Trump’s America Votes Against Condemning Death Penalty for Gays

America under Trump distinguished itself again late last week at the United Nations by opposing a simple resolution condemning an archaic Old Testament edict calling for the death penalty for committing a “capital crime” the Christian god says is “detestable.” It is no coincidence that under an extremist evangelical administration, the Trump ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, toed the evangelical line and voted with other religious regimes opposing a U.N. Human Rights Council resolution condemning the death penalty for homosexuality. It is important to note that Trump just endorsed evangelical malcontent Roy Moore of Alabama who has intimated often that according to his religious belief, homosexuality should be criminalized – gays have to be punished because “it’s in the bible.”

America was one of 13 nations in the minority voting against the United Nations resolution that condemned the practice of killing human beings because they love someone of the same gender. The so-called “land of the free” joined extremist religious nations such as Iraq, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar, and Saudi Arabia to vote against the U.N. resolution condemning the execution of human beings for whom they love.

It is noteworthy that the U.N. resolution  stops far short of actually calling for an end to the death penalty because that is a bridge too far. The resolution simply condemns its use “in a discriminatory fashion;” such as singling out members of the LGBTQ community and executing them for not adhering to archaic religious rules.

As noted by the “International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Intersex Association” (ILGA), besides targeting gays for death, the U.N. was condemning the death penalty to punish adultery because it is regularly and disproportionately imposed on women. America voted against condemning executing people for adultery, blasphemy, apostasy and homosexuality; all designated as sins against the god of the bible and embraced with religious fervor by extremist theocratic nations.

The ILGA’s executive director, Renato Sabbadini, remarked in a statement just how atrocious some countries’ laws against being gay are. Mr. Sabbadini said:

It is unconscionable to think that there are hundreds of millions of people living in States where somebody may be executed simply because of whom they love.”

A spokeswoman for the Trump State Department, Heather Nauert, attempted to assuage the shock and outrage the vote engendered and gave a bizarre explanation for why Trump directed his U.N. Ambassador to vote with theocratic nations stuck in the Bronze Age. Besides opposing any criticism for the death penalty, Ms. Nauert said:

The United States unequivocally condemns the application of the death penalty for conduct such as homosexuality, blasphemy, adultery, and apostasy. We do not consider such conduct appropriate for criminalization. Okay? I hope that’s clear.”

That remark is not clear, it is a giant pile of bovine excrement and stunning the State Department would dare issue such a remark.  If the United States “unequivocally condemns” killing people for that conduct; why did Haley vote against “unequivocally condemning” killing people for that conduct? And the “official” Trump State Department claim that they were opposing “condemning the death penalty in all circumstances” is just more bullshit after being railed on by civilized human beings.

The director of the Human Rights Campaign Global, Ty Cobb, issued a “scathing statementsaying:

Ambassador Haley has failed the LGBTQ community by not standing up against the barbaric use of the death penalty to punish individuals in same-sex relationships. While the U.N. Human Rights Council took this crucially important step, the [extremist evangelical] Trump/Pence administration failed to show leadership on the world stage by not championing this critical measure. This administration’s blatant disregard for human rights and LGBTQ lives around the world is beyond disgraceful.”

What was beyond disgraceful was Nikki Haley following her boss’ lead and lying in defending the vote, but only after harsh criticism. She even used Trump’s media outlet, “Twitter,” to claim the Trump administration “have always fought for justice for the LGBT community.”

Not content to lie just once, Haley also lied in saying that:

The vote that took place in Geneva is the same US vote that took place under the Obama admin. It was not a vote against LGBT.”

More bullshit and two more easily debunked dirty lies. First, during the Obama Administration the United States “abstained” from voting on a similar resolution because America as an institution just enjoys killing people. And second, there was no reference to gays in previous resolution; the “LGBT language was newly-added this year.

Haley was also lying when she said the Trump administration has “always fought for justice for the LGBTQ community” and she knows she was lying. Trump has rolled back protections for LGBTQ people quietly and in the case of transgenders, it has been very public. In fact, the Trump administration has already won the distinction as being the most “anti-LGBTQ administration” in modern history. When the Trump administration did have an opportunity to demonstrate fighting for justice for gays on the world stage, especially to condemn the practice of applying the archaic Old Testament death penalty, they said no.

Although the “no” vote rankled no small number of Americans, it likely thrilled Trump’s supporters in the extremist evangelical sector. There are still five states in America that carry anti-blasphemy laws on the books, and plenty of extremist evangelicals would be thrilled to see the death penalty imposed for being gay; Trump just endorsed one of those extremist evangelicals to represent Alabama in the U.S. Senate.

When given an opportunity to join 27 civilized nations in condemning application of Old Testament punishment for being gay, apostasy, blasphemy and adultery, Trump’s America “officially” said no; we won’t condemn it. Lying after the fact that Trump’s America condemns killing people who fail to conform to archaic bible edicts doesn’t change the fact that “officially” America does not condemn killing people for being gay. That official stance portends bad things for all Americans who think they are not living in an aspiring radical evangelical theocracy.

