There is a constant barrage of evidence suggesting that the Christian culture is a culture of deception and sophistry – a culture dominated by people who bear false witness without the slightest hint of moral qualms. We see another instance of this in House Resolution 888.
Affirming the rich spiritual and religious history of our Nation's founding and subsequent history and expressing support for designation of the first week in May as `American Religious History Week' for the appreciation of and education on America's history of religious faith.
This resolution contains a number of statements, many of which are factually incorrect and can easily be shown to be factually incorrect. However, the co-sponsors of this resolution and those citizens that the representatives are pandering to in their attempt to get it passed do not care that these claims are false. Truth, to them, is not important.
See Talk To Action for an article demonstrating the fiction of some of these claims.
There is a fact that is more important than the fact that these claims are false. The fact is that the use of any of these claims represents ‘bearing false witness’ against those to whom the actions are being attributed. The advocates of this resolution demonstrate through their actions that they see no moral objection to bearing false witness. They show absolutely no shame or guilt over what they are trying to do here.
This is what I mean when I say that the culture of the religious right is a culture of deception and sophistry – a culture that has completely abandoned the idea that there is something morally objectionable to bearing false witness against others.
I am not saying that all Christians are dishonest. I am saying that honest Christians are so rare and so impotent within their own culture that there appears to be absolutely no resistance or objection to acts of dishonesty. That a culture is corrupt is not proof that every person within the culture is corrupt. However, it is proof that the non-corrupt elements of that culture are impotent against the overwhelming weight of corruption.
Yet, these same agents have the gall to say that their religion gives them not only a special knowledge of the difference between good and evil, but a special incentive to do good.
House Resolution 888 substantially proves, beyond all reasonable doubt, that religion provides them either with no knowledge of the difference between good and evil (a recognition of the fact that bearing false witness is evil), or no particular appreciation of the need to respect that value.