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Seems Roy Moore Doesn’t Trust God After All

Remember when that shining example of Christian perversion, Republican candidate Roy Moore, claimed the day before the Alabama election:

It’s God’s will, whatever happens… whatever He does will be the right thing to do.

Yeah, well… not so much. Moore and his campaign have filed suit to challenge the results of the election claiming, what else, “potential election fraud”. 

Quite simply: When the “Christian” Right wins, it’s “God’s will”; when they lose, there must be some other, any other reason, than God’s hand. But if ANYONE can recognize a phony Christian…

Just sayin’…

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Dear Franklin Graham

To Franklin Graham, failed Christian:

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Donald Trump is an ignorant, adulterous, conniving, arrogant, unapologetic, racist, bigoted, self-important, despicable human being. He is EVERYTHING God decried.

YOU SIR, SHIT ON EVERY BASIC TENET OF CHRISTIANITY WHEN YOU IMPLY GOD HAD A HAND IN ELECTING THIS SOCIOPATH.

MAY YOU BURN IN HELL ALONG WITH TRUMP.

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Nominee Trump Proves Conservatives Really Have No “Values”

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Right Wing Hypocrites Rally Around Trump

Liberals, Progressives, and Independents have always known that Conservatives’ constant yammering about their “values” was so much hot air. The 2016 primaries for their Party’s Presidential nominee has now removed all doubt for anyone with an IQ over two digits. The staunch “God and Country” set has chosen to throw both under the bus to support a racist, bigoted, bloviating ignoramus for the leader of the free world. For example:

Phyllis Schlaflyschlafly hypo, the Right Wing’s so-called “leader of the pro-family movement” has endorsed thrice married, serial adulterer Donald Trump for President, and by extension, his soft porn posing wife for First Lady. How did Trump win her over; why his promise to get rid of Mexicans and Muslims, of course.

Lindsey Grahamgraham hypo once said the choice between Ted Cruz and Donald Trump was, “…like being shot or poisoned, what does it really matter?” He even exhibited a nano-second of backbone when he declared on May 6th that he wouldn’t vote for GOP nominee Donald Trump. By May 23rd however, he was falling in line, calling on party donors to support Trump.

perryhypoRick Perry, Mr. Prayer Rally, once referred to Donald Trump as a “cancer on conservatism“, and lamented that Trump was: “A man too arrogant, too self-absorbed, to seek God’s forgiveness.” When Perry dropped out of the 2016 race he said of Trump: “The conservative movement has always been about principles… Our nominee should embody those principles.”

But, oh how quickly those “principles” are jettisoned when the words “Vice President” are dangled in front of you. Perry told CNN’s Dana Bash:

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ryanhypoThen there’s Paul Ryan, perhaps the biggest political hypocrite of them all. Ryan has been beating around the endorsement bush for months. In response to Trump’s failure to denounce David Duke’s endorsement in March, Ryan said:
 
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Go ahead, laugh; I’ll wait. Trump of course, responded ever-so-Presidentially by threatening Ryan:
 

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At the beginning of May, Ryan claimed he was “just not ready” to support Trump the nominee. That led to Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus setting up a meeting to convince them to make nice with each other. It worked, and in typical Conservative fashion, Ryan flushed what few principles he had down the Trump toilet. In an op-ed for Wisconsin’s Janesville Gazette, Ryan endorsed Trump:
 
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Many so-called “Religious Leaders” are backing Trump as well:
 
jeffresshypoDallas mega-church Pastor Robert Jeffress, who once declaredevery true, born-again follower of Christ ought to embrace a Christian over a non-Christian”, now says in support of Trump:
 
Every Christian has the right to his own opinion about a presidential candidate, but no Christian has the right to impose his preference as a litmus test for someone else’s Christianity or spirituality.”
 
Damn right. That litmus test is reserved for Gays, Muslims, Women, Immigrants, and Black Presidents.
 
lanehypoDavid Lane, leader of  American Renewal, supports Trump. In a possible attempt to out-crazy his fellow hypocrites, Lane suggests thrice married, serial adulterer Newt Gingrich, join his thrice married serial adulterer Presidential pick Donald Trump on the ticket. Of course, Gingrich would jump at the chance to be relevant again; but I’m sure he’s carefully considering the idea.
 
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 By the way, Lane also believes:
 
“… Donald Trump can be one of the  top four presidents in American history.”
 
