Wednesday, May 19, 2010


For some reason, the most vocal Christians among us never mention the Beatitudes. But, often with tears in their eyes, they demand that the Ten Commandments be posted in public buildings. And of course that's Moses, not Jesus. I haven't heard one of them demand that the Sermon on the Mount, the Beatitudes, be posted anywhere ... "Blessed are the merciful" in a courtroom? "Blessed are the peacemakers" in the Pentagon? Give me a break!

-Kurt Vonnegut, as quoted in this insightful article.


Doorman-Priest said...

The Beatitudes are too abstract. You can get your teeth into a commandment.

It's various shades of grey or black and white.

Take your choice.

tom said...

The Beatitudes don't fit into the godless anti-Christian quasi-state religion the right wing wants to see take root in America. I say anti-Christian because they promote a graceless, unmerciful God of judgment instead of the God that Jesus was incarnate here on Earth.