The Derek Chauvin Verdict Is Coming: RU Ready?

by Charles S. Oaxpatu

The trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin (State of Minnesota v. Derek Chauvin) for the alleged murder of George Floyd is almost history. The case was handed over to the jury late yesterday. A verdict could come at any moment across the next two weeks. The most feared verdict among African-American people is acquittal on all charges. I have not taken a poll, but I strongly suspect the most hoped for verdict among many American white supremacists, Christian Fundamentalists, and Conservative Evangelicals is also acquittal on all charges.  Translate that as:

‘Blackie’ Floyd got what was a comin’ to him for the crime of being born black and livin’ black in white America. You know about white America—–the place where so many white people want government to be of the white people, by the white people, and for the white people—–so God help all the white people. (Music) This land is your land. This land is my land. This land was made for you and me——and all the other white people who look like me, bleeve like me, and attend a Bobble-Bleevin’ church like mine.

American leaders, police officers, and numerous business owners most fear a verdict of acquittal because that may lead to massive nationwide demonstrations and riots by both black and white Americans who are——quite righteously——-mad as hell about the racism in this country, and they are not going to take it anymore. Most legal pundits agree that an acquittal verdict is highly unlikely.

Two other possibilities exist, outside of three guilty verdicts, and I suspect those trial outcomes are almost as dangerous as a verdict of acquittal. Those outcomes are a hung jury or a mistrial. Why? Well, let me put it like this. Pretend you are a poor African-American person. You live in one of those badly dilapidated, falling-down houses in the neighborhood the local white people refer to as Niggertown. (The southern town where I grew up had two of them, and that was the name used by local white people.) You asked your white landlord to fix the toilet in 2019, and you are still waiting. He knows you are suffering, his plumber has still not come to your house to fix the toilet, and it looks as if he may never come. I grew up in a poor white trash neighborhood located about four city blocks from a Niggertown. When I was a child, we waited long periods of time for our landlord to send a plumber, or so it seemed.

A hung jury or a mistrial will look an awful lot like that well-known and much-disliked situation in the lives of all too many poor black people and poor white people. Waiting and doing nothing looks just as bad as an acquittal. It looks like the long and protracted decades of Jim Crow when everyone in the neighborhood was suffering, and white men in authority were finding nothing but excuses to avoid positive action, slow progress, and do nothing just as long as possible to keep African-American people stagnant and down.

I pray and hope the trial of Derek Chauvin will not end in a hung jury or mistrial. Our African-American brothers and sisters, those both in Christ and out of Christ, have waited far too long and on far too many fronts for racial justice from American courts. They deserve a fair, solid, no-nonsense verdict on the alleged murder of George Floyd. After watching most of the trial, if I were a member of the jury, my personal vote would be guilty on all three counts.

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Tennessee Preacher Spouts More Bullshit Prophecy about Trump

by Charles S. Oaxpatu

The preacher, Jeff Jansen, at Global Fire Ministries International in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, is at it again. He has released his second round of bullshit for the week. Believe me. You have to read it to disbelieve it! Please click on the following safe link:

Pro-Trump Prophet Still Believes Trump is President, Peddles Claim God Will “Do Something” on April 25

Do something? What something will God do? Really? Well, he might create a bunch of new galaxies from clouds of gas and space dust.  Then again, the Book of Genesis suggests that God rests on the 7th day of the week. April 25 is a Sunday, but does God really need any rest? Like Reverend Keith Ward says (broadly paraphrased);

What does God say? Does he say he is so worn out he cannot go on with his work without a rest. God does not get tired.

What could Preacher Jansen be talking about in his latest so-called prophecy? I thought about that for a while, and then it dawned on me. A few weeks ago, I heard or read a short and rather obscure news story saying that Donald J. Trump is working hard toward opening his own worldwide Internet media platform. This platform will be focused entirely on——guess what——the thoughts, feelings, opinions, and blah, blah, blah of one Donald J. Trump. It will be the principal means by which former President Trump overcomes his banishment from Twitter to once again inject his voice into the everyday life of all Americans.

