Does Trump Measure Up? Nope. And Here Is Why?

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Founding Father John Adams’ Prayer for the White House

David McCollough is probably the greatest living American historian. He is 85 years old now, and we no longer hear much from him in electronic media. However, he did give this interview to CBS News in April 2017.

Please give this interview a listen, and the most important part comes at the very end. Hang on every word at the end. It is the reason why this country is in extraordinary danger as long as Satan’s own man (Trump) sits in the White House. Here is the six-minute interview excerpt:

Today we have a perpetual liar living in the White House—a man who is severely short on honesty and truth.  Neither is he a wise man—far—far—far—far from it. Trump meets with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki today. Fall on your knees and pray that Trump—in his idiotic hunger for personal praise and flattery—does not sell your country out to one of its greatest modern enemies.

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15 Things You Never Say to a Recovering Christian Fundamentalist

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We seem to be in the summer doldrums, and the Flee from Christian Fundamentalism blog is getting very low overall visitation.  Among the millions of Americans who own their own blogs, this time of the year is well-known for being the utter pits because everyone had rather be on vacation or at the beach rather than reading a main blog post. Nonetheless, I will try to keep you informed and entertained until Labor Day when visitation will most likely be on the increase.

Today I have an article for you by Samantha Field. Samantha is one of my favorite Christian writers. She is a recovering Christian fundamentalist who attended the infamous Pensacola Christian College and the late Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University.  She left Christian fundamentalism behind several years ago, but she did not leave Jesus behind. She is still a devout Christian, and she attends a nonfundamentalist church in the Washington, D.C. area. The article I have for you is five years old, but it is still relevant today.  You may read it by clicking on the following safe link:

Article by Samantha Field

Samantha has operated at least three successive blogs across her young life.  Two are still available on-line, but last I heard, they are inactive. Currently, she blogs at the following location, which I hereby recommend to you:

Current Samantha Field Blog

I have not read any of it, but Samantha is now doing a multi-post review of the Abeka history textbooks many Christian fundamentalist parents use to homeschool their children.  That should be interesting and entertaining—and I suspect rather tragic.

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The Fundie Bulldoody Train Keeps on Chugging

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Christian fundamentalist and conservative evangelical supporters of the Trump administration are desperately scraping the bottom of the faith barrel. Why?  Some of them are trying to scare up something “Christian looking” or “Christian sounding” to justify Trump’s separation of migrant Latino children from their parents at our southern border.  Get a load of this article about evangelist Paula White:

Paula White: “Unlike Illegal Immigrants, Jesus Didn’t Break Laws”

You will recall from your studies of the New Testament that an angel appeared to Joseph in a dream and told him to flee into Egypt with Mary and baby Jesus. In an attempt to find and kill Jesus, Herod the Great had ordered the soldiers under his command to seek out and kill every first-born male Hebrew baby in Roman Judea.  God understood that it was time for the Holy family to “git out of Dodge” for a while.

Paula White, who has no undergraduate or graduate college degrees in ancient history or archaeology, seems to think that this angel-ordered flight to Egypt was a case of legal immigration. Because this instance of immigration happened slightly more than 2,000 years ago, I would like to know what concrete historical or archaeological evidence Paula White has to indicate that this was a matter of legal immigration to Egypt. Did she find copies of their ancient immigration papers through a recent library search? Is she an expert on ancient Egyptian immigration law? Did she board a time travel machine and travel back through time to interview Joseph and Mary about their immigration status? What do you think? I know what you are thinking. You are thinking the same thing I am. BS on that!!!

If it was a matter of illegal immigration to Egypt, did Jesus commit a sin?  No.  Joseph, Mary, and Jesus committed a sin only if they failed to comply with one of the 613 Laws of Moses in the Old Testament. I doubt very much that any of those laws say: “Thou shalt not violate Egyptian immigration law.” Moreover, Jesus was a mere baby and had no choice in the matter of immigration to Egypt. The immigration to Egypt was directly ordered by God through one of his messenger angels. Therefore, even if it was illegal immigration, Jesus did not make a personal choice of his own to sin.

