Saturday, 7 July 2012

Christian Contradictions Over Healthcare

For me, calling yourself a Christian is rather meaningless, unless you practice what you preach. I don't pray. I don't go to Church, and least of all, I don't go to Church to keep up appearances or to project an image of myself onto the public. They are among the worst people in life - go to Church on a Sunday, smile at the Vicar and during the week go against every single thing they were taught or went along with in Church.

I don't have any religious belief and feel I fine by it. I don't need to live my life according to the rules of a book which was written between 3500 BC and 100 AD. The world has moved on since then, and the 12 commandments which were written in the bible applied even before.. it is called being right and wrong. I treat other people as I would like to be treated myself. An age-old rule. I have never been in trouble with the law. I like to help people out if I felt they need it. I don't like lying to, cheating or taking advantage of others. As a result, I don't need the Bible, Religion or Christianity as guidelines to live my life upon. Indeed look at the behaviour of some Paedophile Roman Catholic Priests and the Catholic Church in how they covered the scandal up for decades.

I believe religion is fine if it provides comfort to others. Even for people on the Autistic Spectrum, it can provide opportunities to meet other people and be less isolated. There's nothing wrong with it as long as you don't take it to extremes or take it too far, such as flying planes into buildings, or blowing buildings up, shooting or bombing other people, because they are of a different religion or belief to you, or in cases of anti-abortionists blowing up and killing Doctors who practice abortions. These acts are not Christianity - they are sheer murder. Anybody who behaves like this is a bloody criminal - end of. Religion is fine if you don't try to brainwash other people into believing in it, or constantly talk about it, or if you don't become obsessed over it.

Again, there are contradictions with Christians. All over the world. Notably, we see such attitudes in the USA. Healthcare is one issue where such contradictions arise and are seen. Sarah Palin, the hard-right former Governor of Alaska, who stood with John McCain against Barrack Obama in 2008 as the Republican candidate, called the UK's National Health Service "Evil" in August 2009 and referred to President Obama's health reforms, in a country where 50 million people have no health insurance, as "Death Panels".

You see many people in the USA who are bitterly and fiercely against President Obama's Health Reforms calling themselves "Christians". The contradiction makes me laugh. They have this "Stuff you, I am not paying taxes for people who don't have healthcare" attitude. That attitude, to me at least anyway, does not seem to be very charitable. Nor does it appear to be a christian value. Many have wrote on Facebook, bitter and vitriolic things about President Obama, his alleged personality, character, policies and about anybody who supports Universal Healthcare. I don't see much charity or compassion there or Christian values!

Many of these people still adamantly, arrogantly, and dogmatically defend the widely discredited Iraq invasion. One said that it was God's decision for it to happen. Bush himself said God told him to invade Iraq. So he wished for a pointless and senseless war which resulted in the deaths of thousands of British and American soldiers, and thousands of Iraqi soldiers and civilians? Not a very nice God if he is telling the truth. I personally believe Blair, Bush and Cheney should be in prison for Iraq. Some of these Christians want an Iran invasion, so another bloodbath would occur, and we will, as a result, see on our Television screens, more 18 year olds brought home in bodybags or with legs missing. And these Christians are happy to see up to 50 million people die because they don't have health insurance. Where is the compassion and Christianity in that?

In September 2011, the Republican candidate Ron Paul (Who didn't get the nomination for 2012), was asked about health insurance in Texas. The question went as follows: "What do you tell a guy who is sick, goes into a coma and doesn't have health insurance? Who pays for his coverage? Are you saying society should just let him die?" Wolf Blitzer asked.?

Before Paul answered, "Yeah!" several members of the crowd yelled out.

Paul interjected to offer an explanation for how this was, more-or-less, the root choice of a free society. He added that communities and non-government institutions can fill the void that the public sector is currently playing.

No doubt those tea-party members who said that the guy who was in a coma and didn't have health insurance should die will have described themselves as Christians.

On Friday 10th June 2011, I had to have my appendix removed. I have never known pain like it before and I hope I never do again. I wouldn't wish it on 99% of people I know. It is like being stabbed in the stomach and then the knife is being twisted. I was told that the tip was starting to burst when they operated. Had it not been removed then I would have been very ill, with Peronititis, and could have gone the way of my mum's older cousin Jean, who died of the same thing on 1st June 1955, aged 19.

In the USA, I would have had to pay around 2,000 dollars.. if I didn't have that would have been the end of me, according to these Christians. I believe in everybody being covered with healthcare, and I am not a Christian. These people who are Christians don't. I believe in looking after the ill, disabled and poor in society. Many self-styled Christians don't. I don't believe in countries getting involved in wars which don't concern them. Many self-styled Christians do. Who has the better values? Me or self-styled Christians?

If you do admire the USA healthcare system, watch this, people might say it was shown on the BBC.. http://www.youtube.com/​watch?v=9Zl5MWqu3pE

and this http://www.youtube.com/​watch?v=NlZqaXd0uRg

Of course, if we had a USA healthcare system in the UK, I more than than likely would not have been diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome. If that had been the case, I dread to think what my life would have been like. I would have just struggled along as I was. There is often a downward spiral for people on the Autistic Spectrum. No proof of diagnosis - no proof of condition or disability - No answer to one's own problems - Put in job or employment situations which are truly unsuitable to the individual with the condition - a mental breakdown or being in and out of work constantly - prescribed tablets which are totally unsuitable or inappropriate - the condition is not improved or becomes worse with the medication.

Not a very Christian thing to do is it?

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