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Bullshit Corinthians


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If you read this blog on a regular basis, then you’re probably well-read enough politically to be familiar with the argument Republicans have been pushing over the past few years that the Democratic Party created the Ku Klux Klan. You’ll see it in memes and in videos created by Prager U., a conservative outfit that’s not a real university, that engages in bullshit propaganda.

The truth is, the people who created the KKK were Democrats. In the South at that time, there was only one party and it was the Democratic Party. But the Democratic Party did not create the KKK. It takes some serious delusion and warping of history to believe liberals were lynching, suppressing, and denying freedom and the right to vote for African-Americans. Trust me on this, those people were conservatives. When someone shares a meme or video that Democrats created the KKK, what they’re saying is that if they were alive back then, they would have been Democrats. And if you read this blog on a regular basis, you would have been a Republican.

You would have been on the right side then because you’re on the right side now. Today’s Republicans are on the wrong side of history. They would have fought to defend slavery. They would have marched against civil rights. They would have been Vichy French. They would have helped load the trains.

They push this bogus Democratic Party/KKK argument because the truth is, today’s KKK are Republicans and they throw rallies and parades for Donald Trump. The truth is, the KKK was created by who Republicans are today. The people who created the KKK and are in today’s GOP, are Christian fundamentalists. The people who created the KKK were citing God and Christianity. Prager doesn’t mention that. They didn’t adhere to any real Christian principles then and they don’t today. They were liars then and they’re liars now. Their religion has always been their crutch to shit on other people, mostly minorities.

Evangelicals who support Donald Trump are phonies without principles to stand on. The majority of them opposed him before joining the cult. They couldn’t stomach this thrice-married racist liar with the world’s worst combover who assaults women. What did Donald Trump change to gain their support? He didn’t change anything. He didn’t even change his combover. They decided their convictions weren’t ever really all that important. They exposed themselves to the rest of us that everything they’ve preached about over the decades, family values, honesty, integrity, patriotism, was all bullshit.

This was in full display at the National Prayer Breakfast held in Washington, D.C. While Republicans are livid that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi broke decorum and was disrespectful by tearing up her copy of Trump’s racist and fact-challenged State of the Union speech, they had no issues with him using this event about tolerance into his own personal Festivus. They didn’t mind that he held up newspaper headlines about his acquittal or that he boasted about his polls. They don’t care that later during a White House ceremony, where Festivus continued, he called the Russia probe “bullshit.”

Trump used the bipartisan breakfast to air his grievances calling his enemies “corrupt” and “dishonest” and how they’ve put “your president” through a “terrible ordeal.” No, Donald Trump put himself, and us, through this ordeal with his corruption and lies. But what’s even worse is that he questioned their religion at this event.

Mr. “2 Corinthians” who has said he’s never sought forgiveness from God and has talked about the few times he’s been to church where he drinks his “little wine” and eats his “little cracker,” is going to question someone else’s religion.

Senator Mitt Romney cited his faith in voting to impeach Trump. Romney is well known for his religious convictions. Say what you will about Romney, but it’s hard to say you’ve never heard him discuss or cite his faith in the past. Leave it to Donald Trump to make such a claim.

Trump said, “I don’t like people who use their faith as justification for doing what they know is wrong.” Don’t worry, Mitt. He doesn’t like people who get captured during war either. Then he said, “And then you have some that used religion as a crutch. They never used it before. An article written today — never heard him use it before but today, you know, it’s one of those things.” For Trump, difficulty speaking in complete sentences is one of those things.

In reference to Pelosi, he said, “Nor do I like people who say, ‘I pray for you,’ when they know that’s not so.”

Pelosi was at the event and spoke about the poor and persecuted. The keynote address was delivered by Arthur Brooks, a Harvard professor who asked Americans to put aside hatred in national life and “love your enemies.”

Brooks asked, “How many of you love somebody with whom you disagree politically?” Everyone in the room raised their hands…except for Donald Trump. He said, “Ask God to take political contempt from your heart. And sometimes when it’s too hard, ask God to help you fake it.” Then Trump spoke who didn’t bother to fake it.

