Monday, 9 November 2020

Evangelical Trumpanzee News - Wingnuts in Deep Denial

Pastor Curt Landry "God won't allow me to be mocked!"
A brief roundup of how delusional Trumpanzee Talibangelical Christians reacted to the news that their saviour, Donald J Trump, had been booted out of office by the American electorate. It's not a pretty sight!

Curt Landry Declares Trump Will Win Because God Will Not Allow His Prophets to Be Mocked | Right Wing Watch
First off we have Pastor Curt Landry who believes he speaks for God and declared Trump the winner last Wednesday, so God will not allow him to be humiliated. He prophesied that the swing-states, most of which went to Biden, would be won by Trump.
Son of man, do you think that I am going to allow my prophets who prophesied Trump’s second term and prophesied all this goodness coming to this nation to be mocked by a mass media manipulation? No, I shall not. For my namesake, I shall protect my word, I shall protect my people, I shall protect my prophets from this evil destruction. For I shall pull back the veil and I shall reveal that which is done in darkness. For they who shift the votes and move the boxes around, those who raised the dead and the dead vote, I will expose them says the Lord. For they may be tricky men, but they shall not trick me.

Son of Man, prophesy onto Wisconsin, that it will go red for Trump. Prophesy onto Michigan that it will go red for Trump. Prophesy onto Pennsylvania that it goes red for Trump. Prophesy onto North Carolina that it goes red for Trump. Prophesy onto Georgia that it goes red for Trump. Prophesy onto to Nevada that it goes red for Trump. Prophesy for recounts in places where the corruption is there. Prophesy that the media will cancel the assignment to call the election.
God (through the mouth of Pastor Curt Landry)

Problem is, God seemed to have developed amnesia at that point because Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Nevada all went to Biden and Biden is ahead in Georgia where an automatic recount is underway because his margin was under 0.5%. The only one that looks like going to Trump is North Carolina where counting is still underway, but Trump is marginally ahead. Perhaps God got his colours muddled and thought he was in Europe, where red is the colour of the liberal left and blue of the conservative right.

"Profetess" Kat Kerr.
"When God said Trump would win by a landslide, he didn't actually mean 'landslide!"
Next we have the fruitloop, wackadoodle Kat Kerr, who has declared Trump the winner by a landslide - in line with her earlier prophesy, of course. The only problem is with her (or rather God's) definition of a 'landslide'.

Christian “Prophetess”: Trump Won by a “Landslide” If We Redefine “Landslide” | Beth Stoneburner | Friendly Atheist | Patheos

Kerr's problem was that she had broken the cardinal rule of the religious grifter - never say anything that can be fact-checked and found to be false. She had repeatedly claimed God had told her that Trump would win easily, by a landslide. So, how to cope with God being clearly wrong? Well, er..., he wasn't actually wrong... just sort of misunderstood a little:
“If you will remember, one of the things [God] had me say was that Trump would win by a landslide. In their human mind, they already put together what they think that means. But many times, as we know in the word or even just from experience ourselves—especially as a prophet—that doesn’t ever mean what man thinks that means.

The thing [God] kept saying to me this morning, ‘When you begin to feel the ground move, [it] means the landslide of exposure is about to begin. And then he said, ‘It will all start with one phone call.’ Those who have been perpetrating the lie—they’ve been paid to commit lies or stealing or cheating—will begin to get very nervous. They’re actually already nervous. And let me tell you, conviction is going to come upon some of them in the lower levels; that’s what he meant about the landslide, the smaller rocks move first, which pulls the bigger ones down. And that’s what he meant when he said, ‘Trump will win by a landslide.’ So, there you go. That’s the difference between revelation and what man in their head thinks that means.”

Kat Kerr's god appears to be an ineffective communicator and uses words differently to the way normal people understand them - which presumably is why he needs Kat Kerr to interpret his perfect word for us.

Next up we have Pastor Jack Hibbs of Calvary Chapel Chino Hills, California.

