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In the past, Warren's spiritual heirs were more honest about their hatred of the Jews, the blacks and the gays. They made an alliance with the Republican party that was called "The Southern Strategy." The GOP ran the logistics, and the evangelicals whipped up the bigotry. It was very successful for almost 40 years.
But because of a few do-gooders and the evils of "political correctness," open bigotry gradually became unfashionable, confined mostly to white southern males, Fox News and your grandfather. If bigotry was going to have a future in the mainstream of politics, bigotry was going to have to be re branded. Enter Rick Warren, and the Purpose for which is life is Driven.
Warren saved bigotry's place in the mainstream by coming up with the idea to repackage it inside a "concern" for poverty and aids. If you didn't know that Warren "cares" about poverty and aids, this means you've never heard him speak, because there is nothing he likes to do more than tell you about his "concern" for poverty and aids. In any case, now you've been told: Rick Warren is a guy who really really "cares" about poverty. And aids. Seriously. He even talks about them! (Though not quick as much as he talks about the fact that he talks about them.)
What's that over there sneaking in the back door? Bigotry? Don't pay any attention to that! Look over here, at Pastor Rick's "concern" about poverty and aids.
There are some who are puzzled by this because, according to their reading of the New Testament, such concern should be taken as a given. Those people, however, simply don't know the Word Of God like Pastor Rick, who knows from his close reading of the text and his close relationship with Jesus, with whom he has "been a friend...for now over 40 years," that vanity and narcissism and bragging and preening and congratulating oneself about one's "concern" for the poor is at the heart of the teachings of Jesus.
Through the Christ-like genius of Pastor Rick, the poor and those with aids were finally able to make themselves useful for something: making bigotry taste a little bit sweeter. The plan was stunningly successful. Of course, that the media would be eager to continue the place of right-wing evangelical bigots at the table is not surprising. It is, after all, an institution that still employs David Broder and Cokie Roberts and Bill Kristol. With new scholars Michelle Bachmann, Herman "Uncle Ruckus" Cain, Rick Perry, Lonesome Roads Beck, and the entire evening anchor talking heads at Fox.
Warren's re branding of redneck bigotry was so successful that he hosted a presidential debate called the
Tricky Ricky tweeted, then deleted, a jab at those who want to increase the debt ceiling, reports Newport Beach Patch.
"HALF of America pays NO taxes. Zero. So they're happy for tax rates to be raised on the other half that DOES pay taxes," Warren tweeted yesterday, presumably in response to President Obama's Monday speech on the debt ceiling. He later deleted the tweet after the outcry on Wonkette and Politico, and seemed to apologize for the comment to twitter user @karoli with this tweet: "@Karoli You are 100% right! It did sound mean." No...It sounded stupid, just like 99.9% of everything that you say.
Of course, it isn't true that poorer Americans pay "zero" taxes. While 47% of the population owed no income tax for 2009, these Americans still do pay payroll, sales, state, and local taxes. Many lower income families' tax burdens are reduced because of the Earned Income Tax Credit, a benefit awarded to people in lower tax brackets.
If this is God's marketing department, it needs to be revamped big time. It seems Satan has all the smart people and God has the lock on the short bus scholars.The people that use religion as a trademark are even condemned by their peers. The societal exodus from religion/god is not a result of a moral bankruptcy! It's a shame in a label. Spirituality/ ideology recedes to where it should be...the individual. Defending, or critiquing....is not aimed at the label; the evaluation is simply based on the degree of difference in the evaluator to the subject.
Politics = controversy. Religion = controversey. Politics/Religion together = The separation is what should separate this country (USA) from the other "troubled" world governmental entities. Those who abuse it should be jailed or fined, preferably embarrassed for being the jackasses and crooks they are. Simple as that. (the southern pastor's are the greatest offenders)
When will people wise up, and understand religion is simply a subjective moral code, not a pattern or organizational chart for society control. Fear is fear....fear controls....religion = fear.
A man preaching fear is either a Minister/Pastor/Reverend/Priest/Bishop or a Dictator.