Just think about that for a moment. Trump inside your head again——front and center——all day long——every day——365 days per year——with the broader American and international news media reporting on what he says each day——-analyzing it, presenting it, broadcasting it, etc. That would be good news indeed for Donald J. Trump and really bad news for the Biden administration. Traditionally, former American presidents stay out of the affairs of current and later administrations, unless specifically consulted about a particular issue. Instead, Trump wants to be a loudmouthed and hypercritical bulldog with biting teeth on Joe Biden’s hind end all day long——each day of the year——and this new Internet platform will be the means by which he does it.

Just speculation. Through secret back channel connections with other fundies and evangelicals who are closer to Trump, Preacher Jansen might have received insider word that Trump’s new Internet media platform will have its formal debut and grand opening to the world on or about April 25, 2021. Moreover, Jansen might be presenting such an insider tip as Holy prophecy so he will look like a successful prophet if it really happens. 

Well, guess what? I too can prophecy like that. Charles S. Oaxpatu has a prophecy. I hereby prophecy that in just a few minutes, I will be standing in front of a toilet bowl trying to pee. Will it come true? Only time will tell.

Whoa!!! It is a few minutes later, and my prophecy came true. My brain transported my body to the hall bathroom, and I found myself standing over a toilet bowl. I was trying to pee. Not only that. Pee actually came out! Afterwards, my hands were anointed with soap and water and wiped clean with a white paper towel. White is the Holy color representing purity. And you know what? Unlike Preacher Jansen and his prophecies, I did not earn a penny from my prophecy.

Sigh-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h. What next Fundieland? Why do you fundies go out of your way to embarrass both Heaven and Earth with false prophecies and your other ridiculous shenanigans. Your so-called witness to Jesus has become little more than a national joke over the past five years, and Donald J. Trump has been the punch line.

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The Very Best All-Around Definition of “White Evangelical Christianity” in the United States

by Charles S. Oaxpatu

Hi y’all! Most of my readers know this already. However, if you are a new reader, you need to know something important. I am a white Christian who was born in the American South. I grew up in the American South, and I have lived and worked down south all of my life. Not only am I fully in the American South, the American South is fully in me. Like the finest pot of antebellum tea, my life is steeped in the history and culture of the American South. My professional training, undergraduate and graduate, is in the discipline of anthropology.

My upbringing and family affiliation had been in The Methodist Church and The United Methodist Church. For several years in the 1980s, I was a white evangelical member of a large Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) church with a decidedly Christian Fundamentalist leaning. I had moved to a new southern town for work after graduation from university and decided to try out a couple of SBC churches in town without knowing much in detail about SBC beliefs, Christian fundamentalism, and the inside culture of such churches. The whole time I was in those two SBC churches, to the best of my recollection, I never heard a word about the SBC Conservative Revolution of 1979, and the names of Paige Patterson and Paul Pressler never crossed my ears or passed by my eyes. I joined the largest of those two churches and stayed there for three or four years. It just plain sucked! There is no other way to put it.

After fleeing from that SBC church, I made contact by Internet and e-mail with a patient, kind, loving, and wonderful SBC pastor in Oklahoma City who was the leader of a baptist organization fighting back against the ongoing deleterious impacts of the Conservative Revolution of 1979 on the SBC and its churches. This pastor and the articles on his blog taught me many things about the SBC and its then current fundie leaders, all people he personally knew. For example, I learned that Al Mohler was a liberal, liberal, liberal’s liberal in Christian worldview during his student days at an SBC seminary. After the Conservative Revolution of 1979 in the SBC, he almost got kicked out of the seminary because of his liberalism. However, some of the seminary leaders liked him personally and thought he was academically brilliant. They offered him a deal—-kind of like one of the deals Satan offered Jesus in the wilderness. If he would renounce his liberalism (i.e., renounce his own Spiritual conscience) to them and turn to the conservative dark side of the SBC, the SBC seminary would keep him in good stead and the SBC would pretty much guarantee him a future high position in the SBC leadership. He now holds such a high position as president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.

