Coral Ridge Ministries

Coral Ridge Ministries is horrid even by mega-church standards. The founder was a right-winger who hated gays and abortion and the teaching of evolution and added nothing of any social benefit to the world around him, and the people who took over after he died aren't any better. They've kept a lower profile for the last couple of years, and that's been a good thing, but I guess you can't keep the bile down for long or it backs up.

With President Barack Obama convening lawmakers of both parties Thursday for a televised health care summit, Fort Lauderdale-based Coral Ridge Ministries is pledging to do “everything possible to stir grassroots opposition to this budget-busting monstrosity.”

Coral Ridge Ministries, founded by the late Rev. D. James Kennedy, has for years been a proponent of conservative politics, especially related to social issues. It’s opposed abortion, gay marriage, teaching of evolution and abortion.

The organization is now calling the latest version of the Obama health care plan “more of the same from a president unwilling to bend in his fierce determination to impose a government health care takeover on the American public.”

In a statement, Coral Ridge Hour host Jerry Newcombe said: “Like Captain Ahab, the President won’t stop in his drive to harpoon his great white whale of health care ‘reform.’ If he succeeds, he will only bleed one-sixth of the American economy of its energy and efficiency.”
Apparently the bile backs up so much it makes preachers unable to understand the basic plot of Moby Dick. If health care reform is the white whale, then doesn't that make the Republican party Captain Ahab? I mean, it's been a long time since I read the Illustrated Classics version (though I have seen "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" recently), but I'm pretty sure Ahab wanted to kill the white whale. So if President Obama is Captain Ahab, then they should be cheering him on if they want health care reform to die, right? He gets it sort of right at the end when he says 1/6 of the economy will bleed energy and efficiency, I guess, but seriously, how hard is it to get something like that right? Assuming you've read the book you're taking your metaphor from, that is.

I'd just like to point out that Coral Ridge Ministries' position is particularly douche-y for a couple of reasons. One, as a ministry, they're tax-exempt, so they're already a drag on the government's ability to respond to economic difficulties. Two, they're supposed to be looking out for the poor--Jesus said something about that, right?--and yet if you go to their website, they're not exactly touting their charitable works, assuming they do any at all. So in two ways, Coral Ridge Ministries is contributing to the problems that health care reform is trying to address.

There's a part of me that wishes this sort of advocacy would be cause for the IRS to yank their tax exemption--there's a bigger part of me which thinks that any tax exemption for a church is a travesty, but that's another blog post--but I know it's not going to happen. It's still frustrating, though.

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