|“||If this is going to be a Christian nation that doesn't help the poor, either we have to pretend that Jesus was just as selfish as we are, or we've got to acknowledge that He commanded us to love the poor and serve the needy without condition and then admit that we just don't want to do it. —Stephen Colbert||”|
The Religious Right (also known as the "Religious Wrong") is a paradoxical phenomenon. In the United States it consists of ultra-conservatives who self-identify as Christians. This brings up numerous problems when the actual words and actions of Jesus are considered:
- Jesus Christ, at least part of the time, emphasized mercy and forgiveness, whereas conservatives are obsessed with hate and sin. Some believe Jesus was about mercy and forgiveness at all times.
- Jesus Christ suggested we should turn the other cheek when offended or attacked, whereas conservatives believe war is superior to diplomacy and everyone should carry a gun.
- Christianity suggests that the more wealthy or materialistic a person is, the harder it is for them to achieve salvation, whereas conservatives believe becoming wealthy is one of the more important goals in life.
- Christianity teaches that we should help poor people but Conservative Christians assume people are at fault for their poverty. Inevitably during Economic hard times when help for poor people is most needed people can afford to give less to charity. Despite this charitable giving is the only help for poor people Conservatives approve.
- Christianity holds that everyone has an equal opportunity to achieve salvation (save Calvinism; where even those who don't hear about Jesus go to hell). By contrast conservatives believe if you are gay or a liberal (or worse, a moderate) or an immigrant,  you are doomed to damnation. (see this parody fun article.)
- Conservative Christians believe that every word of the Bible is true, ignoring the many direct contradictions within the Bible itself, as well as the more extreme Old Testament punishments for minor sins that even conservatives would no longer defend (with the exception of Ann Coulter, Westboro Baptist Church and a Few others ).
- Conservative Christians constantly refer to the Old Testament in support of their fundamentalist beliefs, but the New Testament is supposed to have supplanted the Old Testament according to the teachings of Jesus.
- Conservatives rail about fundamentalist Muslims who are trying to establish theocracies, but they have been trying for years to establish their twisted version of Christianity as the state religion of the United States.
- Conservative Christians imagine that the United States of America is somehow chosen by God and that American Christians are somehow superior to Non-Christian Americans and to Non-Americans of any beliefs, the Bible doesn't even mention America.
- The Religious Right used to say that miscegenation was evil and railed about it a lot. This no longer happens, and it is possible that some time they will stop railing against gays and pick up something that we don't ever think about just now. What could be next?
We need a lot more insights like this!
- A Journey Inside the Religious Right’s Hive of Hate Wayne Besen on the religious right
- Christianism & Christian Nationalism: Extreme Nationalism, Extreme Christianity
- The very latest silliness is recorded at Digging the dirt on the crazies out there.