Category: Religion

Another Self-righteous Christian in High Office?

Today’s headlines:

Trump expected to nominate Amy Coney Barrett to fill Ginsburg seat 

I taught and worked with Amy Coney Barrett. Here’s what people get wrong about her faith. By John Garvey, president of the Catholic University of America, a former dean of the Boston College Law School and a former president of the Association of American Law Schools.

IndieDems Comment:

The idea that religion provides an anchor for leading a moral life has been blown to bits by America’s experience under Donald Trump and his Republican “Christian” know-nothings. My questions: How in God’s name can anyone claim to be a Christian and support a President who lives in willful, even gleeful defiance of two of God’s commandments, the ones that say thou shalt not bear false witness or commit adultery? And quote me at least three Trump tweets that reflect the spirit of “love thy neighbor as thyself.”

I’ll avoid philosophy and theology and get down to facts about why I oppose people like Amy Barrett being appointed judges, much less SCOTUS justices. I grew up in the South when segregation reigned supreme. Every rabid segregationist who ever lived thought like Barrett. Every one of them believed that the Holy Spirit moved within them and instructed them to maintain segregation and discrimination against blacks. Every segregationist attended church on Sunday and believed God and Jesus approved what they were doing.

Every segregationist was a self-righteous prick who believed they inhabited some moral universe beyond the understanding of ordinary human beings. Not a single one of them had enough brains to figure out they were a hypocrite who was using religion to legitimize their hateful, wrongful, criminal acts.

See those people gathered around a lynched black man laughing and smiling, or wielding a club to beat the hell out of people on the Edmund Pettus bridge? God-fearing, Jesus-loving Christians all.

Want to know who else thought like Amy Barrett? Try the Nazis and Germans who sent 6 million human beings to concentration camps and the gas chambers because Jesus told them it was OK. Same for people who hunted down witches and burned them at the stake. (God in the Bible explicitly instructs his followers to do so). Same for those who carried out the Inquisition.

I do not understand this recusal stuff. The United States Constitution explicitly forbids decisions based on someone’s religious beliefs. Why would anyone who believes their choices are ipso facto the will of God be a judge to begin with? Could someone be a Communist and be appointed to the SCOTUS, declaring to recuse themselves when a case involved Communists? A member of the American Nazi Party? A member of the Ku Klux Klan?

Our Founding Fathers knew what they were doing. Listen to them.

Trump Paves the Evangelicals Path to Hell

The Washington Post recently published an extensive, balanced analysis of Donald Trump and his relations with the evangelical community:

In God’s country: Evangelicals view Trump as their protector. Will they stand by him in 2020?
By Elizabeth Bruenig

Opinion columnist focusing on politics, religion and morality in public life. Education: Brandeis University, BA in English & sociology; University of Cambridge, Jesus College, MPhil in Christian theology; Brown University, PhD candidate in religion.

IndieDems Comment:

Thank you, Elizabeth Bruenig, for a balanced article that cannot disguise the moral and intellectual corruption that lies at the heart of the evangelical movement, especially those parts of it that avidly support Donald Trump. The evangelicals damn themselves with their own words. The word “specious” was invented to describe the evangelicals’ attempts to use logic and rational thought to explain their position. The word “hypocrisy” was invented to describe how the evangelicals square their beliefs and practices with the teachings of God and Jesus in the Holy Bible. If the evangelicals are Christians, I’m the Easter Bunny.

The arguments that eviscerate the evangelicals’ positions have been so thoroughly expressed–especially by their real Christian critics—it would be superfluous for me to repeat them here. In fact, an evangelical, Ben Howe, has expressed them eloquently in his new book “Immoral Majority: Why Evangelicals Chose Political Power Over Christian Values.” He  discussed the book in the Washington Post on August 8.

Two points never to be forgotten when examining whether the evangelicals are right or wrong. One of the chief agents of evangelicalism, the Southern Baptist Convention, was created explicitly to support the view that Jesus approved the perpetuation of slavery. And for 100 years after that, the States of the Confederacy that most rigorously practiced the evil of segregation were the ones that most rigorously practiced evangelicalism. And today, they include the redest of the red states that endorse Trump’s racism, xenophobia, and hate-mongering and approve his treating immigrants the way Hitler treated the Jews.

