Brett Kavanaugh Will Sit on the U.S. Supreme Court

by Charles S. Garabedian

I have three things to say:

(1)  Brett Kavanaugh will now sit on the U.S. Supreme Court and do all the evil Trump, Christian fundamentalists, and conservative evangelicals want him to do. Good luck American citizens—because you are going to need it.

(2)  Do not give up the fight folks. In this unfortunate world, you live for the fight when it is all that you got:

(3)  Election Day is November 6, 2018. That is the day to respond to what has happened today. I plan to pull the lever against every Republican on my ballot. As the old saying goes: “There is more than one way to skin a cat.” Cat skinning of Trump, Kavanaugh, and the fundies who support them begins when the polls open on election day.

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Christian Fundamentalism, Brett Kavanaugh, and the Moment of Doom

by Charles S. Garabedian

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Americans today have many questions. One of the main questions we see so often is this one:

Why is our country so bitterly divided on almost everything today?

I know the answer to that question. It is as plain as the nose on your face. American Christian fundamentalism and conservative evangelicalism have ripped our nation and its people in half. Fifty percent of the American people have become the bitter enemies of the other 50 percent of the American people. David Gergen, a famous professor at Harvard University and nonpartisan advisor to both Republican and Democrat American Presidents, said it best on a recent CNN news show.  The United States of America is now in a state of “Cold Civil War.” That was not just rhetoric or hyperbole.  It is a fact—a stark and chilling fact—and I think we all need to just be honest—like David Gergen—and admit it.

Since about the year 1970, Christian fundamentalists and conservative evangelicals—people who regularly deal out hatred in the name of Jesus—have taught and encouraged 50 percent of the American people to hate the other 50 percent of the American people. When any group openly hates another group, the other group usually responds by returning that hate to the group that started it all. Christian fundamentalists and conservative evangelicals started it, and the spark that set off this conflagration was an evil man (in my honest opinion) by the name of Paul Weyrich. Paul Weyrich, who is now deceased, was the chief 1970s Republican Party political operative who consciously laid out and implemented a plan to politicize Christian fundamentalist and conservative evangelical churches—and turn them into blind feudal serfs of the Republican Party. He succeeded beyond his wildest dreams.

You may read about the life and work of Paul Weyrich by clicking on the following safe link:

Synoptic Biography of Christian Dominionist Paul Weyrich

Sorry folks. I would like to keep on writing and explaining in detail about all of this fundie hatred, why it exists, and how it got transferred to American politics—which I can do very well and quite concisely when I am calm—but I have to quit writing right now. I am just too upset and too torn apart mentally and emotionally to keep on writing. Yours truly is a Type II diabetic, and I just downed nearly a whole bag of Lifesaver Sours candy in a vain effort to contain my emotions. This Brett Kavanaugh nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court has just torn me to pieces.  It has torn our nation to pieces. Christian fundamentalists and conservative evangelicals are the people driving this nomination. They are the people who so desperately want it to succeed because they see it as an opportunity to take over a whole branch of the federal government (U.S. Supreme Court) and use it to impose their theological will by judicial force on the American people. I will just quickly close with the lines below.  Then I have to take a long drive in the night air and just try to chill.  Watch the news closely today and tomorrow, and you will see how the fundies are tearing our nation and people apart.

Christian fundamentalists and conservative evangelicals have a belief system that sees everything in human affairs as either black or white (evil or good). For example, black people tend to be evil, and white people tend to be good. They have almost no gray middle ground on anything when it comes to human behavior. The whole fundie belief system is based on extreme “all or nothing” thinking. To them, everything (great and small) in human affairs is part of a huge spiritual zero-sum game being played out in the spiritual realm.

Therefore, the word “compromise” is a dirty word to the fundie way of thinking because it admits that a gray area exists between black and white—something they cannot admit for fear that God will destroy them. In their minds, giving in one inch on some matter in human affairs is a 100 percent, full-mile sellout to whatever they define as evil. This extremist worldview prevents the fundies from being diplomatic—in order to create peace and harmony among men and women—because effective diplomacy always requires some degree of negotiation and compromise on both sides of a disagreement. When Paul Weyrich transported the fundies and their rigid fundie worldview into American politics, along with all that fundie hatred we know so well—the compromises essential to developing and maintaining unity, love, and peace among the American people ended. This fundie refusal to let the Republican politicians they support compromise on anything is the primary reason we have so much gridlock and bitterness in American politics today. It is the primary reason the U.S. Congress has so much trouble getting anything important done for the American people today.

