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I don’t mind admitting that I’ve always had this view of Newt Gingrich as the voice crying in the wilderness, rather like John the Baptist.  Yes, I am well aware that it is not an encouraging analogy, but right now, with the piece of crap put out by one of the VIP Southern Baptists, I feel the analogy may not be bad.  If people like Richard Land has his way, they’d remove Newt’s head.

You want Reason #101 why The Pink Flamingo is no longer a Southern Baptist?  Try this absolutely vile piece of s*i* written by one very important Southern Baptist.  So much for the concept of Christian forgiveness!

Christian Post

I believe the Lord’s Prayer says we are to forgive as we wish to be forgiven.  This is one Christian woman who comprehends the concept of Christian kindness and forgiveness.  Newt has not sinned against me.  He has absolutely no reason to ask my forgiveness.  If you haven’t sinned against someone why do you need to humble yourself and beg forgiveness.  That is a crock put together by an unimportant little man who wants to be relevant.  Perhaps Dr. Land needs to look brush up on the Beatitudes.  He might also try a little humility.  This is disgusting, pathetic, and almost laughable.  When a man says that he has asked forgiveness from Christ, I don’t think he needs to ask forgiveness from people like Dr. Land.

This is one of the most repulsive commentaries I’ve seen in ages, and I read political commentaries every day.  I might suggest Dr. Land read John 8:7.

When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, ‘Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.’

There is an alleged “Christian” group trying to force Newt out of the Iowa primary because he not Christian enough?

“…“We have serious concerns that your endorsement may be guided, not by prayer and conviction, but by personal benefit and prior relationships. Of which, would seem to lead you toward Newt Gingrich and, needless to say, he is not an acceptable choice among Christians,” the group wrote in the letter, which then detailed infidelities that Gingrich committed as well as those from Vander Plaats’s 2006 gubernatorial running mate, former Rep. Jim Nussle (R-Iowa).

“Mr. Vander Plaats, all of our concerns derive from a larger one that your endorsement may be for sale, either for money or for status,” the group wrote. “Please don’t sell Iowa’s values to the highest bidder. These 30 pieces of silver are simply not worth the weight your conscience will bear as you consider misleading thousands of Christian voters in Iowa into believing Mr. Gingrich represents their values.”…”

TPM

The pandering know it all morons, “Christian” Conservatives in Iowa are questioning Newt’s stance on abortion.  I know you can question him on some things, but on abortion?  On what planet have these people been living?  Rick Santorum dosen’t approve of Newt because he thinks a woman who has been raped has a right to an abortion.

The Hill

They are now saying he was an idea man who wasn’t good at follow-up while Speaker of the House.  One of the loyal Republican members of the House, who said Newt didn’t do much while Speaker is backing Romney.  Is this how they are going to try to destroy him?  It is amazing how they are trying to accuse him of being a Rockefeller Republican!

“…Gingrich loves to spout ideas—too many for his own good, even his allies admit—and other positions might hurt him more than the immigration imbroglio. His plan for a Chilean-style Social Security privatization could scare older voters who want no part of an unpredictable stock market. Then there is his demand to abolish child-labor laws, which he called “truly stupid.”…”

So far, the usual extreme right suspects are against Newt.  He has too many ideas.  I am just plain sick and tired of Mark Steyn.  The man is the most negative creature there is.

“….Filling in for Rush Limbaugh on his radio show Tuesday, Steyn referenced a Pundit & Pundette blog post that suggested Gingrich sounds smarter on the debate stage because he uses so many adverbs.

“You watch him in the debates,” Steyn said. “It’s all ‘profoundly, dramatically deeply compelling. All the action is in the adverbs. One of my problems again with Newt is like he’s bursting with ideas that sound all as if they are coming from a self-help manual. If you remember back in his hay day, he had something called ‘The Triangle of American Progress.’ And that evolved into the “Four Pillars of American Civilization,’ which in turn expanded into the ‘Five Pillars of the Twenty-First Century.’…”

Byron York is against Newt.

