Sunday, November 13, 2011

The Religious Right Chimes In

The Family Research Council has discovered that the Occupy movement is supported by a myriad of groups dissatisfied with the status quo and opposed by the tea party movement, the religious right, and the establishment. Right-Wing Watch has found that the FRC is urging its supporters to pray:

The expanded Wall Street Occupation is endorsed by labor unions, liberal mayors, governors, the White House, the American Nazi and Communist parties, ACORN, Hollywood enertainers [sic] and a long list of supra-liberal and liberal groups, not the least of which is the liberal media. Encampments in major cities, including Washington, DC, are not only a nuisance, a health hazard and an embarrassment [sic] to thinking Americans, they are increasingly becoming violent. Ideological anarchists intimidate and abuse bystanders, damage automobiles, jump on and in front of moving vehicles, urinate and defacate [sic] on private and public property, go naked and perform sex acts in public, produce tons of garbage that taxpayers have to collect and haul away, etc. Yet the mainstream press, which villainized [sic] the Tea Party movement, after long ignoring it, flagrantly idealizes the Occupiers and ignores the damage and ugly crimes happening in most places where an occupation is in progress. Fortunately the movement is "losing its bloom," and beginning to die out. The honeymoon among these diverse activists may be coming to an end.

May the movement simply fizzle. May God protect those who live nearby and must encounter these raucus [sic] groups. May God harvest souls for Christ from among them just as He did discontented youth in the Jesus Movment of the 60's and 70's (1 Sam 22:1-2; 2 Chr 15:4-7; Ps 18:40-50; Is 42:14-18; Lk 19:39-40; Rom 8:15-16; 10:20).

These godless anarchists cannot cite chapter and verse but are at least vaguely aware fourteen million Americans are unemployed; a record percentage of people has been unemployed at least six months; socio-economic mobility is near an all-time low; and the share of pre-tax income is more distorted, tilted toward the top 1%, than at any time since the year before the Great Depression hit (charts from Business Insider).

Digby notes "In case you were wondering if the religious right was going to join the Occupy Movement in solidarity with the poor and disenfranchised as Jesus would have done, think again." It appears the Family Research Council has interpreted Matthew 25:37-40 in a new, novel, and disturbing way:

37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

40 “The King will reply, ‘Never. But you gave tax breaks to the wealthy, cut programs for the poor and the elderly, and eliminated regulations which were helping these brothers and sisters of mine. Truly I tell you, whatever you did for the greatest among you, you did for me.’

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