Here’s a look at some other “Christian” Conservatives throwing their religion under the bus in pursuit of political power:
 
Jeremiah Johnsonjohnsonquote, of Behold the Man Ministries prophesied that Trump shall be God’s “trumpet to the American people.” (Christian Post, August 2015)
 

Franklin Grahamgraham: “He’s shaking up the Republican Party and the political process overall. And it needs shaking up.”

 
Jerry Falwell, Jr.junior called Trump “one of the greatest visionaries of our time.”
 
 David Brodybrody: “… If establishment GOP leaders want to blame anyone for Trump’s rise, they should start with a good look in the mirror… they took evangelical voters for granted. They felt confident that evangelicals would blindly vote for a traditional-values candidate.”

Christian voters won’t be bullied into voting for Christian candidates, so take that Jesus!

Let’s be honest here, Christian Conservatives have been offered a smorgasbord of Evangelical candidates in past elections: Bachmann, Santorum, Huckabee to name a few, but they don’t vote for them. Truth is, Christianity and “values” are not nearly as important to Conservatives as political power and the desire to shove their unwanted policies down Americans’ throats.

Choosing Donald Trump as their nominee proves they have no values at all.

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RW Phony Christians React To PP Shooting

As All Things Democrat’s Doug Marquardt wrote yesterday,Planned Parenthood Terrorist Was A Conservative, Anti-Abortion Nut – End Of Story. If only the crazy stopped there; but the Right Wing reaction on Twitter shows how many unstable, uninformed, willfully ignorant people align themselves with Conservatism. Here are a few “Christian” tweets, mixed with a little irony:

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In case you can’t read it, this guy’s avatar says: “Love Thy Neighbor. Period.”

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This avatar is a Black person in front of a rebel flag.

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There’s the “Black people get all the abortions” myth again, but I’ll come to that later.

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The insanity raged at the usual RW Crazy hot spots like Breitbart, among others; but “Lifesite” had some of the most interesting/callous comments:

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Yes, PP has just been hoping and praying for a shooter so they could get sympathy. Idiot. How ironic that a RW’er, who’s political party’s entire philosophy is predicated on dishonesty, would utter the phrase: “Tell a lie often enough and it becomes the truth.” It is precisely the lies told by the right, and Carly Fiorins in particular, that led to this shooting.

James O’Keefe wannabe, David Daleiden, the person responsible for the bogus Planned Parenthood video, had to admit on CNN that an image purportedly showing an aborted baby was actually a miscarriage. As If You Only News wrote:

Daleiden knowingly used a mother’s personal pictures of her miscarried son, which he stole from her by using them without permission, to misrepresent an aborted late-term, living fetus being prepared to have its organs harvested. Then, when pressed on it he excused his lying and theft by generally saying “Well it sorta looks like what an abortion could be.”

Well, as long as it “sorta looks like” what something “could be”, I’m sold; how about you? Now to the ridiculous and bogus “Black Babies” statements. Here are some FACTS to know, via NPR:

[Margaret] Sanger’s birth control movement did have support in black neighborhoods, beginning in the ’20s when there were leagues in Harlem started by African-Americans. Sanger also worked closely with NAACP founder W.E.B. DuBois on a “Negro Project,” which she viewed as a way to get safe contraception to African-Americans.

In 2014, the Guttmacher Institute, a reproductive health research center, surveyed all known abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood clinics, in the U.S. (nearly 2,000) and found that 60 percent are in majority-white neighborhoods.

Margaret Sanger certainly had some questionable views, and in some ways was a detestable human being; but her opinions like many others’, were borne of the ignorance of the times. That’s not an excuse, it’s a fact. One thing she was right about:

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“No woman can call herself free who does not own and control her body. No woman can call herself free until she can choose consciously whether she will or will not be a mother.”

 

That is true regardless of race, nationality, or ethnicity. Now here’s a tidbit you won’t hear RW’ers echoing; Charisma News reports (as many might have guessed): 70 Percent of Women Who Have Had Abortions Call Themselves Christians. They write:

Fear of gossip and judgmental reactions routinely prevents churchgoing women who are considering an abortion from first seeking the counsel of pastors or others in their church, according to a new survey by an evangelical polling group.

The survey was conducted by LifeWay Research, associated with the Southern Baptist Convention, and sponsored by the Care Net network of anti-abortion pregnancy centers.

