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Monday, May 09, 2005

Why don't they just nail Bush to a crucifix and get it over with...

This is so damned digusting I can't even come up with words for it. Friend sent me this link tonight. Behold the BushFish:
No joke, it's a real car magnet. Here's how the website pitches it...
Do you believe God belongs in government?
Do you believe President Bush is doing The Lord's Work?

If so, then show your love for God & the USA!

If this country's legislature and judiciary are supposed to reflect the values and beliefs of The People, then send them a message that they are WAY off course!

If you are tired of secularists telling you that The Lord has no place in our government and our public institutions, then show them that you disagree.

This symbol, this site, and this car magnet have been created for the millions of Americans who support the President and his vision for a government that embraces religion, morality, and family values. It shows worship to the Lord, respect for the President, and hope for

Join the millions of Americans who believe that President Bush’s faith-
based administration presents the best hope for America’s future. The future is in your hands. Stand up and be counted!

Order a BushFish for yourself or a loved one today.

God bless you, and God bless the United States of America.

This has gotta be the most sacrilegious thing I've ever seen come out of the dominionists' camp. Think about it: the icthus was the very first symbol of Christianity. It's how Christians recognized each other during Nero and Caligula's day: if someone were to draw the fish in some sand nearby, that was the coded signal meaning that person was a Christian. The standard Roman cross didn't come into widespread use until a few hundred years later (and that was mostly Constantine's doing): before then it was actually condemned by some Christians as a pagan symbol. That's not what we hold it to mean these days, 'course...

But treating the icthus like this is something like affixing an effigy of George W. Bush onto a crucifix in place of Jesus Christ. This kind of deification of a mere man would have horrified the early Christians: what if someone was selling these things back then with "NERO" on 'em? And how are they so blind as to believe that Bush is really doing "the Lord's work"? Just because they can deny the fact that he does many things in violation of scripture, doesn't make that fact any less true.

Geez, what the hell is wrong with these people??

About eight years ago I first learned about Christian Reconstructionists during a religion class in college. We laughed at their chances of taking over everything then. Now it looks like they really are hellbent on doing it: this blasphemy and the Bush-worshipping pastor in Waynesville NC are just two examples of their mindset.

And in all honesty it scares the hell out of me.


Jake Porter said...

Would Jesus register with selective service, have a national id card, or have a social securtiy number. I am offended by any politician claiming they are speaking for God. I think we all need to try and find out what God wants but none of us can speak for him all the time because we are all siners.

Chris Knight said...

William, you make a good point. They are two different groups - the neoconservatives and the reconstructionists - but they are intertwined with each other. The reconstructionists, for whatever reason, want to impose their own peculiar brand of Christianity on the world. On their own they have NO power: it must be given them from outside. They found that conduit to power through Bush and some others. But to them, the neocons, the reconstructionists and most mainstream evangelical Christians are a resource to be used to acquire that power. The neocons, on their own, have no way to legitimize their claims to power... UNLESS the considerable numbers of "right wing Christians" is behind them. Each one "legitimizes" the other, in their eyes.

That's a pretty scary symbiosis.

Chris Knight said...

Dunno but I miss Kyle's blogging too! There's a few blogs that I always read at least once a day and his was always one of 'em.

I've been missing a little blogging myself lately, for reasons that will soon become clear :-)