“…And that’s before social conservatives deal with what might be called Gingrich’s old baggage and his new baggage. The old baggage includes Gingrich’s marriage history and the sometimes rocky relations he had with fellow Republicans in the 1990s. The new baggage includes Gingrich’s work for Freddie Mac, his unofficial lobbying on behalf of the prescription drug entitlement, and other activities that qualify him as a quintessential Washington insider. Some conservatives still can’t reconcile themselves to the old baggage, but even those who have are struggling to come to grips with the new.

Many outsiders have assumed that Gingrich’s latest controversy, his statement at a recent debate that he would allow some long-time illegal immigrants to live permanently in the United States, would kill his chances forever with Iowa conservatives. That might not be the case. “Gingrich is right that people are not interested in tearing families apart,” says Bob vander Plaats, head of the social conservative group Family Leader. “Our organization is saying, how do we prevent amnesty, how do we secure the border, but how do we have a process that is doable and honorable to everybody involved?” What that suggests is that if Gingrich fades, it will be the result of the totality of his candidacy, and not his specific stand on immigration….”

It’s like this.  I would love to see some of these anti-abortion extremists – who are usually man – be forced to deal with a young woman who is 2000 miles away and suicidal because she has been raped.  These so called “Christians” in Iowa make me absolutely embarrassed to have them be part of the same faith I am.  What kind of a heartless monster would deny a 20 year old woman who was raped the right to have an abortion?  I do, truly hope these people are forced to deal with this problem some time in their lives and see what they would do.

I know that is a nasty thing to say, but right now, The Pink Flamingo is a little out of sorts with so-called religious “conservatives.  If you want to know why, just keep reading. I’m working on a major post for the weekend.

I suspect Dr Long ought to familiarize himself with St.Augustine’s Homily on St. John. St. Augustine of Hippo, who knew a heck of a lot about adultery and fornication, is the voice of compassion.

“…O answer of Wisdom! How He sent them unto themselves! For without they stood to accuse and censure, themselves they examined not inwardly: they saw the adulteress, they looked not into themselves. Transgressors of the law, they wished the law to be fulfilled, and this by heedlessly accusing; not really fulfilling it, as if condemning adulteries by chastity.

You have heard, O Jews, you have heard, O Pharisees, you have heard, O teachers of the law, the guardian of the law, but have not yet understood Him as the Lawgiver. What else does He signify to you when He writes with His finger on the ground? (Jn 8:6b) For the law was written with the finger of God; but written on stone because of the hard-hearted.

The Lord now wrote on the ground, (Jn 8:8) because He was seeking fruit.

You have heard then, ‘Let the law be fulfilled, let the adulteress be stoned.’ But is it by punishing her that the law is to be fulfilled by those that ought to be punished? Let each of you consider himself, let him enter into himself, ascend the judgment-seat of his own mind, place himself at the bar of his own conscience, (Jn 8:9a) oblige himself to confess. For he knows what he is: for

“no man knoweth the things of a man, but the spirit of man which is in him.”

Each looking carefully into himself, finds himself a sinner. Yes, indeed. Hence, either let this woman go, or together with her receive ye the penalty of the law. Had He said, Let not the adulteress be stoned, He would be proved unjust: had He said, Let her be stoned, He would not appear gentle: let Him say what it became Him to say, both the gentle and the just.

This is the voice of Justice: Let her, the sinner, be punished, but not by sinners: let the law be fulfilled, but not by the transgressors of the law. This certainly is the voice of justice: by which justice, those men pierced through as if by a dart, looking into themselves and finding themselves guilty, “one after another all withdrew.” (Jn 8:9a)

The two were left alone, the wretched woman and Mercy. But the Lord, having struck them through with that dart of justice, deigned not to heed their fall, but, turning away His look from them.

We have heard the voice of justice, let us also hear the voice of clemency. For I suppose that woman was the more terrified when she had heard it said by the Lord, “He that is without sin of you, let him first cast a stone at her.” (Jn 8:7b) But they, turning their thought to themselves, and by that very withdrawal having confessed concerning themselves, had left the woman with her great sin to Him who was without sin.