COVID-Denying Pastor Whines That Kamala Harris (a Baptist) Isn’t Truly Christian | Hemant Mehta | Friendly Atheist | Patheos

Pastor Hibbs is notorious for his opposition to anti-covid lockdown, claiming that it was an attack on Christians, and once wore a combat helmet to make that point. In May, he joined the chorus of Covidiot Christian preachers calling for an end to the lockdown and social distancing measures. Last September, when America was starting its third, record-breaking surge of new Covid-19 cases, Pastor Hibbs did his bit to help spread it by holding a mass, 1000 plus-person baptism.

According to Hibbs, Biden, being a Catholic, only knows his version of Catholicism so doesn't know God personally. In Hibb's demonology, all Catholics are heretics so will burn in Hell.

About Kamala Harris, a Baptist of mixed cultural heritage, whose name he found difficult to say, he declared that she "has had a crazy exposure to spiritual things, none of which are true".

Hibb's faith tells him with absolute certainty that all other faiths are wrong and his personal saviour, the blessed Donald J. Trump, has been sent to sort them out and defeat their evil plans. No way could he have lost fairly and democratically!

Here is a Talibangelical Trumpanzee who feels he needs to shout abuse at people who didn't vote the way he told them to. They are 'shallow and irrational', apparently.

Charisma Writer: Christians Who Voted for Biden Are “Shallow” and “Irrational” | Beth Stoneburner | Friendly Atheist | Patheos.

Eddie Hyatt is an author and professional Christian evangelical apologist who makes a living writing books intelligently designed to help fundamentalist Christians convince themselves that the evidence-free superstition they inherited from their parents is the only true faith. He also writes a blog with the traditional 'donate' button prominently displayed, in which he attempts to do the same thing.

On his blog he tells his credulous dupes, under a picture of a bald eagle in front of the American flag and curiously referring to himself in the third person, presumably to make it look more objective, like an eye-witness account, not a blatant lie, or at best a neurological event:
In 2010 Dr. Eddie Hyatt experienced a visitation from God lasting some 7-8 hours in which he was assured that America "could" see another Great Awakening that would alter the course of the nation. Out of that experience came the book, "Pilgrims and Patriots," that Pat Robertson has called "a must-read." Dr. Hyatt writes and speaks about America’s unique Christian origins and he advocates for individual and religious liberty. He also calls on Christians to pray for another Great Awakening that will revive the churches of America and stem the tide of secularism, immorality and false religion that is flooding our land.
He was clearly getting very nervous even before election day in the USA, as his beloved Donald J Trump trailed badly in the polls and looked increasingly like the loser he turned out to be. In his blog-post, dated 28/10/2020, he turned on other evangelicals (well, someone has to take the blame!) who had been less than fulsome in the adoration of Trump, telling them:

THEIR IRRATIONAL OPPOSITION TO DONALD TRUMP


Evangelical leaders like John Piper and Beth Moore are warning evangelicals about voting for Donald Trump. Should they not, instead, be warning their followers about the Democrat Party's official rejection of God and America's founding values?

Psalm 33:12 says, Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD and Psalm 9:17 warns, The wicked shall be turned into hell and all the nations that forget God.
Where would fundamentalist Christianity be without its dire warnings of Hell awaiting anyone who thinks for themselves and doesn't do what the cult leaders tell them?

He continues in much the same vein:
America’s founders believed this, and all agreed with James Madison, chief architect of the U.S. Constitution, when he wrote,

The belief in a God All Powerful, wise and good, is so essential to the moral order of the world and to the happiness of man, that arguments which enforce it cannot be drawn from too many sources nor adapted with too much solicitude to the different characters and capacities impressed with it (Hyatt, 1726: The Year that Defined America, 111).
And there's that tired old refuted lie that the founding fathers intended to create a Christian country again! No qualms about bearing false witness!