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Court Rules Against Kentucky’s Religious Abortion Law “With Prejudice”

As expected, women in Donald Trump’s America have already suffered assault after assault to their rights. There has been no good news for women since Trump’s poorly attended inauguration and it is likely there won’t be at the national level until the “pussy-grabbing” misogynist is out of the White House and Republicans lose control of both houses of Congress. However, there was a sliver of good news late this week at the state level when an evangelical extremist governor suffered a blow from a federal judge in Kentucky.

In the ruling handed down in an opinion that only required one page, Federal Judge David Hale told Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin that his cherished anti-woman law violated the Constitution. What that means for Kentucky women, and their healthcare providers is that they will no longer be forced into undergoing an ultrasound prior to terminating a pregnancy.

The law, H.B. 2, which was enacted in January, required doctors to perform an ultrasound and attempt to show an image of the fetus and play audio of its heartbeat to a pregnant woman before performing an abortion. Instead of being truthful and admitting that the barbaric law was the work of radical evangelical extremists, upon signing it Bevin hailed the law as “protect[ing] our most vulnerable, guaranteeing important freedoms for workers and setting our Commonwealth on a course for unparalleled opportunity and prosperity.”

It’s unclear exactly how forcing physicians to perform an ultrasound to demean the woman “guaranteed freedoms for workers” when it forced doctors to perform an unnecessary procedure, or set Kentucky “on a course for unparalleled opportunity and prosperity.” But it sounds more reasonable than Bevin explaining the real reason for the law; to control women, deny them their constitutional rights, and dictate to doctors how to practice medicine according to radical evangelical extremists.

Bevin was being honest when he saidIt is an honor for me to sign into law these historic pieces of legislation” because his evangelical bent informs his intent, and honor, to control women’s reproductive lives and force doctors to do the bidding of the radical evangelical extremists running Kentucky.

The Federal Judge’s ruling is just months after Bevin attempted to shutter EMW Women’s Surgical Center on “his claim” it didn’t meet state health requirements.  A lawsuit was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on behalf of the woman’s clinic and said:

If EMW is forced to close its doors, there will be no licensed abortion facility in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Kentucky women would be left without access to a critical and constitutionally protected medical procedure.

Of course that was Bevin’s, and the Kentucky legislature’s, intent and it inspired the Judge to issue a tersely worded one-page decision slapping the evangelicals down like they deserved. The key part of the very short ruling said:

The defendants (Bevin et al) “are permanently enjoined from enforcing H.B. 2 by civil action, criminal proceeding … or any other means of penalizing any person for failure to comply with H.B. 2 by by civil actions criminal proceeding, administrative action or proceeding, or any other means; and applying, imposing, or requiring compliance with, implementing, or carrying out in any way any part of H.B. 2. This action is DISMISSED with prejudice and STRICKEN from the Court’s docket.” (Judge’s bold and caps)

In a statement the ACLU said the ruling was a “vindication of the rights of Kentuckians and their physicians.” A senior staff attorney with the ACLU’s Reproductive Freedom Project, Alexa Kolbi-Molinas also said in the statement:

We are pleased that Kentuckians will no longer be subjected to this demeaning and degrading invasion into their personal health care decisions. This ruling puts us one step closer to getting Kentucky politicians out of the exam room.”

If Ms. Kolbi-Molinas were more forthcoming and not terrified of butt-hurting the evangelical extremists behind H.B. 2, she would have said the ruling puts “us one step closer to getting Kentucky evangelical extremists out of women’s vaginas.” But she made her point. As anyone with a pulse comprehends,  although it was Kentucky’s Republicans “in the exam room” and physicians’ medical practices, they were driven by evangelical interlopers to impose their bastardized religion on women and their medical providers.

It is true that this victory is noteworthy, but Kentucky is just one of the many Republican-controlled states on a tear to criminalize a legal medical procedure on religious grounds. Kentucky’s other attack on women is a ban on abortions at 20 weeks of pregnancy, but the lawsuit only focused on “forcing doctors to perform ultrasounds” and not the 20-week ban. The evangelicals running the House of Representatives are set to vote next week on a federal version of H.B. 2 and never one to pass up an opportunity to punish women, Trump pledged to sign that 20-week abortion ban. It is unclear if the federal attack on women’s rights will advance past the Senate, but this Federal Court ruling may inform religious Republican senators that passing laws targeting a legal medical procedure is unconstitutional.

As this column has complained about relentlessly, neither the Federal Judge nor the ACLU ever mentioned that these and other attacks on women’s reproductive rights are founded solely on a genuinely bizarre version of Christianity championed by the radical evangelical personhood movement, and the Vatican. It certainly leads one to believe there is a federal law or article in the Constitution prohibiting anyone from uttering an unkind or accusatory word against a specific religion. Conservatives have no issue defaming other religions.

Despite spending no small amount of time studying the U.S. Constitution, and the U.S. Code, this author can find no state or federal law, or statute, or article in the Constitution banning any American from uttering an untoward comment about religion. Kentucky’s H.B. 2, like the House’s ridiculous fetal pain legislation, is founded on an absurd religious belief and according to the First Amendment, religious beliefs cannot be legislated into law. It’s damned high time women’s advocacy groups and Democrats, and Federal judges acknowledge that it is patently unconstitutional to legislate the establishment of religion; particularly legislating religion to punishing non-compliant women.

