More Religious Hypocrisy

imageWe all know that the Religious Right live by double standards. During this very bizarre political campaign of the Republican Party, we have seen millions of “True Christians” embracing the Orange Menace who lies constantly, is a bigot, racist, braggart who thinks it’s great his wife has posed totally naked in magazines for men to ogle over. Trump is a huge example of Christian hypocrisy all rolled into one little man with tiny hands.

From Americans United, Simon Brown

Holy Hypocrisy!: Religious Right Author Says Voting For Trump Is Not ‘Morally Evil’

It has been amusing – and occasionally depressing – to watch the Religious Right’s leadership twist themselves into knots as they explain why it’s perfectly acceptable to vote for Donald Trump, a coarse, thrice-married reality TV star who has no history of being a pious churchgoer.

The latest far-right figure to try making the case for Trump is Wayne Grudem. He’s an evangelical with degrees from Harvard and Cambridge and author of Politics According to the Bible, a 619-page tome that claims to offer a biblical take on all modern policy issues. (In case you were wondering, the estate tax is “unbiblical” according to Grudem). He also wrote Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood: A Response to Evangelical Feminism, which explains that women aren’t capable of interpreting the Bible and therefore shouldn’t be given leadership positions in churches. Glad that’s settled.

Grudem is not stupid, but his argument for why voting Trump is the “moral” thing to do is less than convincing. In a column for the far-right website Townhall, Grudem drones on for roughly 5,000 words seemingly in the hope that a least one of his ideas will convince a few reluctant right wingers to stump for Trump.

A cousin of mine who lives in Mississippi wrote a post on Facebook attempting to make the case of why evangelicals need to vote for Trump, even though she considers him to be “immoral”. She says, “We need to vote for Trump because he promised to protect the rights of evangelical Christians.”

Now, wait…she just said he was immoral, but she also chooses to believe him? I don’t find it much of a surprise though that Evangelical Christians back a bigoted racist, women hating, sexual harassment justifying liar. Because, it’s mostly about the Supreme Court Justices he has promised to appoint.

Grudem gets off to a rocky start, writing that this Trump guy may not be perfect – but you should vote for him because his opponent, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, is much worse.

“I do not think that voting for Donald Trump is a morally evil choice because there is nothing morally wrong with voting for aflawed candidate if you think he will do more good for the nation than his opponent,” Grudem said. “In fact, it is the morally right thing to do.”

The theologian goes on to acknowledge that, like much of the Religious Right, he “did not support Trump in the primary season” and actually spoke against the real estate mogul at a conference in February.

Grudem also painted a less-than-flattering portrait of The Donald.

“He is egotistical, bombastic, and brash,” wrote Grudem. “He often lacks nuance in his statements. Sometimes he blurts out mistaken ideas (such as bombing the families of terrorists) that he later must abandon. He insults people. He can be vindictive when people attack him. He has been slow to disown and rebuke the wrongful words and actions of some angry fringe supporters. He has been married three times and claims to have been unfaithful in his marriages. These are certainly flaws, but I don’t think they are disqualifying flaws in this election.”

Wow. That’s pretty harsh. But Grudem says Trump is still the preferred candidate chiefly because of the Supreme Court.

“Hillary Clinton would quickly replace Justice Scalia with another liberal like Breyer, Ginsburg, Sotomayor, and Kagan,” Grudem opined. “This would give liberals a 5-4 majority on the Supreme Court even without Justice Kennedy, and 6-3 when he votes with them.”

There you have it. The truth is that some in the Religious Right do not love Trump. They simply dislike Clinton so much that virtually anyone else is preferable. So they are willing to remain silent over a guy who as of late has been attacking the parents of a soldier who died while protecting his troops in Afghanistan.

Religious Right leaders are so quick to judge the rest of us. Maybe it’s time they took a hard look at their own hypocrisy


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Get in the kitchen, women!

imageNot much has changed over the years with the attitudes of fundie Xians. We were posting these articles way back when this site was called God is for Suckers. Hopefully, though, there are less and less women accepting these archaic rules which are meant to suppress women.

Gary Dull: The Bible Says That ‘Women Should Not Be In High Political Positions’

Last Thursday, ahead of Hillary Clinton’s speech at the Democratic National Convention, the American Pastors Network dedicated its “Stand in the Gap” radio program to discussing the question of whether it is “biblical to have women in positions of government.”

Gary Dull, an APN board member and head of the Pennsylvania Pastors Network, said on the program that women serving in positions of political leadership is a sign that a society is “spiritually rotten” and under the judgment of God.

Citing Isaiah 3, especially verse 12, which says that “youths oppress my people, women rule over them” when a nation is under judgment, Dull proclaimed that “what we see is that the condition in that nation in that particular period of time was very, very spiritually rotten and whether that was the cause for women leading them or that itself brought on the wickedness within the nation is to be debated, but it certainly does at least imply that maybe women should not be in high political positions.”

Dull went on to cite 1 Timothy 2, which he says “establishes a pattern” in the Bible that women are not to have authority over men.

“In God’s line of authority,” he said, “it seems very clear in the scripture that a woman should not be in authority over men, which would limit a woman from being the president of the United States of America or even a queen of some other particular nation.”

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Michelle Obama’s Awesome Speech

Many are saying Michelle Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention last night was a “speech for the ages.” In case you missed it, or want to watch it again, here it is  below: 


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Religious Test and the Democratic Party

imageThe Democratic National Convention got off to a bumpy start as yet another email scandal was uncovered involving some members of the DNC were discussing a strategy to use Bernie Sander’s faith, or lack thereof to try to give Hillary Clinton the upper hand. I am greatly disappointed that the party I have been supporting is still pandering to the religious instead of promoting acceptance and equal opportunity for people who hold no belief in a god.

