The CDC is Caving in to President Trump’s Penchant for Lies and Deceit

by Charles S. Oaxpatu

Stop the Lies

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, is giving in to President Trump’s penchant for lies and deceit. This is being done in a manner that will easily result in more COVID-19 illnesses and deaths. Worst of all, this deceit is aimed at the members of church choirs. If you have not read about this subject already, please read the following article very carefully, especially if you are a member of any church choir:

In A Bone To Evangelicals, CDC Drops Warning about COVID-19 Risks in Choirs

I had hoped that this kind of thing would never happen——for the well-being and safety of the American people. With COVID-19, it was my highest hope and prayer that the medical doctors and epidemiologists at the CDC would be Christ-like and insulate themselves from President Trump’s evil ways. My heart expected them to always tell the raw, bare-bones truth to the American people about COVID-19 communicability and infections. Apparently, some people at the CDC, I am guessing high-up Republican political appointees, are susceptible to Trump’s lies and threats and are pressuring lower-level scientist managers and health science personnel at the CDC to cave into Trump and lie to the American people about COVID-19.

You know what this means. Right? From this moment forward, every wise American needs to fact-check any new CDC advice about COVID-19 to make sure it has not been tainted or outright falsified as a result of pressure and intimidation by the so-called Anointed One of the Lord. This is why I do not believe and never will believe that President Trump has been anointed by the Lord to do anything. A person who has been truly anointed by the Lord would never live a life of lies and deceit. He would never pressure medical personnel to dole out false information that would cause people to get sick and/or die—and especially not to dedicated people who sing in church choirs.

Please repeat after me in a loud voice:

President Trump is not “The Anointed One of the Lord!!!”

One more time:

President Trump is not “The Anointed One of the Lord!!!”

One more time:

President Trump is not “The Anointed One of the Lord,” and he is not the new King Cyrus!!!

I cannot hear you!!! One last time:

President Trump is not “The Anointed One of the Lord,” and he is not the new King Cyrus!!!

AMEN

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Settling in to Watch an Evening of Arson and Mayhem on CNN

by Charles S. Oaxpatu

I have been following the George Floyd protests around the nation on CNN. The riots last night in Minneapolis were a surprise to me because of the larger state police and Minnesota National Guard presence. That presence apparently deterred only a few of the protesting people.

Well, it is almost dark here in Tennessee and past my dinner time. This is a good time to go downstairs and munch on my uneaten McDonald’s breakfast from this morning. While doing that, I will watch what unfolds throughout tonight on CNN. Yes, I can watch that long and often do—–being a major league news hound.

It is tempting to attribute all of these massive urban demonstrations exclusively to the sad and outrageous death of George Lloyd. However, I do not think that is the whole story. I think the bigger news story is President Donald J. Trump (a.k.a. The Anointed One of the Lord) and the racial divisions he has cultivated while in the White House over the past 3.5 years. A seed needs a suitable place to take root, sprout, and grow. The death of Mr. Floyd was the planted seed. The immoral ground President Trump has spent so much time tilling, disking, aerating, and fertilizing was where the Floyd murder seed fell, and it  was the perfect environment for it to grow in. I suspect that ground encouraged the brutality of Officer Chauvin’s actions against Mr. Floyd by further cheapening the mentally perceived value of African-American lives in the eyes of white policemen and white American culture.

After 3.5 years of presidential signals to his warped political base that only white is right, the African-American community has endured about all it can take of being overlooked and cheapened. With Charlottsville, President Trump began dousing our American cities with immoral, racially insensitive gasoline, and the murder of Mr. Floyd was the unfortunate spark that exploded it into all of these urban protests and the associated riots. Indeed, I firmly believe this one thing. If a smart, decent, fair-minded President (someone other than Mr. Trump) had sat in the White House over the past 3.5 years, George Floyd would still be alive today, and none of these urban protests or riots would be happening.

