Sessions Expands the Trump Administration’s Theocratic War on Gays

 

Many Americans familiar with Attorney General Jeff Sessions were befuddled at claims by other Republicans that the religious right sycophant was an acclaimed civil rights champion when he was tapped to lead the Justice Department. Those same Americans were well aware that Sessions is a harsh critic of civil or equal rights and complained that since it is the DOJ that is tasked with guaranteeing that all Americans enjoy the same rights, Sessions was not qualified to lead the department or protect Americans’ civil rights.

Late Wednesday, Sessions proved those skeptics right and waded into a private employment dispute litigation on the side of a bigot who believes it is legal to discriminate based on an employees’ sexual orientation. The bigot employer fired a worker on the grounds that he was gay.

The evangelical bigot Sessions used his position at the the Justice Department to file official federal government  court papers arguing that a major 53 year-old federal civil rights law does not protect employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation. As Scotusblog reported; the evangelical running the DOJ butted in on a case now being considered by a New York appeals court in what is regarded as “a rare example of top Washington officials weighing in on gay rights in a private dispute.” It is a portent of things to come with an administration rife with theocrats that demand god is given a supreme voice in public policy.

That is precisely what Sessions didn’t say, and something the media is woefully missing in reporting; Sessions’ official DOJ amicus brief in defense of discrimination is founded on a nasty archaic religious edict, and nothing else. Of course Sessions is attacking LGBT people’s civil rights, it is a hard and fast rule among the religious right that non-heterosexual Americans are not entitled to the same rights or protections as white evangelicals.

The case the theocrats running the federal government are interfering with involves a private labor dispute regarding a homophobic employer who summarily fired an employee simply because he is gay. That is contrary to the meaning of civil rights and “contradicts a federal agency, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which says that the 1965 Civil Rights Act does indeed protect gay and bisexual workers” from bigots in the evangelical movement. That position was upheld just three months ago in a major ruling by the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit that supported the concept that LGBTQ Americans, as American citizens, are entitled to civil rights and employment discrimination protections.

In April, US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit made a very important ruling in an 8-3 decision concluding that federal civil rights law — specifically, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 — does protect workers from discrimination based on sexual orientation. The court ruled that it is illegal in the United States for any employer to discriminate against gay workers because it offends their evangelical religion. It was the first federal court to conclude that gay people are real American citizens and therefore entitled to employment protections under existing civil rights law. The Trump administration, run by a theocratic cabal including Mike Pence and Jeff Sessions, disagrees and says gays are not real (white Christian) Americans and therefore not worthy of federal civil rights or employment discrimination protections.

The American Civil Liberties Union called the DOJ’s brief a “gratuitous and extraordinary attack on L.G.B.T. people’s civil rights.” The director of the organization’s L.G.B.T. and H.I.V. Project, James Esseks, issued a statement adding, “The Sessions-led Justice Department and the Trump administration are actively working to expose people to discrimination.” Although that is the case, it would be beneficial if the ACLU cited the real source of the administration’s push to legalize discrimination – the evangelical theocrats running the government.

It is noteworthy to remind Americans that less than two weeks ago Sessions gave a speech to an acknowledged evangelical hate group, the Alliance Defending Freedom, which claims “being gay is as sinful as bestiality.” That speech prompted U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, the first openly gay person to be elected to the Senate, to warn that Sessions’ speech  “sends a very troubling message that our Attorney General, America’s top law enforcement official, is not committed to standing up to anti-LGBT hate,”  

Based on Sessions’ interference in a private employment discrimination case on the side of the bigoted employer, Ms. Baldwin’s comment about Sessions’ lack of commitment to doing his job was prophetic. Not that any sane American expected anything different from an evangelical fanatic in charge of a powerful federal agency.

This latest attempt to “rule” according to theocracy was not unexpected and in great part it is down to the media, Democrats, and all manner of equal, civil, and human rights organizations gross failure to identify the source of every affront to humanity and American citizens’ freedoms – establishment of the evangelical religion as the rule of law. No doubt if these attacks on American citizens’ constitutionally-guaranteed rights to equality were reported as unconstitutional imposition of religion, it is highly likely that people like Sessions, and preacher Pence would never be in a position of authority. Sadly, now the theocrats are the authority and just as sadly LGBTQ people are not going to be the only victims because as history proves, religious regimes will get around to attacking everyone sooner or later.

