Tuesday, December 18, 2007

A whole lot less of Jesus and a lot more constitutional law

By Capt. Fogg

"When fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross."
-Sinclair Lewis-

Sinclair Lewis and Ron Paul. I've quoted both of them frequently and it seems that Doctor Paul has read the Nobel Prize winning author too. Asked for his opinion of Mike Huckabee's faith dripping Christmas ad where he poses with a cross and talks about the birth of Christ, he gave Fox News the above quote.

I admit, I usually find other people's faith to be as unpleasant to view as their dirty underwear but since I don't consider Jesus of Nazareth to be the divinely anointed king of anyplace, I don't call him Christ and am not about to have some overweight Gomer Pyle tell me to. As Christmas, the birthday of Deus Sol Invictus , is an entirely pagan holiday established by a Roman emperor who considered himself to be God and was until recently eschewed by many Christian sects, perhaps the few American Christians with a rudimentary sense of history might agree that this cheap, tawdry and condescending assertion of faith doesn't indicate a president who represents all of us but rather a power hungry preacher seeking a captive congregation of 300 million people.

I have to agree with Ron Paul that the constant harping on Christian identity and Christian power and Christian celebration by someone who should be talking about restoring the rule of law; should be addressing the growing economic problems caused by the Bush administration, the diminishing role of the US in world affairs, the quagmire in Iraq, the disaster in Afghanistan, the shrinking of the middle class and a host of other things including religious divisiveness reminds me of the kind of Godblathering, flag waving rhetoric that has paved the road to power of so many despots. I have said it over and over and Thom Jefferson said it over and over and I will say it again; any government based on religion is not a democratic government but a form of tyranny to which I will not submit.

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4 Comments:

Anonymous N. Pannbacker said...

http://www.dailypress.com/news/local/virginia/dp-religiontoday1214dec14,0,2910292.story

The above link is something I found regarding the past failure of Christianity to embrace Christmas. Here you mention it again. Can you give other information further backing this up? It's fascinating to me.

10:12:00 PM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

There's too much for me to give you a bibliography. The Puritans, for example, banned the celebration since there is no biblical mention of the holiday and the Gospels have Jesus born in the early Spring. For many centuries the holiday was a day of debauchery and revelry that was seen as unseemly by many denominations and of course our modern celebration only stems from the mid 19th century and incorporates many pagan symbols referencing the many pagan sources of the holiday, like the Yule log and the tree. Our vision of Santa Claus owes more to the Coca Cola company than anything else.

9:11:00 AM  
Anonymous lester said...

a great place to make a remark like that. no doubt fox and friends were horrified by it. I'm dreading the inevitable huckabee joke to explain all this. thank god the debates are over

9:47:00 AM  
Blogger nolocontendere said...

Very good rant Capt. I would suggest Huckabee's spike will shrivel post Xmas as people get past the tedious religionism thing.

11:16:00 PM  

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