TGIF!

Morning meese…

 

 

I’ve mentioned my belief, and so have you all for that matter, about the role the xtian fundies have played in bringing Trumpism to life. Their mantra hasn’t really been that different for over a century now.

http://www.u-s-history.com/pages/h3806.html

 

 

The rise of Fundamentalism began as a reaction to liberal and progressive views held by Americans in the mid-19th century. One view they reject, held by scholars who employ the methods of biblical criticism¹, is that the first five books of the Bible (Pentateuch) were not composed by Moses.

In addition, the influx of non-Protestant immigrants at the turn of the 19th century alarmed conservative Christian ministers. In the midst of accelerated fragmentation of Christian denominations and attempts to bring “modernism” into American churches and seminaries, Fundamentalists rushed in to combat the swing of the pendulum toward liberalism.

 

Strong advocates of separatism, modern Fundamentalists are staunchly opposed to communism, while many are also opposed to the United Nations and ecumenical activities, especially by the National Council of Churches and the World Council of Churches. They are not in favor of working with those of different opinions and beliefs. At the extreme, some hold a theory of international conspiracy in which the world is moving toward a one-world government system that will be led by the “Antichrist.”

Some Fundamentalists advocate a more stringent code of ethics that prohibits even modest consumption of alcohol, dancing, mixed bathing, gambling or such secular cultural activities as watching movies or listening to rock `n roll music. Included in that code is a more conservative dress code that prohibits women from wearing pants and men from having long hair.

 

This is where the greedy money hungry bastards saw an opening to use xtian fundies as a foil for their dreams of political domination. 

 

Fundamentalism experienced a re-emergence in popularity during the 1970s and ‘80s. The Christian right wing — comprising segments of conservatism, classical liberalism, and those directly opposite of left-wing politics — gave birth to such organizations as the Moral Majority and others.

In 1979, four writers from The Christian Voice left over issues regarding who should control that publication. Then they recruited televangelist Jerry Falwell and founded the Moral Majority. Promulgating a return to traditional values — specifically Christian values — the Moral Majority became the largest conservative lobbying group in the United States. They also stood for the preservation of individual and corporate rights through constraints on a strong central government, and lobbied both Republicans and Democrats to:

Outlaw abortion,
suppress homosexual rights,
endorse its vision of family life, and
censor media firms that promote what they call an “anti-family” agenda.

Also in 1979, Fundamentalists in the U.S., including the Moral Majority, became strong supporters of Israel, regarding the Jews as important in the fulfillment of their vision of Armageddon, the biblical place where the final battle will be waged between the forces of good and evil.

 

The Moral Majority was dissolved in 1989 following an exposé written by Memphis reporter Mike Clark, that resulted in suspicion of unethical involvement between the group and the Republican Party. Jerry Falwell, deemed the father of the modern “religious right” movement, organized the Moral Majority Coalition in 2004 and agreed to lead the organization for four years. Dubbed the “21st century resurrection of the Moral Majority” by Falwell, that organization took credit for returning George W. Bush to the presidency and saw the election of many pro-life proponents to national political office.

 

Perceived by many as fanatical, Fundamentalists failed to garner enough support to fully accomplish its agenda of a return to time-honored values. In order to survive, the movement faces a dilemma between obtaining broader support by moving toward a more moderate viewpoint, and facing the almost certain possibility of losing many conservative backers in the process.

 

I find Fundamentalists as the antithesis to liberalism and the opposite of moving forward and to get back to where we need to be it’s going to take Christians with common sense to win this fight against the hard movement right. While I have nothing against anyone, Christians included, doing what they believe in, when they try and impose their ideas on others is when I draw the line.

 

Fucking Rudy is back…These fools, Bernie included, can’t stand to keep their faces out of the limelight.

 

The grifting is unbelievable with these assholes…They just seem to stop themselves…When is enough money enough??????

 

Fuck you Lindsey

 

Thread!

 

Great thread!!!

 

Yay…Chuck!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Have a great Friday and weekend!!!

Fire away!