Finally, does anyone reading this seriously think that God cared one flip whether Joseph, Mary, or Jesus were in violation or nonviolation of ancient Egyptian immigration laws—if the ancient Egyptian government even had any?  God’s primary concern was to love and protect the Holy family, and they were under his personal protection. People under God’s personal protection “don’t need no stinkin’ immigration badges.”

I have some advice for the Christian fundamentalist and conservative evangelical leaders who are advising President Trump. Quit trying to devise phony theology to support Trump’s evil.  Whenever you do such nonsense, educated Americans plainly see it for what it is:  “Spiritually blind religious leaders who are leading a spiritually blind President.”

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Reclaiming the Name of Jesus

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Hitler Co-opted the German Protestant and Catholic Churches

Here is a brief new video that I recommend to everyone.  It is a message about President Donald J. Trump and all of the wicked Christian fundamentalist pastors and pewsitters who support him and his evil policies.  You may view it by clicking on the following safe link:

Reclaiming the Name of Jesus

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Some Affliction and Comfort for These Trumpian Times

Jesus Was a Refugee

Joseph, Mary, and Jesus as Refugees Fleeing to Egypt (Leviticus 19:34)

During Old Testament times, human experience consisted of only two major things among the Israeli people. They were life here on Earth, and when life was over, there was simply Sheol. The place called Sheol was simply the grave—the place where both soul and body rot to zero and are never heard from again. No part of the dead person moved on to another reality.  There was no Jesus to save the soul—no heaven to go to—no Hell to experience. It was only the grave, silence, and eternally black nothingness. Therefore, when the Old Testament talks about evildoers receiving justice for the evil done in this life, the focus was totally on getting what’s coming to them in this life—in the here and the now.

God personally watched over the people of the Earth, especially the children of Israel, and kept his eye closely on the people who did good and on the people who did evil. Written in the Old Testament scriptures, and even between the lines, was this all-pervasive sense that the physical and moral universe was structured such that innocent people and do-gooders will be okay in this life. Those who lead lives of evil will eventually get theirs in this life.

This is certainly the perspective in one of my favorite portions of the Old Testament. Psalms 37 is a poetic tour de force that thematically juxtaposes what the people who do good and the people who do evil can expect from God in this life—not after they die—but in this life alone. Of course, there were exceptions, like the rich man who refused to care for Lazarus at his gate, but died in great wealth and comfort. Sometimes innocent people who did good spent a whole life in pain and misery.  This is, after all, an imperfect world that we live in. However, Psalms 37 purveys the message that on balance the universe is structured so people will reap what they sow. Most who are innocent and do good will end up somewhere along the Okay Spectrum in this life.  Those who forge a life of evil will end up on the Punishment Spectrum in this life.

Psalms 37 paints a bleak picture for Donald Trump and his supporters—particularly his Christian fundamentalist and conservative evangelical supporters—all people who should know better. Christian people should know better than to sell themselves out to a depraved, life-long scum bucket like Trump who specializes in doing evil. Psalms 37 is a two-edged sword that cuts both ways. It lacerates and draws blood from Trump and his heartless, racist, evil-doing supporters. Simultaneously, it cuts out a huge slab of bacon-like comfort for the innocent and those who do good—or at least try to do good.

