Children Are Being Taught Lies in Fundie Schools and Your American Tax Dollars Are Supporting It

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The article at the link below is a MUST READ item. Please read it carefully. After you have read it, ask yourself if you are as outraged at this fundie nonsense as I am.  Please click on the following safe link:

Voucher Schools Championed By Betsy DeVos Can Teach Whatever They Want. Turns Out They Teach Lies.

If you do not want your hard-earned tax dollars being spent to teach fundie lies, distortions of truth, and fantasies to school children in your state, please write to your federal and state elected officials and ask them to do two things:

(1)   If your state does not have a K-12 school voucher program, kindly tell them that you do not want such a program in your state and that you do not want your hard-earned tax dollars going to support private religious schools that teach lies, distortions of truth, and fantasies to K-12 school children in your state.

(2)  If your state already has a K-12 school voucher program and your tax dollars are being used to support the teaching of fundie lies, distortions of truth, and fantasies in private religious schools, please write to your federal and state elected officials and kindly ask them to vote down these voucher programs and quit funding them with your tax dollars.

Remember what Jesus had to say about telling lies and remember what he had to say about mistreating children:

But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death (Revelation 21:8).

And whoever welcomes a little child like this in My name welcomes Me. But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. Woe to the world for the causes of sin. These stumbling blocks must come, but woe to the man through whom they come! (Matthew 18:5-7)

Teaching lies, distortions of truth, fantasies, and nonsense to children—and offering it up to them as fact and truth—is a truly despicable form of child abuse.  Jesus would never be caught telling lies to any child.  Unfortunately, Satan has deluded the fundies who teach this nonsense into believing that the lies, distortions of truth, and fantasies they are teaching these children are somehow factual truth. It is all the more worse that spiritually blind and undiscerning fundie school teachers, often without legitimate teaching credentials, are peddling this two-bit, made-up garbage to innocent children in religious K-12 schools—and using your tax dollars to do it. Of course, this is exactly what I would expect of people who are stupid enough to think that President Donald J. Trump is the:

Anointed one of God—a very special vessel of righteousness set aside to do the Holy will of the Lord in this world.

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Some Fundie Business Owners: “How May I Harm You Today?”

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Figure 1.  How Many Fundies Really Feel about Gay Americans

Normally, business owners ask their customers: “How may I help you today?”  We believe many Christian fundamentalist and conservative evangelical business owners have bigotry, discrimination, and persecution of LGBTQ people in mind when they refuse to bake wedding cakes for gay people, refuse to do photography for gay weddings, and other such things.  In effect, they greet their gay customers with “How may I harm you today?”

This is the day when the U.S. Supreme Court heard the already famous case of Masterpiece Cakeshop vs. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. It is the case where an evangelical Colorado baker has refused to make a wedding cake for a gay wedding on the grounds that doing so would violate his First Amendment religious freedom rights and rights to freedom of expression.

The opinion we have held here at the Flee from Christian Fundamentalism blog is that many such cases are actually a fundie attempt to use their claim to First Amendment rights as a tool to take away the constitutional rights and economic rights of people they do not like—-because these people have sinned under Old Testament law. Furthermore, our readings have indicated that such behavior is part of a formal, premeditated national political strategy developed by the Religious Right. Its purpose is to stab back (Figure 1) at the U.S. Supreme Court and gay people in vengeance for the gay marriage ruling a couple of years ago. In recent political literature, this strategy has been given the long and burdensome title “Use My Demands for Religious Freedom to Take Away Your Civil Rights.”

A new article by Jay Michaelson at The Daily Beast and the video above make our key point for today in words and graphics that are better than any we could dream up. When a man or woman has some eloquent words to write or images that capture an idea, we are glad to step aside and let those words and images speak for themselves. You may read the text of Jay’s article at the following safe link:

The Gay-Wedding Cake Fight Isn’t About Religious Freedom—It’s About Sex

 

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Randall Balmer Lets Go on Roy Moore with Both Barrels

Dr. Randall Balmer, a Christian Priest and a Professor of Religion at Dartmouth College, is one of my favorite American Christians. Randall is an on-line acquaintance of mine, as a result of exchanging a few e-mail messages on matters of religion in by-gone years.

He was raised throughout his youth as a member of the Evangelical Free Church, where his father was a minister for 40 years. In addition to that, he was a student under Douglas W. Frank at the Oregon Extension during his undergraduate years. The Oregon Extension is a short-term evangelical Christian studies program in the Oregon woods. Randall soon saw the light of Jesus and left Fundieland in his young adult days. He is now a Priest in the Episcopal Church. He preaches sermons at various churches and is often in demand for public speaking engagements in various Christian and academic venues. More importantly, Randall is one of the major American nemeses of the so-called Religious Right in the United States.  You may read more about Randall and his career in the following Wikipedia article:

