We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
"Do good to those who hate you,” Schirch advised. "It's the smart thing to do," she said. "Not just the right thing." But the Founder of Christianity, whom she was presumably quoting, did not deliver the Sermon on the Mount as a civil policy statement. Nor did He demand of civil states the same behavior he asked of individuals. The Apostle Paul even specified that God ordained civil governments to avenge and punish wicked deeds. The modern Religious Left, while chronically denouncing conservative religionists as “fundamentalists,” itself proof texts a limited number of favored Scriptures to make political points divorced from wider Christian teachings about statecraf."
We should have truth in advertising laws for religious cults and sects that call themselves Christians ( Unitarians, Black Liberation, and other leftist sects or denominations, Mormons, Christian Scientists, etc.) The least that should be required of a group calling it self Christian is that they believe that Jesus is the son of God, thus God, and that what he says about Himself is true, John 3:16.
I get tired of disclaimers, but I suppose they are necessary. What I said about these corporate supposed Christian faiths has nothing to do with individuals that are members of these faiths. Only God knows whats in our hearts. I'm not saying these churches should desolve and go away, but when you take Christ out of Christianity, you should not call yourself Christian.