Thursday, August 7, 2008

Does John McCain Know THIS About Joe Lieberman?

I don't even remember how I found this abomination.
A Memphis, Tennessee, pastor named Reverend George Books is actively campaigning against Congressman Steve Cohen.

Cohen's shortcomings are described in a letter from Reverend Brooks, which is duplicated in italics below. All of the bold text is his. You can hit this link and read it without my editorializing, but I hope you won't. I want to spoon it out to you in delicious bite-sized morsels. Here's the first chunk of what apparently went out in the mail to a Cohen supporter.

'Anti-Christ Congressman Steve Cohen of Memphis, TN., who, to the detriment of many, legalized gambling in the form of the Tennessee Lottery awhile back. And is also attempting to legalize MARIJUANA FOR THE SICK.

This guy likes unnecessary commas and capital letters even more than I do.
Next are some pictures of Congressman Cohen and openly gay Congressman Barney Frank.

However, he and pal Barney Frank, the gay congressman from Massachusetts, were unsuccessful in passing their last "pot bill". So maybe now they'll go to work on a national "same sex marriage bill", given the recent victory of California gays. For, who knows, these two may one day decide that they want to "tie the knot".

Or, in their tradition, break a glass and have everyone shout "Mazel Tov" ! Please allow the Reverend Brooks to explain:

Also, both are Jewish, and therefore absolutely refuse to believe in Jesus as the Messiah or the Son of God.

They don't merely refuse it, they absolutely refuse it. Whew.
Then Reverend Brooks decides his audience has reached the teachable moment....

Just in case some Memphis Christian voters are not aware that Jews are against Jesus.

So that explains why I never got invited to any Christmas parties at the Rothsteins. I had wondered. But does everyone know this? Or does it only get taught in seminaries at the doctoral level? Should we start spreading the word? (Full Disclosure: I've had three Bud Lites, and I'm having a great time writing this.) Is this Jewish belief system ever discussed at the highest levels of government? ? ? Reverend Brooks wants to know also:

Is John McCain aware that his advisor, pal, and possible VP candidate Joe Lieberman DOES NOT BELIEVE IN JESUS ?

Is John McCain aware? Who knows? Here's some more doctrine:

Jews do not believe in Jesus as the Messiah or the Son of God. And say that people who believe in the Trinity are actually worshipping three Gods.

Can you imagine the Republican V.P. vetting committee sitting down with Lieberman, and digging around about former drug use, speeding tickets, shady contributors, Clarence Thomas moments, and then getting to the big question: "Joe, I'm sorry, but there's one more question we've got to ask. Do you believe that God exists as three persons but is still one being?And that God has but a single divine nature but God's son Jesus assumed human nature, and therefore had two natures, and is really and fully both God and human? I'm sorry, Congressman, but there are preachers in Memphis who are going to want to know...."

Back to the letter:

Now what does McCain have to say about this? And what about the Southern Baptist Convention, John Hagee, Mike Huckabee, Pat Robertson, Rod Parsley....

Just typing that unholy list of groups and names was almost enough to make me give up pork and put on a yarmulke.

....and other Christian leaders? As well as the Jews of America and Israel, who owe America an explanation as to why Christians should be fighting and dying in wars for them? A people that played a role in the death of Jesus Christ, and believe in him not.

I think it was the Italians who played the biggest role in the death of Jesus Christ. But that's a minor quibble.
We now get to Reverend Brooks' final point:

Which actually makes them anti-Christ.

There's some other stuff in the cover letter about Jesus actually being a black man, blah blah blah.
Reverend Brooks is probably black.
Reverend Brooks is probably the product of a 99% Christian, relatively non-diverse, homogeneous environment.
Reverend Brooks has the right to say whatever he wants to say, under the banner of free speech.
But Reverend Brooks is also an anti-Semitic idiot.


Lisa said...

What is hard for me to understand is why they hate The Jewish people for doing what was ment to be. If Jesus was born to teach us and die for our sins then how could they not kill him? I'm not the best with my bible but I know they told of his coming in the old testiment. If you follow Jesus and are a christian isn't it all about forgivness? What happened to do on to others like you would have done on to you? Faith is all about God and Jesus but I believe more each day that what Marx said about religion being the opium of the people to be true.

Pete Wann said...

You see, Flee, if Christians actually practiced any of the things that Jesus taught, they'd be spending their time helping the poor and sick, and that's just no fun, now is it?

Anonymous said...

I for one enjoy believing in things that do not make logical sense. Like the father being the son, and the son being the father while also being a spirit that tells you what is right and wrong during this same time.

Maybe WS should send this chap Tony Campolo book Red Letter Chrisitians? I mean, unless being anti-Semitic brings people to believe Jesus died for your symbolic sins. Right St. Augustine?

Lisa said...

According to my brother helping the poor, tax cuts and those other issues are temporal issues. No matter how much they lie or cheat the republicans are "the party" because they will over turn roe-v-wade and that is all that matters. I can't get past the lies, miss use of power, the list goes on. I can't understand how going back to catholic church for 17 months can change your politics so fast, again, opium for the masses.

Batya said...

vkJust reminds me why once I heard that Jews should live in Israel, it made sense.
I moved here in 1970.

Anonymous said...

> You see, Flee, if Christians actually practiced any of the things that Jesus taught, they'd be spending their time helping the poor and sick, and that's just no fun, now is it?

Christians do, pete.

Just because some people call themselves Christians does not make them into Christians, any more than calling yourself a "humanitarian" makes you into one.

Some labels are earned by your actions, some are rejected by your actions.

If you want to recognize a Christian, read Matthew 5, 6, and 7 -- classically called "The Sermon on the Mount". I do believe that Real Life has some limits as far as following those strictures, but certainly someone who is a Christian is going to have SOME connection with those passages in their behaviors, thoughs, and deeds.

Michael said... gives us a prime example of the No True Scotsman fallacy.

It's a neat system that lets Christians excuse the acts and words of other Christians by claiming that the "other Christians" aren't really Christians. So the anti-semitic comments of Reverend Books can be justified by people like because Rev. Books, even though self-identifying as a Christian, isn't a true Christian.

BruceH said...

Flee, you must understand that crucifying Jesus was not the thing that the Jews did wrong. (Never mind that it was the Romans who allegedly crucified Jesus.) No, what the Jews did wrong is failing to suddenly become Christian immediately after killing the Messiah. Or if not immediately, as soon as it was pointed out to them what they had done.