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Day 126. 

As a nation we need to ask one question.  What type of country are we willing to become?  Ever since trump won the election, that question has been at the top of everything he has proposed.  And, in my opinion, he is looking for something that has not been America.

He has pitted race against race, religion against religion, and rich against poor.  We have always had problems in these areas, but he has ramped them up to a point where your race, your religion, and your wealth is the determining factor of whether you are a winner or a loser in his America.

He has tried to place a limited Muslim Ban on travel to the U.S. twice now, and he was rejected by the courts twice.  He claims that is all in the name of “keeping Americans safe” but he always runs his mouth and shows that it is really based on religion, which is unconstitutional.  His administration doesn’t help either with their rants about how Muslims are the root of all of our problems.

Then we have the so-called “Obamacare Repeal and Replace” legislation trying to get out of the house.  The CBO scored it and there are some good things and some bad thing for both sides.  The good for Republicans is it says that it will reduce the budget by $337 billion over ten years.  The bad for everybody is that 24 million people will lose their health care over the same 10 years.  The White House memo says that 26 million people will lose their health care over that 10 year period.

It is also becoming apparent even to Paul Ryan that the bill as written cannot get out of the House.  His problem is that in order to get out of the house he needs to take it even further right.  But, in order to get it through the Senate it needs to go further left.  It would seem that he has painted himself into a corner, and trump seems willing to let him blow in the wind over it as well.

Now we are seeing trump’s first budget.  This budget shows us just what kind of country trump wants us to have.  A country with no culture, no heritage, no sympathy, no decency, just more military and more bullets.

Naturally, there is the huge increase in defense spending and a huge increase in DHS budget for mass deportations and his Berlin Wall.  But there are still huge cuts for the Coast Guard, the TSA, and FEMA.

The Coast Guard is really our front line defense for our borders in terms of drug trafficking and people trafficking, as well as our port security.  The TSA is supposed to make us safe while flying  FEMA is the agency that responds to natural disasters, and in case you didn’t know, they are responsible to coordinate relief work in case of a wide-scale terrorist attack.  Who needs these agencies?  Apparently not trump.

But it gets even worse.  HUD will lose $3 Billion in its budget.  Number one on the hit parade from HUD will be a small program called “Meals on Wheels”.  All funding will go away to help old and disabled people get food delivered to them.  There will also be the elimination of the heating help funding for poor and older Americans.

The State Department will lose 28 percent of its budget.  The EPA will be hit hardest with a 31.4 percent cut to its budget.  What will be taken away is 3200 jobs and eliminate a new plan for tighter regulations on power plants, and “zero out” programs to clean up the Great Lakes and the Chesapeake Bay.

Health and Human Services is facing a 16.2 percent cut.  These include cuts of $5.8 billion from the nearly $32 billion National Institutes of Health, the nation’s premier medical research agency.  The NIH’s budget has not kept up with inflation as it is, and now trump wants to cut it even more.  This is the agency the does research on diseases to help us defeat things like cancer or stop pandemics before they get going too bad.  But then, since fewer people will have health insurance, who needs research?

The Department of Labor is facing a 20 percent cut.  These cuts include eliminating a federal program designed to help people 55 and older get new jobs.  The Labor Department is also supposed to protect your safety at work.  OSHA will see a huge cut in its budge meaning fewer inspections of workplace safety.

The Commerce Department is facing a 12 percent cut.  One of the biggest will be at NOAA.  These cuts would eliminate more than $250 million in National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration grants, including a program that helps coastal communities adapt to climate change, deal with invasive species and maintain healthy water and fisheries. Also on the chopping block: the Economic Development Administration, which provides federal dollars to foster job creation and attract private investment; and the Minority Business Development Agency, which is dedicated to helping minority-owned business get off the ground and grow.

Other independent agencies will be cut off completely and be forced to shut down.  These include the Public Broadcasting Corporation, the Appalachian Regional Commission, the Chemical Safety Board, the United States Institute of Peace, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Corporation for National Community Service and the African Development Foundation. That foundation was established by Congress and provides seed money and other support to enterprises in some 20 countries on that continent.

I guess Big Bird is on the chopping block, again.  We really need to do away with things like education for young children and eliminating the arts for everyone else.  What kind of country needs those things?  And, chemical safety is definitely not needed since we can trust the Koch Brothers to protect us from harmful chemicals.