However. these are not solely African-American protests. Many white people and peoples of other races and ethnic backgrounds are protesting shoulder-to-shoulder with their African-American brothers and sisters across the nation. Just watch CNN tonight and look closely at the crowds. You will see plenty of folks with white, yellow, olive, and red skin. These are not black civil rights protests or “uppity n-words causing trouble.” Instead, these are profoundly American protests. These protests should send a chill down the spine of President Trump because they are the oracle of final judgement on his failure to effectively lead the nation and the prophecy of his political demise at the ballot box on November 3, 2020.

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The Tragic Killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis

by Charles S. Oaxpatu

George Floyd

God Bless You George. Rest in Peace and Love.

I do not have 10 pages of commentary on the sad death of Mr. George Floyd (beloved human being) or the subsequent rioting in Minneapolis. Based on the videos of the death incident and the news media commentary I have heard on television, I am personally certain to my own satisfaction that a first-degree murder charge, possibly aggravated by a civil rights violation and a related hate crime, should be formally lodged against the Minneapolis police officer who had his knee pressed against Mr. Floyd’s neck. Furthermore, I believe the other three officers should be charged with first-degree murder for assisting the choker, and they should incur even more charges for failing to stop the officer doing the choking of Mr. Floyd, which is itself an individual crime under Minnesota law.

Yours truly has never been a supporter of the death penalty, except perhaps in extremely rare instances such as the Nazi leaders at The Nuremberg Tribunal after World War II. If the four men alleged to have killed Mr. Floyd are, by some miracle, charged and convicted of seriously aggravated homicide in the first degree, I am not totally sure of what the proper penalty should be for the four men.

My eyes would not weep tears if the judge and jury handed down federal or state death penalties for all four men. Unfortunately, that would give them 20+ years of life for appeals of their death sentences.

Considering the killing of a grown man by choking him to death—-while he cries out for help from his momma—–when his momma is not even there—–and with a whole crowd watching and videoing the incident as eyewitnesses, I suspect another sentence would be more in order for the four former policemen. What might that be?

That sentence would be life in prison without chance of parole for all four men, combined with serving out those sentences as general population prisoners whose cells are placed in the closest possible proximity to known sadistic prisoners who are severely mentally ill, prone to manufacturing shanks, and deeply involved in committing the most insane perversions possible against fellow prisoners——when the guards are not looking. You see. Some things in this life are far, far, far worse than mere death. One of those things is living out a dreary day-to-day existence where every passing second is a living death shot-through with intense emotional pain, shivering specific fears, and deep general anxiety. In many ways, I have personally lived that kind of life outside of a prison. It is hard for me to imagine what that kind of life—–as long as it lasts—–would be like for those four guys in an overcrowded prison—–with a bad ventilation system, no air-conditioning in summer, and lots of peeling lead-based paint. Nonetheless, I can indeed imagine it for those four guys.

What do I expect to actually happen with these four former police officers in Minneapolis? I feel fairly certain President Trump and Attorney General William Barr (working closely together) will intervene in their cases (through quiet surrogates lower down in the U.S. Department of Justice) and work very hard——no—–extremely hard——behind the scenes to pull the wool over the eyes of the American people and ensure that all four men either never go to trial or get acquitted of all charges.

Why would that happen? Well, if you have to ask me that after nearly four years of the corrupt, racist Trump administration, then you do not deserve an answer. However, if you would like a clue, I can give you one. It is alive and well in the Christian Fundamentalist and Conservative Evangelical churches of the United States. The most holy God, often referred to in the fundie vernacular as “Gaw-w-w-w-w-d,” prefers men in all things—–not just any men——but lily white fundie men in the red states. Therefore, men like President Trump and Attorney General Barr are duty bound to protect and advance these four white men in support of the vast population of white people they serve and to whom they ultimately owe their offices. Their blind-eyed support for these four former policemen will ensure that:

Government of the white people, by the white people, and for the white people, so help the white people, will not perish from the face of the Earth——–because white is always right. White and right even rhyme with each other.

___________________________

Note: The author of the foregoing article is a Mainline Christian and a member of The United Methodist Church. He has lived his whole life in the American South. In addition, he is a white man who believes that black lives really do matter, and he is a public advocate for the civil rights of all minority peoples in the United States. If you do not like that, then the words of some old acquaintances of mine in my original hometown come to mind. Several members of that family in my poor neighborhood on the other side of the tracks had some rather endearing speech impediments and some favorite sayings. So listen up to this one:

Fuh-oo——–sah-ee muh-uh fuh-uh!!!”