The DNC Rejects God


Sadly, the Democrat Party has rejected the God of the Bible and America’s founders. In 2019, for example, the Democrat National Committee (DNC) unanimously passed a resolution affirming atheism and declaring that neither Christianity nor any religion is necessary for morality or patriotism.
Yep! Only Christian fundamentalist who agree with Dr Eddie Hyatt are moral! Anyone who says otherwise is 'rejecting God and the Bible', no matter how morally they live their lives, or how immorally evangelical Christians conduct theirs! Well, what's the point of conspicuous piety, if you can't self-license a bit of dishonest hypocrisy when needed? False witnessing? Nah! Jesus is okay with that nowadays in these difficult timed for Christian fundamentalist pastors facing falling attendances and declining income.
On August 24 of 2020, the DNC doubled down on their rejection of God by passing another resolution praising the values of the "religiously unaffiliated." This resolution was championed by the Secular Coalition of America, an organization that lobbies on behalf of atheists, agnostics, and humanists on public policy.
In other words, people who disagree with Dr Eddie Hyatt. They can have no place in his theocratic America!
The Democrat Party’s rejection of God has drawn no criticism from party stalwarts such as Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Kamala Harris, or Joe Biden. We can only assume that they support the statement of the DNC that God and Christianity are not needed for the nation’s success.
Whatever next! A democratic party for all Americans of whatever religious affiliation, or none! The very idea, in the White, evangelical Christian theocracy, where Dr Eddie Hyatt is the authority on right and wrong and all matters of public policy!
This should come as no surprise since the Democrat Party, for some time, has supported the removal of Ten Commandment displays, crosses, and other Christian symbols from public property. When President Obama spoke at Georgetown University, a Catholic institution, he demanded that the Christian symbol behind the podium where he was to speak be removed.

The Democrat Party has officially turned its back on the America that is, “One Nation under God.” They have rejected the America whose national motto is “In God We Trust.” In its place they want to build a secularist, Marxist, socialist utopia.
In other words, they complied with the American Constitution, namely:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
How very dare they! Just because that was one of the ten amendments drafted and proposed by the same James Madison, Hyatt cites above. Obviously, no patriotic American Christian should support people who so audaciously obey the constitutional law, like Democrats do!

Donald Trump Embraces God [sic]


To the surprise of many, Donald Trump has gone in the opposite direction as the Democrat Party. He openly acknowledges God and Christ and has no reservations about public prayers and Christian declarations.

For example, in a cabinet meeting that was broadcast live, Trump sent the mainstream media into a frenzy when he asked Ben Carson to open the meeting in prayer. Mike Pence has said that it is normal for Trump, at the beginning of a cabinet meeting, to turn to him or one of the cabinet members and ask them to open in prayer.
It's not what he does but what he says, that matters! Spread all the hate you like! Commit adultery, pay off hookers, sexually assault women and boast about it! Cheat, embezzle, rape, bully and evade taxes! All okay, so long as you say the right magic spells before meetings, when the cameras are present.
I know that many of you doubt the integrity of his actions in this regard. I once shared those same concerns. I am now convinced it is real. According to James Dobson, Trump was led to Christ in early 2016 by a Christian businessman. Dobson says that he prayed a prayer committing his life to Christ.

That should not be hard to believe given Trump’s open acknowledgments of God and his defense of Christian values and religious liberty.

At a large Trump rally in Florida, First Lady Melania Trump opened by leading the massive crowd in reciting the Lord’s Prayer. In another large rally, someone passed out and those close by began praying for the person until the medics arrived. Trump put his speech on pause and affirmed the ones who were praying. Suddenly, the vast crowd burst forth singing “Amazing Grace.” It was a surreal moment!

I cannot imagine any of the above happening at a Joe Biden rally, or any Democrat rally.

Their Irrational Rejection of Trump


Those few evangelicals who oppose Trump seem to be denying the very grace of God that they preach. Yes, Trump is a flawed human being. Yes, he often comes across as arrogant and braggadocious. Is God’s grace not sufficient for Trump and his human deficiencies?

Trump’s compassion is seen more in his actions and policies than his words. Just last night I listened to a young black man, who had just been released from prison, giving sincere thanks to the president for his prison reform policies that had allowed him to go free. There are a multitude of such examples in his presidency.

