Why Do They Have to Misrepresent Us? A Response to Valerie Tarico’s “9 Sinister Things the Christian Right Does…”

I’ve been busy with school, church, and just stuff in general for the past few weeks, so maybe things can get back to normal for a while. So, where to start, how about where I left off…(here is where it began though).

Marshalling on through Valerie Tarico’s article on salon.com, we come to point number 6, in which she writes,

6. Promoting holy war is evil.What first flipped my bit, what transformed me from an agnostic into an outspoken full-time antagonist of Bible worship was a conversation with my Evangelical relatives about the Iraq war. From the vantage of my relatives and my childhood church “family,” George Bush needed no diplomatic or cultural expertise; he was Born Again. He didn’t need to seek input from his earthly father about the invasion, because he asked his Heavenly Father. Besides, Jesus is coming soon and war in the Middle East is predicted in the Bible. That makes it not only inevitable, but—in a manner of speaking—desirable.

Evangelical Christians have spent tens of millions of dollars funding the “return” of Jews to Israel and settlements in the West Bank “as it is written in the scripture”—with the perverse expectation that their presence will one day cause blood to flow in the streets as high as a horse’s bridle.

Let’s deal with her first misrepresentation, that believer’s in Christ somehow participate in “Bible worship”. Christians have this lovely term to describe that. It’s called idolatry. So, she’s making a ad hominem attack, rather than dealing with the fact that she disagreed with the US invasion of Iraq following the 9/11 attacks. Whether or not that was a proper act is still being sorted out in history.

Now, whether or not the “tens of millions of dollars” have been spent by Christians to allow Jews who, as an ethnic community, are one of the most hated ethnicities in the world to settle land that people only want so that the Jews can’t have it is simply a fallacious argument because the land that represents the West Bank was rightly won and taken as spoil in a war that was perpetuated upon a young nation by other nations that hated them simply because they were Jews.

This point that she is trying to make is not a point, but rather one drawn out of her  own ignorance. Why does to matter to her what Christians do with their hard-earned money? If they want to give it to an ethnic group that has been targeted for hundreds, if not thousands, of years to have a home, a place of relative safety, something that I’m sure if she was pushed on the matter would agree is a right that every human being deserves, so why does it matter to her?

I will agree on one level that there are many who believe, and wrongly so I believe, that they can provoke God to act, and that is simply false, but that is for another post.

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One comment

  1. I think taco’s criticisms are on point in regards to some factions, the error is in t their stereotyping.
    Jesus seems to care very much what Christians do with “their” (God gives all) money enough that it is a very common topic in his teachings.

    If the world judges us for plain ol’ folkowing Jesus then thats ok, if we are judged for external things thats on us.

    I don’t think Palestinians are nice or the Israelis are wrong, yet I don’t fool myself into thinking Israel the nation is correct or ethical about it either.

    And we should be 99 percent pacifist, as our country is ultimately not of this world.

    So if we lean to far then a critiaue should be food for thought. Many thought Jeremiah was wrong.

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