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Southern Baptist Pastor Calls for Holy War against North Korea
8/9/2017 2:00:05 PM
When Republicans are in charge, then Southern Baptist pastors like Robert Jeffress seem willing to call for holy war. The level of partisanship exhibited by Jeffress is extraordinary. Jeffress wants people to know he believes Donald Trump would have God's favor if he attacks North Korea. He agrees with Trump who says in relation to North Korea that if it continues to threaten the United States it will be “met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.”
This kind of bellicosity using the name of God as understood in the Christian tradition is a form of blasphemy in today's world. Jeffress in saying something like this is putting himself outside the true church of Jesus Christ.
Furthermore, people who claim they know exactly what "God" wants should be considered, rightly, mentally unstable and watched carefully. They should not be preaching to thousands of people every Sunday in Texas. In fact, people in Dallas should stop attending his church, First Baptist Dallas.
Sarah Pulliam Bailey in the Washington Post writes:
Texas megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress, one of President Trump’s evangelical advisers who preached the morning of his inauguration, has released a statement saying the president has the moral authority to “take out” North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.This article contains more in terms of the reactions of other Christian leaders and scholars.
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John Boehner Wants The U.S. to go to War with Iran
1/21/2015 7:16:39 PM
At the end of his State of the Union speech last night Barack Obama pleaded with Republicans, literally pleaded and admitted his own faults, for "a better politics" reflecting that finally the American people are not black or white, not Republican or Democrat, but one people with certain common, core convictions. Today John Boehner responded with anger and hostility. And, according to the Washington Post, he was so angry about the president's comments on Iran that he has invited the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahum, to speak to congress.
Obama “expects us to stand idly by and do nothing while he cuts a bad deal with Iran,” Boehner told fellow Republicans at a closed-door meeting Wednesday morning, according remarks provided by a senior GOP aide. “Two words: ‘Hell no!’ . . . We’re going to do no such thing.”Now, I would like to remind readers that we are talking about war and peace here. We are talking about whether the United States should attack Iran and force it to obey the will of the United States. Boehner is talking like a big, tough guy, he is setting himself up as the big superior one, the one with the big military that can go and destroy anyone he wants. He is going to invite the Israeli Prime Minister who opposes all talk with Iran, who is the very symbol of hatred for the Muslim world, to speak to congress, to be given a huge platform on which to attack Muslims. Boehner is intentionally provoking Muslims around the world by this action. It means that he wants the U.S. to go to war with Iran immediately.
He didn't check with Obama before extending this invitation. His action is highly unusual, it is like flipping the president his middle finger.
It probably wouldn't help much for Democrats to write to Boehner objecting to his action. But ordinary Republicans could do so. I cannot believe that regular Republicans in this country believe that war with Iran would be a good thing, especially with so much other conflict going on in the Middle East. Obama and John Kerry are actively trying to engage in constructive talks with Iran over its nuclear plans. Is this really the time for a Republican leader to engage in tough-guy political talk like he was some school-yard bully?
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The Terrible Self-Righteousness of George Weigel at First Things
9/19/2014 4:08:06 PM
I'm working on this.... It has to do with an article in First Things about the previous pope. Weigel seems to think Benedict was obviously right about claiming a connection between Islam and violence in his Regensburg lecture because of the current beheadings by ISIS. He doesn't even begin to realize that ISIS was created as a response to American military aggression in Iraq.
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