Now to be perfectly honest I’ve never really thought that seven sins was enough. I was delighted to see that the Vatican has added some extras.
They are: environmental pollution, genetic manipulation, accumulating excessive wealth, inflicting poverty, drug trafficking and consumption, morally debatable experiments and violation of fundamental rights of human nature.
I’m not for all of these. What I do find interesting though is that more liberal churches, particularly in the US, appear to be getting increasingly politically active – possibly in reaction to the increasing dominance that the extreme right wing conservative religious groups were exerting politically.
And rather than focusing exclusively on the more traditional moral voting issues like abortion, stem cell research and homosexuality, these churches are asking their congregations to base their political support on wider issues encompassing social justice and environmental factors – issues that have tended to be associated with the political left rather than the right.
Similarly, the video below suggests that Jesus’ teachings might not sit well with a lassez faire economic world view.
Thomas: Shouldn’t you feed the lepers, Supply Side Jesus?
Supply Side Jesus: No, Thomas, that would just make them lazy.
James: Then shouldn’t you at least heal them, Supply Side Jesus?
Supply Side Jesus: No, James. Leprosy is a matter of personal responsibility. If people knew I was healing lepers, there would be no incentive to avoid leprosy.