When it comes to morals, it seems that Christian eyesight never rises above the belt-buckle unless it is to peer behind a brassiere. Genes for sexual obsession passed down by the Catholic Church obviously did not mutate over the centuries, as today Christian leaders remain excessively concerned with who is doing whom, how they are doing it and if there are any naked people or pictures anywhere near.


BELT BUCKLE MORALS


There is an obvious need for watchdog organizations and laws keeping dangerous sexual predators, perverts, and traffickers out of civilized society. Those are jobs for civil authorities, not antediluvian religious opinionizers trying to transport the United States to the Dark Ages. There is no Lasik’s Surgery for tunnel vision of this sort, nor is there any escape from the ubiquitous voices of ignorance embraced by so many in this country.


Let me be clear exactly what I am talking about. To the best of my knowledge, I do not recall Jesus saying much about abortion, homosexuality or stem-cell research in the Bible. However, he said line after line about the impoverished, the disfranchised and the sick.


RIGHT WING CHRISTIANITY


Those thoughtful and caring religionists, the Evangelical Right, the Catholic Bishops Council and more Right Wing religionists, considering the size of their oral cavities remained quiet enough to hear themselves on cotton, about the reprehensible GOP budget plan. Once again, the rich get the gold mine and the middle-class gets the shaft. While the Evangelical Right hunts snipe and the answer to who rests in Grant's tomb, Americans face with a tax plan that is not only detrimental to their interests, but also grossly inequitable.

When almost one in four children survive at the poverty level, something is wrong. When Wall Street criminals dupe the American people into a $700 billion loan to cover their gambling debts and no one goes to jail, something is wrong. When Congress can do nothing, but impede progress and hold the public hostage while playing politics, something is wrong—morally wrong. We have a morality problem in the country but little of it comes from sex, drugs, or gambling. Are these problems of concern? Absolutely, but not in the magnitude media manipulators would have us believe.


ROME IS BURNING


While Rome burns, the Christian Right and the GOP Inquisition guard the country against sex, which is a major concern among the unemployed and the underemployed. Evangelicals' top concern—by a wide margin—is (94%), the content of television and movies (79%), homosexuals (75%), and gay and lesbian lifestyles (75%). Focus on sex to the exclusion of all others as a moral imperative, is not only shortsighted, irresponsible and abnormal; it is a warped fantasy that portends to reality.


 My concern about sexual issues such as abortion, gay marriage and prostitution remains limited, but I have deep issues with the integrity of Wall Street, Congress, and lobbyist relations as well as insurance price gouging. Doctor and pharmaceutical company interactions are concerns. Cheating in business, college, and government are issues, just as killing in the form of collateral damage. Cutting corners in construction and manufacturing, lack of concern for worker safety, lack of generosity for the less fortunate and purposeful obfuscation are important moral matters. The issues relating to sex seem little more than moral misdirection aimed at taking advantage of the American history of paying no attention.


Interestingly, Evangelicals and the GOP express a significant difference of opinion in the skepticism harbored toward global warming (only 33% identified it as a major issue) compared with the rest of the population. However, there is good news in all of this for at least one group. Evangelicals will soon slide to the bottom of the barrel when it comes to progress and, finally, the Luddites will finally escape the bottom of the barrel and move into modernity.

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Comment by Donald R Barbera on April 15, 2012 at 10:48pm
I'm going to check that out. Somewhere after my fortieth birthday, I got hooked on non-fiction. I used to be a big Robert Ludlum fan and Tom Clancy, but I am more interested social issues, science and humor.
Comment by Donald R Barbera on April 14, 2012 at 6:10pm
Jared Diamond's "Guns, Germs and Steel," gives a brilliant tour of history, geography, paleontology, biology and more in explaining why the developed as it did. Very convincing and useful. . Don't know how many times I've quoted him. He talks about the things we speak of and in depth in the Prize winning book. Tell me what you think.
Comment by Donald R Barbera on April 12, 2012 at 6:10pm
Many refer to it as the God gene, but I don't buy it. It is nothing more than ignorance. Obviously, we aren't born knowing all things and we never will. The attributing of various phenomena to a god or gods, is the easiest answer to the unknown. Where that point exists is highly dependent upon environment, custom and education. At some point we all run out of answers. It is at that point a decision is made to assign anything that exceeds explanation to supernatural sources, when a mere 50 years into the future could make such think embarrassing. It is ancient history that is wagging the dog. If it wasn't god, then it was aliens from an advanced civilization. Since we have discovered no intelligent life on other worlds, believing such is considered whacky, but is no different from a god no one has ever seen.
Comment by Donald R Barbera on April 11, 2012 at 10:21pm

I think you've isolated the virus, but it is still difficult to understand. It is interesting that you put it in those words because a couple of nights ago I suddenly had the urge to try to understand religionists. I went to Catholic school, but it didn't take. I started my search by examining myself to see why I didn't buy into the religion thing. I haven't gone very far, but I am in the process of trying to find a dividing line.

Comment by Donald R Barbera on April 11, 2012 at 7:59pm

You are a realist and I am a dreamer of sorts. You are right; we have traveled to the dark side with Evangelical Christianity, but I think they can actually go lower than the Luddites. You listed so many of the things that apparrently have no meaning or draw no concern from the religiously obsessed. One, I particularly like is to go into your secret closet to pray. It seems that is something most ignore.

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