by Charles S. Garabedian
Two major and quite frightening national issues came to a head today in the news. Both were driven by American Christian fundamentalists and conservative evangelicals who are hellbent on doing the following:
(1) Taking over the United States of America as their exclusive personal property.
(2) Using our nation’s governmental authority and powers to dictate to you (as in dictatorial tyranny) what you must do and what you must not do—according to their religious belief system.
(3) Wrestle you and your family into personal submission to their fundie religious belief system so they can do whatever they wish with your lives, which includes causing you to deny your own conscience, taking away the civil rights you already have, and ensuring that you never gain the new civil rights you most need.
(4) Having the unmitigated gall to stamp the words “Approved by Jesus Christ” to every stupid, nefarious, and wicked fundie burden they choose to place on your backs.
You may have already heard about the two major issues I mentioned above if you have read or watched today’s news. If not, here is an encapsulation of what crystallized today:
ISSUE NO. 1
We have an American President (Donald J. Trump) who is openly and blatantly denying the legal rights the U.S. Congress possesses to exercise oversight of the Executive Branch of the federal government, rights clearly given to the U.S. Congress by our founding fathers under Article 1 of the U.S. Constitution.
President Trump took an official oath of office at his inauguration in January 2017 at the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. It is not an oath that was created by some person in recent times. The exact words of that oath are in Article 2 of the U.S. Constitution. Here are the exact words of that oath:
I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.
By functionally denying the U.S. Congress its legitimate constitutional rights to oversee the Executive Branch of the federal government, President Trump has violated Article 1 of the U.S. Constitution. By doing so, he has also directly violated the oath of office that he took. That is two direct counts in violation of the U.S. Constitution. The U.S. Constitution, in its famous Supremacy Clause, directly states that the words of the U.S. Constitution, including all of the amendments to it, are—and this is a direct quote:
The Supreme Law of the Land
I do not say this lightly, but it is as plain as the nose on anyone’s face. President Donald J. Trump is now a criminal president who has violated, is continuing to violate, and is further conspiring to violate the Supreme Law of the Land—the U.S. Constitution. In effect, we have a criminal U.S. President who has effectively, within the past few weeks, assumed the role of First Tyrannical Dictator of the United States of America—and in the coming months you will see him strive to further undermine the U.S. Constitution and consolidate his power and role as a dictator—striving each day to be a maximally effective leader like his current heroes: Vladimir Putin of Russia, President Xi Jinping of Communist China, Kim Jong Un of North Korea, Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines, etc.
Furthermore, the Christian fundamentalists and conservative evangelicals in our country support this tyrant to the full hilt—hoping with every fiber of their existence that Trump will deliver into their hands the long-awaited power to execute Items 1 through 4 at the beginning of this article.
ISSUE NO. 2
The state-level anti-abortion bill signed into law today by female Governor Kay Ivey in Alabama is the first major step in a primarily Christian fundamentalist and conservative evangelical effort to set up a golden opportunity for the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn its 46-year-old Roe v. Wade decision. This decision legalized a woman’s right to terminate an unwanted pregnancy. Furthermore, former U.S. Attorney Jeff Toobin, the Chief Legal Analyst at CNN, firmly believes that this effort will definitely succeed in the next few years. However, unlike Jeff, I do not think all is lost—not yet.
Women and girls of America! President Donald J. Trump, by his own words, is a “pussy grabber.” He and his two newest male appointees to the U.S. Supreme Court are now expected—in effect—to give every Christian fundamentalist preacher, conservative evangelical preacher, and Republican politician in the United States legal religious control over your crotch lips, vagina, cervix, and ovaries—and the rest of your body too. Just like in the stark novel, A Handmaid’s Tale, your bodies will no longer be your own. The federal government, state governments, and the fundie churches will own your crotch and the rest of you.
The fundies will claim their effort is all about saving the lives of human embryos, which they hope to legally define as a “person.” That is no doubt part of it, but for those of us who have studied the overall Christian fundamentalist and conservative evangelical agenda in depth for many years, we know there is far more to this effort than just that and that alone.
The long-term agenda of the Christian fundamentalists and conservative evangelicals is to legally ensure what they brazenly call “God’s Original Design for the Family” and take every American woman—regardless of religious affiliation or religious nonaffiliation—into full submission to the beliefs of the fundie churches and into full submission to the wills of their husbands. In effect, women and girls will once again—for all intents and purposes—become the legal property of their husbands, and the husbands will become their dictatorial overlords in the home and out in public—just like in Islamic countries. This is why many Americans already refer to Christian fundamentalists and conservative evangelicals—and I think rightly so—as the American Taliban.