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Roy Moore’s Win is a Symptom of the Radical Evangelical Voter Plague

Something happened on Tuesday that epitomizes everything wrong with America, and this isn’t just about some conservative Christian malcontent  or criminal conspirator posing as a politician; it is about a plague in the electorate. The real plague destroying this country is the people who consistently elect lawless individuals who are either employed to do the bidding of special interests over the people, or they refuse to adhere to the laws of the land; particularly “the” law of the land the U.S. Constitution. Alabama candidate for Senate Roy Moore is the personification of every one of those “plagued” voters sick dreams and desires.

Likely, no small number of Americans delighted in the results of Alabama’s special election to replace Jeff Sessions because the wild extremist Trump backed lost. However, no sane American is celebrating bigoted, and disgraced former judge, Roy Moore’s victory. More likely they are dumbfounded that Alabama voters gave a victory to a radical evangelical extremist who had to be removed from the Alabama Supreme Court twice because he refuses to acknowledge that the U.S. Constitution is the law of the land.  Moore acknowledges “laws,” but they are Old Testament laws as interpreted by Roy Moore.

This is kind of the freak-of-nature Alabama Republicans want representing them in the United States Senate after he takes the “so help me god” oath to support and uphold the U.S. Constitution. Moore has taken that oath at least twice in the past and like Trump he violated it with great zeal and even greater support from radical evangelical extremists.

Roy Moore is a Donald Trump, Jeff Sessions, Ted Cruz, Mike Pence, Joe Arpaio, Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee kind of freakoid encapsulated in one dangerous human being; the kind of human being Alabama Republicans want representing their interests in the U.S. Senate.

He is more evangelical extremist than Pence, Palin, Cruz and Sessions, and as opposed to the U.S. Constitution as Trump, Sessions, Arpaio and Huckabee. Moore is the kind of “politician” more than just Alabama voters are desperate  to see in important leadership positions. What happened in Alabama is a portent of what is happening more often across nation; voters opting for lawless evangelical extremists. It is precisely what happened November past and it appears to be just beginning.

It is stunning, really, that two times in 13 years Roy Moore was removed as Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice because he believes “There is a higher law that we’re bound to recognize [than the U.S. Constitution]. It’s my duty to recognize that.” This is the kind of Republican that more conservatives are flocking to and any American who isn’t horrified is likely ignorant of the threat or a radical evangelical extremist.

When Moore first ran afoul of the Constitution, he not only garnered widespread support among evangelical voters, he was supported by establishment Republicans. One of Moore’s advocates during the humiliating “Ten Commandment fiasco” was then-governor Fob James who came to Moore’s defense and reiterated one of the Moore’s religious arguments that ultimately got him thrown off the bench. Parroting one of Moore’s reasons for refusing to adhere to federal court orders, James said:

To strip the Ten Commandments from the courtroom is a violation of the United States Constitution.” James also “threatened to use the force of arms if anyone tried to remove the Ten Commandments or ‘judge-initiated’ prayers in any of Moore’s courtrooms.”

Moore was finally suspended off the Alabama Supreme Court. But he still refused  to acknowledge that he or his god’s laws do not supersede the U.S. Constitution; or that the Supreme Court is the ultimate arbiter of the law. Moore repeated his lawlessness 11 years later and had to be suspended again; this time permanently for refusing to follow a Federal Court order.

His final suspension was for following Joe Arpaio’s lead and virtually saying “fuck you” to a United States Federal Judge who ordered him to abide by the Constitution and the High Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges. It has been less than a year since Alabama’s Court of the Judiciary permanently suspended Moore for his unconstitutional directive to Alabama judges: “stop complying with [legally] binding federal law.”

Moore believes that because Obergefell afforded same-sex couples the same Constitutional equal rights as heterosexuals, Alabama judges could nullify the ruling based on Moore’s religion and assertion that federal courts have no authority to enforce Supreme Court rulings that Alabama bigots’ object to.

In typical evangelical fashion, Moore claimed he was being persecuted and responded to his suspension by Alabama’s nine-member Court of the Judiciary by playing the martyr and attacking the groups he claimed did not have 14th Amendment rights. Moore said:

“This was a politically motivated effort by radical homosexual and transgender groups to remove me as chief justice of the Supreme Court because of [my] outspoken opposition to their immoral agenda.

As the president of the Southern Poverty Law Center, Richard Cohen rightly asserted:

Roy Moore doesn’t know the difference between being a judge and being a preacher. He thinks his religious beliefs trump his obligations under the law, and that’s a dangerous thing.”

It is also a “dangerous thing” that Alabama voters believe Moore is worthy of a seat in the U.S. Senate. The tragedy is that it isn’t just Alabama voters and it’s something that sane Americans ignore at their own peril. Remember, these evangelical extremists like Moore, Pence, Sessions and Cruz completely reject everything in their Christian bible except Old Testament “mean god” edicts. It is almost certainly why Alabama voters gave Moore a victory and a fairly certain Senate seat. If the trend continues, Moore’s victory informs the atrocity in November may have been the warm-up for the horrors to come.

