He's so modest.
In an interview this week with David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network, Donald Trump shared his hot takes on the supposed "Culture War" that is less of a war these days and more of a series of unsolicited nuclear attacks on peaceful people who were not bothering anyone and were just trying to live their lives and make the world a nicer place for everyone.
During this interview, Brody very seriously asked Trump, a noted Bible expert, if he felt, "like many people," that the "transgender movement" was evil and unbiblical, adding that "a lot of people" say "this is not the way it should be." Trump responded to that question by making up a statistic out of nowhere and sharing Dead Walt Disney's personal thoughts on the issue.
"That's not the way it should be, that's for sure, it is a terrible thing," he said. "Especially when you're taking children that don't even have this period to form. And you know, in many cases, I hear 60% of the cases, later in life, they say, why did they do this to me? 60%. No, I think it's a terrible thing. I think what's happened with Disney and what Disney's doing, Walt Disney is looking down. He's not happy, Okay? Walt Disney said, 'Whatever happened to my beautiful Magic Kingdom?'"
First of all, Walt Disney died five years before the Magic Kingdom opened. Second, if he's been keeping an eye on things all this time, he's probably not even talking about that. He's probably just mad that they got rid of Mr. Toad's Wild Ride.
Now, we can't say for sure, but yeah, probably a guy who was born in 1901, made many very racist cartoons and gave studio tours to Leni Riefenstahl would not have exactly been big on LGBTQ rights. But "a lot of people" might say it's a good thing that we are no longer operating under the same moral code as such men.
Brody then interjects his own grotesque commentary, adding, "Whatever is happening, there are charges that those who support discussing the LGBT lifestyle with little kids are in what they call, 'the grooming business.' Trump said he gets it.'" Perhaps because he, too, frequently likes to make things up about people and even himself.
In fact, Trump next explained that he has done more for Christianity "than anyone." Given that this is Trump, we can assume that he includes Jesus in this assessment.
"Yeah, I'm opposed to it," he said. "This is a different world. It's a new world, and I think it's actually going to be shut out. You know, how it's going to get shut out? Common sense. It's common sense. But I think it's going, and I think religion will help shut it out. You know, nobody has done more for Christianity. Nobody has done more for religion of all types than me. And they're really doing things now too and I've always said it. They are against organized religion. They're against Christianity."
Because common sense and organized religion just have so much in common.
For someone who has done more for Christianity and organized religion than anyone, it sure is interesting that he actually presided over a particularly steep decline in church membership. By 2021, the year he left office, only 47 percent of Americans belonged to a church, synagogue or mosque. This marked the very first time in history that number dipped below 50 percent.
Christianity has also been in decline. You know what's been on a real upswing though? Those who describe their personal religious beliefs as "atheist, agnostic or nothing in particular." Over the last decade, that number has gone from 17 percent to 26 percent.
Now, I don't know about you but I would think that if Donald Trump had done more for Christianity and organized religion than any other person ever, including Jesus, people wouldn't be running away from church en masse. Is that Donald Trump's fault? Maybe. Maybe he got elected and people thought to themselves "Guess there isn't a God after all!" Or not, who knows?
Either way, if the bigots are counting on religiosity to help them in their quest to have at least one group they are allowed to discriminate against, it looks like they're going to be out of luck.
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During the pandemic, conservatives screamed and hollered that they needed their kids to go back to school because they weren't learning to function socially. Then when schools came back, they screamed and hollered that schools were teaching their kids how to function socially in today's society, both by making them aware of the existence of LGBTQ+ people and racism, and by employing Social Emotional Learning to teach them empathy and communication skills.
And now, a grizzled Kirk Cameron is announcing that public schools are "Public Enemy #1" and encouraging parents to homeschool their kids instead, in order to protect them from the scary, all too sexy liberal agenda of "people exist and you should not be shitty to them."
Since the pandemic we’ve been made grossly aware of the inaccurate and the immoral things things that the public school system has been teaching our children and our grandchildren, and it’s up to us as parents to cultivate the hearts and minds and souls of our children. Toward what is good toward what is right, beautiful and true. And the public school system unfortunately has not been working with us but actively working against us. In my opinion, the public school system has become public enemy number one.
I think you need to see the movie because you may be wondering “What can I do about it? How can I be part of the solution? “The Homeschool Awakening” will give you answers. And I think America needs a film like this, right now. We need to take back the education of our children because whoever controls the textbooks controls the future. Whoever’s shaping the hearts and minds and souls of our children will determine whether or not we live in a free country and we have freedom of speech.
Golly, does that last part ever sound familiar. In fact, it sounds a whole lot like a favorite saying of a certain Führer ... "He alone, who owns the youth, gains the future." Not to mention, a little like "Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past," the official slogan of the bad guys in 1984.
