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When I use the word nutjob in my writing, I do not do so lightly.  Rather, I am referring to people or things that in my honest opinion are classifiable as the far most extreme in American conservatism, Christian fundamentalism, or conservative evangelicalism. So, if you are merely a Dwight D. Eisenhower kind of American conservative, you are not anywhere near the nutjob category.

Speaking of things, I want to show you a modern example of Helen Keller hatred that I would classify as not only extreme—but clearly in the nutjob category. For those of you who did not grow up in the 1950s and 1960s in conservative small town America, like I did, this kind of assault on Helen Keller—had you written it and made it public—would have gotten you run out of town on a rail—and the people carrying you on that rail would have been nearly everyone in town. Helen Keller, in the American mind, was revered almost as much as Santa Claus—and especially among the people of her homeland—the American South. Take a look at this thing:

Helen Keller Hate

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Two Big Reasons American Conservatives Hate Helen Keller

by Charles S. Garabedian

The Texas State Board of Education (TSBOE), which is nationally famous for being dominated by Christian fundamentalist and conservative evangelical nutjobs, just voted to take Helen Keller off the list of famous Americans Texas students need to learn about in their American history classes. For those of you who are too young to be aware of it, Helen Keller was one of the most beloved and revered people in American history throughout the 20th century.

When I was growing up, just mentioning the name “Helen Keller” around adult Americans—any adult Americans—elicited this kind of reaction:

If you have never heard or read anything about Helen Keller, you may do so here:

Biography of Helen Keller

There is also the famous “Helen Keller Moment,” one of the greatest and most memorable personal epiphanies in all of American history—a breakthrough moment—a hail Mary touchdown—that led to greatly improved lives for millions of Americans. You may watch a re-enactment of that important moment here:

Young Helen Was Blind, Deaf, and Unable to Talk

In recent years, American conservatives and fundies, like those on the TSBOE, have begun trying to write Helen Keller out of American history with the accusation that she was an evil socialist—or even an evil communist—with all the blood-dripping gulag imagery such accusations usually imply.

The truth is—Helen Keller did have strong socialist tendencies, and she was even an admirer of famous communist leader Vladimir Lenin, the founder of the Soviet Union. However, the things today’s rabid, nutjob conservatives always conveniently fail to mention is the fact that socialism and communism were not necessarily seen as universal evils by the American people in the early 20th century. Even though socialism and communism were 1800s intellectual ideas from Europe, they were fairly new ideas to most Americans in the early 20th century. Among many American young people, it was even “hip” to have a socialist or communist point of view. For a short time, even Lucille Ball of I Love Lucy fame was a member of the American Communist Party in the early 20th century. Why? I think it was because fledgling socialism and communism appeared (on the surface) to present a Jesus perspective on how people should be treated kindly, equally, and, fairly in the evil pits of the American Industrial Revolution. Indeed, Karl Marx famously remarked that the following Bible verse about early Christians in Judea was one of his key inspirations for writing his famous paper The Communist Manifesto:

All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had (Acts 4:32).

Only later in the 20th century, after the evil deeds of people like Joseph Stalin, Chairman Mao, and Fidel Castro, did innocent-minded Americans like Helen Keller and Lucille Ball come to fully understand that actually implementing true socialism and true communism could be such an extreme, evil, and bloody affair that would bring out the worst in human beings rather than their best.

Sadly, in the United States today, many American conservatives, as well as Christian fundamentalists and conservative evangelicals, have been lured to the far opposite extreme from socialism and communism. If you think sharing a loaf of bread with your hungry neighbors is a Christ-like thing to do, these conservative and fundie nutjobs try to label you as a socialist or a communist—and the next thing you know (like poor Helen Keller)—they are trying to write you out of the history books and claim that you are not a Christian at all. Just for the record, Helen Keller was a Christian and a member of the New Church, a church founded on the ideas of Swedish Christian theologian Emmanuel Swedenborg.

Why do I think many American conservatives, Christian fundamentalists, and conservative evangelicals hate Helen Keller so much today? I see two reasons in the Helen Keller quotations below. I think it is because Jesus Christ and Helen Keller knew their kind of human being far better than they know themselves. Take a look at these two famous Helen Keller quotations, which illustrate it perfectly:

 

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Trouble is—before you can feel those things in the heart—the absolute prerequisite is that you must first have a heart. I am not thoroughly convinced that many American conservatives and fundies do. The way these nutjobs think, I would not be too surprised to one day see them trying to write Jesus out of the Bible because he gave Karl Marx some ideas that led to writing The Communist Manifesto. Before you know it, they might even be trying to accuse Jesus of being the first Marxist-Leninist. Who will be next on their list of innocent people to smear for no good reason. Be careful. It might be you or one of your children!!!

