Conservatives, Wake Up: The Republican Party Uses Religion To Manipulate You

While there are many ways to manipulate people, religion seems to be the tool most often used to control large masses of people.  After all, isn’t that why we have “organized religion” in the first place?  Christianity is a great example of this.  Within the United States we have many different denominations of the Christian faith.  Yet within each of these variations of Christianity, we often seen drastically different rules from one “Christian” organized religious denomination to another.



What it breaks down to is somewhere along the line some human decided to cherry-pick what they found important within the Bible.  They often did this because they craved power and control over others.

It’s why as a Christian I don’t subscribe to any form of organized religious following.  Every Christian religion follows the Bible.  Every Christian who knows how to read can read the Bible for themselves.  So why does any Christian need human-made rules to tell them what to believe?  It’s just something that’s never made a whole lot of sense to me.

But I believe a long time ago the Republican party identified that religion was going to be their tool to manipulate tens of millions of Americans into supporting economic policies that don’t benefit them.  Because that’s exactly what’s happened.

I can’t count how many times I’ve met someone living on some form of government assistance, poor, without health care – who votes Republican.  The same Republican party that continues to fight against expanding health care for people like them.  The same Republican party that continues to support economic policies which benefit the rich at the detriment of the poor and middle class.  The same Republican party that continues to push for deeper cuts to the very same government programs they rely on to survive.

But hey – they might be poor, without health care, living off government assistance  – but at least them gays can’t get married, right?

I’ve mentioned how I’ve met several people in my life who’ve literally said they couldn’t care less if the entire economy collapsed under Republican economic ideology because social issues were what mattered to them.

Basically, the United States could completely implode economically as long as gays couldn’t marry and women were prevented from having abortions.

Oh, and guns.  We can’t forget guns.  Apparently Jesus would be a huge fan of guns.

But the thing Republicans realized is that politics can be kind of like a magic trick.  If they distract their voters with social issues like abortion and gay marriage – they won’t notice the trap doors and strings.

And that’s exactly what they do.  They use religion to galvanize people to support their party.

In this country we call ourselves “liberals” or “conservatives” not based on economic, but social policies.

So when people ask the question, “Why do so many people vote against their own interests?” The answer is simple: Religion.



Republicans identified two areas that they knew they could use to manipulate millions: Abortion and gay marriage.  They knew if they clung to these two issues, even though their stance on both is completely unconstitutional, millions of people would rally behind them no matter what economic policies they supported.

Not only that, they’ve managed to make being a Republican for many of these people a part of their religion.  For most Republicans I meet, they were born to be a Republican.  To them, being a Republican is like being a Christian.  They really see the Republican party as the “Christian party.”

I can’t count how many times I’ve seen conservatives say that someone can’t be liberal and a Christian.  You know, because most liberals are pro-choice and support same-sex marriage.

Because, after all, that’s all that being a Christian is about to these people.

Who cares if liberals support policies that help feed the poor?  Who cares if liberals support policies that aim to provide access to health care for all Americans?  Who cares if liberals believe in accepting everyone, even those who are different from us?  Who cares if liberals build their economic policies based on helping the poor and middle class?

You know, policies that actually tend to lean closer toward the actual teachings of Jesus Christ.  The whole help the sick, feed the hungry, help the poor and needy, accept and love your neighbor thing.

None of that matters because liberals want homosexuals to be able to get married and women to have control over their own bodies.

It’s ludicrous – but it works.  And the Republican party knows this.

They’ve successfully managed to blend a political party with religion (something I call “Republicanity”) and by doing so they can manipulate tens of millions of people with social issues that don’t even have an impact on their lives.

If a gay couple gets married, or a woman has an abortion, absolutely nothing changes in their lives.  Yet they obsess about these issues.  All because of religion.

And if you ask them why, they’ll say something like, “It’s against God’s will!”  Well, if that’s the case, why don’t we just go ahead and let God take care of it, okay?

I’ll give Republicans this – it’s a brilliant move.  They literally have millions of people voting for their party, against their own economic interests, based on social issues that have absolutely no impact on their lives.

I just wish conservative voters would wake up and open their eyes.  While they’re focused on the illusion that they can somehow make abortion and gay marriage disappear, they’re being absolutely screwed by the GOP’s economic policies.




Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Your observations are spot on. Religion has replaced patriotism as the last refuge of a scoundrel. I believe in the teachings of Jesus Christ. I am also a Taoist. Nothing disrupts the serene flow of all life in harmony than greed, bigotry and hatred. The Christian scriptures warn against using the name of God in vain. Republican politics violates that commandment to every extreme. Fortunately for these hypocrites they have blanket coverage. Their “sin debt is paid in full through the blood of Jesus Christ”. Nice deal! If one alludes to their rule book one must conclude that it didn’t work for Satan it won’t work for them. (If one subscribes to that stuff).

  • Let us never forget that the caption etched directly below the twisted cross of the Nazi Party read “Gott Mit Uns”. God with us.

    • And to think that for all these years I just thought they were reminding people to keep their hands warm. 😉

      • Edward Starr

        LOL

      • GingerHaycox

        LMAO! Can I quote you? I *literally* laughed out loud at that!

      • Of course! Glad you got a chuckle. 🙂

      • GingerHaycox

        Thanks I hate to quote genius without giving credit! =}

    • deedee2die4

      I thought that was the first Romney election slogan.

  • Margaret Mills

    Excellent article.

  • Gary Menten

    The funny (in a horrifying sort of way) thing about this is that not so long ago, it was the GOP manipulating the religious right by promising to ban abortion and reinstate school prayer in order to get them to vote Republican. The GOP establishment has Ronald Reagan to thank for this stroke of genius.

    The problem that I don’t think anyone in the GOP establishment foresaw is that they would become in a very short time, so deeply entrenched within the party that they now have a choke hold on its policy. They even managed to get one of their own elected to the White House for two terms less than 20 years after Reagan brought them in.

    They had no such influence when Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford or Dwight Eisenhower were president.

  • PoppaDavid

    I wonder if the Conservatives will ever have the same attitude towards greed as fornication? After all the New Testament denounces greed more often than homosexuality or abortion. Yet, greed is institutionalized in the Conservative pantheon of values.

    “Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed” Luke 12:5

    Religious conservatives look at Roman 1:26 to justify objections to lesbians while ignoring “greed…those who practice such things are worthy of death”. Roman 1:29-32

    “…greed must not even be named among you… … no…covetous man, who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.” Ephesians 3-5.

    “…greed, which amounts to idolatry.” Colossians 3:5

    “… in their greed they will exploit you with false words.” 2 Peter 2:3

    • Eg Kbbs

      From memory, Jesus gave the bottom line of one event as “you can’t serve God and mammon (money).”
      And also from Jesus “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle…”

  • Gabriel Gentile

    “I’ve mentioned how I’ve met several people in my life who’ve literally said they couldn’t care less if the entire economy collapsed under Republican economic ideology because social issues were what mattered to them. Basically, the United States could completely implode economically as long as gays couldn’t marry and women were prevented from having abortions.”

    Which would make sense if they didn’t also identify themselves as “patriots”.

  • Jim Bean

    in 1978, about 2.8% of American women had had abortions. Today, its about 28%. (That means a quarter of our women fail to exercise responsible control of their own bodies prior to conception. Is that something to celebrate/promote?) And we have gay marriage while only 2% percent of the population is gay. Its sounds to me like the tail wagging the dog and the Christians (83% of the total population) being manipulated by the Left-wing fringe.

    • Leslie Foy

      Your numbers are very “off.” Cite some reliable statistics please. That said, Christianity belongs at church and at home. Keep it there and everyone wins.

    • Trisha Yamada

      That means a quarter of men shouldn’t have stuck their penises in vaginas.

      • Jim Bean

        The progressive blue print for everything. ‘The misfortunes of my misadventures are the fault of those responsible for protecting me from myself.’

      • Glenn

        So it’s a woman’s fault for getting pregnant and not the man’s fault for getting her pregnant? Or did a baby pop up by itself. I didn’t know women were amoebas..

    • moe/larry & curly keys

      28%????????????????????
      jimbo– U are certifiable………………….