These are just some of the cuts that trump wants to make to the budget.  Of course, Republicans will tell you how much this budget will save money, but they will leave out their upcoming massive cut taxes, especially on the rich.  That means, even with these cuts, the deficit will grow even more than it is.

However, this also brings us back to the question I asked at the beginning.  What type of country are we willing to become?  All of these cuts affect the average person.  All of these cuts will have a negative impact on just about every American who is not in the top 2 percent of income brackets.

The Department of Education is also facing cuts and the biggest target is support for before and after school programs.  How is that helping the middle-class and the working poor?  It doesn’t and it will affect you directly.

There has always been a kind of pride in Americans and their willingness to help those in need.  Are we going to let that one trait of ours go away?  Are we going to stand by and let the unfortunate become poorer while the rich get richer?

Just how are the poor, the working poor, and the middle-class going to get ahead if they need to spend more income on things like expensive child care that will only keep them back?  As silly as some of you think, the Public Broadcasting Corporation helps educate children before they start school.  Are we going to handicap poor people’s children just to save a few dollars?

Before and after school programs allow parents to keep working to support their families and help keep kids off of the streets thus getting into trouble.  Should we really eliminate that funding as well?

The same people who want these cuts to take effect are the same people who claim that America was founded on “Christian Principles”.  Really?  These cuts to the social fabric of our nation are examples of “Christian Principles”?  If it is I am glad I am not Christian.

The health insurance argument really sums it up best.  The real question isn’t about liberalism v. conservatism.  It isn’t about right v. left.  It is about one simple question.  Is health care a right or a privilege?  If you believe it is a right that everyone deserves health care, then you must support universal health care because that is the only way people will actually have affordable health care coverage.

If you believe that it is a privilege then you fully support the Republican plan.  You are saying openly and defiantly that health care only belongs to those who can pay for it out-of-pocket.  If you cannot afford it out-of-pocket, you don’t deserve it.

If you believe that health care is a privilege, then you are surely in favor of all of these social cuts to the budget as well.  If health care is a privilege then so is clean air and water.  So is workplace safety.  So is being warned about weather events that may hurt or kill us.  So is medical research.

Those are some areas where these cuts are most felt.  The disadvantaged are being targeted so trump can have a massive military buildup.  They are being targeted so the rich can get more massive tax cuts.  Trump is telling his supporters who will be hardest hit, “screw you, I won”.

Of course it still needs to get through Congress.  We know that Democrats will be against most of these cuts, if not all of them.  We can only hope they are able to kill this budget before it kills too many of us.

If you believe that the disadvantaged should be abandoned and left to die, then trump is your president and the Republicans are your party.  But, I would suggest you stop your “Christian Principles” argument because you are not only lying to us, you are lying to yourself.  “What you do unto the least of you, you also do unto me”.

So far, I believe that this administration and Republican Controlled Congress want to abandon the disadvantaged.  They are only interested in the wealthy.  To me, that lacks all decency.  This budget is a snap shot of that lack of decency and moral fiber.  It is a perfect example of greed and a “me first” attitude.

So much for Christian Principles.

And, the shirts keep marching along.

 

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Since Trump pulled off his election victory, there have been at least a hundred reasons being given by the so-called pundits.  They are all hanging on the theory that the white working class elected Donald Trump because they feel left behind.  That is partially true.  However, that is not the real reason Trump actually won.

It is my stand that Trump won because he took advantage of the ugly triumvirate that the Republican Party has been putting together for decades.  He was able to tap into the hate, discontent, and pure bigotry of this triumvirate.

This triumvirate took years to put together and it has finally reached its full potential.  That was proven when Trump actually won the election.  His picks for his cabinet so far have shown this triumvirate will actually govern, which is really disturbing.

The first spoke in this triumvirate is what is called “conservative Christians”.  The second spoke is authoritarians who believe that the constitution is nothing but a “suggestion” when it comes to civil rights.  The third is what is now called the “alt-right” which is really nothing more than the KKK without all of the Halloween costumes.

The pure bitter hate the reeks out of every pore of these three groups is the reason that Trump campaigned on hate issues.  He understood, unlike his Republican opponents, that if you put together a coalition you need to use it properly.  He did by hitting all of the hot buttons they hold dear.

