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Wednesday, September 08, 2004

The New Yorker: Fact: "Gore's mouth tightened. A Southern Baptist, he, too, had declared himself born again, but he clearly had disdain for Bush's public kind of faith. 'It's a particular kind of religiosity,' he said. 'It's the American version of the same fundamentalist impulse that we see in Saudi Arabia, in Kashmir, in religions around the world: Hindu, Jewish, Christian, Muslim. They all have certain features in common. In a world of disconcerting change, when large and complex forces threaten familiar and comfortable guideposts, the natural impulse is to grab hold of the tree trunk that seems to have the deepest roots and hold on for dear life and never question the possibility that it's not going to be the source of your salvation. And the deepest roots are in philosophical and religious traditions that go way back. You don't hear very much from them about the Sermon on the Mount, you don't hear very much about the teachings of Jesus on giving to the poor, or the beatitudes. It's the vengeance, the brimstone.'"
Very well said, Mr Gore. You have expressed in very clear terms the contempt you have for American Christianity. We knew it all the time, but you never said it so well before.

Gore hasn't heard because he hasn't been listening. He speaks from his sense of moral superiority and religious contempt that liberals have for every viewpoint not their own. The philosophical and religious roots of his faith also go 'way back, to the Garden of Eden and to the hiss of the serpent, "ye shall be as gods." There is no love for truth, for there is no truth; truth is whatever it takes to get you elected or to defeat your enemies.

The trouble with not discerning differences in religion [Religion of tolerance], is this: when you refuse to see differences in religion, you don't thereby make them all benign. No, you make them all like Islam Fundamentalism. Gore reveals a reprobate mind, a mind that cannot discern between good and evil. As the image of God, he must think in terms of misery and destruction, but he cannot think in biblical terms of eternal vengeance and fire and brimstone. He rejects the personal responsibility of the biblical Day of Judgment, and instead would terrorize the world in terms of global warming and the appocalypse of George W. Bush. He believes very strongly in hell, and Republicans are it. He sees salvation in different terms that the religions he scorns, but he would be more destructive than they. He reveals his corrupt mind set when he would equate Republicans and George Bush with the Taliban. Is this perverse or what? Abortion is not a holocaust, but a Republican victory is. Sodomite marriage is good and pure, but Focus on the Family is the same as Hamas. Mr. Gore would eliminate sin, but to him sin is not defined by the Ten Commandments, but in terms that make liberals comfortable and in power. Hence, sodomites and babykillers are good; communism and theft are good; religious convictions are evil; faith in Christ is evil. Go figure.

If a man tries to make everything a miracle, he does not thereby make the world wonderful; no, he has eliminated miracle for the world, for he makes the resurrections of Christ the same as the birth of a rattlesnake. In the same way, a man who sees no difference in religions does not thereby make all religions the same; he merely reduces them all to equality, and the message of Christ with its unique claims becomes the same as the message of Mohammed. It is true that some misguided and corrupt men who had the name of Christian killed their enemies, but they did not do so at the command of Christ. The same cannot be said of the followers of Mohammed.

As I have said before, 9/11 was a profound religious event for America. It questioned our fundamental faith in our religion of tolerance. We must reject it, or die, for God cannot be reduced to an idol.
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