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  •  Good morning, MIke :) (10+ / 0-)

    Thanks for the quote.  It strikes right to the heart, doesn't it.  For if we are that "City on the Hill" so many dominionists like to think, then perhaps we should follow that admonition and make sure there are no poor in the land that God has given us.

    Just sayin'.


    "No man is my enemy, my own hands imprison me, love rescue me." -- Love Rescue Me/U2

    by winterbanyan on Thu Feb 25, 2010 at 05:05:17 AM PST

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    •  Morning Winter (11+ / 0-)

      Despite my best efforts to become a non-believer (read a lot of God is a delusion books) I still attend mass (although I hate what the church has been has done since Constantine butted in). Can take the alter boy out of the church but not the church out of the alter boy, I guess.

      Anyway, 2 weeks ago at mass the sermon/homily was about the church's various missions and a recovering alcoholic (only thing in common with Glen Beck) spoke about his efforts to turn around the lives of other alcoholics. He got a bit emotional during his talk. Anecdote he provided was inspiring.

      What good is religion if it's not about improving the lives of people.

      One of the nuns who taught me in HS thought I might appreciate the AA prayer. The one about having the grace to understand those things that cannot be changed, the strength to change those things that could be changed, and the wisdom to know the difference.

      I think she gave me that prayer because she thought I had the vocation in me. Fooled her, I became a Dem activist instead.

    •  Unfortunately, conservatives (4+ / 0-)

      However, there should be no poor among you,

      will take this as a command from the Lord to drive the poor away. Like the homeless are driven out of the downtown area before a big event that will bring television cameras to the streets.

      Conservatives will justify making the poor suffer with this verse, as they do with so many other verses, as their way of ensuring that the poor will not be 'among us' any more. And then they'll say something about Jesus claiming there will always be poor people as an excuse to not even try to figure out a way to end poverty.

      They totally miss the possibility that the passage talks about spirit and not material goods, thus impoverishing their own spirit and making the promised land unattainable for them.

      Good morning, and ::hugggggggggggggggs:: :)

      "The problems of incompetent, corrupt, corporatist government are incompetence, corruption and corporatism, not government." Jerome a Paris

      by Orinoco on Thu Feb 25, 2010 at 06:54:27 AM PST

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