Category: Religion

You Can’t Support Donald Trump and Be a Christian

Republicans descend into sheer thuggery” – By Jennifer Rubin, conservative commentator

Excerpts:

Republicans in two dramatic ways demonstrated Tuesday (February 26) the degree to which they have descended into a party of bullying, brute force and contempt for the rule of law.

  • …a mere 13 Republican House members could muster the courage to vote for the resolution repealing Trump’s blatantly unconstitutional power grab (his fraudulent emergency declaration).
  • The voices of conscience and principle are too few on the GOP side of the aisle…all but the 13 have abandoned their oaths in favor of subservience to a zealous authoritarian who is willing to do just about anything to please his base and satisfy his ego, no matter what the facts.
  • Don’t expect much better from the Senate…Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell…deems the issue too tricky. He cannot reach a conclusion, he lies.
IndieDems Comment:

Talk about telling it like it is! Two years of the Trump presidency have provided the public track record and empirical facts to back up everything Rubin wrote as the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

Republicans, of course, know this, too. They just say: “we don’t care.” Can any of you Republicans show us what in the Holy Bible justifies your creation of the Church of I-Don’t-Care Christians? My preacher taught me that the words of God, Jesus, and the prophets were universal and required obedience at all times. Only sinners, hypocrites, and false prophets believed they had a right to interpret the Bible to suit their own agenda—like you Republicans are doing.

Jesus in his own words recognized the hypocrites in religious ranks and flayed them ruthlessly:

“And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by men… But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” Matthew 6:5-6

Who better fits Jesus’ definition of hypocrites than the putative Christians who so zealously participate in the National Day of Prayer while zealously supporting a president who tramples on God’s 10 Commandments and Jesus’ Golden Rule with every Tweet and speech? The President who has borne false witness over 9,000 times in two years? Who just exculpated the monstrous dictator Kim Jong Un from involvement in the hideous treatment of Otto Warmbier?

Heed the denunciation of Republican hypocrites from the Jesus who had nothing to say about abortion or gay rights.

The Democratic Party Is the Party of Family Values

Democrats are already far head of Republicans in supporting family values. While not perfect, Democrats stand in stark contrast with Republicans under Trump and Mitch McConnell who are moving at warp speed to turn their backs on the whole concept of moral values.

Republicans have knowingly and flagrantly sacrificed God’s 10 Commandments and Jesus’ Golden Rule on the altar of sucking up to Donald Trump. The Commandments clearly forbid bearing false witness and committing adultery. Trump arrogantly and proudly violates both. He is, in fact, a congenital liar, who has made over 7,000 false or misleading statements since becoming president. Republicans roar their approval and call for his re-election.

“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you?” Quote me a Trump Tweet that meets that standard. Meanwhile, Democrats’ bedrock policies remain support for Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and Obamacare—all of which are explicit expressions of the compassion Jesus calls for.

Democrats go even further and call for Medicare for all. Whatever it’s practical flaws, MFA is a pluperfect example of the Golden Rule. Republicans are eager to kidnap more migrant children and imprison them in concentration camps.

Republicans with their flagrant appeals to racism, misogyny, sexism, and xenophobia are waging a war against our basic moral and democratic values, and against common human decency. Favor family values? Vote Democratic, hands down.

READ MORE: Democrats for Family Values

Republicans, like Johnny Isakson, Hell Bent on Maintaining Trump’s Chaotic, Incompetent, Corrupt Regime

Trump may be physically alone, but he is far from being politically alone. He is solidly backed by the whole damn Republican Party. O.K., 80 to 90 percent of them. Plus, he has an overwhelming majority of Republican lap dogs supporting him in the United States Congress. Just about every one of those Congressional Republicans are cringing cowards who live in mortal fear they might offend Der Fuh–, uh–the president and thereby risk getting re-elected. The handful of sitting Republican dissidents will not be back in the new Congress.

Let it never be forgot. Donald Trump alone did not give us what we’ve got in Washington. What we are witnessing is how Republicans govern. It’s Republican government, full throttle.

The incompetence, chaos, and corruption is being brought to you by the Republican Party. And they have absolutely no shame about what they have wrought. On the contrary. The more unhinged and malevolent Trump becomes, the more Republicans rally to his support. They want to re-elect him, a position voiced loudly even by the supposedly “independent” Nikki Haley.

And that is all you need to know about Republicans. Most certainly, about Nikki Haley, the world’s most prominent female enabler of the misogynist, sexist Trump.