What I learned overall was shocking! It made me very glad and relieved that I had left my SBC church behind in a cloud of dust. Through my own independent reading and research in subsequent years, I have learned that just about everything the Oklahoma pastor taught me was true. He was no radical liberal. He was a bonafide truthsayer and traditional pre-1979 mainstream SBC pastor who had escaped a cruel SBC taken over by right-wing extremist Christian Fundamentalists who should have been members of the crazy Independent Fundamental Baptist (IFB) churches of the Great Lakes Region rather than an SBC church. After a few years of personal soul searching and patient recovery from my bad SBC experiences, I returned to a single United Methodist Church where I have been a member for the past 25 years.

That was all written as an introduction to something very timely and important——an article I read tonight——one that really moved Heaven and Earth for me——and I hope you will read it Allie Beth Stuckey——because your name was mentioned in it. Please? I am asking all of my readers to carefully read the following article and literally hang on every word. This article, as a whole, presents the best all-round, collective definition of American White Evangelical Christianity I have ever seen in one place. It is presented from a righteous African-American perspective, and it is truth made manifest on paper——if you print it out. You may read the article by clicking on the following safe link:

White Evangelicals’ Attacks on Raphael Warnock: Attacks Say It All

White Evangelicals’ Attacks on Raphael Warnock: Attacks Say It All (Yahoo! Version)

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Tennessee Preacher Means What He Says——I Reckin’

by Charles S. Oaxpatu

Here is something for you to chew on. This is just one example of how former President Donald J. Trump has adversely affected some Christian Fundamentalist, Conservative Evangelical, and fundie-leaning Pentecostal/Charismatic churches in the United States. Please click on the following safe link and read the short article:

Pro-Trump Prophet Goes on Wild Rant, Says the Modern Church Is “Almost Homosexual”

Really? You could have fooled me! My church consists almost entirely of heterosexual couples and so does every other American church I have ever visited?

In my honest opinion, the preacher of that church comes across as incredibly angry and bloodthirsty. I wonder if Donald J. Trump’s long list of sins and failures——like failure to win the 2020 election——is demonstrating that this preacher is a false prophet, and it is cutting deeply into his credibility and the financial bottom line of his ministry. If the pastor of my church were anything like this guy, we would be firing the pastor and looking hard for a newer and better one. Just sayin’.

After reading that article, a funny quotation from an episode of The Three Stooges came to mind. The episode involved a comic send up of the Confederate States of America during the American Civil War (1861-1865). The speaker was the much beloved Curly Howard:

Well, I reckin’ I reckin’——I reckin’.

What do you think dear readers. I wonder how many fundie preachers and congregations have been similarly affected by the evils of Trumpism? Comments are open!

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The COVID-19 Vaccines (Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson) Are Safe and Effective

by Charles S. Oaxpatu

African-American Folks—-If You Really Mean It—-

Please Take the COVID-19 Vaccine ASAP

Today was my lucky day! I attended my scheduled appointment and received my first dose of the Moderna vaccine for COVID-19. The injection process was done by kind and friendly people with a happy attitude. My wait in the car line took only a few minutes of my time, the medication injected easily with only minimal stick pain. I was asked to park my car and wait for 15 minutes just on the far outside possibility that some negative reaction might occur. None did. Ten and one-half hours have passed since the injection, and I feel great, relaxed, and happy. Overall, it was a wonderful experience—-kind of like getting a massage. The friendly people made it that way.

The good folks who provided the vaccine gave me a card with an already scheduled appointment date and time for my second Moderna vaccine shot. All I have to do is show up at the same place a few weeks from now and get it. I am honestly looking forward to it. After one year and a half month of sequestering inside my home to avoid COVID-19 infection, I feel as if the curtain on a horror play is finally descending. The smell of freedom and approaching normalcy is finally—-at long last—-in the air of spring.