What else does any human being need to know to damn the evangelicals to hell?

Georgia’s Racist Politicians: Republicans Revive the Legacy

Donald Trump is waging an unvarnished racist and xenophobic campaign, using words of overt hate mongering and race-baiting. This is a heightened version of what he has employed all along, which reached a previous high in the 2018 Congressional elections. His new offensive  began with his telling four female U.S. Representatives of color to “go back to where they came from” if they did not like America. Naked appeals to racism and xenophobia are now a staple of his rhetoric.
As expected, Georgia Republicans–led by Senators Johnny Isakson and David Perdue and Representative Barry Loudermilk–accept Trump’s brazen racism and xenophobia as perfectly normal. They are unstinting in their support for his re-election in 2010.
‘Nuf said. Below is a graphic representation of where Georgia Republicans stand 50 years after we thought we had put racism and segregation behind us.


Supporters of Racism in America, ca. 1950s – 1970s

George Wallace                      Lester Maddox

Ku Klux Klansman                          Bull Connor

Supporters of Racism in America 2019

Donald Trump

Isakson           Perdue                 Loudermilk

“Don’t Get Complacent. Things Really Are that Bad Under Trump”

//Spelling out the moral & intellectual bankruptcy of the Republican Party//

Fred Hiatt, editorial page editor of the Washington Post, today published a column that so cogently and eloquently sums up the colossal moral and intellectual bankruptcy of the Republican Party, we post it here in its entirety, hoping for forgiveness for what ever copyright rules we may have violated.

As you read, remember: every horror that Hiatt describes is endorsed by Georgia Senators Isakson and Perdue and Representative Barry Loudermilk as the essence of good government. They like it so much, they are eager to re-elect Trump to continue doing it for four more years.

And to counter the inevitable Republican allegations that this is just more “fake news,” we provide at the  end of the the article some names of the plethora of real conservatives and even some Republicans who condemn the Trumpists  better than any liberal.

Don’t get complacent. Things really are that bad under Trump
by Fred Hiatt

The economy is humming. We’re not at war (much). So he can’t be that bad, right?

Steadfast NeverTrumpers may find it hard to believe, but I’m hearing that argument more and more lately, as people try to come to terms with the possibility of a second Trump term. It’s the “normalization” we’ve been warned about since Donald Trump’s ascension, but in a different form than we might have expected.

After all, many of the people telling themselves that things aren’t “that bad” insist they are as offended as ever by the racist tweets and sexist taunts. They’d prefer someone more civil in the Oval Office, of course.

But . . . the government, and the world, carry on. He insults our allies, but they remain on our side. He imposes tariffs, but unemployment stays low. He threatens defaults, but the debt ceiling is raised. Maybe, people think, a second term wouldn’t be the end of the world.

I’d argue such complacency is not justified. First, because a second term could be a lot more dangerous than the first. There would be more Trump judges on the courts to validate his lawlessness, no Jim Mattis or (God help us) Jeff Sessions in the Cabinet to curb his authoritarian whims, no worries of voter anger to restrain his bellicosity. A second mandate surely would embolden him; at worst, we could find that his jokes about a third term were no joke.

But complacency is misplaced also because — and here’s where the normalization comes in — things are that bad, even now. If people discount the damage, it’s due to a combination of fatigue and relief: fatigue, because it’s almost impossible to maintain outrage when the outrages are so incessant; and relief, because we are constantly aware that things could be worse.

Take North Korea’s missile launches last week, for example. Congress and the media would be scorching any other president right now for allowing North Korea to continue its nuclear and military buildup unimpeded. But we are so grateful that Trump has not blustered and stumbled into a war — into “fire and fury” — that we bite our tongues.

It’s the same around the world: Our ankle-high expectations for the man keep us from noticing how completely he is meeting those expectations. Our two key allies in East Asia, Japan and South Korea, are at loggerheads; a marginally competent president would be helping to mend fences.