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Death Threats from Conservative Christians

by Charles S. Garabedian

Hatred Not a Family Value

Some of you may recall the Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District trial in U.S. District Court—way back in 2005. The local public school system in the small town of Dover, Pennsylvania, tried to illegally sneak creation science into high school classrooms under the cover of a new Discovery Institute gimmick called Intelligent Design. You may watch a very good video documentary about this trial by clicking on the following safe link:

Judgement Day: Intelligent Design on Trial

When you get to the video screen, please put your cursor on the red time ball and drag it all the way to the left to start at the very beginning of the video.

A few local Christian fundamentalists and conservative evangelicals were the main drivers behind this initiative. How did that happen? One of them was elected to the local school board. Soon afterwards, the whole town became embroiled in a high-temperature crisis that was ripping the community apart and making national news headlines.

(Lesson Learned: Never elect a fundie fanatic to your local public school board. If you do, you are just begging for trouble and a community thrown into turmoil. Death threats to nonfundie citizens may soon follow it.

The U.S. Supreme Court had previously ruled in several related cases that teaching creationism or creation science in public school classrooms violates the separation between religion and government set forth in the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. A small group of local citizens, some of them nonfundie Christians, filed a lawsuit against the school system in federal court. The school system lost the court case BIG TIME, and the federal judge further ruled that Intelligent Design was nothing more than creationism in disguise.

Throughout this awful mess. the local fundies were sending hate mail to the people who filed the lawsuit. Moreover, after the trial was over, the federal judge who ruled against Intelligent Design began to receive death threats. These threats were so alarming that the judge and his family had to be put under the protection of federal authorities until emotions eventually cooled down.

Now, in retrospect, I do not know specifically that these death threats were coming from fundies. However, I strongly suspect that they were because a tenet of fundie religion was the whole matter at stake in this trial, and the fundies had lost miserably.

Fast Forward to 2018

Christian fundamentalists and conservative evangelicals are now trying desperately and with all of their might to ensure that the Republican U.S. Senate confirms Judge Brett Kavanaugh to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court. The fundies want him on the high court so desperately because they are convinced he will rule in favor of  overturning Roe v. Wade, LGBTQ civil rights, and all sorts of other past rulings that have made the fundies angry. Overturning such high court rulings is part of the overall fundie strategy to return American culture and society back to the “blessed” 1950s. (To the fundies, the 1950s seem to be their idea of a perfect American world.)

Everything was going just dandy for the fundies and Kavanaugh until just a few days ago. Then Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who I think is quite credible, stepped forward to accuse Judge Kavanaugh of sexual assault when she was age 15 and he was 17. The whole nation went into a tizzy about it. The scandal was and still is all over the American news media, and her allegations are now considered by many to be a credible potential threat to Kavanaugh’s confirmation.

What happened next?  You guessed it!  Dr. Ford started receiving hate mail, threats to her person, and death threats. These threats were apparently so voluminous and alarming that she was forced to put her normal life on hold, abandon her long-time family home, and spirit her family off to some secret hideaway under private bodyguard or police protection.

Once again, just like with the federal judge in the Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District trial, the Christian fundamentalists and conservative evangelicals felt their religious interests were in danger. Then came all the hate mail, threats of personal injury, and death threats. Plain common sense tells me that most of this hate mail and most of these threats to the life and limb of Dr. Ford were sent by Christian fundamentalists, conservative evangelicals, and/or conservative Roman Catholics opposed to abortion, LGBTQ civil rights, women’s rights, etc.

Therefore, I am going to ask you the questions that have been on my mind for the past 24 hours. When did delivering hate mail, threats of physical injury, and threats of death to American citizens become Christian family values for fundies and conservative Roman Catholics? Is this the way so-called “true” Christians should behave? What kind of sick mental machinations are going on in the minds and hearts of all these conservative Christians? Why are their minds and hearts turning to thoughts of such overt hatred and violence? Where is the Jesus of the New Testament in all of this?