President Donald J. Trump and the Republican Party are completely sold out to the fundies, and they are doing everything within their power to deliver this little precious (Judge Brett Kavanaugh)—this master ring to control all the other rings—to the Christian fundamentalists and conservative evangelicals. If the Republican cloture vote for Kavanaugh succeeds later today and Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court passes another U.S. Senate vote on Saturday, this nation will immediately enter one of the DARKEST PERIODS in its long history. True American religious freedom, as Thomas Jefferson and James Madison framed it, will slowly become a thing of the past. The civil rights and freedoms of American women, racial minority groups, and minority ethnic groups will be placed in extreme peril. LGBTQ Americans will be subjected to a coming nationwide program of discrimination and persecution beyond government ability to help them. All nonfundie Americans—including Mainline Christians—are going to end up suffering in many ways we can hardly even imagine right now.

Listen up Mainline Christian pastors. I have a warning for you. Do not kid yourselves. Christian fundamentalists and conservative evangelicals hate you and nearly everything you and your congregations stand for and believe. I have become painfully aware of this from the large number of fundies I have met on-line over the past 25 years, their many writings, and the things they say directly to me on-line in numerous venues.

To a Mainline Christian pastor, a fundie may look kind, loving, and friendly individually—like author Frank Schaeffer says. However, just like a lone piranha fish in an aquarium will not bite you, thousands of piranha schooled together in a South American river will eat you alive. It is the same with Christian fundamentalists and conservative evangelicals when they come together for a particular purpose or goal. For some odd reason, group psychology changes them, and they become collectively monstrous and dangerous.

In the coming years, Mainline Christian matters of faith and belief will be viciously targeted and assaulted in public by Christian fundamentalists and conservative evangelicals in this coming period of American darkness. Because you Mainline Christian pastors have stood on the sidelines and kept silent in the face of pervasive fundie evil—as you have always wrongly tended to do—your suffering will be great. At some point on Saturday, Brett Kavanaugh may be confirmed. If so, your time of sideline peace and tranquility will be ended. It will be all downhill for you and your congregations across the next several decades, and the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the U.S. Supreme Court will be of no help to you. Why? They will have been subverted and appropriated to the side of your persecutors. Mark my word. That moment could arrive for you—for all of us—on Saturday.

Pray. Please pray to Jesus that Brett Kavanaugh will not be confirmed—and if he is—pray for our nation and its future—because right now God is the only entity in the universe who can save our nation and our future from Brett Kavanaugh and the evil American Christian fundamentalists and conservative evangelicals are counting on him to do on their behalf.

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Bruce MacKinnon: The Rape of Justice

by Charles S. Garabedian

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The foregoing political cartoon by Bruce MacKinnon is going viral on the Internet right now.  Note the Republican Party cuff-link symbols.  This cartoon was just published in the The Chronicle Herald newspaper in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Cartoons like this one are the main reason why two-bit dictators who are new to power go after artists and journalists first. This cartoon was drawn in response to last week’s emotion-charged Senate Judicial Committee hearings about confirming Brett Kavanaugh to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court.

This kind of powerful imagery, which quickly invades ever tiny nook and cranny in the United States and around the world, is the last thing the Republican Party needs right before one of the most important elections in American history. I am an Independent voter, and this image will be uppermost on my mind when I step into my voting booth on November 6, 2018, to vote against the Republican U.S. Congress and its evil leader President Donald Trump—and I hope it will be on your minds too.

Many on-line articles have embedded polls that ask readers to register their feelings (positive or negative) about this political cartoon. I do not have a poll app set up on this blog, but the comments are open.  What do you think about this cartoon?

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Want to Know How Little the Fundies Care for Those Jesus Called “the least of these”?

by Charles S. Garabedian

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What if American Fundies Cared This Much?

Feel free to click on the My Profile button in the black strip at the top of the Flee from Christian Fundamentalism blog and read what I have to say about Christian fundamentalists and their near disregard for the needy Americans Jesus calls “the least of these.” Below is a brief excerpt from that larger discussion, where I argue that the fundies are so tunnel-visioned on evangelism that they have almost abandoned “the least of these.” Check it out:

Sad to say, many Christian fundamentalists and conservative evangelicals seem to believe that they have few, if any, obligations of Christian love and assistance beyond just [evangelism] and that alone. The “least of these” (and the legitimate needs of many other wounded and outcast men, women, and children in this life) often fall by the wayside. The fundies so easily forget that Jesus was a poor person and a social outcast in his own time on the Earth.

When I say things like that, I strongly suspect the average Christian fundamentalist or conservative evangelical gets hopping mad.  It probably sounds something like this in the middle of the hopping:

That’s a damned lie!!!  We care a whole lot about poor people and hungry people. A lie like that is just what I would expect to hear from the mouth of an apostate, so-called Christian driving 120 mph towards the gates of a fiery Hell!!!