The survey found that seven in 10 women who had an abortion identified themselves as Christian. Breaking that down, Catholic women represented 27 percent; Protestant, 26 percent; and nondenominational, 15 percent. Among Protestants, the top three denominations represented among women who had abortions were Baptist (33 percent), Episcopal (6 percent), Church of Christ (4 percent).

It’s hardly a surprise that religious doctrines of “submit to your husband“, coupled with the determination of conservatives to provide no, or incorrect sex education, is a recipe for disaster. Maybe if religion practiced a little more “Judge not lest ye be judged”, and a little less “Let’s stone her”, we would have far fewer abortions. 

One final point for sex ignorant RW’ers:

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cross posted at All Things Democrat

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Pastor Steven Anderson’s Phony Christianity

Pastor Steven Anderson is a good example of why folks are leaving Christianity. As the Pew Research Center reports:

map pew studyThe Christian share of the U.S. population is declining, while the number of U.S. adults who do not identify with any organized religion is growing…

Moreover, these changes are taking place across the religious landscape, affecting all regions of the country and many demographic groups.

The Right’s Phony Christians lay blame for all of society’s ills on folks turning away from the Bible. But it has nothing to do with turning away from the Bible, or my personal favorite: “Removing prayer from schools”. What’s causing people to leave Christianity is the abundance of fringe “religious” mouthpieces who have taken center stage in recent years, folks like  “Pastor” Steven Anderson of the Faithful Word Baptist Church in Arizona:

steven andersonMr. Anderson is a prime example of the hateful, vile, despicable people who have come to represent the Far Right’s version of “Christianity”.

This “Pastor” has made statements like:

“…if you executed the homos, like God recommends, you wouldn’t have all this AIDS running rampant…”

Of Bruce Jenner: “I have no love for this Bruce freak. I hope he dies today, I hope he dies and goes to Hell…”

nunOf President Obama: “I hope that God strikes Barack Obama with brain cancer so he can die like Ted Kennedy and I hope it happens today.”

Has called Holocaust survivors “paid liars”.

Of women who attend his “church”: “… “let the woman learn in silence with all subjection… when I’m preaching, women should not express their opinion, even if it’s a positive opinion, even if she agrees with me.”

“Pastor” Steven Anderson is just one of a group of pseudo-religious folks such as Robertson, Graham, Fischer, Barton, Rios, and Perkins among others, whose vile rhetoric has been documented by Right Wing Watch.

The fact is, Christianity will continue to see its numbers decline when the only “Christians” in the news are those who have failed miserably at it.

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Ireland / U.S. – A Contrast in Countries

Millions of Americans are congratulating Ireland on their forward-thinking stance on equality today.

As the New York Times reported:

IrelandLGBT shamrock became the first nation to approve same-sex marriage by a popular vote, sweeping aside the opposition of the Roman Catholic Church in a resounding victory Saturday for the gay rights movement and placing the country at the vanguard of social change.

With the final ballots counted, the vote was 62 percent in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage, and 38 percent opposed.

The turnout was large — more than 60 percent of the 3.2 million eligible voters cast ballots, and only one district out of 43 voted the measure down.

The UK’s Independent writes:

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In the courtyard in front of Dublin Castle hundreds of men, women and children draped in rainbow flags hugged, cheered and cried as the official results were broadcast on a big screen. Retired teacher, Peter Lynch, who was carrying a sign saying “Thank you Ireland,” said: “This means everything. At last at the age of 60 I’m an equal citizen.”

Well done Ireland, well done. Meanwhile, in the “land of the free”, lawmakers in Virginia, you know… the state with that catchy tourism slogan… what is it again? Oh yeah:

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they’re not content drafting a “religious liberty” bill that allows business owners to discriminate against their gay citizens. Republican delegate Bob Marshall has proposed a measure in addition to the bill which would allow, as Mark Stern at Slate writes:

… all workers to refuse to “perform, assist, consent to, or participate in any action” that would “violate the religious or moral conviction of such person with respect to same-sex ‘marriage’ or homosexual behavior.” …

“Religious liberty” bills are all the rage among conservative legislators now, right up there with anti-woman legislation. They’re going for it in Louisiana, Arkansas, Georgia, and Utah, to name a few; while states like Indiana and Mississippi have already signed some form or other of these bills into law.