The so-called alt-right is a white supremacist group of bigots who believe that the U.S. should be a white only country.  They want all immigration stopped immediately, though they are willing to have “special” cases for Europeans.  They hate African-Americans, Jews, Mexicans and other Latinos, Muslims, Chinese, Japanese, and any other group that is not “white”.

The white supremacists are overjoyed with the election of Trump.  He is the “savior” that they have been waiting for to come out of the sewers and spew forth their venom in the light of day.  They believe that the days of a white only U.S. is just around the corner.  And, with Steve Bannon sitting right next to Trump whispering in his ear, they may be close to correct.

The authoritarians are led by Trump himself.  Trump does not really care for democracy or a free press.  He hates anyone who might even think of saying something negative about him.  He has called on changing the laws so he can sue the press if anyone dares to write an article he doesn’t like.

During his campaign he ridiculed the press at every rally.  He treated the press that was there to follow his campaign and report on it as the enemy who was only there to make him look bad.  If the press dared to quote the candidate, they were liars because Trump never said what he said on tape.

His audience lapped up the insults and even turned on the press.  There were several times when members of the press, especially his favorite target Katie Tur, had to be escorted out of the rally when it ended by the Secret Service for their safety.  He blacklisted several media outlets from his campaign.

Now he is acting like he isn’t going to be any more available to the press after his win.  As a matter of fact, he has been even less available and is still railing against them.  You cannot establish an authoritarian government if you allow freedom of the press.

Additionally, Trump has made promises that are quite frankly unconstitutional.  When the election was over, he only doubled down on those promises.  Like stopping Muslims from Immigrating.  Or like having a registry for all Muslims.

His picks for his cabinet so far all mirror these beliefs as well.  He has to have backers behind him if he is going to ignore the constitution.  The very idea that he is willing to place an open racist in the position of Attorney General is appalling.  Sessions has fought against voting rights, hate crimes, crimes against women, and other civil rights all of his life.  Now, we are expected to believe he will actually enforce these laws he hates?

Like Trump, his CIA pick is in love with the idea of torture.  Even though it is against the laws of the U.S., against the laws of the U.S. Military, and against the Geneva Convention, they believe we can ignore all of those laws just because we are us.  Blatant disregard for the law is also blatant disregard for our form of government which is supposed to be based on law.

Then we have the so-called “conservative Christians” as the final piece of the jigsaw.  As I have written before, the term conservative Christian is an oxymoron.  As a matter of fact, I find the term as the worst example of contradictions we can have.

Conservative Christians all claim to be “Christian” first.  However, their policies and beliefs are anything but Christian.  They fall much better under the authoritarian definition than the Christian definition.

Conservative Christians are all about running everyone else’s lives.  They want to be the ones who determine what civil rights people can have.  They want to determine what “morality” is that you must follow.  They want to determine every minute aspect of your life from your education to your work environment to your bedroom.

Since Trump was elected, there have been over 400 bills being prepared to be introduced in state legislatures in January.  All of them have something to do with voter suppression, anti-abortion, or anti-LGBT issues.

They feel justified in these laws because of Trump.  He is the one who nominated Mike Pence as his Vice President.  Pence is the most vocal and most anti-civil rights politician around.  He firmly believes that LGBT are that way by choice and should be forced to undergo “therapy” to make them “normal” again.

He was the one who got his state to pass the most anti-LGBT law in the country.  Then because of the backlash, he modified it to make it more acceptable.  However, it is still horrible and has far-reaching consequences.  There is a case right now in Indiana where a mother is using this “law” as her defense for brutally abusing her children.  She claims her “religious beliefs” make it defensible because she was saving her children from “Satan” by beating the hell out of them.

As I said before, I grew up in a very Catholic family.  I went to Catholic schools and learned all about Christianity.  I never once heard or read anything in the “New Testament” where Jesus said we have the right to hate anyone because they are different.  Rather he said we must “love” our enemies and those that are different.

Sorry, but don’t tell me you are a Christian when you hate LGBT people and are willing to legally discriminate against them simply because they are LGBT.  Don’t tell me you are Christian when you despise every other religion on the planet.  Don’t tell me you are Christian when you are willing to turn your back on women and children seeking refuge just because they come from an area of the country that is Muslim and not Christian.

