Hope for America

American Christians who do not subscribe to Christian fundamentalism and conservative evangelicalism sometimes wonder if there is any additional hope outside the person of Jesus Christ himself. Everyone needs hope. No hope can be found in Donald Trump—that is for sure. But we millions, upon millions, upon millions of nonfundie Christians do have some reasons for daily hope in these dark, unkind, and merciless times. A little data research and compilation exercise was performed here at the blog, just for fun, and the results were both surprising and filled with hope for the future of the authentic Christian faith in the United States of America:

Jerry Falwell…………………….Dead

Tim LaHaye……………………..Dead

D. James Kennedy……………..Dead

Rousas Rushdoony…………….Dead

Adrian Rogers…………………..Dead

Hal Lindsey………………………Age 87

Pat Robertson…………………..Age 86

Jack Van Impe…………………..Age 86

Paul Pressler…………………….Age 86

Morris Cerullo…………………..Age 85

Bill Gothard……………………..Age 84

Charles Stanley…………………Age 83

Stuart Epperson………………..Age 82

Charles Swindoll……………….Age 81

Jimmy Swaggart………………..Age 81

Tony Alamo………………………Age 81

James Dobson…………………..Age 80

Bill Gaither………………………Age 80

Kenneth Copeland……………..Age 80

John MacArthur………………..Age 77

Jim Bakker……………………….Age 77

Josh McDowell…………………..Age 77

Bob Jones III……………………..Age 77

Morris Chapman……………….Age 76

Phillip Johnson…………………Age 76

John Hagee………………………Age 75

David Jeremiah………………….Age 74

Paige Patterson…………………Age 73

James Robison………………….Age 73

Richard Land……………………Age 71

Mike Murdock…………………..Age 71

Robert Tilton……………………Age 69

Bill Donohue……………………Age 69

Ken Ham…………………………Age 65

Kent Hovind…………………….Age 64

David Barton……………………Age 63

Joe Catholic……………………..Age 61

Etc., Etc., Etc……………………Age 60+

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Outrageous Fundie Nonsense and Abuse in North Carolina

Why are we and so many other American Christians so deeply and dedicatedly opposed to Christian fundamentalism and conservative evangelicalism in the United States.  Here is just one among many thousands of equally outrageous and infuriating examples:

Investigation of the Word of Faith Fellowship

Jesus.  Where are you?  Where has your love gone that you allow such things to exist and prosper in your name?  Where is your drawn sword when it is most needed?  Please go to North Carolina—Colorado Springs—Lynchburg—and all other such places—and take no prisoners.

Amen

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Fundie Leaders Have Direct Day and Night Access to Donald Trump

A lot of different things have happened along multiple pathways since the inauguration of Donald Trump as President of the United States. Some of these things are important, but they have received little press coverage. One pathway that should bear more public scrutiny is the ever-growing coziness between extremist fundie leaders and President Trump.

It has now been revealed that fundie leaders like James Dobson have direct, day-and-night access to President Trump by telephone. No! It is not White House switchboard access filtered by a government telephone operator, an executive secretary, or a high-level official—far from it.  If some idea or concern trots through the mind of a fundie leader at 3:00 a.m., all he has to do is direct-dial Trump’s cell phone number, and the big guy answers for a nice chat. Think about that for a moment (my emphasis):

The leaders of Christian fundamentalist and conservative evangelical extremism in the United States now have the exact same access to the President of the United States by telephone that your own children have to you.

It is my understanding that this kind of access by fundie leaders is unprecedented in American history. Even the Reverend Billy Graham, who was once a close spiritual advisor to President Nixon, had only filtered access to the President. This and other disturbing revelations are laid out in a recent news article that summarizes the Trump-Fundie Coziness Pathway that has developed since Inauguration Day. You may read it at the following safe link:

Trump and Fundie Extremist Leaders Cozy Up

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Let’s Cut the Crap and Be Honest Here

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 Figure 1.  John T. Scopes on Trial for Teaching Evolution in High School

Please give this a quick view:

Betsy DeVos on Education at the State and Local Levels

Betsy DeVos said:

I want to return power in education back to where it belongs—with parents, communities, and states.

