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I've also heard some pretty weird stuff about ...
a big guy up there keeping score and paying attention.
Yeah...that is wierd!
But I'ma believah!
Santa give more to rich kids than poor kids.
HAIL SANTA CLAUSE!
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Santa's a racist, classist, anti-semitic, Islamophobic p.o.s. He wouldn't set foot in my house.
In all seriousness, at the nexus of religion and politics: I don't get the righties laughing themselves even sillier over the idea that Obama prays and reads the Bible.
Both the Hebrew Bible and the Greek Bible are documents that by right-wing standards are socialist, well past any proposal Obama's offered. The Greek Bible, in particular, goes beyond a reasonable idea of military restraint, to downright pacifism. By the "turn the other cheek" theory of governance, the best response to 9/11 would be "Nice. I hope you're proud of yourself. Dare you to take out L.A."
Jesus also advocated a separation between church and state, as opposed to Simon Zealotes, and did so (by the way) in the context of taxation: "Whose image is on this coin?"/"Caesar's"/"Then render unto Caesar what is Caesar's..."
In this pedagogical exchange Jesus establishes a right on the part of the secular state to tax its subjects, and furthermore establishes that in secular matters - according to Jesus now, not Rush - the state's place is secure, not an evil to be defeated.
Perversely, you need separation between church and state - Jefferson's and Madison's stance - to make the claim that the state's right is not primary in earthly affairs. That is why the same people who advocated an extension of Jesus' preference for the separation, are the very ones who could bring a secularist worldview to bear on the question of state power.
For Jesus, it was pointless to fight Rome - the state - because he was convinced that the end times would wipe Rome away within the lifetime of his followers.
The Hebrew bible on the subjects of poverty and taxation: you were mandated by law to leave the corners of your fields ungleaned for the poor. There were taxes in place to supplement this. Subjects of the ancient theocracy, by law, were compelled to care for the widow and the orphan. The prophets regularly railed against those who did not, whether kings or peasants.
The structure of the ancient theocracy included a sabbatic year, every seventh year, in which the whole of society essentially took a big vacation. Nobody tilled the land, but what grew there spontaneously was fair game for everybody. This is a lot like our modern cycles of high unemployment, by the way... but moreso. Every 49th or 50th year (depending on your interpretation) was to come a jubilee year, in which any bondsman was freed, all debt was forgiven, and all land reverted to prior ownership. So the family ownership of land, which devolved from the divvying up by tribe then by family from the conquest of Canaan, was deemed "too big to fail." The gubmit -- the ancient theocracy -- declared that what you had bought must revert to another owner. Your land was redistributed, in a word, to some "ideal" notion of land ownership.
There's argument as to whether this was ever practiced, even in ancient times. But I don't see any of our self-proclaimed "bible-loving" politicians arguing vehemently that America must have fallow years every seven, or that all debt must be forgiven every fiftieth.
All I see are people claiming they're the real bible guys, because of their beliefs about medical procedures not mentioned in the bible.
You can have a secular disagreement with the President on his policies. You cannot say that because you really really like claiming an alignment with the Bible, your political favorites are therefore its modern-day exemplars.