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Leftist nun Simone Campbell, head of the Catholic social justice lobby NETWORK, was even more rhapsodic about START’s purportedly deep ties to Christmas. “There is no better way to honor this central moment of our faith than to pass this agreement,” she insisted. “No better way” to honor Christmas? Evidently, the biblical angels who announced the birth of Baby Jesus to the shepherds outside Bethlehem also included their adamant support for arms control. Sister Simone declared of START: “It is in keeping with our effort to embody the message of Jesus in this holy season, and it is good for our nation and the world.”
Evangelical Left activist Tyler Wigg-Stevenson, who heads the “Two Futures Project’s” advocacy for eliminating all nuclear weapons, was equally indignant over Senators DeMint and Kyl. “The attempt by New START opponents to use Christmas for tactical political advantage is profoundly offensive,” he bewailed. The anti-nuke polemicist warned that “the cold-blooded use of religion as a political weapon dishonors the Lord Jesus Christ and harms the evangelistic integrity of his church.”
Of course, the Religious Left is primarily about exploiting religion as a political wedge. For the Religious Left, God’s Kingdom is mainly about expanding Big Government, promoting global governance, and seeking an ephemeral global utopia without weapons, poverty or pollution, governed only by good will and warm sentiments. For Religious Leftists, Bible stories are mostly for redrafting into political allegories and for exploitation as weapons against political opponents.
In truth, the Christmas story does not provide any direct guidance on START or most other political issues. Neither the Wise Men, nor the shepherds, nor the Holy Family, nor the Angel Gabriel, provided arms control counsel, or other detailed political advice, for the 21st Century. For people of faith, Christmas is primarily about reconciling fallen humanity to a loving God.
As utopians, Religious Leftists do not typically believe humanity needs divine salvation and instead they believe world harmony is achievable through legislation. START may or may not serve U.S. security interests, protect freedom, or advance the cause of peace. Reasonable people, including senators, disagree. And reasonable people should agree that the Gospels offer no direct talking points on this arms control treaty, or virtually any other sacred political cause of the Religious Left. Christmas and its message will proceed with or without START.
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