Eat At Joes

Just a regular Joe who is angry that the USA, the country he loves, is being corrupted and damaged from within and trying to tell his fellow Americans the other half of the story that they don’t get on the TV News.

Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Radical Cleric Condemns the US Supreme Court – this Radical Cleric is an American – or at least he Claims to be

Republican Radical Cleric James Dobson has equated the Supreme Court with the KKK. This after Republican calls for violence against US judges have resulted in death threats against many judges, the murder of one judge and the murder of another judge’s family. All of which are acts of Domestic Terrorism! Remember that seven of the nine justices on the Supreme Court were appointed by Republican Presidents. Dobson considers them the same as Klansmen because they don’t rule in cases before them the way he would like them to. Years ago I used to like to listen to Dobson’s radio program “Focus on the Family” when it dealt with the family, unfortunately more and more he started injecting his Hate-Based Venomous Tirades against those who held different political beliefs than he. The program rapidly degenerated into a pseudo-religious version of Rush Limbaugh or Bill O'Reilly’s shows. One-sided and devoid of fairness – an avenue for Hate-Mongering against anyone whose political views differed from the host’s. Republican Radical Cleric James Dobson (and his Republican fellow travelers) would do well to read the loving teachings of Jesus Christ (whom Dobson and the others claim to follow) which focus on feeding the poor and helping the underprivileged and showing the Love of Christ toward those who oppose them. I don’t hate these Republican’s who claim to be Christian and flagrantly violate the teachings of Jesus Christ, but I do oppose their misrepresenting what following Jesus means. Those who don’t know that Jesus taught a Gospel of Love will think that these Republicans are representing Jesus accurately when they preach hatred and violence against those they disagree with and fear and hatred of foreigners and anyone they perceive as their enemies. Jesus and the Apostle Paul were quite clear in preaching love of enemies and preaching against vengeance.

From Luke Chapter 6 Jesus tells us:

Love for Enemies

27“But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 29If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic. 30Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. 31Do to others as you would have them do to you.
32“If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ love those who love them. 33And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ do that. 34And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ lend to ‘sinners,’ expecting to be repaid in full. 35But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. 36Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
Judging Others

37“Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. 38Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
39He also told them this parable: “Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit? 40A student is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher.

41“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 42How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.

A Tree and Its Fruit

43“No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. 44Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thornbushes, or grapes from briers. 45The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.

From Matthew Chapter 6 Jesus tells us:

An Eye for an Eye

38“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ 39But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. 41If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. 42Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.

Love for Enemies

43“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor[h] and hate your enemy.’ 44But I tell you: Love your enemies[i] and pray for those who persecute you, 45that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

From Paul in Romans Chapter 12 we have:

14Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.

17Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. 18If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,”says the Lord. 20On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

If we do not love our enemies and give them food and drink and other necessities when they need it we are disobeying the commands of Christ Jesus.

If we take revenge on those who oppose us we are not only disobeying the commands of Christ Jesus, but we are also saying that God is not powerful enough to pay back those who deserve it as He said He would, or that God is not a good enough judge to determine who should receive punishment, and that we are better judges than He, so we should do it ourselves in direct disobedience and insult to Him.

These commands from Jesus are very hard for us to follow, but if the Republicans continue to claim to be Christians they need to accurately represent those teachings of Jesus regarding these things instead of misrepresenting Him as a proponent of violence against those perceived as opposing them including US Judges the vast majority of whom were appointed by Republican Presidents.

Much of the criticism of the Supreme Court has been over their decision to not allow executions of juveniles. A practice only the US (until the recent court decision) and a few despotic regimes in the world still practice. To portray Jesus as a fellow Blood-Thirsty Pro-Violence demon calling for the deaths of children and judges who won’t kill them is just plain EVIL!!!! If Jesus still walked the Earth he would be suing members of the Republican Party for libel and slander! Or at least he should if he weren’t so forgiving.



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