Our most important allies in Europe are spinning apart as Britain plunges toward a disastrous Brexit; a normal president would be helping our friends salvage something workable for the future.‘

When Ebola emerged in West Africa, the Obama administration mobilized; now Ebola is spinning out of control in Congo, and the United States is absent. A Darfur-scale tragedy has unfolded among the Rohingya in Myanmar, also known as Burma; Trump doesn’t know who they are. A human rights violation of epic scale has taken shape in western China — the cultural genocide of an entire people, with as many as 3 million people in concentration camps — and Trump takes no notice. Journalists are murdered and imprisoned, and Trump sides with their murderers and jailers.

To the world, it is not just Trump taking these positions. It is America. The damage will be long-lasting.

And his ignorance and cynicism reverberate through some of the biggest stories of our time: the confidence of authoritarian strongmen in China, Russia and beyond; their distortion of technology from a liberating force into a malevolent tool of surveillance and suppression; the destructive warming of the climate, which the United States ignores and abets. None of these is easily reversible.

The story is similar, if more familiar, at home. The constant, willful lying; the attacks on the press and on the very idea of truth — these are not harmless. They draw from but also foster a lack of trust that will persist long after his presidency.

So does the racism. So do the ugly attacks on immigrants. So do the contempt for science and the refusal to stand up to foreign attacks on our elections. So do the disparaging of public servants and the casual threats to wield the vast powers of the federal government against perceived political enemies. These things used to be not okay. Now they are okay. There will be no easy return.

Yes, we’ve avoided recession, the nation is (mostly) at peace, the government will not default. Naturally, we are thankful.

But when we need to be thankful for avoiding disaster, we don’t really have so much to be thankful for. Things are that bad. We have a right to expect better.

Conservative Voices Condemn Trumpist Republicans

IndieDems note: We begin with three columns by Max Boot. He is one of the strongest and most prominent of Republicans who left the Party in disgust over its direction under Donald Trump. Boot was a senior foreign policy adviser to John McCain’s presidential campaign in 2007-08, Mitt Romney’s campaign in 2011-12 and Sen. Marco Rubio’s campaign in 2015-16. He spent eight years as a writer and editor at the Wall Street Journal, the last five as op-ed editor. He left the Republican Party because it had become “morally and intellectually bankrupt” under Donald Trump. He wrote a book about his disgust, “The Corrosion of Conservatism: Why I Left the Right.” 

A Conservative Speaks: “Vote against all Republicans. Every single one.”

“Donald Trump Is the Worst Person Ever to be President”

True Conservatives Flee Trumpist Republican Party

  • Steve Schmidt, Republican strategist and former head of McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign: “I renounce my membership in the Republican Party. It is fully the party of Trump.”
  • Schmidt follows in the illustrious footsteps of Post columnist George F. Will, former senator Gordon Humphrey, former representative (and Post columnist) Joe Scarborough, Reagan and Bush (both) aide Peter Wehner, and other Republicans who have left the party.
  • You used to belong to a conservative party with a white-nationalist fringe. Now it’s a white-nationalist party with a conservative fringe. If you’re part of that fringe, what should you do?
  • A vote for the GOP in November (2018) is also a vote for egregious obstruction of justice, rampant conflicts of interest, the demonization of minorities, the debasement of political discourse, the alienation of America’s allies, the end of free trade and the appeasement of dictators.
  • Like postwar Germany and Japan, the Republican Party must be destroyed before it can be rebuilt.
  • Personally, I’ve thrown up my hands in despair at the debased state of the GOP. I don’t want to be identified with the party of the child-snatchers
  • What I can’t respect are head-in-the-sand conservatives who continue to support the GOP by pretending that nothing has changed.

GOP-leaning Orlando Sentinel Eviscerates Trump/Isakson Agenda

George Will: Trump’s damage to country worse than Nixon’s (Comment, Sen. Isakson?)

Republican group urges Congress to act against Trump (Comment, Sen. Isakson?)
The scathing voice of
Bill Kristol, former editor of the Weekly Standard and true scion of the American conservative movement.

