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"Religious" Left’s Influence

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Written by Donald Hank

Thursday, 12 February 2009 13:49

Medical experts know that pathogenic bacteria and viruses aren’t the only worrisome microbes out there. They speak of a “vector,” which is a bacterium that in itself is generally harmless but can serve as a host to a harmful, if not deadly, virus.

Rick Warren

Rick Warren at the inauguration.

The American left has long strived to use religion as a vector to carry the deadly message of the Democrats to gullible Christians, and in this year’s election, it paid off big time. Evangelicals fell hard for the message of Obama thanks to numerous hardworking disease-carrying vectors among the religious community.
Rick Warren is easily identified as a key player for the Democrats, not by the religious right but by none other than Howard Dean. Who are we to argue?

According to the San Francisco Chronicle
a while back:

Howard Dean, Democratic party chairman, recently credited Rick Warren and Joel Osteen with helping the Democrats.
Dean specifically cited the positive impacts of Christian leaders such as Rick Warren – […] — and of young pastor Joel Osteen….

Warren recently lamented America’s lack of civility in a televised speech and urged everyone to be more civil. However, someone from Rick’s Saddleback church pulled some strings and had a Christian web site critical of Warren taken down. And on a radio show, guest Pastor Wiley Drake reported that after he had recently criticized Rick Warren for his participation in the Obama inauguration, he began getting nasty emails from people who said they were members of Rick’s Saddleback Church, with many using profanity, lambasting Wiley for criticizing their dear leader. Civility seems to be a one-way street for these folks.

Now a group including Tony Campolo, a prominent spokesperson for the religious left, has risen to defend Rick Warren and his decision to offer the invocation at Obama’s inauguration. In an open letter, these gentle champions of civil discourse harshly condemn more-traditionalist Christians who object to Warren’s being unequally yoked with the pro-abortion Democrat.

Right-wing religious leaders are attacking the purpose-driven Pastor Rick Warren for inviting Senator Barack Obama to speak at a seminar about AIDS. Why the attacks? Because they disagree with Obama’s politics. Well, we’re hitting back.

Hitting back? What happened to turning the other cheek? Shouldn’t they do as Jesus preached and turn their sweet pink cheeks for some more of what was dished out, and not hit back? Tsk tsk tsk!
The letter opens:

Several right-wing religious organizations, including the National Clergy Council, recently blasted Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church for inviting Senator Barack Obama to speak on World AIDS Day this Friday, December 1. It’s unfortunate that these groups would exploit the Christian faith to advance their divisive agenda — an agenda that gives almost exclusive attention to a few wedge issues while ignoring the diversity of problems plaguing American communities.

“A few wedge issues” like that laughable matter of the sanctity of human life perhaps? Or perhaps the fact that the AIDS agenda is full of homosexual activists who we traditionalists believe promote AIDS by condoning “gay” sex? Tony and his crowd think it is petty of us to quibble over things like that. I wonder if he’d quibble with Kim Jong Il over those torture camps where Christians and other dissidents are routinely beaten to death? Well, if North Korea’s Dear Leader were to ask Mr. Campolo to join him in jointly solving the problem of, say, avian flu in Asia, would Mr. Campolo join him, standing beside him on a stage with his arm around Jong Il’s shoulder, wearing a big possum-eating grin? Because we quaint traditionalist Christians think that would be tantamount to lending prestige to a wanton killer. I won’t hold my breath for a “civil” response.
But more to the point: if it is un-Christian to “exploit the Christian faith to advance their divisive agenda,” then why isn’t it un-Christian to exploit the Christian faith to promote the atheist ideology whose leaders have so far killed over 100 million innocent lives since the Russian Revolution?

Not much ink is spilled over the religious left and its pernicious influence on American culture and politics. Yet the effect of their willingness to compromise with evil is absolutely staggering; without Rick Warren and the evangelical vote, Obama may well not have been elected.
By the way, what is a group of “Christian” leftists doing defending Rick Warren, who generally purports to be a member of the religious right?
But what is “Evangelicalism” in America any more other than another mainstream religious group striving for scraps from the table of corrupt secular politics?

Donald Hank is a former language teacher, currently operating a technical translation agency in Wrightsville, PA. A former language teacher, he holds an undergraduate degree in French and German from Millersville State University (PA), a Master’s degree in Russian language and literature from Kutztown State College (also in PA), has studied Chinese for 3 years in Taiwan at the Mandarin Training Center, and is self-taught in other languages, having logged a total of 8 years abroad in total immersion situations. He is also the founder of Lancaster-York Non-Custodial Parents, a volunteer organization that provides Christian counseling for non-custodial parents.

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