SS/Medicare Against First Commandment

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Fri, 08-06-2010 - 9:33am

Yes, that's correct, the "First Commandment" not the "First Amendment."

http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2010/aug/06/angles-view-rooted-biblical-law/

Sharron Angle’s views rooted in biblical law

By Anjeanette Damon (contact)

Friday, Aug. 6, 2010 | 2:01 a.m.

When Republican Senate candidate Sharron Angle told a Christian news interviewer this year that “entitlement programs (are) built to make government our God,” she voiced a central tenet of Christian Reconstructionism, according to academics who study the movement.

Christian Reconstructionism is a political-religious movement formed in the 1960s and ’70s that seeks to return American society to the rule of biblical law. Any attempt to expand government beyond the dictates in the Old Testament — for example, by establishing Social Security benefits, education policy or property taxes — turns government into a false idol, reconstructionists believe.

“The problem is that government becomes an idol when it overspills its biblically proscribed boundaries, and people start looking to government for salvation,” said Julie Ingersoll, a religious studies professor at the University of North Florida, in explaining a tenet of Christian Reconstructionism.

In April, Angle said her Democratic rival, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, along with President Barack Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, was remaking the federal government into God.

“And these programs that you mentioned — that Obama has going with Reid and Pelosi pushing them forward — are all entitlement programs built to make government our God,” she said told the TruNews interviewer. “And that’s really what’s happening in this country, is a violation of the First Commandment. We have become a country entrenched in idolatry, and that idolatry is the dependency upon our government. We’re supposed to depend upon God for our protection and our provision and for our daily bread, not for our government.”

Her comments are getting widespread discussion and a counterattack this week by the Reid campaign.

Many of Angle’s religious and political beliefs appear to align with the tenets of Christian Reconstructionism. She’s supported eliminating Social Security and Medicare, is a home schooling champion, sees the separation of church and state as an unconstitutional doctrine that was never meant to protect the state from religious belief, and believes public policy should support the traditional family structure as defined in the Bible.

She also helped resurrect the Nevada affiliate of a national party founded by a prominent Christian Reconstructionist and has raised campaign money from reconstructionists.

But Ingersoll said Angle’s comments on government as a false idol come directly from the movement’s founder, R.J. Rushdoony, an orthodox Presbyterian minister.

“Since this spring you’ve had all this flap over the degree to which you might suggest Angle was influenced by the Reconstructionist movement,” Ingersoll said.

“But if you really sum up Rushdoony’s philosophy on government, that’s it. That really is it.”

Angle’s campaign has largely refused to comment on her religious beliefs. Spokesman Jarrod Agen said he wasn’t familiar with Christian Reconstructionism or Rushdoony.

But he said Americans are frustrated by the omnipotence of the federal government.

“Only the supreme arrogance of Sen. Reid would believe that he has a divine right to rule over mere mortals by ramming through Obamacare (and) billions in reckless spending,” Agen said.

“The fact is, Reid has acted like he’s all-powerful and accountable to no one. People are frustrated because, like Sharron, they understand Washington has become a giant, unseen, omnipotent force whose presence is felt in all our lives, whether we like it or not.”

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Fri, 08-06-2010 - 10:02am
Interesting. America has it's own Taliban.

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Cynic: a blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, not as they ought to be.---Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary.

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Cynic: a blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, not as they ought to be.---Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary.

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Fri, 08-06-2010 - 10:17am

I thought, and please someone correct me if I am way out in left field on this, but I thought that the coming of Jesus made a new covenant and therefore we now followed the New Testament? There seems to be a lot written on both sides of this issue, but in the end I think I will stick with what Paul said "he said if you choose to follow ONE part of the Old Law (like circumcision, having Saturday as the Sabbath, not eating pork) then you have to follow ALL of it, there is no picking and choosing and just taking the bits that you like" So, until Mrs. Angle decides to give up pork, not do any work of any kind on the Sabbath, and make sacrifices and life up to all the Old Testament rules I don't think I have to give credence to her hypocrisy.

http://www.rbc.org/questionsDetail.aspx?id=45816

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Fri, 08-06-2010 - 10:24am
I was thinking something similiar.

 

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Fri, 08-06-2010 - 10:44am
Oh for the love of Pete.....SO what?? Wanna live by biblical law? Go for it. But demanding the whole country lives by your version of the bible...or any version for that matter. No. Absolutely not.
This is NOT a theocracy.
For all the hand wringing about Muslims taking over and making Sharia Law...the Christians taking over and making this a theocracy is a far more possible thing..and just as frightening.
Keep your bible out of the government.
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Fri, 08-06-2010 - 11:08am
Can you explain further what you mean by your comment?
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Fri, 08-06-2010 - 11:12am

Did you read the article? What exactly is your concern/issue?

She believes government has become too controlling and significant.

How is that an issue? That's really all that was said in that article. The drama seems misdirected.

I can certainly see the argument that entitlement programs are causing us to misuse the government and as a result harm others in the process. That's all I hear being suggested.

What is it you heard that I must have missed?


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Fri, 08-06-2010 - 11:17am
Yes, another reason why I couldn't vote for many

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Fri, 08-06-2010 - 11:17am

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You must have missed the part where she says these services shouldn't exist based on her biblical beliefs.

 

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Fri, 08-06-2010 - 11:21am

A lot of people believe they shouldn't exist for a variety of different reasons. Why should it matter where she gets her beliefs from?

And do you have the exact quote/context of what she said? That would be helpful.

She's against large government entitlement programs. Doesn't believe they're part of the founding father's ideas as to what our government's job should be. I agree--no bible needed, no bible involved whatsoever.

Disagree with opinions if you will but picking on her religion is nothing more than a cheap shot.


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Fri, 08-06-2010 - 11:29am

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Have we gotten so far away from reasoned debate that the reason behind people's positions no longer matter?

 


 


I disagree with you, but I'm pretty sure

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