Tuesday, May 05, 2009
The Raw Story
Samuel Wurzelbacher, also known as “Joe the Plumber” has some things to say about Christianity -- or his version of it anyway.
Wurzelbacher was catapulted into the public spotlight after then-Presidential hopeful John McCain called on him during a town-hall meeting and used him as an example of the typical, average American. Of course calling Wurzelbacher an average American is an insult to average Americans. Perhaps the only thing he is representative of is the extremist ideology that has taken over the Republican Party.
Since then, Wurzelbacher has inserted himself into a number of Conservative career roles, including consultant, journalist, and activist. None of these have gone well for obvious reasons, yet Joe the Plumber won’t go away. His latest career incarnation is as an anti-gay rights crusader.
In a recent interview with Christianity Today, Wurzelbacher opines on various topics, illustrating rather clearly that between Rush Limbaugh and people like himself, the Republican Party has become a regional, religious group, rather than a political party.
Let’s consider some of Wurzelbacher’s answers:
Q: Why does conservatism appeal to you as a Christian?The Constitution is based on moral values, not religious dogma. Case in point, Benjamin Franklin, who said: "I have found Christian dogma unintelligible. Early in life, I absenteed myself from Christian assemblies."...(Click for remainder.)
A: Conservatism is about the basic rights of individuals. God created us. As far as the government goes, the Founding Fathers based the Constitution off of Christian values. It goes hand-in-hand. As far as the Republican Party? I felt connected to it because individual freedom should not be legislated by the federal government.