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LUSTING FOR POWER: EVANGELICALS AND REPUBLICANS

In Bureaucracy, History, Law, Politics, Social commentary on September 3, 2018 at 12:10 am

Republicans and Christian Rightists have something in common: Fear of losing their power to dominate the lives of their fellow Americans. 

The most recent proof of this came on August 27, when President Donald J. Trump met with Right-wing Christian leaders at the State Dining Room of the White House.

“This November 6 election is very much a referendum on not only me,” said Trump. “It’s a referendum on your religion, it’s a referendum on free speech and the First Amendment. It’s a referendum on so much.

“It’s not a question of like or dislike, it’s a question that they will overturn everything that we’ve done and they will do it quickly and violently. And violently.

“There is violence. When you look at Antifa—these are violent people. You have tremendous power. You were saying, in this room, you have people who preach to almost 200 million people. Depending on which Sunday we’re talking about.”

Donald Trump

Antifa is actually short for “Anti-Fascist.” It’s an amalgam of anti-Fascist groups which counter-protest white supremacists and neo-Nazis.

Republicans and Right-wing organizations have long dredged up bogeymen to frighten voters—and convince them that only Republicans can be trusted to protect them.

Antifa has emerged as the most recent of these bogeymen.

“You have to hopefully get out and get people to support us,” Trump told the evangelicals. “If you don’t, that will be the beginning of ending everything that you’ve gotten.”

Evangelicals have solidly supported Trump—despite:

  • His being twice divorced;
  • His multiple affairs (including one with porn star Stormy Daniels);
  • His documented ties to Russian oligarchs and Mafia chieftains;
  • His viciousness, greed, lying and egomania.

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Donald Trump and Jerry Falwell, Jr., at Liberty University

Yet evangelicals blasted President Bill Clinton for his extramarital dalliance with Monica Lewinsky. And they greedily accepted the fiction that President Barack Obama was a Muslim born in Kenya, even though his birth certificate says Hawaii and he has always attended a Christian church. 

So why do evangelicals fervently support Trump?

First, they see their influence eroding.

“Prior to 2008, white evangelical Protestants seemed to be exempt from the waves of demographic change and disaffiliation that were eroding the membership bases of white mainline Protestants and white Catholics,” said Robert P. Jones, CEO of Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) and author of “The End of White Christian America.”

“We now see that these waves simply crested later for white evangelical Protestants.”

According to a study by PRRI:

  • White Christians comprised 81% of the population in 1976. Today only 43% of Americans identify as white Christians, and 30% as white Protestants.
  • White Christians are aging. About 1 in 10 white Catholics, evangelicals and mainline Protestants are under 30, compared with one-third of all Hindus and Buddhists.
  • Muslims and Mormons are the youngest faith groups in America. Forty-two percent of all Muslims are under 30.  So are nearly one-fourth of all Mormons.

“The young are much less likely to believe this is a ‘Christian nation’ or to give preference to Christian identity,” said Jones. “Young people and seniors are basically inhabiting different religious worlds.”  

And Trump plays into that sense of victimhood:  

“You’re one election away from losing everything that you’ve gotten,” Trump said during his meeting with evangelicals. “Little thing: Merry Christmas, right? You couldn’t say ‘Merry Christmas.'”

Evangelicals lust to control the lives of those they have long hated and despised.  

Among these:

  • Atheists
  • Jews
  • Women
  • Homosexuals
  • Lesbians
  • Non-Christians
  • Liberals

They expect Trump to sponsor legislation that will—by force of law—make their brand of Christianity supreme above all other religions. And this will give them the status of the Official Religion of the United States.

Such legislation as The Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

This was signed into law on March 26, 2015, by Mike Pence, then Governor of Indiana.

This allows any individual or corporation to cite its religious beliefs as a defense when sued by a private party.

Officially, its intent is to prevent the government from forcing business owners to violate their religious beliefs.

Unofficially, its intent is to appease the hatred of gays and lesbians by the religious Right, a key constituency of the Republican party.

Thus, a bakery that doesn’t want to make a cake for a gay wedding or a restaurant that doesn’t want to serve lesbian patrons now has the legal right to refuse to do so.

And a hospital can legally turn away a gay patient if it wants to.

The bill passed overwhelmingly by both chambers of the Republican-controlled state legislature. And was signed into law by the governor who is now Vice President.

