September 5, 2012

This is what happens when Christianity loses its brain, and ultimately its heart.

Remember Ralph Reed?  Young and charismatic leader of Pat Robertson's Christian Coalition?  Then disgraced partner of Jack Abramoff?

Yeah, he is back.  

But outraged by the election of Barack Obama, and responding to what he describes as God’s call (via Sean Hannity), Reed returned to start the Faith and Freedom Coalition with the aim of toppling Barack Obama from the White House.
But let's remember what he did with Abramoff.  They were hired by people in the Mariana Islands to stop potential labor reforms.  See, they were bringing in Chinese women, abusing them, using them as prostitutes and even forcing them to have abortions.  Some decided to try to clean those sweatshops up, because, since they are under American control, their work was sold as "made in America."

One would think, as I used to naively believe, the Christian in this story would be trying to clean up that situation and help those women.  Yeah, not so much.  Instead, he told Alabama Christians to oppose this reform because it was some liberal plot.

(You can read part of it here) : Of course, Reed didn’t tell those Christians he was being paid to help keep running sweatshops that exploited women. Instead, he told them the reforms were a trick orchestrated by the left and organized labor. Limits on Chinese workers would keep them from being “exposed to the teachings of Jesus Christ.” His company explained it was just trying to encourage “grass roots citizens to promote the propagation of the Gospel” and that many of the workers were “converted to the Christian faith and return to China with Bibles in hand.”
Oh, and they are still working on that.  Opposing labor reforms was included in the fucking GOP platform.

I don't think words can describe how much I loathe these people, and how amazingly disappointing it is that Christians today are so easily duped.  What is worse, if they are told this story, they will simply ignore and support Reed.  After all, he heard a call from God.


Smitty said...

This is what happens when Christianity is used as a weapon. A bludgeon. A tool of fear and financial gain. This is what happens when Christianity becomes nothing more than a label.

I love Moyers. First, it warms my cold heart to see him use "epic career fail" in a sentence.

My only critique of Moyers' piece is that his last paragraph doesn't include nearly enough vitriol: Reed’s was a monstrous lie by one of the monumental hypocrites of our time. Yet he marches on, Christian soldier to the end, turning the temple of faith into one big ATM. There’s a word for this in the Bible: Abomination.

Moyers would know. He's an ordained Baptist minister and has, among many degrees, a master of divinity from the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. So when he calls Reed a monstrous liar and a monumental hypocrite, he speaks with some authority on the matter. And I feel like people who try hard to be honest and open about their faith - like Moyers - are offended by the people who use the term "Christian" as a way to simply shut people up or throw them off a target ("I can't possibly be doing something evil...I'm a Christian!").

It's much nicer than the words I have for Reed.

Smitty said...

And one more thing:

This awful notion that a minimum wage somehow restricts economic progress is such a falsehood, such a lie, such a despicable act of flagrant bullshit, that it ought to be outlawed**. What in the name of FSM do you think happens when you have workers who are sick, underfed, uneducated, who can't afford to buy the shit you're trying to sell? What happens???

The economy sinks, assholes. Stores close because nobody can buy your fucking t-shirts or whatever plaster of paris molded garden gnome bullshit you want to sell. Nobody can buy the cars you assemble. Because they can't Fucking AFFORD IT.

Liz said...

Word, Smitty. Leaving aside moral and philosophical arguments about basic living standards, it's simple self-interest to have a well-paid and comfortable middle class. They pay taxes and buy shit.