 

 

 

Vatican Attacks America’s Evangelical Push Toward Theocracy

 

It isn’t often that any secular humanist can find a point of agreement with a religion, especially a religion with a sordid history of inhumanity in the name of god. Although there have been what appear to be reasons for hope with an alleged “liberal” Pope heading up the Catholic Church, it always turns out to be more of the same despite some hints things are going to be different. Last week was different, though, because in a “Vatican-approved and reviewed” article being hailed as “explosive,” two of Pope Francis’ closest allies lashed out with religious fervor at “the spurious alliance between politics and religious fundamentalism in the United States.”

Pope Francis’ allies, Antonio Spadaro and Marcelo Figueroa “called out” evangelical dominionist groups “composed mainly of whites from the deep American South” for rejecting the “global ecological crisis” and their dire “Armageddon-infused rhetoric.” The two authors were very adept at pointedly drawing parallels to Islamic fundamentalism. The two men charged the evangelical fundamentalist movement of seeking to control “the political and parliamentary sphere and in the judicial and education areas so that public norms can be subjected to [the evangelicals] religious morals.” (author bold)

The Pope’s allies had no qualms calling out the political organizations and networks feeding the “apocalyptic” politics polluting the entire American conservative movement. They specifically noted a nasty religious right conservative group, the Council for National Policy and the machinations of one of their exponents, Steve Bannon, as “staunch supporters of apocalyptic geopolitics.” And, they did not hold back attacking something this author has screamed about for a couple of decades in print and digital media; “Catholic Integralists” who are attempting to force their domineering “religious influence in the public sphere.” The article states:

Appealing to the values of fundamentalism, a strange form of surprising ecumenism is developing between Evangelical fundamentalists and Catholic Integralists. . . . Some who profess themselves to be Catholic express themselves in ways that until recently were unknown in their tradition and using tones much closer to Evangelicals. They are defined as value voters as far as attracting electoral mass support is concerned. . . . This meeting over shared objectives happens around such themes as abortion, same-sex marriage, religious education in schools and other matters generally considered moral or tied to values.

It isn’t exactly clear why it took the Vatican a couple of decades to figure out that, as this author has “screamed about forever;” the “defining feature of the Christian Right in America is the conservative evangelical-Catholic convergence.” Remember, it was in 1970 that the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops that introduced the Southern religious right to their terrible “loss of religious liberty” to control the masses that threatens this nation more than ever today.

The two authors were spot on in identifying the “shocking rhetoric” of the “Church Militant” and other pro-Trump organizations that “are openly in favor of a political ultraconservatism and uses of Christian symbols to impose itself:

The American elections in this perspective were seen as a ‘spiritual war’ . . .  Church Militant asks if Trump’s victory can be attributed to the prayers of Americans. The response is affirmative. The indirect missioning for President Trump is clear: he has to follow through on the consequences. This is a very direct message that then wants to condition the presidency by framing it as a divine election.”

Naturally, an American Archbishop from Philadelphia, Charles Chaput, attacked the Vatican article as an “exercise in dumbing down and inadequately presenting the nature of Catholic/evangelical cooperation” against the U.S. Constitution’s attacks on the religious freedom of the aspiring theocrats. Chaput claims there is no “political warfare cloaked as spiritual warfare;” it is just the logical and necessary outcome of the Constitution’s attacks on “the traditional church.” Chaput claims that:

Their current mutual aid, the ecumenism that seems to worry La Civilta Cattolica, is a function of shared concerns and principles, not ambition for political power. . . . Dismissing today’s attacks on religious liberty as a ‘narrative of fear’—as the La Civiltà Cattolica author curiously describes it—might have made sense 25 years ago. Now it sounds willfully ignorant.  It also ignores the fact that America’s culture wars weren’t wanted, and weren’t started, by people faithful to constant Christian belief.”

Messrs. Spadaro and Figueroa call this nonsense from the American religious right Archbishop Chaput false ecumenism; this author calls it what it really is, pure unadulterated bullshit and a filthy dirty lie. The two Vatican allies accurately explained what it really is: “an ecumenism of conflict that unites them in the nostalgic dream of a theocratic state that ‘wants walls and purifying deportations.’” They also say that by stark contrast, Pope Francis’ ecumenism “moves under the urge of inclusion, peace, encounter and bridges.” (Author bold)

As noted at the beginning of this piece, it is extremely seldom that one can find anything to agree on with the Catholic Church, but by dog these two ‘Christians’ certainly nailed the religious right and Catholic crusade for “their dream of a theocratic state” smack on the head. Where they are confused though is underestimating the power of the religious right despite the cretins are in the minority.

