs to Mitt Romney, except maybe a copy of his tax returns for the past 10 years. President Obama, by his own admission,  is rich enough to buy his own stuff.
However, Mitt sure does seem to covet the chair the president sits in,  as well as his house, his plane, his  helicopter, his motorcade, and his job. The GOP are the losers on this one
There you have it Mr. Romney and Mr. Ryan, who are advertising themselves as men of faith who must unseat the heathen in the White House are breaking three commandments more than the other side.  Both sides are even in all the others.
George Orwell in 1984 said that “doublethink“, which led the world into folly, included the practice of “repudiating morality while laying claim to it:” To deny morality while claiming to  be moral.
Sound familiar?
So when you say you are going to vote on religious grounds, it is pretty obvious if you look at the facts that the real men of faith are President Obama and Vice President Biden.
So go ahead and vote.
Just saying.

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