Ms. DeVos, your new U.S. Secretary of Education and head of the U.S. Department of Education, is a died-in-the-wool Christian fundamentalist. When she was a child, did she matriculate through a local public school system (K-12) like you did and like our children do today?  No.  She attended Christian schools, sent her sons to Christian schools, and had her two daughters homeschooled. It is a well known and statistically supported fact that most parents who homeschool their children are Christian fundamentalists and conservative evangelicals who hate public education, despise their local public school systems, and falsely accuse them of being “indoctrination centers for Godlessness.”

In previous posts on this blog, we have discussed how Christian fundamentalists and conservative evangelicals regularly tell lies to the American people and communicate with each other in a unique code language that most fundies understand. The Betsy DeVos quote that began this blog article is a classic example of fundie code language.

Go above and read that quote again slowly and carefully. It is a code language message sent out from on-high in Washington, D.C. to Christian fundamentalist and conservative evangelical public school administrators, school teachers, parents, and students all over the United States.  What does it really mean?  Here is my best translation of this coded message:

We fundies worked for decades in our efforts to gain religious DOMINION over the tightly straight-jacketed federal government, and we failed miserably. Since that time, we have made an important discovery. State and local governments are pushovers!  They work on the “local good-ole-boy” system. Bubba is as Bubba does. Grease the palm of some local political Bubba or an influential businessman with the right offer or barter, and you are suddenly at Table No. 1 in Alice’s Restaurant. Play your cards right, suck up good, push the right buttons, and:

You can get anything you want at Alice’s Restaurant—including Alice. 

Moreover, we discovered it is easy to elect a Christian fundamentalist and conservative evangelical majority to a local school board.  Yes.  Your time is at hand—finally—at long last—and we are on your side.  You go ahead do whatever you like with state and local education.  The U.S. Department of Education will not dictate to you or unduly interfere with your local educational affairs. Feel totally free to do any of the following things and even more, which we know you have been hankering to do for many years:

(1)    Go to the ballot box and stack those state and local school boards with die-hard lay fundies and fundie preachers.

(2)   You local public school systems can go ahead and persecute LGBTQ school children and their parents as much as you like.  It’s okay. After all, God’s law in the Bible says the right thing to do is kill the faggot children.  If God wants them all dead, then what’s wrong with a somewhat lesser program of harassment, bullying, and systematic persecution?  Go for it!

(3)  Feel free to sneak some creationism, creation science, intelligent design, and teach the controversy into your K-12 science classes—and call it real science. We agree that Charles Darwin was wrong.  Evolution is a religion and not true science.  Just skip over Chapter 11 in that biology textbook.  Sure, it is against the law to teach creationism and intelligent design in a public school classroom, and the federal courts might come after you if they find out—but if you hide it well—they most likely will not. If you do go to federal court, know that the Trump Administration and U.S. Department of Education are on your side.

(4)   Just think of all those poor, poor, poor children in your classrooms.  You know the ones. Their moms and dads are apostate Christians (e.g., United Methodists), followers of other religions, atheists, agnostics, and “nones.” Throw away that First Amendment!  You go right ahead and sneak some fundie Bible studies and good, old-fashioned fundie evangelism into your local school classrooms.  Be sure and tell all the first graders that the only “true” Christians are fundie Christians, and if they do not become fundies, they and their parents are all going to burn forever in a skin-melting Hell where they will feel excruciating pain but never be able to die. Yes, it is illegal.  You will have to do it unobtrusively.  However, if you do go to federal court, know that the Trump Administration and U.S. Department of Education are on your side.

(5)  It is okay to teach American exceptionalism and revisionist history in your local K-12 social studies classes.  The United States really is the New Israel.  In the Revolutionary War, George Washington really was rendered bullet proof by an act of God. He really did throw a silver dollar across the Potomac River, and he really did chop down that cherry tree. The Biblical patriarch Moses really was a founding father of the United States. Senator Joseph McCarthy really was an American hero, and global warming is a left-wing, God-hater’s political plot to destroy the United States and its people. You can also teach them that The United Nations was established to be the future throne  of the Anti-Christ. Teach them that slavery had almost nothing to do with the War of Northern Aggression. Teach your children all this and tons more just like it. The Trump Administration and U.S. Department of Education are on your side now.

(6)   One of the great virtues of local control in education is the ability to communicate American conservative values to our children in the classroom.  You know:  God loves rich people more than poor people; all poor people are just lazy bums who refuse to work; racism is a good thing; white supremacy is good; black lives do not matter; money and material things are more important than people; he who dies with the most toys wins; sick people who cannot pay need to go ahead and die, etc.  Teach your school children all these indispensable conservative values and tons more just like them. The Trump Administration and U.S. Department of Education are on your side now.

