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Onward Christian Soldiers.. aka the Tsunami victims will go to hell

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I can’t even believe this, it is so antithical to any Christian beliefs, but, House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, in his twisted version of God’s will, chose to grace us with this verse from the Bible at a Congressional Prayer Service held on Tuesday January 4, 2004.

First some context before DeLay’s wonderful interpretation and his outreach to humanity…

The Prayer Service was held at a Church on Capitol Hill. The initial prayers were for Bob Matsui and Shirley Chisholm, both Democratic members who are recently deceased. There followed scripture readings, claims from a few of the members of Congress as to the Christian foundations of the US (although a majority of the Founding Fathers were Diests) and prayers for the victims of the Indian Ocean Tsunami.

Then DeLay (who btw is subject to a potential indictment for ethic violations) got up to speak.

No opening statement and no closing statement. Just this passage (transcript or
MP3):

“A reading of the Gospel, in Matthew 7:21 through 27.

Not every one who says to me, “Lord, Lord,” will enter the kingdom of heaven; but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.

Many will say to me on that day, “Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name? Did we not drive out demons in your name? Did we not do mighty deeds in your name?

“Then I will declare to them solemnly, ‘I never knew you: depart from me, you evil doers.'”

Everyone who listens to these words of mine, and acts on them, will be like a wise man, who built his house on a rock:

The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew, and buffeted the house, but it did not collapse; it has been set solidly on rock.

And everyone who listens to these words of mine, but does not act on them, will be like a fool who built his house on sand:

The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew, and buffeted the house, and it collapsed and was completely ruined.”

He finishes reading and sits back down.

Is this what the neo-Christian right in America really believes? If not, a strong denunciation of DeLay would be in order. I have heard many calls by fundamentalist Christians to Muslim Americans to denounce Fundamentalism. It is time for good Christians to do the same to the Pharasies who inhabit the positions of power in this nation and spew vile hatred in the midst of mass human tragedy.

Or perhaps DeLay believes the hurricanes in Florida were God’s will and it was in retaliation for the corruption stemming from the 2000 election… doesn’t sound too good when the shoe is on the other foot does it?

Of course, they will argue that isn’t what he really meant, but it is hard to discern any other meaning from these statements.

The most encouraging aspect of this of course is that not everyone feels the same… in today’s Globe & Mail, a Buddhist Temple in Vancouver, BC is selling their temple and donating all the proceeds to the Red Cross. As the temple’s spokesman puts it “they don’t need the real estate to practice their religion, “we can have a temple of compassion instead.”

Someone could use a lesson in compassion evidently.

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  • http://www.diablog.us Dave Nalle

    Certainly an odd choice, but although the quote seems bizarre given the context of the Tsunami disaster, it doesn’t say we shouldn’t give aid to the victims. What the quote says is relatively sensible and could be applied allegorically to a lot of other things besides the obvious weather associations.

    Delay probably didn’t even think of how some might interpret the quote in the context of the Tsunami. He’s certainly not known for his sensitivity.

    There are far loonier and more inhumane things in the Bible which he could have quoted instead.

    Dave

  • Albanesse

    Yes there are more radical things to be taken from the bible, but to say that he did not think about it is kinda silly. These people have only one tool set, words. Everything is planned from his hand grip to his tilt when he smiles… that’s what they do. And maybe people wont say it too loud, but you know the first thought is that it is Gods wrath. I even saw newscaster the other night with his personal insight segment and how he wondered could GOD allow this to happen and why there (insert your religious leanings here). This not to say Non-christians don’t say the same thing. When Kuwait was invade most muslims said it was good for them since they are a nation run by perverts and pimps. And I wil assure you that even with this event muslims in other parts of the world were scrutinizing how the muslims in Indonesia lived… well.. there you go and that is from a Muslim (Bektashi born in an Albanian village in what is today Macedonia and raised in Brooklyn, NY)

  • http://www.templestark.com/blog Temple Stark

    I’ve got to say it – the man is an asshole. He knows EXACTLY what he’s saying and who his audience is. He doesn’t seem to care about offending anyone.

  • http://jadedreality.blogspot.com spiderleaf

    You bet he knew exactly what he wanted to get across to his base… DeLay always speaks at these services, usually offering his interpretation of a passage as it relates to a Repub policy initiative. The fact that he didn’t this time speaks volumes.

    And, it was quite fitting as a prayer for the majority of the victims considering they are not Christians.

    But the part that really got me is that he doesn’t understand the irony of this passage:

    Many will say to me on that day, “Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name? Did we not drive out demons in your name? Did we not do mighty deeds in your name?

    “Then I will declare to them solemnly, ‘I never knew you: depart from me, you evil doers.'”

  • http://www.roblogpolitics.blogspot.com RJ

    “claims from a few of the members of Congress as to the Christian foundations of the US (although a majority of the Founding Fathers were Diests)”

    Aren’t Deists also Christians, in their own way?

  • http://jadedreality.blogspot.com spiderleaf

    That would be similar to saying Jews and Muslims are Christians in their own way… the common theme being a belief in God.

    Deism definition:

    Deism is belief in a God or first cause based on reason, rather than on faith or revelation, and thus a form of theism in opposition to fideism. Deism is usually synonymous with natural religion in 18th century Enlightenment writings. Deism originated in 17th century Europe, gaining popularity in the 18th century Enlightenment especially in America as a modernist movement inspired by the success of the scientific method. Deists emphasize the exclusive application of reason and personal experience to religious questions. Deism is concerned with those truths which humans can discover through a process of reasoning, independent of any claimed divine revelation through scripture or prophets. Most Deists believe that God does not interfere with the world or create miracles.

  • Shark

    Definition: “…Deism is concerned with those truths which humans can discover through a process of reasoning…”

    For the curious, below is the list of those truths:

    heh.

  • Tisatashar

    I think Tommy was spot on.

    The vast majority of victims (160,000) were muslims from Indonesia. Muslims firmly believe that God is far above having a son and that Jesus was the second-last prophet.

    “…Not every one who says to me, “Lord, Lord,” will enter the kingdom of heaven; but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.”

    Only the muslim obeys. The christians on the other hand have followed the whims of Paul.