If you are a Trump supporter and any portion of Psalms 37 still holds true in this life, you are in big trouble. That light at the end of your tunnel is an on-coming train.  It is a heavy, fast, sooty train with a long line of cars, and it is bearing right down on you. On the other hand, maybe you are from Central America. You are fleeing a land of oppression and death like Guatemala, Honduras, or El Salvador—a country that is a warehouse in flames—and Trump has just ripped your baby from your arms—as you cried out in anguish.  God sees you, loves you, and cares for you—and your child. Psalms 37 was sent to you as strong comfort until the day when these evil Trumpian things are righted and you are reunited with your child. The full text of Psalms 37 is presented below. I think, in this particular case, it is best expressed in the original King James Version of the Bible. Its words are both warning and comforting. They are also prophetic—because portions of the text clearly foresee a future New Testament time when Sheol is not the end of all things for human beings—and love wins out over everything through Jesus:

The red words below are a warning directly from God, and they are spoken straight to President Donald J. Trump and all who support him—including you Christian fundamentalists and conservative evangelicals who support him.

The blue words are words of love and comfort for all men, women, and children who are being oppressed by Trump and his supporters—and especially for you migrant Central American moms, dads, and children who have had your families split up and your babies ripped from your arms by Trump and his evil minions.

Psalms 37

1 Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.

2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.

3 Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.

4 Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

5 Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.

6 And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.

7 Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.

8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.

9 For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth.

10 For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be.

11 But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.

12 The wicked plotteth against the just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth.

13 The Lord shall laugh at him: for he seeth that his day is coming.

14 The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy, and to slay such as be of upright conversation.

15 Their sword shall enter into their own heart, and their bows shall be broken.

16 A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked.

17 For the arms of the wicked shall be broken: but the Lord upholdeth the righteous.

18 The Lord knoweth the days of the upright: and their inheritance shall be forever.

19 They shall not be ashamed in the evil time: and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.

20 But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the Lord shall be as the fat of lambs: they shall consume; into smoke shall they consume away.

21 The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again: but the righteous sheweth mercy, and giveth.

22 For such as be blessed of him shall inherit the earth; and they that be cursed of him shall be cut off.

23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.

24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand.

25 I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.

26 He is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed.

27 Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell for evermore.

28 For the Lord loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved for ever: but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off.

29 The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein for ever.

30 The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment.

31 The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.

32 The wicked watcheth the righteous, and seeketh to slay him.

33 The Lord will not leave him in his hand, nor condemn him when he is judged.

34 Wait on the Lord, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it.

35 I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree.

36 Yet he passed away, and, lo, he was not: yea, I sought him, but he could not be found.

37 Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace.

38 But the transgressors shall be destroyed together: the end of the wicked shall be cut off.

39 But the salvation of the righteous is of the Lord: he is their strength in the time of trouble.

40 And the Lord shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him.

 

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President Trump and Satan (A Few More Words)

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Even the Fundies and Conservative Evangelicals Were Deceived!!!!

For a period of 24-36 hours, I stepped back and cleansed my brain palate of the daily television tragedy known as The Donald Trump Show. This step was taken to regain my mental health and to allow me to re-engage the daily news with a crystal clear mind. After watching the news this evening, I have reached a clear and firm Christian conclusion about President Donald J. Trump.  Here is my conclusion:

President Donald J. Trump is not just an evil human being like all other evil human beings. It is much worse than that. President Trump is personally, immediately, completely, and comprehensively under the direct power of Satan himself—not a demon or fallen angel—but Satan himself. Trump is not the predicted Anti-Christ of the New Testament, but he is something very close—a mere whisper away from it—perhaps a trial run. Trump’s body movements, thoughts, words, deeds, and decisions are almost 100 percent, totally, and completely under the direct power and control of The Evil One—The Lord of Darkness—Entropy—The Destroyer—Lucifer—The Deceiver—dare I say it—Newman. For all practical purposes, Satan’s control over Trump is so nearly complete that there no longer is a Donald J. Trump, per se, if there ever was one. The Satanic takeover of Trump’s body and mind are close to complete—and for all intents and purposes—Satan has almost become Trump. Poised on the Eve of this July the Fourth  holiday in 2018, Diabolus sits in the White House, rules the United States of America, and speaks thousands of lies to the American people because Diabolus is—as the Bible says—the Father of Lies (John 8:44).