Please let us know what you think by commenting below or by sending us an e-mail message (see Contact button above). Inquiring Mainline Christian minds and hearts would really like to know.

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Powerful Criticism of “The Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel”

by Charles S. Garabedian

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Social Justice is Doing God’s Love in Public for Our Neighbors

The Christian fundamentalist and conservative evangelical Scribes and Pharisees of our own time and place are at it again. They have just authored another dubious manifesto entitled The Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel. What lies at the root of this new manifesto?

Well, in the fundie world, baptisms and new church memberships have been trending downward for numerous consecutive years. Seventy to 88 percent of the children raised in fundie churches abandon them between the ages of 18 and 24—and never go back to those churches—or other churches like them—for the rest of their lives.

Fundie pastors like to opine that the children in their churches are running from a stern-faced Jesus because they have been lured away by the magnetism of a sinful world. Instead, here at the Flee from Christian Fundamentalism blog, we contend that these fundie children are running away from many other things—and rightly so. They are running from the poor fundie understanding of the Bible and its words; spiritual abuse (as well as sexual and physical abuse) by pastors, church staff members, and parents; packs of fundie lies and rot docterns; stupid rules created by their pastors; an absence of true love in church; science denial; social studies denial; basic fact denial; politicized churches, fundie indifference to human suffering, and a host of other equally good reasons for fleeing. As you can easily see, these reasons have little or nothing to do with running from Jesus or being magnetically drawn to a sinful world.

Fundie pastors, church staff members, and parents have become famous for running from the truth. Rather than turn around and face the truth square in the face, fundie leaders create personal fantasy reasons for why their children are fleeing from their churches and why so many people no longer take fundie Christianity seriously. Their recommended cure for these imagined ills is always the same: double-down, triple-down, or quadruple-down on hammering  fundie right doctrines into the heads of their church kids; writing doctrinal manifestos on various subjects; creating blasphemous, homespun theologies such as complementarianism; and other such inane garbage. Then they have the unmitigated and quite fallible human gall to stamp all of this idiocy with “Officially Approved by Jesus.”

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You may read a copy of The Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel at the following safe link:

The Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel

This member of The United Methodist Church read it over. I could have spent a couple of weeks doing research to criticize this fundie rag up one side of the wall and down the other. I decided not to do so because it would have been a waste of my time. However, I do think Pastor John Pavlovitz (https://johnpavlovitz.com/) in North Carolina chased it down the road with the lit match it so richly deserves. You may read what he had to say in the slightly edited and reformatted version of his original article below:

 

Jesus Was a Social Justice Warrior

by

Pastor John Pavlovitz

 

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Recently, a group of Evangelical church leaders released a document called The Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel, which has since been electronically co-signed by 7,000 clergy members throughout America.

Following on the heels of last year’s Nashville Statement, it is yet another attempt by a group of Bible Belt conservatives to lecture the rest of the nation on how to properly follow Jesus—as if Jesus himself wasn’t fit for the job—as if he needs their help.

I’ll let you read it for yourself, but here’s a spoiler alert:

Like it’s equally pompous brother from Nashville, it too is filled with sanctimony, self-righteous gas-bagging, and all kinds of Bible-verse-footnoted religious speak—designed to serve as an iron-clad apologetic of a compassion-free Christianity.

I’ll share with you two revelatory statements that bookend the piece, one from the preamble and another from the afterword:

From the Preamble

The Bible’s teaching (in the areas of race and ethnicity, manhood and womanhood, and human sexuality) is being challenged under the broad and somewhat nebulous rubric of concern for “social justice” If the doctrines of God’s Word are not uncompromisingly reasserted and defended at these points, there is every reason to anticipate that these dangerous ideas and corrupted moral values will spread their influence into other realms of biblical doctrines and principles.

It’s all there; every conservative Christian dog whistle, every terrifying, fundamentalist, sky-is-falling talking point—every familiar hot button Evangelical trope.

And the writers position themselves as authorized by Divinity in these weighty and urgent matters. But here’s part of the closing, talking about the genesis of this lofty, anointed, God-ordained proclamation:

From the Afterword

Fourteen men met in Herb’s House coffee shop in Dallas, Texas, having all expressed our growing concern with much that was taking place within evangelical circles under the banner of “Social Justice.”

Fourteen men.

At Herb’s House Coffee + Company.

In Texas.

Sounds super spiritual, don’t it? Sounds like exactly the place to be hearing revelation from the Almighty on matters of equality, sexuality, and diversity.

