Chris McDonald Says Refugees Should Go Home for Soap.

by Pitt Griffin on August 5, 2019 · 0 comments

in Religion

People raised in mainstream Christianity believe that for one, it’s a good idea not to sin because it can hurt other people — and there are some unpleasant long-term consequences for the sinner. And for two, the Christian takes care of those who, by birth or circumstances, haven’t got the resources available to those more fortunate.

Conservative, evangelical Christians, on the other hand, believe in a draconian form of Christianity. To them, the line to hell is long and quickly entered into. Luckily, this eternal damnation is generally visited on other people — and the true believer is given many outs. However, doing good is not one of them.

While the average Presbyterian thinks that ‘pitching in’ is a day well spent, the conservative fanatic believes that good deeds are not what God looks for in a ‘true Christian’. Instead, this very human Deity demands strict adherence to an arbitrary and capricious set of rules, which the believer may cherry-pick for convenience.

Nowhere is this dichotomy more evident than in the evangelicals’ enthusiastic support for the administration’s immigration sadism. Here is a typical example of their lockstep support of the administration’s policies — Chris McDonald of the ‘Mc Files’ podcast commenting on the lack of basics at the immigration camps:

We’re not obligatedI just don’t feel like God has put it on America’s tab to pander to the lawless. God doesn’t pander to the lawless.”

“If you’re complaining about not getting toothpaste and soap at a detention center, I’ve got a remedy for that: Go home! Go home and find your toothpaste and soap at your house.”

McDonald is a card-carrying member of the stone-hearted wing of America’s religious population. He offers desperate people the back of his hand. He is the sort of man who pours bleach on food for the hungry and complains that the homeless smell. 

He cannot empathize with fear or desperation. He thinks people fleeing rape, violence, and murder should return to the peril of their hell-hole homes for toiletries. He makes no exception for the smallest child. And in doing so, spits in Jesus’s face. 

Like his fellow nationalist travelers, he is well versed in ignoring  Jesus’s teaching on the poor, the stranger, and the prisoner. For example, this parable Matthew 24: 42-46:

Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’ 44“They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’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 is clear that in Jesus’ philosophy, mistreating prisoners is a sure ticket to the hot place. But evangelicals are a wily lot, and the Bible has a verse to justify anything. A particularly useful one — which has been trotted out to defend everything from slavery to Jim Crow and general bigotry — is Paul’s Epistle to the Romans 12: 1-2,

“Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God.Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves.”  

To the oppressor here is divine justification for his oppression. The law is inviolate because God gave it to the governing bodies. Of course, evangelical adherence to this tenet of divine authority goes out the window when the government is Democratic. Romans itself — in the same chapter — throws cold water on the evangelicals’ policy of cruelty to immigrants.

“You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.”

Even Leviticus — a book beloved by evangelicals for its verse on stoning gays — is clear on how the man of God should treat the foreigner,

3When a stranger resides with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong.34 The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt; I am the Lord your God.

The theme of taking care of the foreigner and the prisoner runs steadily through the Bible. Here’s one more example from Hebrews 13:2-3

Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.

It doesn’t matter. The average evangelical pew-rider has never read the Bible. He knows what the powers-that-be choose for him to know. These cynics use religion as a cash machine and the way to keep the funds flowing is to give the racist cover for his beliefs — to give sanction to his inherent cruelty. And the fundamentalists do it well. They have had 2,000 years of practice. 

Evangelicals approach morality the same way they do science. They start with the desired conclusion, say that the Earth is 6,000 years old — or that non-English speaking, brown people are the scum of the earth and must be kept from washing up on America’s shores — and then find whatever supports their position.

In the process, they ignore common sense, decency, humanity, the evidence of their eyes and anything else that would totter their tower of ignorance and hatred. 

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