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John Fugelsang  “In Matthew 25 Jesus commands his followers – both individuals and nations – to care for the sick. Sigh.”

 

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Chris Rock “People are like, don’t joke abut the freedom tower, that has something to do with 9/11.  Hey hey, I’m not joking about 9/11.  I’m not.  But, you’ve got to realize that we are in America.  And, In America there are no sacred days ’cause we commercialize everything.  We’re only 5 years away from 9/11 sales.  That’s right, you’re going to hear it on the radio.  Come on down to Red Lobster.  These shrimp are nine dollars and eleven cents.  That’s right, it doesn’t matter what the holiday is.  Martin Luther King day, it’s going to be the same thing.  You’re going to be watching TV and like these Toyotas are practically free at last, free at last.  This MLK birthday Madea’s got a dream.  It’s America, we commercialize everything.  Look at what we did to Christmas.  Christmas.  Christmas is Jesus’ birthday.  It’s Jesus’ birthday.  Now, I don’t know Jesus but from what I’ve read, Jesus is the least materialistic person to ever roam the earth.  No bling on Jesus.  Jesus kept a low profile and we turned his birthday into the most materialistic day of the year.  Matter of fact, we have the Jesus birthday season.  It’s a whole season of materialism.  Then, at the end of the Jesus birthday season we have the nerve to have an economist come on TV and tell you how horrible the Jesus birthday season was this year.  Oh, we had a horrible Jesus’ birthday this year.  Hopefully, business will pick up by his Crucifixion.”

 

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Wolf Blitzer July 9, 2014 “This huge immigration crisis.”

Reporter July 5, 2014 “60 to 80 thousand children without parents expected to cross illegally this year.”

Reporter June 22, 2014 “overwhelming US facilities.”

Reporter “There aren’t enough beds, bathrooms, or food.”

Jon Stewart “You’ve got to blame Obama’s immigration policy for this one. You don’t want migrant children? You don’t put up these billboards. (Billboard shows picture of Obama and says ‘Now entering the United States of America – The country with the most candy’). Yea, that’s right. Or, a border length ball pit, it’s not smart. It’s not a smart move. But, you know what? These children are fleeing terrible crime and violence in their home countries seeking embrace in the open and caring arms of mother America. Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”

Protester in Murrieta, CA July 7th. “Go back to Mexico! Yea! Get out of here!”

Stewart “OK, that wasn’t the Statue of Liberty. And, technically actually many are from Central America, your Honduras, your El Salvador, and of course, as Jesus said I was a stranger and you welcomed me.”

Another protester “Jesus would not break the law.”

Stewart “You mean radical destroyer of the status quo Jesus? Barging into temples, overthrowing tables Jesus, breaking the law was kind of his thing….Look, it’s a difficult humanitarian crisis, but it aint Normandy.”

http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/zlzdov/-500–crazies-of-summer

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Religious scholar Reza Aslan said American conservatives are basing their criticism of recent comments made by Pope Francis on a “profoundly unhistorical view of Jesus.”

The pontiff has ruffled the feathers of U.S. conservatives with comments suggesting the church has focused too much on social issues such as abortion, same-sex marriage and contraception, rather than helping the poor.

But his first Apostolic Exhortation released earlier this week, in which the pope denounced the sacred economic theories of the American right – trickle-down economics and an unfettered free market – seems to have been the last straw for Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin.

“These two paragons of the far right – both of whom regularly invoke the teachings of Jesus to bolster their own political views – have suddenly turned their backs on the man whose actual job description is to speak for Jesus,” Aslan wrote in a Washington Post column published Thursday.

The Iranian-American scholar noted Palin’s complaint that Pope Francis sounded “kind of liberal” when he decried the growing global income gap between the rich and the poor, although the former vice presidential candidate and reality TV star has since apologized.

But Limbaugh accused the pope of promoting Marxism in comments that had undoubtedly been written by someone else or forced upon him.

“Somebody did get to Pope Francis,” Aslan wrote. “It was Jesus.”