Fourteen (predominately white) dudes over 50, sitting around somewhere in the reddest of red states, bloviating to one another about the evils of the world and imagining themselves qualified to tell tens of millions of Christians they’re doing it wrong.

And here’s the real kicker: these same 14 dudes are among the most ardent supporters of President Trump and his administration. These 14 supposedly Christian men have repeatedly signed off on and supported and defended:

  • His vile words about women.
  • His unrepentant serial adultery.
  • His race-baiting diatribes.
  • His ignoring the murders of unarmed black men.
  • His cabinet filled with supremacists.
  • His dismantling of healthcare for millions.
  • His ICE harassment of undocumented migrants
  • His separation of families and caging of children.
  • His incendiary language about Muslims.
  • His disregard for victims of gun violence.

How do these men, renting out their pulpits to shill for an amoral predator like Donald Trump, have the absolute brass testicles to declare to anyone what God would have Christians do?

If these 14 men were being at all honest with themselves and with us, here’s the real statement that they’d have made this week:

We are terrified.

We are afraid of gay people and transgender people and brown people and Muslims—in a time when others are rapidly abandoning such fear.

We are white, conservative, old men, and we realize that we are rapidly dying dinosaurs—approaching extinction.

We see the culture becoming more intelligent, more scientifically aware, more connected across faith traditions and borders, and far less willing to be dictated to by white, conservative, old men—and we are panicking.

We’ve made our bed politically with a man who is antithetical to every word and deed of the life of Jesus in the Gospels, and since we can’t change him or risk severing those ties now—our only option is to rewrite the Jesus story; to retrofit him to the monster we’ve created.

We want a Christianity that secures our privilege, that hordes our power, that doesn’t require us to be at all confronted or inconvenienced by Jesus.

We will do anything to resist equality, curb diversity, and keep marginalized people where they are—even betray the very heart of the Gospels.

I could spend a lot of time here arguing the minutia of their sprawling Social Justice Statement, but I don’t need to.

Jesus has already done that.

Don’t rely on me, see for yourself.

Read the Sermon on the Mount from front to back and see what was happening, what Jesus was calling people to.

Meander on your own through the life and ministry of Jesus in the four New Testament biographies of Jesus.

Go anywhere you’d like: to him feeding multitudes on hillsides, to him railing against the hypocrisy of politically tainted religious leaders, to him sharing his affinity with the hungry and the imprisoned, to him challenging the religious systems oppressing the poor.

I contend you’ll see the same truth that these overwrought Evangelicals are doing everything to ignore in their verbose manifesto:

  • Jesus was a social justice warrior.
  • He was a compassionate caregiver and status quo changer.
  • He was a gentle healer and radical activist.
  • He was a wall-destroyer and barrier-breaker and least-lover.
  • He was a shepherd to the people of the street.
  • He was a holy terror to the wolves who were wielding religion like a hammer against them.
  • He poured out his life in acts of service and generosity and empathy and sacrifice.
  • He made selfish, powerful, entitled religious people the most uncomfortable—because he welcomed everyone to the table and declared them equal.
  • With every breath he preached social justice, and with every act he engineered it.

In short, Jesus was everything these 14 men in a coffee shop in Texas, and those like them, despise—and they have no interest in emulating him.

The writers of The Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel use a ton of flowery words and religious code language to simply say:

We don’t want to give a damn about people who aren’t like us.

I’m sorry—but in the spirit of Christian love—I’m calling BS on it.

If we try and have a Christianity without social justice, we cut out the beautiful, beating heart of Jesus, and we are left with only a lifeless corpse of religion to drag around.

‘Justice’ is what Jesus was doing and preaching and demanding of those who would follow him; and that justice is precisely what made the powerful want him dead.

You can draft any statement you want to resist that truth.

However, in the fourth chapter of Luke’s Gospel, Jesus declares his purpose:

16 He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read,

17 and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:

18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,

19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

20 Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him.

21 He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”

This is the real Statement on Social Justice & the Gospel.

Someone needs to tell these terrified, white, conservative, old men.

Just like the Pharisees of Jesus’ day—they’re missing it.

End of John Pavlovitz article

I did some on-line research to see how well The Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel is being received in American Christianity. For the most part, it appeared to me that nonfundie Christians and even many famous conservative evangelicals, like Russell Moore at the Southern Baptist Convention, are rejecting it.

