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Kerry on Religion: 'Not the Way I Think Most People Want to Live'
Weekly Standard ^ | 5/5/2014 | JERYL BIER

Posted on 05/05/2014 11:36:36 AM PDT by Siegfried X

During a talk to the U.S. embassy staff in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia at the first stop on his trip to Africa, Secretary of State John Kerry remarked about what he called the "different cross-currents of modernity" and the challenges they present on the African continent. The comments contain a veiled reference to religion, and the part that religion might be playing in some of the current conflicts in Africa:

This is a time here in Africa where there are a number of different cross-currents of modernity that are coming together to make things even more challenging. Some people believe that people ought to be able to only do what they say they ought to do, or to believe what they say they ought to believe, or live by their interpretation of something that was written down a thousand plus, two thousand years ago. That’s not the way I think most people want to live.

The words "something that was written down a thousand plus, two thousand years ago" appear to refer to the Bible, or the Koran, or perhaps both...

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KEYWORDS: apostate; heretic; johnfnkerry; johnkerry; kerry; kerryquote; religion; secstatekerry

1 posted on 05/05/2014 11:36:36 AM PDT by Siegfried X
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To: Siegfried X

What a loser. Will this guy ever learn to close his mouth?

He assumes that the majority or the population, or “most people”, as he put it don’t want to live like that. What an elitist puke. Just because he has no allegiance to a higher power, he assumes that not many other people do, either.


2 posted on 05/05/2014 11:42:36 AM PDT by MNGal
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To: Siegfried X

He’d better be careful. His boss clearly lives by the Koran.


3 posted on 05/05/2014 11:43:14 AM PDT by madprof98
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To: Siegfried X
Some people believe that people ought to be able to only do what they say they ought to do, or to believe what they say they ought to believe, or live by their interpretation of something that was written down a thousand plus, two thousand years ago. That’s not the way I think most people want to live.

What an Ass! The first sentence seems to me to be a perfect description of liberals, and as far as the violence occurring in Africa, one needs only look the followers of mutthomed, but of course kerrystein would never say that because he only finds fault with Christians and Jews.

4 posted on 05/05/2014 11:44:56 AM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: Siegfried X

His position should have become empty the minute he called for a new intifada


5 posted on 05/05/2014 11:45:02 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: Siegfried X

Kerry has no problem lying to the people of Massghanistan claiming to be Catholic because he knows they are unlikely to elect him to anything if he claims to be what he is: an anti-Catholic, anti-Christian, anti-Jewish bigot.


6 posted on 05/05/2014 11:45:26 AM PDT by MIchaelTArchangel (Have a wonderful day!)
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To: Siegfried X
During a talk to the U.S. embassy staff in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia at the first stop on his trip to Africa, Secretary of State John Kerry remarked...:

"This is a time here in Africa where there are a number of different cross-currents of modernity that are coming together to make things even more challenging. Some people believe that people ought to be able to only do what they say they ought to do, or to believe what they say they ought to believe, or live by their interpretation of something that was written down a thousand plus, two thousand years ago. That’s not the way I think most people want to live."

Not the ones our government wants to side with, at any rate:

President Yoweri Museveni has repented his sins and the sins of Uganda as a nation in a move aimed at establishing Uganda as a God-fearing nation. The President made this historic move at Mandela National stadium Namboole in the early morning of today (Tuesday) at 2:00am during national prayers for dedicating Uganda to God. "I denounce witchcraft and satanic practices. I repent on behalf of Uganda. We confess our sins. We repent of the sins of shedding innocent blood, corruption, bribery, sexual immorality, drunkenness, rebellion, insubordination, tribalism and sectarianism," Museveni repented amidst ululations from the Christians. The president dedicated Uganda to God to be his nation anchored on his principles and values.

The President, indicating that the next 50 years belong to the young generation, advised the young people to be God-fearing referring to the Biblical verse in Proverbs 9:10 which says, "The fear of God is beginning of wisdom."....The prayers were organized by Uganda Jubilee Network, an association of Anglican, evangelical and Pentecostal churches....

....Rev. Simon Peter Emiau said no matter how many times Ugandans pray, God will not intervene in the affairs of our country without fulfilling the conditions in 2chronicles 7:14 of repenting and turning away from wicked ways. Calling upon church leaders and Christians to repent, Apostle Charles Tumwine attributed the current high level of immorality in the country to the wickedness/darkness in the church arguing that what happens in a nation is usually a replica of the state of the church.
-- from the thread Uganda: Museveni Dedicates Uganda to God


7 posted on 05/05/2014 11:46:38 AM PDT by Alex Murphy ("the defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades")
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To: Siegfried X

OK John. Who were you named after again?

Change it to Zippy and I’ll understand.


8 posted on 05/05/2014 11:52:25 AM PDT by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/ ?s)
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To: Siegfried X

9 posted on 05/05/2014 11:55:09 AM PDT by JPG (Yes We Can morphs into Make It Hurt.)
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To: Siegfried X

Obama, Kerry, Carter, Biden...

Can these people open their mouth without destroying themselves a little more?

No.


10 posted on 05/05/2014 11:59:20 AM PDT by DoughtyOne
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To: Siegfried X

Like all Liberals, he thinks the sum total of all human knowledge has only been amassed since 1968.


11 posted on 05/05/2014 12:02:27 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: madprof98

Obama may side with muslims but - doubt he is religious. He appears to be a secularist like Kerry. These people worship socialism not God or even Allah.


12 posted on 05/05/2014 12:05:11 PM PDT by plain talk
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To: JPG

That is exactly what I was thinking. He just finishes wiping the toe jam off from the last statement and here comes another foot to take its place.


13 posted on 05/05/2014 12:09:39 PM PDT by rjsimmon (The Tree of Liberty Thirsts)
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To: Siegfried X

“different cross-currents of modernity”

Who talks like that?

Other than Pinko professors at the local Junior College?


14 posted on 05/05/2014 12:16:03 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Siegfried X

Christianity is growing by leaps and bounds in Africa. In just one country,Kenya, the Anglican Church has grown to well over 4 million communicants - fully immersed in the life of Christ’s church ‘s worship and ministry. I suspect other denominations are doing the same.

The official Anglican in America, The Episcopal Church, has dwindled to less that 2 million.

Just who is this guy Kerry? Those who subscribe to his theories are dying.


15 posted on 05/05/2014 12:25:35 PM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: Mastador1

“The first sentence seems to me to be a perfect description of liberals..”

I agree entirely.


16 posted on 05/05/2014 12:25:51 PM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: BenLurkin

let’s see....according to Wikipedia this globe currently holds:

2.2 billion Christians
1.6 billion Muslims
1.1 billion Hindus
488 million Buddhists
14 million Jews

That equals 5.4 billion out of a total population of 7 billion.

Looks like “most of us” to me. Do the math, John.


17 posted on 05/05/2014 12:54:21 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Siegfried X
This is a time here in Africa where there are a number of different cross-currents of modernity that are coming together to make things even more challenging. Some people believe that people ought to be able to only do what they say they ought to do, or to believe what they say they ought to believe, or live by their interpretation of something that was written down a thousand plus, two thousand years ago. That’s not the way I think most people want to live.

Religion is not about how we "want to live", but about how we should live.

Kerry has a long history of choosing politics and liberalism over his Catholic faith (or lack thereof). He wants the Catholic Church to adapt to Democratic dogma. It is a free choice to be Catholic. It is a free choice to be a Democrat. They are incompatible. He has chosen to be a Democrat.

18 posted on 05/05/2014 12:57:09 PM PDT by Senator_Blutarski
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Dear John,

Just because you are a Godless heathen communist, stop projecting!


19 posted on 05/05/2014 12:57:23 PM PDT by TsonicTsunami08 (SEND BITCOIN 1CYfujvffxKKPHKvrQvLP3CDb3Z5Lu7LwM)
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To: TsonicTsunami08

As an aside, I can’t wait till Gowdy gets his pompous ass on the stand under oath and he has his ‘ come to Jesus ‘ moment.


20 posted on 05/05/2014 1:01:48 PM PDT by TsonicTsunami08 (SEND BITCOIN 1CYfujvffxKKPHKvrQvLP3CDb3Z5Lu7LwM)
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To: Siegfried X
Perhaps Kerry's limited understanding of what has been described as the "wisdom literature" of previous ages and centuries is on display.

He might consider the words contained in the following 2007 article from "The Forerunner."

The Anvil that Has Worn Out Many Hammers

By Editorial Staff
Published December 22, 2007

Nineteenth century writer H.L. Hastings once forcibly illustrated the unique way in which the Bible has withstood the attacks of skepticism:

“Infidels of eighteen hundred years have been refuting and overthrowing this book, and yet it stands today as solid rock. Its circulation increases, and it is more loved and cherished and read today than ever before. Infidels, with all their assaults, make about as much impression on this book as a man with a tack hammer would on the Pyramids of Egypt.

“When the French monarch proposed the persecution of Christians in his dominion, an old statesman and warrior said to him, ‘Sire, the church of God is an anvil that has worn out many hammers.’ So the hammers of infidels have been pecking away at this book for ages, but the hammers are worn out, and the anvil still endures. If this book had not been the book of God, men would have destroyed it long ago. Emperors and popes, kings and priests, princes and rulers have all tried their hand at it; they die and the book still lives.”

“No other book has been so chopped, knived, sifted, scrutinized, and vilified. What book on philosophy or religion or psychology or belles lettres of classical or modern times has been subject to such a mass attack as the Bible? With such venom and skepticism? With such thoroughness and erudition? Upon every chapter, line and tenet? The Bible is still loved by millions, and studied by millions.


21 posted on 05/05/2014 1:35:43 PM PDT by loveliberty2
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To: Siegfried X

Another attack on Africa completely unwarranted. Kerry is an embarrassment, less qualified that Shillery.


22 posted on 05/05/2014 2:25:09 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: Siegfried X

I’m not religious - I just love Jesus a lot.


23 posted on 05/05/2014 5:41:52 PM PDT by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Still bitterly clinging to rational thought despite it's unfashionability)
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To: Siegfried X

24 posted on 05/05/2014 8:47:49 PM PDT by massmike ("You only live once, but it does help if you get to be young twice.")
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