An Old and Special Hymn for Donald Trump, Kevin McCarthy, and Mitch McConnell

by Charles S. Oaxpatu

It is just around the corner folks. A train’s a-comin’, and there ain’t no room left on board.  Just you wait and see. Just you wait and see. I feel it in my bones. Their time of reckoning is coming soon:

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Charles Oaxpatu’s Christian Fundamentalist and Conservative Evangelical Believe It or Not

by Charles S. Oaxpatu

More than 675,000 Americans have died from COVID-19 and its Delta Variant. This number surpasses the total number of American deaths in the 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic. The COVID-19 virus is still running rampant, especially in the American South, and the excesses of this current pandemic appear to be heading to the northern states.

With so much sickness and death at hand across the past two years, you would think people who claim to be Christians would be doing everything within their power to put an end to this pandemic. However, that is not true of many televangelists, preachers, and lay people in Christian Fundamentalist and Conservative Evangelical circles.

Here is just one major example—–believe it or not. Personally, I believe it. Please read the short article below and tells us if you believe it or not:

Right-Wing Preacher Cooks Up the Most Bonkers Plea Yet for a Private Jet

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Goodbye Gabby Petito. Yes, I Think You Could Have Made It.

by Charles S. Oaxpatu

Gabby Petito had it all. Youth. Pretty face. Perfect smile. Trim body. Excellent media voice. It is so sad to have to say “goodbye” when the whole world would have eventually greeted her with an enthusiastic “hello.” I really do think she could have made a good career in travel vlogging for You Tube or in broadcast news media/feature reporting.

Apparently, her boyfriend thought otherwise, and he was regularly delivering that negative message to her on their trip—as indicated in her smartphone messages—-if memory serves. She should have left him on the side of the road and driven her white van back to the New York City area, all the while reconsidering marriage to that guy. Did he kill her? I have no idea if he killed her body, but she seemed to think he was killing her mind and spirit. Sometimes people can spend way too much up-close and deeply personal time with people they think they love. Natural introverts like me need some time away to recharge their personal batteries. Maybe Gabby had that problem too, or maybe he did. Maybe both did.

All I know is that by someone’s cruel hand, Gabby died. In doing so, humankind was denied the presence and pleasance of a future media star. So sad.

Bibes Gabby. Maybe that enormous band of dead musicians on the other side needs a beautiful female emcee for their shows. You should apply for the job.

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Today May Not Turn Out to Be Trump’s “Big Rally Day” in DC

by Charles S. Oaxpatu

Donald J. Trump is not The Anointed One of the Lord, and he never has been. Today (Saturday, September 18, 2021) may not turn out to be his big day of personal glory, hailed righteousness, and holy vindication in the streets of Washington, D.C. Some Christian Fundamentalists, Conservative Evangelicals, Christian Nationalists, and other right wing extremists may think today is going to be their big day too. I doubt many people will show up to sing Trump’s praises there or at other locations around the nation. In Biblical terms, Trump is an evildoer and so are those many people, including many so-called “Christians,” who conducted sedition, insurrection, and rioting for Trump on January 6, 2021, at the U.S. Capitol Building. They came to do violence in support of Trump’s lies and his BIG LIE that the 2021 presidential election was stolen from him in a rigged election. 

Those few hundred Trumpite nitwits who do show up today had better behave themselves. You will no doubt recall what the Apostle Paul had to say about legitimately acting government authorities, such as the various police departments and U.S. Army National Guard units in Washington, D.C. Look here:

Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? Do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil (Romans 13:1-4).*

The local authorities were not prepared for the Trumpite onslaught that occurred at the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6, 2021. Unlike then, they are fully prepared for whatever comes today. The authorities will be appropriately armed, based on what they were confronted with last time. They will be fully ready, and based on the horrifying abuse they suffered last time, probably pleased as punch to pop some overly rowdy coconuts and use firearms on a few incredibly dangerous assailants. Any would be Ashley Babbitts would be well advised to stay home today and lie quietly in the middle of their beds.

On January 6, 2021, I strongly suspect the great mass of Trumpites who assaulted the U.S. Capitol Building thought this to themselves:

What are the authorities going to do against us? Look at our great numbers! We can do anything we want to here and get away with it. There are just too many of us. They can’t arrest and prosecute all of us, so let’s do our very worst….