The people who are really running hot for this social gospel statement seem to be the ultra-conservative fundie Christians who would be most happy in churches like the infamous, hardcore Independent Fundamental Baptist (IFB) churches. This is not at all surprising to me.  Why?

In the first part of the 20th century, many American churches were part of a massive social justice movement here in the United States. It was all the rage in American Christian circles in the early 20th century. By the middle of the 20th century, the hardcore fundies had succeeded in killing it off in their own ranks—and they were dancing with glee on its grave. The baseline public argument they used to kill it off is summed up in my own words as follows—with a tip of the hat to curmudgeonly journalist H.L. Mencken:

We Christian fundamentalists are spending way too many of our precious church dollars on helping “the least of these.”  Most poor people, hungry, people, sick people, etc. are all going to die off in this world by age 80. Bodily life in this world is so very short. Therefore, serving their needs in this life is pointless vanity. The boiling fires of Hell are forever for those poor souls God throws into it. Therefore, we should quit wasting our precious church dollars on those Jesus called “the least of these” and shift nearly all of our church funds to evangelism alone.

In other words, the hardcore fundies gave Jesus, many of his words and deeds in the New Testament,  and “the least of these” the old middle finger and a hearty “f-bomb you” so they could forget half of the New Testament and go tunnel-vision on evangelism.

Can you say evangelism? How about evangelistical? We hardcore fundies now have our own big word. It defines us. A big word like that makes us sound highly exclusive, very sophisticated, and wonderfully important. Don’t you think?” (Eye Roll)

If you are interested, you may read up on the famous American Social Gospel Movement that the hardcore fundies succeeded in killing off in the middle 20th century, and you may also read an article in The Washington Post to see how others are reacting to The Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel.  Please just click on the following safe links:

American Social Gospel Movement

One Example of How “The Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel” is Being Received

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Breaking News for Trump and the Fundies: Your Worst Nightmare Just Came True

Their worst nightmare has finally come for Trump and his fundie supporters. Paul “I No Longer Expect a Pardon” Manafort has agreed to sing like a joyous canary to Robert Mueller and his team of FBI investigators. Unlike yesterday when there were doubts about the terms of the plea agreement and what Manafort might agree or not agree to do,  CNN is now reporting that Manafort has agreed to spill the whole bag of beans—no holds barred—anything federal investigators want to know—your slightest wish is my command—not just about Trump—but about a wide range of other issues that go far beyond just the Trump campaign and Russia.

A train whistle is sounding in the distance folks, and Robert Mueller is calling his righteous team of fellow FBI wolves together to move in for the final…well…you know what wolves do—except these wolves are not in sheep’s clothing. They are working for God’s truth and justice—and they mean business:

Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. For rulers [positions of authority] are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? Do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. For this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour (Romans 13:1-6).

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Hurricane Florence

by Charles S. Garabedian

Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Florence is shaping up as a major disaster because of flooding from the storm surge and extraordinary rainfall. Early this morning, an African-American lady called CNN to report that the first floor of her single-story home was flooded up to human chest level. She and three other members of her family had fled to the attic of her home to escape the still-rising water level. The attic apparently had a small window in it, but it may be too small for a person to squeeze through and get onto the roof of the house. In many instances such as this, the water keeps on rising into the attic, the people get trapped up there, and they may die from drowning. This highlights a problem that was experienced during hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. Many poor African-American folks do not evacuate from their homes when called upon to do so in the face of an impending hurricane.  A lot of white people do not evacuate either.

My best guess is that a lot of these people who refuse to evacuate are very poor people who cannot leave their homes because they do not own an automobile or because they cannot afford the hotel and food bills for a long stay in distant places. They may also feel that they have to stay at home to protect it from looters that may steal what few earthly possessions they have in their homes.

By about 5:30 a.m., CNN was reporting that a total of 500 people who stayed in dangerous, flood-prone areas last night (rather than evacuating early), were calling authorities and begging to be rescued. Because the storm is moving very slowly, the storm surge and flooding from excessive rain are expected to continue into at least Sunday morning. Personally, I expect a lot more of these “rescue me” calls will be coming in across the next 72 hours as the storm flooding gets ever worse.

Please have these folks in your thoughts and prayers.  If you can afford it, please donate to the American Red Cross, a church you know about that helps hurricane victims, or another legitimate aid organization that helps with hurricane rescue and recovery. Something tells me that these folks in North Carolina, South Carolina, and northern coastal Georgia will need all the help they can get.

