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Peter Laarman - Cue the Mad Swine: A Biblical Lesson for Repubicans

In an article last month posted on  Religion Dispatches, Peter Laarman, executive director of Progressive Christians Uniting, a network of activist individuals and congregations headquartered in Los Angeles, expresses concern for the marginalized among us; for the least among us; for those who struggle and seek justice.  Peter begins his article, “It’s impossible for me to think about the goings-on in the House Republican caucus without recalling the story of Jesus and the Gadarene (or Gerasene) demoniac in Mark 5.  A lurid story if ever there was one, and absolutely one of my favorites from Sunday School days. ‘Night and day among the tombs and on the mountains [the demoniac] was always howling and bruising himself with stones,’ reads the text. Without hesitating, Jesus first summons the unclean spirit to leave the poor man in peace, but the possessed one immediate shouts back, ‘What have you to do with me? I adjure you by God: Do not torment me.‘When Jesus asks the man his name, he replies, ‘My name is Legion; for we (the demons) are many.’ What’s more, Demon Man seems okay with his situation; in verse 10 he implores Jesus not to send his demons away.”  To read the complete article, please visit Religion Dispatches by clicking HERE.