The idea that a “Christian” should sit this one out or vote for Joe Biden because they do not like the president’s personality and tweets, is shallow, irrational, and denies the sovereign grace of God at work in Donald Trump and America.

Wow! A woman fainted, then recovered! Clearly Trump is a miracle worker too!

Presumably, fundamentalist Christian, Eddie Hyatt has no problem with Trump calling white supremacist neo-fascists, 'very fine people', labelling anti-fascists as 'terrorists', opposing the idea that the police should stop summarily killing black people because black lives matter. That's not the sort of thing that need concern a decent Christian. It's saying prayers before a meeting that matters - and denying basic human rights to women, non-white people, foreigners and people who disagree with Dr Eddie Hyatt.

It's hard to believe an educated (presumably) adult like Hyatt, can be so easily fooled as to believe this about Trump. It's not clear whether the more charitable view is that he really is that stupidly gullible, or that he's lying because in Trump he gets a whiff of political power to try to overthrow the US Constitution and replace it with his craved-for fundamentalist Christian theocracy.

To finish off this short list of Christian Trumpanzees who can't yet accept that their beloved Furer lost:

Some of Trump’s Favorite Evangelical Leaders Refuse to Accept That He Lost | Hemant Mehta | Friendly Atheist | Patheos
Trump's 'spiritual advisor' Paula White, displaying a historic photo of Harry Truman mocking his opponent Thomas E. Dewey by holding up a newspaper with a headline that falsely called the election for the loser.

Personally, I preferred the tweet in which Donald Trump falsely claimed he had won the 2020 election, followed by those hysterical ones where he demanded the counting be halted in case he might lose if they were all counted, but White neglected to entertain us with those, and anyway Twitter had flagged many of them as containing false or misleading information about an election.

Then we see fundamentalist Christian David Brody who, when interviewing Trump for a Christian broadcasting network, asked him 'tough' questions like, “Did God put President Trump in office for such a time as this?”

It seems rather strange that with all these fundamentalist 'prophets' being assured by God that he would ensure a Trump victory, and with so many Talibangelical Christiand fervently praying for a Trump/Pence victory, God went and let Biden and Harris win.

It's almost as though the prophets were lying or only imagining things and there was no-one listening to the prayers!

And lastly we have a meme from the Liberty University Falkirk Centre. Liberty University is the ultra-Trumpanzee Christian fundamentalist 'university' that recently sacked Jerry Falwell Jnr as its head, when details of his and his wife's sex romps with a Miami pool boy became known. His wife, Becki, was also accused of sexually molesting and harassing a student at the 'university'.

After Trump's fixer, Michael Cohen, had intervened to take care of a small problem with compromising photographs of Jerry and |Becki and the pool boy, Jerry Falwell Jnr made the surprise announcement of his enthusiastic endorsement of Donald Trump in his campaign for the Republican nomination for the 2016 election. This gave permission to millions of evangelical Christians to openly support the very un-Christian, Donald Trump.
The Falkirk Centre tweet calls for LEGAL (in caps) votes to be counted. LEGAL in this context is a dog-whistle word for 'Trump-supporting' since Trump cultists now regard votes for Democrats to be illegal and therefore should not have counted, so Trump effectively had a free pass to a second term without all that 'democracy' nonsense to be got round.

Clearly, some extreme right-wing evangelical Christians are going to have a very hard time trying to come to terms with the knowledge that 51% of American voters rejected their 'saviour' Donald J. Trump and voted in a left-leaning democrat instead. It seems that white fundamentalist Christians are so convinced of their own special privileged place at the top of American society that they believe any candidate who isn't endorsed by them should not be allowed to win, and if they do, it must be because they won really but were cheated out of victory by evil forces against which their omnipotent god is powerless.

Under American tax laws, churches are tax-exempt charities - unless they become openly political. It will be interesting to see how many openly Trump-supporting evangelical churches now lose their phoney tax-exempt status.






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