However, I am not going to be a dumb bunny about this. Taking a first shot of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine does not provide any degree of instant immunity within the human body. It takes several weeks for immunity to slowly build up within a person’s body in response to the first shot of vaccine. After the second shot, it takes another several weeks for full 95 percent (or thereabouts) immunity to be achieved. Therefore, I am going to continue wearing my face masks (double-masked KN95), doing social distancing, and washing my hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds over the next few weeks. I will continue doing the same for several weeks after my second shot. What then? I will continue face masking, social distancing, and washing my hands until Dr. Fauci and the CDC figure out which way the wind is blowing with the various mutational covariants of COVID-19.  You know the old saying:

Better Safe than Sorry!

Based on my own vaccine experience today, personal reading on the COVID-19 vaccines, and numerous network news reports on the vaccines, I have concluded to my own personal satisfaction that the three major vaccines approved for use in the United States are safe to take and effective against the virus for the vast majority of the American people. Moreover, when you get your shots, I would predict you will experience a degree of relaxation and well-being that you have not experienced in well over a year. It really is like feeling a 200-pound weight of darkness, fear, and despair being suddenly lifted from your back and mind. The good feeling is almost indescribable because most of us have become all too familiar with that heavy weight—-like it is some sort of new normal.

The Wonderful Vaccine I Took Today

And now—–here are some amusing ramblings to make a key point:

(1) Some Christian Fundamentalists and Conservative Evangelicals are refusing to take any of the COVID-19 vaccines because they fear the presence of a secret computer microchip in each injected dose of vaccine. They believe this microchip is the “Mark of the Beast” in the Bible—-Book of Revelation. According to the fundie narrative, the anti-Christ (Monsieur 666) will one day rule the world and command imposition of the mark on the forehead and hand of every world citizen who wants to buy and sell goods in the marketplaces. Any faithful Christian who takes the mark will be damned to Hell by God and spend all eternity in unspeakable torture so great the human mind is incapable of comprehending it.

If the fundies are right, the COVID-19 vaccine I took today has imprinted the “Mark of the Beast” on me. They would say I no longer have any hope. However, I can tell you one thing for sure. Between now and my dying day, I will have easy access to purchasing deli ham, Swiss cheese, rye bread with caraway seeds, mustard, kraut, potato chips, and anything else in the grocery store. If the fundies make their usual no hope pronouncement on me, like they do with so many other Christians and nonChristians, I will at least go to Hell with the memory of tasty food, no hunger, and a satisfied tummy. (LOL)

(2) I would guess you have either read about these people or have seen an interview with one on TV. They sound something like this:

Yep. Trump is my man! I voted for him twice. You do know he is The Anointed One of the Lord. He is a bonafide stable genius who can do no wrong. They stole that 2020 election from him. I so much want him to be my president again. If he runs in 2024, I am going to campaign my heart out for him.

What? Am I going to get a COVID-19 vaccine shot or two? Why Hell no!!! Trump developed those vaccines at warp speed. There’s gotta be something wrong with them. No way am I having any of that stuff inside my body!!!

Really? Your political hero Is approved by God himself. He is a stable genius who can do no wrong and was behind developing these vaccines—-but—-you are afraid to take them? You do see the irony here—-I hope. (LOL)

(3) Maybe you have heard or read about Americans who are something like this guy:

No! I do not wear a face mask. I am never going to wear a face mask. I hate the people who do, and I ain’t gettin’ no COVID-19 vaccine. That’s my protest against Joe Biden and how he stole that election from Trump at the finish line.

Yes. I am LOL at this incredibly ignorant man—and so are you!!!

(4) Some people are so memorable! No matter how hard you might try, you can never get them and their words out of your mind because you have heard them for more than one year. Here is a paraphrasal of what I have heard:

That there COVID-19 virus is a hoax perpetrated by the socialist liberals and progressives who hate “America the Beautiful” and are trying to take her down in the name of Marxism-Leninism?