(7)  Local community perspectives on science can now be taught as unvarnished truth in your public schools. Man-induced global warming is a hoax.  The Big Bang never happened.  The Earth is only 5,000 to 10,000 years old.  Dinosaurs  and humans lived at the same time and played together. Noah’s worldwide flood really happened, and it carved the Grand Canyon. All fossil hominids were just apes who had no relationship to modern humans. God really did clone Eve from Adams Rib—a famous restaurant in Chicago. Tobacco will kill all the worms in you horse’s GI tract.  If the wooly worms have more fur in August, it will snow more times the coming winter. If a dog bites a man under a full moon, the dog will bite humans again.

(8)   All this and far more just like it exhibit the true value of state and local control in American public education.  So, sneak all of this and so much more into your local public school classrooms—and sh-oo-oo-sh!!!  Mums the word.  We won’t tell if you don’t tell.   We have just punched your ticket.  Do whatever extremist, nutjob thing you like in the name of public education. The Trump Administration and the U.S. Department of Education have your fundie backs.

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Jesus the Christ and Steve Jobs

My on-line friend Adrienne at the Life of a Female Bible Warrior blog is fond of the notion that Jesus would be a modern day liberal in some measure if he were alive today.  I think she is right about that. Unfortunately, the Christian fundamentalists, conservative evangelicals, and high priests of the so-called Religious Right have succeeded in convincing their followers that the word “liberal” necessarily, always, and in all cases means “total and excessively depraved libertine.”  That is an outright fundie lie—like so many of the other lies they are fond of telling on the American stage.

Where am I going with this?  If you read your Bible closely, you will find that the Jesus of the New Testament really was quite liberal in the best meaning of that word, and he was a radically unconventional and rather rebellious-looking character on the Roman Judea stage of the 1st Century A.D.  Always remember. In a dictatorial political and religious environment, making the establishment angry will almost always get you killed. Realization of that fact and the good liberalism of Jesus brought to my mind a famous quote by the late American computer expert and entrepreneur Steve Jobs.  I think this quote also applies to the Jesus of Nazareth that I know.  Read it and see what you think:

Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.   ~ Steve Jobs (1955-2011)

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A Real Christian Woman Makes Her Stand

The recent blog post below was written by a Christian friend of mine—a very deep and devoted Christian who knows both the Christian faith and her Bible very well. I have to honestly say that I agree with nearly all the items on the list in her article. For all you Christian fundamentalists and conservative evangelicals out there who know your Bibles so poorly that you require proof text verses before you can understand or believe anything, I could give you one or more supporting scripture verses for just about everything on Gloriamarie’s list. For example, for No. 8 and No. 9, the following verses of scripture are especially relevant because indiscriminate dumping of hazardous waste and toxic substances into our groundwater aquifers,  streams, rivers, lakes, and oceans threatens both human life and the ecosystems, animals, and plants we depend upon for our drinking water and food:

Thou shalt not kill (Exodus 20:13)

The nations were enraged, and Your wrath has come. The time has come to judge the dead, and to reward Your servants, the prophets and saints, and those who fear Your name, both small and great, and to destroy those who destroy the earth. (Revelation 11:18)

The Earth is God’s creation, and He declared it to be good.  Those Christians who would despoil the good and life-sustaining Earth that God has created—and turn his garden into a sewer that breeds sickness and death—are walking on the wrong side of the two scriptures above.

But more importantly—more importantly above all other scriptures—the evil actions addressed in the list below are in direct violation of several major scripture verses—uttered from the mouth of Jesus himself. These are the verses Christian fundamentalists, conservative evangelicals, and the so-called Religious Right are famous for refusing to hear and take seriously. As a matter of both thought and action, these groups run from the following scriptures like a vampire runs from the Cross of Jesus, strings of garlic, and the rising sun. Read them and weep:

Jesus declared, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:37-40)

Please read Gloriamarie’s article below carefully and think about it. In addition, please note that I edited it slightly for minor typos, grammar, and punctuation (not content), and I reformatted it into a numbered list for spacing purposes and readability. The number sequence is not indicative of any priorities for the items listed.

