Evangelical Hypocrisy On Parade As Gary Bauer and Ralph Reed Hug Donald Trump

Today at the White House something happened which was most troubling.  And most telling.

Donald Trump signed an Executive Order regarding faith-based and community organizations.  But that was not the news.  No, rather the news was about those assembled around Trump.  Evangelists such as Gary Bauer and Ralph Reed, who was seen on live television hugging Trump.

So why should the rest of the nation care?  Simply put in one word—hypocrisy!

Recall the words of Pat Robertson calling Bill Clinton a “debauched, debased, and defamed” politician who turned the Oval Office into a “playpen for the sexual freedom of the poster child of the 1960s.”   But in 2016 Robertson said of Trump “You inspire us all.”

It was most amusing to see Reed hug Trump, the self-admitted grabber of women between the legs and condom-free sex partner to a porn star, after so loudly proclaiming during the Clinton years that “character matters”.  We also know that Reed even offered to run Trump’s campaign in 2012.

Up on stage today was the perpetually oily skinned Gary Bauer who resembles a pervert yet to be caught clasping hands with Trump and warmly embracing him after stating Clinton had to be moved from office based on a “virtue deficit”.

Not sure if the evangelicals on parade and so proud of themselves today ever read history.  If they did it would show something–well—biblical.

Bill Clinton publicly apologized for his failings. In September of 1998, a contrite man asked that the country, his family, and God to forgive him, saying, “I have sinned.”   As we all know Trump has stated he never has asked God for forgiveness.  Evangelicals were unwilling to extend mercy to a Democrat who asked for it but have offered it freely to a Republican who doesn’t want it.

This is why I throw up a little in my mouth when I see these loathsome people on television.  They do not–in any way–represent the Christ I know.

Jay Sekulow Is One Reason Trump Is So Adamant About Being Anti-Gay

Nearly 20 years ago I use to watch the first 15 minutes of the 700 Club to catch the rambling discourse and incoherence of Pat Robertson as the news of the day was hashed about.  It simply was so humorous to hear Robertson try to place God’s views–as hoped for by the deranged preacher–into every news story of the day.  (No, I do not think the carnival ride left those kids upside down for three hours so they could learn to pray.)  It was during those shows I first learned of the highly conservative and deeply ”religious’ views of Jay Sekulow, who often would be on to add big legal words for the supportive viewers back in the trailer parks to awe over as they reached for their wallets to send cash.

To say the legal views of Sekulow makes the Constitution severely unbendable would be a most fair statement.  With his strict-constructionist views it is more than fair to say blacks would never be full-fledged citizens with voting rights, let alone perhaps gay too, with marriage rights.   So when we now read of the truly upsetting views and actions coming from the Trump White House regarding gay rights I know one of the primary reasons for this comes as a result of Sekulow.

Today Justia has a great column that speaks to this very topic.

Sessions has long been antagonistic to LGBTQ, voting in favor of a constitutional amendment that would require marriage to be only between a man and a woman and against adding sexual orientation to the protected classes under the federal civil rights laws.

Sekulow has made a career of being homophobic. He represented a doctor who refused to hire LGBTQ employees, because, “Not only does homosexuality bring physical and spiritual disease and death, but also it is contagious to others exposed to it.” Through the nonprofit he and his family have led, the American Center for Law and Justice, he fought in the United States to keep the anti-sodomy laws in place and exported extreme anti-gay agendas overseas. These two men are uniquely suited to carry out the hateful agenda now emerging from the Trump morass.

The pace and ugliness of the Trump Administration’s war on LGBTQ has increased dramatically coincident with the addition of Jay Alan Sekulow, of the conservative American Center for Law and Justice, as Trump’s personal lawyer. That should not be surprising given Sekulow’s history. With Sekulow frequently by Trump’s side and speaking for the president, it is not shocking that his anti-gay agenda would worm its way into the Administration and that his presence would coincide with this Administration taking out the cannons to blast the progress LGBTQ have been able to make in this country and elsewhere in the last 20 years.

Video: Pat Robertson’s Latest Stupid Comment

Pat Robertson needs a guardian who knows how to pull the plug.  Hat Tip to Dan.

 

Pat Robertson Placed A Veiled Threat Against President Obama Over The Airwaves

Televangelist Pat Robertson is one of the most reprehensible individuals I know of in this nation.  He proved that to be the case earlier this week, and in so doing in my judgment has made a veiled threat against President Obama.

Instead of praying for some type of havoc befalling the President the aging and decrepit ‘Christian’ might explore who can win not only the GOP nomination in 2016, but also sway the nation to follow that party.   Since the Republicans failed so miserably in 2012 Robertson really has only those like himself to blame.   Meanwhile many folks such as myself think President Obama is doing the nation’s work, and only wish the GOP would offer a hand to assist in the work of governing.

Meanwhile this is what Robertson is advocating.  He is truly a sick man.