Hell no!! I’m not taking any vaccine. Why should I take a vaccine for a viral infection that doesn’t even exist? That would be just plain silly. I don’t know a single person who has caught this nonexistent virus, and I certainly don’t know any person who has died from it.

Seriously? Do you listen to the propaganda lies on local conservative talk radio? Sounds like it. You need a better news source—-and it is not FOX News. Maybe you should have a conversation with the 30+ million Americans who have been badly sickened and/or organ-maimed by this imaginary virus of yours. Maybe you could fall down on year knees and ask Jesus to give you a conversation with the 550,000 Americans who have died from your imaginary virus. Maybe you could personally go to a local hospital and ask them to show you the frozen corpses in their overflow tractor-trailer-truck morgue. I want to see the look on your face when those body bags are unzipped for you? (LOL)

(5) Then there are all of those terribly deceived and hysterical anti-vaccer moms out there on the American landscape. You know—-the ones who sound something like this:

My little Freddie has Asperger’s Syndrome, and I feel sure it was caused by some sort of vaccine he took. That’s what my best friend Fran told me. She studies up on this stuff at all the anti-vaccine websites.  Look at this article on vaccine and ADD. It was written by a world famous professional wrestler! If it’s out there on the Internet…well…it must be true. Right?

Wrong! You cannot believe everything you read on the Internet and everything Fran tells you. A lot of misinformation, fool’s gold, and downright lies are present on numerous websites throughout the world. Legitimate medical studies on vaccines have shown no clear causative links between vaccines and most diseases. If little Freddie has Asperger’s Syndrome, it probably came from some as yet unknown source, like maybe genetic/developmental misfortune, a chemical food additive, radiation exposure, or maybe….just maybe….that crystal meth you were downing for 10 straight years before you got pregnant. Get out of here! (LOL)

What is my point? Simply this. All kinds of crazy people—-with crazy ideas—-have come up with all sorts of ridiculous—-and I do mean ridiculous—-excuses to avoid taking the COVID-19 vaccine. Worst of all, they use those same ridiculous excuses to convince their friends, business associates, and strangers to avoid taking the COVID-19 vaccine. With little doubt, in my mind at least, many of these so-called convincers are not very intelligent, just plain ignorant, poorly informed by groundless conspiracy theories, or mentally ill. In all cases, you are being informed about COVID-19 and the vaccines to fight it by assorted people who are detached from everyday reality. They live in some sort of fantasy world with each dawning day, and you are their potential victim.

Please!!!  I am pleading with you. COVID-19 is real. If you have not been sickened by it so far, good for you. Nonetheless, your time may still be coming. Whether you are healthy or not makes no difference. The virus goes after healthy athletes, weak old grannies, and anyone in between. The virus does not care. All it wants to do is enter your cells and eat you alive. That is just what it does. It is programmed by nature, but it is blind and indiscriminate in action. It is an eating machine, and it may eat you alive if it can find you. The best known defense against it is a good offense. That offense is the COVID-19 vaccine.

What’s in it for you—-a member of the “me first” generation of the 1960s and 1970s. You know—-the generation that was going to be young forever and never die. You later learned that such teen aspirations were a mere mirage. However, you can prevent getting organ-maimed for life or becoming a dead person too soon. If you do not care about anyone else in the entire world except for yourself, which is often typical of your age cohort, then please take care of yourself and get a COVID-19 vaccine shot ASAP. Yes, you got old. You wanted to live forever. You discovered that was not possible—-but you can live longer if you take the vaccine. Nike knows:

Just do it!!!

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Listen Up: Why Are So Many Americans Utter Fools When It Comes to Covid-19?

by Charles S. Oaxpatu

We Americans are in trouble with COVID-19 again and in severe danger of a new pandemic surge. Some governors are suspending the mask mandates in their states and taking actions to encourage the reopening of businesses—–all foolishly and prematurely. Worst of all, the American people see these actions, and they just assume they are an air raid “All Clear” signal to all people in the state. Then numerous citizens pull off their face masks and begin behaving and living as if all the COVID-19 danger has gone away—-even when a governor plainly says that is not the case. Why are so many Americans such utter fools when it comes to COVID-19?