Reagan Daughter to Republicans: Stop Abusing My Father’s Name 

Why I Can No Longer Call Myself an Evangelical Republican

Christians, Segregationists, & Trump: Onward Christian Cowards

//Back to the days when you could lynch a black person on Saturday and attend church on Sunday and be assured your immortal soul was headed for eternal salvation//

Trump’s launching of an overtly racist attack on four Democratic Congresswomen by calling on them to “go back” to the “totally broken and crime infested places from which they came,” has inflamed the issue of how Christians should treat Donald Trump. The matter arose on day one of Trump’s presidential bid, and became more and more acute as he became increasingly wedded to a racist, nativist, xenophobic, misogynist, white nationalist agenda.

Three recent articles lay out the debate:

During America’s ‘most segregated hour,’ preachers grapple with President Trump’s politics

For Spewing Hate, Trump Should Quit, a Priest Tells Parishioners
In a recent sermon, the Rev. Percival D’Silva, an officially retired priest, spoke of how the “current occupant of the White House spews hatred, bigotry and intolerance” and must resign…attendees at the service said D’Silva also:

  • Talked about how racism is a sin and referred to the Bishops’ Pastoral Letter on Racism of 1979, which called upon the church at every level to confront the evil of racism and work toward full inclusion of racial and ethnic groups
  • Stressed the need to “respect one another as children of God”
  • Talked of racism as being rooted in fear

The Deepening Crisis in Evangelical Christianity
“Support for Trump comes at a high cost for Christian witness.”

By Peter Wehner, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center and a contributing editor at The Atlantic.

  • “…evangelical Christians should acknowledge the profound damage that’s being done to their movement by its braided political relationship—its love affair, to bring us back to the words of Ralph Reed—with a president who is an ethical and moral wreck.”
  • “Until that is undone—until followers of Jesus are once again willing to speak truth to power rather than act like court pastors—the crisis in American Christianity will only deepen, its public testimony only dim, its effort to be a healing agent in a broken world only weaken.”
  • “At this point, I can’t help but wonder whether that really matters to many of Donald Trump’s besotted evangelical supporters.”

Segregationists, Now Trump: Christian Tolerance of Evil Repeats Itself

For many Americans, the question of Christian relations with Trump evokes memories of the passivity of Christian churches as African Americans in the 1960s waged their struggle to end segregation and gain the full measure of the Civil Rights due them as Americans. I had thought that long ago we had settled the question of who was right and who was wrong in that struggle. Most southern Christian leaders either supported segregation outright or tolerated it by their silence.

Christian pulpits on Sunday remained silent as blacks endured violence, beatings, killings, bombings, attacks by police dogs and water hoses, and intimidation of all sorts. One photograph riveted in my memory shows Christian adults spitting in the faces of black school children as they walked to a recently desegregated school. It took incidents like the bombing of the church in Birmingham that killed four young black girls and the horrific beatings inflicted on innocent demonstrators on the bridge in Selma to finally move some Christians to point an accusatory finger—but Christian churches never experienced an epiphany that caused them to repudiate segregation and discrimination outright.

The idea that most pastors, reverends, and preachers did not take a strong stand in favor of those fighting for basic human rights will forever remain a stunning rebuke of those so-called Christians.

Finally, the outrage of Americans nationwide put an end to legal segregation and shunted the racists off to the fringes of American society. But now comes Donald Trump and his Republican minions who are working zealously to revive and nurture the racist mentalities and attitudes that we thought had been permanently placed on the dustbin of history.

Christians Rally behind Trump’s Decadence and Degeneracy

Trump’s Disregard for God’s 10 Commandments

Once more, Christians not only rise in support of policies that drive a dagger into the heart of the Judaeo-Christian ethos; like the deluded segregationists of old, they fervently declare that those policies represent the true spirit of Jesus Christ.

The deluded brains of people who call themselves Christians but support Donald Trump staggers the human mind. Two of God’s Commandments are explicit: thou shalt not bear false witness and thou shalt not commit adultery. Donald Trump has lived a life in wanton disregard of both of those Commandments. He started his political career by telling the whopping Big Lie that Barack Obama was not born in the United States. He has made over 10,000 false or misleading statements since becoming president.

Trump not only has committed serial adultery, he has bragged about it and paid hush money to at least two adulterous partners to cover it up—and lied to the American people about doing it.

