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Christmas Oldies

The Moody Blues: Don’t Need a Reindeer

I like the sentiment.

This one is appropriate to the Occupy Protests. I dedicate it to all those people who say the US is a Christian nation, yet are the most unchristian people I know. Unfortunately, they don’t know who they are.

As the song says:

Once in Royal David’s City stood a lowly cattle shed,
where a mother laid her baby.
You’d do well to remember the things He later said.
When you’re stuffing yourselves at the Christmas parties,
you’ll laugh when I tell you to take a running jump.
You’re missing the point I’m sure does not need making;
that Christmas spirit is not what you drink.

So how can you laugh when your own mother’s hungry
and how can you smile when the reasons for smiling are wrong?
And if I messed up your thoughtless pleasures,
remember, if you wish, this is just a Christmas song.

Hey, Santa: pass us that bottle, will you?

Another Christmas Song

Hope everybody’s ringing on their own bell, this fine morning.
Hope everyone’s connected to that long distance phone.
Old man, he’s a mountain.
Old man, he’s an island.
Old man, he’s awaking – says,
“ I’m going to call, call all my children home.”

Hope everybody’s dancing to their own drum this fine morning –
the beat of distant Africa or a Polish factory town.
Old man, he’s calling for his supper.
He’s calling for his whisky.
Calling for his sons and daughters, yeah –
calling, calling all his children round.

Sharp ears are tuned in to the drones and chanters warming.
Mist blowing round some headland, somewhere in your memory.
Everyone is from somewhere –
even if you’ve never been there.
So take a minute to remember the part of you
that might be the old man calling me.

How many wars you fighting out there, this winter’s morning?
Maybe it’s always time for another Christmas song.
Old man he’s asleep now.
Got appointments to keep now.
Dreaming of his sons and daughters and proving ,
proving that the blood is strong.

The Gospel according to Conservative Christians

For Barb:

See also:
Pastor David Platt on the Gospel of Wealth
Christianity, The Golden Rule, and Social Justice

THE RETURN OF IRIS ROBINSON!

Well, now that Michelle Bachmann is running for the Head of State of the United States, you know the place is going to shite. Let’s hope the Tea Party cretins let the US default and the country will be like Ireland in more than one way. In that spirit, I bring you Ulster’s version of Michelle Bachmann–Iris Robinson!

Fortunately, Iris went down in flames over a year ago. Let’s hope Michelle provides the U S A with the same sort of fun before going to the political graveyard!

Till then, I hope some people find inspiration in this song. How close does Michelle Bachmann scan with Iris Robinson.

Here’s to you, Michelle Bachmann
Heaven Holds a place for those who pray…

Christianity, The Golden Rule, and Social Justice

I have had these thoughts simmering in my head for a while after having received something from a Jewish Social Justice site talking about the golden rule: Love your neighbor as yourself.

For the whole law is fulfilled in one word, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Galatians 5:14)

The Golden Rule is arguably the most essential basis for the modern concept of human rights, in which each individual has a right to just treatment, and a reciprocal responsibility to ensure justice for others. The main point of the Golden Rule is that a person attempting to live by this rule treats all people with the same consideration as he would expect to receive, not just members of his or her in-group. The “golden rule” is exemplified in many Christian stories, in particular the Parable of the Good Samaritan. One point that gets missed is that the Samaritans is that the Jews and Samaritans didn’t get along, yet the Samaritan was the only person who helped the traveller.

It seems that the question being asked today is “Am I my brother’s keeper?” (Genesis 4:9) with the answer being “NO”.

But does the Bible make a responsibility to watch out for and care for one another? When one turns to the New Testament, it becomes clear that the answer is in the affirmative. In fact, there are many passages which emphasize that people do have responsibilities to others, and not just our immediate families: hence the Parable of the Good Samaritan.

But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii[c] and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’

“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”

The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”

Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.” Luke 10: 29-37

These were two groups that normally did not get along, yet the Samaritan showed the Jew compassion. Southern Beale had an interesting quote from Ezekiel 16:48-50 about Sodom and Gomorrah where God compares Jerusalem to Sodom:

As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, your sister Sodom and her daughters never did what you and your daughters have done.

“‘Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy. They were haughty and did detestable things before me. Therefore I did away with them as you have seen.

