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.