In its beginning, Christianity was a revolutionary religion.  It was a religion that fought against the status quo of the Jewish hierarchy.  It was a religion that rebelled against all of the rules and hatreds of the past.  It was a religion that was based on love, harmony, and peace on earth.

Hating your neighbor just because they are different is not Christian.  It is authoritarian.  Forcing your beliefs on others is not Christian, it is authoritarian.  And, that is exactly what today’s “conservative Christians” are.  Authoritarian.

This is the ugly triumvirate that swept Donald Trump to victory.  These groups have power in just enough states to have put him over the top, even though he has lost the popular vote by over 1.5 million votes, so far.

Hate crimes have spiked since the election.  Yes, there have been hate crimes on both sides, but the vast majority have been from Trump supporters.  Some of these are such heroes they leave a restaurant and then quickly return to punch a woman in the face then run away again.  This happened in Texas and is just one example of these hate crimes.

The swastika has replaced the stars and stripes in graffiti by Trump supporters.  Churches are being burned again.  Mosques are being defaced and burned.  Synagogues are being defaced again.

This is the result of the triumvirate being empowered by Trump’s election.  They feel free to spread their hate with impunity.  President Obama has said we should “wait and see” what a Trump Presidency will bring.  I believe we have already seen what a Trump Presidency will bring.  And, it won’t be pretty.

The 2016 election has unleashed an unholy triumvirate upon our country.  We need to be ready to fight it from the beginning or we will lose all of our freedoms.  And, that is exactly what the unholy triumvirate wants.  Total control over our lives.

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I am sure that headline probably makes some people uncomfortable.  But, it is time to ask that question.  If that question is wrong, then should we ask if Conservative Christians are mentally ill?

As you all know, I am not a “religious” person.  My beliefs are far different from just about everyone.  You also know from my writings that I was raised in Catholic Schools.  So, I know and understand Christianity very well.

The biggest reason I am bringing this up is because of all of the “stuff” that has happened over the past few weeks and throughout this campaign for that matter.

There was that infamous tape about Trump bragging about sexually assaulting women.  There are the 10 women who have come out and said that Trump sexually assaulted them over the years.

There was the arrest of three men in Kansas the other day.  These men are from a group called “Crusaders”.  The leader of this group is a self avowed “big” fan of Trump.  They were arrested for plotting to blow up an apartment complex that houses Somalian Muslims on November 9, the day after the election.

Mosques in several states have been spray painted with TRUMP.  Somehow the name Trump has become the new swastika.  Muslim women have been assaulted on the streets in New York City for simply wearing a hijab.

A Democratic candidate for U.S. Congress in New Jersey had swastikas painted on his house not once but twice.  This man is a Christian Indian-American.  He is not Muslim but he has brown skin and wears a beard, so Trump supporters figure he must be a Muslim.

Then we have the GOP office in Orange County in North Carolina that was fire bombed.  On the building next door there was spray painting saying “Nazi GOP get out or else.

These are some of the hate crimes that have taken place during this election.  I have come to the conclusion that they are all the result of one common thread, besides Trump.  That thread is Conservative Christianity.

You may think I am stretching things here, but I don’t agree with that analysis of stretching.  There is proof that everything taking place is directly linked to that cult group.  And, that is the “reasons” being given to keep supporting Trump even after that tape.

Michelle Bachman claims that Trump has “been risen by God” to lead our country.  She is not alone in her view either.  Tony Perkins, head of the influential Family Research Council, affirmed that he would be voting for Trump regardless of the allegations of sexual assault. “As I have made clear, my support for Donald Trump in the general election was never based upon shared values; rather, it was built upon shared concerns.

Funny, but if you are a “true believer” I would think that shared values would be a much bigger reason to support a candidate than shared concerns.

Then there is a Kansas Republican Party Official who supports Trump who told CNN, “God can use anybody. He used the harlots. It’s all about what God can do.”

On Saturday Rep. Glen Thompson who is running for re-election in PA said that the words on that tape were “rude and unacceptable.”  Yet he is still going to support and vote for Trump.

In case you are wondering why, he said it was the explanation his wife gave him.  “Her explanation to me was that God takes the imperfect, and makes perfect for his purpose.”

WTF does that mean?  Is he really trying to say that God is making Trump “perfect”?  If that is his definition for “perfect” please remind me to delete the word from my dictionary.

