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Arguably, Jon McNaughton is more patriotic than I am. Below you can see his latest piece of art, entitled “One Nation Under God”. I urge you to visit McNaughton’s website, because this is no ordinary work of art: it’s interactive! By rolling your mouse of different portions of the painting, you can learn about the significance of each character.
Beneath the painting, the artist responds to “liberal criticisms” he has received for this work.
Can you spot Satan?
Sister painting One Nation Under Cthulhu:
I did a random and uncharacteristic thing. The context was that I was explaining to a friend how there are plenty of verses in the Bible uplifting the poor, exhorting charity, and condemning wealth that we should use to combat the twisted I-got-mine-screw-you theology of the Religious Right.
Then I sat down and spent my entire Saturday night researching just those kinds of verses in the Bible.
So below you will find some of the gems, which I pulled out because of the incisive or ferocious language or because of their poetic beauty. The Bible can indeed be used for good, as I hope these verses will demonstrate. I grew up Christian, and my first inklings of social justice concepts came from reading Bible verses such as these. Though I am no longer Christian, I still find them inspiring.
Below the fold, you will find a massive compilation of verses that deal with poverty, charity and wealth.
He hath swallowed down riches, and he shall vomit them up again: God shall cast them out of his belly.
Will [God] esteem thy riches? no, not gold, nor all the forces of strength.
[T]he needy shall not always be forgotten: the expectation of the poor shall not perish for ever.
Man is a mere phantom as he goes to and fro:
He bustles about, but only in vain;
he heaps up wealth, not knowing who will get it.
He will defend the afflicted among the people
and save the children of the needy;
he will crush the oppressor.
[R]iches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.
There is a generation, whose teeth are as swords, and their jaw teeth as knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men.
Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more.
The sleep of a laborer is sweet,
whether he eats little or much,
but the abundance of a rich man
permits him no sleep.
It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats?
Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.
A hella lot more verses below! The majority come from the King James Bible, except where noted. I went with the New International version whenever the language of King James got too obscure for me. Read the rest of this entry »
The man accused of driving into the entrance of the Planned Parenthood clinic in St. Paul on Thursday told police that Jesus instructed him to do it, according to charges filed Friday.
“Stop the murderers,” Matthew L. Derosia quoted Jesus as telling him, a criminal complaint said.
Oh, but it gets better.
According to the complaint filed Friday in Ramsey County District Court, Derosia, of Cottage Grove, took his mother’s boyfriend’s vehicle and drove to the Highland Park clinic after he watched abortion coverage on a “Catholic channel” and decided that “he wasn’t doing enough protesting.”
Thank you, Matthew, for making the connection for me. You named a cause. Police documented the effect.
Makes me think of that Nick Cave album, “Your Funeral, My Trial.”