Howard Dean Doesn’t Know Jesus

Howard Dean doesn’t know Jesus even by the truncated standard of the red-letter part of the Bible.

It is pretty clear that Liberals are strategizing to pretend that the First Amendment doesn’t even apply to Christians because “real” Christianity is identical to liberalism and anything else is a fraud. We see this strategy in action when Barack Obama claims that all violence in Islam is not true Islam. As I wrote about his claims:

this is posed as if Barack Obama is defending Islam. But really he is controlling it. He is claiming that any part of Islam that he doesn’t like, that offends his feelings about right and wrong, does not count as true Islam.

What else offends Barack Obama’s feelings?

The logic is clear. Barack Obama has now set precedent for how he will reply when Muslims object to an ambassador or other diplomat having a “spouse” of the same sex. He will say that Muslims who oppose homosexual marriage “have perverted Islam.”

In fact, he is already attempting to dictate Islamic doctrine to Muslims:

“Obama, however, also stressed the need to be vigilant on the hunt for extremists, adding that Muslim leaders ‘need to do more to discredit the notion that our nations are determined to suppress Islam,’ reports CNN.”

Right. To Barack Obama, our opposition to Sharia law is not opposition to Islam. Why not? Because anyone who thinks Sharia law is essential to Islam is someone who has “perverted Islam.”

And there is no doubt that Obama will do the same to Christianity.

And now Howard Dean is doing it. He is pretending that genuine Christianity matches his own political ideology.

Actually, I don’t think he’s pretending. I think he’s arrogant and ignorant enough to believe his own serpent oil.

According to the Washington Times: “Jesus ‘probably to the left of the Democratic Party,’ Howard Dean says.”

Mr. Dean told a panel on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that the Democratic National Committee conducted its own polling a decade ago to figure out why so many Evangelical Christians were reluctant to vote for Democrats.

“Let me share some incredibly interesting polling data we got ten years ago when I was running the DNC. I was wondering why evangelicals didn’t vote for Democrats because if you look at the red-letter version of the Bible, Jesus was probably to the left of the Democratic Party,” Mr. Dean said.

“So we did polling. And here’s what we found. This is ten years ago. Evangelicals over 55 it was all about abortion and gay marriage. Evangelicals under 35 in this country, the number one issue was poverty, the number two issue was climate change,” he added.

First of all, just to address the statements about the political landscape, ten years is a long time ago. Ten years ago Barack Obama publicly opposed gay marriage and no one boycotted him for it. New blood has come into the voters; Millennials are skeptics about man-made climate change.

But seriously, so what? Where does the “red-letter Bible” ever tell us to oppose climate change by taxing carbon dioxide or oppressing farmers because of cow flatulence? Where does Jesus tell people to demand higher taxes so that Caesar can spend more on food stamps?

On the other hand, Jesus did directly address the heterosexual nature of marriage. He also approvingly mentions the death penalty for rebellious children who curse their parents. In what world is that “to the left” of Liberals?

Finally, what is the deal with treating Christians as prejudiced morons because they assume Jesus had a cultural background? (This background includes what is collected in the Christian Bible under the title, “Old Testament.”) It is ignorant to read a historical document of any kind without any regard for its literary background. Yet Dean pompously postures as if he’s some kind of intellectual for treating the text of the Gospels this way.

The red letters can’t be understood without the black ones.