Where the Religious Right Is Wrong

Texas Governor Rick Perry is attending a prayer meeting this week at Reliant Stadium in Houston along with several right-wing religious leaders, including Tony Perkins and James Dobson.

Please note that I use the term “religious leaders” rather than “Christian leaders” or “ministers.” I make this distinction because—while I would never question the faith of a fellow Christian—the leadership provided by Dobson and his ilk is anything but Christian.

Instead of encouraging followers to follow Jesus’ teaching (see Matthew 22:37-39), they focus their energy on opposing gay marriage or on trivial issues like school prayer.

Likewise, right-wing politicians consistently support tax cuts for the rich and oppose programs to help the poor.

Consider the following Bible verses—all from Christ himself—and then consider the actions of right-wing politicians and religious leaders like Perry and Dobson.

…Sell everything you have and give to the poor…
-Luke 18:22

But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed,
because they cannot repay you. You will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.
-Luke 14:13-14

You cannot serve both God and Money.
-Matthew 6:24

They devour widows’ houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. These men will be punished most severely.
-Mark 12:39-41

1 comment:

  1. I, too, separate what I call the republican made born again evangelical that ever recreated the Bible to justify hatred of others.

    Good piece