Daisy Deadhead pointed out that Christ was no fan of the rich, and that is the Gospel. Daisy points out the passage:

Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth. Matthew 19:21-22

That is not the only place where riches and materialism are pointed as being contrary to proper spiritual growth. For example:

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. Matthew 6:19-20

Oddly enough, we have those who would say that the Gospel of Social Justice is a perversion of Jesus’s message, yet that statement is wrong. There are more than enough examples of where there is the commandment to “be your brother’s keeper” in most of the World’s religions. I have only scratched the surface of where the Bible commands that should one maintain the cause of the afflicted, and justice for the poor. The Bible contains more than 300 verses on the poor, social justice, and God’s deep concern for both.

Ultimately. there is nothing wrong with a prosperity gospel, as long as it makes clear that EVERYONE deserves to share in the prosperity, not just the few. But, that’s prosperity and not GREED that I am talking about. Social justice is about treating others as you would have them treat you. Indeed, it is being your brother’s keeper in that you watch out for his welfare as you would your own.

See also:
Isaiah 58
Versions of the Golden Rule in 21 world religions
Am I My Brother’s Keeper? | Daily Devotion from Genesis 4:9-16 | RayStedman.org
The Bible on the Poor or, Why God is a liberal
God Calls Us To Show Mercy and Compassion to Our Fellow Man
How Greed Destroys America

Fundamentalist Christians and The Founding Fathers

I came across these courtesy of American Creation and the post How Religious Were the Founding Fathers?:


Unfortunately, both videos neglect the likes of John Witherspon and Patrick Henry who were religious types. But even the strongly religious believed that Government had no place in religion.

Christian Charity

This topic is on my mind since the “Gospel of Scrooge” Christian wanted to leave comments on this blog as well as Glenn Beck’s comment suggesting that any church promoting “social justice” or “economic justice” merely was using code words for Nazism and communism. I find that there is a strange form of Christianity in the US which is in contrast to such ideas as:

“Christianity is about helping those who are more vulnerable than ourself”

Or something the Dean said in his opening prayer at the Festival Of Nine Lessons And Carols From King’s College, Cambridge:

“Pray first for the needs of the world–for the poor, the hungry, the homeless, the persecuted, the bereaved”

I found it interesting that the concept of Christian Charity was given short shrift in the US–even though I could be guilted into giving money when an old lady shakes a Christian Aid canister in my face. But, that is the difference between British and US Christianity.

The old adage that “20% of parishioners contribute 80% of the funds” still appears to be true today in U.S. Christianity. Did you know that 22.1% of U.S. Christians give absolutely nothing to charity in any given year? Would it trouble you to learn that most church going U.S. Christians donate only 2-3% of income to the church they attend and to other charities each year? Equally disturbing is that a mere 9.4% of U.S. Christians give 10% or more of income.

Perhaps the reason is to be found less in the fact that U.S. Christians are stingy and more in the fact that they are not schooled in the teachings of Christ. Thus they can talk about being pro-life, yet are not willing to provide true life affirming programmes: such as our “Gospel of Scrooge” commenter’s being against Head Start and proper schooling. The stinginess is due to the fact that they do not hear that they are to consider “the poor, the hungry, the homeless, and the persecuted”. Instead, the poor are poor by choice, not because their ignorant “gospel of Scrooge” doesn’t allow for the needs to help these people out of their holes of poverty.

The Christmas season is one where we celebrate the return of light into the world. The light is that of Wisdom, not of ignorance. It is the tool by which we can ultimately transform our world. But that transformation must be for the good, not for the continuance of the world’s suffering and discord. Thus, the light conquers the darkness.

This is the hope we celebrate at this time when the light has conquered the dark and the world renews itself. That there will be a better world where we work to solve the world’s problems.

Al Tirah! Fear Not!

When the heroes of biblical times despaired, God would speak to them. “Al Tirah! Fear Not!” God commanded. Good advice then, good advice now

A long time ago in a galaxy far far away, Jedi Grand Master Yoda, known for his idiosyncratic object-subject-verb word order, shared this pearl of wisdom. “Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.”

This year, anger, fear, contempt, cynicism, racial tension and religious discrimination have all bled into the country’s political and cultural fabric. Americans are despairing at the rise of John Birch Politics and figures like Glenn Beck; the hateful rhetoric and actions targeting Muslims, immigrants, gays, Obama and other political and philanthropic leaders; the severe economic challenges facing the country. They are despairing at the limitations of the leaders they elected to create change.

While this is a Jewish movement, I think that other Americans should listen to the message of Al Tirah! Fear Not! In fact, peoples of all faiths and nationalities need to remember this message.

