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  •  Welcome to the winning team :D (7+ / 0-)

    I made the switch somewhere after 2004 when I realized my horrible, awful, terrible mistake in voting for GWB. I grew up listening to Rush Limbaugh in the tractor because it was on the same station as Hawkeye games, so the only thing I knew about Bill Clinton was the Monica Lewinsky sideshow, and fell into the unthinking mindset that dems = bad.

    After I turned 18 in 2001 I fell in with a bad crowd, started going to church every sunday, and believing the earth was only 6000 years old. It wasn't pretty. I voted with my church in 2004, sadly. Thankfully, I realized the error of my ways, took a good long look at what the church said vs. what the bible said, what Jesus said, and came to the conclusion that I could not be a part of such a logically inconsistent organization. From there, I started to think for myself. I'v been a democrat ever since.

    "Ruin comes when the trader, whose heart is lifted up by wealth, becomes ruler" - Plato, Republic

    by sixeight120bpm on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 04:07:38 PM PST

    •  I was hoping to see a religious conversion (2+ / 0-)
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      here.  It took going through 5/8ths of the comments to find you (sixeight120bpm), but here you are.  Yeah!

      Although I've never been a Republican (always been a Democrat with a bleeding heart), I was (am?) a Christian.  I left the church in 2000 after a nasty fight about gay bishops among other things.  The hatred divided our church in two.  It was similar to what we see in the political realm today where each side vilifies the other.  The behavior of these Christians didn't seem very Christian to me.  So I left my church and my religion.    

      The Religious Right is the last large group in the Republican party that needs to be enlightened. (The rest of the party ain't worth fighting for).

      Christians need to quit reading the old testament and start reading the new testament to really understand WWJD regarding the poor, the sick, and the hungry. Christians need to quit worrying about the "immoral" debt we are leaving the next generation and realize that The 1% in the world's richest country could erase that debt in no time if they'd pay their fair share (and if we started taxing churches it would take less than a year to erase the deficit). The Religious Right needs to quit crying about possible dead babies and start crying about real people being put to death by our "justice" system and the people killed in war and the two Guatemalan workers shot dead last week by a DPS helicopter sniper in Texas.

      If Jesus walked the earth today, he'd be feeding the poor through redistribution of wealth, healing the sick with Obamacare, and upending the money tables on Wall Street.  In short, he'd be a Democrat.  

      It is not for glory, nor riches, nor honours that we are fighting, but for freedom — for that alone, which no honest man gives up but with life itself. - The Declaration of Arbroath 1320

      by htowngenie on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 05:43:59 PM PST

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      •  so true (2+ / 0-)
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        Obviously this doesn't apply to all Christians, but those on the religious right who are so intent on forcing their old testament theology on the rest of us could really use a good dose of the gospel. I no longer consider myself a christian, mostly because I couldn't reconcile the incongruity between Jesus and his followers. Also I started educating myself in science and philosophy and I'm just not convinced there is, by necessity or otherwise, a personally involved creator in this universe. But that's a tangent.

        The question is really what to do about it. The church does good things in communities across the country, so long as they are working locally and taking care of their own. It is when they try to influence politics or step outside the community of believes that we run into trouble. I have tried over and over to convince my christian friends that they cannot legislate their morality, that they cannot force their belief system on people who do not already share it. I tell them that if they want people to adopt their belief structure, they need to follow Jesus' lead and greet the non-christian world with mercy and kindness, understanding and service. So far they point seems to be lost on them.

        "Ruin comes when the trader, whose heart is lifted up by wealth, becomes ruler" - Plato, Republic

        by sixeight120bpm on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 07:04:09 PM PST

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