As weird as it sounds, and as deeply harmful as Christian homeschooling is for children, and as deeply harmful as casually quoting Hitler is for everybody, I'm going to argue that this is kind of a good thing. The Right has three main tacks when it comes to going after their long-time nemesis, the public school system.
You've got the hardcore capitalists who think it's bad to have a system that people aren't profiting off of and want to push for charter schools and vouchers and all that, you've got the culture war Right that wants to be able to take over the schools and use them to push their own propaganda, and you've got the Christian Right, which veers between trying to force prayer, bigotry and a 6,000 year old earth in public schools and, upon not getting their way, go full Gothard and start pushing for homeschooling. Out of these options, frankly, our best bet is that they all go with homeschooling. That way they're not excessively draining school funds to the point where public schools can barely survive or trying to convince our children that Adam and Eve hung out with dinosaurs in biology class.
I don't know if conservatives have noticed this yet, but despite their centuries of effort, social progress keeps happening whether they like it or not. I can only think of one instance in human history where a nation actually went fully backwards in terms of social progress, and that involved the damn Taliban. They're not going to make trans people go away, they're not going to make gay people go away, they're not going to get women, outside of wacky Instagram "tradwives," to go back to the kitchen, they're not going to be able to get back to some pre-social media world where White people never had to find out that racism did not go unnoticed by those experiencing it. It's not happening. They can do things legislatively and in the courts to make things miserable for people, but outside of establishing a theocratic dictatorship, they have no chance of "controlling the future" in the way they so desperately want.
Which is good news for the rest of us.
Stephen and I will be back here for a "live" chat at 12pm Pacific/3pm Eastern — good news for that one person who once said we should have a whole musical theater discussion because we have thoughts about the Funny Girl revival.
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She's got the whole script down.
Marjorie Taylor Greene has been talking an awful lot about Satan lately. Earlier this week she was on about how the Prince of Darkness is in charge of the Catholic Church, which is actually a whole ass thing for certain evangelicals, who believe the Pope is the antichrist and that Catholics are bad for helping the poor instead of just declaring Jesus Christ as their personal savior. In that same interview, Green also told the deeply wacky traditionalist Catholic Michael Voris of ChurchMilitant.com all about how women get abortions because Satan tells them to.
Oddly enough, Greene was very clear on what, precisely, Satan says to these women to convince them to have abortions.
Marge Greene says when women get abortions, it\u2019s because Satan has whispered in their ears and promised them that if they do it, the guy they are with will marry them.pic.twitter.com/ybQkSJEOOK— Ron Filipkowski \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6 (@Ron Filipkowski \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6) 1651275346
"It's whispered, softly and gently, into your ears and into your soul," the Georgia congresswoman explained, in all seriousness, clearly imagining a very sexy Satan. "And he tells you 'it's okay' and he's says 'it's just, just this one thing, you're just gonna get it done, get it over with,' and then he tells you a promise. He promises you all these dreams that you have in your heart. And that's how Satan sells a sin, and that's how he sells abortion. He tells a woman that all you have to do is you're just going to go to this clinic, just going to get it over with, you know. And then you're going to — that guy, he's gonna stay with you. that boyfriend or the guy, whoever he is, he's going to marry you, sweep you off your feet."
I, for one, would like to imagine that the sin-selling involves a little more Bob Fosse choreography than that.
Whatever Lola Wants, Lola Gets - Stereo - Damn Yankees 1958 - Gwen Verdon, Tab Hunter www.youtube.com
I think we ought to be questioning how, exactly, Ms. Taylor Greene got hold of that transcript. Is she in regular contact with Lucifer? Did Beelzebub tell her that she could get a man to marry her by having an abortion? Because otherwise I can't imagine how on earth she would be able to know exactly what the Monarch of Hell would say to a woman in order to get her to have an abortion and present herself as an authority on the subject.
Now, according to the Guttmacher Institute, there are over 77 million abortions worldwide every year, and according to the musical Rent, there are only 525,600 minutes in a year. This means that Satan would have to be doing this 146 times a minute, which frankly seems like a lot even for an immortal being who probably has some kind of magic powers (I don't know what, probably he can fly or something), and that's not even counting those who defy his sin-selling and don't go on to have abortions. Note that she did not say that it would be one of Satan's minions doing this — it was Satan himself doing the sensual abortion whispering, at least 146 times a minute, while having time to run the Catholic Church, mind you. And they say you can't have it all!
Either that or Marjorie Taylor Greene is full of shit and a terrible, terrible person who wants to believe that the only reason people make choices differently than she does is because Satan is whispering in their ear telling them to do so.
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There's a golden oldie!
