Politics, Pulpits and Eulogies
Crossposted from The Future Was Yesterday . Cuss words edited a little so Worried won't have a cow.
Politics From the Pulpit - brainwashing the faithful a la Bushco or routine military funeral eulogy?
It's been bruited about that more and more ministers are preaching politics from the pulpit. The Fundies are actively proselytizing the faithful to brainwash them into following the BushCo bull sh*t party line. I think it's a load of crap for them to mix God, Jesus, and politics but we know the Fundies want to become the religious power in the U.S. (and then the world) so they tap in to the millions of voter-christians. Onward Christian Soldiers etc...to the White House!
Friday's Houston Chronicle ran an article about the 100th soldier from the Houston area to die in Iraq:
The lad got a good send-off from the city and community in Huntsville. Schoolchildren lined the streets with small American flags and there was standing room only at the funeral home chapel. He deserved every bit of the honor and respect offered him, as does every one of our military members who suffer, are maimed or die in the f**king, illegal wars Bush has gotten us into.
I would not take away one scintilla of honor from Sgt. Tousha or any other military person who die in service, but I get raging mad at the a$hat preachers who yap yap yap the Bush crap about "preserving our freedoms" and "protecting our country".
"Tousha, like thousands of Americans in military service, gave up his most valuable possession — his life — to protect his country, the Rev. Paul Corley told the standing-room-only crowd at the Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home chapel.
''He chose to lay down his life for his friends," Corley said. "When a man is willing to lay down his life for his friends, he has heart and conviction. That's why he loved being a soldier ... This was his way to preserve the freedoms of this country. "
This is the standard eulogy for a fallen warrior and may be a slim source of comfort to the bereaved and I would not rob them of what comfort they may derive from praising their loved one as a hero. He deserves all the praise he can get and his grieving family and friends deserve all the comfort they can get, damned little that it may be. (How in hell can there be comfort for losing a loved one?)
But dammit to hell, it pi$$es me to the max to hear anyone say that our men and women are dying for US and OUR COUNTRY as Bush asserts, when in reality they are dying or getting maimed for life for the greedy, blood sucking power hungry tyrants trying to corner the world's resources and rule the earth. In Bush's wars, they are dying for BushCo and Masters who are the ones threatening our freedoms and destroying our country.
I don't know what to say or how to raise hell about these preachers mouthing the Bush propaganda about "preserving our freedoms and protecting our country". They brainwash the community with that bull sh*t and people go away solemnly avowing "he died a hero to protect us". Well, he WAS a hero but not for the reasons the preacher lied about. But any bitching I do sounds like I'm putting him down which I would NEVER do!. Frustrates the hell out of me.