Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Rick Santorum: Biblical Ignoramus

Have you ever listened to someone opine about a film they’ve never seen, or a book they’ve never read? They generally sound like fools; and that’s how the Republican presidential candidates usually come across whenever they bring up the Bible. First of all, we can invalidate Romney from this conversation, insomuch as his ‘sacred’ Book of Mormon was written by the nineteenth century equivalent of L Ron Hubbard. Romney’s thoughts are so muddled, confused and ever changing that I don’t think he knows Jesus Christ from the star of the latest Batman movie.

However, in a speech in Golden, Colorado on Monday, Rick Santorum repeated his belief that climate change is a massive hoax being perpetrated by liberal scientists. Santorum argued that the science supporting climate change has been hijacked by scientists on the left, and “is an absolute travesty of scientific research that was motivated by those who, in my opinion, saw this as an opportunity to create a panic and a crisis for government to be able to step in and more greatly control your life. I for one never bought the hoax.”

Additionally Santorum said: “We were put on this earth as creatures of God to have dominion over the Earth, to use it wisely and steward it wisely, but for our benefit not for the Earth’s benefit.”

If elected, Santorum has vowed to dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency, the same EPA whose regulations, if they hadn’t been undermined and weakened by the Bush administration, would have prevented the BP disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. How is that righteous Republicans respecting our Father and His creation by being good stewards of the Earth?

Since I have read the Bible, a few verses of scripture come to mind as apropos to Santorum’s remarks, which I regard as inane and in diametric opposition to Biblical truth.

In elaborating on ‘ask and ye shall receive,’ Jesus said: If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion. If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children…. Luke 11:11-13.

To which this author says, how much more evil will God regard this generation, which does give its children stones for bread and scorpions for eggs, insomuch as when a century from now, and this generation has passed away entirely leaving the earth a ravished, toxic wasteland for our progeny to make do with?

Last week hydraulic fracturing opponent and activist Carl Stiles died from mysterious illnesses contracted after fracking was begun near his Marcellus Shale home in Bradford County, PA. Others in the area are suffering similar symptoms. Is this good stewardship of the earth, or fulfillment of the stark prophecy of Revelation 8: 10-11 And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters; And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.

It seems to me that much as they thump the Bible to justify their positions, Santorum and his fellow Republicans are on the wrong side of these biblical warnings, for a little further on in Revelation, chapter 11, verse 18, it is written: And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto the servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.

It’s one or the other Rick: the Bible plainly states that you are not going to be rewarded for destroying the earth, you’re going to be DESTROYED for so doing. (Last year I wrote an article which explores this theme in greater detail entitled: How Republicans Are Fulfilling Biblical Prophecy, replete with prophetic scriptures about the destruction of the earth and corroborating youtube videos.)

And P.S. Rick: In your ‘victory’ speech last night you blasted Obama for many things, including the banking industry bailout. That bailout was necessitated by Republican policy, and was signed into law by President BUSH. If you can't get the simple facts of recent history straight then you are unqualified to be president, and if you said it intentionally, anyone with even the most perfunctory understanding of the Bible knows that God detests liars.

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