The new director of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued the following video plea to all of the American people today. It is a good and truthful message. If you do not want to end up dead or organ-maimed for life, you had better watch this video message, hang on every word of it, and take it dead seriously:

This same message needs to be heeded by the citizens of the United Kingdom and the citizens of any other country where its people have adopted the false notion that the end of mask mandates and business reopenings is some kind of “All Clear” signal to behave as if life has returned to normal. It has not!!! Did you hear that? It has not!!! It is still very dangerous out there in public, and your reckless behavior is making it even more dangerous—-and killing and maiming people just like you, your friends, and your neighbors. What is wrong with you people? You have been given an opportunity to save your own lives and the lives of so many other people—-to love one another as Jesus commanded and show it with positive action in American society and culture today. What is the matter with you people?

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Where Have I Been for So Many Days? And a Vicious New Law in Arkan———Saw

by Charles S. Oaxpatu

Make a Difference

Yours truly has been coping with old age health problems. The prescription antidepressant that made me a thoroughly normal person for 30 years appears to still be unavailable from the sole manufacturer of this medication in the United States. The main medication I am taking in its place is only working about 50 percent as well as my old medication.

I am far more prone to sudden panic attacks  and the nausea and vomiting that comes with them. When I get into a nerve wracking situation, which is normal every day in our American culture, my hands quiver with nervous fear so badly that my handwriting is illegible. This happened at the office of one of my doctors recently.

My left arm quivers sometimes, which may be a mild form of tardive dyskinesia, which is a frequent side effect of the group of medications that my current antidepressant resides in. Unfortunately, it is the only safe medication group that affects the specific brain chemical deficiency that causes my depression. In addition, it makes me see, say, and do things that are not my normal kind of behavior.

For example, I am having tail-end, split-second hallucinations out of the corners of my eyes—–not all the time—–just occasionally. For example, I might be sitting in my den watching T.V. and catch the tail end of a tiger walking out of the den into my foyer. Of course, no tiger is really there, and I know that. The medication is also making me have weird thoughts and say weird things—–as pointed out to me by the live-in members of my family. At the risk of offending my many female readers, sexual matters are more on my mind, even though my penis no longer works for any practical purpose. If a good looking woman shows up in a magazine, on TV, on an Internet commercial, or in a news story, the first thing out of my brain is something like this:

Well, her face is nice. I like her waistline. But honestly, I bet she has the most luxurious pussy on planet Earth. I bet she does!!!

I might even say that out loud to the shock of a family member sitting nearby in our house—-just suddenly blurt it out from some nowhere place inside of me! Increased libido is an FDA known side effect of my current antidepressant. It makes a person think about sex a huge amount of the time and increases sexual appetite, even if the penis is no longer able. Now, I have to tell you. That is one real bummer of a situation! As one of my fellow United Methodist friends has told me in the past:

It does not matter where you get your sexual appetite, just so long as you eat at home.

So far, I have not attempted eating out sexually, as if I somehow could, anywhere outside of my home. My family is no doubt delighted.

I am also dieting and coping with other health issues. I will not bore you with those because they are pretty common and ordinary for a person my age. However, they sure can make a person feel down sometimes, and some of them—–the misery, coping, and treating—–demand too much of my mind and my available time.

Therefore, just like my friend Bruce Gerencser in northwest Ohio, I have not felt like writing much of anything here on the blog for the past few weeks. Sometimes, I just throw up my hands and ask the question:

Why am I even doing this blog writing?