Republican Senators Like Isakson, Perdue Now Chief Prop of Trump’s Failed Presidency

The Washington Post in a recent editorial posited that with Mattis’ departure as Secretary of Defense, Congress should be the last line of defense against Trump’s growing chaos, depredations, and unhinged behavior. IndieDems comment:

The Post is dead-on in concluding that Congressional Republicans are the only people who can put an end to the Trump disaster—which is sure to grow worse over the net two years if he’s left in power.

But in about two weeks, we can be even more specific. America’s fate will be in the hands of Republican Senators—Democrats in the House will be eager to do their duty and impeach the unfit, unhinged president. And so far, the Republicans who will control the Senate are proving themselves to be no different than the current feckless bunch of yahoos and cowards who more aggressively lick Trump’s feet the more outrageous he becomes.

Paul Ryan deserves note. Revisionist history usually takes a more favorable attitude toward some politician. My prediction: history will not only not be more forgiving of Ryan, it will judge him much more harshly. History will show Ryan to be one of the most contemptible people ever to hold high office, a hollow man and a world-class coward who betrayed his country on the altar of sucking up to the rich by fighting single-mindedly for more tax cuts for them—and the American people be damned.

But most of all, Ryan will be remembered for spending the last two years of his Speakership being nothing but a simpering lap dog for the worst president America ever had. That will be the capstone of his legacy. If Ryan is lucky, he will occupy a position in history about one rung above Joseph McCarthy and Spiro Agnew. More likely, he will be placed in the muck beside them.

Kavanaugh Fight Reveals the Truth: Christian = Hypocrite

The Facts

The news this week confirms it: Donald Trump is the worst person ever to be president
By conservative columnist Max Boot

  • “It’s not too early to conclude that (Trump) is the worst person ever to be president.” Two recent stories…make that clear…“In neither case (did) he let morality, ethics or even the law itself stand in his way.”
  • An in-depth article in the New York Times “provides hitherto unknown details that demolish whatever remains of his business reputation.”
  • “…there are (also) his regular violations of the norms of human decency…The man who has previously mocked a disabled reporter, Gold Star parents and POWs has now mocked a woman for saying she was the victim of a sexual assault.”
  • “His heartless japery was greeted with laughter from his cult followers…These news items confirm what we already know about Trump: that he is a liar, a cheat and a bully without an ounce of dignity, empathy or decency. In place of his soul he has a black hole.”

Trump’s lying, mocking, despicable verbal mugging of Christine Blasey Ford
By liberal columnist E.J. Dionne

  • “When a leader can hold power only by dividing his country, stoking its anxieties and hostilities, ridiculing his opponents, and disrespecting every norm of decency, the result is a broken democracy and a demoralized nation.”
  • “Trump regularly and unashamedly reminds us of his vileness and thus single-handedly demolishes the everybody-does-it narrative.”
  • “Reading Trump’s attack in full is an enlightening education in the art of the demagogic and malevolent smear.”

Trump makes a mockery — of himself
Washington Post Editorial

  • It’s acceptable say the Post editorialist, to conclude that Christine Blasey Ford has failed to make her case that Judge Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her. “But a decent human being could hold those thoughts and make those arguments without besmirching Ms. Ford, and without casting doubt more generally on the memories and accounts of assault survivors.”
  • “Mr. Trump apparently sees more political upside in belittling and insulting her.”
  • “The judge’s conspiracy-mongering and Mr. Trump’s mockery both serve to set back the nation’s progress in understanding this kind of crime and will discourage victims from coming forward. Maybe Mr. Trump sees that as a plus. It certainly reveals more to the nation about his character than about Ms. Ford’s.”

‘Wrong, vile, appalling’: Trump mocking Ford spurs outrage

Jeff Flake let down the GOP — and served the nation
By conservative columnist George Will


IndieDems Comment

I have on these pages (see Today’s Republicans & 1960s Segregationists: Peas in a Pod) and elsewhere pointed out the mind-numbing hypocrisy of people who call themselves Christians ignoring, excusing, or rationalizing the anti-Christian acts of Donald Trump in order to reach the conclusion that Trump and his Republicans are good Christians. The most brazen example of this weird and warped phenomenon is how these Republicans and putative “Christians” have thrown overboard God’s 10 Commandments—most notably the ones against lying and committing adultery—in order to support a president who will appoint anti-abortion Supreme Court justices.

Jesus’ Golden Rule? Quote me a Trump tweet or public utterance based on “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

But the actions of the Republicans denouncing the women who have accused Kavanaugh of sexual assaults take the cake. Their Christian faith compelled those Republicans to focus on the report alleged moral failings of Kavanaugh’s accusers, especially Christine Ford?