If you listened to Trump’s State of the Union speech, you know he’s about hatred. The guy who said “send them back” and has defended Nazis while tearing immigrant families apart and putting babies in jail, will never fake it. In fact, his base loves his hate. It’s his hate that created his base.

The Religious right didn’t get involved in politics when abortion became legal. They want you to believe that but no. They got involved over race and they’ve been waiting decades for Donald Trump. When Trump calls himself the “chosen one,” for evangelicals, he is.

The crowd that claims they follow Jesus truly follows a man who preaches hate and evangelicals are his disciples.

But at the very least, we now know that everything they preach in the future is all just bullshit.

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Pope Slap


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While greeting the faithful around the Nativity at the Vatican on New Year’s Eve, one overly-enthusiastic worshipper grabbed Pope Francis and wouldn’t let go. To break free, the Pope slapped the woman’s hand twice and stormed away afterward visibly upset. Anyone who’s ever attended Catholic school recognized the short slaps delivered with quick precision. They also recognized the expression on the Pope’s face. It’s one Catholic students never wanted to see in a nun.

He was trying to greet children and the woman grabbed him with both hands while he was walking away, yanked him back, and made the 83-year-old Pope lose his balance. He was caught by surprise so maybe his reaction is understandable. But Francis is the Pope so naturally, he later apologized.

In his traditional Wednesday remarks, the Pope said, “Many times we lose our patience. I do, too, and I’m sorry for yesterday’s bad example.” The people who really rejoiced, while pretending to be upset, at the Pope’s initial reaction were conservatives, who aren’t big fans of his (while ignoring that Donald Trump grabs “pussy”).

Republicans believe they own religion or at least the right religions. Evangelical support for Donald Trump is off the charts which boggles the mind of anyone who clearly sees the hypocrisy and double standard. But, most of that support is white support.

A Pew Research Center survey from 2017 looks inside the numbers and finds that most religious support for Republicans is white.

While only 18% of white evangelicals identify as Democrats, 77% are Republican. It narrows with white Protestants as 53% identify as GOP with 41% going Democratic. Black Protestants support Democrats with 87%.

Support is basically tied when you factor in all American Catholics with the GOP at 46% and Dems at 47%. But, it gets wider when you factor in race. White Catholics support Republicans at 54% and Democrats with 40%. Hispanic Catholics vote Democratic at 64% and Republican at 27%.

Despite Republican pandering, Trump claiming he’s the “chosen one,” that he’s done more for Israel than any president before him, and recognizing Jerusalem as the capital, Jewish voters strongly favor Democrats over the GOP 67% to 31%. And Mormon voters…do you really have to ask? It’s in the 70% range.

If you’re not religious at all, then you’re probably going to vote Democratic (because people who aren’t religious tend to be more educated and deal with issues on a factual basis). Godless heathens, like myself, support Democrats at 68%.

Republicans continue to claim they’re the party for people who worship. The truth is, they’re the party for white worshippers. That’s as confusing as people who support the military and consider themselves patriotic supporting Donald Trump, or people who claim they want family values, or a cohesive and consistent foreign policy, or people who think.

But as we’ve seen from white evangelicals, they’re hypocrites who sell out their principles to get what they want. As I wrote recently, they’ll support Trump to force us to obey the principles and ethics they pretend to have.

What you need to do if you’re a religious person who supports Donald Trump and the Republican Party is to be like the Pope. Slap that tiny orange hand away. Don’t let the tiny orange fingers pull you in deeper into a hole you’ll never be able to crawl out of.

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Two Corinthians


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If you’re an evangelical and a Trump supporter and my Christmas wish to you is that your children adopt the behavior, manners, and characteristics of Donald Trump, would you find that offensive? Did I wish evil upon your children?

If so, then why do you demonstrate to your children that Donald Trump’s behavior isn’t just acceptable, but should be encouraged, championed, and defended?