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/11/29/muslim-scholar-reza-aslan-rush-limbaugh-and-sarah-palin-would-call-jesus-a-marxist/

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“Wouldn’t the fundamentalist Christians you know really want to vote for Jesus Christ for president? Who wouldn’t want to vote for an American president who was a peaceful radical nonviolent revolutionary guy who hung out with lepers, hookers and criminals, who never spoke English — was not an American citizen. A guy who was anti-wealth, anti-possessions, anti-self defense, anti-greed, anti-death penalty completely, anti-public prayer (Matthew 6:5 — he was) but never once anti-gay, never mentioned abortion, never really mentioned premarital sex, never justified torture, never called the poor lazy, never asked a leper for a copay, never fought for tax cuts for the wealthiest Nazarenes, and was a long-haired, brown-skinned — it’s in Revelation, I didn’t write it — brown-skinned, homeless, community organizing, pro-womens’ rights, Middle Eastern outrageously liberal reformer Jew.” — John Fugelsang

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“Tonight we are thrilled to announce a new segment on the show: ‘Viewpoint’s Revoltingly Fake Christian of the Week.’

Congressman Stephen Fincher, a Republican from Tennessee, just took the Bible so far out of context he had to apply for a visa.

Fincher is a fierce opponent of food aid for poor Americans. You know, like Jesus. He recently fought to cut $4.1 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. If you only watch Fox, that means ‘food stamps.’ And thanks to the fine work of Fincher and his colleagues, 2 million working American families, children and seniors have already been cut off from food assistance.

So during a recent House agricultural committee debate, he decided to show how Christian it is to turn your back on unemployed suffering Americans by quoting one of the favorite Bible passages of revoltingly fake right-wing Christians — 2 Thessalonians 3:10 — “anyone unwilling to work should not eat.”

But here’s the thing. Ya see,Thessalonians isn’t God or Jesus talking. It’s believed to have been written by Saint Paul. And in Paul’s day, many apocalyptic Christians believed Jesus was coming back really soon and the world was going to end anyway, so why work? These early rapture-heads were hurting the local economy and threatening the functioning society of Thessalonica — and I do hope I pronounced that right. And Paul makes a good point — the “Left Behind” books may be junk theology, but Kirk Cameron still shows up at his job.

So in that context, the quote makes sense. In Congressman Fincher’s context, it’s pretty much the opposite of everything Jesus Christ ever stood for.

Now, Congressman Fincher went on to say, quoting from the book of selfish toolery, “The role of citizens, of Christians, of humanity is to take care of each other, but not for Washington to steal from those in the country and give to others in the country.” Really, Congressman? Washington steals and gives to others?

Because here’s the other thing — while Fincher was passing bills to take food out of the mouths of the poor, he was supporting a proposal to expand crop insurance by $9 billion, and I’m sure the fact that he is the second most heavily subsidized farmer in Congress and one of the largest subsidy recipients in the history of Tennessee had nothing to do with this.

Between 1999 and 2012, Fincher, opponent of poor, lazy people, put out his tin cup and collected $3.5 million in government money. This guy isn’t just a welfare queen, he’s a welfare kingdom with a moat, a castle and a catapult that shoots government money over the wall into his boiling cauldron of hypocrisy.

The average Tennessee farmer gets a subsidy of $1,500. In 2012 alone, Fincher was cut a government subsidy check for $75,000, which is nearly double the median household income in all of Tennessee.

So he votes to cut food stamps and expand crop insurance subsidies by $9 billion. This guy is swimming in so much dirty pork, he could single-handedly unite the Muslims and the Jews.

The biggest right-wing fake Christian argument is “Yeah, Jesus said help the poor, but he didn’t say the government should steal from me to do it! Benghazi!”

But here’s the thing, Jesus lived under European imperial occupation. He didn’t have democracy. We do. So if you want to follow the teachings of Christ — who constantly talked about caring for the poor — then in a democracy, Christians get a chance to vote for the candidate who will most follow the teachings of Christ and care for the least among us, as he commanded in Matthew 25 — that filthy hippie. ­­

But Fincher and the GOP don’t do that. They cut services for the poor and taxes for the rich. And it’s a free country. They’re allowed. But if you don’t want your tax dollars to help the poor, then stop saying you want a country based on Christian values. Because you don’t. And that’s why representative Fincher is our ‘revoltingly fake Christian of the week’!

http://current.com/shows/viewpoint/videos/john-fugelsang-viewpoint-presents-the-revoltingly-fake-christian-of-the-week/
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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