Romney Christian Controversy

CNN reports that Mitt Romney is under attack by fellow Republicans for not being the right kind of Christian – Romney is Mormon – AND because of his Christian behavior towards illegal immigrants:

“Medical help for illegal immigrants could haunt Mitt Romney” reads the headline Monday’s edition of the newspaper. The story details a program in the 2006 Massachusetts health care plan (which then Gov. Romney signed into law) called Health Safety Net, which allows undocumented illegal immigrants to obtain needed medical care along with other people in the state who lack insurance.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the program cost more than $400 million last year and paid for 1.1 million hospital and clinic visits, but it’s not certain how many illegal immigrants received treatment since Massachusetts does not record such data.

Republican Party hopefuls and the right wing Evangelical base has always cast doubt and mistrust on Romney because he’s a mainstream Mormon, a religion not deemed Christian enough to be in the Christian umbrella – which includes all other Jesus based sects, excepting the Catholic Church – while Catholics assert that they are the only true church of Christ, having outlasted all the earlier sect competitors and having had a long run during the Dark Ages as the only sect.

Well, only public sect, go you John the Baptist Christians who don’t recognize Jesus.

All of which means that the religious right is no longer concerned with being a big tent and are entirely concerned with transitioning from being the Christian branch of the Taliban and bringing America down and forcing it to exist under a Christian theocracy.

Of course, they like to pretend that America was founded on Christian – and sometimes grudgingly Judea-Christian values, but mostly Christian ones – despite that none of of the significant Founding Fathers were Christian and were rather vocally against Christianity; generally seeing it as one of the more harmful religions.

Clearly, a significant concern, given how much the Religious Right has infiltrated and corrupted American government with it’s slowly inching into the pledge of allegiance and on money, which it was never originally included in.

But it’s hysterically funny to me that Mitt Romney is viewed as Christians for being the wrong kind of Christian because of being a mainstream Mormon who keeps his beliefs mostly to himself – unlike other Republican Hopeful Rick Santorium (Santorum 1. The frothy mix of lube and fecal matter that is sometimes the byproduct of anal sex. 2. Senator Rick Santorum.), who brought home his still born baby so that his living children could know their sibling and, well, to photograph…..

Talk about an overshare – and why is this not cause for administrative leave from work and serious therapy for this fetishistizing of life at any cost?

But what’s really interesting is how Christians, raised on stories of Samaritans, Sodom and Gomorrah’s destruction for poor host behaviours – although, when the bar for being a good host is offering your daughters for rape by a mob…..

That Romney is being criticized for ensuring universal health care in his State because that coverage ended up including essential health care for illegal immigrants is very telling about what Christianity means – everything for those who are in the club and death for everyone outside of the club.

Romney won’t ever be Christian enough for evangelicals, even when he acts in a manner that most people beleive Christianity requires. Worse, Romney himself passes the buck for the medical care provided to the Democratic Governor who followed him. Imagine being ashamed of providing help to those in need.

Perhaps that’s the real problem – what Christianity claims to be the desired and admirable but humble behaviour, is not at all real Christian behaviour. Is in fact an affront to Christians because it’s inclusive of people that they are seeking to exclude.

The New Colossus

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

Emma Lazarus, 1883

Which makes me wonder, how America has sunk so far to become an unofficial Christian theocratic shut in, isolationistly and xenophobically paranoid about the huddle masses yearning to breath free that they once invited to their shores.

If any sanity remain in American voters, Romney is one of the better republican candidates – because he he balances his private beliefs with his public responsibilities as an elected official – Romney has appeal outside of the Evangelical Christians – who can’t understand that if elected, you represent all the people – not just the ones who are like you or who voted for you or just those who underwrote your campaign.

That evangelicals are ignoring that secular law is the law of the land and that elected officials have to work within secular law and represent all citizens is a serious concern.

Evangelicals appear more concerned with their afterlife experience than the life experience now and into the future.

That so many Americans are convinced that it’s the end of days means that they are not interested in concerns of continued living on the planet – and we cannot run a country on the assumption that everything is ending, so get what you can while you still can.

We need to elect people who are planning for future generations to continue existing on earth and not elect people who are convinced that there’s a divine plan and it’s underway to get rid of the inconvenient people and restore the planet to garden of eden factory settings.

We need to elect people who care about the quality of life people are living now and into the future, not hoarding resources away from the people who produce the wealth.

We the people have to take back the nation and the world.

The time for huddled masses yearning is over, the masses are stepping up – Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street to the ballot boxes.

We need to choose life and not give into the fears perpetuated by doomsday cults, of which, Christianity is the biggest.