They claim that Pope Francis seriously “wants to break the organic link between culture, politics, institution and the Church,” but “that link” underpins the entire conservative movement in America. It will take more than Pope Francis’ efforts to break that link because for some unknown reason Americans are terrified of uttering an unkind word about the ambitious theocratic takeover of America. If politicians, especially Democrats, would identify evangelical fundamentalists as the source of the danger to democracy and Americans as a free people, the Pope may see that dangerous link broken and theocrats in the conservative movement permanently put out of our misery.

Hobby Lobby Regrets Getting Caught Smuggling Contraband Into America

 

Anyone who has ever been around criminals, whether in connection with law enforcement or the judicial system, is aware that no-one is more regretful for committing a crime than a career criminal. Of course they never regret actually committing the crime or they would abide by the law in the first place; whatever regret they may feign is that they were caught. It’s just how the criminal mind operates.

This week Americans learned about a self-righteous, extremely wealthy and avowed “holier-than-thou” evangelical family’s regret that they were caught smuggling contraband into America. Hobby Lobby’s owners, through Green family patriarch Steve Green, excused the criminal act of smuggling stolen ancient artifacts into America as he expressed “regret” for smuggling contraband to three of their retail outlets in Oklahoma.

Apparently, Mr. Green took a cue from House Speaker Paul Ryan and claimed that deliberately smuggling stolen ancient Iraqi artifacts into America was due to the evangelical cretin’s inexperience in smuggling stolen cultural artifacts. Ryan used the same defense for his fascist in the White House’s obstruction of justice when Ryan saidThe president is just new to this;” Trump didn’t understand the protocols involved with threatening federal law enforcement officials.

Hobby Lobby’s biblical-driven owners attempted to justify smuggling the stolen cultural artifacts with a typically bovine excrement evangelical excuse; as if it made their crime acceptable. The devout Christians said the company began collecting a “variety of Bibles and other artifacts several years ago” to preserve them for future generations of American evangelicals. Company president Steve Green excused “getting caught” and said the “company did not fully appreciate the complexities of the acquisitions  process,” and that the dealers (smugglers) just didn’t understand how to properly ship the items through two Middle Eastern countries to Oklahoma – without getting caught.

The crates from Israel and the United Arab Emirates shipped to three separate retail outlets owned by self-righteous evangelical Hobby Lobby stores were clearly marked as “ceramic tile samples. There is only one specific reason drug cartels clearly and deliberately mislabel shipping crates coming into America from out of country; it is because they know they are smuggling contraband and need to avoid the prying eyes of customs officials. There is no difference whatsoever between what Hobby Lobby’s self-righteous evangelical owners and Colombian drug cartels did to “conceal” the real contents of “imported” shipping packages.

Shortly before Hobby Lobby’s self righteous evangelical owners used an Affordable Care Act healthcare provision to control American women’s personal health care choices, they were setting up the deal to buy illegal archaic cultural property and smuggle them into America. This “Christian preservation deal” was going down despite experts’ on cultural property law hired by the self-righteous evangelicals warned Hobby Lobby’s owners, the self-righteous evangelical Green family, that the artifacts were likely “looted from historical sites in Iraq.

The experts also warned the evangelicals that failing to determine the artifacts heritage would be breaking the law. The expert told them in a memo that items of Iraqi origin that were not properly declared would be seized by customs officials. It explains why the shipping crates were mislabeled as ceramic tiles instead of ancient Iraqi artifacts; the evangelicals did not want their $1.6 million in stolen property seized by customs officials.

That part of the crime is not only believable, it is almost certainly understated.  The federal prosecutors in the case against the set-righteous evangelicals said that the acquisition of the artifacts “was fraught with red flags” from the start. And that packages from the United Arab Emirates and Israel “bore shipping labels that [falsely] described their contents as ceramic tiles.”

No doubt one of those “red flags” must have been the fact that Hobby Lobby’s self-righteous owners issued payments to seven different bank accounts when they allegedly “purchased” the contraband from one seller; a seller who curiously sent the artifacts from two different Middle East nations.