Please, show me the words and deeds of these fine Christians over the last three years condemning Trump’s trampling on God’s Commandments as Trump has told lie after lie, including over 5,000 false or misleading statements since becoming President.

Show me where whatever denomination or church they are members of have censured Trump for bragging about sexually assaulting women, mocking a handicapped person, saying good words about neo-Nazi demonstrators holding torch-light parades chanting anti-Semitic slogans, insulting John McCain in life and death, and calling women bimbos, foreign countries shitholes, and Omarosa a dog.

And, please, while we’re at it, tell me the Baptist position on recent revelations that Trump/Republicans are detaining hundreds of kidnapped migrant children in tent cities on the border. Or the position of the Catholic, Methodist, Mormon, Episcopalian, or Presbyterian Churches.

Please, explain to me how Trump can be a Christian while doing all the above, or hand me a barth bag while I puke at the hypocrisy our supposed Christians now display.

For some time, I summed my thoughts up this way: “It’s as if Donald Trump and his Republicans have erased the last 60 years of race relations and taken us back to the time when you could lynch a black man on Saturday and attend church on Sunday morning and be assured your immortal souls was assured eternal salvation.”

What the controversy over Kavanaugh’s nomination tells me is: Southern Baptists have not retrogressed. They never went beyond that mentality to begin with.

The sheer ignorance and blindness that the Baptists now repeat in defending Trump as an instrument of God is bad enough. Their hypocrisy about their own supposedly bedrock approach to the Bible is even worse. Every word they speak to give legitimacy to their defense of Trump requires massive amounts of interpretation of the Bible—contravening their professed belief that the Bible must be read as the literal truth.

Where is there any passage in the Bible that says mortal human beings can sacrifice the 10 Commandments on the altar of banning abortion?  What words spoken or written by Trump reflect “do unto others as you would have them do unto you”?

“The Full-spectrum Corruption of Donald Trump”

A life-long Republican writes the (for now) ultimate word on the depths of Donald Trump’s moral turpitude–and of his supporters.

“The Full-spectrum Corruption of Donald Trump”
 – by Peter Wehner. (@Peter_Wehner), a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, served in the previous three Republican administrations
Excerpts:
  • For Republicans (and many “Christians“), honor and integrity are now passé. We saw it again last week when the president’s longtime lawyer Michael Cohen — standing in court before a judge, under oath — implicated Mr. Trump in criminal activity, while his former campaign chairman was convicted in another courtroom on financial fraud charges. Most Republicans in Congress were either silent or came to Mr. Trump’s defense, which is how this tiresome drama now plays itself out.
  • For many Republicans, this reality still hasn’t broken through…the moral indictment against Mr. Trump is obvious and overwhelming. Corruption has been evident in Mr. Trump’s private and public life, in how he has treated his wives, in his business dealings and scams, in his pathological lying and cruelty, in his bullying and shamelessness, in his conspiracy-mongering and appeals to the darkest impulses of Americans…Trump’s corruptions are ingrained.
  • The Republican Party’s as-yet unbreakable attachment to Mr. Trump is coming at quite a cost…the damage to the white Evangelical movement, which has for the most part enthusiastically rallied to Mr. Trump and as a result has been largely discredited.

Kavanaugh Needs to be Asked Searching Questions

Judge Brett Kavanaugh makes a big deal of his commitment to his Catholic faith. He is deeply involved in Church affairs. His children attend a Catholic school and he coaches their basketball teams. All religions, especially Catholicism, say their doctrines and beliefs outweigh all other considerations. This background suggests he would let his religion sway his opinions. He should be quizzed aggressively on this matter.

So far as I have been able to discover, Kavanaugh has not uttered one word of rebuke about Trump’s trampling on God’s Commandments daily with his congenital lying, nor has the Judge spoken about Trump’s adultery or his racism and other words and deeds that totally disregard Jesus’Golden Rule.

Yet, we seem to know Kavanaugh’s position on abortion. Why don’t we know his position on Trump’s immorality and violation of the 10 Commandments?

Kavanaugh, in short, comes across as a cafeteria Christian, one who picks and chooses from the Bible those parts he likes, declares that to be the True Faith, and disregards the rest. That’s practicing hypocrisy, not Christianity. We do not need a hypocrite on the Supreme Court for 30 or 40 years, believing that any decision he makes is the right one, because he attends Mass every Sunday. That attitude leads supposed Christians to support slavery, segregation, the Holocaust, and the mass sex abuse of children in the Catholic Church.

We do not need that mentality on the Supreme Court.

