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  • PeterVN

    One of the great comments here that I’ll quote is “Religion is for the ignorant, the gullible, the cowardly, and the stupid, and for those who would profit from them.” The same applies to faith in the context of this article as for religion. Politicians of all stripes know they can profit from getting religious sheep onside en mass.

  • Bernardo

    Obama rode to the Blood-Red House on the backs of 35+million aborted womb-babies!!! And so will Hilliary but on the backs of 40+ million aborted womb babies

    As noted above by Dr. David Gushee, her position on abortion will be “safe, legal and rare” but will say nothing about the basic tenet of proper human conduct i.e. Thou Shalt Not Kill. And there will be no sense of indignation that abortions are not rare and that these acts of horror demean the Golden Rule considering that she says she is a Christian. And where is her sense of indignation that women who use the Pill do not use it properly resulting in an failure rate of 8.7% as per the Guttmacher Institute statistics. Using these and other Guttmacher Institute data, this failure of women to use the Pill properly results in ~1,000,000 unplanned pregnancies every year. And the annual abortion rate in the USA is?? ~1,000,000 as per the CDC.

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  • Bernardo

    And do males use co-ndoms properly? No, as said failure rate for this birth “control” method is 17.4%!! Again using Guttmacher data, said failure rate results in another ~1,000,000 unplanned pregnancies every year.

    Bottom line: Hillary is not aware of the basics of birth control and still remains the leader of the st-upid Majority (~80 million mothers and fathers of womb babies) and will remain so until she becomes a true Christian and one who respects and protects human life in all its forms and who at least emphasizes the proper use of birth control methods!!!

  • Be Brave

    “Rev.” Gushee,

    The Gospel does not change for either political party. It’s really sad that you don’t see that. Your blog here is just about gains of the flesh. When the USA is relegated to the dust bin of history, there will be those in hell and those who chose salvation. When comparing the two parties, it seems clear that your Democratic party has been the more hostile to Christ and His Gospel. And, without doubt, more hostile to His followers in many ways. The most stark is heresy and seduction. While the GOP enslaves the masses to the rich and powerful, they at least always the slaves to preach the real Gospel. The Democrats demand that abomination replace the Gospel and do all they can to seduce and coerce and force the faithful to bow the knee to Baal.

    You still have time to repent.

  • Bernardo

    Stole how?

  • Bernardo

    Repent? There is no heaven or hell. All one needs are some easy rules to follow not some human-generated guilt trips e.g. Do No Harm.

    Bottom line: Here today, gone tomorrow.

  • Jack

    So Bernardo, if the “guilt trips” are “human-generated,” who “generated” the “easy rules to follow” ? Aliens from Jupiter?

  • Bernardo

    “As a concept, the Golden Rule has a history that long predates the term “Golden Rule”, or “Golden law”, as it was called from the 1670s.[1][6] As a concept of “the ethic of reciprocity,” it has its roots in a wide range of world cultures, and is a standard way that different cultures use to resolve conflicts.[1][5] It has a long history, and a great number of prominent religious figures and philosophers have restated its reciprocal, “two-way” nature in various ways (not limited to the above forms).[1]

    Rushworth Kidder discusses the early contributions of Confucius (551–479 BCE) (). Kidder notes that this concept’s framework appears prominently in many religions, including “Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Zoroastrianism, and the rest of the world’s major religions”.[7] According to Greg M. Epstein, “ ’do unto others’ … is a concept that essentially no religion misses entirely.”[8] Simon Blackburn also states that the Golden Rule can be “found in almost every…

  • Larry

    If God is the source of moral behavior, why do their followers feel the need to act so immorally in the service of God?

    Please explain to me in detail why, “I do as I am told” and “the ends justify the means” is the pinnacle of moral reasoning to religious believers. You can also explain why lying, cheating, murder, rape and genocide are all moral acts when commanded by God.

    In general the, “God keeps us from running amok” argument says more about the amorality and sociopathic behavior of the religious believer than it does the non-believer addressed.

  • Sabelotodo2

    Oh, I strongly disagree with Gushee’s statement to not worry about the “None’s.” They help to form that huge independent voting block that tends to decide elections, and many/most of the “Nones” come from strong religious backgrounds. I’ve found that for several generations after formal religious practice has stopped, a strong moral framework remains where truth, honesty and fairness are still the pillars of one’s character. That’s where Hilliary is really in trouble. Those with the dimmest moral flashlights, should still see through Hilliary’s flimsy rhetoric about justice and caring for the poor, when the behemouth Clinton Foundation has taken in millions world-wide from despots that rule and exploit the poor! A few popular “values catch-phrases” can’t hide the reality of how this candidate has lived her long, public life!

  • Jack

    I know all of that, Bernardo…look in the appendix of CS Lewis’ The Abolition of Man and you’ll see the same…..You’ve highlighted my point.

  • Jack

    This is classic Larry — the old “why-did-you-beat-your-dog?” tactic.

    The argument assumes that Christians share Larry’s belief that Christians are miserable wretches.