Scott Walker is a Tea Partier and they’re made up predominantly of Christians and they’re against unions but…………Religious leaders are speaking out in support of Unions in Wisconsin. I guess these leaders didn’t get the Jesus hates the poor memo or the Jesus wants the middle class to starve note.
Writing in Religious Dispatches today Kim Bobo, executive director of Interfaith Worker Justice (IWJ), chronicles the actions of Wisconsin religious leaders to protest Gov. Walker’s plan to strip teachers, social workers, fire fighters, nurses and other public employees of their freedom to bargain for a middle-class life. Rt. Rev. Steven Miller, Episcopal Bishop of Milwaukee, wrote, “As Christians, it is our duty and call to make sure that everyone has a place at the table and every voice has the opportunity to be heard.”
Rev. Bruce Burnside, bishop of the South-Central Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, called upon members of the Wisconsin State Legislature to: “[A]ct with compassion and find solutions to the budget deficit bill that would not eliminate workers’ rights and medical care for the most vulnerable.” And then the John Knox Presbytery, which covers a portion of Wisconsin, issued a statement calling for Gov. Walker to “enter into good-faith negotiations with Wisconsin’s public employee unions to deal with Wisconsin’s current budget issues and to respect the rights of all workers to collectively bargain for wages and benefits.”
Others chimed in with Bishop Linda Lee of the Wisconsin Conference of the United Methodist Church writing to Walker: “…far more is accomplished for the best interests of all those we serve when employers and employees work together, I am writing to ask you to reconsider your initiative.” And Rabbi Renée Bauer, director of the Interfaith Coalition for Worker Justice of South Central Wisconsin has spoken out against Walker’s legislation and is circulating a letter which says “as rabbis this an affront to our values—the Jewish mandate to protect workers, as well as the poor and needy among us… And it is an affront to our belief that these issues should be debated openly and fairly under public scrutiny.”
These voices were amplified by Bishop Stephen Blaire writing, “You and our brother bishops in Wisconsin are offering a timely reminder of what the Church teaches on the rights and duties of workers, including the right to form and belong to unions and other associations, and the obligation to address difficult problems with respect for the rights and needs of all.”
So how does Governor Walker, a self-described evangelical, defend himself? Oh, he doesn’t need to because the fundies are against teachers since they are pushing for homeschooling. Also, they are old testament worshipers, hellfire and brimstone types like Sarah Palin, who believe that there are a few portals here in the USA where they will be beamed up to a waiting God after getting rid of anyone here who doesn’t agree with them. These are the people who pray for Obama to die with the infamous subhuman imprecatory prayer Psalm 109. It reads: “Let his days be few – and let another take his office… Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow.”
These are people for whom the ends justify the means.
Whatever it takes to get what their “church” tells them is the goal is justifiable. Governor Walker made it clear in his “punk me” phone call yesterday with a fake David Koch that he has no intention of entering into any kind of good faith bargaining process, but instead had hatched a nefarious plot to deceive and trick the Democrats into coming back into session. Doesn’t a Christian, even an old testament Christian, have a moral responsibility to be true to their word? Perhaps not if they are satisfied that their goal is worthy of any kind of treachery necessary.
The Archbishop wrote last week, ” …Hard times do not nullify the moral obligation each of us has to respect the legitimate rights of workers.”
Someone needs to tell the Archbishop that Governor Walker spits in the face of morality. He feels no human compunction toward veering on the side of morality. He’s at war with the workers and the unions for a cause and that cause has nothing to do with a budget. The ends justify the means for him. If you’d like to see what else these warped priorities can buy you, check out Jan Brewer’s death panels in Arizona or Sarah Palin’s 250 dead people waiting for care under her mismanaged Medicaid state run program.
If nothing else, Governor Walker’s dishonest attempt to trick Democrats and disingenuous attempt to unilaterally strip workers of their hard fought for collective bargaining rights under the veil of a non-existent budget issue (the unions had already conceded the financial terms Gov. Walker requested) serves to put a spotlight on the creeping infestation of the Dominionist religion into our government.
This isn’t your mama’s church; this isn’t your Granddaddy’s religion. This is a religion of hate that seeks dominion over all aspects of our culture for the purpose of power and money. This is a religion that gloats over praying for the death of a good man, the President of this country. This is a religion that hides itself under a false banner of Christianity but is in fact so far from Christ-like as to suggest it is the wolf in sheep’s clothing we have been warned about, “But, take heed of the false prophets, who come unto you in sheep’s clothing, and inwardly are ravening wolves. “(Matthew 7:15).
The ravening wolves assumed the appearance of holiness in order that they might the more readily get the property of the people. Who is coming for the property and liberty of the people? Who is attacking the shared value across many religions of collective bargaining, workers rights and good faith? Who is not looking out for the most vulnerable among us, but instead offering shelter built on the backs of the workers to the rich man?
The ravening wolves were inwardly full of hypocrisy and iniquity, of rapine, oppression, and covetousness; and, under a pretense of religion, “devoured widows’ houses”. Who is the ravening wolf in this scenario? The man who is full of hypocrisy, iniquity and who is devouring widow’s houses is the ravening wolf.
Governor Walker is not an honorable man. He has admitted trying to deceive people, he’s admitted he considered bring in paid agitators to make the protesters look bad and only chose not to because it might make him look bad to have people engaging in violence, but most of all he is not in the office of Governor to govern the people of Wisconsin. He is there to carry out the Bircher agenda of the Koch brothers who are heavily tied in with the Dominionists.
He has already allowed his religion to override common sense, the will of the people, and the law. Governor Walker represents a sickness in our country. He is vindictive, mean-spirited, and rooting for destruction of his brothers and sisters. Governor Walker is not fit for office but he managed to deceive the people of Wisconsin while running to be their leader.
Once elected, he wasted no time tossing out any notion of morality or being a good shepherd over his people. In the ancient world, there was a belief that government has a caring role over its people and that rulers would be good shepherds. The Declaration of Independence holds that life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are three great human rights, implying that we also intended for our government to not simply make America a profit center, but to care for the people, to ensure their liberty and their ability to pursue happiness.
Scott Walker offers his flock up to be eaten by the hungry, insatiable Koch brothers. Governor Walker ran as a Christian and in this sense, as in many others, he deceived the people of Wisconsin. We shall know them from their fruits; indeed, we do. Rev. David Moyer, the Wisconsin Conference Minister for the United Church of Christ wrote to pastors and churches: “The right to negotiate is at the core of Wisconsin’s history, and tough economic times are not a moment to turn away from these essential rights that provide for fair and just decision-making.”
Governor Walker isn’t a Christian in the sense that most of us are familiar with, and the religious leaders of Wisconsin are calling him out on his deception.