Kudos to Charles Barkley for saying what's on the minds of a LOT of people. I'm tired of Christian Conservatives, I'm tired of moralists telling us what is right and proper and then promptly screwing everyone they can. (That screwing is to be taken literally or figuratively, just pick your favorite scandal).
More people have been killed because of humans twisting the teachings of Jesus around to their own profit than for anyone in the history of this planet. Think about it. Christians getting killed by the Romans, the Crusades, Civilizing the savages and all of that- millions of people have literally died because they think they are doing "Christian" work. Shall we throw the concept of "ethnic cleansing" on top of those numbers? I don't think Jesus would be happy with all that has been done in his name, and if fact sometimes I wonder how long it will be before Christianity is a myth for study or ridicule or both, like Greek or Norse religions.
I just railed on the people killed. Lets not even touch the suffering- the homosexuals or women who've had abortions and who felt inferior to others because humans interpreted the Bible (which was either written WAY before Jesus, or WAY after Jesus, by the way) as saying that those things were bad. Anyhow, clearly I have bigger issues with this whole thing than Charles Barkley does, he just picked on the American Conservative Christians, who have been lining their pockets by pretending to be holy to get elected every since Ronald Reagan hopped into bed with Jerry Falwell and his "moral majority."
The former NBA star's comments came after he was asked about his reasons for supporting presidential candidate Barack Obama, instead of Hillary Clinton or any of the Republican candidates.
"I've got great respect for Sen. McCain, great respect, but I don't like the way Republicans have taken this country," said Barkley. "Every time I hear the word 'conservative,' it makes me sick to my stomach, because they're really just fake Christians, as I call them. That's all they are."
"I think they want to be judge and jury," Barkley said. "Like, I'm for gay marriage. It's none of my business if gay people want to get married. I'm pro-choice. And I think these Christians, first of all, they're not supposed to judge other people. But they're the most hypocritical judge of people we have in the country. And it bugs the hell out of me. They act like they're Christians. They're not forgiving at all."
Charles Barkley appeared on The Situation Room to promote Barack Obama’s candidacy. As you may remember, Barkley was a very vocal Republican not that many years ago. Well, no more. Barkley’s disgust with the Republican Party was so palpable that Wolf Blitzer could only flounder to try to make it a little less vitriolic.
BARKLEY: Hey, I live in Arizona. I have got great respect for Senator McCain. Great respect. But I don’t like the way the Republicans are taking this country. Every time I hear the word “conservative,” it makes me sick to my stomach, because they’re really just fake Christians, as I call them. That’s all they are. But I just — I’m going to vote Democratic no matter what. [..]
BLITZER: All right. One quick point before I let you go. You used the phrase “fake Christians” for conservatives. Explain what you’re talking about.
BARKLEY: Well, I think they — they want to be judge and jury. Like, I’m for gay marriage. It’s none of my business if gay people want to get married. I’m pro-choice. And I think these Christians — first of all, they’re supposed to be — they’re not supposed to judge other people. But they’re the most hypocritical judge of people we have in this country. And it bugs the hell out of me. They act like their Christians. And they’re not forgiving at all.
BLITZER: So you’re going to get a lot of feedback on this one, Charles.
BARKLEY: They can’t do anything to me. I don’t work for them.