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January 6, 2009

Al's Take on the Religious Right

The drama between Democrat Al Franken and Republican Norm Colemen continues as Franken won the ballot recount for a Minnesota senate seat by 225 votes.

It's not official, but so far, it looks like Franken may win this round. Franken has an entire chapter in his book Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them entitled "Thank God for Jerry Falwell," referring to the late pastor who co-founded the Moral Majority.

Franken refers to Ann Coulter's book Slander where Coulter writes "The Religious Right," is the "boogeyman" for the left. Franken writes that "if Coulter doesn't think the religious right exists, she should really get out more. I've been to Christian Coalition events, and there are a lot of people there . . . The point is, they're big and they're growing."

After his book was published, Steve Waldman of Beliefnet asked Franken what was wrong with the Religious Right.

They sometimes forget we don’t live in a theocracy. They can be in the public square and express their opinion but to expect other people to alter their behavior to say that, for example, that homosexuality is immoral because it says so in the Bible…I mean it also says you can’t eat pork. I don’t see a lot of orthodox Jews saying people who eat pork shouldn't be allowed to get insurance benefits.

I mean there’s stuff in the Bible how about how to sell your daughter. They kind of are pretty selective about what is important and what isn’t. I think slavery is ok in the Bible. It’s stupid! It’s like the dumbest thing that they want to proscribe other people’s behavior based on their belief.

In other words, Franken won't be singing "You've Got a Friend in Me."


2 Corinthians 4:4

In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

Need anyone say more.

God Bless Franken!

While I don't particularly care for the man, and while it's clear that he doesn't have a clear understanding of the Bible, Mr. Franken has got a point.

Franken's got a point.

He has a point, Jews don't eat pork, but they don't try to pass laws banning it's production. Why do you feel Christians should try to change culture by force of law rather then through cultural transformation?

I am an 80 year old retired missionary having lived in Chile, Costa Rica and Spain for over 40 years. With my wife we have dealt with many emotionally disturbed people and seen many sides of life. I have concluded there are groups of people who have managed to get through life by fakery and a "fallen" imagination. There are people who will prefer to lie,
and avoid taking responsibility for errors.
This life style seems to be most prevelant among sexual perverts,liberals, Democrats and Roman Catholics. If yu find this in a person who represents all four of these descriptions he or she may also be "demonized.!"

I think that Christians haven't the right to criticise others until we get our divorce rate near zero, until our daughters are not getting pregnant before marriage, until our daughters are not getting abortions how can we criticise others.

Paul didn't tell us to police the world but only the Christians,

Franken's got a point -for the lazy. Sadly, that's just about everyone. Put on that Berean filter to anything he says, viz. look into it a bit deeper.

I agree with Al Franken on the Religious Right that they only seem to have two issues, homosexuality and abortion. I also believe that they are important issues,but I have two cousins that are homosexual, and I am NOT going to evict them from my life because of it, but I will pray for them. And the only time I believe that an abortion should take place is when the life of the mother or child are in jeopardy, but with modern medicine, I would rather see the mother carry as long as possible and have the child born premature as the chances of the child living a somewhat full life is better than abortion. I also believe that a person is saved through the grace of God, BUT many conservatives seem to believe that is all they need to do to go to heaven, as they seem to be selective in what they read in the Bible. They seem to forget or are unwilling to take Jesus' command that we must care for the widows, orphans, the hungry and destitute and all the others that are not as fortunate as they are! They don't seem to mind to go out and spends several thousands on a new car, truck, minivan or SUV when others may not have the money to get a bus ticket or go get food or perscriptions for themselves. Shame on those who think and act this way because they are NOT TRUE CHRISTIANS!!!! Thanks Doug Lass

Wow Bob! (Newman)
You have clearly served our God for years giving your life to Him. But Bob, I must ask, in the name of Christian love which you presumably shared as you developed relationships with persons worldwide -- did you make sure and tell the world to avoid ALL Democrats, Catholics and liberals who are emotionally disturbed demons!? Did you really? Perverts are sick people of all kinds -- but leads down another road.
Thank you Bob for your service, I will pray for you and others who feel it necessary to verbally damage and hurt entire groups of people lumping them into one distorted and unfounded image.

It seems Christianity Today has a large liberal readership. I suggest they read the Bible. What is their moral authority if it's not the Bible? Their feelings? Why didn't the author (Sarah Pulliam) take Franken on???