Career Synopsis for Randall Balmer

Roy Moore, an infamous former judge and outspoken fundie Christian in Alabama, is now running for election to occupy the U.S. Senate seat vacated recently by U.S. Attorney General Jeff  Sessions.  If elected, Moore would become the new junior U.S. Senator from Alabama. It is my understanding that election day in Alabama is December 12, 2017—about three weeks from now.  In the past few days, Mr. Moore has come under intense news media scrutiny precipitated as a result of various women who are alleging that they were sexually assaulted by Mr. Moore in the past. These allegations have generated a firestorm of controversy around the upcoming U.S. Senate election, especially given the fact that Mr. Moore has presented himself to the Alabama  public and the American people for decades as a devout and very-high-noise fundie Christian. You may read more about Roy Moore and why he is so infamous in nonfundie religious circles in the following Wikipedia article:

Biography of Roy Moore

Randall Balmer and Roy Moore are polar opposites on the spectrum of American Christianity, and as the old saying goes, “opposite poles attract each other.”  Therefore, I think it was more or less inevitable that one would be attracted to publicly opposing the other in the news media during the few remaining days before this crucial Christmas season election in Alabama. Dr. Balmer did so just a couple of days ago in The Washington Post. You may read this excellent and incisive article by clicking on the following safe link:

I Know Roy Moore. He’s Always Been a Con Artist

If you would like to follow the daily unfolding of the scandal-ridden Roy Moore campaign in real time, the best place to do that is on CNN.  Most news media outlets seem to be convincing themselves that fundie Christians in Alabama are going to turn against “Ole Roy” and ensure his defeat.  He is behind in the latest polls, but about 9 percent of the Alabama electorate still polls as undecided.  For those of you who did not grow up Down South and have no real historical or cultural feel for Alabama and what Alabama people are like—I have some sad news for you.  Roy is going to win.  Why?  It is because Alabamians in general and Christian fundamentalists in Alabama love nothing more than being stubbornly different from the rest of the nation—especially the Yankee portion of the nation that defeated Alabama in the American Civil War and dragged her in the dirt for years afterwards.

Do you know your mathematics?  The essence of Trump is about to be raised by “Roy to the infinity power” in the U.S. Senate. Prepare for outrageous religious and political demagoguery in the U.S. Senate on an unprecedented scale in 2018.  If you think Donald Trump is bad—you ain’t seen nothin’ yet!  Just wait ’til Ole Roy gets in there.  God help us all!

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Take a Walk through the Fundie Mind

Have you ever wondered why Christian fundamentalists and conservative evangelicals are so quick to run after lies and embrace them as truth?  Have you ever wondered why these same fundies, conservative Republicans, and followers of the so-called Religious Right are so utterly gullible? Have you ever wondered why these same groups of people feed on FOX News and its well-known distortions of truth as if they are mother’s milk? Have you ever wondered why Christian fundamentalists and conservative evangelicals distrust facts and believe in utter nonsense instead—like modern humans and dinosaurs lived at the same time and played together? Have you ever wondered why fundies are magnetically drawn to silly and untruthful tourist attractions like Ken Ham’s Noah’s Ark venue in Kentucky? Have you ever wondered about the very real Biblical concept of spiritual blindness—and why spiritually blind people like the fundies can look straight at a truth right under their own noses—and totally miss it?

Well, if you have ever wondered about any of these great mysteries, new research conducted at Harvard University and Northeastern University has revealed some sound answers. A synoptic article on the results from this research is posted on the Business Insider website, which is an American conservative website—and from the tone of the article—they clearly buy into the results from this research. If you would like to read the results, please click on the following safe link to this article—and get some really good enlightenment:

A Walk Through the Fundie Conservative Mind

Be sure and share this main blog post with all your friends, family members, and acquaintances.  I feel sure that they too have wondered about this weird phenomenon for many years. Be a friend and lead them from darkness out into the daylight. You know what Jesus said, “Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32).  Remember—all truth is God’s truth.

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Texas Church Shooting

When will this insanity ever end?  I just learned about the shooting that occurred this morning at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.  At least 26 people were killed and many more were wounded.  A You Tube video of last week’s 11:00 a.m. service at this church showed an attendance wall plaque in the background, and it suggested that the morning service normally has about 71 attendees.  If that is true, the shooter took out nearly 65 percent of the congregation, making it the largest and most devastating church shooting in American history.

Federal, state, and local authorities are withholding a lot of information on this shooting and are playing their cards very tight to the vest. The alleged shooter is Devin Patrick Kelley. In very early reporting, the Santa Monica Observer had seen preliminary on-line information suggesting that Mr. Kelly was a Christian who had once been a Sunday school teacher—but not necessarily at this church. The report went on to say that Kelley was a 29-year-old U.S. Air Force veteran who had been dishonorably discharged.

As of about 6:30 p.m. EST, CNN and Fox News were reporting that the alleged shooter was dressed in all-black tactical military clothing and had donned a ballistic vest to carry out the attack. ISIS fighters often dress in all-black clothing, and an earlier report in the Santa Monica Observer had preliminarily tagged Mr. Kelley as a recent convert to Islam who had changed his name to Samir Al-Jaheed. They also indicated that Kelley had left behind a written manifesto regarding the attack, and they said this manifesto was already circulating on the Internet.  However, investigating officials have so far failed to find and report any such links between Mr. Kelley, Islam, and terrorism. My attempts to find this so-called manifesto on-line were unsuccessful—suggesting to me that there is no such manifesto.

