Monday, December 21, 2009

More on the Religious Idiots

It's been a while since I had to call attention to the religious derangement of The Constructive Curmudgeon, but then again--to his credit--it's been a while since he equated the U.S. government and Satan. Alas, that's what he did in his latest post, "What Next?".

Provoked by the Senate's 60-40 vote to move health care reform along, the Curmudgeon writes, in his typical level-headed fashion: "[T]he United States govenment is headed toward a statist takeover of the medical sector of the country. This involves tax payer money going to support abortion." And, he continues, "For the kind of state we are moving toward, read Revelation 13. I am not making an end-time prediction, but pointing out a biblical category: the state as a beast." How sober.

For those who do not know or remember Revelation 13, it is that scary little depiction of the devil incarnate: "[a] beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon." And also: "And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six." I quoted a few verses not because they are profound, but to show what drivel and how inane they are, even when taken allegorically and not literally.

In other words, for (some) Christians, trying to reform health care so that everyone has equal opportunity to access health services is a mark of the devil. Anything short of letting the "free" market work its magic for cancer patients with no insurance is wizardry and the work of Satan. Any level of government intervention or regulation to ensure that insurance companies do not loot the United States of America and leave Americans to die is grounds for anathema.

If you thought Dana Carvey's Church Lady was a parody, I give you The Constructive Curmudgeon and religious lunatic fringe.

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