 

Does Pat Robertson Think (Hurricane) Isaac Will Smite Republican Convention?

No one can forget that Pat Robertson has a long history with all sorts of clearly odd statements, and to be more blunt about his condition it can be labeled as  ‘diaherra of the mouth.’  Among Robertson’s most peculiar moments was the steering of hurricanes from places he thought not worthy of destruction.

Robertson prayed to God to steer hurricanes away from his company’s Virginia Beach, Virginia headquarters. He credited his prayers for steering the course of Hurricane Gloria in 1985, which caused billions of dollars of destruction in many states along the U.S. east coast. He made a similar claim about another destructive storm, Hurricane Felix, in 1995.

Robertson holds to the opinions that God sends all sorts of catastrophic events to those who cast liberal voters or uphold civil rights.  Damn democracy with a flood!

So one has to wonder what Robertson is thinking these days as (hurricane) Isaac seems to targeting Florida for a punch of wind and rain.  There is so much tension that even the Tampa mayor is discussing plans for evacuating all those rich white people who will gather to nominate Mitt Romney as the latest offering to the Democrats for the coming election.

If the Isaac hits the GOP convention, will Pat Robertson say God is punishing them for their sinfulness?

Let the smiting begin!

Jesus Not On Ballot So Pat Robertson Opts For Mitt Romney

Someone needs to tell Pat Robertson  to stay home and forget about more television appearances.

After a weekend spent courting Evangelicals at Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University, Mitt Romney continued locking down his arranged marriage with the religious right with an interview on Christian Broadcasting Network’s The 700 Club.

Pat Robertson offered a tepid hint at an endorsement after the interview, reminding his viewers that Romney may be their best option.

“It looks like the people who were worried about his Mormonism, at least that crowd is diminishing somewhat,” Robertson said. “The question is, if you have two candidates, you don’t have Jesus running against someone else. You have Obama running against Romney.”

 

Pat Robertson Wrong About Wanting Marijuana Use To Be Legal

This is perplexing to me.

I am not in favor, nor have I ever been in favor of the legalization of marijuana, except for medical purposes.  Some cancer patients find marijuana useful with pain relief and increasing appetite.  Legalization of marijuana runs counter to what I think is in the best interest of the nation.  I totally understand I am in the minority when it comes to legalization of this drug.

I suspect it may almost seem alien to admit I have never once tried marijuana.  I also have never once tried a cigarette.  Hard to believe perhaps, but true.

My dad smoked cigarettes in my youth, and as a result I never wanted any part of them.  In my early teen years my dad stopped smoking, and the whole family continually applauded him for the effort at making his health, and our lives better.

I have never felt the need to escape via drugs, or to have some alternative reality to cling to as a means of coping.  As a teenager I loved to go biking into the country, and now long walks with James clears the mind and adds perspective.

While I am very aware that a long list of notables on all sides of the political spectrum have weighed in over time on why legalization of marijuana and other drugs is a rational approach our government should be taking, I have never been able to agree.

Old-fashioned perhaps, but that is just how I feel.

Getting to the root causes of why someone has bouts of anger, boredom, depression, anxiety, (reasons many turn to marijuana) would be a far more useful and productive use of time than to light a joint.  Life will be much richer in a wide variety of ways if the higher path can be found, as opposed to a haze of smoke.

So, yes, I am just perplexed by the words of Pat Robertson.  I have often differed with him on a wide range of issues, but I suspected we would agree on this one dealing with marijuana.

Robertson is a man who promotes spiritual values, and as such I am at a loss to explain how  admitting defeat over a proven problem that demonstrates itself in many ways  is good for either the individual, or the nation.  How does what Robertson says in any way lift our nation to something better?  If the ‘war on drugs’ is not working, then it needs to be modified.  Handing the sling-shot over to Goliath and bending down is not my view of leadership or morality.

“I really believe we should treat marijuana the way we treat beverage alcohol,” Mr. Robertson said in an interview on Wednesday. “I’ve never used marijuana and I don’t intend to, but it’s just one of those things that I think: this war on drugs just hasn’t succeeded.”       

Mr. Robertson’s remarks echoed statements he made last week on “The 700 Club,” the signature program of his Christian Broadcasting Network, and other comments he made in 2010. While those earlier remarks were largely dismissed by his followers, Mr. Robertson has now apparently fully embraced the idea of legalizing marijuana, arguing that it is a way to bring down soaring rates of incarceration and reduce the social and financial costs.       

“I believe in working with the hearts of people, and not locking them up,” he said.       

Mr. Robertson’s remarks were hailed by pro-legalization groups, who called them a potentially important endorsement in their efforts to roll back marijuana penalties and prohibitions, which residents of Colorado and Washington will vote on this fall.

Pat Robertson Chides The Right-Wing!

How did I miss this gem?

You will love this ironic twist in Election ’12 politics.