This week Marjorie Taylor Greene got out her Crazy Eyes Dartboard and her Glock — because darts are for commies 'n' queers — and put a hole in the wall behind "Catholicism." Allegedly. The Georgia congresswoman would be picking a fight with The Catholics for the sin of welcoming the stranger. Not allegedly.
It started when she sat down for an interview with Michael Voris on Church Militant, his site for dissident Catholics who think that the purpose of religion is to wage culture war on behalf of conservatives. In 2020, Voris put out a video calling Archbishop Wilton Gregory, the first Black leader of the Archdiocese of Washington, an “accused homosexual,” a “Marxist” and an “African Queen" after the Archbishop rebuked Donald Trump for teargassing protestors so he could molest a bible for a photo op. So naturally our Marge had to get on camera with him.
Right Wing Watch flagged the video in which Greene explained how true Christians know there's no room at the inn, no, not even in the manger. There's a longer clip on RWW's site, if you're feeling masochistic today.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene says that Christian organizations are working to resettle undocumented immigrants and refugees in the U.S. because "Satan's controlling the church." https://bit.ly/3MqDlZo\u00a0pic.twitter.com/3N3X72ZLgc— Right Wing Watch (@Right Wing Watch) 1651077031
"The US bishops have for decades now taken enormous sums of money from the federal government, federal taxpayers, to assist in illegal immigration," Voris vamped. "Some refugee resettlement also, but the vast bulk of money they’ve taken over the years is to essentially skirt around US immigration laws.
"You've just described a situation with America falling apart," he continued. "And yet here are all these religious leaders like, 'Oh, we have to love the family, and this and that.' Is that two-faced?"
Let no one accuse Our Midge of an excess of love!
"I thought we had separation of church and state," she sneered, as if the Red Team wasn't filing lawsuits every day trying to get federal funding for every religious organization from crisis pregnancy centers to adoption agencies that won't work with Jews and gays, and as if the Republican-controlled Supreme Court wasn't holding hearings on the topic this very week.
“What it is, is that Satan’s controlling the church,” Greene went on. “The church is not doing its job, and it’s not adhering to the teachings of Christ, and it’s not adhering to what the word of God says we’re supposed to do and how we’re supposed to live.
"What they're doing by saying, 'Oh, we have to love these people and take care of these migrants and love one another, this is loving one another,'" she said, folding her hands in mock prayer and adopting a high-pitched voice. "Yes, we are supposed to love one another, but their definition of what love one another means, means destroying our laws. It means completely perverting what our Constitution says. It means taking unreal advantage of the American taxpayer. And it means pushing a globalist policy on the American people and forcing America to become something that we are not supposed to be.”
She then went on to suggest that the moral thing for America to do would be to cut foreign aid to the migrants' home countries. As the Bible says, thou shalt love thy neighbor by further impoverishing him, so that he will see to it that none shall leave his house in times of violence and war.
Anyway, the oleaginous Margarine is sure that if the Catholics would quite pedophiling, they would realize that Jesus really stood for border walls and keeping migrants out.
“The bishops of Catholic Relief Charities and Services, they should be all in support of that,” she went on. “If the bishops were reading the Bible and truly preaching the word of God to their flock and not covering up child sex abuse and pedophilia, loving one another would have the true meaning and not the perversion and the twisted lie that they’re making it to be.”
I am reliably informed by those who have studied the topic that Jesus was a big fan of migrants and refugees and strangers even, something something land of Egypt, it's even got the red letters showing Jesus said it his own self.
Catholic League President Bill Donohue was not impressed with Marge's shot at the bishops (though she's certainly not wrong that many covered up child abuse), and promptly fired off a letter to the House Ethics Committee demanding serious repercussions for Greene's "burst of anti-Catholicism."
"She needs to apologize to Catholics immediately. She is a disgrace. We are contacting House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy about this matter. He’s got a loose cannon on his hands," said Donohue, who knows one when he sees one.
At which point Greene put out this absolutely batshit statement proving Donohue's point.
Today, I released the following statement regarding \n@CatholicLeague President Bill Donohue's comments.pic.twitter.com/3jFHGmti3X— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (@Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene) 1651093524
We've already transcribed more than enough of that woman's bullshit for one day. We'd just note that this nastygram, in which she doubled down and called Donoghue "corrupt" and a "monster" who protects pedophiles, is from her congressional Twitter account. Because she already lost her personal account in January after posting a firehose of COVID misinformation.
You know where she didn't post this screed?
To her official congressional page, where the last press releases are dated March 8, 2022, and December 16, 2021. But she's had infinite time to appear with Steve Bannon, Michael Voris, and every other right wing shit stirrer on the internet. So maybe the last person on earth who needs to be lecturing anyone on doing their actual job is this person who got kicked off her committees and spends all her time doing crossfit and hanging around with insurrectionists.
Well, that's enough of that horrible woman for one week.
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