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3 years ago  ::  Apr 27, 2011 - 10:47AM #1
Christianlib
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Rush gets some good advice.  Will he take it?

www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/4275695...
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3 years ago  ::  Apr 27, 2011 - 12:49PM #2
JohnQ
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Apr 27, 2011 -- 10:47AM, Christianlib wrote:

Rush gets some good advice.  Will he take it?

www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/4275695...





Good advice....yes, it is.


Will Rush take it......he makes so much money as an entertainer that he does not need to take good advice.


 


The unfortunate situation is that many people who follow Rush's every word, do not seem to understand that he is an entertainer.


 

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3 years ago  ::  Apr 27, 2011 - 12:54PM #3
McAtheist
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OK, that was a VERY powerful refutaton of Rush's diatribe.  And boy does this guy look intelligent, informed and focused in comparison to Limbaugh.  Thanks, ChristianLib, cuz' I am sure I would never have seen that clip if you hadn't posted it.

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3 years ago  ::  Apr 27, 2011 - 1:14PM #4
TPaine
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Apr 27, 2011 -- 10:47AM, Christianlib wrote:

Rush gets some good advice.  Will he take it?

www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/4275695...



It's fairly obvious that Rush knows as much about the Bible as David Barton knows about history: very little. However, neither will take any advice, good or bad, because their fragile egos cannot accept being corrected no matter how wrong they are.

"When it shall be said in any country in the world, my poor are happy; neither ignorance nor distress is to be found among them; my jails are empty of prisoners, my streets of beggars; the aged are not in want, the taxes are not oppressive; the rational world is my friend, because I am a friend of its happiness: When these things can be said, then may the country boast its constitution and its government." -- Thomas Paine: The Rights Of Man (1791)
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3 years ago  ::  Apr 27, 2011 - 1:30PM #5
rocketjsquirell
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Is anyone surprised that Rush knows zippo about Christianity or the Christian scriptures? After all, Rush knows zippo about anything else.

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3 years ago  ::  Apr 27, 2011 - 4:34PM #6
karbie
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Of course Rush can't take advice--he's made his fortune by pretending he knows more "inside" information and ridiculing anyone who dares to intrude on his show with actual facts. He certainly didn't take his prior stance on how hard we should be on drug addicts, no matter if it was an addiction to prescription drugs. Then it turned into being hard on everyone but him.


I'm not surprised he doesn't know much about Christianity. After all, that bit about not bearing false witness about things would shut his show down pretty quickly.


The real probllem I have with Rush is that people like my nephew believe everything he says with the passion of following a prophet. After all, if this stuff wasn't true, 'someone' would kick him off the air.


He's not viewed as an entertainer but as an educator. that's what is so creepy to me.

"You are letting your opinion be colored by facts again."
'When I want your opinion, I'll give it to you."
these are both from my father.
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3 years ago  ::  Apr 27, 2011 - 7:42PM #7
REteach
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Wonderful. 

I know you believe you understand what you think I said, but I am not sure you realize what you heard was not what I meant...
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3 years ago  ::  Apr 27, 2011 - 8:44PM #8
Ebon
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I think Rush, like many pundits, uses his faith as a crutch to support the views he's already decided on. I can vivedly remember watching a video of a state Congressional debate when one speaker said "that leads to Socialism which comes straight from hell" (the speaker's accent sounded Midwest to me but obviously, I'm not the best at picking American accents). And I can remember sitting there and thinking"What?". Jesus said very little about economics but what little he did say is closest to a kind of proto-socialism. Christian Socialism was a politically powerful force at one point (Michael Moore seems to be trying to single-handedly revive it).


Frank Schaffer, in Crazy For God (highly recommended) talks about his experiances in helping to form what would become the Religious Right and how what was started as a religious movement very quickly became an extension of the conservative movement and now exists primarily to put a "Jesus approved" stamp on conservative policies which were, in many cases, directly counter to what Jesus taught.


Now, I'm not Christian but I have read the Bible a few times and I've got a lot of time for Jesus and his teachings, teachings of compassion, tolerance, a consistent thread of concern for the poor and disenfranchised, for the downtrodden. Now, where are those teachings in Rush's bluster?


Rush, and those like him, aren't following Christianity as we would understand it. Most religions come about as primarily a spiritual movement and, if they become politically active, it's usually as a reaction to some external event. Rush, and those like him, are following a new religion, a different religion, which exists directly to move politics. Academically, it's an offshoot of, but distinct from, mainline Christianity (in the same way as Mormonism is) and which melds Old Testament fire-and-brimstone condemnation to extreme-right politics. That's why it exists, to push those political views, to stamp "Jesus approved" on the package. The Old Testament is still a holy book but so is The Way Things Ought To Be, Reagan stands as their messiah, Bill Clinton as their devil (although Obama is catching up). Politics held as articles of faith. Piddle Down economics, an article of faith and unquestionable. Jesus taught concern for the poor, the Cultus Americanus says they are on their own (often including some pseudo-pious nonsense about Jesus not supporting government handouts, insert circular logic here).


I'm a man of faith. Unorthodox faith, true but still faith. No-one is offering to legislate my faith and I wouldn't want them to because faith is a journey, not a destination. It has to be something that you choose, something that calls to you or it's really just going with the crowd. Faith and politics work best when they are kept seperate, when faith doesn't have to compromise as politics requires and politics can't be shut down by simply shouting "THE BIBLE SAYS SO". That's not to say that people of faith have no place in politics but it is to say that constructing policies around religious feelings is self-defeating. If politics and religion become confused, you end up with "Got mit uns", the use of faith for political ends.

He who oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God. ~ Proverbs 14:31

Fiat justitia, ruat caelum

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3 years ago  ::  Apr 27, 2011 - 9:06PM #9
REteach
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Well put Ebon

I know you believe you understand what you think I said, but I am not sure you realize what you heard was not what I meant...
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3 years ago  ::  May 05, 2011 - 8:59PM #10
rangerken
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