Kavanaugh should announce that, if approved, he will recuse himself from any case that’s comes before the Court involving Trump’s words and deeds.

As a self-proclaimed devout Catholic deeply involved in the affairs of the church, he should also be asked about his position on the child sex abuse problem in the Catholic Church. What are his public statements on the matter? What has he done to eliminate the abuse?

Needed: A Fresh Look at the Kavanaugh Nomination

The Catholic Church has been roiled by another chapter in its sex abuse problem. A Pennsylvania grand jury this month issued a sweeping report saying that more than 300 Catholic priests across the state sexually abused children over seven decades, protected by a hierarchy of church leaders who covered it up.

The investigation, one of the broadest inquiries into church sex abuse in U.S. history, identified 1,000 children who were victims, but reported that there probably are thousands more.

The revelations have sparked more commentary on what the Church should do about its sex abuse crisis, including this one in the Washington Post:

Catholic bishops and priests, I need to know how you’ll fix the church you broke

The grand jury findings come a few weeks before Senate hearings are to get underway on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. In its comment on the Post article, IndieDems explored this dimension.

Downes has written a hard-charging analysis of the Catholic Church’s horrifying inability to rein in it horrific sex abuse problem. He asks the core question: what are Catholics to do? But another question faces all Americans and the U.S. Senate: what are we to do about Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court?

Judge Kavanaugh comes to us as a devoted, practicing Catholic. The Church is a central part of his life. His daughters attend a Catholic school, where he coaches their basketball team. The reason a Republican president nominated Kavanaugh and Republicans cheer his nomination is because of his ant-abortion stand. He is expected to cast a vote someday to overturn Roe vs. Wade. His life in the bosom of the Catholic Church no doubt shaped and molded his outlook. All well and good.

And the very first question he needs to be asked at his Senate hearing derives from that very fact of his Catholic background: “Judge Kavanaugh, what have you done to bring the Catholic predators to justice and to finally rid the Church of the stain of sex abuse of children?”

The sex abuse problem has existed pretty well for Kavanaugh’s whole life. The same Catholic Church that is militant in its opposition to abortion has turned a blind eye to its massive sex abuse problem. In what way has this shaped and molded Kavanaugh and will influence his decisions as Supreme Court Justice? Has it made him more tolerant of criminals, even vicious sex fiends? Is he a real Christian, or just a hypocrite like the predator priests and the other prelates that tolerated them?

Senators, don’t just heap praise on Kavanaugh for being a religious person. Probe the dark side of that experience.

The Rising Tide of Racism, Fueled by Trump and His Republicans

The Washington Post and the New York Times on Sunday published articles that deliver an alarming message about the extent of racist bigotry in America that is being inflamed by Trump and his Republicans. These are not, mind you, editorials or op-ed commentaries. The WP article provides extensive, direct quotes of Southern Baptists speaking racist jargon. The one in the NYT is the first-hand account by a mother of the racism her black child experiences while being raised in a Red Republican state.

Reading them will send shills up the spine of any decent American. Here is the IndieDems analysis of the WP article.

As a native born Southerner who grew up in the Bible belt during the years of the Civil Rights struggles, this article hit me like a ton of bricks. Not because I was surprised at the outlook of these Southern Baptists, but because it revealed the absolute worst case scenario of trends I have recognized for some time.

Beginning about one year ago, I summed my thoughts up this way: “It’s as if Donald Trump and his Republicans have erased the last 60 years of race relations and taken us back to the time when you could lynch a black man on Saturday and attend church on Sunday morning and be assured your immortal souls was assured eternal salvation.”

What this article tells me is: Southern Baptists have not retrogressed. They never went beyond that mentality to begin with.

Ms. McCrummen is dead-on in saying Christian pastors in the South either defended segregation or remained silent. She would have provided more insight if she had reminded her readers that the Southern Baptist Convention was founded explicitly to defend the perpetuation of slavery as an institution ordained by God and Jesus.

The sheer ignorance and blindness that the Baptists now repeat in defending Trump as an instrument of God is bad enough. Their hypocrisy about their own supposedly bedrock approach to the Bible is even worse. Every word they speak to give legitimacy to their defense of Trump requires massive amounts of interpretation of the Bible—contravening their professed belief that the Bible must be read as the literal truth. Where is there any passage in the Bible that says mortal human beings can sacrifice the 10 Commandments on the altar of banning abortion?  What words spoken or written by Trump reflect “do unto others as you would have them do unto you”?

In December 2017 and last month I posted on my blog letters I had sent to the SBC and other clerics. Read them here and here.