The Empathy Monster is Americans at our best, guided by a powerful sense of responsibility and community.
Empathy beats fear when:

I seek solutions to problems, not scapegoats
I listen
I stand up to hate
I love my neighbor as much as I love myself
I remember that my ancestors were once discriminated against

Fight the Fear Monster!

http://www.altirahusa.com/
This campaign is complete with Fear and Empathy Monsters who are already engaged in a Facebook faceoff.

Give us a break, Michelle

This is for a right wing, Islamophobic, racist asshole who needs to take a good look in the mirror. If she thinks that her Christianity isn’t barbaric: she needs to seriously get her shit together.

This material shows actual crucifixion in the Philippines

Warning: these people are really being crucified with real nails.


Or maybe she feels that Jesus died for you, return the favour.

Sorry, but this isn’t a joke. These Phillipino men are being crucified and it happens every Easter.

See also: http://catholicresistence.blogspot.com/2006/08/malkin-nwo-and-ties-that-bind.html

Franklin Quote Updated

In his autobiography, published in 1791, Benjamin Franklin stated that he “did not disapprove” of a meeting place in Pennsylvania that was designed to accommodate preachers of all religions. Franklin wrote that “even if the Mufti of Constantinople were to send a missionary to preach Mohammedanism to us, he would find a pulpit at his service.”

Updated

“even if the Grand Imam of Iran were to send a missionary to preach Islam to us, he would find a pulpit at his service.”

BTW, Thomas Jefferson defended religious freedom in America including those of Muslims. Jefferson explicitly mentioned Muslims when writing about the movement for religious freedom in Virginia. In his autobiography Jefferson wrote “[When] the [Virginia] bill for establishing religious freedom… was finally passed,… a singular proposition proved that its protection of opinion was meant to be universal. Where the preamble declares that coercion is a departure from the plan of the holy author of our religion, an amendment was proposed, by inserting the word ‘Jesus Christ,’ so that it should read ‘a departure from the plan of Jesus Christ, the holy author of our religion.’ The insertion was rejected by a great majority, in proof that they meant to comprehend within the mantle of its protection the Jew and the Gentile, the Christian and Mahometan, the Hindoo and infidel of every denomination.”

The Real ‘Ground Zero Mosque’ Was on the 17th Floor of the World Trade Center’s South Tower

The other non-story about Islam which is designed to raise peoples’ anger level, the “Ground-Zero” Mosque, has been pretty much shown to be a right wing media creation (and this). The outrage that Muslims would defile the memory of the WORLD Trade Centre by citizens of the US is such bullshit.

I emphasised the word WORLD in my previous sentence because that is exactly what the World Trade Centre was about: people from all countries and religions worked there.

And, surprise of surprises, even Muslims died on 9-11. I am putting a partial list of Muslim 9-11 victims at the end of this post.

But the real kicker is that the Real ‘Ground Zero Mosque’ Was on the 17th Floor of the World Trade Center’s South Tower!

The New York Times (10 September 2010) had an article about this prayer room and how Muslims were an accepted part of life at the World Trade Centre Complex.

Opponents of the Park51 project (AKA “Ground Zero Mosque”) say the presence of a Muslim center dishonors the victims of the Islamic extremists who flew two jets into the towers. Yet not only were Muslims peacefully worshiping in the twin towers long before the attacks, but even after the 1993 bombing of one tower by a Muslim radical, Ramzi Yousef, their religious observance generated no opposition

“We weren’t aliens,” Mr. Abdus-Salaam, 60, said in a telephone interview from Florida, where he moved in retirement. “We had a foothold there. You’d walk into the elevator in the morning and say, ‘Salaam aleikum,’ to one construction worker and five more guys in suits would answer, ‘Aleikum salaam.’ ”

According to the NYT, the prayer room was not the only example of Muslim religious practice in or near the trade center. About three dozen Muslim staff members of Windows on the World, the restaurant atop the north tower, used a stairwell between the 106th and 107th floors for their daily prayers.

“It is a shame, shame, shame,” Mr. Mamdouh, 49, said of the Park51 (“Ground Zero Mosque”) dispute. “Sometimes I wake up and think, this is not what I came to America for. I came here to build this country together. People are using this issue for their own agenda. It’s designed to keep the hate going.”

