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In his current posting on Redstate Erick has a fear because:

Evangelicals have, over the past few decades, gotten involved in the rough and tumble world of politics sometimes too politically and sometimes exploitatively.
This has driven up the cynicism of young Christians already being wooed by a world that cleverly casts out Christian sinners as hypocrites, helping undermine trust.
How is it possible that anyone could see Christians as hypocrites?

Could it possibly be because of self-professed Christian Erick Erickson who posted the following on his twitter account?

The nation loses the only goat fucking child molester to ever serve on the Supreme Court in David Souter's retirement.
I can't claim to be a Christian like Erick Erickson but I do remember the Commandment "Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour". Unless Erick has some evidence that the rest of the country isn't privy too I'd call his statement a bald faced lie. And pretty vindictive at that.

Maybe what he really needs is someone to explain the meaning of hypocrisy.

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  •  A welcome white flag. (6+ / 0-)

    It heartened me when Cal Thomas gave up and this heartens me too.  Only problem is that it doesn't last.

    You know, I sometimes think if I could see, I'd be kicking a lot of ass. -Stevie Wonder at the Glastonbury Festival, 2010

    by Rich in PA on Thu Oct 24, 2013 at 10:43:32 AM PDT

  •  bingo! (2+ / 0-)
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    Maybe what he really needs is someone to explain the meaning hypocrisy.
  •  Be afraid. Be very afraid (10+ / 0-)

    As someone who is Christian, Erickson should be afraid. Not only is the Millennial generation full of more "nones," (i.e., people who don't adhere to any religion, but don't necessarily identify as atheist or agnostic), but religious diversity is multiplying AND, the newer generation of evangelicals is NOT enamored of the old Religious Right. Some are still anti-choice on abortion, but on nearly every other issue from LGBT rights to the environment to peacemaking to human rights to justice for the poor, Millennial generation evangelicals, including young WHITE evangelicals, embrace far more progressive views.

    They are not flocking to the Republican Party, Son of Erick!

    "I was not born for myself alone, but for my neighbor as well as myself."--Richard Overton, leader of the Levellers, a17th C. movement for democracy and equality during the English Civil War.

    by SouthernLeveller on Thu Oct 24, 2013 at 10:58:09 AM PDT

  •  That was one of the most pretentious (8+ / 0-)

    humble-brag post/rants I've read in a long time.

    "I'm afraid of my children growing up in a world where everyone doesn't obviously recognize the universal truth of my belief system."

    whatthefuckever.

    Красота спасет мир --F. Dostoevsky

    by Wisper on Thu Oct 24, 2013 at 10:59:58 AM PDT

    •  Red State Derp Master (4+ / 0-)
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      Does he have a daughter?  Does she understand her role within Dominionism?

      FU EE.

      Without music to decorate it, time is just a bunch of boring production deadlines or dates by which bills must be paid. ~ Frank Zappa ~

      by NCTim on Thu Oct 24, 2013 at 11:14:36 AM PDT

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    •  I love this: (2+ / 0-)
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      The path of least resistance in this world will lead to much suffering in the next and too many young Christians are choosing that path because a lot of voices are complicating a very simple message — Jesus.
      Yeah, Jesus. The guy that said this:
      “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
      John 13:34-35

      Pretty simple message.

      That tweet, whew... Lots of love in that.

      What a hypocrite.

      © grover


      So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

      by grover on Thu Oct 24, 2013 at 01:23:02 PM PDT

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  •  Evangelicals / Southern Baptists -- (7+ / 0-)

    another once powerful faction exploited by the GOP for political purposes which is now dragging the party into the pits.  They were the tea party "patriots" before the modern tea party racists.

    Remember Fallwell's "Moral Majority"?  Yeah, those bigots who sanctimoniously persecuted single mothers, gays and lesbians, and ridiculed peace activists, environmentalists, union workers, and just about every other American who did not meet their ultra conservative religious agenda....remember them?

    Reagan and Bush 41 milked them for cold political gain.  Atwater and Rove cynically drove them to the polls.

    Sorry Erick, your stuck with those bastards.  Don't come crying to the rest of us for the mess you guys made.

    •  But (3+ / 0-)
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      There were and are other evangelicals and Baptists from the South (even if no longer part of the Southern Baptist Convention) who never went along with the Religious Right or the GOP.  Remember Jimmy Carter? Bill Moyer? Rev. C. Welton Gaddy, founder of The Interfaith Alliance--the counter to the "Christian" Coalition which defends religious liberty, pluralism, human rights, and democracy.  

      Bill Clinton and Al Gore are Baptists.  So is Rev. Dr. Dave Gushee, who founded Evangelicals for Human Rights to respond to W's pro-torture regime and which has evolved into the New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good.

