Quote by Stephen Colbert: “If this is going to be a Christian nation that ...”
The Conviction of Colbert
Using rational argument, Harris offers a measured refutation of the beliefs that form the core of fundamentalist Christianity. In the course of his argument, he addresses current topics ranging from intelligent design and stem-cell research to the connections between religion and violence. Forty-four percent of the American population is convinced that Jesus will return to judge the living and the dead sometime in the next fifty years. According to the most common interpretation of biblical prophecy, Jesus will return only after things have gone horribly awry here on earth. It is, therefore, not an exaggeration to say that if the city of New York were suddenly replaced by a ball of fire, some significant percentage of the American population would see a silver lining in the subsequent mushroom cloud, as it would suggest to them that the best thing that is ever going to happen was about to happen—the return of Christ. It should be blindingly obvious that beliefs of this sort will do little to help us create a durable future for ourselves—socially, economically, environmentally, or geopolitically.
At the time, I chuckled a bit, shrugged off my disagreements, and moved on. Now, however, after seeing the video has gained a bit of traction across the Web, I figured it might be worth commenting on. Watch the video here. Yes, I realize that the Colbert Report is a comedy show, but just as Colbert seems to have struck a serious chord with many liberal democrats whether intentionally or not , the reactions of those folks seems to have struck a funny bone in me. And remember, this is just for the fun of it. But is this what unemployment benefits are really about?
White Christians, who accounted for 81 percent of the population in , now make up just 43 percent. Mainline Protestant denominations have been losing members for years, and now evangelical churches have been hit with the same trend. Young people and seniors are basically inhabiting different religious worlds. To be clear, people interpret the phrase "Christian nation" in different ways. But the historical revisionists of the Religious Right make a big leap from that and assert that since most Americans are Christian, it follows that our country was founded officially to be a Christian nation with the tenets of that faith enforced by law. Religious Right groups have pushed this argument for years, and when they make it, the version of Christianity they believe was aligned with the government or should be is — surprise!
“If this is going to be a Christian nation that doesn't help the poor, either we have to pretend that Jesus was just as selfish as we are, or we've got to acknowledge.
silence poem by marianne moore analysis
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof These foundation stones of American democracy were laid a century too late to save Mary Dyer's life. Dyer, a middle-aged mother of six, was hanged in for defying a Puritan law that banned Quakers from the Massachusetts Bay Colony. The Christians who cruelly deprived this woman of Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness were dead certain so to speak that they were on a mission from God, protecting their "divinely ordained" civic order against Mary Dyer's seditious belief in the Inner Light.
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