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‘If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. If you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much again. But love your enemies, do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return. Your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”

— Matthew 5:32-36

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Legend has it that Hollywood’s most hilarious curmudgeon, W.C. Fields, was in his dressing room reading a bible when his manager walked in. Shocked to find the cranky comic with the Good Book in hand, the manager asked Fields what he was doing.

“Looking for loopholes,” he quipped.

"Christ died on the cross for the bigots, too." -- Will D. Campbell, the freedom fighter who close to Martin Luther King while being a pastor to Klansmen and their families.

“Christ died on the cross for the bigots, too.” — Will D. Campbell, the radical-love pastor and freedom fighter who was a close associate of Martin Luther King while also being a pastor to Klansmen and their families.

Wouldn’t it be nice if God had given us God’s Word complete with asterisks pointing out exceptions and loopholes so that we could take comfort in our having so many love deficits?

Wouldn’t it be nice if God said that we’re to love all are neighbors *UNlESS we have issues to the point of hatred for ……

FILL IN THE BLANKS OF All THOSE YOU HATE OR DESPISE, DEAR CHRISTIAN READER (WRITE ON BACK OF PAGE IF YOU NEED MORE SPACE):

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His Greatness the Rev. Will D. Campbell, the great Southern “bootleg” preacher, civil rights fighter and maybe the most interesting White Anglo-Saxon Protestant Christian maverick of the 20th Century, was with Martin Luther King, Ralph Abernathy and all the other giants of the civil rights movement in the mid-1950s, when it required some real courage and Christian integrity even for a Baptist preacher to be in the company of Dr. King and company. He was also among those activists with King at the Memphis motel when King was assassinated.

So there was no denying Campbell’s commitment to anti-racism–and yet he spent his whole life ministering to Ku Kluxers and other flaming racists as well as minorities.

Campbell, who died last year, frequently had to remind us that “Jesus died on the cross for bigots, too.”

Nobody ever said that Christianity–“The Way,” as Christianity was called long before it was known as Christianity–is an easy Way, even if a rare kind of saintly bird like Will Campbell comes along to remind us that you just follow the Way–you just do it no matter how challenging the task of love is–rather than looking for loopholes.

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Beach on the Caribbean at Hopkins, Belize.

Beach on the Caribbean at Hopkins, Belize.

One of the pools at Chaa Creek Eco Resort near San Ignacio.

One of the pools at Chaa Creek Eco Resort near San Ignacio.

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As a followup to the blog posting here the other day, about Ted Nugent and friends, here’s a well-done spiritual take on the Nugent flap from my friend and United Methodist cohort Christy Thomas–a thoughtful pastor who blogs at a blog called “thoughtful pastor.”

The Thoughtful Pastor

open-hands-repentance Like many others, I am so deeply troubled by the choice of both Texas and national Republicans to use Ted Nugent as a spokesperson for their views. Try typing into a search engine, “Ted Nugent Pedophile” and see what comes up. To call this man “vile” might be a compliment. He’s simply appalling.

Now, I will tell you that I’d never even heard of this person before last week’s dust-up in Denton. I’m not much into pop culture, and never have been. Never listened to his music, never even knew he existed. But his association with Republicans is not new. I’ve learned now that Mitt Romney sought out Nugent as a supporter in his campaign and that Nugent made open claims about wishing to assassinate then candidate, now President, Obama.

Apparently this is OK, since Nugent, the ardent lover of all things American (except serving in the Armed Forces…

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Just a thought for a Sunday morning:

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Considering how many gun shows will be going on today in America, on the Sabbath day, I wonder if–when Jesus comes back–his first stop might be at a gun show to stock up on him some assault weapons and ammo?

Don’t think that would be his aim.

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Pictured is a Bulgarian beggar, 99-year-old Dobri Dobrev, sometimes called the “Saint of Baylovo” or “the Saint of Bulgaria.”

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He’s seen some rough roads in his 99 years–he lost most of his hearing in World War II when a shell exploded near him in the bombings of Sofia.

Every day, the old man walks up to 25 kilometers begging for alms, which go to the poor or to maintenance of Orthodox churches, monasteries and orphanages. Over the years the saintly one pretty much withdrew from the material world to devote himself to his spiritual life and ways. He donated all his belongings to his church and now lives in a small extension to the church in his native village of Baylovo.

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The same Texas Republican politicians who defend “the sanctity of marriage” to oppose homosexuality and talk a big game about being “the party of Christian family values” are close pals with, defenders of, and apologists for . . . . their good pal Ted Nugent.

We’re talking Ted. Nugent. They are pals with him.

Read on and step back before my head explodes in sadness for my once-great state of Texas.