      • Jim Bean

        compiled by Wm. Robert Johnston
        last updated 15 October 2008

        Summary: It is estimated here that, as of 2008, about 28% of U.S. women ages 15-64 have had abortions. This figure has risen from 2.8% in 1973 to 11% in 1980, 19% in 1987, 24% in 1994, and 27% in 2001. In 2008, of women ages 40-55, about 40% have had abortions in their lifetimes

        .

        These statistics are reported by the Alan Guttmacher Institute

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        wow!! that’s terrific!! less non wanted humans; thank U ( again) jimbo!!
        ………now- how can we get get abortions illegal ( tea party mantra) so we can have MORE poor people?
        lemme know

      • Jim Bean

        How about the idea of leaving abortions legal but coming up with some incentive that encourages women to begin exercising full control of their own bodies BEFORE the moment of conception? I think that would go a long way to soothing the consciences of those who find abortion a bit backward and barbaric. I mean, really. Don’t you think we’ve evolved to the point where we can come up with some solution a little more sophisticated than that?

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        agreed!!!! I like u today—
        perhaps the contraception which is so inexpensive yet CHRISTIAN trash wants THAT outlawed as well:?
        silly me: hoping tea party trash will embrace logic!

      • Jim Bean

        By ‘outlawed’ do you mean ‘they’ll arrest me if I’m caught with birth control in my possession?’ Or do you mean, ‘the dirty buggers won’t give it to me free?’

      • Alex Gregory Rincon

        …just shut the fuck up.

      • Jim Bean

        That’s not very tolerant of you. Nor very conducive to the ‘progressive’ concept of free expression. Its down right authoritarian, in fact, if you ask me.

      • Sue Roediger

        not free – dammit – just covered by insurance as is Viagra, which I don’t see as a necessity, rather as a luxury.

      • hermanprovi

        the Pill, condums, abortions! Why should women be forced to bring UNWANTED children into this world?

      • Jim Bean

        They shouldn’t. I’d advocate the first abortion is paid for by the taxpayer. I’d advocate the second abortion is paid for by the taxpayer provided the woman agrees to tubal litigation. You with me? Or are you in the camp that wants abortion so women can selectively decide when they do and don’t want to be in control of their own body?

      • Sue Roediger

        why are you OK with the tax payers (and or insurance companied) paying for Viagra??????

      • Sue Roediger

        when abortions are illegal

      • Sue Roediger

        it looks like the graph didn’t post 200 deaths in 1965 fifteen in 1985

      • Kuma

        The numbers are for ‘in their lifetimes’. If a woman was counted in 1973, she’d still be counted every year since. The number is always going to go up as its cumulative over time.

    • MrThoughtful

      in 1978, about 51% of American people thought that they needed corporate America (GOP) to run the government. Today 75% believe that the GOP are insane. We need to keep the fairy tales out of politics and allow everyone to enjoy the benefits of being a couple, men/men, women/women or men/woman. If we were to keep our noses on our own faces, everyone would be better off. Don’t rule me on stupid ideals! Let freedom ring, this includes everyone! If I want a civil union with another dude, let me enjoy the same things as a union of man and woman. If I want to abort an unplanned egg/sperm gloop because of reasons that are none of your business, let me, it is not bothering you! There is no tail wagging when something is not being withheld. Christians are not being manipulated, they are being forced to shut up about their claims of make believe.

      • Jim Bean

        “Forced to shut up.” “Let freedom ring.” Got it. Liberal to the core.

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        yep– we are tired of VOODOO( see: religion) in our existance

      • smitisan

        Still ignoring ya.

      • Jim Bean

        Ditto

      • hermanprovi

        ditto-head!

      • MrThoughtful

        Forced to shut up, because if there is no one listening, what is it that most sane people do? They shut up or move on! Freedom is, not having to listen to or be governed by someone else’s religion. If you choose to believe in a made up entity or deity that is your choice but don’t make rules or laws based on that fantasy that keep me from making choices that best suit me.

      • hermanprovi

        Pick and choose, you quote “forced to shut up” and leave it at that! What about “their claims of make believe”?

      • motherunit

        Nobody’s “forcing” them to shut up. They are free to blather on about their imaginary friend as much as they want. The rest of us aren’t obliged to take them seriously, and the government isn’t obliged to incorporate their holy book into civil law. But, yap away, christians!

