Pope Francis Seems to Be Making Republicans Nervous

By: Saturday November 30, 2013 9:09 am

Pope Francis has a few interesting words on the joy of the gospel, juxtaposed with the joy of The Market. He throws around phrases like “no to the new idolatry of money” and “the worship of the ancient golden calf has returned.” He uses words like “ruthless” and “dictatorial” and “tyranny” to describe market players who embrace “trickle down theories”, and words like “inequality” and “exclusion” and “throw away culture” to describe the problems the world faces as a result of economic injustice.

No response yet from Paul Ryan, Sam Brownback, or the rest of the GOP catholics, who’ve been worshiping at the feet of prophets like Arthur Laffer for years.


Veal Pen Preachers and Conservative Idolatry of Teh Market is an Ugly Combination

By: Saturday October 8, 2011 9:00 am

Gosh — preachers who have no problem railing about marriage equality and racial issues suddenly fall mute when they ponder preaching about the current economic mess. Can you say “Veal Pen Preacher”? Sure you can . . .

Add in a duplicitous visiting scholar from the Heritage Foundation who thinks Jesus preached predatory capitalism as the way of salvation, and you’ve got a nasty combination.

Whatever your thoughts on religion, that combination is truly toxic.

Modern-day Pharisees Try to Claim the Mantle of Jesus

By: Saturday October 9, 2010 9:00 am

Bryan Fischer, the director of Issue Analysis and Public Policy at the American Family Association, proudly smites Gene Cranick (the man whose house burned down while firefighters stood by watching, because he had not paid $75 for fire protection), and then is astonished that even conservatives would challenge his twisted religious justifications. Maybe Fischer ought to read some more of his Bible, because right now, he sounds less like Jesus and more like the Pharisees with whom Jesus often clashed. Them, and Ayn Rand.

Remedial Biblical Studies Needed for RC Bishop Vasa of Baker OR

By: Saturday February 20, 2010 10:16 am

The Roman Catholic Church’s purity police have been hard at work this week, eliminating the church’s relationship to a hospital in Bend OR and a foster care program in DC. Given what Jesus had to say to a lawyer about those who put purity ahead of providing health care to those in need, and about the need to stand with “the least of these,” I’m not sure that’s a good idea.

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