According to a statement by “acting” U.S. Attorney Bridget M. Rohde, the burden to be truthful, like good honest evangelical Christians, about their illegal purchases they attempted to sneak past Custom’s agents was on the buyers, not the sellers. Ms. Rohde said:

American collectors and importers must ensure compliance with laws and regulations that require truthful declarations to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, so that Customs officers are able to scrutinize cultural property crossing our borders and prevent the inappropriate entry of such property.

It is noteworthy that the U.S. Attorney did not say the “foreign seller” was responsible for “complying with laws and regulations;” something Hobby Lobby’s owner blamed on the “dealers.” It seems there is no limit to the extent the self-righteous Green family will “bend” facts to cover their dishonesty and aversion to the truth.

Obviously, the Green family is unaware of what “truthful” means even though their precious “holy Christian bible” specifically forbids lying; it is right there at number nine of the BIG Ten (commandments). Perhaps if Hobby Lobby’s owners spent a half-a-minute reviewing the BIG Ten instead of scouring their holy book for prohibitions on contraceptives and how best to coerce the  government to control women and dictate when they start their families, they would have scuttled the deal when experts warned them they were about to “break the law.”

There are reports, or conjecture, that in buying stolen Iraqi artifacts the Green family was funding ISIS. Although it is not remotely out of the realm of possibility, it will be impossible to know due to the “secretive” nature of the sale and subsequent smuggling. However, it is certain that ISIS deals in selling treasures and artifacts it plunders and the ISIS leadership did flee Iraq before creating havoc in Syria.

Whether Hobby Lobby’s owners’ money made its way to ISIS or not does not excuse their deliberate attempt to smuggle contraband into America. And their pathetic excuse that “they’re new to this” does not explain why they deliberately ignored the  warnings from their “artifact experts” or questioned sending the payments to seven different bank accounts. The U.S. Attorney debunked the lie that it was the dealer who should have known not to purposely mislabel the shipping crates to avoid customs officials. One pathetic excuse may be forgivable, although just barely. But with three doozies the  federal authorities labeled as “fraught with red flags,” one has to assume that the Greens knew they were violating the law and knew they were in fact smuggling stolen ancient Iraqi artifacts past U.S. Customs officials.

No doubt there are plenty of international criminals taking note of the double standard applied to international crime depending on who the perpetrators are. All Hobby Lobby’s owners had to do to  escape serious jail time for their part in an international crime was plead ignorance and “testify” to their love for preserving all things “bible.” But most importantly, they had to express regret – that they were caught smuggling.

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Creationist Blames Atheists And Media For “Ark Park” Failure

It is always a mystery how the most devout evangelicals who claim their personal god almighty not only created the entire universe in six short days, “he” also maintains control of all things occurring on planet Earth including terrible events and disasters. Such an all-powerful deity, however, certainly fails on many accounts according to the most ardent religious right fanatics; they regularly blame sinners of all stripes and the lack of a god-fearing population for myriad calamities plaguing the nation, particularly during or after a natural disaster.

According to the faithful, as long as they are doing “god’s work” the deity will bless them with spiritual ecstasy, massive material wealth, and complete protection from anything evil. So it was curious that a very zealous evangelical fundamentalist, creationist Ken Ham, recently blamed atheists and secular media for the economic failure of his taxpayer-funded theme park touting the glories of god’s creation, and his wanton destruction of the Earth with a flood. It leads one to ponder exactly how much the faithful really believe in the power of their deity if the existence of some non-believers are able to thwart a mission inspired by the biblical god.

One of the “selling points” creationist cretin Ken Ham touted in seeking taxpayer money to build his Creation Museum and Ark Encounter biblical theme park was that not only would it bring in untold wealth to further spread biblical mythos, it would enrich the surrounding areas beyond anyone’s wildest dreams. Since that hasn’t happened, Ken Ham said it is not because his almighty god of the universe is powerless to rain down money on the region, but because atheists and the secular media are “powering the financial failure” of his “Ark Park.”

Ham took to “Answers in Genesis” to “lament” that atheists and “secularist media” are successfully damaging not only the reputation of his “Ark Encounter” theme park, but the local economy and surrounding local business community as well. He wrote:

Recently, a number of articles in the mainstream media, on blogs, and on well-known secularist group websites have attempted to spread propaganda to brainwash the public into thinking our Ark Encounter attraction is a dismal failure.