    • hermanprovi

      Amazing, 2% [gays] manipulating 83%. I remember when I first came to San Francisco, it was, illegal to touch another in a gay bar. Now, I am responsible for the ‘rights’ of 83% being abrogated!

    • Pregnancy Counselor

      Women who use birth control methods that fail them have abortions. In most cases, there is no ‘failure to exercise responsible control of their own bodies’ involved. You just have assumed you know the facts. You, sir, do not. What about the men who cause the pregnancies? Are they using responsible control? Or do they even offer to be responsible and support the babies. They very often do not.

    • GingerHaycox

      What?? Okay try this on for size…in 1978 less women were in the military, less of them went to college or university, less were even in the work place & ventured out of their homes.
      Fast forward to 2014…where is most of the non consensual sex (or for lack of a better word, rape) happening today? On college & university campuses, in the military & to women going out for the evenings by themselves. And of course there’s always been that good old incestuous romp by Pop or bro, eh?
      Stop blaming the victim!!! I get really bloody sick of hearing an unwanted pregnancy be blamed on a loose or irresponsible female.

      Do you think women like making that choice? Some are irrevocably changed for the rest of their lives…but it’s a choice they have to make rather than bringing up a rapists child or the perhaps retarded product of incest.
      And hey…how different would those laws be if men got knocked up huh? Whoa baby! No baby for me!

      • Jim Bean

        The fact remains, the vast majority of abortions are the end result of irresponsible sexual behavior and only a tiny fraction are necessitated by rape, incest, and failed birth control. I get sick and tired of righteous phonies insisting we focus on the exceptions and ignore the rule.

      • GingerHaycox

        Sorry Jim but it’s not a “tiny fraction”. I would love anything else…I’d love to agree with you on that statement…but it’s not a tiny fraction. Each year (US & Canada combined) 64,080 women are raped. That’s just *reported* rapes btw. Of those tens of thousands, 17% result in pregnancies. Now let’s move on to incestuous pregnancy, ‘kay? It’s much harder to get numbers on this because the girls who are victims are many times too young to speak on their own. Aside from embarrassed, being made to feel it’s something they did wrong that caused daddy to rape them, they are quietly led to a clinic by a family & get it done on the hush.
        You’re a guy. I don’t expect to be able you explain to you what a woman feels like about the egg growing in her abdomen. But I will tell you this. It is NOT an easy choice when a woman is forced to make it. And to ‘imply’ it’s just a result of irresponsible sexual behavior shows your naivete on the whole matter.

      • Jim Bean

        About 1% of abortions are the end result of rape. Less than one half of 1% are the end result of incest.

  • santijose

    it’s a circus of false faith.

  • Matthew Reece

    Liberals, Wake Up: The Democratic Party Uses Government To Manipulate You

    • moe/larry & curly keys

      lesser of two evils,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, who-pray tell: do U VOTE FOR???

      • Matthew Reece

        Anarchists don’t vote. (At least not in government elections. We do vote with our money, which unlike political voting, actually matters.)

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        then we want YOU 2 run for an elected office under the anarchy party
        ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,and: Im willing to wager that anarchists DO vote. You just dont

      • Matthew Reece

        I did vote before I became an anarchist. If I had known then what I know now, I would have avoided those charades.

        There won’t be an anarchist party unless someone misunderstands the concept. It could happen though. There are atheist churches now, and that makes about as much sense.

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        actually having an atheist “church” does make sense- as atheists are believers of sort. Only the agnostic( me) has no proof or NON proof of GOD; ergo no true opinion. Atheists believe there is no GOD. agnostics don’t know and don’t care

      • Matthew Reece

        No one has any proof for or against the existence of God (otherwise it would be a matter of fact rather than a matter of faith). Atheists will simply point out that the burden of proof is on the person who makes a positive claim, such as the claim that God does exist. You can be both agnostic and atheist (believing there is no God but not claiming to know so) or agnostic and theist (believing there is a God but not claiming to know so).

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        matt,,,,,,,,,,, ya dropped the ball here. look up agnostic and get back 2 me–

      • Matthew Reece

        No, you need to look up the terms.

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        ”one who finds it impossible to KNOW whether or not “god” exists”

        just when I start to think U are an able thinker; U again showcase “testarudo” behavior

      • Gary Blauvelt

        If people are claiming that they know there aren’t Gods, then they are being logically silly.