As usual, FEMA will do what it can—and soon fall flat on its face because of the sheer scope of this building tragedy—and of course—of course—you already know what kind of excellent support President Trump provides to hurricane victims. Trump let Puerto Rico down with the hurricane Maria response last year, and 2,975 American citizens died. This number has been documented as true in recent academic studies by George Washington University and Harvard University researchers, and the governor of Puerto Rico officially stands by that number of dead.

Yesterday, Trump was at his lies again—basically claiming that the 2,975 dead people are fake news generated by Democrats to make him look bad.  No one has to make Trump “look bad” because he does such an excellent job of actually being bad. “Look Bad” ain’t got nothin’ to do with it!!!

Yesterday on CNN, I saw an interview with the daughter of one of those 2,975 victims. Her mom needed emergency surgery in the aftermath of hurricane Maria, but the hospital had to turn her mom away because it had no electric power for the operating room and its equipment. Her mom—who could have been easily saved by surgery under normal conditions—died because no one could get the power to the hospital up and running soon enough. Apparently, the hospital had no emergency power source at some point, and there was no way to easily evacuate her mom to a mainland United States hospital where the surgery could be done. The daughter who told this sad story lives in Cleveland, Ohio, today.

Many direct deaths from hurricanes are not just people hit by windblown debris or subject to direct drowning. The dead are people who fall into a death trap because the hurricane creates unique circumstances that cause their deaths.  For example, when the power goes out and stays out for a long time, people at home who rely on oxygen concentrators are deprived of oxygen—and die—because that emergency oxygen tank they keep on hand lasts only one or two hours at best—not days.

Oxygen concentrators are electrical appliances that have to be plugged into a home wall socket to work.  I know because my dad used one at home to help him breathe in the few years before his death.  Turn that sucker off long enough, and you get a dead person in many cases.

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Hi Ben. We should closely monitor “The 700 Club” to see if Pat Robertson has a pronouncement about which sin is being punished by hurricane Flo.  Pat almost always seems to know both the sin and the disaster (tongue in cheek).

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Trump: Big and Wet

by Charles S. Garabedian

Puerto Rico Hurricane Maria Roofless

Blue Tarps on Roofs in Puerto Rico

I guess you have seen the news item today where President Donald Trump says hurricane Florence will be, and I quote:

…tremendously big and tremendously wet.

Naw Donnie!!!  Really?!!!  Ya think?!!!

Just remember folks. This guy is the President of the United States—and the Christian fundamentalists and conservative evangelicals are the two key groups responsible for supporting him and electing him. Since the day he was inaugurated, the fundies have supported him in nearly every outrageous, crazy, and evil thing he has done—supported him to the hilt—no matter what he does—even in the deaths of 2,975 American citizens in Puerto Rico. Most of these American citizens died right after hurricane Maria because Trump dragged his feet on getting storm relief aid to them—many think intentionally—because he dislikes Hispanic peoples. You may read the latest on Trump, hurricane Maria recovery, and Puerto Rico here:

The New York Times Article

Puerto Rico is still nowhere near full recovery from hurricane Maria, except maybe in some parts of San Juan. Across the rest of the big Island, the only roof many people still have is a blue plastic tarp—and more hurricanes are coming—maybe next week. A blue plastic tarp will last—oh—about 20 seconds when a hurricane hits it.

Christian fundamentalists and conservative evangelicals!!! Yes, I am talking to YOU!!! How would you and your family like to ride out a hurricane in a half-wrecked home with a blue tarp for a roof? You fundies made all of this possible—including the 2,975 American citizen deaths in Puerto Rico—simply because you voted for Trump—and worst of all—you still support him and his evil Republican minions in the  U.S. Congress.

If another hurricane hits Puerto Rico next week—many more American citizens will die—because a family cannot ride out a hurricane in an already half-wrecked house with a blue tarp over it. When are all you fundies out there going to wake up to your personal complicity in this evil via your unwavering support for Trump and his Republican Congress?  Why are you not tired of their lies?  Why are you not tired of all their evil?  Why are you not tired of children ripped from the arms of their parents?  Why are you not tired of the deaths? When will you turn away from all this Trumpian evil and go back to the kind and loving Jesus Christ of the New Testament?

Photo Credit: Dennis Rivera (AP)

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