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    "Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's" O'Reilly doesn't get -- I'm sure they covered that in some homily in his parish (unless he was napping and thus missed it). That line was a direct answer to the question "Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar?" The person who asked the question was hoping to put Jesus in a no-win situation; if he said, "No" then the Roman authorities would be all over him, if he said "Yes" he would betray his religious supporters especially the Zealots. So he went with a non-answer answer, that at its extreme could be taken as an endorsement of the separation of religion and State business.

    And there are other parts of the New Testament that touch on similar issues, such as Paul's admonition to "submit oneself to the civil authorities"...and the civil authorities of those days were certainly a lot meaner than Obama.

    I'm not sure if I'd classify Jesus as a "freedom fighter" in the modern sense, but he was certainly out to challenge the status quo.

    There's only one rule that I know of, babies -- goddammit, you've got to be kind. -- Kurt Vonnegut

    by Cali Scribe on Fri Sep 27, 2013 at 02:31:05 PM PDT

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