Stark?  Yep!!!  A bit overblown?  Perhaps.  Far from the truth? I suspect it is not very far from the truth. Just use what your Bible says about Satan; watch what Trump says and does over the next few weeks; and very carefully compare his words and actions to what the Bible says about Satan. Watch CNN cable news and follow The Washington Post’s daily Fact Checker feature. They closely follow Trump’s lies and deceptions. In fact, they keep numerical track of the total numbers of lies and misleading statements Trump has told since his inauguration in January 2017. On May 31, 2018, the total WAPO Fact Checker count of Trump’s lies and deceptions was 3,251—and still going up. You may check that out by clicking the following safe link:

Total Trump Lies and Deceptions on May 31, 2018

Below is the famous verse of scripture from the Bible about Satan and his lies. How do these words compare to Trump’s own words and actions?

Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it (John 8:44).

You can check out the various Bible names for Satan at the safe link below.  How many of these names apply to Trump, his words, and his deeds?

Titles and Names of Satan in the Bible

 

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Fundies, Abortion, and Trump’s New U.S. Supreme Court Nominee

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Dear Readers,

Here are some very important things you need to know about abortion, Christian fundamentalism, conservative evangelicalism, President Trump, and his new nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court. Time is very short and of the essence. Please pass this message along to everyone you know.  Send it to your relatives, your friends, all your Facebook, Twitter, On-line Blog, and Instagram buddies.  Here is what you need to know:

(1) President Trump plans to nominate to the U.S. Supreme Court a man or woman who is virtually guaranteed to strip all women and teenage girls of their current rights to end a pregnancy. A list of potential nominees exists, and it has been submitted to President Trump. Christian fundamentalist, conservative evangelical, and Religious Right leaders helped to prepare this list and vet every person on it. They did this to ensure it consists entirely of judges believed to possess hard right worldviews. This includes people who are certain to vote against any pro-choice abortion case that comes before the high court, including Roe vs. Wade. Indeed, the primary intent of this nomination is to overturn Roe vs. Wade.  What does this mean for you?  Let us look at just one example in detail:

Many years ago a close female friend of mine went to work two hours early one morning, long before other people normally arrived in the office. Upon arrival, she went down the poorly lit early morning hallway to the restroom. A very large and strange man she had never seen before was armed and waiting for her inside the women’s restroom. He wrestled her to the floor and viciously raped her.

If this had happened to you a few days ago, and you had gotten pregnant as a result of the rape, Roe vs. Wade would have been there for you. Otherwise, you would have been forced by law to carry the pregnancy to term, and it would have felt like a demon growing in your womb for most of a year. You would have been forced to endure the physical agony and financial cost of the delivery. It would have felt like being raped all over again. No early termination of the pregnancy would have been possible under law.

Trump’s new nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court seeks to strip raped women of their legal right to avoid bringing a rape pregnancy to term—all courtesy of the Roman Catholic Church, Southern Baptist Convention, Independent Fundamental Baptist (IFB) churches, and all the other fundie churches. What’s that you say? You are not a Roman Catholic or a fundie?  That makes no difference at all to them.

The Roman Catholics have their own unique and sincere theological agenda in all of this, and they mean to see it through. American Christian fundamentalists and conservative evangelicals have a much bigger and more malevolent  agenda. They want to institute total fundie male religious control over your female body—and use government as a tool to coerce you into submission to their belief system. If they can force your rape pregnancy to a delivery, then you will have properly submitted to their belief system. That makes the fundies very happy because they know that you and other raped women are under their power and control. Fundies lust for power and control—and never feel safe without it. And, of course, all of you raped women will need to repent of the rape you caused. According to the unique Christian fundamentalist worldview, rape is almost always the woman’s fault. You must repent of the rape, forgive your rapist, and maybe go out on some future dates with your rapist to make proper amends for the rape you caused.