Why would I say something like that? Well, the last time I wrote something like the previous paragraph in a comment on the blog of Pastor John Pavlovitz, a Christian Fundamentalist racist responded and said something approximately like this to me:

You’re a white man? Then you have betrayed your race. Why don’t you act like a real white man and start supporting your race?

But I do support my race. I think the 100-yard dash is a wonderful race, and my favorite college football team does it especially well. Look here:

 

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Republican Says “The Only Good Democrat is a Dead Democrat”

by Charles S. Oaxpatu

I would like to remind you that about 74 percent of the past domestic terrorism in the United States has been committed by right wing extremist individuals and groups who believed physical violence was the way to get what they want and solve American problems—as they see them.

It is just outrageous that Couy Griffin, a minor Republican leader in Arizona, would tell a campaign crowd that the only good Democrat is a dead Democrat. It is even more outrageous that a sitting President of the United States (Donald J. Trump) would openly support that statement in a Tweet. Make no mistake. There are right wing extremists in this country who might take Trump’s approval as a formal presidential signal to initiate acts of violence in support of their odious causes.

The Flee from Christian Fundamentalism blog would like to take this moment to re-iterate its firm position that physical violence is no way to solve religious and political differences in the United States or anywhere else. We thoroughly reject and condemn any such calls for violence from members of the American public, political campaigners, President Trump, or anyone else. We reject and condemn violence in all of its forms, and we do so in no uncertain terms.

The following video clip shows Mr. Griffin delivering his unfortunate statement to a group of the Republican faithful in Arizona. Click the white triangle to play it, grab yourself a wastebasket to puke in, and listen to how much this Trumpite crowd is thrilled with his dead Democrats statement:

 

 

 

More detailed information on this wicked and unChrist-like statement is available in the two news articles below. Just click on each of the following safe links:

Anti-Lockdown Protesters Now Calling for Dems to Die

Trump Says ‘Thank You’ To Video Declaring ‘The Only Good Democrat Is A Dead Democrat’

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New 2020 Campaign Ad about Moscow Mitch McConnell

by Charles S. Oaxpatu

The Lincoln Project, a group of unhappy former Republicans and current Republicans, has released a new 2020 campaign ad today. You will be one of the first people to see this ad.

The target of the ad is Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who is the current Republican Majority Leader in the U.S. Senate. Mitch is the man in the U.S. Senate who gives President Donald Trump almost everything he wants——no matter how good or bad it is for our country and its people. Mitch gave President Trump his free ride out of impeachment and made sure he would remain as President of the United States. Mitch has also been fingered by the news media as the one key person in the U.S. Congress who is most responsible for keeping the prices of your prescription medications so high you can hardly afford them—even with health insurance. What kind of man would be involved in such things? This is what some former and current Republicans know about Moscow Mitch:

In the coming days, this campaign ad will be shown on television throughout Kentucky from now until election day on November 3, 2020.

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Day-by-Day History of How “The Anointed One of the Lord” Failed the American People with COVID-19

by Charles S. Oaxpatu

No Bullshit

Americans collided with a momentous milestone today. More than 100,000 of our people have died from COVID-19 infections in a little less than three months. That is several times more than the total number of influenza (flu) deaths that occur across an entire year in the United States. This explodes the Trumpite belief that COVID-19 is no more deadly than the common flu——which is a total lie.

Would you like a quick summary accounting of how President Trump (a.k.a. The Anointed One of the Lord) allowed all of these deaths to happen through his personal dithering, indecision, and negligence? Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News wrote a short article on this milestone today. In a comment written in response to that article, a man going by the simple handle name  Eric provided a rare, almost daily historical rundown of how President Trump failed to prevent most of these very preventable deaths. The words in quotation marks are President Trump’s own words on particular days in 2020.