Is he trying to say that God is using a self-confessed sexual abuser of women for “his purpose?”  That is a ridiculous statement all by itself.  As another Trump supporter said, which has been echoed over and over “we’re not electing a moral leader. But God uses people that are immoral and can also do good things.”

All of this begs the question.  What does “Conservative Christian” really mean?  Do these people have any morals or are they just interested in imposing their narrow viewpoint on the rest of society?

If we allow this “cult” to define Christianity for the rest of us, then we must answer the question above that there really is no God.  If you are a Christian or any other religious follower that believes in the existence of God, then you must criticize this stance from so-called Conservative Christians.

If your God is “using the imperfect Trump for his purposes” then the only thing I can say is that you want the end of our democracy to come soon.  There is no other explanation for that belief.

Maybe they think that Adolf Hitler was also an “imperfect person who was used by God for his purposes.”  Sorry folks, but if you believe in that God, you are far more Satanic than Christian.

May your God help you.

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Ever since the primary season started, everyone was waiting for Donald Trump to crash and burn.  All of the “experts” were saying things like the Conservative Christians will never back Trump.  He will say something stupid and the glass house will explode around him.

The Conservative Christians had their hero in Ted Cruz.  The “establishment” had their heroes in Kasich and Jeb Bush.  There were a total of seventeen candidates and only Trump was considered by the “experts” as the clown with no chance of winning.

One by one the candidates started falling by the wayside.  Then, there were three standing.  Trump, Cruz, and Kasich.  Kasich was the first to fall out, and then the Conservative Christian darling Cruz dropped out.  That left Trump standing alone.

Everyone kept asking the same question.  How could this happen?  How could Trump actually win over the Conservative Christians to win the nomination?  They all figured that he couldn’t win with just the bigots and racists.  They were wrong.  Trump won and the Conservative Christians seem to be falling in line with him.

It doesn’t take a genius to figure out why this has a happened.  The latest example came from Trump’s news conference on Tuesday.  He incessantly whined about the media “persecuting” him for doing something good.  That is why the Conservative Christians love Donald Trump.  He is a whiner complaining how he is being persecuted and the media lets him get away with it.

All of the stupid laws being passed in conservative controlled states about abortion and gay rights are hints of this “persecution” complex.  Just look at that great Governor of Mississippi, Phil Bryant.  The other day, while speaking at the civil rights hating group The Family Research Council, Bryant said when speaking about Mississippi’s anti-gay law:

They don’t know that Christians have been persecuted throughout the ages.

There is the connection.  Christians are being persecuted and Trump is taking a stand against that persecution.  Bryant went on to say:

They don’t know that if it takes crucifixion, we will stand in line before abandoning our faith and our belief in our savior Jesus Christ. So if we are going to stand, now is the time and this is the place.

According to that section, Bryant seems to be saying he would rather be crucified than repeal the anti-gay law his state just passed.  But, what is so egregious about this law?  Well the law allows people to discriminate based on sexual orientation in “any employment-related decision” and “any decision concerning the sale, rental, [or] occupancy of a dwelling” as long as it’s based on “sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction”.

According to this law, homosexuals in Mississippi can be denied jobs, promotions, pay raises, and housing just because they are gay.  Can anyone say Jim Crow Laws?

But, in his speech, he goes on to praise the leader of The Family Research Council, Tony Perkins.  Tony Perkins is the one who claims that homosexuals are the real pedophiles in the country and that pedophilia is a homosexual problem.

He is also the one who claimed that homosexuals are going to “round up Christians in box cars and ship them off to concentration camps”.  Just prior to the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage he said there should be a revolution in the United States over the issue.

But, Bryant seems to love Tony Perkins.  He said in his speech:

We were in that valley, but Tony Perkins was there with us. He was there as surely as our lord and savior, as surely as the God of all Gods that stood there with us.

If you have been waiting for the “second coming of Jesus” I guess you can stop waiting.  Tony Perkins is alive and well.  At least that is what I get from Phil Bryant in his praise for the bigot.

You will hear this kind of talk all across the conservative propaganda wing of the party.  Fox News has been touting Christian Persecution for years.  And, that is the connection between these crazy people and Donald Trump.

You may say, wait a minute, they are complaining about Christians being persecuted, not Donald Trump.  But, remember the one word that makes most sense to them is “persecution”.  Since Donald Trump uses the word so much about himself, he has connected with the “persecuted” Christians.

