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Santorum, the Bible, and the American Taliban

OK, I’m in need of a reality check here.  I just want to make sure I haven’t stepped out of a DeLorean into some wrinkle in the space time continuum.   If my senses didn’t deceive me when I was watching the news, apparently last week a candidate for the presidency of the United States accused the sitting president of having a “phony theology”–a  theology “not based on the Bible.”  This is 2012 and not 1512, right?

First of all “phony theology” is a redundancy.  Theology by its very nature is phony.   Although in the Middle Ages theology was called the “Queen of the Sciences,” there is nothing remotely scientific or even intellectually rigorous about it.  And who is Rick Santorum to decide whose theologies are phony and whose are not phony?  Has God graced Santorum with some special theological acumen the rest of us mere mortals do not possess?   And this is precisely the problem with theology.   No person of faith has any empirical basis whatsoever for declaring the theology of another to be deficient.   The discussion always boils down to:  “Because I said so!”  The word theology, of course,  comes from the Greek “logos,” meaning rational discourse and “theos” meaning God.  To think that it is possible to have rational discourse about an undetectable, unprovable entity is delusional.

Secondly, what it is that people really want when they say that they want a society based on “biblical values?”  I’m all ears.  Here are just a few of the “values” the Bible promotes:  slavery, absolute monarchy, the subjugation of women, intolerance of other faiths,  polygamy, capital punishment for non-violent offenses, and genocide.

Precisely which biblical values should we return to?  Killing people for violating the Sabbath?  Killing people for worshiping “false gods?”

A book so filled with inconsistencies, exaggerations, contradictions and outright fabrications cannot possibly serve as a guide to life, much less a blueprint for a free and open democratic society.  Those who wish to impose their sectarian vision on society are ultimately of the same ilk as the ayatollahs of Iran and the Taliban.

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  1. kittybrat
    February 28, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    Amen to that! If this nation becomes a theocracy we are doomed. We must be ever vigilant, that means calling out this treachery when and where we find it. Blow that trumpet over Santorum, and I’ll echo it!

  2. February 28, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    I don’t get it either. Is he appealing to the republican illiterati or does he really believe this bollocks? I find it hard to accept that intelligent people can maintain a belief in such stupidity.

  3. Julia
    March 1, 2012 at 2:41 am

    I’ve said this many times. First of all, only white people long for the “good old days”. The days of yore were not good times for anyone other than wealthy white males.

    When people talk about returning to America’s roots, the good old days, back to values, etc. what exactly are they talking about?

    These are the greatest times we live in, in terms of morals. There is NO crime you can possibly read of today that didn’t happen in folds years ago. There are acts today that are crimes that weren’t even frowned upon in the Bible days.

    Maybe people divorced less 50 years ago, but they also lived together miserably. I don’t call that a success.
    Honestly when people talk about getting back to values, I believe they are parroting what they hear in church.
    And for the church, their greatest sales tactic is FEAR. They can no longer lure people in with their riveting message. So they attempt to scare people. “These are the end times!” They hope people will see the world as a tornado approaching and use the church as their storm shelter. Fear is the easiest way to control people. Especially parents of young kids.
    So they talk about how horrible values are, and how Obama is going to turn everyone into a heathen Muslim and pretty much lie out their asses. And it works! People do believe that morals are worse today than 100 or 1000 years ago. They aren’t.

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