Of course there are always “fringe” lunatics running for office and they certainly have devotees championing their cause, but over the past seven years those fringe candidates have been elected to high office more often than not. Mike Pence, Jeff Sessions, Betsy DeVos, Ted Cruz and many others represent the ‘mildest’ form of radical evangelical extremists. And although Trump is a sinner by biblical standards, he depends on advisors and counselors to put him right with the radical evangelical extremists’ agenda; one he has supported dutifully since his poorly attended inauguration.

It should be a wake-up call to sane voters that the extremist Trump supported in Alabama’s special election was not fanatical, or radically evangelical, enough for Alabama’s Republican base. Roy Moore represents the base. Whether it is his intent to “serve a higher law,” impose religious tests for politicians who aren’t evangelicals, or deny Constitutional rights to non-heterosexuals, Alabama voters wanted another radical evangelical extremists imposed on the government.

The problem is it isn’t just Alabama voters or Trump would not be in the White House with an evangelical cabal running his administration.  Now it appears that cabal will get another radical evangelical extremist and America will take another step closer to theocracy; all while too many Americans are laser-focused on Trump’s Twitter activity.

Republicans Announce Another Extremist Evangelical Attack On Women

Republicans in the House announced yet another plan to ban women’s constitutional rights, and like everything driving the GOP’s war on women, the assault is driven by Christian extremists’ lust for control and dominance over women’s reproductive health. Although there is nothing in the Christian religion justifying these relentless attacks on women’s reproductive rights, Republicans all but admitted this is simply remuneration for the evangelicals’ electoral support.

The legislation, the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act” written for the anti-women’s choice sector by Representative Trent Franks (R-AZ) is founded on Vatican dogma, not science. It is another attempt to ban abortions after 20 weeks. The legislation does provide exceptions (with conditions) only “to save the life of the pregnant woman” or in the case of “rape and incest.” However those exceptions are only applicable if the woman “obtains counseling and treatment” for rape at least 48 hours prior to the procedure.

Standing alongside the proud religious Republicans during a press conference announcing the vote next were anti-women’s choice, and rights, group leaders. Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the anti-women’s group Susan B. Anthony List was joined by National Right to Life’s Jennifer Popick who boasted that the religious legislation is a replica of her evangelical group’s model legislation attacking women’s rights.

The bill, a wet-knicker experience for Dannenfelser, is likely not biblically severe enough for her liking. During the House GOP fetal pain attempt in 2015, Dannenfelser was appalled at the rape exception. She said it was “abominable” and “regrettable”  that Republicans included it for “reasons of political feasibility.

She wanted a bill that hewed more closely to the religious Republican assertion that “the method of conception doesn’t change the definition of life” in the attempt to ban abortion. An Oklahoma religious Republican went a step farther and saidgod uses rape to bring beauty from ashes” in his argument that there can be no exceptions to abortion bans.

Dannenfelser did what the religious right typically does and lied vy claiming her advocacy against women’s reproductive rights is helping women, but in order to really help “the woman” the anti-women’s rights movement really needs a law for the children. She said:

We want to be there for the woman, and we know we need a law to protect the children.”

This author is getting damn sick and tired of reiterating that a fetus, an embryo and a zygote are not “children;” regardless what the Vatican or religious right says. And to repeat for the ten-thousandth time; according to the religious right’s holy bible, there is no child, no infant, or no “living being” until the fetus exits the womb and breathes air sans medical intervention.

This entire issue is another religious attempt to control women and it is founded on an oft-debunked claim by evangelical know-nothings who claim a fetus feels pain at 20 weeks of gestation. That is literally and physically impossible. According to decades of medical and biological science, anatomy, physiology, and scientists who actually know of what they speak; a fetus at 20 weeks cannot possibly feel pain. Simply because the neurological development to sense pain does not occur until “about’ two months later, at 27 weeks. Still, a bunch of religious fanatics have convinced Republicans that they are better qualified than the preponderance of pathological evidence and the science.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) said it considers the case to be closed as to whether a fetus can feel pain at that stage in development.

Kate Connors, a spokeswoman for the ACOG, explained what medical professionals and scientists have know for ages: “The science shows that based on gestational age, the fetus is not capable of feeling pain until the third trimester.” The third trimester begins at about 27 weeks into the pregnancy.

Now, the religious right, the “Christ-centeredpersonhood movement, and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) representing the Vatican all claim science and medical professionals are wrong. Their claim is not founded on their bible, but on the 1968 papal encyclical on life, physiology, and apparently gynecology, “Humanae Vitae;” a document they believe supersedes all known medical science and physiological facts because god.

Anti-choice religious extremists damn sure couldn’t use their ‘holy bible’ as evidence to support the claim because their god says there is no living being until the fetus exits the womb and draws breath under its own power. If their god says there is no living being until after birth, then why are these vicious and unrelenting religious attacks on women continuing unabated? Because Republicans, like religious right extremists, want women where the religious right says they belong; birthing little Republicans, cleaning a man’s chamber pot, and remaining silent like the religious right’s bible commands.