Really? Take a look at this boastful quotation about famous Christian fundamentalist preacher Dr. Bob Gray, Sr. and his equally famous Texas Church on the Solve Church Problems website:

Dr. Bob Gray Sr. pastored for thirty-three years and has been an ordained Baptist preacher for forty-six years. He has taught and preached in every state of the Union but one, North Dakota and in seventeen foreign countries. He has written thirty-five books to help local churches deal with the ever growing demands on them. He pastored the Longview Baptist Temple for twenty-nine years. He became their pastor in 1980. Since then the church’s attendance grew from a low of 159 to averaging 2,041 in 2008. Dr. Gray retired March 1, 2009 and LBT called his son Dr. Bob Gray II to be their pastor. The last year Dr. Gray pastored LBT they baptized 4,466 converts. In his twenty-nine years of pastorate at LBT they had 1,116,887 people who trusted Christ for payment of their sins. 253,042 walked the aisles professing faith in Christ and 164,457 of those followed the Lord in baptism. LBT was the number two church in America in professions of faith and baptisms. $9,328,835.69 was given to missions and $335,584.81 to help the less fortunate in those twenty-nine years.

Let us do the math.  First of all, we will round the pocket change up to the nearest dollar. That makes it $9,328, 836 for evangelism and $335,585 for “the least of these.” Then we add $335,585 to $9,328,836 to get the total amount given of $9,664,421. Then we divide $335,585 by $9,664,421 and move our decimal point two places to the right to get the percentage of the total gift money that went to “the least of these.” It was 3.5 percent. Now we divide $9,328,836 by $9,664,421 and move our decimal point two places to the right to get the percentage of gift money that went to evangelism. The amount is 96.5 percent.

Across 29 years—a full 29 years—these fundies—down wealthy old Texas way—gave only 3.5 percent of their church money to help those Jesus called “the least of these,” and they spent a whopping 96.5 percent of it so fundie evangelists could jump around, whoop, and holler about John Barley Corn; the temptations of Eve; an angry, vengeful God; Lone Ranger Jesus; and the eternal “Fars O’Hayul.” Comparatively speaking, that 3.5 percent is mighty doggone close to a watered-down bowl of potato soup on a “good day” in Auschwitz?

I think this is just one reason—among many other valid reasons—that the American people and the teenage children of fundie adults are losing respect for Christian fundamentalism, conservative evangelicalism, and the so-called Religious Right. They know many things are not right in Fundieland, and they are fleeing from it.

Yes. Evangelism and Part I of the Great Commission, when lovingly and respectfully implemented, are important in the Christian faith. However, the fundies so easily forget that the Great Commission exists in two parts [Part I (Matthew 28:19) and Part II (Matthew 28:20)]. The problem with Christian fundamentalism and conservative evangelicalism is that they want to focus almost entirely on Part I of the Great Commission—and pretend that many of the commands, words, and deeds of Jesus that fall within Part II of the Great Commission are very low on their totem pole of concern. Oh sure, they may give them lip service in Sunday school class, but they do not see Part II of the great Commission as being deserving of their effort, time, hard work, and money.  This is precisely what Jesus meant when he said:

These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me (Matthew 15:8)

From the pathetic fundie giving to “the least of these”—like that laid out above—one would think Jesus and the Holy Bible have almost no concern at all for poor people, hungry people, sick people, and other members of “the least of these.”

No wonder Republicans love Christian fundamentalists and conservative evangelicals so much!!! No wonder the fundies love the Republicans so much!!! They are just like each other—and screwing half the words and deeds of Jesus and Part II of the Great Commission are among their favorite pass times.

Let us review just one of the major emphases of Jesus and the Bible that exist within Part II of the Great Commission:

What good does it do for a Christian fundamentalist or conservative evangelical—or his church—to yell out the following to a poverty-stricken sick person who just lost their health insurance because of fundie heroes like President Donald J. Trump or the Republican U.S. Congress:

Love ya man. Sorry to hear about that. Bye-bye now!!!

Loving your neighbor as yourself, as Jesus commanded, is not some novel abstraction. It is not something you just feel for a passing second in your heart—and then carelessly walk away without doing something. Loving someone is a matter of both heart and action. The Book of James in the Bible directly addresses this subject (James 2:14-26). Most Christian fundamentalists and conservative evangelicals run from those verses as if they were being chased by a carnivorous dinosaur:

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  Fundie Science at Work for the Benefit of Mankind (LOL)

What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them?  Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?  In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder. You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless? Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend. You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone. In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction? As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead (James 2:14-26).

This is another juncture where the fundies will get hopping mad and falsely claim that I am trying to say that a person’s salvation comes by works rather than faith in Jesus. That is not what I am saying at all. What I am saying is that fundie churches and individuals give a lot of hollow lip service to Jesus about loving the “least of these”—and then give only 3.5 percent or less of their faith purse to actually helping “the least of these.” That is being about as faithful to Jesus as the above gag dinosaur hypothesis is to modern science—meaning—not so much.

