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John Fugelsang “Some US Christians make me wonder if their Bible is just Revelation, Golden Calf & 2 lines of Leviticus duct-taped to a Left Behind book.”

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http://current.com/shows/viewpoint/videos/john-fugelsang-prop-8-doma-and-why-easter-matters/

 

From the March 28, 2013, edition of “Viewpoint.”

John Fugelsang:

Easter’s always a special time; a time when parents teach their children the story of Jesus by convincing them a rabbit entered their home to leave teeth-rotting candy. It’s a time when pro-death penalty Christians can mark the execution of anti-death penalty Jesus and it’s all irony free.

But whether you regard the Bible as ancient poetry, literal fact, parable — like the way Jesus spoke — the Easter story does have relevance for all of us. It’s a story of pain and suffering, of death and rebirth.

In the story of course, Jesus shows up in Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, gets a hero’s welcome. Over the course of the week he preaches love, drives the money-changers who are exploiting the poor out of the temple.

The conservative religious bosses, the Pharisees, get very nervous and conspire with the occupying European imperial government to have him arrested. And by Friday, the very people who welcomed him have been spin-doctored into demanding his death.

And almost everybody abandons him. He’s locked up by the soldiers, sold out and abandoned by his friends. He’s executed by the state, a naked, bleeding, humiliated, outcast, criminal loser.

And of course, as the story goes, he rises from the tomb on Sunday and does not seek any kind of revenge, just keeps talking about love.

Now we’ve just witnessed what may have been the most powerful few days in the history of the struggle for LGBT rights in America — and it happened during Easter week.

With not one, but two anti-gay laws going before the U.S. Supreme Court, an American public decidedly on the side of gay marriage, and a seemingly endless procession of politicians from both parties who once opposed equality, but have now come to view it as an essential human right.

And none of this would’ve happened without the unspeakable tragedy of the AIDS crisis.

Kids born after the mid ‘90s have no memory of those awful first few years of AIDS, when people suffering from HIV were targets of scorn and cruelty and ignorance. Scientists begged for funding, politicians did nothing and thousands of people died. And if you’ve ever been close to someone who died of HIV-related disease, you know it’s a painful, degrading and demeaning way to go.

But gay people didn’t give up. They organized. They came out of the closet. The AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power, or ACT UP, was formed and began leading demonstrations designed to make the rest of America very uncomfortable. People didn’t wait for their rights; they demanded them.

And as more people came out, more Americans realized they didn’t really hate gay people. They already knew some.

In 2012, the first openly gay and openly bisexual Americans were elected into Congress and that same fall the president of the United States came out in favor of marriage equality before an important election. No doubt the White House had focus-grouped this thing to death and they knew the reality: that America was ready to be on the right side of decency and the right side of history.

And what did we see through this revolution of culture, this evolution of the heart? The greatest, swiftest advancement for civil rights for any minority group in the history of the human race. And all this good happened because of a plague.

That’s the story that led us to this particular Easter week. And that’s the story of Easter

 

 

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Bill Maher “New Rule: Stop saying the producers of The Bible cast this guy as Satan because he resembles Obama.  Right wing nuts are not subtle like that.  They don’t hint around.  If tomorrow, Obama announced, I am Lucifer, the fallen one, prince of darkness, father of lies, son of perdition, king of the bottomless pit, Laura Ingraham would go, he’s hiding something.”

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Stephen Colbert “Now, if you enjoy watching The Bible, you’ll want to explore the source material.  I speak, of course, of The Story Of God And All Of Us – A Novel Based On The Epic TV Series.  All the Biblical stories you love from the mini-series, finally assembled into one book.

This starts at 1:57 and you can watch here:

http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/424716/march-25-2013/history-channel-s–the-bible-

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John Fugelsang “Friends, here’s the bible lesson for the day, and it might come in handy for Christians, or atheists, or sane people of any faiths.  Because, right wing gun enthusiast Christians have new ammo in their fight to prove you can be a follower of Jesus while also enjoying weapons designed to kill lots of people in a short amount of time.  It’s Luke 22:36 and it’s become a mantra for fun loving, gun loving, father and the the son loving Christians.  And whatever you think of religion, you may well encounter this taking point.  It’s part of Luke’s account of what happened to Jesus right before the Roman soldiers came to arrest him, throw him in a Roman prison, and execute him with a Roman crucifix, or as Glen Beck puts it, killed by the Jews.  Now, in Luke 22:36 Jesus tells his apostles that he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one.  Now, this might surprise some of you who don’t remember the part in the Bible when Jesus turned water into a vest (?).  But, go ahead and search Luke 22:36 on Twitter.  Tons of Christians are throwing this around like the last part of the second amendment, conveniently forgetting the well regulated militia part.  It suits their tastes just fine, as long as you don’t read the rest, and put it all into context.  And, they’re saying this means Jesus is pro gun, the modern day sword.  But, what Jesus is really doing is talking about prophecy and being a criminal.  Because, as soon as Jesus throws down his line about buying a sword, he adds that they only need swords because the prophecy says they’re meant to be criminals.  Quote ‘For I say unto you that this that is written must yet be accomplished in me, and he was reckoned among the transgressors.’  See, he’s not talking about defending yourself, he’s talking about having a sword as a prop so he can get arrested and fulfill the prophecy.  And the very next line the apostles say, hey Jesus, we’ve already got two swords here with us, and Jesus says that’s enough.  Jesus never sends them out to buy swords, no one ever buys a sword, and in fact when the jack-sandaled government thugs swoop in to arrest him, also known as Alex Jones’ wet dream, it’s Peter who pulls a sword and cuts off some guy’s ear.  Does Jesus join the fight?  No, he heals the wounded guy and tells his friends those who live by the sword, shall die by the sword.  In other words, my Judeo-Christian friends, Jesus never comes out against owning swords, but he’s pretty seriously against using them.  Of course, if Jesus had an AK-47 he could have mowed down the Romans, never been crucified, never had a religion named for him, and none of us would have to know who Pat Robertson was.  So remember, the best weapon for refuting these Bible thumpers, tends to be the Bible itself.  Because, the only way you can cling to both the Bible and a gun, is if you totally agree to not read the Jesus parts.  Here endeth the lesson.”

http://thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/fugelsang-the-only-way-you-can-cling-to-both-a-bible-and-a-gun-is-to-ignore-jesus/politics/2013/01/19/58723