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This article attempts to show that the teachings of Jesus Christ are incompatible with the modern fundamentalist 'Christian Conservatism' in the United States. By quoting passages from the New Testament (New International Version), it will be shown that the conservative and Christian principles held onto by the 'Religious Right' do not match, and often fly in the face of, the teachings of Jesus Christ.
|Matthew 5:7||Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.||It wouldn't take an overzealous interpretation of this to rule out the death penalty.|
|Matthew 5:9||Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.||Jesus is quite unequivocal in his call to avoid war and make peace.|
|Matthew 5:32||But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, makes her the victim of adultery, and anyone who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.||We don't have to look far at all for prominent fundamentalist preachers in the USA who go against this.|
|Matthew 5:44||But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.||This passage, as well as Matthew 5:45 through 5:48 address the treatment of one's enemy. The passages clearly and unequivocally say that to love those who love you is done, even, by the tax collectors. One must be perfect like one's lord, and love one's enemy. The Religious Right's contemptous treatment of homosexuals, political enemies, atheists and in some cases other religions is absolutely against the spirit and text of these verses. Any sympathy with attacks on abortion-performing doctors cannot be in line with this, and Jesus' other speaking on murder and forgiveness in the Sermon on the Mount.|