Batch

64, Life long Democrat...Kossack ex-pat...fed up with the puritanical leftists wanting to destroy our Party. 

  9 comments for “TGIF!

  1. Batch
    April 20, 2018 at 8:18 am

    Morning meese…

    This is too much…Trump is an idiot…full stop!

    • WYgalinCali
      April 20, 2018 at 9:32 am

      He should’ve nominated Garland. All the purists thought Garland was too conservative. 😂

    • DoReMI
      April 20, 2018 at 11:27 am

      I posted a link from SCOTUSblog in the Village earlier this week, which indicated early on that Gorsuch was likely to side with the majority in the case announced this week. If SCOTUSblog could see it, why couldn’t 45*? (And his opinion was entirely consistent with his warped, conservative view, not a sudden change of heart.)

  2. WYgalinCali
    April 20, 2018 at 9:36 am

    Good morning, Meese and thanks, Batch, for your TGIF reflection. It’s encouraging that Comey feels the investigation will be hard to kill. As to the extremist Christian zealots? There’s more of other religions than there is of white evangelicals. Their numbers have been declining for years. Just like the republicans, this was their “perfect storm” but the sun will come back and the wind will blow them all away. I, too, have faith.

    43 with a high of 79 today. TGIF indeed.

    • bfitzinAR
      April 20, 2018 at 11:53 am

      {{{WYgal}}} – just visited the DK Village – your videos of Boo are great. :) moar {{{HUGS}}}

      • WYgalinCali
        April 20, 2018 at 2:19 pm

        Thanks, bfitz. I didn’t know if I was going to figure it out in time. But I persevered and success was mine.

  3. bfitzinAR
    April 20, 2018 at 10:10 am

    {{{Batch}}} – the fundies have always been dangerous to women, children, and other living entities. That’s what the Puritans who first invaded this continent were. (They were just as rigid over dogma/doctrine, too. That’s why there are so many New England states. Any disagreement and you either took off and founded a new group or stayed and suffered some really nasty consequences. How nasty depended on whether or not the white males in charge decided you were committing heresy or only blasphemy – they’d kill you for the former.) So we’ve always had a strain/stain of it here. How much power they’ve had over time depended on a lot of things. When white males feel threatened by racial issues, any Xtian religion will do to back them up. When white males feel threatened by females only the Fundies give them that complete control over the “tainted” vessels they so need to feel like real men. So whenever we’re making progress on both racial and gender issues, the Fundie growth and power is going to skyrocket in backlash.

    Hope today goes well for everybody. {{{HUGS}}}

  4. DoReMI
    April 20, 2018 at 11:37 am

    You must be reading my mind, Batch, or at least the stack of books I have waiting to read. I just purchased this book by Kevin Kruse, One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America; it’s next up on my “to read” list. His basic premise is that the ties between conservative Christians and conservative politicians were orchestrated by businessmen in response to the New Deal. I haven’t gotten beyond page 5, but I do find the premise plausible.

    I do, however, have to expand your statement here:

    I find Fundamentalists as the antithesis to liberalism

    Personally, I find Fundamentalists as the antithesis to Christianity. I’ve embraced the tactic of calling them Christianists or Christo-fascists, because I see no reason to let them lay claim to Christianity. What they interpret as the true and proper faith, I call heretical and a perversion of the Gospel and theological norms. Just sayin’…!

    • bfitzinAR
      April 20, 2018 at 12:32 pm

      {{{DoReMI}}} – Christo-fascists is pretty much what I call them myself. They are indeed a perversion of anything Jesus is reported to have said. What the folks who control the Rs like about them is just how manipulable they are. Use their language/code and pretend you’re setting up a political situation that places them at the top with life-and-death control over everybody and everything else is all it takes.

      That 5-RW corporate consortium? The media is their propaganda arm, the R Party is their political arm, and the fundies are their base. (The pseudo-left are also their base – the PTB just change the language/code for them. All else stays the same.) We will have to find a way to break up that consortium to make substantive and generational change. Until we manage that, circumvent to get into power at least long enough to do damage control and clean up the mess is about all we can do. moar {{{HUGS}}}

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