 Sadly, they (atheists and the secular media) are influencing business investors and others in such a negative way that they may prevent Grant County, Kentucky, from achieving the economic recovery that its officials and residents have been seeking.”

Ham’s remarks are so typical of the religious right, and conservatives in general that refuse to take “personal responsibility” for his, and apparently his god’s, failure to fulfill Ham’s promises – untold wealth for the region because taxpayers paid for Ham’s big boat folly. Ham knows, and so do the local businesses, taxpayers and regional leaders that atheists or the “secularist media” didn’t promise an economic bonanza from an Ark Encounter. Any economic failing is down to Ken Ham which is why he’s blaming atheists for “his broken promises to the citizens and business community of Grant County, Kentucky.”

What likely incited Ham’s blame game was an article in the Lexington Herald Leader that reported on the evangelical malcontent’s “failure to deliver on financial promises he made to community members and local businesses.” In that article, the Grant County Judge-Executive Steve Wood commented that the agreements between Ham’s Ark Encounter and the city and county were founded on “broken promises made by Ham and his people” after they were gifted with “extremely generous tax breaks.” Mr. Wood said,

 It’s a really bad deal for taxpayers. It was a shock for me because I didn’t really know all the details. Maybe I should have.”

The Mayor of Williamstown Kentucky, Rick Skinner, also complained about the evangelical zealot Ham’s broken promises. After being sold a bill of goods about god’s economic blessing as a result of taxpayer’s gift to Ham, the mayor expressed his “disappointment” that he fell for an evangelical’s swindle. He noted that despite the taxpayer’s largesse and the Christian’s pledge of an economic boom:

“There hasn’t been any commercial development here.”

What Mr. Wood and Mayor Skinner should have done, but clearly didn’t, was put down their King James for a minute and  consider that Ham is an evangelical nut-job of the highest order with no reasonable economic credentials. He also lacked comprehension that not very many (sane) people would rush to “experience” a big boat rumored to hold every living creature on the face of the planet. For dog’s sake; who wouldn’t have considered that a fanatic asking for taxpayer money to build a mythological “wooden ship” was an economic disaster waiting to happen?  The Ark Park did not need any atheists or “secularist media” to hinder its make believe economic success, that failure rests solely on Ken Ham; and god if one believes he blesses “good works in his name.”

Regardless of the criticism from “local business people” who should have known better than to be sucked into a con anyone with a pulse could see coming from across the nation, Ham is sticking to the argument that it isn’t god’s or his fault the Ark Park is an economic boondoggle for the region. He still claims the only reason the biblical theme park has failed to rain down money on the region is because of the “intolerant secularists.” The con man wrote:

“… we are in a spiritual battle, and the intolerant secularists are so upset with such world-class attraction like the Ark (and Creation Museum) that publicly proclaim a Christian message. They will resort to whatever tactics they deem necessary to try to malign the attractions.”

Seriously, Ham is a monumental nut-job on a few counts, but this bovine excrement that any “secularist” gives a rat’s ass about either the Ark Park or the Christian message is just a bit much to absorb, even from Ham. It is true non-believers don’t accept as truth that a homemade boat carried the millions of Earth’s living creatures while it was raining for 40 days, and nights,  but they could not possibly care less about an “attraction” representing the big boat. What many Americans, including believers, opposed was the religious-themed Ark Park being subsidized by taxpayers. And, if “secularists” didn’t swarm to the theme park to hand more of their hard-earned money to see Ham’s big boat, it is not because they are “intolerant;” it’s because they aren’t stupid.

As a religious right conservative, and avowed evangelical strictly adhering to the Christian bible, Ham is not embracing the notorious demand that every American has to take responsibility for their own plight. Of course people are not going to flock to see a big boat from an archaic Jewish religious story, but that is not the fault of atheists or the secular media – it is Ken Ham’s fault. Now that businesses and investors are realizing they were played by a snake oil salesman with a promise of riches from a big boat, Ham does what the religious right zealots always do; blame the atheists.

h/t Patheos

Republican Coward Says Reporter Is Dangerous As A Terrorist

Any American over the age of 17 or 18 has experienced cowards, particularly Internet cowards, who incite hate and violence against a person or specific demographic under cover of social media. These plagues-on-society revel in inciting outrage against individuals or groups and like the bully-punks they are, if they are exposed they cry foul like every seventh-grade bully that gets called out and challenged on the playground.