Jailbait you look so good to me
Jailbait won’t you set me free
Jailbait you look fine fine fine
I know I’ve got to have you in a matter of time

Well I don’t care if you’re just thirteen
You look too good to be true
I just know that you’re probably clean
Theres one lil’ thing I got do to you

— From the rock song Jailbait, written and performed by Republican Party activist Ted Nugent, the infamous statutory rapist

This is Ted Nugent back in the day. Nugent is the Texas Republican activist, close pal and political cohort of such Texas Republican, uh, "dignitaries" as Gov. Rick Perry and Republican Governor-wannabe Greg Abbott. Seems that Abbott, who had Nugent on the campaign trail with him in Texas this past week, had no idea that Nugent is one of America's most high-profile racists and homophobes, not to mention an unapologetic rapist who once talk of his "beautiful" relationships with girls as young as 13. Yes, politics in my beloved Texas has come to this.

This is Ted Nugent back in the day. Nugent is the Texas Republican activist, close pal and political cohort of such Texas Republican, uh, “dignitaries” as Gov. Rick Perry and Republican Governor-wannabe Greg Abbott. Seems that Abbott, who had Nugent on the campaign trail with him in Texas this past week, had no idea that Nugent is one of America’s most high-profile racists and homophobes, not to mention an unapologetic rapist who once talk of his “beautiful” relationships with girls as young as 13. Yes, politics in my beloved Texas has come to this.

The Republican Ted Nugent, the famous sixties rocker and infamous Vietnam Era draft dodger and former military hater who once called Vietnam veterans “common curs,” is, as everyone knows by now, a close pal and campaign supporter of Texas “dignitaries” Republican Gov. Rick Perry and the Republican Governor wannabe Greg Abbott, among a number of other Texas male Republicans.

Nugent is practically considered a national treasure by gun fanatics like Abbott and Perry, who apologize for Nugent’s unadulterated racism, homophobia and inability to complete a sentence without the f-word or denouncing somebody he hates (i.e., half the people of America) as “subhuman” because Nugent, they tell us, is such a fighter for the U.S. Constitution.

Of course, criminal laws under the Constitution are pretty strict about sex with underage girls, and never mind that Nugent has a longstanding, uh, thing about tender teen babes.

He once famously said in a TV interview that the sex he had with underage girls was “a beautiful thing.”

And the younger they are, the happier Mr. Teddy gets.

Here’s the lyrics from Ted Nugent’s infamous song “Jailbait,” his ode to a 13-year-old girl.

(And so what if he’s a statutory rapist by his own admission–I’m sure his good friends and apologists Rick Perry, Greg Abbott and other Texas Republican dignitaries* would say he had the same Constitutional right to write this steamy ode to a 13-year-old girl as he has to that machine gun he wields on stage in his rock concerts.)

I’ve got no inhibitions
So keep your keys out of your ignition
I steal a car like I got the curse
I cant resist the old lady’s purse

Jailbait you look so good to me
Jailbait won’t you set me free
Jailbait you look fine fine fine
I know Ive got to have you in a matter of time

Well I don’t care if you’re just thirteen
You look too good to be true
I just know that youre probably clean
Theres one lil’ thing I got do to you

Jailbait you look so good to me
Jailbait wont you set me free
Jailbait you look fine fine fine
I know I’ve got to have you in a matter of time

So tell your mama that I’m back in town
She likes us boys when its time to get down
Sheґs got this craving for the underage
I just might be your mama’s brand new rage

Jailbait you look so good to me
Jailbait wont you set me free
Jailbait you look fine fine fine
I know I got to have you in a matter of time

Honey you you you look so nice
She’s young she’s tender
Wont you please surrender
She’s so fine shes mine
All the time, all mine mine
Its all right baby
Its quite all right I asked your mama
Wait a minute officer
Don’t put those handcuffs on me
Put them on her and Ill share her with you

Jailbait, jailbait

“Anybody that’s offended – sorry, but that’s just Ted.”
— Rick Perry’s initial statement on his dear friend and hunting buddy the statutory rapist Republican Ted Nugent

“Ted and I have been on the stage together. He is a proud and a strong defender of the Constitution of the United States. We’ve all said things that we would like to reel back in; I suggest to you this was probably one of those for him,” Perry said. “I would recommend that he [apologize for calling the U.S. President a ‘subhuman mongrel’].”

— Texas Gov. Rick Perry

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/02/rick-perry-ted-nugent-103745.html#ixzz2tzR9S8P1
(*OK, my own apologies for referring to Republicans like Perry and Abbott as “dignitaries. That implies that they have any shred of dignity left.)

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Let’s send every undocumented worker harvesting our food, cleaning our toilets in every building from our major hospitals to our favorite restaurants, paving our highways and hammering roofs over our MacMansions and serving as maids as well as nannies to the children of our richest Americans back where they came from and watch the economy tank rather than pass some kind of sensible legislation that is a win-win for us Americans and for the undocumented immigrants who come and get hired by Americans at low wages to keep the American economy strong.

What say you?

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