A fair share of the blame for these unconstitutional attempts to legislate the establishment of religion on women’s rights belongs to Democrats, the media, pro-choice organizations, women’s advocacy groups, and Americans terrified of using the word “religion.” Oh, opponents of these horrendous attacks on women’s rights come up with all the popular and politically correct reasons to oppose these religious impositions, but not one of them ever cites the only reason they exist – evangelical extremist religion. If those opponents weren’t cowards, they would tell the people Republican legislation is precisely what the First Amendment of the Constitution prohibits: legislation establishing religion.

Even the man proudly announcing the anti-woman legislation didn’t dare admit it is founded on a bastardized version of Christianity or a 1968 papal encyclical. Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) could have been honest and said the purpose of the legislation was to punish and control women on behalf of the religious right; instead he said:

Not only will passing this legislation keep a promise we [and Trump] made, but all the work is for the same goal: ending suffering and helping people live.”

The legislation will levy a penalty, including a fine and up to five years in prison, on any woman even “seeking” an abortion after 20 weeks; the medical professional performing the legal medical procedure will face the same punishment.

It’s possible these religious attacks on women will never cease; religious extremists never relent or ISIS and the Taliban would be long gone. However, it is damn high time that Democrats, women’s advocacy groups, pro-choice organizations, women and the men who care about them start calling these Republican attacks what they are; unconstitutional legislation imposing an extremist religious dogma. Maybe if the Republicans were exposed as a religious extremists attacking American women, the population may take countermeasures to put a stop to a nasty theocratic takeover. But if these religious Republicans continue being allowed to establish religion unimpeded, American women will have a legitimate reason to commiserate with women in Saudi Arabia, Taliban-controlled Afghanistan, and ISIS. The only difference will be American women will complain about life under an evangelical theocracy dominated by radical “Christian” extremists.

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Poll: Majority Of Trump Supporters Say Christians are Most Oppressed

By now it should not be a revelation to any American that it was Adolf Hitler’s propaganda minister, Joseph Goebbels, who said:

If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the consequences of the lie. Thus it becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.

The relevance of Goebbels’ statement today in America is that it has become a universal truth among ignoramus conservatives. There is a significant percentage of the population that lusts to have their personal biases confirmed with BIG lies from what they regard as legitimately “official” pronouncements. And for the past year-and-a-half, Trump has been the “official voice” confirming his base’s unfounded biases; since January he has acted on each one to the detriment of equality and the U.S. Constitution.

Donald J. Trump is taking the lead in maintaining two specific lies his base clings to, but he is making no effort to “shield the people from the consequences of acting on those lies” because his base desperately wants those consequences to reach fruition.  In fact, he is using his executive power to create the consequences to maintain support from, and pander to, his devotees’ worldview that they are facing an existential crisis over their beliefs.

Over the course of the past couple of decades, Republicans have repeated a few select lies that their base believes as if uttered by their biblical deity – some character named god. It’s true the GOP’s most popular lies regard helping the rich get incredibly richer, and that the federal government is the people’s greatest adversary; but it’s the most recent lies that Trump is using to keep his base sated. A recent poll reveals how Goebbels’ comment is not only true, but that it works best on stupid religious and racist white people who support Trump.

Trump’s election has given unwarranted credence to two completely absurd beliefs among the GOP faithful and it explains why he still has firm support from angry white people and angrier evangelical fanatics.

According to the PPP poll, a majority of those angry Trump supporters believe Christians are the most oppressed groups in America, with white people close behind. The poll’s results explain the motivation behind a fair number of Trump’s executive orders and policies and prove that, although he is a mindless imbecile, he knows exactly who he has to punish to please his white evangelical base.

The Public Policy Polling survey revealed that 54 percent of Trump’s “disciples” said Christians are being singled out for vicious discrimination. The Trumpites say the poor evangelicals are being oppressed and discriminated against more than Muslims, Jews or any other religion in America.

The same poll revealed that 45 percent of those same Trump supporters actually believe that white people in America are facing more oppression and discrimination than any other racial group in the nation. This is a significant point because the Public Policy Polling was conducted after the Nazi “white nationalist’ riot in Charlottesville where Trump’s Nazi and white supremacist acolytes killed an innocent protester and injured several others.  It is why Trump rushed to defend his Nazi fascist supporters and lashed out at the Americans who protested against racism and white supremacy.

These statistics aren’t the least bit surprising. Trump not only won the white evangelical vote by the widest margin of a Republican presidential candidate since “they have been tracking the numbers,” he based his campaign on the lie that elevating whites to their rightfully superior role and being the champion the religious right demanded would make America great.

In fact, a fair share of Trump’s executive orders and administration policies “seem” to have come directly from white supremacists and the evangelical right. He did promise to execute their demands if he was elected.  It is why, for example, he overturned President Obama’s orders to protect the LGBTQ community from discrimination by government contractors, and just recently banned transgender people from serving in the military. It is noteworthy that while the rest of the country, including the military, railed against his transgender ban, his fanatics in the evangelical right celebrated wildly.