It reaches so few people. Really……..very few people. How could my thinking and writing make any kind of worthwhile difference in peoples’ understanding of religion, politics, and life—–and positively affect their outlook on life? And really—–just think about it——how does a moron like Preacher Jim Bakker attract millions of T.V. viewers while a reasonable and level-headed Christian or nonChristian person like you—–or me——can attract the attention of only 10 to 60 people tops across the past six years. It hardly seems worth the effort, even on my better days.

I have other research and writing that I need to be doing in another academic area that, for the most part, does not involve the Christian faith, but the doing of it eludes me nearly every day. I seem unable to get there because of that 50 percent of unaddressed depression mentioned near the beginning of this blog article. I feel like a glowing ember when I need to be a confident and roaring bonfire.  Basically, I am just existing and surviving—–fairly happily——but kind of blah and unmotivated every day.

Have you read or seen the daily news lately? Have you seen the many awful things the so-called “Party of God” (GOP) has been doing over the past few weeks in Georgia and all across this country——I suppose with hearty “Amens” from Christian Fundamentalists and Conservative Evangelicals. In the New Testament, Jesus does not refuse medical healing to any person who asked or begged for it. He was most resistant to one old lady, but even she was healed by touching the border of his clothing.

Did you hear about the GOP in Arkansas? The legislature passed and the governor signed a draconian bill that allows healthcare providers to refuse treatment to certain people if serving them violates the personal conscience of the doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or whoever else. It is supposedly targeted mostly at LGBTQ people in nonemergency situations. However, you know how poorly people read the law and regulations. I predict It will be applied right and left in emergency situations. Persons will die from lack of treatment, and the healthcare provider will say he was not up-to-snuff on the finer points of the law. That is just how some people are and how some people intentionally operate if a law or regulation gives them some sort of plausible out.

Yes, I know ignorance of the law is no excuse in court, but I can just about guarantee you Judge Bubba Bub will not convict him or her anymore than he would have prevented the lynching of a black man in 1933. My question to them is simply this:

Which of these sick people would Jesus refuse to heal?

My copy of the New Testament tells me that Jesus would be loving, kind, and merciful——and gladly heal all of them. From where I sit on a humble and lowly office chair, losing its black leather hide, a wide and deep abyss separates American Christian Fundamentalists, Conservative Evangelicals, and most members of the Republican Party from the heart of Jesus. That abyss is so very wide and so very deep, even the Grand Canyon might have trouble imagining its true scope.

I can tell you something else with reasonable confidence too. LGBTQ people will not be the only ones who are affected by this savage, draconian GOP law in Arkansas. Everyday folks like you and I will be affected. I remember a news story—–one that stuck in my mind——where an American woman was in emergency need of a gynecological procedure and the nearest hospital was a Roman Catholic hospital. When the ambulance arrived at the emergency room, the doctor and hospital refused to help her because the medical procedure she most needed violated some sort of Roman Catholic dogma. Basically, the hospital kicked  the  woman and her husband out of the emergency room and told the ambulance driver to take her to another hospital. You know:

Goodbye. Hope she doesn’t die before you get there!!!

I suspect Pope Francis would have flamed every worthless ass in that emergency room, if he had been there in-person and looked into the scared eyes and grimacing face of that suffering woman. What kind of insanity has gripped the minds of so many Americans that they can think and behave in that heartless manner with no care whatsoever for her life—–and why does it reside almost exclusively in the hearts of some Roman Catholics, Christian Fundamentalists, Conservative Evangelicals, and most members of the GOP? What kind of Satanic cesspool do these people lie down in at bedtime to recharge their batteries for the next day? Something needs to change in this country—-and very soon.

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Charlie Hebdo, Queenie Sheebeenie, and Meghan Remarkable

by Charles S. Oaxpatu

Hebdo Cover

Charlie Hebdo is the leading satire magazine en France. Citizens of the United Kingdom are upset today because of the above cover on a recent edition of that magazine. In cartoon form, it depicts Queen Elizabeth II with her knee on the neck of Meghan Markle in a desperate attempt to subdue her—–as if Meg is a female George Floyd.