        However. Atheists reject god claims that are made without proof. Which at this point is …all of them. Atheism is nothing more than a response to the original claim.

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        perhaps this might help:
        ‘believers’ claim the proof of a god
        atheists claim proof of NO god
        =============================
        im agnostic; which means I do not know and do not care as GOD is too big and potent to be defined and harnessed by any finite being
        ==================================
        NOTE: jesus is not/was not GOD

      • Dennis Harris

        Both you and Regressive Teaparty Trash have got it wrong. When you say, “as God is too big and potent to be defined…” you are giving tacit acknowledgement that there IS a God. A true agnostic can’t DO that or he is actually saying he believes in God (or is at the least a Theist.)

        Also…. agnosticism is not the same as apathy. Many agnostics DO care whether or not there is a God. You may not care… but, that is not part of the definition of an agnostic.

      • Atheist= There is no god.

        Agnostic= If there is a god, please save my soul, but whatever. I don’t really know or care.

        😉

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        wrong answer- but that’s expected from the pedestrian IQ club U inhabit
        ==============================
        agnostic is simply meaning unknowing the unknowable
        ***************************************************
        to me it simply means GOD is too big to be defined; ergo I do not try
        ======================================
        did U enjoy the pagan “holiday”( see: spend more money) this sunday?

      • Wow! I was just trying to make a humorous comment that wasn’t meant to be taken seriously. That’s why I included the winky smiley face.

        Apparently you missed that!

        Oh well.

        Cheers!

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        my ‘bad’ chris,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, I get carried away with this a lot as there are so many who actually believe in voodoo( see: religion)
        ok,,, here is my payment!
        look up “Marilyn lange” photos,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
        finest woman EVER to walk upon this planet
        5’7 128 F cup natural breasts
        ==============================
        please shoot me now

      • GingerHaycox

        Or be Humanist & be a good, caring individual, one who does things because they want to do them, thinks it’s right to do them & does them because it feels good to do them, the rewards coming from the way they conduct themselves. Not because they’re threatened by eternal burning damnation if they slip up, or get to go to paradise if they are good, but simply because everyone *including themselves* is better off if they are decent individuals. Hey, it’s not rock science! ;}

      • Eoin Maloney

        If you don’t vote, you don’t get represented. Plain and simple. And if you refuse to vote, and thus refuse representation, you lose the right to bitch about things you don’t like that your representation could have prevented. If all anarchists refuse to vote, that means that in the end, they will never be represented by anybody, and therefore, they have no right to comment on how effective or ineffective society is. They willingly have shut themselves out of the political process. So vote or cram it about how awful the government is. You lost the right to comment.

      • Matthew Reece

        To see what is wrong with your thinking, I encourage you to read The Right to Ignore the State by Herbert Spencer. Pay special attention to part 5. You can find it here: http://www dot constitution dot org/hs/ignore_state dot htm

      • rreplogle1

        Anarchy–rule by the strongest. What can go wrong? If you don’t like what Repubs and Dems are doing, get in there and change the parties! Run for office, become a PCO, support a campaign.

      • Matthew Reece

        Anarchy means “without rulers,” not “rule by the strongest.”

      • Greg Easton

        “I feel I can’t make change happen therefore I will forfeit my best tool for affecting change.” Or, as my father used to say, cutting off one’s nose to spite your face. Well done.

      • Matthew Reece

        I know that it is impossible make the change I want by using a particular tool, so I discard that tool.

    • ChristianEconCom

      I knew there was something good about them.

  • B A Dragon

    The whole “War on Christianity” is an example of the manipulation. There is obviously no such war in this country but it is so much easier to have people support your organization if you are at war. Us against Them! The the pastor becomes the word of the conservatives and the whole becomes a part of the fight and they are supported by the fact that the IRS does not enforce the tax laws against churches who involve themselves in political activity so they get to do it on our dollar as well. Amazing!

    • rejectrepublicanlies

      Don’t forget the Fox-fabricated wars on Easter, Christmas, Christians, etc. A frightened, agitated electorate is easier to manipulate.

