An example of why I parted company

July 23, 2005 at 4:10 PM (TennCare) ()

with organized religion a bit ago.

The religion I left espouses the following: Love your neighbor as much as you love yourself. (Literally “as you love your own body,” I believe.)

And “Do Unto Others As you would have them do unto you.”

Not to mention “Thou Shalt Not Kill.”

The silence of the Tennessee faithful appears to be deafening, (with the noteworthy exception of some individals and the SCLC) as many of their neighbors lose access to life sustaining doctor’s care and medicines. (Snide side remark: Are you ready to put 323,000 up on a faith healer’s stage? Because as of August 1 that’s what it’ll take. )

From the link to The Tennessean above.

“Tennessee churches should provide an ethical foundation. But after listening to their collective silence as 323,000 Tennesseans prepare to lose TennCare coverage and hope, the faith community is more of a hindrance than help. How can believers push to get the Ten Commandments displayed in public venues, then fail to act upon those rules in the same public square. “Thou shalt not bear false witness against your neighbor” has been violated by the Bredesen administration in pushing its TennCare cuts. In the opinion of many enrollees, “Thou shalt not kill” will be violated when they lose their health care.”

My Lord, what a morning. When the stars begin to fall.

4 Comments

  1. bridgett said,

    Never argue with the former wife of a preacherman — you know your Greek and your Latin too. Given how little most of us love our bodies, it’s no wonder that we love God the way that we do…always trying to whittle the Is down, dress It up in some reee-dick-u-lous fashion, starving It, a nip here and a tuck there. A whole culture out of their mind in the quest to be eternal and
    they overlook Eternality itself.

    Hmmmm…

  2. imfunnytoo said,

    Aint it the truth…Yes, I’m trying to remember the Greek (or possibly even Aramaic) of that “love thy neighbor as thyself,” passage that had said preacherman tearing his hair out learning to translate.:)

  3. imfunnytoo said,

    Aint it the truth…Yes, I’m trying to remember the Greek (or possibly even Aramaic) of that “love thy neighbor as thyself,” passage that had said preacherman tearing his hair out learning to translate.:)

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