Here is what Barry Lynn of Americans United has to say:

Religious Test?: Email Hack Reveals Democrats Discussed Attacking Bernie Sanders’ Religious Belief

Bernie Sanders’ beliefs should not disqualify him from being president.

It is distressing that a major political party would seek to disqualify anyone based on his or her religious beliefs – or lack thereof. The discussion of Sanders’ faith amounted to discrimination against non-believers, something that should be unacceptable in our society and runs counter to the Democratic Party Platform commitment to “protect religious minorities and the fundamental right of freedom of religion.”

Additionally, the U.S. Constitution expressly states that there can be no religious tests for office. That means a candidate’s faith cannot stop him or her from holding an elected position, and it suggests that faith should not be a factor in determining the suitability of a candidate for office.

He goes on to say:

Even if the Democratic National Committee shakeup is over, Democrats, Republicans and everyone else must remember that the First Amendment’s promise of religious freedom doesn’t arbitrarily end at the ballot box, and all political parties should respect the fact that everyone has the right to believe – or not – as he or she sees fit. That is what true religious freedom is all about.

After all, when the president takes the oath of office, he or she swears to uphold all of the Constitution. That means everyone’s beliefs must be protected by the highest office in the land.

As atheists, we still have a lot of work to do to eliminate religious test to hold public office and upholding Separation of Church and State to ensure equal opportunity for ALL citizens.

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Trump pandering to Religious Right

This video compilation of Trump lying to and sucking up to the Religious Right is sickening and pathetic. Morals?  The religious right who support Trump have no morals.

Trump panders to 1,000 Religious Right  leaders 

We MUST work to ensure this bigoted, lying, money-grubber does NOT make it to the highest office in our land!

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GOP Call To Repeal Ban On Church Politicking

imageWhile we are distracted by the ongoings of the GOP convention, this has not even been mentioned in the news media, as far as I know. And, it’s extremely important that we do know and get out and vote in November before the GOP further destroys Separation of Church & State. Trump has vowed to lift the ban on church politicking and to appoint anti-abortion judges.

From Americans United:

Changing Federal Law Could Dramatically Escalate Partisan Activity In Houses Of Worship, Church-State Watchdog Says

The Republican Party platform approved yesterday includes a call for altering federal law to allow houses of worship to jump into partisan politics. This change threatens religious life in America, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

The platform advocates repeal of the Johnson Amendment, a provision adopted by Congress in 1954 that prohibits 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, non-profit organizations, including houses of worship, from intervening in partisan politics by endorsing or opposing candidates for public office.

Asserts the platform, “We value the right of America’s religious leaders to preach, and Americans to speak freely, according to their faith. Republicans believe the federal government, specifically the IRS, is constitutionally prohibited from policing or censoring speech based on religious convictions or beliefs, and therefore we urge the repeal of the Johnson Amendment.”

The Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United, blasted the proposal as “short-sighted, reckless and corrosive to religious life.”

“The Republican platform seeks to turn America’s houses of worship into miniature political action committees,” Lynn said. “I can’t imagine a more disruptive idea for our nation’s religious community or a real impediment to campaign finance reform.”

Lynn noted that the ban on partisan politicking encompasses many non-profit groups, religious and secular. The idea behind it, he said, is to ensure that the desirable benefit of tax exemption is awarded only to organizations that operate in the public interest, not partisan entities. (Lynn pointed out that the amendment bars only endorsement or opposition of candidates. Speaking out on issues is permitted.)

The proposal, Lynn said, would further divide Americans. He pointed out that several polls have shown that Americans overwhelmingly oppose partisan politicking in houses of worship.

“Religious communities are places Americans can go to escape the partisan divide of ‘red’ and ‘blue’ that has polarized our nation,” Lynn said. “Repealing the ‘no-politicking’ rule would inevitably lead some houses of worship to focus on supporting candidates in exchange for financial and other aid.”

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has backed the proposal. While introducing his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, on July 16, Trump remarked, “And I said — and I said for the evangelicals, that we’re going to do something that nobody’s even tried to do. You have the Johnson Amendment passed by Lyndon Johnson and his group….And we call it the Johnson Amendment….We put into the platform, we’re going to get rid of that horrible Johnson Amendment. And we’re going to let evangelicals, we’re going to let Christians and Jews and people of religion talk without being afraid to talk.”

Trump has also reportedly promised Jerry Falwell Jr., president of Liberty University, that he will seek repeal of the Johnson Amendment.

The issue is currently under consideration in Congress. Republicans in the House of Representatives have added a rider to an appropriations bill (H.R. 5485) that would make it harder for the IRS to enforce the Johnson Amendment.

Americans United’s Project Fair Play seeks to educate Americans about the law banning partisan activity by houses of worship and religious non-profits and urges religious leaders to comply with these provisions.

Americans United is a religious liberty watchdog group based in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1947, the organization educates Americans about the importance of church-state separation in safeguarding religious freedom.


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Trump chooses Religious Right Pence as running mate

imageThe Donald announced his pick for his VP running mate yesterday– religious right, anti-woman’s rights, tea partier, Mike Pence. If they manage to pull it off and win in November, Flying Spaghetti Monster help us all! We CANNOT let this dangerous duo win. Unfortunately, it’s once again a choice between worse and disastrous. No matter Hillary’s skeletons in her closet, I must give her my vote to keep these two asshats from trying to undo what we have fought for and won over the past 100 years.

In case you are unfamiliar with Pence, here are some facts from Americans United about Trump’s new yes-man.


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