The insurrectionists were dead wrong. They failed to account for the power of safety and security surveillance cameras, still shot cameras, and news media video cameras that captured their evil acts in progress. To date, based on camera evidence of criminal acts at the U.S. Capitol Building and other related evidence, more than 630 alleged insurrectionist criminals have been identified and are in the process of being formally charged with crimes. Even more individuals are in the process of being identified and charged. They will have their dates in a fair and just court of law.

You can bet your bottom dollar on one thing. Any small or large crowds that dare to show up today in support of Trump and the January 6 insurrectionists in Washington, D.C. (or elsewhere) will have cameras trained on their every move. Plain clothes authorities with hidden body cameras will no doubt infiltrate the Trumpite crowds to capture close-up any violence that might occur and those Trumpites who are perpetrating it.

No human being—–not even I—–knows for certain what will occur with the demonstrating Trumpites in Washington, D.C. and elsewhere today and across the rest of this weekend. My preferred news outlet—–the Cable News Network (CNN)—–will be providing all-day coverage of the Trumpite demonstrations around the nation today. News coverage will most likely begin at 6:00 a.m. EDT on the weekend version of the New Day program. Will the Trumpites show their true colors today like they did on January 6, 2021, or will they be peaceful? We will know by the end of this weekend.

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* Christian Fundamentalists and Conservative Evangelicals have a ridiculous interpretation of the term “higher powers” in Romans 13:1-4. They believe this term refers to individual men and women in government—–no matter how evil they might be and no matter what evils they may commit against their own people. From their unique fundie perspective, God himself put Adolf Hitler, Vladimir Lenin, Pol Pot, and Donald J. Trump in power over the people of their countries as a “blessing” to them—-and that was good, right, and true simply because God does this with all governmental leaders and authorities who come to power over their peoples.

I have a different view of scripture here. I think the term “higher powers” does not apply to individual governmental leaders and authorities. Instead, it refers to positions of power like the classified job positions in the Department of Human Resources in a corporation. In other words, God established the position of President of the United States, Circuit Court Judge, Police Officer, etc. Those positions are the higher powers. The individuals who hold those positions are quite a different matter. Some govern wisely and justly, and some are just plain evil. Throughout the Old Testament and New Testament, God makes it crystal clear that he is very unhappy with evil kings and other individuals in authority who are consistent evildoers, even down to local people in authority who deal in unjust weights and measurements in commerce and evil shenanigans in governmental tax collection.     

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Abortion and the Recent Anti-Abortion Frenzy in Texas———-and Nationwide

by Charles S. Oaxpatu

This is the time of the year when very few people visit the Flee from Christian Fundamentalism blog because of outdoor summer activities and getting kids ready for a new school year. That is one reason—–among others—–why I have not been writing much for you lately. Nonetheless, the new, draconian anti-abortion law in Texas and the high-court inaction that allowed it to stand made a lot of news this past week. Therefore, I thought it necessary for me to say something about it. For now, I will let the following three articles speak for me. Please give them a read by clicking on the following safe links:

As Texas Ban on Abortion Goes into Effect, a Religion Scholar Explains That Pre-Modern Christian Attitudes on Marriage and Reproductive Rights Were Quite Different

The Easy, Selective Morality of the Pro-Life Movement

Mess in Texas: A Theocracy That Enshrines White, Male Power

Have a happy Labor Day weekend and prepare your minds, hearts, and souls for the massive, 1,000-foot-tsunami of COVID-19 (Delta Variant) sickness and death that will crash down hard upon the unvaccinated people of our country within three to 10 days after September 6, 2021. It will be driven by the contagious social interactions of holiday travel, holiday parties, family get-togethers, college football tail gating, packed restaurants/bars near colleges and universities, and hundreds of thousands of people packing themselves like sardines into university and municipal football stadiums.

If you think the current surge of infections is really bad, you ain’t seen nothing yet. Just wait until a few days from now. This will be only the beginning, and the coming mass of infection and death will increase by leaps and bounds across the next six months until it finally tones down some about April 30, 2022. Six months of pure hell stretches out before us—–and it will be happening as a direct result of all the people who refuse to get vaccinated and all the people who refuse to wear KN-95 face masks.

