“I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. They are so unlike your Christ.” ~ Gandhi

I enjoyed this blog post yesterday – it’s insightful and I suggest you have a look:

Why do Christians oppose universal healthcare?”

I would love to have someone explain it to me, because I can be a bit cynical about this sort of thing.  To me it looks like they just don’t care.  It looks like they really don’t mind the 45,000 needless deaths of men, women and children that result from lack of adequate insurance in this country annually. 

Of course I’m referring to primarily the evangelical element, many of which who used religion as a way to sway others against the healthcare reform, not the millions of moderate Christians, Jews, and Muslims that favored the law. 

Is that what Jesus would have done?  I think not.

By the comments I’ve seen, a few seem to actually find tens of thousands of needless American deaths amusing, which disturbs me to no end.  Some have what can only be seen as racist reasons.   Many think the sick should work harder and find better jobs because they are lazy,  an assertion which is lacking any logic as well as being incredibly narrowminded.  And plenty claim to be concerned about cost, at least on the surface.

How much are American lives worth?

Whatever the real reason, all this pro-Christian rhetoric over government controlled care and death panels is nullified by the simple failure to assist their fellow Americans, and in many cases, themselves.  Jesus, I believe, would be saddened by such selfishness. 

The idea that the government will control our health care is moot for many – if you have no access to healthcare care in the first place, you cannot control your care even now.  Right now, at this very minute, opponents of healthcare reform are the Death Panels.  We have been killing our fellow Americans with neglect and callous disregard for years.  Many more have died from lack of insurance than a terrorist could ever dream of murdering.

Luckily progress won out and change is in the works, but conservatives, on balance, seem a tad bitter.  Bitter that families who have had no way to access routine preventative care or emergency follow-up care will be able to do so without going bankrupt or riddled with debt for years?  Vandalism and threats, for the record, are hardly becoming of anyone that wishes to be taken seriously.

This year and last mark the 45th anniversaries of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, legislation which to many was sure to result in the destruction of the country as we knew it then.  And thank goodness for that.

 

Thank goodness that we no longer know the overt, government supported, racism that existed then.  To be sure, racism still exists – the healthcare debate has shown me how deeply embedded in some individuals and families hatred runs.  But it’s not the same routine and state-sanctioned hate of over 40 years ago.

Here’s a little food for thought on the subject from Rachel Maddow  – I really urge you to watch it, as it’s quite moving.

I don’t want us to stagnate ourselves with misunderstandings and hateful speculation in any area.  We need to push the fringe element back to the fringe of politics, where it belongs.

Many conservatives have railed on and on about this insurance legislation likely being the beginning of the end of this country as we know it.  If that means the end of an era of unnecessary deaths due to lack of access to basic preventative healthcare, I can only hope as much.

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