(2) The U.S. Senate is required to question Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, and afterwards, vote to approve or disapprove the nomination. Under normal U.S. Senate rules that have been in place for decades, it would take a minimum of 60 votes to get a nominee approved. However, Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Ky), the Republican Majority Leader, has invoked the so-called “nuclear option” for all of Trump’s federal judge nominees. This means the Republicans changed U.S. Senate rules to ensure that only a simple majority vote is required to approve Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court. The U.S. Senate has 100 members, and the Republicans hold a numerical majority (51 senators). The Democrats are in the minority (47 senators). The two other senators, Angus King of Maine and Bernie Sanders of Vermont, are Independents. By authority of the U.S. Constitution, Vice-President Mike Pence can cast the deciding vote in favor of Trump’s nominee if there is a 50-50 tie vote. Got all that?  Good!   Now Listen up.

(3)  Here are the key wild card issues when a U.S. Senate vote comes up on Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court. Senator John McCain (R-Az) is undergoing treatment for brain cancer and may be too sick to come to the U.S. Senate and vote. He cannot vote in absentia. He must be physically present in the U.S. Senate chamber when the vote occurs.

Senator Bernie Sanders is Jewish, and he usually votes with the Democrats. Virtually 80 percent of American Jews are pro-choice. Bernie will almost certainly vote against Trump’s nominee. The other Independent (Senator Angus King) has a long record of voting pro-choice on abortion.  He too will likely vote against Trump’s nominee.

Senator Lisa Murkowski, a Republican from Alaska, and Senator Susan Collins, a Republican from Maine, are historically pro-choice women. However, there may be a weak spine problem shaping up with these two women. Trump is now the undisputed, dictatorial Caesar Caligula of the entire Republican Party.  He has consolidated his massive political power, and he has now learned to play hardball with his fellow Republican Party members—just like President Lyndon Johnson did with his fellow Democrats in the 1960s. How does that work?  It works like this:

Hi Senator Murkowski.  Hi Senator Collins.  This is President Trump.  I need you to vote for my new nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court—and if you do not comply—I shall slit your f-bombing political throats, defund your U.S. Senate campaigns, and do everything within my power to eventually push you two out of the Republican Party forever.  I will replace you with two new Republican senators from Maine and Alaska who will play ball with me. Your political lives are totally in my hands, and you had better vote for my high court nominee. Capiche?

The only people more powerful than President Trump in this matter are the citizen voters in Maine and Alaska.  They can come out in droves and tell Ms. Murkowski and Ms. Collins that they will only vote for them in the November election if they vote against Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court. In other words, the citizens of Maine and Alaska will need to strengthen the spines of their two senators and make them able to withstand Trump’s relentless bullying—and it will be relentless. If you do not want a vicious bully like Trump pouring Hell on these two excellent women senators, you can do two things:

(A)  If you live in Alaska or Maine, you can contact Senator Lisa Murkowski or Senator Susan Collins at their U.S. Senate offices.  Tell them that you expect them to vote against Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court because you are pro-choice and because you do not want Christian fundamentalists and conservative evangelicals running your private life and the lives of other women who do not subscribe to fundie religious beliefs. Tell them no Christian has the right to use the U.S. Supreme Court as a tool to impose their peculiar brand of Christian beliefs on another Christian with dissenting beliefs on the matter of abortion. Tell them your vote for them in the November election will be contingent upon them voting against Trump’s nominee to the high court.  If they vote for Trump’s high court nominee, they do not get your vote.  You may contact them by clicking on the following two safe links:

Contact Senator Lisa Murkowski

Contact Senator Susan Collins

(B) If you do not live in Maine or Alaska, you can write letters to the editors of the major newspapers in Alaska and Maine—I mean flood them with letters—and in those letters tell Senator Susan Collins and Senator Lisa Murkowski that you expect them to vote pro-choice and against Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court. Demand that they find a spine and stand their ground against Trump and his bullying—no matter what. Ask the citizens of Maine and Alaska to support them. Stand up for these two women—so they can stand up for you!!! You can Google the Op-Ed pages for Alaska and Maine newspapers.  Most newspapers allow you to submit letters to the editor by e-mail.