Although there was no shortage of anti-Islam rhetoric and incitement to violence throughout the Obama Administration, the campaign and election of corrupt bully Trump made anti-Muslim speech and increasing violence against Muslims a national pastime for America’s hater class. However, as is usually the case, when a Republican’s anti-Muslim rhetoric is exposed they generally disavow their comments as a lies or misconstrued. Unless you’re an Arkansas Republican state legislator and evangelical malcontent; then you accuse a journalist of being as scary and dangerous as a terrorist with a bomb.

The target of this article is a Koch-funded evangelical freak and as pusillanimous a Republican as any American will ever hear about. This chickenshit’s name is Jason Rapert and he is an Arkansas bible-thumper serving in the state’s senate. Rapert has made a name for himself as a “Koch-backed anti-women’s rights evangelical” Republican; a name that screams hate.  It is highly likely that Rapert hates women’s rights as ardently as he loathes followers of Islam. And, he hates Americans who believe Muslim-Americans are entitled to Constitutional equal rights as much as he hates women’s rights and Muslims. He is just a typical evangelical Republican dripping with hate.

A reporter for the Arkansas Times, Max Brantley, was assailed by Rapert this week claiming the reporter was “careless” in pointing out that the Arkansas Republican regularly posts videos on Facebook calling for violence against Muslims.

The Inquisitr reported that in a continuing trend, Rapert “shared” a video from Fox News complaining about a school designating a prayer room for Muslim students. However, Rapert didn’t just “share” the video; he added some typically religious Republican commentary reminding his acolytes why they should hate Muslims. He wrote:

It should be highlighted and understood why they are encouraging Islam which is a cult of death and violence against all non-Muslims. America in distress.”

Of course after being identified as a Republican inciting violence against Muslims in other video postings, the coward Rapert said that when he posts videos calling for violence against Muslims it’s not “touting or promoting” violence against Muslims, “it’s simply sharing” the idea of violence against Muslims

Rapert the scaredy-cat was so terrified over Brantley’s report exposing him as a hate-monger that he wrote to the reporter:

You persist in being careless. You played fast and loose with the truth. So now the national support group for all things Islamic has put a target on me as a result of YOUR messaging. I hold you personally responsible if ANY threats come against me and my family as a result of this. You are as dangerous with your pen as a terrorist with a weapon.”

Mr. Brantley noted that he is not the first journalist reporting that Republican Rapert is a hate-monger calling for anyone even supporting equal rights for Muslims to be incarcerated; likely without being charged or given a trial even though there is no law against supporting equal rights for Muslims, at least not yet. This is Trump’s America after all.

Brantley cited a piece in The Inquisitr that exposed Rapert’s “incitement to violence” against all Muslims he claimed belonged to “a cult of death and violence against all non-Muslims.” As an aside, in religious right parlance non-Muslim is code for “poor persecuted evangelical fundamentalists.” Rapert came up with a familiar evangelical solution to the religious right’s “Muslim” issue that was “reported” by a different journalist working for the Inquisitr who reported Rapert called for “rounding up all Muslims and anyone sympathetic to their equal rights regardless who is responsible for terror attacks.”

One can’t help but wonder if Rapert objects to being held “personally responsible” for the real violence being committed against innocent Muslim Americans as a result of his “support” for, and incitement of, violence against Muslims. And it is worth noting that since dirty Don’s election victory and sparsely-attended inauguration, there has been a gigantic increase in violence against Muslims and the American people who support them.

Of course no civilized human being wants any American to suffer threats to themselves or their families, and that is particularly true of the Muslims who are increasingly being targeted for discrimination and violence. However, the idea that the Arkansas bible-thumper is frightened that he will be the recipient of “threats” due to a journalist reporting the truth about his very un-Christian hate is brilliant.

Sadly, though, Rapert is so full of “evangelical hate” for Muslims as is he is women’s rights, he pledged to Brantley that he will never stop “targeting” Muslims for violence. In fact he wrote to Mr. Brantley “vowing that he is ‘forever resolved’ to keep posting [anti-Muslim] videos on Facebook despite his feelings that his family is imperiled.”

