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toadfrog BS: The Family (47) RE: BS: The Family 05 Jul 09

Well, robomatic, let me explain a bit more.

I was raised to believe that as a principle, "all men"--meaning all people--were created equal, as it said in the Declaration of Independence, and as Lincoln said many times. And the Christianity I learned about in Sunday School included the Book of Matthew and made kindness toward less fortunate people a basic moral value. So although I have differences with the religious right, I have always assumed that we all shared a few beliefs about right and wrong.

I am aware the "The Family" was profiled on Fresh Air. You would have have guessed that if you clicked on the hyperlink I provided. If the account on Fresh Air is correct, "The Family" is made up people who make a principle of inequality and reject the idea that kindness has any value. I had suspected certain members of the Republican Party (like maybe Governor Sanford) had some un-Christian ideas, but I was not willing to believe anything quite this extreme until just now, when it was spelled out for me.

So if you think people like these--like the Governor of South Carolina--who make a principle of inequality and repudiate the very idea of kindness, are o.k. because they organize "prayer breakfasts," I think you are coming from a very strange place. The best that can be said for these "Christians" is that they are smart enough to know there is money in pandering to wealth and privilege.

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