Imagine this.  The largest Religious Group in America, the one with the most political power, the one passing “legal discrimination” laws against any group they don’t like is the one group that is claiming to be “persecuted” the most.  They see Donald Trump being “persecuted” by the media for lying, cheating, and name calling, and they see themselves being “persecuted” because of their religious beliefs.

It is this “persecution complex” that Conservative Christian terrorists have about themselves that draw them to Trump.  It is also this complex that means Trump is more dangerous in the General Election than most people think.  Especially if the media keeps shrinking away from the fight that Trump and the Conservative Christian terrorists want to wage against them and the country.

Donald Trump tapped into the “persecution complex” of the Conservative Christian terrorists and that is why he is the presumptive nominee for the Republican Party.  The sideshow is that “persecution complexes” often lead to authoritarian rule when the “persecuted” gain power.  Whether or not that happens is up to you in November.

And the “shirts” keep marching along!

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In case you didn’t know this, it is official.  If you are not a conservative, you cannot be a Christian.  That does not come from me.  It comes from that wonderful Tea Party Nut, Rep. Dave Brat.  According to this learned scholar, only conservatives “own Christian tradition”.

It seems that when the President said last year that Republicans opposed to allowing refugees into the country were “scared of widows and orphans”,  Brat reacted in a typical “I only know what is best” attitude.  He went on the attack and said “People in the tradition know what that word means, right?”

In case you are wondering what the “people in the tradition know” is that Jesus commanded Christians to take care of widows and orphans.  Brat went on to say “he’s using the Christian tradition and he’s trying to bring about compassion by bonking Republicans over the head with the Bible.  It’s almost a comedy routine on what compassion and love is.”

Oh, but the rant goes on.  Brat said Obama is “mocking his enemies in order to compel a larger federal state using the tradition of love.”  He said it’s time for conservatives to take back the Bible. “Our side, the conservative side, needs to reeducate its people that we own the entire tradition,” he said.

So, there you have it.  Unless you are a conservative, please don’t even try to call yourself a “Christian”.  They own the tradition, and one must presume the religion too.  Every liberal, moderate, centrist, or any other type cannot be a “Christian” because you do not “own the tradition.”

On the other side, does anyone who professes to be Christian really want to “own the tradition” of the conservative brand of Christianity?  I can’t for the life of me imagine that any sane person would want to be part of their outrageous “pick-and-choose” form of Christianity.

This is coming from the same people who want to build a “wall” on the southern border to keep out those Latino people, but are very happy to leave the northern border with Canada open.  That is the border that is almost exclusively used by terrorists to gain entry into this country.

These are the same people that refuse to issue birth certificates to children born in this country because their parents are not citizens.  These are the same people who claim that Mexican immigrants are all rapists and thieves.  These are the same people that refuse to recognize the civil marriage between people unless they are a man and woman.

These are the same people who say it is legal to discriminate against anyone they wish because their “religion” says it is okay to discriminate against anyone they want.  They call that “religious liberty.”  Yet, they want to ban all Muslims from immigrating to this country and want to shut down all of the Mosques in the country.  Apparently, Muslims don’t have “religious liberties”.

These are the same people that want to eliminate Medicaid, Food Stamps, Medicare, Social Security, and a host of other social safety nets.  I guess their definition of “taking care of widows and orphans” is to simply let them starve or freeze to death.

These are the same people who don’t think you should have access to affordable health care.  According to them, if you get sick and cannot afford to pay the full bill, just suffer and/or die.

I don’t know if his last name is an accident of birth, or if he chose it himself.  But it is very descriptive of his outlook on life.  He is a brat!  In case you may be wondering who this lunatic is, he is the person who unseated Eric Cantor by saying Cantor favored “amnesty” for those damned illegals.

I often listen to these nut-jobs when they speak and wonder just where they are getting their ideas from?  As I have said before, I do not call myself a Christian, but I have had years of training in Christianity while growing up in a Catholic family.  I never heard any priest, nun, or other teacher utter these “traditions” as Brat calls them.

It was quite the opposite.  They spoke about loving your neighbor.  Taking of the sick, poor, widows, orphans.  They talked about being part of one body.  How can anyone claim to be Christian and decide that only certain people can be part of that one body.