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Indiana Governor Mike Pence 

Both the leaders of the Republican party and those of evangelical congregations agree:

  • Women should have fewer rights than men.
  • Abortion should be illegal.
  • There should be no separation between church and state.
  • Religion should be taught in school.
  • Religious doctrine trumps science.
  • Government should be based on religious doctrine.
  • Homosexuality should be outlawed.

Evangelicals fear they are swiftly losing their once privileged place among American religious groups.

And Republicans fear they might lose control of the House of Representatives, the Senate and, ultimately, the White House to a “blue wave” this fall.

SONGS FOR THE HEADLINES

In Humor, Politics on October 12, 2011 at 4:50 pm

IRAN PLOTTED TO KILL SAUDI AMBASSADOR

Factions of the Iranian government plotted to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States with help from a member of a Mexican drug cartel, Attorney General Eric Holder announced on October 11.

Holder said the criminal complaint, filed in New York, alleges that “this conspiracy was conceived, sponsored and directed from Iran.”

Two men were charged in New York federal court.  One was a member of Iran’s special operations unit known as the Quds Force, a branch of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard.
 
The charges included:
  • conspiracy to murder a foreign official
  • conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction
  • and conspiracy to commit an act of international terrorism violating national boundaries.

Far more about this plot will undoubtedly be revealed in the months ahead.  But now seems as good a time as any to celebrate this Islamic nation’s approach to resolving its disputes.

 MULLAH IN THE SKY 

(To be sung to the tune of “Spirit in the Sky”) 

When I die in my suicide vest, gonna go to the place that’s the best.

When I lay me down to die, goin’ up to the Mullah in the Sky. 

Goin’ up to the Mullah in the Sky–that’s where I’m gonna go when I die.

When I die in my suicide vest, I’m gonna go to the place that’s the best. 

Prepare your bomb–you know it’s jihad.

Gotta have a friend in Allah.

So you know that when I die, gonna blow the lousy infidels goodbye. 

Gonna blow the lousy infidels goodbye, that’s what I’m gonna do when I die.

When I die in my suicide vest, I’m gonna go to my grave as a mess.

Never been a Christian–or worse a Jew.

I’ve got a friend in Allah.

So you know that when I die, He’s gonna set up with those virgins in the sky. 

Gonna set me up with those virgins in the sky, that’s what I’m gonna screw when I die.

When I die in my suicide vest, I’m gonna go to the place that’s the best.

Go to my grave as a mess.

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EVANGELICAL PASTOR SAYS “MORMONS ARE NOT CHRISTIANS”

Robert Jeffress, the evangelical pastor of First Baptist Dallas, said that Mormonism is a cult–and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is therefore not a Christian.

Jeffress, a supporter of Texas Governor Rick Perry for President, made his comments after introducing Perry at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C. on October 7.

Polls have consistently shown that most evangelicals believe that Mormonism is a cult.  As a result, many Republican political strategists fear that if Romney gets the GOP nomination, millions of evangelicals will sit out the election.

But one need not be anti-Mormon to dislike Romney.  He is, after all, a wealthy former CEO (Corrupt Egotistical Oligarch). 

And in a time where 25 million Americans are unemployed, many will find good reason to distrust the motives of a man whose economic philosophy is “my corporation, right or wrong.”

THE MITT ROMNEY THEME SONG

(To be sung to the tune of “Can’t Buy Me Love”) 

Can buy me votes, votes.
Can buy me votes.

I’ll sell you a load of crap my friend if it makes you feel alright.
I’ll pander any way you want if it gets me through the night.
‘Cause I don’t care too much for losing, money can buy me votes.

I’ll give you all a plastic smile if you say you’ll vote for me.
I may not give a damn for you, but what I got I’ll spend with glee.
I don’t care too much for losing, money can buy me votes.

Can’t buy me votes, everybody tells me so.
Can’t buy me votes, no no no, no.

Say you don’t need no Herman Cain or even Huckabee.
Tell me that you want a stuffed-shirt shit and you’ll get that with me.
I don’t care too much for losing money can buy me votes. 

Can’t buy me votes, everybody tells me so.
Can’t buy me votes, no no no, no.

 Say you don’t need no Herman Cain or even Huckabee.
Tell me that you want a stuffed-shirt shit and you’ll get that with me.
I don’t care too much for losing, money can buy me votes. 

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