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.