People like Brat, Huckabee, Cruz, Rubio, et. al., are a total disgrace to anyone who really believes in Christianity.  They are a sickness that creeps into society preaching hate, bigotry, and discrimination all in the “name of God”.  In my opinion, they are no better than the creeps who are claiming to be Muslim like those in ISIS.  Both of these groups are preaching the same thing.  We need to kill each other in the name of God.

On the other hand, anyone who really believes in either of the faiths are appalled by their teachings.   America is becoming more secular each year.  Religions are beginning to struggle to maintain their congregations.  They give all sorts of reasons for this decline.  The one thing they do not name as a reason is all of the hate speech from the so-called “true believers”.

How can anyone expect someone to follow any religion that allows such hate speech?  How can any religion believe they can get new converts if all you hear is “hate your neighbor”?  Conservatives like Brat say they “own” Christianity.  If what they are saying and doing is Christian, they can keep it.  They are simply the flip side of the same pillow as ISIS.

I am sure if you listen carefully at the debate tonight, you will hear more of this stupidity come out of the candidates mouths.  Just another example of how the “shirts” keep marching along.

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There is a lot going on right now.  President Obama held a town hall meeting on gun control.  The NRA was invited to attend but didn’t see any advantage with it so they didn’t show up.  The economy seems to be still improving.  Approximately 282,000 jobs were added in December.

Armed terrorists are still holding a wildlife refuge hostage.  Trump supporters are still assaulting protesters even if they don’t say anything.  This was exemplified when two young men were assaulted simply for holding a sign that read: “America Is Already Great” at a Trump Rally in Massachusetts.

Republican candidates are still fear mongering over “Radical Islamic Terrorists.”  They are crying that having Universal Background Checks is just a smoke-screen for taking away your guns.  Although there is nothing in the President’s Executive order that says anything about banning guns.

But, did you know that in the State of Alabama there is a form of ISIS in existence?  I say a form of ISIS because this organization is not Muslim, it is Christian.  The problem is that this ISIS type organization is actually called the State Supreme Court!

This ISIS type organization is led by the Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, Roy Moore.  You may wonder what I am talking about.  You may even think I am going too far in my comparison of Moore and ISIS.  But, just wait and I will explain.

The other day, Moore ordered probate judges to stop issuing licenses to same-sex couples.  Moore claims that the U.S. Supreme Court decision does not include Alabama because it didn’t specify that.  Alabama was not one of the states being sued, so he figures that the ruling doesn’t matter to Alabama.

But he didn’t argue that the decision in Loving v. Virginia, the case that struck down bans on interracial marriages in 1967, only applied to Virginia, or Lawrence v. Texas, which struck down sodomy bans, only did so for Texas.  Because they didn’t.  They included all states.

But, the most dangerous part of this is that Moore says that “laws are superseded by God.”  Or more precisely, Moore’s God.  That is exactly what members of ISIS are claiming.

Members of ISIS are claiming that “their” God is the only “God” that counts and that they are merely following his orders.  Yes, that is stupid, just like Moore is stupid.

But it gets even worse.  Moore said in an interview in 2011:

This is a Christian nation by the fact that 90% of the churches in America are Christian churches and it’s certainly founded upon Christian principles. The supreme law of the land is the Constitution of the United States which recognizes many of those principles. Our freedom to believe what we want comes from God. When it comes from God, no man or no court, can take it away. That’s a God-given right under the Declaration of Independence, which is law itself.

Now, I have taken a whole lot of history classes.  Never once was I ever told that the Declaration of Independence was law!  Just what part of his anatomy he pulled that one out of is your guess.

Besides, if you believe that God has nothing against same-sex marriage, you are wrong, according to Moore and you have no right to express you freedom by marrying someone of the same-sex.  That is because he will interpret “God’s” law for you.  Your interpretation doesn’t count in his world.

This may all sound somewhat small in comparison of some of the bigger issues we face as a nation.  But, before you write this off as some crackpot shooting from his ass, remember this man is the Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court.

His opinions matter deeply to the people of Alabama.  Since he figures he has a “hot line” with his God, he must figure that he knows what is best for Alabamans.  Meaning, if he is against some law or other, he will shoot it down because it “goes against his interpretation of his God’s law.”

That puts him on a par with ISIS in my opinion.  I am sure he is not alone in his beliefs either.  He is just the only one so far brazen enough to make it public.  How long will it be before he decides that divorce is against “his” God’s law and makes divorce illegal in Alabama?