It’s OK for you if your president boasts about assaulting women, bullies them along with the handicapped and children, but not for your children to do it? Is it OK if your children lie on a daily basis on all matters large and small? Is it OK if your children cheat and lie to get ahead? Is it OK if your children seek to destroy anyone they perceive to be critical of them? Is it OK for your children to disrespect POWs? Are you fine with your kids taking credit for other people’s accomplishments? Do you hope your child steals from charity? How about being a serial adulterer and lacking all loyalty? Are you alright with your kids never outgrowing name-calling and turning into selfish, narcissistic assholes?

OK then. I take it back. I don’t wish for your children to grow up to be like Donald Trump. But maybe my other wish for them is even worse because that’s for them to grow up to be just like you.

Merry Christmas.

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Trumpy Devil Love


 

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They say Jesus loves everyone, but for Donald Trump, he may make an exception.

Christianity Today is a periodical started by Reverand Billy Graham way back in the 1950s. The Washington Post calls it “evangelicalism’s flagship magazine” and The New York Times describes it as a “mainstream evangelical magazine”.

The magazine usually refrains from commenting on politics (so they say), but in 1998 during the Clinton impeachment drama, it wrote in an editorial, “unsavory dealings and immoral acts by the President and those close to him have rendered this administration morally unable to lead.”

In 1974, it asked a question in an editorial headline, “Should Nixon Resign,” that it didn’t answer. It wrote, “the constitutional process should be followed, and followed with dispatch. Either Richard Nixon should be removed from office by the Senate or he should be acquitted. If he is acquitted, the nation will have to wait out the term of a President whose ability to function has been seriously eroded.” That reads like it was written by Tulsi Gabbard.

Now, in an editorial written by the editor Mark Galli, the magazine that refused to call for Nixon’s impeachment and conviction (remember, we’re talking about RICHARD MILHOUS FUCKING NIXON here), has called for Donald Trump’s removal from office while describing him as “profoundly immoral.” Duh. What was your first clue?

Franklin Graham issued a statement saying his father had voted for Trump and that the magazine was “representing the elitist liberal wing of evangelicalism” and finds it “unfathomable” that Christianity Today would side with Democrats in a “totally partisan” attack on Trump.

Here’s the thing: The attacks on Trump being immoral are only partisan because Republicans refuse to acknowledge it. Donald Trump is a vile, racist, sexist grifter who steals from charities and has boasted about sexually assaulting women. He’s bragged about barging into the changing rooms so he can see teenage girls in the nude. He’s made fun of the handicapped and veterans. He’s bullies women and children on a daily basis. The guy even refuses to pet dogs. Donald Trump is more a collection of bad personality traits than he is a human being.

Republicans, and even more so, religious people, feel they can tolerate Donald Trump if it gets them what they want. What they want are very conservative judges that will basically enact a Christian version of Sharia law.

It’s like this: Christians feel it’s OK to sell out their principles and ethics in order to force the rest of us to live by the principles and ethics they’ve only pretended to have.

Donald Trump raged at the magazine in a couple of tweets saying, “A far left magazine, or very “progressive,” as some would call it, which has been doing poorly and hasn’t been involved with the Billy Graham family for many years, Christianity Today, knows nothing about reading a perfect transcript of a routine phone call and would rather have a Radical Left nonbeliever, who wants to take your religion & your guns, than Donald Trump as your President. No President has done more for the Evangelical community, and it’s not even close. You’ll not get anything from those Dems on stage. I won’t be reading ET again!”

I don’t know why he’s mad at Entertainment Tonight over what CT wrote, but nonetheless, his rage was another unwittingly self-revealing moment. Plus, he’s probably only read Christian magazines about as often as he’s been to church (you know, to eat his little crackers and learn about “two” Corinthians).

Evangelicals preach about morality. They warn of false prophets. They warn of the anti-Christ and to watch for signs of him as he will be disguised. I know this because I’ve done something Trump hasn’t and that is I’ve gone to church on Sundays (though it’s been a long time. But hell, I actually went to a private evangelical school for an entire year). And yet, leave it to evangelicals to jump into bed with the vilest person ever to make empty promises to the Christian community. Maybe they expected the anti-Christ not to be so obviously corrupt, immoral, and horrible. I wouldn’t have expected the anti-Christ to be an admitted sexual assaulter who ogles teenage girls either.