Trump has also perpetuated the dirty lie that white people are being oppressed and discriminated against by directing his administration to target affirmative action, and most recently praising the alt-right Nazis and white supremacists as “fine people.”

And to further prove his racist bona fides, Trump’s voter integrity commission’s primary function is eliminating voting rights for people of color; Trump still claims that he lost the popular vote because millions of undocumented immigrants (brown people) illegally voted for his opponent despite the facts that voter fraud is, for all intents and purposes, non-existent. And, Trump’s savage immigration policy is remuneration to both evangelicals and white supremacists who expected him to fulfill his pledge to make America white and Muslim-free.

As a secular humanist, although this “white people are oppressed and discriminated against” is just beyond comprehension, it is the evangelicals’ claim that they are oppressed and discriminated against that inspires true ire.

Christians are not in any way discriminated against, or oppressed In America. It is true that the U.S. Constitution forbids them from forcing their religion on the government or forcing the population to toe the evangelical line, but that is not being oppressed or discriminated against. It may be why Trump claimed the Constitution is “bad for the American people;” it protects them from religious oppression by Christian fanatics. Of course, evangelicals believe anything that prevents them from forcing their religion on the population and running government is oppressive and discriminatory, and Trump is gladly perpetuating that belief in action and speech. But it is still a bovine excrement claim.

Trump has pandered to the “poor oppressed” Christians by appointing evangelical extremists to high level cabinet and agency positions, and targeted the people and agencies the religious right says keeps them from controlling the government and dominating the population. It is exactly why Trump issued a direct order to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to stand down on even thinking about enforcing the Johnson Amendment; a policy and law Trump said discriminated against and was oppressive to his loyal Christian zealots.

Americans should expect to see an increase in propaganda and executive actions from Trump pandering to white supremacists and evangelical malcontents; they are his most ardent supporters. And as his popularity continues to decline, he will move the proverbial heaven and Earth to maintain the support of his white evangelical deplorables.

This is particularly true now that the PPP’s poll results are publicized and it will not be a surprise if Trump “Tweets” the results as justification for more executive atrocities to satisfy what is becoming a terrible stain on America; white supremacists and evangelical extremists. Both groups are Trump supporters who relish the idea of “victimizing everyone who is not a white, conservative Christian” even as they claim to be the most oppressed groups in America – a belief Trump intends on perpetuating to maintain what little support he still has.

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Trump Mentor’s Bastardized Christianity Is an Existential Threat

If there is only one thing Americans should know about the American religious right, it is that everything they preach is contrary to the teachings of their religion’s namesake, Jesus Christ. In fact, there is no logic whatsoever in calling the “religious or evangelical right” Christians by any measure.  And their hate-driven embrace of a couple of verses in the Old Testament while shunning everything else their god commanded doesn’t even justify them clutching that bible to their wretched bosoms. This week was a prime example of the bastardized version of Christianity the savages in the evangelical movement subscribe to and it should give any person calling themselves “a Christian” pause if not a world of shame.

Directly after Trump stunned his closest national security advisors and Secretary of State by threateningfire and fury” against North Korea, only one of Trump’s inner circle praised the idea of a thermonuclear attack on millions of innocent human beings. It should come as no surprise that the advisor is a Baptist preacher who can never call himself a Christian by any standard. And like his cohort in the evangelical clergy movement, he doesn’t remotely comprehend what his mythological “lord and savior” preached. For dog’s sake, this savage Texas Baptist doesn’t even understand the Christian bible he had the temerity to cite, and the context in which he used “scripture” should have sent any Christian into fits of self-doubt about their religion.

According to the sinner Trump’s “spiritual mentor,” Robert Jeffress, it was awesome that Trump threatened to unleash some biblical “fire and fury” against an entire nation because:

God has endowed rulers full power to use whatever means necessary – including war – to stop evil. In the case of North Korea, God has given Trump authority to take out Kim Jong-un. That gives the government the authority to do whatever, whether it’s assassination, capital punishment or evil punishment to quell the actions of evildoers like Kim Jong-un.”

Trump’s “spiritual advisor,” and Texas megachurch ‘pastor’ Robert Jeffress, is a con artist running the First Baptist Church of Dallas and was thrilled that Trump threatened North Korea with “fire and fury like the world has never seen.”

Maybe Jeffress has read parts of his bible, but in the book of Revelation when it talks about unleashing “fire and fury like the world has never seen,” it refers to some deity doing the unleashing, not dumb Don Trump and not any government. Jeffress knows what his bible says and means, but he is a mega church preacher and distorting his bible is what has made him mega rich.

According to the Christian religion, anyone, particularly a “preacher,” who distorts the “word of god” is guilty of apostasy and heresy, really bad things in any religion. In fact, Jeffress is courting deity-driven danger by attempting to interpret scripture to fit his neo-con worldview. The Old Testament saysinterpretation belongs to god;” it is not up to Jeffress to ‘interpret’ a scripture authorizing Trump to unleash “fire and fury.” Jeffress’ bible plainly warns Christian “ministers” that if they spread false teachings or mislead anyone, they will get an extra measure of “fire and fury for all of eternity.” Obviously Jeffress, like the preponderance of evangelical malcontents never read that part of his “holy bible.”