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NonFundie Christians and NonChristians: What Do We Do with Antivaxxers Like This?

by Charles S. Oaxpatu

Michael Ryan at the The Kansas City Star newspaper has written a really interesting article you may want to read. After reading it, the only emotion I could feel was anger at the people who refuse to get vaccinated against COVID-19—–for no sensible reason. They make up about 30 percent of the American population. Please click here to read the article:

‘As They Are Being Intubated, They Still Don’t Believe It.’ The COVID Denial Won’t Die

What is the matter with these people? How is this kind of denialism even possible? What do we do with people like this? Comments are open.

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Face Mask and Vaccine Rules: Un—–be——lievable————–But True

by Charles S. Oaxpatu

Please. Pinch me hard to see if I am having a nightmare. Surely, what is happening in the article below has to be something that happens only in a really bad dream—–not in any form of everyday reality.

No folks. It is not a bad dream. This is current reality. Give this article from the Associated Press a read and explain why this is happening. This is madness, insanity, and a true leap off the deep end. Click here and read:

Parents Get Coached on How to Escape Mask and Vaccine Rules

Why have so many people gone so recklessly crazy?

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Pure Truth in a Single Image

by Charles S. Oaxpatu

Please take a close look at the image below and let it burn deeply into your brain cells. The statement it bears is pure truth and excellent advice:

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Image Credit: Reverend John Pavlovitz

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Vaccine Evangelism for Christian Fundamentalists, Conservative Evangelicals, and Other Stupid Assholes

by Charles S. Oaxpatu

You have to read these two articles to believe them. If you have not read them in some other media venues, here is your big chance. Please click on the following two safe links and give them a close read:

I’m a Former Fundamentalist and We’re Approaching Anti-Vaxxers All Wrong

My Fellow Evangelicals, Please Trust the Gift God Has Given Us in COVID-19 Vaccine

Does anyone seriously think these two approaches would actually work to get large numbers of Christian Fundamentalists, Conservative Evangelicals, and other stupid assholes vaccinated against COVID-19 and its currently known variants? Yes, I know that is strong language on my part, but I am getting so utterly tired of seeing these unvaccinated people willfully kill and maim themselves and other people—–even children—–through their vaccine refusals. How can those who claim to be Christians keep on doing this?

The truth of the matter is that most of today’s Christian Fundamentalists and Conservative Evangelicals are just like the scribes and pharisees in the New Testament. They are stubborn; stiff-necked; unmovable in what they believe; and seemingly impervious to good sense, knowledge, facts, and truth. During his ministry on Earth, Jesus tried hard to get through to the scribes and pharisees as a group—-and with a few individual exceptions—–pretty much failed. His efforts culminated in one last, desperate attempt to reach the willfully unreachable. That was his famous “I’ve had it with you jerks” tirade in Matthew 23. If you are not familiar with it, I urge you to grab a copy of the Holy Bible and read it carefully.

As the Apostle Paul said, more or less, when it comes to matters of patience, every man has a breaking point beyond which he is unable to continue in patience—–without exploding. Matthew 23 was that final point where Jesus had had all he could take in reasonable patience with the scribes and pharisees. He exploded on them! If Jesus were walking the Earth in human form today, I strongly suspect he would explode (Matthew 23-style) on the Christian Fundamentalist and Conservative Evangelical anti-vaxxers.

Enough is enough! All of us have been more than patient and even desperate about encouraging modern Christian Fundamentalists, Conservative Evangelicals, and other willfully stupid assholes to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and its variants. We have utterly failed with approximately 50 percent of all Americans. That 50 percent is killing and maiming itself and its neighbors—-including their children. The time for patience with these reckless people was exceeded long ago. The time for a Jesus-like explosion has arrived. The time for verbal action and societal action against these anti-vaxxers has finally come.

