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Pope sets agenda for new Republican strategy
by David Farside
Sep 23, 2013 | 1840 views | 1 1 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Leave it to a Jesuit priest and a modern-thinking Pope to set the Republicans straight on their intolerance toward gay marriage, abortion and birth control. In a recent interview with La Cattolica, an Italian Jesuit Journal, Pope Francis said the church has been too focused on the issue and needs to find a “new balance” of doctrine to deliver its message of healing the dissension in the Church and eliminating sectarian intolerance. Reminding me of the short comings of the Republican Party, he said it wasn’t necessary to talk about these issues all of the time. He said we have to find a new balance. 

“The dogmatic and moral teachings of the church are not all equivalent,” he said. “The church’s pastoral ministry cannot be obsessed with the transmission of a disjointed multitude of doctrines to be imposed insistently … the proposals must be more simple, we have to find a new balance; otherwise even the moral edifice of the church is likely to fall like a house of cards.”

And that is the problem I have with conservative Republicans. In their dogma, every issue has the same priority or equivalent within their disjointed multitude of Christian values they want to impose on the sectarian subjects of Democracy.

By bundling all of their conservative arguments in a political bouquet of disjointed extremism, they leave no room for negotiation, compromise or resolution to their demands. If they focused on one issue at a time and had a Fabian approach to change, maybe over the long haul they’d have more success. Then again, maybe not. Their insistency of “my way or the highway” politics lost them the last presidential election and could lose them control of the House, if they are not willing to change their strategy.

By now Catholic Republicans should be fit to be tied. Regarding homosexuality the Pope said, “tell me: when God looks at a gay person, does he endorse the existence of this person with love, or reject and condemn this person? We must always consider the person.”

I wonder what kind of standing applause that remark will get at the Republican Convention in 2016!

Supporting a larger role for women in making Church decisions, the Pope said, “The feminine genius is needed wherever we make important decisions. Republicans will have a tough time with that. The only women they could run for President on their ticket would be Sarah Palin, but she is too busy shooting fish in a barrel in Alaska, one of Newt’s girlfriends or, depending how desperate they are, they could resurrect Nancy Reagan. Of course Nancy was President once already. It appears the Catholic Church might be emerging from the ashes of ancient fear of personal freedom to a more modern approach and tolerance toward all of mankind.

In doing so, it is slowly advancing from old world superstition to the new day when all God’s children will be free. They are also setting the tone for a more tolerant base and platform for the Republican Party of the future. If the Party doesn’t change, it could fall like a political house of cards.     

David Farside is a Sparks resident and political activist.
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September 29, 2013
How could anyone think that the Universe has no Direction or Will and inside the Universe instead Humankind could have one of Its own? In regard to a Master Plan, the main difference between western and eastern Religions (Judaism, Christianity and Islam vs. Taoism and Buddhism) is precisely in the interpretation of This Will. For eastern Religions, the Universe is like a meteorite that moves without a set direction and even if One Divine Idea were to exist That would be beyond our Reason, therefore Its search is irrelevant. Instead, western Religions believe the Universe is like a meteorite built with a steering wheel that turns according to one "Free Will" capable to create a Direction. Eastern Religions preach passive acceptance for the life events and have little regards for the Human will. Western Religions, instead, refer to the Will of the Individual as responsible for one's destiny. In the Bible we find one parable that is significant in this regard. Moses explained this parable to Joshua to convince him to fight their enemies since Joshua, instead, believed God would have helped them anyway, even without their actions: “As a big flood was running through a village, one man climbed on top of his home. One of his neighbors told him to leave the village before the water will rise even more. The man on the roof refused to leave and said he trusted God to rescue him. The water continued to rise and a man on a camel came to invite him to leave the village but again he refused feeling sure that God will save him. Finally the water rose to reach the top of the house then a man came on a boat inviting him to leave but for the third time the man refused trusting that God will come to help. The man eventually drowned. When the man met God in Heaven he was furious and asked why he wasn’t saved from that flood. God answered that He wanted to save him and had sent first the neighbor then the man with the camel and finally one more man on a boat but he had always refused”. This parable explains how, according to the Bible, God’s Will resides in our hands and we can choose or refuse to be the executors of God's Will as if God's Will depended on us. Thus, western and eastern Religions have different views in regard to Free Will. For the 3 Religions of Moses, God is Good and is opposite to Bad will. Does it mean that for these Religions besides their "single" God also there is one other "evil" God? How could these 3 Religions continue to say they believe in only One God? Wavevolution recognizes One God and both, Good and Bad, are part of one Master Plan orchestrated beyond Time in all of Its details. In common with Christianity, Wavevolution also recognizes a sort of Equality among all Human beings. Aside from any eastern or western interpretation, to believe in a Master Plan is to also believe that God conceived the Universe from One Will which is defined as That and only That and if it were possible to change It even slightly because of a presumed "Free Will" or prayer then That would not be anymore the Same.

http://www.wavevolution.org/en/freethinking.html

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