This is not a sermon or an attack on the mythos in the Christian bible or the religion. That’s always fun and entertaining, but it is not the point of this screed.

The point is that Jeffress is the perfect representative of “bastardized Christianity” and why it is dangerous to allow a no-account apostate Baptist anywhere near Trump or the White House. According to the U.S Constitution, and his bible, he is not supposed to be anywhere near the government.

What inspired this particular rant isn’t so much that Jeffress claimed Trump has divine authority to “take out a nation’s leader,” it is because he cited the Christian bible specifically to promote death and destruction of innocent human beings; not a very Christian thing to do.

Any half-wit who ever attended Sunday school knows Jeffress is a liar; he is also a fraud with his neo-con interpretation of the New Testament’s book of Romans, Chapter 13. It is the chapter this author cites often to remind “bastardized Christians” that their god unequivocally commands that they adhere to the law of the land (U.S. Constitution) and that Christians, including churches and preachers, pay taxes.

For some un-explained reason, Jeffress’ reading informs him that the cited passage was written specifically to give Trump divine authority to kill Kim Jong-Un. Romans 13 does, in fact, say that “whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.” Jeffress said that according to his reading of Romans, god gave “the government [Trump] the authority to do whatever, whether it’s assassination, capital punishment or evil punishment to quell the actions of evildoers like Kim Jong-Un.”

Anyone familiar with that passage should have immediately called bullshit. That particular passage was directed at Christians who rebel against the government authorities in the nation they reside; it does not mean that a foreign nation’s leader is beholden to another government authority; something Jeffress knows is the truth.

In fact, as one who is fairly knowledgeable about the Baptist version of Christianity, Jeffress would never have been ordained as a “preacher” if he was prone to just “making shit up” to fit his lust to quicken the proverbial end times. In fact, to prove that Jeffress does know precisely what and who that bible book refers, he cites the previous chapter.

Jeffress said that whenever “pacifist Christians” cite Romans 12 where it says “Do not repay evil for evil” as justification to adhere to closely to Christ’s teachings of peace and forgiveness, he always has to “straighten them out.” He specifically said that the passage, “do not repay evil with evil,” refers to how Christians are commanded to conduct themselves. He claims that part of Romans does not apply to the government, but the next couple of verses do.

He knows damn well that particular book was written as instructions for “how Christians should conduct themselves;” it is not an instruction manual for the government, international relations, or foreign policy. But a correct reading based on his “lord and savior’s” teachings would contradict his bastard version of neo-con Christianity based on war, greed, barbarism and opposition to the law of the land.

As further proof that Jeffress is no kind of “Jesus” Christian, he explained that he wants an Old Testament savage leader who uses bible mythos as authority to kill other nation’s leaders and citizens with “fire and fury like the world has never seen.” Jeffress is like the majority of evangelical clergy in opposition to anything good Jesus ever taught while they tout themselves as “followers of Christ.”

Jeffress’ brand of “Christianity” is contrary to everything his lord and savior’s taught and preached, he said:

A Christian writer asked me, ‘Don’t you want the president [government] to embody the Sermon on the Mount?’ I said absolutely not. Some Christians, perhaps younger Christians, have to think this through. It’s antithetical to some of the mushy rhetoric you hear from some circles today. Frankly, it’s because they are not well taught in the scriptures.”

So, the Sermon on the Mount is “mushy rhetoric” according to Jeffress. It explains everything anyone ever needs to know about evangelical fundamentalists and why they cannot possibly refer to themselves as any kind of Christian. It also why allowing these bastard Christians anywhere near the government is extremely dangerous and an honest-to-dog existential threat to humanity.

When one comes to grips with the fact that those bastard Christians make up a majority of the the current administration’s leadership, and they have a maniac like Jeffress guiding Trump spiritually, there is every reason to be absolutely terrified; because unleashing “fire and fury like the world has never seen” will manifest itself in biblical death and destruction worldwide and America will not be spared.

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Preacher Pence Was Behind Trump’s Transgender Ban

When Trump attempted to set Department of Defense policy in a tweet, it most certainly took military leaders at the Pentagon by surprise despite the fact that the pathological liar said he had “conferred with the generals;” a claim that was immediately debunked by those same generals. However, Trump did not come up with the idea of his own accord and he did, in fact, confer with someone but it wasn’t anyone in the military – it was aspiring preacher-in-chief Mike Pence and alt-right hate-monger Steve Bannon.

As this column noted a couple of days ago, it is highly likely that preacher Pence was instrumental in “Jesus Jeff” (Sessions) decision to interfere in a private labor dispute to bolster the argument of a nasty evangelical bigot employer. Pence is well-known as one of, if not the most, aggressive anti-LGBTQ evangelical Republicans in the nation and he’s brought that bible-inspired hatred to his leadership post as head of Trump’s domestic and foreign policy.