(4)  Three spineless Democrats voted for Trump’s nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court.  These same three are a real risk to vote for Trump’s new nominee to the high court.  They are Senator Heide Heitkamp of North Dakota, Senator Joe Manchin III of West Virginia, and Senator Joe Donnelly of Indiana. All three are rare Democrats representing heavily pro-Trump red states.  Here is what you need to do:

(A)  If you live in North Dakota, Indiana, or West Virginia, you can contact Senator Heitkamp, Senator Donnelly, and Senator Manchin at their U.S. Senate offices and tell them that you expect them to vote against Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court because you are pro-choice and you do not want Christian fundamentalists and conservative evangelicals running your private life and the lives of other women who do not subscribe to their religious beliefs. Tell them no Christian has the right  to use the U.S. Supreme Court as a tool to impose their peculiar brand of Christian beliefs on another Christian with dissenting beliefs on the matter of abortion. Click on the following  safe links to contact these three U.S. Senators:

Contact Senator Heidi Heitkamp

Contact Senator Joe Donnelly

Contact Senator Joe Manchin III

(B)  If you do not live in North Dakota, Indiana, or West Virginia, you can write letters to the editors of the major newspapers in these three states—I mean flood them with letters—and in those letters tell Senators Heidi Heitkamp, Joe Donnelly, and Joe Manchin III that you expect them to vote pro-choice and against Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court. Demand that they find a spine and stand their ground against Trump and his U.S. Supreme Court nominee—no matter what. Tell them that you will only vote for them in the November election if they oppose Trump’s nominee to the high court. You can Google the Op-Ed pages for the major North Dakota, Indiana, and West Virginia newspapers.  Most allow you to submit letters to the editor by e-mail.

(5)  Trump’s new U.S. Supreme Court nomination is a brazen Christian fundamentalist and conservative evangelical attempt to use the high court as a tool to impose their peculiar religious beliefs on all Americans in the matter of abortion. This is a fundie attempt to grab power in the matter of abortion and use it to rule your private lives—regardless of your own religious beliefs about abortion. For many fundies, this is just one more step in the relentless Christian Reconstructionist, Dominionist, and Theonomist drive to establish a Christian fundamentalist dictatorship in the United States—a matter well laid out in their own publications since 1973.

In some recent statistics I read last night, two-thirds of all Americans are in favor of keeping abortion legal, safe, and freely available to women and teenage girls. If you would like to view some of the best and most recent additional statistics concerning American religious approval or disapproval of abortion and in what percentages, please click on the following safe link:

Detailed Current Statistics on Religion and Abortion in the United States

As these statistics plainly show, the Christian fundamentalists and conservative evangelicals do not have anywhere close to a “firm lock” on ending abortion in the United States. If they pretend that they do, they are telling lies to you.  History shows that fundies are excellent liars. Approximately half of all American Roman Catholics are in favor of keeping abortion available to women and teenage girls.  Did you know that? The fundies will never tell you that. They want you to think that all Roman Catholics oppose abortion.

However, if you are pro-choice, you cannot sit on your hands and do nothing.  That is a recipe for disaster.  You have to get moving and make your pro-choice position known to your U.S. Senators. You must encourage them to vote against Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court.

(6) Slowly but increasingly, Christian fundamentalists, conservative evangelicals, and members of the Religious Right are against female and male contraception. Some have been pondering whether to commit to a public political fight on getting contraceptives outlawed. It is not a big rumble yet, but it is emerging from behind the scenes in places like Texas. My best guess is that a successful power grab on abortion—with Trump’s  U.S. Supreme Court nomination—will embolden hard right conservatives and set them to organizing a nationwide political campaign to outlaw both female and male contraception. Why?