Some of this is just preliminary reporting, and as we learned in the recent Las Vegas shootings, such early reporting is often in error. Therefore, we need to wait for more solid information to come in from the FBI and other authorities.  The motive(s) behind this attack is still unknown. Why the alleged shooter chose this church as his target is unknown. If you are interested in obtaining the most up-to-date information from a truly reliable journalistic source, like the late Walter Cronkite at CBS News, our best recommendation is to follow the latest reports on CNN.

The most important thing right now is to pray for the souls of the departed, which include at least two children (ages 5 and 14) and an elderly man aged 72.  We also need to pray for the comfort of the survivors and their families and for the healing of the injured—many of whom are in critical condition.  Sutherland is a very small rural town, and I would suspect that they have a significant blood shortage in the area as a result of these shootings. If you live in the area, please look into giving blood.

I will close the way I opened this post.  When will this insanity ever end……….

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Today’s Brief Words on the Manafort and Gates Indictments and the Papadopoulos Guilty Plea

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There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. What you have spoken in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the housetops.  (Luke 12:2-3)

A DOUBLE MEN

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The Real History of Halloween

Halloween is almost here. This is the time of year when Christian fundamentalists and conservative evangelicals come out of the woodwork in hordes to tell Americans that no “true” Christian celebrates or participates in Halloween. Why?  They say the Halloween celebrations of today are evil because the origin of Halloween was an ancient pagan holiday called Samhain. This is also the time of year when Mainline Christians, Roman Catholics, and other nonfundie Christians roll their eyes and suggest that these fundies need to have their heads examined.

Dr. Sigmund Freud did head examinations. In fact, he was the founder of modern clinical psychology and psychiatry. With that little piece of history in mind, try this often heard fundie statement on for size:

Dr. Sigmund Freud was an atheist.  That means clinical psychology and psychiatry were created by a son of Satan. Therefore, they are evil. No “true” Christian seeks help from a clinical psychologist or psychiatrist. Mental illness is the direct result of the sins in a person’s life, and Jesus alone is the answer to curing mental illness.

Do any of you kind readers see any problems with that statement?  I sure do. It contains two logical fallacies that are well-known to university professors who teach logic and debating skills. One is the famous Genetic Fallacy. The other is the equally famous No True Scotsman Fallacy.

With regard to the genetic fallacy, it does not logically follow that a person who was an atheist in the 1890s would be unable to beget something good that helps mentally ill people today. It is a well-known fact that even bad people take actions that lead to good things down the road in time. For example, in the 1930s, Adolf Hitler presided over the creation of a small automobile that even low-income Germans could afford. It is known today as the Volkswagen Beetle. One can say that no true Scotsman drinks blended Scotch whiskey, but the logical truth of the matter is that many people born in Scotland have indeed imbibed blended Scotch whisky. In the same vein, many devout Christians have laid on the couches of their clinical psychologists and psychiatrists and received wonderful emotional healing.

It is true that Halloween had ancient pagan origins, but it does not logically follow that all Christians who celebrate or participate in Halloween today are pagans who actually believe in and celebrate the ancient superstitions that gave rise to Halloween. In fact, as the History Channel video above clearly indicates, the Roman Catholic Church later transformed the ancient Samhain celebration into a two-day early Christian celebration and changed its calendar dates to October 31 and November 1. The first day was called All Hallows Eve, which is where the word Halloween came from etymologically. The second day was All Souls and All Saints Day.

What is my main point here?  God gave us brains that are capable of logic because he wants us to use logic to make rational evaluations and decisions. A famous Bible verse in the Old Testament says: “Come now, and let us reason together” (Isaiah 1:18). The Christian fundamentalist and conservative evangelical approach to Halloween is illogical and irrational. When fundies get on their high horses about Halloween, they make themselves look superstitious and just plain silly—and in so doing—they hurt the witness of the Christian faith and drive intelligent people away from Jesus—people who might otherwise come to him.

In the United States today, Halloween is just a fun day when people—mostly small children under the age of 12—dress up in costumes and go door-to-door to collect candy from ordinary people like you and me.  The population of the United States is more than 70 percent Christian today. Most of the participants in Halloween festivities are Christians, and most of the people handing out candy are Christians. They are not believers in the occult, and they do not use Halloween as an occasion to practice occult rituals for occult reasons.  Their faith is in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and the Savior of the world.

Fundie rants about the evils of Halloween are nothing more than the same old inane piffle and useless nonsense American fundies put out on so many other subjects.  Here is how this kind of inanity typically goes in my neck of the woods on the edge of rural East Tennessee:

Whut’s this iza seein?  Youins is a lettin’ yer kidz read them thar Harry Potter novels?  Youins izz all a goin’ ta rot in the flames-uh Hay-u-u-u-u-l!!!!

The American people would do well to ignore these fundies and have some safe, sensible, good-natured fun and fellowship on Halloween just like the Mainline Christians, Roman Catholics, and most other sane Americans do.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN

SO…BOO Y’ALL  BOO I SAY…….BOO!!!!!!

SO…BOO Y’ALL  BOO I SAY…….BOO!!!!!!

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