Really? 11.29.16 – Fundamentalism Is a Cancer in America.

by Pitt Griffin on November 29, 2016 · 0 comments

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A good Christian.

This election has shown so many self-declared Christians to be completely devoid of any Christian spirit. Luckily, there are still Christians in America who act according to Jesus’ precepts. Take Colby Martin. He was a young star of the conservative evangelical church. And like many, he studied the Bible.

However, he came to realize that many evangelicals use the Bibe to ‘clobber’ those they don’t like – specifically gays. In his book ‘UnClobber’ he asks, “Have you ever misused the Bible?”

He adds, “Anyone who studies the Scriptures long enough will eventually come across verses that simply don’t sit well with us. Whether it’s telling slaves to obey their masters, or telling women to be silent in church, or saying that gay people deserve to die, the Bible is full of complicated idea.” 

For his empathy, he got the boot from his church. (h/t NBC News)

Religion makes loan sharks look like choir boys.

Leah Remini, co-star of “The King of Queens”, is one of Scientology’s most famous escapees. Raised in the ‘church’ from the age of 9 she finally broke the bonds in 2011 at the age of 43. She consequently knows Scientology better than most.

She says that she had given $3 million to the organization. But she was more distressed about poor working-class folk who have coughed up the required $250,000 donation.

Scientology does not take kindly to apostasy. In response to Remini’s revelations, a spokesperson said Remini was trying to “distort the truth about Scientology” and “exploit [her] former religion to make a buck.”  Let’s just say the Church of Scientology is blind to irony. (h/t HuffPo)

Fundamentalism is a mental disorder.

Pastor John Kilpatrick of the Evangelical Temple, Meridian, Mississippi celebrated Donald Trump’s victory by speaking in tongues. He was especially pleased for the defeat of Hillary Clinton. In his words:

“Thank the Lord for the victory! Thank you for saving our nation! Thank you, Lord, for bringing Jezebel down! Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you WOOOOOO! Revival’s on the way!”

He also pointed out to the congregation that, “The politically correct mindset would say I’m a crazy man”. Let’s not stop there; every sane person is going to say Kilpatrick is a ‘crazy man’. (h/t HuffPost)

The Constitution plays no religious favorites.

Evangelicals, in an attempt to promote their brand of uncritical thinking, have an after school program with the Orwellian name, ‘Good News Clubs’. Not satisfied with indoctrinating the impressionable kids of families committed to church attendance, Evangelicals are determined to ereel in unsuspecting school kids.

To their irritation, the Satanic Temple provides an alternative – the ‘After School Satan Clubs’. Despite the name, the group doesn’t promote devil worship. It is dedicated to promulgating rational thought and opposition to religious tyranny.

Evangelicals bleat, but the first amendment is clear – no favorites. If a public school permits one after-school religious program, it must permit them all. As the Point Defiance Elementary School in Tacoma just did. (h/t Christian Times)

We live in a post-Jesus age of fantasy Christianity.

Rick Joyner, the founder of the MorningStar Ministries, is another of these so-called Christians who believes the ‘faithful should ignore much of what Jesus said. In celebrating Trump’s victory, Joyner was moved to say, “If you look at the disciples that Jesus chose, they were all Donald Trump”.

It had something to do with compassion, empathy, and truth-telling. Whatever. It makes sense to Joyner. (h/t RightWingWatch)

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