If that were true and he wasn’t an evangelical Republican coward, he would not have cried and complained to a reporter that he is as dangerous as a terrorist with a weapon; he would have proceeded with the courage of his purely hateful conviction.

Trump-DeVos Cut Public Education To Fund Evangelical Indoctrination

 

For those secular humanists who consider it their social obligation to cover politics and warn about the ever-present threat from the evangelical right, it seems reasonable to scream “we told you so;” especially now that Christian fundamentalists control the entire government. Part of the reason a relatively small percentage of the population now holds sway over the course of the nation and will easily usher in their long-awaited theocracy is because most political commentators, pundits and politicians are terrified of calling out the sole basis for many of the nation’s ills; evangelical fundamentalism. But that’s the subject of another commentary and not this angry piece.

It is an angry screed because as forewarned, this past week evangelical fanatic and unqualified Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has implemented phase one in her effort to transform America’s public education system into a loose confederation of taxpayer-funded Christian madrassas. This author, and a few others, have warned that when religious Republicans gained control of the entire government, they would finish what a few religious Republican governors started; force taxpayers to fund private Christian religious schools using money intended for public schools.

Part and parcel of DeVos’ assault on public education is drastically cutting its funding and using the proceeds to fund and develop for-profit private religious schools. The education budget’s draconian cuts of $10.6 billion will provide seed money for DeVos’ and Mike Pence’s plan to use the taxpayers’ money to fulfill the evangelical theocratic “goal of confronting the culture in ways to advance god’s kingdom.” One of the Christofascists’ “ways” is robbing taxpayer dollars to force America’s school-age children into embracing the evangelical worldview through indoctrination, fear-mongering, and daily propaganda; exactly like every other extremist religion has done throughout history.

That forced indoctrination will be supported in its initial stage with taxpayers giving “hundreds of millions of dollars” to for-profit private religious schools that was intended for public education “via vouchers and school choice programs.” The Washington Post reported:

The administration would channel part of the [public education cuts] savings into its top priority: school choice. It seeks to spend about $400 million to expand charter schools and vouchers for private and religious schools, and another $1 billion to force public schools to adopt choice-friendly policies.”

It is important to note that when Republican theocrats use the term “choice-friendly policies,” they mean “evangelical-friendly policies” and that includes spending taxpayer dollars to expand for-profit evangelical charters. Anyone who believes the religious right Republicans will allow taxpayer dollars to fund Islamic, Buddhist, Wiccan, Jewish or Heathen charter or private schools is an idiot. Remember, DeVos’ stated “their goal” was advancing god’s kingdom; a term straight out of the Christian bible and a favorite of the Christian Dominionist movement.

Previously, when queried about the constitutionality, and morality, of wasting taxpayer dollars on private religious schools, DeVos declared that her reason for robbing public education funds is that “there are not enough philanthropic [private] dollars “ to fund what is currently the need in education… advancing god’s kingdom.”

Tragically, DeVos isn’t alone in the drive to proselytize the youth of America into the evangelical mindset and it doesn’t bode well that Trump’s vice president and ultimate liar Mike Pence and well-documented perjurer Jeff Sessions are maniacal theocrats. In fact, it is certain that any legal challenge to using taxpayer dollars to fund private religious schools will be summarily dismissed by the attorney general who has gone on record stating the Constitution’s “Separation Clause” is patently unconstitutional and is no part of American history.

It is even worse than the vice president and attorney general pushing theocratic indoctrination in public schools.  Earlier this year, an alarming report was released by a conservative Christian group with intimate ties to Donald Trump that advocated forced promotion of Christianity in public schools and abolishing the Department of Education because it is not driven by evangelical theocracy.

The front for radical conservative Christians ensconced in the Trump White House presented an evangelical education policy manifesto to Trump and DeVos demanding the dismantling of the Education Department and inserting the biblical god into American classrooms. It is what the evangelical manifesto considersrestoring education in America in accordance with historic Judeo-Christian principles.” And DeVos, Trump, and the rest of the evangelical Republicans intend to follow those “principles” to the letter. According to the DeVos-Trump education budget, taxpayers will pick up the tab as they watch their public education system transformed into a cabal of money-making theocratic Christian madrassas and a generation of young people indoctrinated into stupidity and seriously archaic mythos.