How long will it be before he decides that interracial marriage is illegal in Alabama again?  Or, divorced people cannot remarry?  These are all things that can be interpreted as being against “his” God’s law.

Whenever a public official starts changing “civil” laws to fit his interpretation of “his” God’s law, we all lose.  That is the end of Religious Liberty which the Republicans claim to support.  But then we already know they really don’t support “Religious Liberty” only “their” Religious Liberty to discriminate against the rest of us.

Based on his own words, I believe that the State of Alabama has a Chief Justice sitting on its Supreme Court that is no better than ISIS.  He is more than willing to deny civil rights to people based solely on his narrow interpretation of “his” God’s law.  Maybe he agrees with the nut in California that says homosexuals should have a bullet shot into their heads.

If you are wondering just what the Republican Candidates are saying about this, don’t bother.  None of them has said a word, again.  Seems Christian forms of ISIS are okay with them.

Chief Justice Roy Moore needs to crawl back into the sewer he came from which he came.  He needs to be relieved of his duties as Chief Justice and removed from the bench, again.  Otherwise another form of ISIS will spread its terrorism against all Americans.

And the “shirts” keep marching along!

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Friday is Christmas Day.  Fox News has been waging their “War on Christmas” for years now.  There have been horrendous terrorist attacks both at home and abroad.  We are being told by our politicians that we need to be scared to death because we are all on the death list of ISIS and Muslim Refugees.

We are also being told that our country should not allow any Muslims into the country.  New laws even place people on the terrorist watch list just because they did business in Syria or Iran.  We have seen a huge increase in attacks against Muslims, and Sikhs for that matter in the last month or two.

So I have a question for our conservative friends.  Take a look at the photograph below and tell me if you would allow this person to enter our country?  He is from a middle-east country, and would like to come to America.  He has traveled extensively in many countries in the region including Syria.

He has also been known to challenge authority.  He teaches that “God” will provide for you so you don’t have to work so hard.  He tells the rich to “give it all up” for the sake of their souls.  He teaches we are to love our enemies.  He is by definition, a “radical liberal”.

 

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I am sure most of my readers already know the answer and why I am asking this question.  I would bet most conservatives would want a very severe “vetting” of this man before he was allowed into the country, if at all.  He looks like one of those “Radical Islamist Terrorists” we hear about all of the time.

Well, if you wish to block this man from entering the country because of his appearance and region he comes from, I am sure you will be able to justify that stance.

If you don’t know this man, and wish to deny him access to America, then you are going to deny entry to your “savior.  Well, maybe your savior.  See, this is a facial reconstruction of a first century Israeli man.  This was created from a skull found in Israel and dates back to the time of Jesus.

They took the skull, did a 3D image of it, and used computer software to help rebuild the face on the skull to see what this person may have looked like.  This was the result.  Since Jesus came from the same area, and was part of the Jewish race, this is more representative of what he probably looked like than the usual images that we grew up seeing.

Facial reconstruction is another accepted science that is even used in court today.  Of course since it is science, most conservatives will call it a hoax.  Yet on Friday, Christians around the world will celebrate the birthday of the man who probably looked like this.

Yet, most of our Conservative Christian brothers and sisters in America would probably deny him an entry visa since he looks more like a “terrorist” than a “savior”.

The point of this article is to show that where you come from, what you look like, or how you dress, or what “religion” you follow is not to be used to define who you are.  The image most of us are used to seeing as Jesus is that of a tall, slender white man with long flowing brown hair.  That image came to us from the middle-ages and artists concepts of what they believed Jesus may have looked like.

Too many conservatives want you to think that is “exactly” what Jesus looked like.  Otherwise, if he really looked like this picture, there would be no justification for their hate and bigotry.  How could you deny rights to brown-skinned people if that was what your “savior” was?

As we all settle down for some fun time with our family and friends during this holiday season, remember, the person whose birthday we are supposed to be celebrating probably looked more like this picture than any other images you have seen in the past.

If you are Christian, please consider just what the teachings of Jesus were really all about.  They were about loving your neighbor.  They were about peace.  They were about a better way to live with one another.

Then, maybe we can get over this hate we seem to have gravitated to against those who don’t look like us.  Maybe then, we can translate that to our daily lives and make the world a better place.

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