How religious conservatives use religion to justify the shutdown debacle
What’s this obsession with the end of the world? And why does it seem the religious right in America are so sure that the end of days are here? The prophecies in Revelations are not only believed to be true, but is in fact championed. You might be wondering what any of this has to do with the debate over healthcare and the government shutdown.
Well, the religious right are among the most vocal opponents of the ACA (Obamacare) and have claimed the issue to be a religious as well as ideological battle. Strange how you can call yourself a christian and be against making healthcare more accessible to those in need. It’s not like Jesus ever gave care to anyone for free.
Among the many core beliefs of the religious right is the belief that the world will be coming to an end within the next fifty or so years. Granted people have been saying the same thing for hundreds of years, but it is a concept that is believed strongly nonetheless. They are also considered the most vocal faction against healthcare reform and those most willing the keep the government shutdown going and not raise the debt ceiling.
A recent Pew research poll shows that one trait strongest among Tea Party groups is the that religious values are strongly emphasized. Due to this fact, they generally tend to believe that Armageddon is soon approaching. Therefore, it doesn’t matter if the debt ceiling isn’t raised and the world economy collapses as a result. In fact many on the religious right welcome such circumstances. After all, they believe in order for Armageddon to arrive there must be wars, famine, death, plague and so on. Only then will they see the Second Coming of Jesus.
Another interesting fact I’m sure that progressives are well aware of is that many on the religious right already believe that Obama is the anti-christ. So religious motivation is used to justify the complete reckless stance and behavior of Tea Party conservatives concerning the issue of the government shutdown. Some have even stated that the ACA will lead to the death of “Christian America.”
It is astonishing how close the values of their religious beliefs are linked with their indifference to the idea of a global financial meltdown. To the religious right, world crisis is not a bad thing but in fact a great thing. The more crisis and chaos that exists in the world, the closer we will be to the prophecies in the book of Revelations and therefore the ushering in of the long awaited Christian paradise.
Obama is the anti-Christ, therefore anything he does is automatically the spawn of Satan and hence inherently evil. So even a bill meant to give people healthcare is seen as an unholy plot to transmit microchips and brand the mark of the beast into people. As far as the debt ceiling and a global meltdown, it was prophecy so if we help to make it happen faster, well it was god’s will anyway.
It seems to be more than just politics that drives the hatred for the ACA and for the indifference concerning the government shutdown/debt limit and the crises it could create. The religious right are using their perceived scriptural authority to use shutting down the government as a battle of divine providence. As my philosophy professor once told me, you can never settle a religious argument rationally. When you think you have god on your side, all bets are off. Stopping healthcare is worth the end of the world.