Here is Eric’s slightly edited and reformatted historical rundown on The Anointed One of the Lord and his response to COVID-19:

Jan 8th – First CDC warning

Jan 9th – Trump campaign rally

Jan 14th – Trump campaign rally

Jan 16th – House sends impeachment articles to Senate

Jan 18th – Trump golfs

Jan 19th – Trump golfs

Jan 20th – First case of corona virus in the U.S., Washington State.

Jan 22nd – “We have it totally under control. It’s one person coming in from China. It’s going to be just fine.” “We’re in great shape… and I think China’s in good shape too, by the way,…”

Jan 28th – Trump campaign rally

Jan 30th – Trump campaign rally

Feb 1st – Trump golfs

Feb 2nd – “We pretty much shut it down coming in from China.”

Feb 5th – Senate votes to acquit. Then takes a five-day weekend.

Feb 10th – Trump campaign rally. “And by the way, the virus, they’re working hard.” “Looks like by April, you know, in theory, when it gets a little warmer, it miraculously goes away.”

Feb 12th – Dow Jones closes at an all time high of 29,551

Feb 15th – Trump golfs

Feb 19th – Trump campaign rally

Feb 20th – Trump campaign rally

Feb 21st – Trump campaign rally. Stock market closes the week with 12% drop.

Feb 24th – “The Coronavirus is very much under control in the USA… Stock Market starting to look very good to me!”

Feb 25th – Stock market loses 8% in one day. “CDC and my Administration are doing a GREAT job of handling Coronavirus.”

Feb 25th – “I think that’s a problem that’s going to go away… They have studied it. They know very much. In fact, we’re very close to a vaccine.”

Feb 26th – “The 15 within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero.”

Feb 26th – “We’re going very substantially down, not up.” Also “This is a flu. This is like a flu;” “Now, you treat this like a flu;” “It’s a little like the regular flu that we have flu shots for. And we’ll essentially have a flu shot for this in a fairly quick manner.”

Feb 27th – “One day it’s like a miracle, it will disappear.” “It will be gone by Easter.”

Feb 28th – “We’re ordering a lot of supplies. We’re ordering a lot of, uh, elements that frankly we wouldn’t be ordering unless it was something like this. But we’re ordering a lot of different elements of medical.”

Feb 28th – Trump campaign rally. “This is their new hoax.”

March 2nd – “You take a solid flu vaccine, you don’t think that could have an impact, or much of an impact, on corona?”

March 2nd – “A lot of things are happening, a lot of very exciting things are happening, and they’re happening very rapidly.”

March 4th – “If we have thousands or hundreds of thousands of people that get better just by, you know, sitting around and even going to work — some of them go to work, but they get better.”

March 5th – “I NEVER said people that are feeling sick should go to work.”

March 5th – “The United States… has, as of now, only 129 cases… and 11 deaths. We are working very hard to keep these numbers as low as possible!”

March 6th – “I think we’re doing a really good job in this country at keeping it down… a tremendous job at keeping it down.”

March 6th – “Anybody right now, and yesterday, anybody that needs a test gets a test. They’re there. And the tests are beautiful…. the tests are all perfect like the letter was perfect. The transcription was perfect. Right? This was not as perfect as that but pretty good.” “I like this stuff. I really get it. People are surprised that I understand it… Every one of these doctors said, ‘How do you know so much about this?’ Maybe I have a natural ability. Maybe I should have done that instead of running for president.”

March 6th – “I don’t need to have the numbers double because of one ship that wasn’t our fault.”

March 7th – Trump golfs

March 8th – Trump golfs

March 8th – “We have a perfectly coordinated and fine-tuned plan at the White House for our attack on Corona Virus.”

March 9th – “This blindsided the world.”

March 10th – “We stopped it.”

March 11th – “No, I’m not concerned at all. No, I’m not. No, we’ve done a great job. Thank you very much.”

March 13th – U.S. declares state of emergency. “It will go away,” Trump said at a meeting with Republican lawmakers. “It’s really working out.”

March 17th – “This is a pandemic,” Trump tells reporters. “I felt it was a pandemic long before it was called a pandemic.”

March 20th – “I don’t take responsibility at all.”