Given the vitriolic opposition now to the proposal to build a Muslim community center two blocks from ground zero, one might say something else has been destroyed: the realization that Muslim people and the Muslim religion were part of the life of the World Trade Center. If anything, the Park51 project is a perfect rememberance of the World Trade Center and its ability for people of all races, creeds, and colours to work together in one place. In addition, there were innocent Muslim victims of 9-11: let’s remember them and keep in mind that the majority of Muslims (or Christians) are not fundamentalist assholes. If anything, the protests by fundamentalist Christians are just as bad as the original attacks since they reenforce the Muslim World’s negative stereotypes of the US.

The World Trade Centre was a place for tolerance. Acts of intolerance made in the pretense of preserving the “Memory of 9-11” are total bullshit especially when you remember that the Real ‘Ground Zero Mosque’ Was on the 17th Floor of the World Trade Center’s South Tower!

Here is the Partial List of Muslim 9/11 Victims:

Note: This list is as yet incomplete and unconfirmed. It has been compiled from the Islamic Circle of North America, the Newsday victims database, and reports from other major news organizations. The victims’ ages, employers, or other personal information is included when available, along with links to further information or photos.

Samad Afridi
Ashraf Ahmad
Shabbir Ahmad (45 years old; Windows on the World; leaves wife and 3 children)
Umar Ahmad
Azam Ahsan
Ahmed Ali
Tariq Amanullah (40 years old; Fiduciary Trust Co.; ICNA website team member; leaves wife and 2 children)
Touri Bolourchi (69 years old; United Airlines #175; a retired nurse from Tehran)
Salauddin Ahmad Chaudhury
Abdul K. Chowdhury (30 years old; Cantor Fitzgerald)
Mohammad S. Chowdhury (39 years old; Windows on the World; leaves wife and child born 2 days after the attack)
Jamal Legesse Desantis
Ramzi Attallah Douani (35 years old; Marsh & McLennan)
SaleemUllah Farooqi
Syed Fatha (54 years old; Pitney Bowes)
Osman Gani
Mohammad Hamdani (50 years old)
Salman Hamdani (NYPD Cadet)
Aisha Harris (21 years old; General Telecom)
Shakila Hoque (Marsh & McLennan)
Nabid Hossain
Shahzad Hussain
Talat Hussain
Mohammad Shah Jahan (Marsh & McLennan)
Yasmeen Jamal
Mohammed Jawarta (MAS security)
Arslan Khan Khakwani
Asim Khan
Ataullah Khan
Ayub Khan
Qasim Ali Khan
Sarah Khan (32 years old; Cantor Fitzgerald)
Taimour Khan (29 years old; Karr Futures)
Yasmeen Khan
Zahida Khan
Badruddin Lakhani
Omar Malick
Nurul Hoque Miah (36 years old)
Mubarak Mohammad (23 years old)
Boyie Mohammed (Carr Futures)
Raza Mujtaba
Omar Namoos
Mujeb Qazi
Tarranum Rahim
Ehtesham U. Raja (28 years old)
Ameenia Rasool (33 years old)
Naveed Rehman
Yusuf Saad
Rahma Salie & unborn child (28 years old; American Airlines #11; wife of Michael Theodoridis; 7 months pregnant)
Shoman Samad
Asad Samir
Khalid Shahid (25 years old; Cantor Fitzgerald; engaged to be married in November)
Mohammed Shajahan (44 years old; Marsh & McLennan)
Naseema Simjee (Franklin Resources Inc.’s Fiduciary Trust)
Jamil Swaati
Sanober Syed
Robert Elias Talhami (40 years old; Cantor Fitzgerald)
Michael Theodoridis (32 years old; American Airlines #11; husband of Rahma Salie)
W. Wahid

Alf Garnett on Christmas

Alf Garnett was a character on the British sitcom Till Death Us Do Part, which US readers may recognise if they read credits (or know the history) as the show that inspired All in the Family. Although, Archie Bunker is quite tame compared to Alf Garnett. There were a couple of other series featuring the Alf Garnett character Till Death… and In Sickness and in Health, and chat show The Thoughts of Chairman Alf. Both Alf and Archie were seen more sympathetically than as objects of ridicule, despite their illogical views and hypocrisy.

Anyway, I saw this on Youtube whilst trying to find another Alf Garnett item. And while it is a bit early for this, I thought that it was fairly appropriate.

One more who would be a Tory in hindsight…

It’s not so much being a bad loser as much as knowing how things turned out from the War for American Independence that it really was an ill-conceived act.

