Oh my – this woman needs serious help:
(CNSNews.com) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) says she believes she must pursue public policies “in keeping with the values” of Jesus Christ, “The Word made Flesh.”
Pelosi, who is a Catholic and who favors legalized abortion, voted against the ban on partial-birth abortion that was enacted into law in 2003.
At a May 6 Catholic Community Conference on Capitol Hill, the speaker said: “They ask me all the time, ‘What is your favorite this? What is your favorite that? What is your favorite that?’ And one time, ‘What is your favorite word?’ And I said, ‘My favorite word? That is really easy. My favorite word is the Word, is the Word. And that is everything. It says it all for us. And you know the biblical reference, you know the Gospel reference of the Word.”
“And that Word,” Pelosi said, “is, we have to give voice to what that means in terms of public policy that would be in keeping with the values of the Word. The Word. Isn’t it a beautiful word when you think of it? It just covers everything. The Word.
“Fill it in with anything you want. But, of course, we know it means: ‘The Word was made flesh and dwelt amongst us.’ And that’s the great mystery of our faith. He will come again. He will come again. So, we have to make sure we’re prepared to answer in this life, or otherwise, as to how we have measured up.”
First, I don’t have to tell you how flaming red the OutrageOmeter would be right now if Pelosi’s words were instead uttered by George “Dumbya” Bush during his two terms. There’d be so much fretting, sweating, handwringing, mouth foaming, demands for “clarification” – and that’s just from the MSM.
Second and more importantly, I’ve tackled “liberal Christianity” in numerous posts, this one especially. Simply put, liberalism is all about doing what “feels good,” not necessarily what is “right. It also advocates abandoning sound moral judgments in the name of Moral Relativism. There is no right, no wrong, no good, no evil. There just “is.” On the other hand – and this is surely news to Ms. Pelosi and other like-minded liberal Christians – there are plenty of moral judgments and “absolutes” in the Bible, absolutes that offend “progressive” church-goers like Pelosi to the point that they seek out fluffly, loose, modern liberal interpretations of “The Word” that they believe justify their world view on their pet issues like abortion on demand and gay marriage. Barack Obama even had the audacity to suggest during his 2008 campaign that the Sermon on the Mount justified civil unions.
And here I thought that, according to the left, our laws weren’t supposed to be based on The Word but instead on secularism. It’s interesting to hear that apparently Pelosi thinks otherwise, provided we cotton to her interpretation of God’s word.
I don’t want to come off as a Christian snob because this isn’t about which type of Christian is “better” or “more God-like” than the other. But the fact is that liberal “feel good Christianity” is no more compatible with “The [actual] Word” than Rev. Jim Baker’s swindling good people out of their hard-earned money “in the name of God” was. There is nothing in the Bible that justifies abortion on demand. There is nothing in the Bible that justifies gay marriage. There is nothing in the Bible that justifies punishing people for their success. There is nothing in the Bible that justifies casual sex. There is nothing in the Bible that justifies stem cell research.
I could go on and on. Jesus was neither liberal nor conservative, and I wish like crazy that the left would stop suggesting and/or insinuating that “Jesus was a liberal” when The Word is too complex to slap a modern-day political label on it. The fact is that while many of our secular laws line up with the right vs. wrong nature of Christianity, many of them – like abortion – do not, in part because our laws are not supposed to be based on some politician’s concept of what being a Christian is (for my fellow Christian conservatives who may disagree, just think about how you’d feel if Pelosi was President and said the remarks I quoted earlier. ’nuff said.). It’s one thing to use your Christian principles as a guiding light; it is, however, something else to advocate for policies solely on that basis.
That being said, I’ve noted a million times how – when explaining the basis for my opinions on issues like abortion and gay marriage – that there is no need to utilize Christian arguments to justify those beliefs (unless you are arguing with someone who believes that “The Word” justifies abortion, etc). There are plenty of good, logical, persuasive, secular moral arguments to be made on those issues. Why? Because, again, it goes back to right vs. wrong parallels in both the secular life and Christian life as well. For example: You don’t have to be a Christian to believe that redefining marriage will lead to a slippery slope where pretty much anyone can define marriage in any way they want. Another example: You don’t have to be a Christian to know that abortion is wrong. Who would have thought that in this day and age that I am the one viewed as an “extremist” simply because I don’t want an unborn baby to be sucked out of its’ mother’s body in pieces, where as the other side is ok with that happening for any reason whatsoever?
Perhaps Pelosi is starting to openly attempt to justify her policy positions by referencing “The Word” because she sees that secular arguments liberals use on issues like abortion aren’t working as well as they used to. Either way, whether you’re looking at her viewpoints from a Christian standpoint or secular, she’s way off base. Not the first time, and it won’t be the last – not for her nor other liberal Christians who are increasingly desperate to find ways to try and justify beliefs that are becoming increasingly less mainstream.