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.
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:
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.
2/ Understand what this allows Trump to do (or what he *thinks* it does): allows him to discuss the Russia case and the pre-election Clinton email hoaxes with Giuliani, synch up his testimony, then ensure Giuliani can't discuss those conversations with Mueller.
— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) April 19, 2018
The grifting is unbelievable with these assholes…They just seem to stop themselves…When is enough money enough??????
GOP donor Elliott Broidy pushed for Trump to golf with the Malaysian PM (who’s under investigation by U.S. prosecutors for embezzlement) who had authority over negotiations for a lucrative Malaysian contract with Broidy’s private defense biz, NYT reports. https://t.co/tapNFkV3Vp
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) April 20, 2018
Fuck you Lindsey
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) April 19, 2018
1/ Ignore all the naysayers and prognosticators (mostly entitled white dudes). There is nothing wrong with the Democratic party that cannot be fixed by electing democrats. And we are already doing just that https://t.co/JH0Y3GNgWe
— David D'Ag white male opressed by bravenak (@jackjonesbabe) April 19, 2018
What's Putin got on Trump?[THREAD via this morning's Medium post] pic.twitter.com/oFbiyuzBQP
— Greg Olear (@gregolear) April 19, 2018
BREAKING: Schumer to introduce a bill to decriminalize marijuana
Schumer told VICE News in an interview set to air on Thursday night that legislation to increase access to marijuana was “long overdue” pic.twitter.com/o2J7eU6bSl
— PoliticsVideoChannel (@politvidchannel) April 19, 2018
It's fair to say that a congratulatory phone call between heads of state bragging about the relative value of each country's hookers is unusual. pic.twitter.com/HjvQXRicfd
— Maddow Blog (@MaddowBlog) April 20, 2018
Comey on whether Trump could end the Mueller investigation: "It would be hard to kill." pic.twitter.com/0OPWHxeKMF
— Maddow Blog (@MaddowBlog) April 20, 2018
Have a great Friday and weekend!!!
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