Saturday, March 11, 2006


With Republicans desperate to hold onto their Congressional majority, you're sure to see irrelevant wedge issues surge to the forefront as the mid-term elections draw near. Perhaps they'll resuscitate prayer in school, despite the objections of their Messiah.

"Don't pray in public. Don't be like the hypocrites and pray in public places. Go into hiding, and pray to your Father in hiding." --- Jesus, from the book of Matthew.

Fundamentalists are fond of literal translations, and that's about as clear as you can get. Not sure how they'll reconcile the difference, but that's never stopped them before.

I doubt many of these Christian conservatives will read historian Garry Wills' new book, "What Jesus Meant." It challenges a false orthodoxy set up by the very people Christ crusaded against. Are James Dobson and Jerry Falwell nothing more than modern-day Pharisees?

"He (Jesus) was actively opposed to everything religious in his own day," Willis says. "Why would He be any different now?"

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