March 23rd – Dow Jones closes at 18,591.

March 25th – 3.3 million Americans file for unemployment.

April 2nd – 6.6 million file for unemployment. 245,213 infected with COVID-19, 5,983 deaths.

April 3rd – Coronavirus claims over 1,000 U.S. lives in a single day. “With the masks, it’s going to be really a voluntary thing. You can do it, you don’t have to do it. I’m choosing not to do it, but some people may want to do it and that’s OK.”

April 4th – The U.S. leads the world, over 308,000 COVID-19 cases, 8,500 Americans died. “Maybe we could allow them, with separation outside, on Easter.”

April 15th – U.S. deaths 27,000, 620,000 cases

April 23 – “And then I see the disinfectant where it knocks it out in a minute.”

May 27 – 100,000+ DEAD

I have four last words to say about the foregoing historical summary. Half of those last four words involve the shortest verse in the Holy Bible:

Jesus wept.

Trump golfed.

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Christian Fundamentalist Street Preachers Clash with Mike Murdock and His Prosperity Gospel

by Charles S. Oaxpatu

God and Money

Prosperity Gospel: Give Preacher Money and God Will Fork Over Big Cash

All was not well in Fundieland back in 2018. In that important year, a Benny Hinn Conference was held at a Mike Murdock facility known as The Wisdom Center. If you will recall, Benny Hinn is a well-known Christian faith healer, and Mike Murdock is a famous evangelist of the so-called prosperity gospel in Texas. At the time of this conference, a group of loud, highly raucous, unkind, and impolite Christian Fundamentalist street preachers set up a demonstration against Murdock, Hinn, and their spiritual works on the sidewalk near the conference center. They soon began to loudly taunt Murdock and Hinn, and after a little while, Mike Murdock came out of the conference center, walked across its parking lot, and tried to have a few calm words with the street preachers.

I have only rarely seen or read about such confrontations in Fundieland. One such instance was portrayed on a website where several Christian Fundamentalist preachers disagreed with each other on a scriptural or behavioral issue. They proceeded to angrily rip each other to shreds like a pack of wild dogs vying for the last half-eaten hotdog in a tipped over trash can at a city park. It has been my understanding, that such confrontations happen fairly often in Fundieland. However, the fundies do not particularly like for the fundie faithful or the general public to know about such skirmishes——because it makes Fundieland look just as bad as it actually is behind the scenes in real life.

As you wind down your Memorial Day weekend, grab some popcorn, pour yourself a cold Coca-Cola or Pepsi, and watch the videotaped confrontation between the fundie street preachers and Mike “Plant Just One Little Seed” Murdock. Quite frankly, from what was shown in the video, I was shocked at how thin, frail, and white-haired Mike Murdock had become by the year 2018. Apparently, his current, late-night prosperity gospel shows on the USA Network are old reruns from long ago days when he was much younger and more virile. Please click on the following safe link to view the confrontation video:

2018 Benny Hinn Conference, Mike Murdock Warned Up Close 02/25/18

Do these two sides deserve each other? I believe the Christian Fundamentalists are correct in the basic scriptural message they are offering to Mike Murdock, but it is my understanding that the “You are going to Hell message” is not part of the traditional, Mainstream Christian message because only God gets to make decisions of that nature——and He highly resents it when mere people try to sit on his throne and make such judgements in his place. In other words, in their pompous demeanor and approach, the fundie street preachers are behaving like a bunch of Satanic asshats. However, I also cannot say that the Jesus of the New Testament would be at all pleased with Mike Murdock’s money coaxing shenanigans. You know how it usually goes——-something like this:

If you will send me just one $38 seed, the Lord will send you a blessing [money or material goods] so large your barns will be unable to hold it.

Have you ever seen anything like this confrontation in your past experiences with Fundieland?

Here is an interesting article on Fundie-Pentecostal faith healing in the United Kingdom:

Deadly Faith: The Dangers of Extreme Faith Healing

Do you readers have any thoughts on this article, the prosperity gospel, or extreme faith healing. If so, comments are open.

Image Credit: Dave Hughs (2019) at Discoveringresiliency.com

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