Get ready American women and girls. The next fundie target will be illegalization of birth control. Why? The Christian fundamentalist and conservative evangelical reading of 20th century American history claims that the birth control pill began the so-called American Sexual Revolution of the 1960s. They believe safe and affordable female methods of contraception liberated American women and made it possible for them to pursue careers in the workplace, and they further blame “the pill” and other forms of contraception for destroying the ideal American family—as strictly defined by the fundie religious belief system.
Basically, to make a long story short, the long-term Christian fundamentalist and conservative evangelical agenda calls for making women the new peasants of the American home. Female education at colleges and universities—what a waste of energy on a woman who will be chained to the kitchen range for the rest of her life!!! However, women will be allowed to attend the Possum Holler College of the Bible so they can learn how to be better-quality slaves of the home in full submission to their husbands.
Women and teenage girls, welcome to your new official role as home-based breeding cows. Just like the women of the 1950s, your day will consist mostly of being pregnant, raising three to five children, house cleaning, grocery shopping, watching soap opera’s, and baking cookies for the church social. Then, just like in the 1950s, there might be the possibility of short-term volunteer service in the community, like the old southern tradition of serving on the local White Citizen’s Council and helping to decide which local negro will be lynched on the old oak tree in Mary Foster’s front yard. Christian fundamentalists and conservative evangelicals yearn for a return to the 1950s, which they regard as God’s perfect American decade. Never mind that the African-American citizen hanging from that tree would object strenuously to such nonsense.
Please listen to me American women and girls. You are in danger tonight—for the first time in many American decades—you truly are in danger. President Trump and his Christian fundamentalist and conservative evangelical supporters are coming after you via Republicans in state legislatures, state courts, and federal courts. Their goal—in so many ways—is to find legal means to take away your freedoms, to take away your rights to control your own bodies, and to enslave you. Women and girls, if there ever was a time in American history, now is the time to peacefully take it to the halls of government and to the streets to fight for your rights.
At most, I would guess that you have—maybe—just maybe—one year or a little more to work hard and head off a true disaster for American women and girls. If Roe vs. Wade is overturned by Trump’s new U.S. Supreme Court, American Christian fundamentalists and conservative evangelicals will be emboldened to take away even more of your hard-won freedoms.
American women and girls!!! You have a decision to make today. Christian fundamentalists and conservative evangelicals have put a “pussy grabber” in the White House. The question you have to answer tonight is simple:
Are you going to allow Christian fundamentalist and conservative evangelical leaders and preachers to walk straight into your “pussies” like a 16th century Spanish conquistador and plant a flag of fundie ownership into the floors of your vaginas?
Do You Want People Like These Planting a Flag of Ownership in Your Vagina?
Wake up American women and girls!!! I support you!!! Right-thinking men all across the United States support you!!! Now is the time to get busy and fight back hard!!! You can start with your local chapter of any major women’s rights group that supports Roe v. Wade. You can donate to Planned Parenthood, the American Civil Liberties Union, or Citizens United for Separation of Church and State.
Make your protest signs and take to the streets by the millions day and night—and keep at it. If you attend a church where women can organize around certain issues—go for it. The time to fight back has come—and time is short.
And remember, the Republican Party is no friend to American women as a whole, and an election is coming up next year. Please contact your Republican U.S. Representative, two U.S. Senators, and the President of the United States. Let them know that if Roe v. Wade is overturned or impinged, you are going to kick him or her square in the ass with your vote at the ballot box in November 2020. You kicked their sorry hind ends like an angry mule in the 2018 election. You can do it again in the 2020 national election—and I can assure you that they and their fundie sycophants will never forget it.
I only rarely ask this of my readers—but I will ask today. Please send this main blog article out to all of your friends, family members, fundies you know, nonfundies you know, your Facebook pages, Twitter accounts, and other social media platforms. Send it to your politicians. Send it to acquaintances, pastors, and other people all over the United States. Hang it at on-line bulletin boards. Spread it all over the nation—everywhere you can find. Spread it across the whole world. The time to fight back has come—and it has to be now—but let us all do it legally and peacefully in accordance with the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, as our Lord Jesus Christ, Mahatma Gandhi, and Martin Luther King, Jr. would want us all to do.
Fall down on your knees and pray earnestly to Jesus that this present Christian fundamentalist and conservative evangelical pestilence will soon pass over us. If you remember the Old Testament and the Jewish exodus out of bondage in ancient Egypt, this is the year to paint your lintels with “lamb’s blood” so this pestilence will indeed pass over you and your house—and if successful—you will have a passover to celebrate in the years to come. And never forget this one important fact. Jesus came, in part, to fulfill a promise God made to Eve after the fall. Women were the first humans to bear witness to the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Jesus came to set women free—and he did. It is up to you to defend and protect the gift he has given to you.