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I always get a kick out of politicians who quickly flee to religion to "prove" their ideological correctness.
The GOP presidential frontrunner, Rick Santorum, rushed to hide behind the skirts of his "mommy" religion over the weekend.
The “president’s agenda” is “not about you,” he said. “It’s not about you. It’s not about your quality of life. It’s not about your job.
“It’s about some phony ideal, some phony theology,” Santorum said to applause from the crowd. “Oh, not a theology based on the Bible, a different theology, but no less a theology.”
Theology...."the field of study and analysis that treats of God and of God's attributes and relations to the universe; study of divine things or religious truth; divinity."
Santorum's National Communications Director, Hogan Gidley.....
“Rick was talking about the President’s belief in the secular theology of government — and how believing that theology is dangerous because government theology teaches that it’s perfectly fine (to) take away our individual God-given rights and freedoms..."
Talk about muddying stuff up.
Anyone out there who would like to take a shot at explaining what "secular theology" means?
Just so we all understand the terms here...
Secular......"of or pertaining to worldly things or to things that are not regarded as religious, spiritual, or sacred.."
Rick Santorum, just barely ahead of still-expected-to-be-the-GOP-candidate, Mitt Romney...thinks that President Obama believes in a "secular theology of government." Now, you know me....I'm no expert on anything....but a "secular theology of government?"
If the word secular means "not regarded as religious, spiritual or sacred"....and the word theology means "the study of divine things or religious truth".....what, then, could "secular theology" possibly mean?
"Secular theology", very obviously, is an oxymoron. Oxymoron...."a figure of speech by which a locution produces an incongruous, seemingly self-contradictory effect, as in “cruel kindness” or “to make haste slowly.”"
"Secular theology" is a meaningless, and self-contradictory phrase. Naturally, that's why Santorum and his minions decided to use those words. The voters whom Santorum is seeking to attract in the GOP primary season are primarily far right Fox and Rush fans, those already proven to be the least informed among the electorate. To those already-disinformed voters, "secular theology"....a ridiculous contradiction of words....will fly right over their heads, but sound like what they have been hearing from their conservative "preachers" Rush and Fox for three straight years now.
Obama is a Muslim....a Kenyan Muslim....a socialist Kenyan Muslim....an anti-colonialist, socialist Kenyan Muslim, without proof of U.S. citizenship and without an "American" name.....and a man who is, has been, and will continue, destroying the country which he apparently hates. To conservatives who believe the Fox-Rush stuff, or allow room for the possibility to believe it....."secular theology" is simply more oxymoronic fuel to feed their fire of bitterness and disgust over all things progressive.
That being said.....allow The Reverend to explain what "a theology based on the Bible" really and truly means.
The Old Testament Bible follows a small population of Abraham-descendent Jews up to about the second century B.C. The "theology" of the Old clearly identifies Israelites....and only Israelites, as Jehovah's "chosen people." Periodically, as found in Deuteronomy, Jehovah orders the "chosen" to annihilate a neighboring tribe or people. All "non-chosen" men, women, children, and cattle are ordered by Jehovah to be slaughtered, root and branch....and sometimes Jehovah commands the "chosen" to scatter salt on the "non-chosen" fields so that nothing will ever grow there again.
The New Testament of the Judeo-Christian Bible portrays this same Jehovah as sending his only son to earth to do something still argued over today.....but which allegedly opens up the Old "chosen" status to everyone, both Jew and Gentile(non-Jew) alike. In true Jewish apocalyptic fashion....the man Jesus directed listeners to faith in Jehovah and warned that Jehovah would soon destroy all "non-chosen" in a fiery hell. So, according to Jesus....time is short, and it's best to get right with Jehovah before he ends the whole deal....like he did for "non-chosen" neighboring tribes....only this time, in some final eschaton of divine fury.
The Old and New Theology are really identical when it comes to Jehovah. Jehovah, whether you are a non-Jew during Old times.....or "circumsized of the heart" during New times....will violently destroy all who do not pledge their allegiance to Jehovah..the One True God.
That is the "theology of the Bible". That is an accurate description of the "divine" as understood by Bible writers. And that is one of the reasons why the Founders kept religion and religious tests out of the new secular government they formed in the 18th century. Biblical theology divides.....biblical theology creates unequal classes out of the masses....that is it's intent. Sheep and goats, good and evil, chosen and not-chosen, etc.
That is the very reason why our American secular government rejected a "biblical theology" when writing the Constitution and Bill of Rights. America's secular contract is much more humane, democratic and inclusive than any Old or New Testament "theology."
Problem is.....Rick Santorum rejects the basic notion of American secular government. He does not accept that the Founders set up a wall of separation between secular government and religious belief. And he's trying to confuse and fool voters with his silly, oxymoronic gibberish in order to bait potential voters into voting for
I'm grateful that Pennsylvania Rick is the last Clown Car driver before Romney and Obama square off this fall. Rick only knows the GPS settings for Catholicism....which makes him drive in incoherent circles of nonsense.