Sunday, April 04, 2010

Vote Labour or you're going to hell

This article on Labour List is utterly bizarre. Andy Flannagan, the Director of the Christian Socialist Movement, regales us with why he thinks Jesus would vote Labour. What next? John the Baptist on the Euro? St Paul on gay marriage? Actually, probably not the gay marriage thing.

Flannagan even ends the piece reminding people that "Jesus warned against the hypocrisy of speaking on his behalf yet actually turning him away". Self aware at all? No, thought not.

I was tempted to go through the list one by one demonstrating that the piece is based on desperate wishful thinking but I've decided there comes a point where something is so embarrassingly weak people it defies argument.

However, I would be grateful if someone could out the Biblical references that show that "Jesus was passionate about families as the building blocks of community". I have absolutely no idea what the Big J might have said or done to demonstrate his "passion" for SureStart. Maybe it's in the appendix, or the sequel "Bible Two: the gospel according to Lord Mandelson".

My main criticism of the piece though is that the author's left off number eleven. "11. Jesus loved shooting missiles at people and, as the parable of the Sadducee and BAESystems shows, he was a trained bomber pilot who flew on numerous missions over hostile territory." Perhaps Christians are allowed to brush this sort of stuff under the carpet, after all God can't see *everything* can he?

It can't be a coincidence that this piece come out this weekend when we celebrate Jesus getting crucified, which is exactly what's likely to happen to Labour in just five weeks time.

1 comment:

Matt Sellwood said...

Oh god, the stupid...

Is the Jesus who loved the family the same guy who said: "If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple. Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple"?

Jesus might have been many things, but he wasn't a warmed over centre-left social democrat.