Here's the thing. Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council was on the Ed Show on MSNBC the other week talking about healthcare. He said the reason for FRC's opposition to the public option, and especially single-payer, is that though it's true that Christ did teach to heal the sick and help the poor, that was a mandate to Christian individuals. Or, he said something to that effect. I'm gonna have to find the transcript for you, ain't I? Well . . . later.
So anyway, I wanted to be sure I correctly understood some of the basics so I checked out FRC Action's website. Here's their list of what they support:
1.Constitutional and legal protections for life in all stages from conception to natural death.Yeah. So basically they're against gay marriage, abortion, and "assisted suicide." I'm pretty sure they promote (silent) prayer in school. Apparently they're against the estate tax (I need to say here that contrary to the title of their article that I didn't read, seeing as how the estate tax currently only applies to, like, the richest .5% of citizens who don't need it and don't usually reinvest it, it won't create jobs); they don't see the racism surrounding the healthcare debate; they're more concerned about the un/fortunate Americans who have healthcare and are at no risk of losing it than they are of those who don't have squat. Oh yeah, and God forbid an undocumented worker need medical treatment!
2.Preference in public policies for heterosexual marriage and the traditional family.
3.A strong national defense and foreign policy rooted in national interests and ideals.
4.Tax and fiscal policies that strengthen rather than weaken America's families.
5.Restoration of the constitutional balance in relations between church and state.
6.Judicial restraint and respect for the original intent of the framers of the Constitution.
7.A renewal of ethical monotheism and traditional Judeo-Christian standards of morality-the "Laws of Nature and Nature's God"-to which the founding fathers appealed in the Declaration of Independence.
Of course, as I recall, God said to treat immigrants fairly.
But anyway. I just wanna make sure I basically understand the Christian right's political position. They think the government should determine who can marry whom. They think the government should determine the choices a woman makes with her body or a terminally ill person who pain makes with their lives. They don't want federal funding supporting abortion or euthanasia. They want the government to mandate prayer in schools. Then of course there's "intelligent design" and the fact that they want to stress their myth that the writers of the Constitution meant for this to be a "Christian" nation.
Did I miss anything?
All that action by the government; but when it comes to healthcare, Jesus only gave an individual mandate.