Frankly, I like it!!! It well reflects a certain public perception of how poorly Princess Diana and Meghan Markle have been treated at the hands of the British royal family. Sadly, given her position as the official head of the Church of England, one would expect Queen Elizabeth II to treat people with more love and grace. Right Prince Andrew? Certainly, the folks at Charlie Hebdo hold this opinion, hence the cover, and so do many other people here in the United States.

Even if Queenie Sheebeenie II is 94 years old, it is never too late for her to reform herself and The Firm. I do not think a public relations project to change public perceptions would do the trick right now, and it would almost certainly backfire. Authentic reform of Queenie Sheebeenie II, the other members of the royal family, and their behavioral patterns is needed, as well as reform of the petty bureaucracy of hired courtiers that round out The Firm.

“Love is all you need. Love is all you need. Love is all you need.” As the Holy Bible says, beneath God, that responsibility of love begins at home with the members of a person’s own family, and it spreads out from there to all of mankind. Are you listening Queenie Sheebeenie II? As head of the Anglican Church, you——of all people——should already know that and be applying it in your own life and the lives of your royal family members. Your first responsibility is not to the British monarchy and the tradition of the monarchy. Your first responsibility is to God——and then the members of your family, including Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who are now one person by marriage in the eyes of God. You cannot love one without loving the other. You cannot hurt one without hurting the other. Love in both heart and action is all you need.

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One in Four Evangelicals Believe in QAnon; 60 Percent Believe Biden Stole the 2020 Election

by Charles S. Oaxpatu

The word is deluded. Christian Fundamentalists and Conservative Evangelicals possess what I call “favorite words.” They are favorites by virtue of the fact that fundies use them frequently and seem to love them. One of those favorite words is “eschew.” Another one is “deluded.” Fundies, particularly fundie women on the Internet, delight in labeling anyone who does not believe exactly as they believe (on all points) as a deluded person. It goes something like this in daily practice:

Man on the Street: “Well, I believe my Presbyterian Church USA is just fine.”

Fanny Fundie: (Roll of the Eyes). “You are so deluded!!! Only the direct and immediate intervention of God himself can save you!!! I will pray for you.”

I have breaking news for you. One out of every four Evangelicals (25 percent) believe in the outlandish QAnon Conspiracy Theory. Three out of every five Evangelicals (60 percent) are convinced Joe Biden is an illegitimate president who was elected by crooked means (meaning former President Trump actually won the 2020 presidential election). You may read all about it by clicking on the following safe link:

Pastors are Leaving Their Congregation After Losing Their Churchgoers to QAnon

I ask you. Who is deluded now? Deluded is no longer just a favorite word in the Christian Fundamentalist and Conservative Evangelical churches. It appears to be a growing condition of unsound mind in Fundieland. If fundie preachers are actually quitting their churches because their pewsitters are on fire with passion for the Q, I suspect this delusion may still be growing in their churches. How much more will it grow, and how many well-meaning fundies will be sucked into this massive delusion before the bubble bursts? Your guess is as good as mine.

Think about it. America is secretly run by a hidden cabal of Satan worshiping pedophiles (and democrats) who drink the sacrificial blood of innocent human babies. Really? Give me a break!!! Puhl-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-ze!!!

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Are You a Christian Fundamentalist?

by Charles S. Oaxpatu

Are you angry? If so, you might be a Christian Fundamentalist. Christian Fundamentalism is a complicated subject. However, I think one definition of it is interesting just as a starting place, if you want to do a deeper study of Christian Fundamentalism. Check it out by clicking on the following safe hyperlink:

Are You Angry?

Just in case you are wondering, the ugly mug in the photograph heading that short article belongs to a very famous and very angry early 20th century evangelist. His name was Billy Sunday, and he spoke out often about wishing he could take his fists and punch out certain sinners and other people he did not agree with spiritually. You may read more about the life of Billy Sunday by clicking on the following safe link:

Biographical Sketch of Billy Sunday

Maybe someone should create a tee-shirt that says:




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