Evangelicals’ main argument against Bill Clinton was his lack of morals and yet, here they are today in bed with Donald Trump. It’s like they’ve forgotten who Donald Trump really is. Christians will often say they realize Trump isn’t perfect, but their part of the deal is that they have to say Trump is perfect. If Trump is criticized by anyone over anything, the critic immediately goes on their enemy list.

For example: Name the evangelicals who have criticized Trump separating families and caging children? Is part of the bargain that evangelicals have to turn a blind eye to child abuse, or do they actually support it? For that matter, is the evangelical community actually racist? It’s for evangelicals just like it is for other Trump supporters. Racism is not a deal-breaker.

As Christianity Today’s editor noted, there is no longer any way to avoid acknowledging Trump’s moral and temperamental unfitness for the presidency. Continuing to look the other way to get more judges and so forth is no longer worth the moral and spiritual costs to Christianity itself. Mark Galli told The Atlantic, “We’ve been a movement that has said the moral character of our leaders is really important.” He argues the association of evangelicals with Trump will do “horrific” damage to their ability to share the Gospel with others.

Exactly. How do you spread the gospel after you’ve spread the corruption and depravity of Donald Trump? It’s hard to preach against sleeping with whores when you are a whore. The evangelical community has whored itself out to Donald Trump.

If Jesus Christ himself returned to Earth and called for Trump’s removal from office, would evangelicals crucify him all over again after Trump calls him a fake-messiah (which will be made easier when they see Jesus isn’t white)?

For Trump, he is the “chosen one.” For evangelicals, they’ve agreed.

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The Trump Commandments


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People who are not hypocrites have been scratching their heads over the support given to Donald Trump by evangelicals, specifically, white evangelicals. What’s up with that?

Conservatives and Republicans are hypocrites in general. They hate federal debt when a Democrat does it, but ignore it when Republicans add nearly two trillion to it by giving them an extra $20 per paycheck. They hate when a black Democrat plays golf or goes on vacation, but never mention it when their white billionaire does it ten times more often. They say foreign governments donating to Hillary Clinton’s charity is “pay for play,” but think nothing of Trump, his kids, and other assorted cohorts selling access, or even initiating a blockade of an ally where U.S. troops are based because that nation wouldn’t bail out Jared Kushner’s Fifth Avenue money pit. A Democrat paying a former British spy to research Trump is collusion with Russia because the investigator interviewed Russians, but having Russians in Trump Tower promising dirt on their opponent is no biggie.

But the evangelical support is stark hypocrisy of all they have ever stood for and preached against. These people always championed their “moral majority” and would chase a candidate out-of-town if his love for God and Jesus didn’t meet their standards. They supported impeaching Bill Clinton, not so much because he committed perjury, but what he lied about. Now, their champion is the idiot who never goes to church and says, “two Corinthians. That’s the whole ballgame,” without knowing what’s in the book.

With Donald Trump, evangelicals look past infidelities, his boasting about assaulting women, paying porn stars to keep quiet about sleeping with him, his racism, treason, self-worship to the point he refers to himself in the third person, punishing children of immigrants, attacking Gold Star families and POWs, and stiffing people who’ve worked for him. How they get beyond him wanting to date his daughter is a real mystery.

A recent poll found that support for Trump among white evangelicals is at 75%. Four in ten agreed with the statement: “There’s almost nothing President Trump could do to lose my approval.” Ron Reagan, President Reagan’s liberal son, once said he couldn’t ever run for president because this nation wouldn’t elect an atheist. It would if it was a Republican atheist who was only slightly good at faking it.