These are purely symbolic gestures, as these laws will likely be ruled unconstitutional; but hating on the gays is how you get your street creds among Republicans and Tea Party types. Doesn’t matter if their son, daughter, brother, sister, or friend is gay; neither blood nor humanity will never override party loyalty.

Now Ireland, a country that has actually endured religious persecution (as opposed to our phony, whiny, Far Right Christians), has found it in their hearts, by overwhelming majority, to accept what they may not all understand, condone, or agree with. Because they love their fellow citizens more than any ideology.

So much for that “American exceptionalism”.

cross-posted @ All Things Democrat

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They Said What? Latest RW Idiocy

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Sometimes there’s such a smorgasbord of RW idiocy out there, the posts can’t come fast enough; for those times, pulling a quote or two from the drivel can say it all.

 

Idiot Supreme Alex Jones:

Palin“Palin says she’s very interested in a 2016 campaign. Hey I’ll say it, Palin is a lot better than Jeb Bush or Chris Christie, she’s the real deal… the “winning ticket is Ted Cruz, Sarah Palin or Rand Paul, Sarah Palin.”

The ONLY thing the Wasilla Hillbilly is “very interested in” is keeping the rubes donating to her PAC so she can maintain her Clampetts meet Beverly Hills lifestyle. While her PAC donated a paltry 5.5% of $3.6 million to actual candidates, they spent $10,885 buying her books, and most of the rest on lavish travel and speech writers.

This comes to us from Media Matters:

Fox Hosts Promote Scott Walker As The “Sexy” Republican 2016 Hopeful

I think pictures speak for themselves:

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Yeah, I’m just not seein’ it. A President should at least look like he’s passed the puberty stage. I guess he might be sexy if you’re into that dufus look.

From Crooks & Liars:

terrorist laughingNewly elected GOP Sen. Thomas Croci of Islip introduced legislation this week to create the “New York State Terrorist Registry” to track evildoers who have taken up residence in the Empire State. The registry, which would be accessible to the public on the Web, would be modeled after the one now used to track registered sex offenders living in New York and would require the terrorists.

“It will discourage terrorists worldwide from entering New York, require those already in New York to register and be monitored,” Croci told the Daily News. “Most importantly, it will provide our law enforcement with an important new tool, to immediately arrest a terrorist who has not registered and submitted to monitoring once their presence in New York State is discovered.”

Some Tennessee Religious RW idiocy courtesy of Squatlo Rant:

holy-wordsState Rep. Jerry Sexton’s first official proposal at the Legislative Plaza was a motion to consider naming an official state book for the Volunteer State, and you’ll never guess which book he’d like his colleagues to consider: The Holy Bible.

Undeterred by the failure of similar proposals in both Mississippi and Louisiana, Sexton has filed a motion to debate making the Bible Tennessee’s official state book. We already have a state tree, flower, fruit, song, and dance… hell, we’ve even got a state salamander. Surely we need ourselves an official state book, right?

And as Squatlo reports, not to be outdone:

WTF?Rep. James Van Huss (R-Jonesboro) has filed a motion to have new language inserted into Tennessee’s State Constitution, language that will make it clear who’s running the show. Here’s the phrase he wants the legislature to add to the constitution:

“We recognize that our liberties do not come from governments, but from Almighty God, our Creator and Savior.”

There you go! See how easy it is to make sure everyone knows you’re a fine, upstanding Christian taking care of the state’s business in Nashville? So what if some other panderin’ fool beat you to the low hanging fruit by going on the record with the Holy Bible as the state’s official book? There’s still plenty of fruit dangling around if you know how to reach it!

Speaking of God and politics, one of Rick Perry’s “financiers” recently told the Daily Mail:

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‘He and his wife believe they are touched by God, and that this is his time,’ the donor said. ‘It’s like – they can’t lose – that’s the sense of it.’

Rick Perry’s been touched by something alright, but I’m pretty sure it’s not the hand of God.
Think Progress had this:
rocksDuring a House Education and Workforce Committee proceeding on Wednesday to reauthorize the nation’s elementary and secondary education law, Rep. Dave Brat (R-VA) said, “Socrates trained Plato in on a rock and then Plato trained in Aristotle roughly speaking on a rock. So, huge funding is not necessary to achieve the greatest minds and the greatest intellects in history.”
FYI: Virginia got a grade of C+ on the Education Week 2015: State Report Cards Map.

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