Christian fundamentalist and conservative evangelical ideologues believe strongly that the so-called Sexual Revolution of the 1960s ruined their Leave It to Beaver view of ideal 1950s American society and culture. Moreover, they believe that the birth control pill, intrauterine devices, and other forms of female contraception were the single major cause of this massive Sexual Revolution.  They believe it destroyed the ideal American family and the integrity of American culture.  Therefore, the fundamental key to putting the Sexual Revolution genie back in its bottle is to outlaw the “evil things” that caused it it—methods of contraception—in their view.

Once contraception is outlawed, American women will be pregnant a much greater percentage of the time and will have many more children. This will force them to quit the workplace almost entirely. Women will be forced by circumstance to stay at home perpetually gravid; take care of their numerous kids; and lead passive, brainless lives in utter submission to their husbands. House cleaning, grocery shopping, cooking, and watching soap operas on television will be their major chores in life. Fewer women will go to college because women will no longer need college degrees to pursue careers. You get the overall fundie vision here. They want to save America by turning American women into Stepford Wives or some fundie version of those poor women in The Handmaid’s Tale.

If you do not want yourselves and your daughters to become Stepford Wives in a fundamentalist-ruled American cultural nightmare, now is the time to get moving on this abortion matter and Trump’s U.S. Supreme Court nominee. If you do not want some Christian fundamentalist man in Pilgrim’s clothing to one day punish your daughter by boiling out her eyeball with a red hot fireplace poker, now is the time to get moving. Fundies have a Handmaid’s Tale frame of mind, and they crave political power to force their beliefs on other Americans.  Indeed, the American Christian fundamentalist belief system, specifically Theonomy, was the actual model Margaret Atwood used as the basis for her famous dystopian novel.

What I am talking about here is not imaginary.  This does happen with some poor fundie women. A couple of years ago, I actually met and conversed with a Christian fundamentalist preacher’s wife. I was talking to her beside her private home, and I was asking her some very simple questions about her house for a research project I was doing.  She looked very uncomfortable—kind of shaky really. Her husband was close by mowing the yard, and he obviously had no problem with me being there. Every simple question I asked this woman—probably 10 questions—was met with the same tepid response:

I don’t know.  You’ll have to ask my husband.

She was a full 5′ 8″ tall and looked to be in excellent physical condition, but she behaved as if someone had quite literally erased a portion of her brain. This woman looked beaten down to me. It was obvious to me that she was into some of the worst total submission to her husband I had ever seen.  It was readily apparent that her whole life consisted of house work, kids, and making her preacher husband and the family look sinless and picture-perfect according to some worn out 1950s archetype. It was—to say the very least—major creepy.

IT IS TIME TO GET MOVING FOLKS.  IT IS TIME TO START CONTACTING YOUR U.S. SENATORS.  WE ONLY HAVE TWO OR THREE WEEKS.  IT IS TIME TO TELL THEM TO VOTE AGAINST TRUMP’S NOMINEE TO THE U.S. SUPREME COURT. IT IS TIME TO TELL THE CHRISTIAN FUNDAMENTALISTS AND CONSERVATIVE EVANGELICALS THAT YOU WILL NEVER ALLOW THEM TO RULE THIS COUNTRY OR YOUR PRIVATE LIVES.  JESUS—YES.  FUNDIES—NO.

FOOTNOTE: My church, The United Methodist Church (UMC), is the second largest Protestant denomination in the United States after the Southern Baptist Convention. The UMC is officially pro-choice, meaning that the church believes abortion is a decision to be made thoughtfully and prayerfully between a woman and her doctor. Such a choice is not to be taken lightly, but the church believes abortion is an option that should be available to all women and teenage girls—based on each woman’s unique circumstances and her doctor’s advice. Other major Christian denominations and churches, like the Episcopal Church, take a similar position. If a Christian fundamentalist or conservative evangelical ever tells you that all Christians are against abortion, they are feeding you lies. Fundies are masters at telling lies, distorting truth, and twisting truth. I have seen it in numerous life situations and contexts.

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