Christian in Name Only
Mr. Moomjean laments the apparent decline of Christianity in American life (“An attack on Christianity,” Right Persuasion, 6/4). Following his fact free thought process, he blames his usual whipping boys, the liberals, secular humanists, etc. To quote Herman Cain, “Blame yourself.”
The problem for Christian religions in America today is caused by conservative sociopathic Chino’s (Christian in Name Only). Take the Affordable Care Act, which Mr. Moomjean has repeatedly attacked.
Before the Affordable Care Act, 43,000 Americans died every year prematurely due to lack of adequate preventative care. Christ was clear, as you do unto the least among you, so you do unto me. The Christian position is to extend health care coverage to all. The sociopathic Chino says the death of every man, woman and child every year in a city larger than Moorpark is an acceptable cost to preserve my ideology.
The European Union consists of 25 nations, 450 million people speaking a couple of dozen languages, but share common democratic governments with some form of universal health care. The EU has an infant mortality rate of just over 4 per thousand live births. Prior to the Affordable Care Act, the U.S. rate was just over 6 per thousand live births. The Christian position is clear, protect the most vulnerable. The sociopathic Chino accepts two dead babies per thousand live births as an acceptable cost to preserve his ideology.
No, Mr. Moomjean, the problem for Christianity is not liberals. It is the good works of those who follow the teachings of Christ are drowned out by the noise of sociopathic Chino’s ranting in His name. The rightwing noise machine, Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Bill O’ Riley etc., have poisoned what is Christian.
Lately, the Duggar family has been in the news, more so than normal, on account of the legal struggles faced by the eldest son, Josh.
How can the Duggar family be surprised? By their own statements, the Duggar family has been molding their eldest son, Josh, for just such actions.
Now, to be clear, I am not saying that large families are bad. Truth be told, if two consenting adults find happiness in lots of children, who am I to judge? But familial happiness was never the goal of the Duggar family. As “Quiverfulls,” their primary drive is to raise a large family that will one day vote in much the same way as their parents. For the Duggars, that’s 19 votes they’ve raised.
But in order to raise those votes, the Duggars had to raise their family in accordance with some specific rules. In fact, for any “successful” Quiverfull family to function, they have to follow the same rules. These rules, by their very nature, can only raise problems for the children down the road.
To be specific, Michelle Duggar has stated in interviews that her role is to submit to her husband’s carnal desires whenever he wishes. How else could a family of 19 children come to be? But what example does that give those 19 children as they are growing up? Very clearly, this means that a “good woman” in the eyes of the Duggars has no say or choice at the most intimate physical and emotional level. Josh was raised on this, as were his brothers and sisters, yet the whole family is surprised when he views women as voiceless in regards to intimacy.
Watching the show only serves to portray how this belief was, and still is, reinforced in the Duggar household. Josh’s sister Jill recently married, and her own father made the statement at the wedding that there would be “no more chaperones.” Jim-Bob’s daughter, an adult in the eyes of the law, was not permitted to see a man of her choosing without a chaperone or a wedding ring. The simple fact that statement even could be made only shows how marrying away a daughter for the Duggars is more akin to a transfer of ownership. The sacred wedding ceremony, in their eyes, has the same ramifications as signing over the deed on a house, or the title on a car.
That’s the environment Josh grew up in; women are property and men are infallible. Some statements have been made by defenders of the Duggar family by their like-minded cohorts on the religious right, stating that Josh simply “has some demons to work through.”
I’d say so, and two of them are easily named — Jim-Bob and Michelle Duggar.