Today, our not so very religious but very ignorant president of the US has signed an executive order allowing religious organizations to get more politically active. I think it is disgusting for all of the pandering by the GOP and the receiption of such pandering by TrueChristians but honestly, it’s a great thing for those of us who like to show how much of a fail most religions are.
Imagine, if you will, this scenario:
Church A will claim that its followers should vote for “x” because they will claim that their god is totally behind this person. This will start in the primary season for every candidate. Candidate “x” fails. So they have to revise their claims of who is this god’s anointed and move on down the line. Hmmm, were their holy messages from their god wrong? And how does one explain how each church claims that their candidate is the right one when the next church makes a different conclusion from their also holy messages from purportedly the very same god?
It’s a great way to show that the claims of religion are no more than the claims of humans who want control.
Then we have another scenario, which is far more unpleasant:
Church A says that Candidate X will win. And he doesn’t, but Candidate Y does. Now, will Church A support the new winner because, at least in the Christian bible, it is claimed that their god chooses the winner every single time, no exceptions? Every leader is in place because this god supposedly wills it. And will the winner now accept that churches stood against them? What would or could he do against those who have declared that he was not this god’s chosen? Are they a “true” religion in his/her eyes? What will become of that lovely “faith-based” funding if you aren’t part of the true religion?
TrueChristians will make up some excuse on why their claims of someone being divinely ordained to be elected fail. They have before, witness the fail of Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell and the usual passel of failed prophets (who never seem to get stoned to death as per this god’s requirement).
Of course, this also allows people to discriminate as long as they have a “religious” reason to do so. I wonder, how long will it take for Protestants to discriminate against Catholics, for Christians to discriminate against, well, anyone else, etc. I’ve read such pitiful complaints on how Trump “betrayed” the LGBT community. The naivety to assume that this liar would follow through is unfortunate.
Alas, the antics of the ignorance and the antics of the religious will harm us all with the schadenfreude that they will bring upon themselves. But in any case, thanks theists, for showing that your claims of entities supporting you and only you are false.
As for the passing of the TrumpCare “healthcare” bill by the US House of Representatives, it does to show that the GOP doesn’t give a damn about people but only party. Trump doesn’t want it called TrumpCare because he knows it is shit and doesn’t want his name on it, just like the legislators gave themselves an exception to it because it is shit.
For all of the claiming of how great this bill would be, how it would be even better than the ACA, we see a bill that removes protections for pre-existing conditions, removes the requirement that insurance cover maternity care, and removes the funding to support special needs kids who can go to school with the appropriate medical support. So much for the miner who has black lung as a pre-existing condition, so much for the woman who is pregnant and who has a high risk pregnancy where it risks here and the fetus, so much for the kid with spina bifida. Considering how much these idiots tout the bible, they certainly forget one of the few decent remarks in the bible: Matthew 25“45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”
It still has to get through the US Senate. There still needs to be the evaluation by the Congressional Budget Office on how much this nonsense will cost and what the real impacts it will have. We can hope this is ended there. But there is no reason to think that Trumpty Dumpty and his minions won’t be just as stupid in the future.
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True, a lot fof a good could come from this if it gets enacted (which it probably won’t). Give an idiot the microphone (or bullhorn) and their lunacy can be advertised.
that’s what I’m hoping. Alas compartmentalized thinking and excuses are strong monsters to defeat.
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