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The Raving Atheist discovers an unusual advocate in the Sisyphean struggle of liberal Christianity against fundamentalism: Fox News' Julie Banderas goes ballistic on Shirley Phelps-Roper, who has brought her "God Hates Fags" campaign to the funerals of soldiers who have...


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June 12, 2006

God hates fags, but please don't mention it

The Raving Atheist discovers an unusual advocate in the Sisyphean struggle of liberal Christianity against fundamentalism:

Fox News' Julie Banderas goes ballistic on Shirley Phelps-Roper, who has brought her "God Hates Fags" campaign to the funerals of soldiers who have died in service of this Sodomite nation of ours. Unfortunately, Julie also goes Biblical, not the best strategy for someone opposed to the notion that God Hates Fags.

Allied strange bedfellow Michelle Malkin has the video.

This video should be required viewing for anyone who has ever proposed that fundamentalist Christians "misinterpret" the Bible, missing out on its "real message." The fact is, the Bible is so heavily on the side of the fundamentalists that even an insane person like Shirley Phelps-Roper can win a battle-of-the-verses argument quite easily.

Anyone advancing the notion that the "real message" of the Bible is the pick-and-choose construction of liberal Christianity is doomed to an idiotic sectarian fight in which the other side has many more boxes of ammunition. When it comes to God, hatred and fags, the Fred Phelps family is on very firm ground.

The winning argument is that the Bible is wrong -- because it's a collection of barbaric ancient mythology with no great moral value to us today -- not that the Phelps family is wrong about what The Lord Your God says so clearly in the Bible.

Still, it feels good to claim that the fundies are misinterpreting a book that exclusively preaches peace and love, however false that is, so I don't expect liberals to stop anytime soon.

This weekend I was on the radio show "Religion Roundtable" on Air America Phoenix. If you listen to this MP3 file of the show, you'll hear me say:

There's this idea that Jesus was this great guy who preached this liberal philosophy, and that these fundamentalist Christians are getting away from the "real Jesus." This is absolutely false. It's an unwinnable argument, and political liberals should stop making this argument. The fundamentalists have a completely legitimate interpretation of Jesus and how he wants us to fight for him, and how he wants us kill for him, and how the world must be reshaped for Jesus.

Helpfully, in the middle of the next commercial break, a promotional message for Air America Phoenix said the following:

During times of war, people like to feel that God is on their side. I'm not trying to be disrespectful, but I have to ask: Which God is that? Which God supports war? If you're a Christian and you support a war, that's your choice, as it should be. You're endowed with a free will. But leave Christ out of it, all right? He never supported a war.

Er, except the war in which all of the infidels are killed and Jesus is installed as king of the world -- i.e., exactly the war that the fundies are preparing for. Air America Phoenix has apparently read the Bible, thrown out the parts it doesn't like (a lot), and declared that what remains is the True Word.

Even if this is the correct process for interpreting the Bible, shouldn't the ones who throw out less be declared the winners?

Fundamentalist Christians see this logic clearly, and that's why they have chosen the leaders they have. If only liberals could be a little smarter, instead of a little dumber, than the followers of Jerry Falwell and James Dobson.





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