    • Troy James Martin

      I’d say the major news outlets are clearly at war with mainstream religion. Did you happen to see last week’s poorly researched and sourced article in Newsweek about the Bible? They haul out the same discredited and fringe scholars twice a year for the same roasting. Why are they so focused on disarming the culture of religion in America, if all they are are “news sources”?

      • kduke

        No, I’d say if anything SOME of the media are (properly so) focusing on exposing the outrageous attempts to create a state religion– a theocracy– in which millions of misguided people assume that their style of Christianity is going to be the law (and they like that). Never mind that people who all call themselves “Christians” have widely varied concepts about everything from medications to snake handling to dancing to women wearing pants.

  • Rob Mark

    Well said but not the first time. Look up “republican Jesus’. He is apparently very different from the actual Jesus. He loves guns and money and hates blacks for example

  • Rob Mark

    Americans don’t look at religion as religion. They look at it as a sports team. They don’t have to get in and bat they just have to sit in the stands with a hotdog cheering. They put up bumper stickers for Jesus. They plaster his face all over Facebook. They even have bobble head Jesus dolls. Really Google it. It is not about obeying his rules. It is all about winning. We are the best religion rah rah rah Muslims suck we can kick ass on catholics. Jews don’t even belong in the big leagues. Hey did you see that play Jesus made on the cross? That was awesome.

    • Alex Gregory Rincon

      Wow. Very well said. Never looked at it that way before. Thanks for sharing! (no sarcasm intended)

    • Beartx

      Very astute observation, one that’s been on my mind for years. I don’t do “sports” because the tribalism it too much. We’re number 1! LOL

      • Stephen Adezio

        To be fair, being a Mets fan got me heavily interested in the subject of propaganda tactics. But you guys are still right on this.

    • GingerHaycox

      That & making sure they have enough points, not to get into the playoffs, but to get into heaven!

  • R.K. Renteria

    To: PoppaDavid or anyone – Isn’t it true that according to the Bible, money lending was the only time Jesus every got violent?. If so them interest and compounded interest are worthy of being the #1 Christian issue to tackle.

  • hermanprovi

    There is no deference between Islamic terrorists and Christian zealots! They both want to be able to tell others how to behave and what to believe. That kind of system is ANATHEMA TO ANY DEMOCRATIC PROCESS! Those who in this Nation vote their religion over the Constitution are traitors to that Constitution!

  • zivo24

    Heath Peacock, the husband of the staffer seen in a video kissing married LA congressman Vance McAllister had this to say about him AFTER the video came out:

    “I know his beliefs. When he ran one of his commercials, he said ‘I need your prayers,’ and I asked, ‘When did you get religious?’ He said, ‘When I needed votes,'” Peacock recalled. “He broke out the religious card and he’s about the most non-religious person I know.”

    While I understand that he has a good reason to lash out at this former friend who cheated with his wife….it’s also disturbing that he didn’t have the integrity to call McAllister out on his ingenuousness until he had been stabbed in the back himself.

  • Preacher’s son

    The “early Church” practiced an economic form of Communism. The rich would give up those riches to the benefit of the Christian masses.

  • Jo Jerome

    Since when is cherry-picking scripture and using it to manipulate others something new? Or some grand discovery that you just made? The manipulation began with the earliest of Christian writings when Saul of Tarsus used (or invented) the character of Jesus as a vehicle for his own views (including homophobia and anti-women, making that the original Christian message). It continued when writers started tacking an earthly bio onto the originally non-earthly celestial character of Jesus.

    Newsflash; as a liberal Christian, you cherry-pick even more so than fundies. The whole of the bible *is* anti-gay, anti-woman, anti-foreigner, pro-slavery, pro-authoritarianism.

  • Charlie Sutton

    Your ignorance of the values and ideas of principled conservatives and of biblical Christians appears to be almost invincible. Do you have any idea of what conservatives think that the purpose of government is? Do you know anything about principles of interpreting the Bible, or about the teachings of Scripture about the nature and purpose of human beings, of the reality of sin, and the nature of being reconciled to God? It would appear that you do not.
    What society values and puts into law affects everyone in that society. If “progressives” were to gain all that they seek, I hate to think of what my now two-year-old granddaughters will face when they are adults. If you think that the chaos in society is bad now, just wait – unless there is a conservative revival.
    And human beings are more than economic beings – perhaps some people do not “vote their interests” because they have the interests of larger society in mind.
    Try reading some articles in Mercator, The Imaginative Conservative, and First Things. If you are capable of rational thought, you might learn something. It probably won’t change your mind, but at least you would be able to write with some knowledge.

