Evil Lurks In The Kingdom…

As the threat of impeachment looms, President Donald Trump is digging in and taking solace in the base that helped him get elected: conservative evangelical Christians who laud his commitment to enacting their agenda.

Trump told reporters last week that “the biggest pastors” have assured him that Christians are “electrified” by his clash with Democrats who are probing his pushes for Ukraine to launch an investigation into a political rival, former Democratic Vice President Joe Biden.

And the prominent evangelicals who have proven Trump’s most stalwart allies are staying in his corner for the impeachment fight, even as some push back against his withdrawal of U.S. troops from northern Syria — a move that imperils scores of Kurdish Muslims and Christians in the region. Although Trump’s Syria pullback is alarming conservative Christians whose support he needs to win reelection, their rallying against his impeachment indicates a bond that appears strong enough to withstand the current foreign policy rift as 2020 balloting nears.

These folks are deserving of zero respect. Their hypocritical souls will surely roast in hell. If there is such a mythical place.

How these so called Christians can support this beast of a human being defies any and all logic. Trump shows no fealty to the basic tenets of Christ’s teachings and he has openly flaunted his disregard for Christian ideals . Yet conservativce evangelicals are willing to overlook the FACY that Trump has no respect for the religion they follow. Path etic actually.

They seem to celebrate Thump’s depravity and basic decency.

South Carolina pastor and televangelist Rev. Mark Burns, a backer since the early days of Trump’s 2016 campaign, said in an interview that “it’s important that religious leaders reach out to the president.” Burns contended that Trump’s struggles are partly connected to his Christian faith, adding that “Satan wants to remove a vessel that God has installed to again be a blessing to the religious community.”

Of course these folks profess to believe God has personally saw to it that Trump was made president. Perhaps they actually believe it. After all everyone like a fairy tale and this meme of the religious right is just that. A fairy tale.

Burns said he spoke with Trump briefly last week, when the president met with black conservatives at the White House, and recalled hearing the Holy Spirit “as I crossed the street to walk into Trump Tower” for their first meeting in 2015. Maryland-based Pentecostal Bishop Harry Jackson, who has met with Trump at the White House, said that he plans to hold a large prayer gathering this year for “healing in the nation.”

Christ help us! PLEASE! The jokers are hearing things.

That is one healing this nation doers not need. The healing needed by this nation is the removal of Trump from office. Either by impeachment and removal or by the coming landslide defeat at the hands of rational and intelligent people should it go that far.

SKIP

In fairness this site acknowledges that there are devout evangelical Christians who actually live their faith, support America and her real values, and actually speak out against Trump’s blatant and egregious dishonesty and reprehensible behaviors. The remarks of one such religious leader follows:

One signatory on the Red Letter group’s call for prayer is Rev. Tony Campolo, who counseled and prayed with Clinton during the nation’s last impeachment crisis.

Campolo recalled concerns about appearing to have been “used” for cover by the former president. Nonetheless, Campolo described his role as helping Clinton “acknowledge he had sinned and publicly repent.” He challenged religious conservatives close to the current president to seek repentance from him.

“I would like religious leaders who surround the president to raise questions about his honesty,” Campolo, a professor emeritus at Pennsylvania’s Eastern University, said in an interview. “There are so many things he says that are blatantly untrue.”

There are more:

“We welcome the light of truth, honesty, and transparency that this moment affords our country, whatever may be revealed,” wrote members of the group Red Letter Christians, many of them progressives, who signed a statement supporting Democrats’ investigation. “This is not a matter of partisanship, but of deepest principle.”

The Red Letter Christians is the Christian organization that true and devout (non hypocritical) Evangelicals should take their lead from. Not the looney toons that support the illegitimate behaviors and immoral ac activities of one Donald J. Trump.

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Do Christians Dehumanize with Promises of Peace?…

The following excerpt is taken from patheosFor those with a questioning and actively curious mind consider it a teaser. A link to the complete article is provided following the excerpt.

Christians are well aware of the power of social isolation. That’s why one of their most powerful forms of retribution and retaliation is socially isolating their enemies. They call this cruel practice shunning or ostracism or disfellowshipping. In essence, they make those disagreeing with them into unknown aliens, weirdos that nobody understands or even wants to understand. Dissenters become people whose concerns make no sense at all.

People sitting out Christians’ Happy Pretendy Fun Time Game become dangerous; they rip away its context.

Thus, those enemies must go unacknowledged and ignored until they fall back into line with the group again. 

Atheists! Atheists! Barely Even Human!

Watch for how toxic Christians talk about their tribal enemies. You’d be well excused for thinking they’re discussing animals or small children. Christians treat their enemies like inferior subhumans who merit nothing more than disdain and contempt! Oh, but they’re so compassionate that they’ll take it upon themselves to provide the parenting that their enemies unfortunately missed growing up!

Most sales-minded Christians wrap their religion’s supernatural claims all up and in and around the human experience. That’s what their testimonies really are, after all: anecdotes about their experiences. The Christians who loved testimonies expect their handcrafted stories to resonate with others so strongly that they buy into the second-act miracle claim and the third act of vast improvement without much questioning the first act’s recounting of misery.

And that’s what a lot of their marketing promises really are as well.