And because she had heard this, “He that is without sin. let him first cast a stone at her,” (Jn 8:7b) she expected to be punished by Him in whom sin could not be found. But He, who had driven back her adversaries with the tongue of justice,

…by whom, perhaps, thou didst fear to be condemned, because in me thou hast not found sin. “Neither will I condemn thee.”

What is this, O Lord? Dost Thou therefore favor sins? Not so, evidently. Mark what follows: “Go; henceforth, sin no more.”

Therefore the Lord did also condemn, but He condemned sins, not man.

For if He were a patron of sin, He would say,

“Neither will I condemn thee; go, live as thou wilt: be secure in my deliverance; how much soever thou wilt sin, I will deliver thee from all punishment even of hell, and from the tormentors of the infernal world.”

… The Lord is gentle, the Lord is long-suffering, the Lord is pitiful; but the Lord is also just, the Lord is also true. He bestows on thee space for correction; but thou lovest the delay of judgment more than the amendment of thy ways. Hast thou been a bad man yesterday? Today be a good man. Hast thou gone on in thy wickedness today? At any rate change tomorrow. Thou art always expecting, and from the mercy of God makest exceeding great promises to thyself.

As if He, who has promised thee pardon through repentance, promised thee also a longer life. How knowest thou what to-morrow may bring forth? Rightly thou sayest in thy heart: When I shall have corrected my ways, God will put all my sins away. We cannot deny that God has promised pardon to those that have amended their ways and are converted. For in what prophet thou readest to me that God has promised pardon to him that amends, thou dost not read to me that God has promised thee a long life.

From both, then, men are in danger; both from hoping and despairing, from contrary things, from contrary affections. Who is deceived by hoping? He who says, God is good, God is merciful, let me do what I please, what I like; let me give loose reins to my lusts, let me gratify the desires of my soul. Why this? Because God is merciful, God is good, God is kind. These men are in danger by hope.

And those are in danger from despair, who, having fallen into grievous sins, fancying that they can no more be pardoned upon repentance, and believing that they are without doubt doomed to damnation, do say with themselves, We are already destined to be damned, why not do what we please with the disposition of gladiators destined to the sword. This is the reason that desperate men are dangerous: for, having no longer aught to fear, they are to be feared exceedingly.

Despair kills these; hope, those. The mind is tossed to and fro between hope and despair. Thou hast to fear lest hope slay thee; and, when thou hopest much from mercy, lest thou fall into judgment: again, thou hast to fear lest despair slay thee, and, when thou thinkest that the grievous sins which thou hast committed cannot be forgiven thee, thou dost not repent, and thou incurrest the sentence of Wisdom, which says,

“I also will laugh at your perdition.” [Prov. i. 26.]

How then does the Lord treat those who are in danger from both these maladies? To those who are in danger from hope, He says,“Be not slow to be converted to the Lord, neither put it off from day to day; for suddenly His anger will come, and in the time of vengeance, will utterly destroy thee.” [Ecclus. v. 8, 9.] To those who are in danger from despair, what does He say? “In whatsoever day the wicked man shall repent, I will forget all his iniquities.” [Ezek. xviii. 21]

Accordingly, for the sake of those who are in danger by despair, He has offered us a refuge of pardon; and because of those who are in danger by hope, and are deluded by delays, He has made the day of death uncertain. Thou knowest not when thy last day may come. Art thou ungrateful because thou hast today on which thou mayest be improved?

Thus therefore said He to the woman, “Neither will I condemn thee;” but, being made secure concerning the past, beware of the future.

“Neither will I condemn thee:” I have blotted out what thou hast done; keep what I have commanded thee, that thou mayest find what I have promised.”…”[1]



[1] St. Augstine:  Homily on John.  http://adultera.awardspace.com/FATHERS/Augustine2.html.

 

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