There was one rebel whom I thought might still support the errors of his ways: Thomas Jefferson. My opinion has since changed since one has to remember that he was the author of The Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, which was one thing he was proudest at accomplishing:

Be it enacted by General Assembly that no man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship, place, or ministry whatsoever, nor shall be enforced, restrained, molested, or burthened in his body or goods, nor shall otherwise suffer on account of his religious opinions or belief, but that all men shall be free to profess, and by argument to maintain, their opinions in matters of Religion, and that the same shall in no wise diminish, enlarge or affect their civil capacities.

Jefferson (as well a James Madison) believed that Religion was something that must be left to the conviction and conscience of every person; and it is every person’s right man to exercise it as they may choose. And if we are talking rights, this is one of the unalienable rights of man.

Jefferson wrote in his autobiography that:

The bill for establishing religious freedom, the principles of which had, to a certain degree, been enacted before, I had drawn in all the latitude of reason and right. It still met with opposition; but, with some mutilations in the preamble, it was finally passed; and a singular proposition proved that its protection of opinion was meant to be universal. Where the preamble declares, that coercion is a departure from the plan of the holy author of our religion, an amendment was proposed, by inserting the word “Jesus Christ,” so that it should read, “a departure from the plan of Jesus Christ, the holy author of our religion;” the insertion was rejected by a great majority, in proof that they meant to comprehend, within the mantle of its protection, the Jew and the Gentile, the Christian and Mahometan, the Hindoo, and Infidel of every denomination.

Unlike The Maryland Toleration Act, the Virginia Act provided for freedom of conscience for all creeds, not just those that were Christians.

The rights of conscience are beyond the just reach of any human power. They are given by God, and cannot be encroached upon by human authority, without a criminal disobedience of the precepts of natural and revealed religion. Additionally, It was the understanding of the dangers from ecclesiastical ambition, the bigotry of spiritual pride, and the intolerance of sects, as exemplified in by the historic divisions that it was deemed advisable to exclude from the national government all power to act upon the subject of religion and religious establishment.

I am of the opinion that Thomas Jefferson and James Madison would be disgusted by the activities of the religious right. They would be even more outraged that the religious right dared to do so in the belief that they were following the priciples of either the Declaration of Independence or US Constitution.

As I like to say, why bother demanding independence when there already was an established church under the British regime?

Gimme me that old time religion!

I'll take my religious fanatic extra crispy!

Nothing like burning people who hold opposing religious viewpoints at the stake!

The only thing better is to force people to go to Church.

Still More Mormon!

I guess I was so turned on by the idea of wild, polygamous sex in the afterlife with Debbie Fields and Marie Osmond where they do things that would make Juli Ashton blanche that I forgot to post this video:

Of course, if all that is true, then this would have had the amusing aspect of making Glenn Beck (and other Mormons) blasphemers under the Maryland Toleration Act, also known as the Act Concerning Religion, in 1649. Despite the name, the act provided that:

or deny our Saviour Jesus Christ to bee the sonne of God, or shall deny the holy Trinity the ffather sonne and holy Ghost, or the Godhead of any of the said Three psons of the Trinity or the Vnity of this Godhead, or shall use or utter any reproachfull Speeches, words or language concerning the said Holy Trinity, or any of the said three psons thereof, shalbe punished with death and confiscation or forfeiture of all his or her lands and goods to the Lord Proprietary and his heires,

What that means translated from all the 17th Century gibberish is that if you don’t believe in the Trinity: you’re dead.

Since Mormons believe that:

The trinity is three separate Gods: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. “That these three are separate individuals, physically distinct from each other, is demonstrated by the accepted records of divine dealings with man,” (Articles of Faith, by James Talmage, p. 35).

That would mean that Glenn Beck would have been burned at the stake. BTW, Did he miss how intolerant today’s Christians are to Mormons?

Be careful what you wish for Glenn!

You’d think that somebody who professes to be a Mormon would have his act together enough to know that there is a reason for the First Amendment saying “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof”. I mean–look at Mormon history.

Anyway, the Constitution was divinely inspired (according to the Mormons): so who’s Glenn to argue with that one?

Arguing with Idiots

Isn’t it amusing that Glenn Beck writes a book with this title, yet can demonstrate amazing ignorance.

For example, when Glenn Beck and his supporters attack the lower-Manhattan mosque and then he attacks Barack Obama’s Christianity, saying “it’s not Muslim, it’s not Christian” and describing it as “a perversion of the gospel of Jesus Christ as most Christians know it”. That comes as the ultimate irony since Beck is a Mormon, a faith that some other Christians despise and discount while hurling the same criticism at Mormons that Beck makes against Obama!

