Sep 15

Pope not moral enough

at least for Southern Baptists.

In fact, his speech before Congress was down right "fuzzy and evasive" on "moral" issues, according to R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He should have focused on "urgent moral issues like abortion culture and religious liberty." Bart Barber, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Farmersville, Texas wants to know why he was even allowed to address Congress in a clear violation of the disestablishment language of the First Amendment. Bart goes on to wonder why he was being treated as a head of state rather than the head of a religion.

Guess what Bart? The Pope is a Head of State. He is the ruler of the Vatican City State, widely recognized as a modern independent state since February 1929 and has functionally existed as an independent political entity off and on since the 1300s.

Now as to the "urgent moral issues" the Pope talked about or didn't as you may see it:

The last year the CDC has full records for abortions in the US is 2011: 730,322 - about half as many as in 1990.
The last year that the Census Bureau has full records for persons living at or below the poverty level is 3013: 45.3 million.
A Congressional report says that In January 2013, 610,042 people were homeless on a given night. Most (65 percent) were living in emergency shelters or transitional housing programs and 35 percent were living in unsheltered locations. 23 percent or 138,149 of these were children, under the age of 18. There were 46,924 unaccompanied homeless children and youth on a single night in 2013. Most (87 percent or 40,727) were youth between the ages of 18 and 24, and 13 percent (or 6,197) were children under the age of 18.Ten percent (or 61,541) were between the ages of 18 and 24. 57,849 were homeless veterans.
It is difficult to correlate poverty with death rates. However,a research team from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health in New York City has estimated that 875,000 deaths in the US in 2000 could be attributed to a cluster of social factors bound up with poverty and income inequality, that is about 36% of deaths in the US that year.

How is poverty and income inequality not the more urgent moral issue?
Why is pointing out one important issue a problem if it does not happen to be your pet issue?

I will make Messrs. Mohler, Barber, et al. a deal: When every most Christian(s) is are doing what Jesus describes in Matthew 25:31 and following (feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, caring for the stranger and the sick and the imprisoned) we can then talk about "moral" issues you want to discuss. I might even listen.

But as long as a kid needs a blanket and a sandwich, I am going to suggest that maybe you need to sort out your priorities and stop looking for talking points.

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