Trump’s Disregard for Jesus’ Golden Rule

Trump has waged an all-out war against Jesus’ Golden Rule. Name one Trump tweet that reflects the spirit of “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Instead, his words every day are full of hate, slander, insults, and invective.  Show us Jesus in mocking a handicapped person, praising neo-Nazi demonstrators, or calling women bimbos, fat, ugly, a dog, or Miss Piggy.

Besides lying about Obama’s birthplace in his announcement speech, Trump lied about the alleged criminality of Mexican immigrants and demeaned the military service of John McCain. During the campaign, he spoke racial and ethnic slurs and incited his followers to violence. As president, he has zealously promoted an agenda of racism, nativism, xenophobia, and white nationalism. He reached a new low early on by praising neo-Nazi demonstrators in Charlottesville in 2017.

His standard campaign speech in 2018 expressed unvarnished hate-mongering and race-baiting. He labeled Hispanic migrants as animals. As Americans united in paying homage to John McCain on his death, Trump insulted his memory by raising the White House flag even as the memorial services continued. Meanness and pettiness combined.

Trump Doubles Down on Racism—and Christians Applaud

Trump has now adopted a campaign strategy based on explicit racism, nativism, and xenophobia. He speaks about the four congresswomen—and Hispanic migrants—the way Hitler talked about the Jews.

Trump wages a daily war against God’s 10 Commandments and Jesus’s Golden Rule—and so-called Christians praise him instead of condemning him? “Christian” preachers cannot denounce this hate-spewing person from their pulpits?

Our Christian denominations were already experiencing serious decline. The current crop of befuddled Christian leaders are sounding Christianity’s death knell.

The silence of our religious leaders in the face of the Nazi-like horrors being inflicted on imprisoned Hispanics is another nail in the coffin of organized religion. A big nail. You do have to ask: have the Antichrist already seized control of the Catholic, Mormon, Baptist, Episcopalian, and Presbyterian churches?

READ MORE (From our archives):

Republicans Mimic the Segregationists and Unleash the Wolves of Hate
“When the wolves of hate are loosed on one people, then no one is safe.”
–Atlanta Constitution editor Ralph McGill, recognizing the broader truth behind the bombing of the Jewish Temple in Atlanta in 1958.

IndieDems Comment: President Donald Trump’s speeches during the final weeks of the 2018 midterm elections established an irrefutable fact: Trump and his Republican followers are overtly committed to a racist, xenophobic, misogynist, nativist, ethno-nationalist agenda, and will use lies, fearmongering, race-baiting, and demagoguery to advance that agenda.

The Bible and Immigrants

There are about 22 Bible passages about welcoming immigrants. A sample:

Exodus 22:21 “Do not mistreat an alien or oppress him, for you were aliens in Egypt.”

Exodus 23:9 “You shall not oppress an alien, for you know the heart of an alien, seeing you were aliens in the land of Egypt.”

Leviticus 19:33-34 “‘When an alien lives with you in your land, do not mistreat him. The stranger who lives as a foreigner with you shall be to you as the native-born among you, and you shall love him as yourself; for you lived as foreigners in the land of Egypt. I am Yahweh your God.”

And so-called Christian reverends, pastors, preachers, priests, bishops, archbishops, cannot find reason to denounce gthe immigrant-bashing Trump from their pulpits? And putative ordinary “Christians” not only cannot condemn Trump—they worship him like the second coming of Der Fuhrer?

The Rising Tide of Republican Racism and Lies

The Washington Post on May 14 published an op-ed by Senate Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy: “The House Must Stand Against the Toxic BDS Movement.”

“BDS” is the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, an international effort to convince to individuals, private corporations and even entire countries to refuse to invest in or do business with Israeli firms.