A Promise They Can’t Deliver On.

Christian salespeople promise that humans can’t feel real love without also believing in their imaginary friend. The truest happiness only comes from Jesus-ing like our judge-of-the-moment does.

In the same way, they insist, non-Christians can’t feel peace without sharing Christians’ belief in their god.

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When I finally sorted it all out and came to grips with the truth de-converting came natural and without the least bit of guilt. It was probably the most liberating experience of my lifetime.

It’s Hard To Believe Some Folks Actually Still Believe The Tripe Below…

On today’s episode of The 700 Club, Pat Robertson warned us that Americans are about to get leprosy because that’s God’s way of punishing us for legalized abortion… even though God’s had nearly five decades to make good on that threat but hasn’t done a thing.

… We have launched a program of destroying the lives of young children, you know, during abortion and even after abortions, they would be killed. And the blatant disregard for human life has gotten to a crescendo. And I wonder if a Holy God is going to do something, and one way He does it is through plague. We have now learned that something is happening in Los Angeles — an emergence of leprosy. Leprosy, ladies and gentlemen, in the United States of America.

After abortion? I don’t remember having that option in the delivery room…

That wasn’t even a response to a question. That was a teaser for a longer segment on a possible leprosy outbreak in Los Angeles.

Abortion, of course, has nothing to do with the spread of the disease. One doctor even notes that leprosy is “very easy to treat with a cocktail of three antibiotics.”

That means leprosy is more accurately the fault of a health care system that discriminates against the poor, a problem made worse by perpetual pushback from Republican lawmakers. Not abortion. Not even close.

How otherwise rational and intelligent people can believe the snake oil Robertson (and others of his ilk) tries to sells his flock is beyond a logical persons ability to comprehend.

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According To Some Christians Who Don’t Support Trump Are Betraying God…

“Right-wing commentator and conspiracy theorist Chris McDonald said on his “The MC Files” show this week that Christians who oppose Donald Trump are betraying God.

(I guess he’s unaware that supporting Trump effectively means ignoring everything Jesus, a Middle Eastern refugee, said.)”

“We recognize what God has done in Donald Trump and we recognize that he’s anointed an imperfect man,” McDonald continued, “but we understand he’s anointed an imperfect man for a perfect time in history, for such a time as this, and we are never going to betray him because in betraying him, we’re going to betray the call that God has put on him.

“It would be better for you religious types to get in the trench with us and start fighting for your country instead of fighting against it and being a bunch of scumbags and tearing the country down with your religious malarkey,” he added. “All the religious malarkey in the world is not going to save America, folks. The only person who is going to save this country is the God of Heaven and he is trying to do it. He’s trying to help us and he’s got a man in office that is trying to help it and save it and it would be wise to get behind him.

“Imagine how pathetic your religious myth has to be for Donald Trump to be the superhero.

In any case, McDonald just wrote off a whole bunch of people, given that Trump’s approval is sinking even among the religious. Only 50% of Protestants approve of him. And only 36% of Catholics. Those numbers aren’t suddenly going to spike up just because his administration made another brown baby cry. Even for white evangelicals — the core of Trump’s base and McDonald’s viewers — the approval has dropped from 78% after the inauguration to 69% earlier this year.

(via Right Wing Watch)”

Saw the above article in Friendly Atheist the other day. Really got me thinking. Just what is the fundamental difference (if any) between these extremists and the extremists we’ve been fighting for years in the Middle East? I’ve asked that question of Trump supporters and not a one has been able to provide a satisfactory rational  answer to that question. IMO.

Perhaps some devout Evangelical reader can offer up an answer that will hold water.

Give it a shoot. All comments are welcome as long as they remain civil.

 

Our Young Adults Are Getting It Right……

 

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Apparently young folks, even at some conservative Christian universities are not ashamed or afraid to make their position known. Kudos to those who walked out on Mike Pence’s commencement address as well as those who wore  I am Taylor Too buttons.

As Vice President Mike Pence gave the Saturday morning commencement address at Taylor University — a Christian school in Pence’s home state of Indiana — dozens of graduating seniors and faculty walked out in protest.

The small demonstration came after Taylor students and members of the surrounding Upland, Indiana, community started an online petition to bar Pence from giving the address, citing concerns that it could be construed as an endorsement of President Donald Trump’s policies. Many of those who remained at the ceremony but objected to Pence’s presence sported buttons that declared, “I am Taylor Too,” which intended to show that the university houses a multitude of viewpoints in contrast to those held by the administration.

Close to 10,000 people signed the Change.org petition, although only a fraction of the roughly 500 graduating students actually ended up walking out of the speech. Still, the demonstration marked a rare instance in which a member of the Trump administration was rebuffed in what many considered to be friendly territory.

“Inviting Vice President Pence to Taylor University and giving him a coveted platform for his political views makes our alumni, faculty, staff and current students complicit in the Trump-Pence Administration’s policies, which we believe are not consistent with the Christian ethic of love we hold dear,” the petition read…

The glaring hypocrisy of  rightwing Christians is as inexplicable as it is hypocritical. Character, honesty, integrity, and basic decency matters to individuals with a conscience. Not to Christian Tumpers however.

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