Friday, February 17, 2012

Conservative christian hypocrisy

This list is mostly about the Catholic teachings Rick Santorum ignores. But I think it applies pretty broadly to conservative christians. Here are a few of the most important ones:

1. So for instance, Pope John Paul II was against anyone going to war against Iraq I think you’ll find that Rick Santorum managed to ignore that Catholic teaching.

2.The Conference of Catholic Bishops requires that health care be provided to all Americans. I.e., Rick Santorum’s opposition to universal health care is a betrayal of the Catholic faith he is always trumpeting.

3. The Catholic Church opposes the death penalty for criminals in almost all situations. (Santorum largely supports executions.)

I think those are important because they deal with protecting life. That is one of the most basic things a gov't does. And it is one of the basic tenants of any religion. Thus I think these are things Santorum and other christians should value the most. Sometimes they understand this, like when they are arguing against abortion. But that is pretty much the extent of their concern for human life when it comes to policy.

This is important because conservatives have framed the contraception issues on religious freedom grounds. They have to oppose it because they claim they are following their faith and the gov't can't infringe on their faith. Fair enough. But it could be the faith of some christian Democrats we shouldn't have gone to war with Iraq. Santorum and christian conservatives wouldn't not go to war because of their religious objections.

So at that point they would have to acknowledge the point that I have made, which is that you can't dictate public policy based on religious beliefs. Or maybe they would say that you can, but you just have to arbitrarily decide which beliefs get made policy and which ones don't. But that's way my scorn for many modern conservatives has come to the forefront on my blog this past week or so. They are so ideologically disoriented that many of their stances don't make sense.

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