David Sirota: "...they tell us that, contrary to evidence in the United States, the intersection of religion and politics doesn’t have to be fraught with hypocrisy. Britain is a Christian-dominated country, and the Christian Bible is filled with liberal economic sentiment. It makes perfect sense, then, that the more devoutly loyal to that Bible one is, the more progressive one would be on economics."
Yes, it's yet another one of those "Jesus would so totally have been a progressive Democrat" hack pieces that Salon specializes in. Put on your hip waders; the bullshit's flowing thick and fast, and we're going in.
...assuming there was a historical figure such as Jesus, he would have been just another apocalyptic Jewish prophet. You simply cannot make sense of his ramblings and seemingly schizophrenic character if you don't take into account that he seriously expected and desired the violent end of the world. He may have thought that it was a good thing to take all you have and give it to the poor—because he thought the world was about to end and you wouldn't need it anyway. He may have urged you to consider the lilies of the field in lieu of preoccupying yourself with worldly concerns—which is good advice for someone who doesn't have much of a future to worry about. He may have offered up a bunch of toothless platitudes about the meek, the peacemakers and the justice seekers—but their reward for believing was going to arrive with the apocalypse, not in some future liberal welfare state. He didn't want to create a stable, equitable society for future generations—he wanted to destroy the one he lived in.
What I am saying is that inhabiting this mindset radically reorganizes one's priorities, and that if you don't believe that the end of the world is something both imminent and desirable, perhaps you should ignore this jabbering lunatic and look for sage advice elsewhere."