Humans at their best. Thank you to these women for bringing some much needed beauty into the world.
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.
From the New York Times:
The night before Shane Claiborne came to town to preach at a Christian revival, he received a letter from the chief of police at Liberty University warning that if he set foot on the property, he would be arrested for trespassing and face up to 12 months in jail and a $2,500 fine.
At first glance, Mr. Claiborne hardly appeared a threat to Liberty University, a dominant force in Lynchburg, Va., and a powerful engine in evangelical Christianity. Wearing baggy clothes that he sews himself, Mr. Claiborne preaches the Gospel, lives among the poor and befriends prisoners on death row, modeling his ministry on the life of Jesus.
It should come as no surprise that the anti-Christian Trump Supporting Evangelicals fear actual followers of Christ. The Christian images and rituals they’ve adopted to cover their tribalism and hatred cannot withstand the presence of an actual Christian. Their attempt to hide their true nature from themselves and the world will come undone. No doubt they’d consider a living Jesus Christ an existential threat and do their best to silence him.
The Pew Research Center’s latest poll shows that the majority of white evangelicals believe the US has no responsibility to accept refugees. Many of these evangelicals are actively hostile to refugees and anyone else outside their tribe. I’m not surprised these anti-Christians hate the most vulnerable. Like many before them, they plaster the images and rituals of Christianity over their tribalism and hatred, attempting to hide their true nature from themselves and the world.
The Daily Beast covers a resegregation trend among America’s Christians: “Black worshippers who left the comfort and familiarity of the black church to forge an inclusive, integrated church with their white neighbors now find themselves church-less. The support of DT’s divisive rhetoric within their predominantly white churches made their continued attendance untenable. ”
White churches in the United States, especially the white Evangelicals, are doing their best to create a mythical 1950s America, where the term “American” means White Straight Christian and the enemy is anyone who questions the supremacy of that America.
Anyone who supports Trump needs to answer for his character. If they claim to support him for religious or moral reasons, they’re too delusional to be reached and you should walk away to save yourself time and frustration.
The Post’s headline is “Christian women gather on the Mall and criticize feminism”
A more accurate headline for this reporting would read, “White religious extremists demonstrate against women’s rights.”
These women and their beliefs bear little resemblance to the Jesus Christ of the Gospels and stand opposed to his core teachings. They are Christian in the same way that Islamic State is Muslim.
These women are grossly misled or willfully ignorant about feminism:
“For years, the feminists lied to us,” Christian author Lisa Bevere shouted from the stage. “They said for us to be powerful as women, we needed to act like men.”
Those gathered are willfully ignorant of the founding principles of the United States and demonize Obama:
Linda Shebesta of Burleson, Texas – “We believe our nation was founded as a Christian nation. The enemy is trying to take it in another direction, not Christianity,” she said. She saw lots of proof of Satan at work during the Obama administration. “We believe God put Donald Trump in,” Shebesta said.
I’m thankful that the white Christian majority is getting weaker with each passing year and, provided the US survives another century, there’s nothing the GOP or these hateful Christians can do to stop the progress of the United States toward becoming a more diverse, loving, and just nation.
If you support the GOP’s stance on refugees and immigrants, you are not a Christian. It’s that simple. You can use all the alternative facts and rhetorical tricks you like. It will not change the reality that you are directly disobeying God’s commandments for His people.
The ideas of immigrants and refugees are core to both Judaism and Christianity and the Old and New Testaments of the Bible are very clear on how we should treat strangers, immigrants, and refugees. Below are some of the Biblical passages that spell out your duty as a Christian.
Exodus 22:21 (http://biblehub.com/exodus/22-21.htm)
“Do not mistreat or oppress a foreigner, for you were foreigners in Egypt.
Exodus 23:9 (http://biblehub.com/exodus/23-9.htm)
“You shall not oppress a stranger, since you yourselves know the feelings of a stranger, for you also were strangers in the land of Egypt.
Leviticus 19:33-34 (http://biblehub.com/leviticus/19-33.htm)
“When a stranger resides with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt; I am the LORD your God.”
Deuteronomy 10:18-19 (http://biblehub.com/deuteronomy/10-18.htm)
He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing. And you are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt.
Matthew 25:34-45 (http://biblehub.com/niv/matthew/25.htm)
Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.
Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.
“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’
“They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
“He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’
Galatians 5:14 (http://biblehub.com/galatians/5-14.htm)
For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
Luke 10:29-37 (http://biblehub.com/luke/10-29.htm)
But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denariie and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’
“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”
The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”
Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
Millions of Americans are calling themselves Christians while supporting the GOP’s policies. The Bible makes clear that these people are either openly lying or profoundly deceiving themselves.
Here are a few additional sources and discussions on this vital issue: