From Ben this morning:
VATICAN CITY — Political action in the name of God or religion is a “favorite instrument of the Antichrist,” Pope Benedict XVI writes in a new book on the life and teachings of Jesus.
“Conservatives do not build up the kingdom of God, the kingdom of humanity, when they set out to destroy the middle class” Benedict writes. “On the contrary, it is a favorite instrument of the Antichrist, however idealistic its religious motivation may be. It serves not humanity, but inhumanity. The devil hates the middle-class”
Okay, these aren’t the Pope’s exact words; the pope says ‘violence’ in the name of religion. But any linguist would define ‘violence’ as ‘politics by other means’ or ‘the failure of politics’. And any theologian would agree in terms of the Pope’s meaning (given that he himself is quite conservative, this is a powerful statement).
It’s entirely true that around the world it’s the Right that embraces fundamentalism and extreme religion (as long as it’s their own of course).
His point is clear enough – don’t bring God into your political arguments. It leads to trouble.
Original story at Belief Net here.