Be stupid, believe in God – Pope Benedict XVI

So, you want to be a good Catholic? You want God to bless you in this life and the next? The answer is simple, much simpler than going to church every Sunday or tithing 10 percent of your earnings. It really is simple; sit back and be stupid.

Really. From Pope Benedict  XVI’s December 24, 2011 Christmas homily:

…if we want to find the God who appeared as a child, then we must dismount from the high horse of our “enlightened” reason. We must set aside our false certainties, our intellectual pride, which prevents us from recognizing God’s closeness.

Forego college, science, and man’s natural curiosity of nature and nature’s wonders. Forgo critical thinking, reasoning, and questioning authority. Stop seeking the truth. Stop thinking.

According to the leader of the world’s largest religious denomination, the “orthodox church,” we all need to follow in the words and footsteps of the Holy See’s extraordinarily kind and enduring holy man of knowledge, Saint Forrest Gump: Stupid is as Stupid does. Then walk off of the boat in the middle of the bay.

Saint Forrest also crosses over to other conservative religious groups (many of who still believe that Catholics are not Christians), whether Christian, Jewish or Muslim, all seemingly believe that ALL answers can be found in “holy” texts that cannot be verified from the originals, simply because the originals do not exist – if they ever did.

These are the same people who do not believe in Zeus, Odin, Buddha, or any of the thousands of other gods because their “miracles” are merely “myths” and their god’s miracles are “true.” Miracles that are also beyond nature’s ability to support. Supernatural – Praeter naturam.

Why believe in these miracles? “Faith” is the only answer. As Yul Brynner’s character, the Pharaoh of Egypt in “The Ten Commandments,” so famously says, “So let it be written; so let it be done.” As the King of Siam in “The King and I”, Brynner character states that the Bible’s creation story(es) was (were) “foolish.”

Today Christians proclaim that the First Amendment declares that government stay out of religion (true), but that that religion should be an fundamental part of government (false).

My own personal philosophy; “If you don’t know an answer, ask a five-year old.” My simple question is what is wrong with this logic: If A+B is false, then B+A is true. My grand-nephew knew better at five-years old.

As we approach the first of a slew of unimportant presidential primaries (because state caucuses really chose the presidential candidate in many cases), we are hearing the candidates claim that their Christian faith is a reason to vote for them.

Michelle Bachman enthusiastically claimed on the January 1, 2012 talking-head shows that she has more pastoral endorsements than any other candidate.

The news outlets report that Rick Santorum has received the “personal” endorsement of a major pastor of evangelical church in Iowa.

Some conservative Christians are refusing to vote for Mitt Romney, who may be the most electable GOP candidate in 2012, because his affiliation is to the Mormon church, not a Christian church.

Does this mean that Episcopalians, Methodists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Coptics, Ethiopian Orthodox, Shakers and Quakers are not Christian and, therefore, should not be elected to public office?

Just think of the problems that could have been avoided if Nixon, a Quaker, was not elected for the first time in 1968.

These are the same “faithful” who bury their heads in the sand saying that the sectarian conflicts around the world could never happen in the United States. Why? Because we are a “Christian nation.”

Evidence is ignored. Lessons from the past are ignored. Proofs and logic are ignored. One and only one holy book, from which many selectively quote, is the only “proof” required.

If that is so, I refer you to Mark 12:17 and  Luke 20:25, where, when asked who the citizens should pay tribute to, “Jesus said to them, ‘Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.’.” Even Jesus knew that the separation of church and state was essential to an honest and fair government.

Religion and politics do not mix well and if American Christians think they are immune (as well as Israeli orthodox Jews and orthodox Muslims in other countries), they are simply wrong. The evidence is clear.

Presidential candidate John Kennedy said to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association on September 12, 1960:

Follow this link for comments from Kathleen Kennedy Townsend concerning Church-State separation.

I believe in an America where religious intolerance will someday end, where all men and all churches are treated as equals, where every man has the same right to attend or not to attend the church of his choice, where there is no Catholic vote, no anti-Catholic vote, no bloc voting of any kind, and where Catholics, Protestants, and Jews, at both the lay and the pastoral levels, will refrain from those attitudes of disdain and division which have so often marred their works in the past, and promote instead the American ideal of brotherhood…

I would not look with favor upon a President working to subvert the First Amendment’s guarantees of religious liberty; nor would our system of checks and balances permit him to do so. And neither do I look with favor upon those who would work to subvert Article VI of the Constitution by requiring a religious test, even by indirection. For if they disagree with that safeguard, they should be openly working to repeal it.

I want a Chief Executive whose public acts are responsible to all and obligated to none, who can attend any ceremony, service, or dinner his office may appropriately require of him to fulfill; and whose fulfillment of his Presidential office is not limited or conditioned by any religious oath, ritual, or obligation.

So from John Kennedy’s political logic and interpretation of the law, aren’t proclamations of religion as a qualifier for an elected offical a clear violation of Article VI, clause 3 of the Constitution – “…no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”? The candidates all appear to be saying, “I am a Christian. Vote for me!” Aren’t the candidates requiring religion be a test?

Now, back to the regular silliness of the 2012 GOP presidential primaries…

Did you see the January 2, 2012 Huffington Post headline? “Romney Compares Obama To Kim Kardashian: Who Is More Kardashian-Like?” Is the President’s booty that large? The comedy continues.

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About David Rosman

David is the winner of the Missouri Press Foundation's "Best Columnist" in 2013 (First Place) and 2014 (Second Place). He is the winner of the 2016 Harold Riback Award for excellence in writing. He is also an editor and award-winning speaker. His book, "A Christian Nation? An examination of Christian nation theories and proofs" is available on Amazon, com as a paperback and eBook.
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