Category: Religion

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

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.