Robert Jeffress Is Morally Corrupt and Irrational

Splinter News covers this latest grotesquery.

“Southern Baptist megachurch pastor and Donald Trump “adviser” Robert Jeffress— the guy who delivered a prayer at the recent opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem—took to his second-favorite pulpit—Fox News—to explain how evangelicals could justify their continued support of a serially lying and adulterous president.

The short answer: Ronald Reagan cheated, too.”

I feel like most of the political stuff I’m sharing lately is just jaw droppingly stupid or uses “logic” only a far right moron will find compelling.

We can argue that this justification is a logical fallacy but the main issue is that this isn’t a moral justification at all and that people who claim to base their lives on a particular set of moral values and then use an antithetical set of values to justify their actions are morally corrupt and irrational and cannot be reasoned with.

White Civil Service Commission Votes to Rehire Virulently Racist White Cop

Police Lt. Charles DeShazer made this statement while at a crime scene: “We got the Alabama porch monkeys all contained.”  DeShazer’s statement was captured on police body cam and reported by two APD supervisors who were also at the scene and heard the comment. An internal affairs investigation was launched. After the investigation, Aurora Police Chief Nicholas Metz fired Lt. DeShazer.

DeShazer appealed his firing to the Aurora Civil Service Commission. On June 29 the commission reinstated DeShazer. The commission was aware DeShazer had previously been “written up at least three times before, including once for making sexually offensive comments.” It’s worth reading the Heavy profile on DeShazer to help you understand just how well known it was that DeShazer is a virulent racist. It’s also worth looking at the race of the members of the committee who chose to reinstate DeShazer and especially the one committee member who recused herself from the vote.

Chief Metz was rightly upset by the committee’s ruling and, to his credit, he’s determined to keep DeShazer off the streets. He made the following statement: “The Department is in the process of returning Sgt. DeShazer back to work. He will first be assigned to the APD Academy to ensure he is in compliance with all POST certification requirements. His final assignment has yet to be determined. It is within my authority to set his assignment. I can assure the community that Sgt. DeShazer will not be in a supervisory or citizen-facing role”

This is a perfect example of the practical effect of white supremacy and how it can overrule even a police chief’s judgment on who he wants on his force. I admire the chief’s determination to limit the damage this cop can do to the public.

Sources

Charles DeShazer: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Cop Fired For Calling Black People ‘Alabama Porch Monkeys’ … Then Re-Hired

 

 

 

Human Beings Are More than the Circumstances of their Birth

Refusing to help refugees or treat immigrants well is a declaration that your life matters and the lives of the vulnerable don’t, solely because you had the fortune to be born in the US and they did not. It’s an absurdly lazy and unjustifiable reason for hating or excluding someone, so you’ll see evil people justify it by declaring the entire group of people to be morally corrupt and a threat to our way of life while those who want to think of themselves as good people will do all manner of mental gymnastics to convince themselves and others in their tribe that there are good reasons for not helping the vulnerable.

Anne Frank Today

Human beings are being dehumanized right now, and once their humanity has been denied, they’re being treated as invaders, parasites, threats.

Immigrants are the most vulnerable targets of this administration, but they’re only the first target. Anti-Trump resisters and those who help immigrants will likely be next.

Legality vs Morality

“One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.”

― Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail

 

 

In a fully developed human being, morality will be fully independent from legality. Morality is present in very young children and is considered innate in the human species. Legality is a result of civilization and reflects the will of those in power.

The morality of a society is revealed by its laws. Its legal structure reveals its values, particularly who is considered human and worthy of citizenship and the privilege that affords.

 

 

Fun Responses Suitable for Most Conversations

This collection is all over the internet. I have no idea who to credit. I’ll add to it as I find more fun responses.

As the prophecy foretold.

But at what cost?

So let it be written; so let it be done.

So…it has come to this.

That’s just what he/she/they would’ve said.

Is this why fate brought us together?

And thus, I die.

…just like in my dream…

Be that as it may, still may it be as it may be.

There is no escape from destiny.

Wise words by wise men write wise deeds in wise pen.

In this economy?

…and then the wolves came.