Christians. What are we going to do with them? Notorious greasy chicken dish Jonah Goldberg discovers and approves of The Obama turning the pardon-the-expression Health Care Debate away from "wonkish frippery" to the more serious matter of whether or not a public subsidy for grandma's statins and junior's braces comports with the proscriptions of an ancient sky deity.
Reaching out to progressive faith leaders in two massive conference calls, Obama insisted that God was on his side. Expanding healthcare fulfills a "core moral and ethical obligation that we look out for one another ... that I am my brother's keeper, my sister's keeper."Now it is true that both the Jewish and Christian texts at various points admonish people to be nice to each other, in between admonishing them to murder and massacre each other in various obscene and horrific manners.
But the Bible does not admonish anyone to be his brother's or sister's keeper. The question, "Am I my brother's keeper?" is a quintessential tale of human evil and disobedience, second only in Genesis to Adam and Eve's defiant munching on the fruit of the tree of knowledge. The questioner is Cain, who has jealously slain his brother Abel.
God curses Cain, and perhaps implicit in that rebuking curse is the answer that yes, he is his brother's keeper, although the tale of Cain and Abel is made rather more . . . difficult to parse as a morality tale given the real suborner of that first murder, Yaweh, who rejected the offerings of Cain, a mere "tiller of the field," though he accepted Abel's mutton and sheep fat.
And in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought some nice salads and a decent couscous to the potluck.True story.
And Abel also brought some stuff, a rack of lamb in a rich reduction. And the LORD was all like, Respect, Abel. For real, brah.
But unto Cain and his bullshit tofu or whatever, the LORD was all like, What the fuck is this shit, dude? Are you gay? And Cain was pissed as fuck.
And the LORD was like, Dude, why are you acting like such a little bitch?
And Cain found Abel and was like, What it is, yo! Then they went up the park and Cain killed his ass.
And then the LORD was like, Straight up, Cain, where's your bro? And Cain said, Why the fuck you think I know? I ain't up his ass, yo.
Point being, appealing to the bizarre alien god of Genesis based on some Gospel-induced misapprehension of what the Old Testament actually means and says in the service of passing social service legislation is retarded.