For example, The Southern Baptist Convention has described Mormonism as “a cult,” a “polytheistic” faith, and theologically non-Christian. One can look online and come up with articles such as Cooper Abrams’ Are Mormons Christian?: The Bible and LDS Scriptures Prove Conclusively that Mormons Are not Biblical Christians.

The country needs to get back to the simplicity of the Bible. The reason our country is in bad shape is that ministers for the most part do not share the truth. Many endorse false gospels including Mormonism.

Better yet, check out this site! or this site where they ask:

The Mormon Church teaches a number of things that conflict with the Bible and are radically different from what Christians down through the centuries have believed. If the LDS Church denies the core teachings of Christianity, should it still be considered a “Christian” faith?

The Mormons have faced persecution for their faith, but Beck is a fairly recent convert (1999). Perhaps this is the reason he is ignorant of religious persecution of Mormons. Although, you would think he would have known about Mitt Romney.

And if Mormons aren’t Christians, then it makes Beck’s statements about bring the US back to Judaeo-Christian values an incredible absurdity: especially if one is aware that Islam is one of the Abrahamic religions.

Moreover the US is a SECULAR society as I continuously point out which is why Article VI has this:

“no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”

And the First Amendment:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof”

As he stands in the District of Columbia, a Secular jurisdiction. But the District of Columbia is a part of Maryland and Virginia. The key motivation for the establishment of the Province of Maryland in 1634 was religious tolerance, especially for people of the Catholic faith. The Province of Maryland instituted the Maryland Toleration Act, also known as the Act Concerning Religion, in 1649. The act called for freedom of conscience for all Christians. Of course, those who didn’t believe in the trinity were liable to prosecution. Thus Jews, Unitarians, and other dissenters from trinitarian Christianity practised their religions at risk to their lives. Furthermore, any person who insulted the Virgin Mary, the apostles, or the evangelists could be whipped, jailed, or fined. Otherwise, trinitarian Christians’ right to worship was protected.

Mormonism does not believe in the Trinity in the same way that traditional Christianity does, which leads to the interesting question of whether Mormonism would have been protected under Maryland’s law! Wouldn’t it be amusing if Beck’s Mormonism would have led to his execution as a blasphemer!

On the other hand, the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom was a relative latecomer, but it brought into the public realm separation of church and state as well as freedom of conscience:

Be it enacted by General Assembly that no man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship, place, or ministry whatsoever, nor shall be enforced, restrained, molested, or burthened in his body or goods, nor shall otherwise suffer on account of his religious opinions or belief, but that all men shall be free to profess, and by argument to maintain, their opinions in matters of Religion, and that the same shall in no wise diminish, enlarge or affect their civil capacities.

While Maryland would like to be seen as a home for religious tolerance, it wasn’t that tolerant. Perhaps it is fitting that Beck held his rally in the historic boundaries of that jurisdiction. On the other hand, the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom is much more pertinent to modern society than Maryland’s version of religious tolerance although historians argue that it helped inspire later legal protections for freedom of religion in the United States. Of course, one could also argue that the Maryland Act was promulgated by the purtian forces making it somewhat of an act of toleration.

If that is the case, then Beck preached religious intolerance and entanglement in personal affairs in the heart of the territories which led to religious tolerance and separation of Church and State! Even more amusing is if one believes that Mormons are not Christians, which seems to apply to even some former Mormons!

Beck’s historic ignorance of his own faith shows him to be a complete and total idiot. Or to quote ChristianNewsWire:

“Glenn Beck promotes a false gospel, however, many of his political ideas can help America. Our country was founded on Judeo-Christian values. Mormonism is not a Christian denomination but a cult of Christianity.”

Or Brannon Howse, a conservative writer and founder of Worldview Weekend, which organizes Christian conferences, who criticized evangelical participation in Beck’s Rally.

“The Apostle Paul warns Christians against uniting with unbelievers in spiritual endeavors in 2 Corinthians 6:14 where we read, “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?”
“While I applaud and agree with many of Glenn Beck’s conservative and constitutional views, that does not give me or any other Bible-believing Christian justification to compromise Biblical truth by spiritually joining Beck…
Christians that want to be committed to Biblical truth cannot “put aside” the cross and Gospel of Jesus Christ nor the supremacy of Scripture by spiritually uniting with those that proclaim another Jesus, another gospel and declare the cross foolishness.”

But that’s what happens once you inject religion into politics. Debates about the right government policy degrade into debates over who is more Christian than the other, or whether they’re Christian at all. It’s remarkable how many times people have to relearn that lesson.