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Only 38 Days Until Election Day in the USA

by Charles S. Garabedian

Just remember folks. If you vote for any Republican U.S. Congressman or U.S. Senator on November 6, 2018, you will be voting to keep Donald Trump and his chaotic, crazy, evil mess going. Not only that, you will be making Trump stronger so he can do even more chaos, evil, and craziness.  Take a good look at this photograph and play the music video beneath it:

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Please folks. Enough is enough. The recent and highly divisive Brett Kavanaugh nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court  is just a minor taste of all the evil that will come our way if we do not do something.  Someone has to stop this Trumpian train of evil and all the public agony that comes with it. All of us have the power to stop it through peaceful means. That power is called The Right to Vote. I sincerely hope you will exercise that right on November 6, 2018—and by so doing—begin the process of saving the United States from Donald Trump; his Republican supporters in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate; and his personal cabal of sycophant Christian fundamentalist and conservative evangelical minions.

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Girl Child: Kicked Around, Bullied, Misunderstood, Outsider; Wrongly Called Ugly, Not Good Enough, Going Nowhere

by Charles S. Garabedian

Bradley Cooper has a new film coming out. He and Lady Gaga are the stars. It is a modern version of the famous 1937 American film A Star Is Born, which starred Fredric March and Janet Gaynor.  Trailer No. 1 was just released. You may take a quick look at it here, and I hope you will buy a ticket at your local theater when the movie comes out on October 4, 2018:

Just like the parables of Jesus in the New Testament, I suspect this short blog article is going to look inscrutable to Christian fundamentalists and conservative evangelicals. The above title is not about the character Lady Gaga plays in A Star Is Born. Instead, it refers to the real-life poor treatment and emotional agony Lady Gaga (Stefani Germanotta) experienced growing up in Yonkers and New York City in her K-12 years.

Her teenage persecutors apparently did not know who they were dealing with. God had given young Stefani many special gifts to overcome their evil—and thereby “bring to nothing those tormenting somethings.” Bullies always like to pretend they are hot stuff, and they puff themselves up with enormous pride to hurt innocent people. They look “oh so big.”  They look “oh so powerful.”  They look “oh so with it.” Some of them may be wealthy and at the pinnacle of some social ladder. God used Lady Gaga to cut their feet right out from under them—and by so doing—she gave love and hope to millions of bullied people, neglected people, and socially marginalized people. God used Lady Gaga to teach them that “God don’t make no junk” when it comes to people, and it is okay to love your neighbor as yourself—and yes—love yourself too in a merciful, kind, and respectful way.

To her tormentors, young Stefani Germanotta looked like a foolish thing, a weak thing, a base thing, a thing to be despised, and a thing that is not. Little did they know that Jesus had already laid a foundation for her in the words of the Apostle Paul 2,000 years ago. He had planted within Stefani seeds of talent that would bless her, suffering people everywhere on Earth, and all the rest of us who were willing to listen to her music and marvelous voice.  Check it out:

For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence.

But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption—that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the Lord” (I Corinthians 1:26-31).

Stefani was raised as a devout Roman Catholic home—with a faith in Jesus she has never renounced or left behind. CathNews, a service of the Australian Catholic Bishops Council, saw fit to publish the following article, which was first printed in The Washington Post:

Lady Gaga’s Provocative Faith

I know the Christian fundamentalists and conservative evangelicals are going to cry foul about what I have written here and what The Washington Post and CathNews published about Lady Gaga. The fundies are famous for dealing in hate and bullying—and have done so for the past 100 years. They are just like Stefani’s teenage tormentors. They will yell out:

She’s no Christian—look at her fruits—how she talks, dresses, and behaves!!!

Just ignore them. They know nothing about the arts and crafts of showmanship, and everyone knows that American Christian fundamentalists and conservative evangelicals have despised the Roman Catholic Church and devout Roman Catholics as far back as anyone can remember. Besides, after licking the dirty shoes of President Donald J. Trump for the past three years, Christian fundamentalists and conservative evangelicals have no moral standing left to criticize anyone.

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Could This Be the Reason for Brett Kavanaugh’s Failure to Recall?

by Charles S. Garabedian

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This is not what you might think at first. Why?  It is because the drunken person does not “blackout” in the sense that people normally associate with blacking out.  It is a different kind of “blacking out” from too much alcohol wherein drunks do awful things without ever remembering what they did. The alcohol-driven “blackout” induces amnesia.

There is quite a bit of literature out there on this subject, but I have not seen or heard a single news media person or political person bring this up as a possibility that might explain the great abyss between what Brett Kavanaugh recalls and what Dr. Ford, Ms. Ramirez, and Ms. Swetnick recall. However, we do know so far from numerous clues that a lot of these Maryland teenagers were frequently pickled—and I do mean lush-drunk pickled. Please give this a read and let us know what you think:

Blacking Out: Alcohol-Induced Amnesia

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