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I’ve learned the hard way that it’s impossible to sway RePug “Christians” with fact-based arguments about health care reform or anything else. They don’t care about facts. They won’t believe a word a liberal tells them, they won’t believe what scientists say about global warming, they won’t believe Obama was born in Hawaii, they won’t believe that Limbaugh and Hannity and Beck are lying to them about health care reform and everything else.

But they believe the Bible.

Verily, my experience said unto me, the only way to have any chance at all of penetrating the thick skulls of Republican “Christians” in my state is to grab a Bible and beat them over the head with it.

So . . . I grabbed a Bible and beat them over the head with it.

Letter to the Editor: What Would Jesus Do About Health Care Reform?

Jesus taught us to have compassion for one another, to help the sick and the poor among us. Liberals have always tried to do that, they believe we all have a moral responsibility to help those in need, not only as individuals, but as a society. President Obama and liberal Democrats are trying to ensure that everyone in America can have access to health care when they need it. They want to help those in need. They’re doing what Jesus taught us to do.

But what has been the response of Republicans? Angry bellowing about socialism. Threats of violence against the President of the United States. Lies that President Obama wants to euthanize everyone’s grandmother. Disgusting town hall spectacles of Republicans demanding their free speech rights while shouting down everyone else who tries to speak.

Health care reform is not a political issue, it’s a moral issue. Helping those in need is not a political issue, it’s a moral issue. I’m not telling you that. Jesus is telling you that. I would advise every Republican in this country who claims to be a Christian to heed what Jesus said in Matthew 25:41-45: “Whatever you did not do for the least among you, you did not do for me."

If Republicans continue to ignore the teachings of Jesus, if Republicans continue to demonize liberals for wanting to help those in need, if Republicans continue to protect the rich and blame the poor for their poverty, Republicans will hear these words from Jesus on Judgment Day: “Depart from me, you who are cursed. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and you did not look after me.”

You have a choice to make, Republicans. You can keep listening to the lies of Limbaugh and Hannity and Beck, or you can start listening to the Son of God.

I don’t know if Jesus was the Son of God, I don’t know if Hell exists, but I know this much: before he was tortured and executed for speaking truth to power, Jesus of Nazareth said we should help those in need, he said we should love our enemies, he said we should turn our swords into plowshares. But RePug "Christians" won’t do any of that. They turn their backs on the poor and the powerless. They hate everyone who disagrees with them. They say they love the Prince of Peace, but they glorify war, they sanctify torture, they crucify the truth. They are torturers, they are hypocrites, they are liars, they live and breathe deceit.

If you want to know who the AntiChrist is, RePug "Christians", look in the mirror.

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