      Don't paint all with the same broad brush.

      "I was not born for myself alone, but for my neighbor as well as myself."--Richard Overton, leader of the Levellers, a17th C. movement for democracy and equality during the English Civil War.

      by SouthernLeveller on Thu Oct 24, 2013 at 01:19:57 PM PDT

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      •  there is no organized Religious Left (0+ / 0-)

        There's no systematic top-down effort to conflate Christian morality and practice with liberal/progressive politics, never mind with the Democratic Party.

        When's the last time somebody said: "Vote Democrat or burn in Hell!"?

        Domestic politics is the continuation of civil war by other means.

        by Visceral on Thu Oct 24, 2013 at 01:53:21 PM PDT

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        •  Top-down? (1+ / 0-)
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          In the Catholic world...have you been paying attention to Pope Francis lately?

          And the Protestant world rejects "top-down" by definition. But as far as bottom-up, or middle-out, there's plenty going on. A small sample:

          http://sojo.net/

          http://www.cpcatlanta.org/...

          http://www.stlukesatlanta.org/...

          http://www.nytimes.com/...

          http://en.wikipedia.org/...

          "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

          by HeyMikey on Thu Oct 24, 2013 at 03:39:55 PM PDT

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        •  Partly true (0+ / 0-)

          The Religious Left is not as organized as the RR.  And most people prefer that churches, synagogues, etc. NOT be simply a lobby or special interest group of a political party.

          There has always been a religious center as well as a religious left.  And no one WANTS any preacher to say, "Vote Democratic or burn in hell!" If anyone said something like that from the pulpit of my church, there'd be a mass exodus.

          And as a Free Church Protestant, I reject top-down organizations altogether.

          "I was not born for myself alone, but for my neighbor as well as myself."--Richard Overton, leader of the Levellers, a17th C. movement for democracy and equality during the English Civil War.

          by SouthernLeveller on Thu Oct 24, 2013 at 04:41:41 PM PDT

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  •  "goat fucking child molester" (1+ / 0-)
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    So that would be a goat-child? Or a child-goat?

  •  Christian sinners logically ARE hypocrites (0+ / 0-)

    If you profess a moral code and then not only consistently but deliberately fail to meet it and often spectacularly so, then the accusation of hypocrisy is valid, don't you think?

    Of course, Christians are clever too, having turned total depravity into a get-out-of-jail card.  Apparently, it's impossible for human beings to live up to the standard God sets and God knows it too, so as long as you perceive a need for your personal salvation and believe in God's power to save you, then you are saved no matter what you do.

    Domestic politics is the continuation of civil war by other means.

    by Visceral on Thu Oct 24, 2013 at 01:32:24 PM PDT

    •  Oh, please. (1+ / 0-)
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      It's not exactly a radical proposition to conclude that humans--including ourselves--are screwed up and in need of help.

      "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

      by HeyMikey on Thu Oct 24, 2013 at 03:42:00 PM PDT

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      •  help vs. unconditional pardon for the asking? (0+ / 0-)

        Specifically because while you most definitely need help, you cannot be helped and it's all Adam's fault, and so you require forgiveness which you cannot earn, which is OK because Jesus is offering it free of charge.

        Domestic politics is the continuation of civil war by other means.

        by Visceral on Thu Oct 24, 2013 at 03:57:09 PM PDT

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        •  Caricature of Christianity. (0+ / 0-)

          There are certainly Christians who fit any caricature you can come up with, from intolerant to hypocritical to merely lacking insight or self-awareness.

          (Just as there are also non-Christians, and non-believers, to fit any caricature.)

          But there are other Christians who merely humbly admit that they are screwed up, and are grateful for the promise of forgiveness and mercy. Do you find this attitude unworthy of respect? If so--why?

          "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

          by HeyMikey on Thu Oct 24, 2013 at 05:57:02 PM PDT

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  •  He posted today that his life is being (0+ / 0-)

    threatened every day.  He very often has to have police protection from the liberals.

    He's a brave heart though and he's not going to let the liberals scare him out of town.


    The religious fanatics didn't buy the republican party because it was virtuous, they bought it because it was for sale

    by nupstateny on Thu Oct 24, 2013 at 01:47:34 PM PDT

    •  Your sig line is off (0+ / 0-)

      Religious fanatics didn't buy  the Republican Party at all. The Republican Party, and their corporate masters, seduced and then enslaved the religious fanatics. Doesn't excuse them--they were willing to be seduced.

      "I was not born for myself alone, but for my neighbor as well as myself."--Richard Overton, leader of the Levellers, a17th C. movement for democracy and equality during the English Civil War.

      by SouthernLeveller on Thu Oct 24, 2013 at 04:44:51 PM PDT

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