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Your Views: Hard to see how Christians can support corporations as people
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We make decisions based on emotion, not reason, especially when it comes to religion and politics. One recent example is how most conservative Christians support “Citizens United,” the Supreme Court decision that says corporations are people and have the same rights as people, even though they don’t always die after 80 or 90 years like real people do.

I’m surprised how often conservative Christians miss major points in the Bible they claim to love. For example, the Bible warns how dangerous it would be for men to live forever in their current “fallen” state. Thus, God drives them from Eden and the Tree of Life. Later, God confuses their language at the Tower of Babel because He says, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them,” (Gen. 11).

Today, large global corporations do the very things these true Biblical myths warn against. Large, global corporations potentially live forever, and they all speak the same economic language.

Yet, most conservative American Christians don’t see the danger. They defend these almighty “job creators” as though life on earth depended on them. They don’t see how corporate money is subconsciously controlling everything they do: from the leaders they elect, to the food they eat, to the health care they need, to protecting the planet they live on, to the people they imprison, to the wars they support and even to the God they worship.

And, then, when you consider all that Jesus taught regarding the dangers of allowing money and economic concerns to rule our lives, the blind support of unlimited corporate greed becomes completely inconsistent with any reasonable version of Bible-based Christianity. How does this happen? Again, emotion, not reason, rules.

As Abraham Lincoln said, you can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time. Large, global corporations have almost perfected that emotional, media-driven exploitation of the masses. And to add insult to injury, they often use the Bible.

Alan Shope
Gainesville

 

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