DONALD TRUMP: The Unvarnished Evangelical Christian

. . . [T]he Southern Baptist reluctance to condemn white supremacy outright may be egregious but it is not illogical. This Convention came into existence over the defense of slavery.  —Daniel José Camacho

I’ve been trying to analyse a perplexing question: Why do ~80% of Christian evangelicals enthusiastically support Donald Trump, who is about as antithetical to their professed belief in, and adherence to, the preachings of Jesus as one can be? Is Trump the very model of the unvarnished, evangelical Christian? Was the failure of writer’s of the Gospels to have Jesus denounce slavery the very germ that infected the doctrine for centuries to come, including our own?

This commentary by Daniel José Camacho lays out the explanation with which I was toying, and it makes perfect sense. But while I agree with the author’s solution, I think it will take at least the better part of another millennium to happen.

donald-trump-capt-queegCondemning white supremacy and the alt-right movement shouldn’t be hard. But the Southern Baptist Convention – the nation’s largest Protestant denomination– had its doubts about whether to do so this week.

Read more at . . . https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jun/17/powerful-church-group-southern-baptist-struggle-denounce-white-supremacy

A Petition Against Pulpit Political Programming

Do we want houses of worship to be involved in politics, further dividing the public and religiously engineering outcomes of elections?

While religious worship is something personal and dear to most folks, injecting politics and having to listen to a preacher tell you that you are doomed to hell if you vote for “X” politician is to attack the personal integrity and intelligence of the congregation.

Jefferson was adamant about separating religion and politics for a reason, and that reason he spelled out in A Bill for the Establishment of Religious Freedom. This is the document from which our Establishment Clause of the 1st Amendment was crafted. It is a short read.

http://projectfairplay.org/petition

The Darkness Within . . .

–This is the very reason for our Establishment Clause of the 1st Amendment–

An excellent editorial from the Dawn, a Pakistani publication:

UPDATED APR 15, 2017 08:57AM

A medieval brutality, a very cancer of the soul, has permeated this society. Not only has it pervaded the hinterland, it has also spread to places where minds are supposed to be enlightened by knowledge and learning.

Each ghastly detail of Mashal Khan’s murder on Thursday illustrates this chilling fact. The 23-year-old student at the Abdul Wali Khan University in Mardan was lynched on campus by a mob of fellow students over allegations of blasphemy.

Read more at https://www.dawn.com/news/1327030

Bill Maher on the Magic (R)

A fascinating take on conservatism v. Trumpism and political integrity on the Right. Maher is well known for telling it like it is and adding a degree of humor even as he is being serious. He nailed this on!

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