Moral values

I’m still struggling with hypocrisy of the religious right equating “moral values” to litmus tests of being against gay marriage and abortion. A friend today reminded me of certain verses from Chapter 25 of the Gospel according to Matthew. In the language of the New American Bible from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, here were some of Christ’s values:

“Depart from me, you accursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.

For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink,

a stranger and you gave me no welcome, naked and you gave me no clothing, ill and in prison, and you did not care for me.”

Then they will answer and say, “Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or ill or in prison, and not minister to your needs?”

He will answer them, “Amen, I say to you, what you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me.”

And these will go off to eternal punishment[.]”

Let’s see. Feed the hungry. Clothe the naked. Care for the sick. Of course, the Christian right no doubt will be offended that a secular humanist (to borrow one of their hot button labels) suggests these are the moral values with which the religious right (and all Americans) should concern themselves. And it also would mean they couldn’t vote for Repugnicans.

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