Saturday 12 September 2020

Christian Fruitloops For Trump and Fascism

Former GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann,
Trumpanzee Fruitloop conspiracist and pro-Fascist, black lives don't matter advocate.
Michele Bachmann: The Bible warned that ‘transgender Black Marxists’ would try to elect Biden – DeadState

Paranoid conspiracists and pro-Fascist, Christian fundamentalist fruitloop, Michele Bachmann, former GOP Representative for Minnesota, has become even more shrill and hysterical as Trump's re-election campaign falters.

Appearing on mega-rich televangelist fraud, Kenneth Copeland’s television show, Bachmann claimed the Black Lives Matter campaign is a plot to overthrow the USA, install Jo Biden as POTUS and bring about a world-wide Communist dictatorship. Furthermore, so she claims, this plot was prophesied in the Bible. And all this will be brought about by "Transgender, Black Marxists", just like the Bible says!

Readers might remember how Copeland claimed to have 'killed' Covid-19 on at least two separate occasions by blowing on it and commanding it to be gone. He also claimed he could cure people if they touched their TV screen while he was on. He also asked people to give him money to buy a new hanger for his new, top of the range, private jet, which he needed to fly back and forth from his lakeside mansion with private airfield, free from the danger of travelling in a 'metal tube full of other people'.

The one little problem with Bachmann's theology is that the Bible contains no mention of the USA, Jo Biden, Marxists or Transgender people. Not one single word! Nor does the Bible contain a single word about democracy, government of the people by the people, for the people, voting, government accountability or equality before the law. Nothing about due process, fair trial or limitations of executive power. Again, nothing, nada, not a word.

Governments in the Bible were invariably absolute dictatorships with 'justice' peremptory, arbitrary and no right of appeal. Power came from the ability to dominate and control, usually by force or heredity and changes in regime were normally violent with the winner writing the history. Sons killed fathers and brothers killed brothers in order to take power. And of course, women were never allowed anywhere near political power.

The governments in the Bible were barely distinguishable from the most extreme Taliban-style governments of fundamentalist Islam, or the worst excesses of Eastern Europe's Stalinist dictatorships or that of Pol Pot, Ferdinand Marcos or Manuel Noriega, in their arbitrary exercise of power.

The only instruction to Christians regarding their relationship to their government comes from Paul's instructions to Romans, to obey the government because all governments are ordained by God and can therefore do no wrong! Everything the dictator does is good, by definition, since it is God's will!

(Note the singular 'he' in this passage.)
Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.

Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. For for [sic] this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.

Romans 13:1-7
In other words, a good Christian must obey the dictator and pay all their taxes. They have no entitlement to take part in choosing them and they have no right to remove them, because, whoever they are, and however they got power, simply by being the government, they were installed by God! If the Communist regimes in Eastern Europe had managed to convince their subjects that Paul was dead right about that, there would have been no collapse of the Soviet Union and no restoration of democracy in the former Eastern Bloc

Bachmann, in the best right-wing Christian tradition, is simply lying and playing on 70 plus years of anti-Communist, McCarthyite paranoia and the paranoid US suspicion of a shadowy and evil foreign enemy forever looking for ways to come and take their precious freedoms away. King George's Redcoats are still out there, only now they speak Russian and Spanish, favour same-sex marriages and think black people should be treated like equals before the law and in things like health, housing, opportunities and respect as human being.

She told Copeland's audience:
Antifa is, if you go to their website, their materials, they are directly traceable to the Communist Party because their goal is the overthrow of the United States government and to bring communism into America. Just like Black Lives Matter, this is not a new movement either. On their website, these are transgender Marxists, transgender Black Marxists who are seeking the overthrow the United States and the dissolution of the traditional family.

What people need to understand is that 103 years ago, there were no communist countries in this world, but this same idea where you have a pretext, you create something—like right now the pretext in America is race wars, that we’re seeing race wars on America’s streets—what this is is a cover to bring about communism and a communist takeover. It happened in communist China. It happened in Venezuela, many countries. What people need to understand, the viewers, is that we currently right now are in a situation where communists are trying to come in and take over America.

You say, ‘Aren’t you a little overheated? Isn’t this melodramatic?' This is exactly what a communist revolution looks like. They think they’re going to do it by electing Joe Biden and then once Joe Biden is elected, they think that these Davos, Switzerland, meetings that go on, they think that what they’re going to do is have the United States’ economy collapse, move to a digital currency globally, and then we move into a global-type government. I mean, it’s bizarre, but this is their goal.

For people who know their Bible, this is exactly what the prophets told us. So, we stand on the word of God, the Bible, and we say, ‘Satan, flee, we’re going to stand on the truth of God.’ And so that’s why now more than ever, between now and the election, what we need to do is pray and cry out to Almighty God and ask for his protection over America and to speak in this election.
Not surprisingly, Bachmann 'forgot' to say exactly where in the Bible these words appear or which 'prophet' spoke them. What Copeland's audience saw was a supposed devout Christian Bachmann lying to them about the Bible and what's in it, while supposedly devout Christian Copeland said nothing.

To the people whom Bachmann is lying to, if it's un-American, Marxist and un-Christian to believe that black lives matter, to believe in equal rights regardless of gender or sexual orientation, and to be anti-Fascist, the clear subtext is that to be a patriotic American is to be a pro-Fascist, homophobic, fundamentalist Christian, and that includes believing black lives don't matter!

The only people currently conspiring to overthrow the US state and to impose a totalitarian theocratic dictatorship on Americans are the fundamentalist Christian extremists that people like Michele Bachmann and Kenneth Copeland represent. What these idiots don't seem to realise is, if they keep telling people that full human rights for minorities is Marxist, then the oppressed minorities will come to associate Marxism with freedom from oppression and with extending full human rights and equality of opportunity to all - the exact same aspiration (and misconception) that led to the Communist revolutions of the early part of the 20th century and the Fascist reaction to the threat they posed to the ruling classes and the churches that supported and legitimised them.

The result was half a century of brutal political extremism in Europe, denial of basic human rights to vast numbers of humanity and the loss of tens of millions of young lives to restore democracy.

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