It;s bad enough that McConnell and McCarthy grossly misrepresent what BDS is all about. But they cross the line into outright lies and demagoguery by labeling the BDS movement as nothing but a tool in the “rising tide of anti-Semitism in the world, a scourge that is spreading in the Middle East, in Europe and even here in the United States. “

IndieDems Comment

If there were a Pulitzer Prize for pure hypocrisy, McConnell and McCarthy would win it hands down for this column. They are the Congressional leaders of a Republican Party that for four years has enthusiastically endorsed the flagrant racism and bigotry of Donald Trump, as demonstrated by his:

-Alleging that Mexican immigrants were mainly rapists and criminals
-Saying Hispanic migrants were “infesting” America
-Using the ethnic slur that an American judge with Mexican origins could not be trusted to make objective opinions
-Trying to ban all Muslims from entering the United States
-Kidnaping thousands of Hispanic migrant children and putting them in concentration camps, with no plans for reuniting them with their families
-Labeling a black female U.S. Representative as of “low intellect,” and calling a black female a dog and a U.S. Senator “Pocahontas”

That’s just a sample. The Trump/Republican racism reached a crescendo in the 2018 elections when he delivered a standard campaign speech full of race and hate-mongering. He talked about Hispanic migrants the way Hitler talked about the Jews. Trump’s entire agenda is to foster hate and division among Americans-the essence of racism.

McConnell, McCarthy, and virtually all Republicans have never wavered in their rabid support of Trump and his racist agenda. They enthusiastically support his re-election. That tells us all we need to know about the Republican Party.

Democratic Policies Have Always Reflected Christian Values

Media pundits are in full throttle trying to deal with the novel fact that some Democratic candidates are talking the language of faith in their messages. In IndieDems opinion, some are not getting it quite right. A prime example was a recent Washington Post column by Elizabeth Bruenig.  She included this statement:

“The crux of the (right-wing evangelical) alliance is opposition to abortion and liberal views on sexuality — but the religious left has no such unified identity, in part because it has no such unanimously agreed-on priorities.”

Here is IndieDems comment:

I take serious exception with Ms. Bruenig’s statement that the religious left has no unanimously agreed on priorities. The religious left, and the Democratic Party, agree unanimously on policies that are the most perfect expression of Jesus’ Golden Rule human beings have ever devised: Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and Obamacare.

Those bedrock examples of compassion and concern for your fellow man—regardless of race, religion, or ethnic origin—are the guiding lights of American progressives and liberals. Each of them was put in place in the face of bellicose Republican opposition. Today’s Republicans are more united than ever in wanting to destroy them. Their elimination is in Trump’s proposed fiscal year 2020 budget.

Republicans, in short, continue their decades-long assault on Jesus’ Golden Rule. They have simply added to that a war against God’s 10 Commandments, by supporting a President who lives every minute in wanton contempt of the Commandments against adultery and bearing false witness. After two years of flagrant corruption, you can add contempt for “thou shalt not steal.”

The Republicans who do all of this and proclaim themselves to be Christians are, in my opinion, committing outright blasphemy. They certainly display the hypocrisy Jesus condemned when he stated that it’s the ones who make the most of praying in public who are the biggest hypocrites:

“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

Democrats Appealing to Religion: What’s Up for Christianity?

The media are paying increasing attention to the Democratic presidential candidates who are using the language of religion as a key part of their message. (See Pete Buttigieg shows how to campaign on values in the age of Trump).   The reports focus predominantly on South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg, whose numbers are rising in the polls. In my opinion, some of the media are misrepresenting what Buttigieg is saying by presenting it mainly as a question of his fidelity to the Christian religion. But in reality, he has put it in the more general context of his faith and his interpretation of the true meaning of Christian doctrines. That is something that increasing numbers of Americans identify with.

The fact that more and more Americans do not claim membership in any Christian denomination does not at all mean they have abandoned their religious longings. It simply means they no longer believe that organized religion adequately reflects their religious longings—in fact, are antithetical to them. Christian churches help bring about their own demise by proclaiming that Christianity required being anti-abortion and/or anti-gay. Mankind took a mighty step away from that Dark Ages mentality when individuals said, if that’s the choice, to hell with your religion.

The same way previous generations rejected the idea that Christianity required the Inquisition, burning witches at the stake, supporting slavery, and supporting segregation. The Republicans—and especially evangelicals—who still live with that medieval mentality are reaping what they sowed. His Truth continues to march on, putting militant anti-abortion and anti-gay rights stands on the dust bin of history. And we can thank God for that.

You Can’t Support Donald Trump and Be a Christian

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


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