I am not talking about physical violence We do not encourage or approve of such violent behavior on this blog. However, I do think the time has come to verbally brutalize these anti-vaxxers in the media, and it is time for the American people to begin placing serious social sanctions on those who refuse to get vaccinated. Requiring a proof-of-full-vaccination card should now be necessary for all individual people to engage in acts of economics and commerce. What do I mean by that? Try this:

May I see your COVID-19 vaccination card? No person may shop for groceries in our store without presenting an official COVID-19 vaccination card showing full vaccination, including all available booster vaccinations.

The time has come for a nationwide COVID-19 vaccine mandate and mask mandate for all people who can safely wear face masks and take the COVID-19 vaccines. It is time for felony-level criminal penalties (high-dollar fines and/or imprisonment) for any person willfully refusing to get vaccinated. No portion of any human society should be allowed to recklessly kill off and maim so many other people—–and be allowed to get away with it. American freedom does not, and never has, included a fundamental right to recklessly kill off or seriously injure one’s fellow citizens.

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Nanci Griffith Died Yesterday

by Charles S. Oaxpatu

Nanci Griffith II

Nanci Griffith, a native of Texas, was one of my favorite songwriters and singers in the folk music/pop music/country music realm. She had a brilliant musical mind and a unique singing voice that was unmistakable. Nanci died yesterday in Nashville, Tennessee, at the age of 68. I just found out about it a few minutes ago, and I feel the usual shock that comes with the sudden and unexpected death of a beloved person. My shock will no doubt evolve into sadness in the coming days.

Yes. I heard what you just said:

Nanci who?! Never heard of her! Must not have lost very much.

You may read about the life of Nanci Griffith and her long musical career by clicking on the following two safe links:

Obituary Article on Nanci Griffith

Wikipedia Biographical Article on Nanci Griffith

As many of you know, I am a native of Nashville. A Nashville area friend of mine (Joe David McMahan) introduced me to the music of Nanci Griffith about 30 years ago. After being enchanted by her voice, I bought several of her most famous albums and attended one of her live concerts circa 1993. You may listen to a few of Nanci’s songs by clicking on the following safe links:

From a Distance (Written by Nanci’s friend Julie Gold). Nanci Recorded this Song First and Before Bette Midler Ever Touched It

Love at the Five and Dime

Once in a Very Blue Moon

I Wish It Would Rain

Late Night Grand Hotel

Jesus said he was the way, the truth, and the light. If you are suffering from intellectual, mental, emotional, or physical abuse in a Christian Fundamentalist or Conservative Evangelical church, it is a safe bet that the light of Jesus is not shining in your fundie church. You are trapped in a place of incredible darkness that is merely masquerading as light. The only thing that awaits you in that church is far more abuse and suffering—-many more years of it.

You need to leave that fundie church, leave all that darkness behind, and find the abundant love and light of Jesus Christ——Light—–Light—–Light. You can find that true Light and love that you long for in a Mainline Christian church such as a liberal United Methodist Church, the United Church of Christ, or the Evangelical Lutheran Church. The light and love your heart seeks is indeed—–out there.

Nanci Griffith asked a key question of her closest friend, Mary Margaret, when they were adult women. She wrote a song about it and asked Mary Margaret that question. What about the lights? The lights in Nanci’s song are not about Jesus. They are the night lights and performing-stage lights of a big, faraway city. Nonetheless, you can think of those lights as Jesus—–the real Jesus—-not the plastic pink flamingo Jesus of the IFB churches, SBC churches, and most other fundie churches. You can leave your Christian Fundamentalist or Conservative Evangelical pall of darkness behind right now and run toward the light of Jesus and a better, nonfundie church.

Here is one of Nanci Griffith’s most famous songs. Listen closely to every word of the song, and listen to the key question: What about the lights?  Put another way: What about the Light? Please click on the following safe link to hear the song:

There’s a Light Beyond These Woods Mary Margaret

I have some hope that we Americans will eventually unite once again and put the many lies and sociopolitical horrors of the past four Trumpian years behind us. We Americans have been through many past trials and tribulations, and we have overcome them.  This Nanci Griffith song is about a past American horror and how we overcame it:

Trouble in the Fields

British writer and poet John Donne wrote the following famous lines:

Any man’s [or woman’s] death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.

The death of Nanci Griffith diminishes me. It diminishes all of us, whether we know it or not. Now you know about Nanci and what we have all lost.

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