This Is Where I Stand

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Gloriamarie Amalfitano

This is where I stand. To me, Facebook is a useful vehicle for my passion and activism. Our 45th President, his power hungry cronies taking positions of authority in his Cabinet and Administration, and the majority of Republicans in Congress are a real and active threat to me, my way of life, and all the people I love. Some people are saying that we should give Trump a chance, that we should “work together” with him because he won the election and he is “everyone’s president.” This is my response:

(1)  I will not forget how badly he and so many others treated former President Barack Obama for 8 years…

(2)  I will not “work together” to privatize Medicare, cut Social Security and Medicaid.

(3)  I will not “work together” to build a wall.

(4)  I will not “work together” to persecute Muslims.

(5)  I will not “work together” to shut out refugees from other countries.

(6)  I will not “work together” to lower taxes on the 1 percent and increase taxes on the middle class and poor.

(7)  I will not “work together” to help Trump use the Presidency to line his pockets and those of his family and cronies.

(8)  I will not “work together” to weaken and demolish environmental protection.

(9)  I will not “work together” to sell American lands, especially National Parks, to companies which then despoil those lands.

(10)  I will not “work together” to enable the killing of whole species of animals just because they are predators, or inconvenient for a few, or because some people want to get their thrills killing them.

(11)   I will not “work together” to remove civil rights from anyone.

(12)  I will not “work together” to alienate countries that have been our allies for as long as I have been alive.

(13)  I will not “work together” to slash funding for education.

(14)  I will not “work together” to take basic assistance from people who are at the bottom of the socioeconomic ladder.

(15)  I will not “work together” to get rid of common sense regulations on guns.

(16)  I will not “work together” to eliminate the minimum wage.

(17)  I will not “work together” to support so-called “Right To Work” laws, or undermine, weaken or destroy Unions in any way.

(18)  I will not “work together” to suppress scientific research, be it on climate change, fracking, or any other issue where a majority of scientists agree that Trump and his supporters are wrong on the facts.

(19)  I will not “work together” to criminalize abortion or restrict health care for women.

(20) I will not “work together” to increase the number of nations that have nuclear weapons.

(21)  I will not “work together” to put even more “big money” into politics.

(22)  I will not “work together” to violate the Geneva Convention.

(23) I will not “work together” to give the Ku Klux Klan, the Nazi Party, and white supremacists a seat at the table, or to normalize their hatred.

(24)  I will not “work together” to deny health care to people who need it.

(25) I will not “work together” to deny medical coverage to people on the basis of a “pre-existing condition.”

(26)  I will not “work together” to increase voter suppression.

(27)  I will not “work together” to normalize tyranny.

(28) I will not “work together” to eliminate or reduce ethical oversite at any level of government.

(29)  I will not “work together” with anyone who is, or admires, tyrants and dictators.

(30)  I will not support anyone that thinks it’s OK to put a pipeline to transport oil on Sacred Ground for Native Americans. And, it would run under the Missouri River, which provides drinking water for millions of people. An accident waiting to happen.

This is my line, and I am drawing it:

(A) I will stand for honesty, love, respect for all living beings, and for the beating heart that is the center of Life itself.

(B)  I will use my voice and my hands, to reach out to the uninformed, and to anyone who will LISTEN:

That “winning,” “being great again,” “rich,” or even “beautiful” is nothing… When others are sacrificed to glorify its existence.

If you agree feel free to copy and re-post (this results in larger numbers of people seeing a post).

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Biblical Inerrancy: The Little Precious of Christian Fundamentalism and Conservative Evangelicalism

You remember the story of Little Precious. Watch to see what it is and what it does to men:

Little Precious is the evil master ring that controls all of the other rings in the Lord of the Rings. Christian fundamentalism and conservative evangelicalism have their own Little Precious, which is the evil master ring that controls just about everything else in American Christian Fundamentalism and conservative evangelicalism. It is called “Biblical Inerrancy.”  If this Little Precious ever ceases to exist, the whole fundie house of cards will fall just like the evil Land of Mordor.

Christian blogger Zack Hunt has successfully engaged the Little Precious of Christian fundamentalism and conservative evangelicalism with his sword, and he has dropped it into the pool of molten magma under Mount Doom in Mordor. Talk about a butt kicking!!!  You can read all about it here:

The Fundie “Little Precious” Gets Its Butt Kicked

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