Robert Jeffress, a pastor for a megachurch in Dallas said, “Evangelicals knew they weren’t voting for an altar boy when they voted for Donald Trump.” Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, an anti-gay hate group said, “We kind of gave him—‘All right, you get a mulligan. You get a do-over here.” Far-right pastor Franklin Graham says it’s OK to support Trump because he stopped sinning once he became president. A count by the Washington Post finds that Trump has told nearly 3,000 lies since becoming president. Last I checked, lying is a sin.

Let’s look at the Ten Commandments and see how they fit Trump and his supporters.

  1. I am the Lord thy God, thou shall not have any gods before me. Trump worships himself and his sycophants worship him, so they’re already behind the count.
  2. You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything. Trump is his own idol and names buildings after himself. We’re at O for two.
  3. You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God. Misusing the character is misusing the name. Micah 6:8 asks rhetorically, “what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” Trump doesn’t love justice, kindness, and he doesn’t walk humbly. You just struck out.
  4. Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Have you seen the stuff Trump Sunday tweets? Yesterday, he attacked the FBI eight times. That’s not very holy. When he’s not attacking people on the Sabbath, he’s on the golf course.
  5. Honor your father and your mother. Trump’s mother was an immigrant. His immigration policy is not honoring her.
  6. You shall not murder. Trump has not personally killed anyone that we’re aware of, but he’s advocating for the death penalty for drug dealers and his decision to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem literally killed people.
  7. You shall not commit adultery. Hoo boy.
  8. You shall not steal. Trump University, not paying contractors, stealing over $250,000 from his charity to settle lawsuits and purchase gifts for himself, etc. Trump is a thief.
  9. You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor. We all know Trump’s a liar, but he doesn’t just lie about himself. He lies about others. He perpetuated the birther lie and claimed Obama wiretapped Trump Tower. As noted above, he’s told around 3,000 lies since becoming president. And to combine it with stealing, his lies and false promises of Trump University stole over $40 million from his students.
  10. You shall not covet your neighbor’s house, wife, or property. In case you haven’t noticed, Trump is extremely jealous of Obama. You can start with the Inaugural crowd size lie. He craves the respect and accomplishments of Obama to the point that he compares everything he does to the man…and always comes up short.

According to the Bible, we’re all sinners. But it’s amazing Trump isn’t being struck by lightning on a daily basis. Trump has broken all ten of the Commandments.

Evangelicals aren’t just hypocrites to support Trump, but they’ve sold their souls for the man. All they got for it is a crappy red cap made in China.

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Hate Easy As Cake


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What is wrong with Republicans when a cake made for a gay wedding is more disturbing than sending a pedophile to the United States Senate? If you believe creating a cake for a gay wedding is endorsing gay marriage, then what are you endorsing by electing a pedophile? What sort of values do you actually have?

The Supreme Court will decide if a Colorado baker has the right to discriminate against gay couples by refusing to make cakes for their weddings. Here’s a question I have for bakers who don’t want to create cakes for gay weddings. Have you ever refused to make a cake for anyone before this?  Has a Pagan wedding ever had this problem? What if you want a Snoopy on your birthday cake but the baker’s a cat person? Don’t get me started on cupcakes.

I’m about to lay down a stereotype, but has a gay wedding planner ever refused a heterosexual marriage because he felt doing so would be endorsing their marriage?

You would think it’s not a big deal, and it doesn’t sound like it. It’s very petty for the baker to refuse service because he’s homophobic. And, you’d think the couple would find another bakery. But, if the baker can discriminate then what’s next? Can a grocery store discriminate? How about refusing a gym membership, or any other services? This is a fight worth having, even if it seems it’s only over cake.

If I was a baker, I don’t think I’d care. I might draw the line at a Swastika, but if I had paying customers then I’d put a Confederate flag on the cake if that’s what they wanted. Enjoy your hillbilly wedding.

The hate really has to be strong to let it come between you and capitalism. It would seem if you’re in the wedding business, then gay weddings would provide you more business. It’s kind of a “d’uh” thing. D’uh!!!! I don’t reject conservative newspapers when they want to buy my cartoons. Yeah. There’s a couple.

You evangelicals need to put your scripture where your mouth is. If nothing else, it’ll keep your mouths off the little girls.

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