    • Donna Mary

      Moffprof, you give a man a fish, he eats for a day. You give a man religion, he starves to death while praying for a fish to fall from the sky.

  • Mr President Sir!

    I agree completely with those statements. Only I will add that’s not the only thing they use in the same way. I have seen people who would have starved to death at one point or another in their lives if not for welfare. Complaining about those worthless bums on welfare. Saying how it doesn’t matter how much it costs to drug test them. It makes absolutely no sense to me.

  • Cargapalitos

    I wish my close relatives could read this article. Not that it would change their minds, but just to make them a little more aware of how they are being manipulated by the GOP.

  • Tillmann Puschka

    religion is certainly an important tool to manipulate the minds of these fools, but exploitation of their racist tendencies has been the real bringer of success for the far right ever since Obama was elected in 2008- no doubt about it, Duke!

  • Moffprof

    Having millions of people rely upon government for their livelihood is not progress. Liberal politicians manipulate the masses by saying “vote for me and I’ll promise you more government benefits”. This creates a massive voting block of individuals who can’t provide for themselves and become dependent upon government. That is a form of enslavement. When people can’t provide for themselves for decades and must vote for people who keep promising them more and more benefits, that group has become brainwashed and they become slaves to the system.

    • Sue Roediger

      how funny you assume most one welfare are black …………..

  • Moffprof

    Myself and almost everyone is for some form of social safety net. We almost all want to help those in neincluding myself, need help once in awhile. The question is how much help should be given? Creating a culture or system where people are dependent on others for extended periods of time is not helping them. Jesus didn’t feed people for years and decades. He fed people for short periods of time. Jesus wanted people to be self reliant and make good choices. You give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. You teach a man to fish, he feeds himself for the rest of his life. We should help those in need in ways that don’t create dependency.

  • Edward Starr

    Amen PoppaDavid.

  • David Miller

    I’m still waiting to see these malingering christian teapublican$ go marching to protest murder, adultery, war profiteering, lying,
    etc?

  • Mary McDermott

    Must read – “Deer Hunting with Jesus, Dispatches from America’s class war.”

  • Michael

    This from the same Leftists who argue government welfare is the “Christian” response to poverty. Who is kidding whom?

  • hellyeah_rook

    How does attacking Christianity get Republicans to listen to your article? I mean, and these are the same old things that have been said about Christians by atheist for a long time.

    I mean, you can go into the psychology behind the control religion grants over it’s masses and how Republicans use that to control Christian votes without degrading what’s the most important thing to that person. Unless this really isn’t written for conservatives.

  • RustyCannon

    Excellent article, Mr Clifton. I’ve noticed that the GOP’s fake christianist identity reaches so deep that people I know who have never been in a church and never picked up a bible start blurting out “christian” justification for their votes against their own self interest.

  • SvenGoody

    “Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by rulers as useful.”

    – Seneca the Younger (4 BC – 64 AD) Roman Philosopher

  • disqus_U7okUHgU6C

    The American Republican right wing Bible thumping Taliban at work

  • Helivet

    Organized religion is the greatest challenge to Christianity today.

  • Troy James Martin

    This opinion piece is loaded with so many straw men I’m surprised no one has called the Fire Marshall.

  • Bill

    I am a pro choice, gay marriage-supporting, lower middle class atheist, and I find the Democrat party’s economic policies to be mostly well intended , but diametrically opposed to both my interests and the nation at large.

  • My business

    Oh yes, It is like a cult. Republicanity has nothing to do with Christ. Jesus said follow me, not Fox News, not the GOP, not people who try to manipulate and control you by claiming to be Christians. Christians are so blinded I have even heard some say Fox is the Truth!!!! Jesus said he is the ONLY Truth!!!

  • My business

    The hypocrisy is appalling. The right wing will condemn women for abortion and claim to be pro life, but at the same time they will bash and label poor people with kids who need assistance like food, and healthcare. They want to cut all the programs that would help women be able to provide for their babies and children. Unbelievable hypocrisy.