To Comfort The Afflicted
And Afflict The Comfortable

To Comfort The Afflicted And Afflict The Comfortable

Thursday, February 25, 2021

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Holy Wars

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BY KAREN WEBB

No matter how many people are out of work or how many people lack health care or how bad the economic situation is you can count on the GOP – especially the Oklahoma GOP – to get so small it will fit right into your OB-GYN examination room to consult with your doctor.

They will be small enough to be there in your bedroom to make sure you are heterosexual.

They will be there at the library to make sure you read only what they want you to read.

They will be there in your children and grand children’s classroom and even their Sunday School classroom to attempt to prove – “scientifically” – things they are commanded, by God, to accept on faith.

I have always thought it took a considerable amount of faith to accept either the scientific or the biblical ideas on how it all began. So much order out of absolutely nothing is just a little difficult for me to wrap my brain around, as is trusting that a couple of dozen men, who didn’t always agree wrote down exactly what God told them.

Then there was this King who didn’t like any of the English translations in existent in 1604 because they didn’t give the proper authority to him, so he had 54 men in groups of nine translate various sections. Then 12 of the 54 checked the work to make sure there were no personal preferences included. However, all of the men had to first believe that the original work was inerrant or they were not chosen.

I guess I haven’t known any men that I thought operated with absolutely none of their own personal beliefs getting in their way. There are as many translations of anything as there are translators.

In all of the cases I can think of, groups of men have agreed on one thing and one thing alone: how best to consolidate their power over those who do not agree with their translation of what should be done.

Later these groups will split up because they will always fail to agree on everything, especially who is chosen to lead the group and then dissenters will form their own groups – which is why we have thousands of separate religious denominations.

Take it to the bank: if we become a theocracy, sooner or later we will have a Holy war and we must always keep in mind that the five controlling the Supreme Court and the interpretation of the Constitution are all Catholic.

For a country that has had only one Catholic elected president – and he did not have an easy election because his opposition was based on the reasoning that the Pope or his religion would supersede the constitution – it seems more than a little bizarre that there are six Catholic Supreme Court justices and five of them vote in a block. The other three are Jewish.

Karen Webb lives in Moore, OK and is a regular contributor to The Oklahoma Observer

Arnold Hamilton
Arnold Hamilton
Arnold Hamilton became editor of The Observer in September 2006. Previously, he served nearly two decades as the Dallas Morning News’ Oklahoma Bureau chief. He also covered government and politics for the San Jose Mercury News, the Dallas Times Herald, the Tulsa Tribune and the Oklahoma Journal.