I'm sure you did not know that Rep. Charlie Rangel (D, NY) was an authoritative Biblical expert. If you were able to watch the April 7 edition of Hardball, you saw Rangel explain the words of Jesus in a new way, with host Christ Matthews agreeing and enjoying his time studying under such a renouned scriptural scholar.
Somehow, they managed to turn the Pope's funeral and Biblical passages into a political attack against Republicans and rich people (but I am assuming it was only rich Republicans and not rich liberals like Rangel and Matthews or George Soros, or Hollywood liberals, or Warren Buffett or...)
MATTHEWS: I mean, Charlie, Jesus didn't hang around with the swells, the rich people.
RANGEL: Well, he said the rich are going straight to hell. [Ed. I wonder what the income requirements are for Charlie Rangel's heaven.]
MATTHEWS: Well, he did not.
MATTHEWS: He said it is harder to get through a needle's...
RANGEL: No. But the deal with St. Matthews and all these people are trying to get into heaven. And he said, hey, when I was hungry, you didn't feed me. I was thirsty. I was naked. I was sick. You didn't do all these - he's talking about food stamps, Social Security.
Of course that's right, of course Jesus was refering to social programs and not individuals. Why didn't I see it before? I guess I should have studied more at the feet of Dr. Rev. Rangel.
It is utterly ridiculous to assume that Jesus was speaking about food stamps and Social Security. Look at his audience. He wasn't speaking to the governmental powers of his day. He was not standing before Caesar denouncing him for not having enough "federal safety nets." Jesus' goal was not to change government, but to change hearts.
Conservatives (sometimes rightly so) are denounced for trying to force their morals on society through laws, but rarely are evangelical liberals forced to answer questions about the zeal for their own brand of morality. How many editorials have you read condemning Rep. Rangel for "legislating morality?" How many TV talking heads have called on him to keep church and state seperate? Any ACLU lawsuits? Any People for the American Way press conferences?
It should be clear to anyone watching that for those organizations (ACLU, People for the American Way, MSM, academia, any other place where the liberal establishment reigns) the only harmful religion or morals are those that lead someone to a conservative mindframe. But, any and all liberal ideas on religion are welcomed and encouraged. We do have freedom of religion afterall.