Since taking over running the country in January, preacher Pence has been working tirelessly to abolish protections for the LGBTQ community and he began making transgender soldiers serving in defense of the nation a major target since day one. Foreign Policy reported that Pence and his evangelical staff were pushing Republicans in the House to insert language in defense spending bills prohibiting “federal dollars from being used to enable gender transitions.” That’s how badly Pence and his evangelical cohorts want to purge transgender soldiers laying their lives on the line serving in the military.

Bannon too, has been working tirelessly behind the scenes, but for a complete ban on transgenders serving their country and “defending Americans’ freedom.” In fact, it was the concerted effort of preacher Pence and barbaric Bannon that gave them the idea to take their case to Trump and convince him that those transgender service members were the only thing preventing federal dollars from funding Trump’s wonderful border wall. Naturally, Trump took the bait and limbered up his tiny little hands to tweet some presidential defense policy to the generals running the Pentagon.

The evangelical hater class has been violating the Ninth Commandment by lying about the projected costs for transgender soldiers claiming it would exceed $3.7 billion over 10 years. However, according to a pair of independent studies from the New England Journal of Medicine and the Rand Corporation, the real projected costs would more likely fall between $24 million and $84 million over that same 10 year period.

Even at the top of that range, the price tag is still less than one-tenth of the cost to the Pentagon to provide boner pills (Viagra) for male soldiers in need of a “lift” during sex. And for a different perspective, the costs of Trump’s taxpayer funded golfing trips to his Florida resort exceed the cost of transgender troops’ medical costs. Democratic Underground (DU)  reported:

Transgender troops’ medical care: $2.4-$8.4 million/year. Trump trips to Mar-A-Lago: $20 million in first 80 days.”

Obviously the evangelicals’ transgender ban has nothing whatsoever to do with cost or the Department of Defense would have weighed in and joined the evangelicals’ claim that the military readiness and “lethality of force” is weakened by allowing transgenders to fight and die for their country. It is a claim that opponents of Pence’s spending amendments rightly say is not an issue and will not be affected by continuing the current policy.

According to the executive director of OutServe-SLDN, Matt Thorn:

The Department of Defense does not want these [anti-transgender] amendments, and neither do we. Transgender service members have been serving, openly and authentically, with no impact on readiness or lethality of the force.”

And, according to a real military leader, and former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,  Admiral Mike Mullen; any attempt to stop military treatment for service members would be “unprecedented.” Admiral Mullen said:

The military conducted a thorough research process on this issue and concluded that inclusive policy for transgender troops promotes readiness. I urge the Congress to respect the military’s judgment and not to breach the faith of service members who defend our freedoms.” (author bold)

To further bolster the argument that this hateful attack on dedicated transgender service personnel is driven purely by preacher Pence’s evangelical hate, there was an immediate round of celebratory praise for Trump from every Christian hate organization after his official military policy tweet.

As Michael Stone at Patheos noted, “conservative Christians took delight in Trump’s transgender troop ban and celebrated the president’s cruel bigotry.” For example, the president of the Family Research Council, Tony Perkins, released a statement praising Trump. Perkins wrote:

I applaud President Trump for keeping his promise to return to military priorities – and not continue the social experimentation that has crippled our nation’s military.  The military can now focus its efforts on preparing to fight and win wars rather than being used to advance the Obama  social agenda.”

Another evangelical hater, Bryan Fischer tweeted remarks near and dear to preacher Pence’s evil evangelical heart:

A huge, huge win for sexual normalcy in public and military policy. And a win for national security.”

And, RightWingWatch reported on a reaction that likely made preacher Pence wet his evangelical underpants just thinking about how vile and deadly barbaric some of his closest evangelical cohorts and counselors can be towards the entire gay community. The purely evil anti-gay extremist Theodore Shoebat used Trump’s “official defense policy tweet” to advance his belief that banning transgenders from the military is not nearly harsh enough to meet his, and likely preacher Pence’s, biblical  belief that “gay people should be exterminated.” Shoebat said directly after Trump’s tweet that, “While this is great news, what really needs to be done is the death penalty for sodomites.

This past week should be proof enough even for the skeptic that with a cabal of Christian theocrats running the government, there is going to be an unrelenting assault on what evangelicals believe are “sinners worthy of death.” Besides Trump’s absurd tweet banning transgender people from serving their country, Sessions butted in to a private labor dispute claiming the 14th Amendment and 53-year-old Civil Rights Act do not apply to the LGBTQ community. And, in order to spread the evangelical hatred for gays across the planet, Trump appointed Kansas governor Sam Brownback, an acclaimed anti-gay evangelical bigot as America’s “religious freedom ambassador;” Brownback is renowned, as the New York Times noted, for being a very “vocal opponent of gay rights.”

Some Americans might believe that since they are not gay, or transgender, or do not serve in the military, that preacher Pence will not affect their lives; that would be a monumental mistake. These aspiring theocrats, led by the likes of the man in charge of domestic policy, preacher Pence, will not be sated with banning transgender people from serving their country or legalizing discrimination by employers.

History shows that the “faithful” will not be satisfied until they have absolute control over every aspect of Americans’ lives. If they don’t believe it they can peruse the policies and barbarism being imposed by ISIS or the Taliban. It is precisely where America is headed with cruel evangelicals like preacher Pence and his allies running the government.