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Christians Must Stop Pretending About Donald Trump

It’s time to stop pretending about Donald Trump, fellow Christians. It’s past time, actually.

I know you think you’re right, I know you think Hillary Clinton is pure evil, but please stop.

Stop rationalizing and stop pretending.

Stop pretending that it’s OK to vote for him simply because he isn’t Hillary.

Stop pretending that picking “the lesser of two evils” is a civic duty.

Stop pretending that voting for him is the only “Christian” thing to do.

Stop pretending that a third-party vote of conscience is a wasted vote.

Stop pretending that his sins are lesser than Hillary’s sins.

Stop pretending that his past doesn’t matter.

Stop pretending that the way he talks, the way he lives his life, and the way he treats people doesn’t matter.

Stop pretending that a man who suggests violence against his opponent has a moral compass. 

Stop pretending that he’s not temperamentally unfit to lead the country.

Stop pretending that you can trust a man who’s on his third marriage and who’s bragged about his infidelity.

Stop pretending that he can be counted on to appoint conservative Supreme Court justices.

Stop pretending that many of his proposals and ideas aren’t the opposite of a Christian worldview.

Stop pretending that famous evangelical “leaders” who support him can’t have poor judgment.

Stop pretending that he cares about your principles.

Stop pretending that it’s fine that he never mentioned religious liberty, abortion or traditional marriage during his convention speech.

Stop pretending that a true pro-life candidate would be so willing and eager to use nuclear weapons.

Stop pretending that he’ll “surround himself with good people.”

Stop pretending that he wasn’t essentially a liberal until a couple of years ago.

Stop pretending that it’s OK that he’s been endorsed by North Korea, Russia and the KKK.

Stop pretending that he doesn’t talk and act like someone who wants to be a dictator.

Stop pretending that “telling it like it is” somehow makes him qualified to be president.

Stop pretending that he doesn’t sound downright unintelligible at times when answering policy questions.

Stop pretending that “Believe me!” is the same as having an actual plan.

Stop pretending that name-calling and insults are an effective governing technique.

Stop pretending that some of his proposals aren’t, at best, unconstitutional and, at worst, flat-out dangerous.

Stop pretending that it’s OK to be associated with people who talk and act like this.

Stop pretending that you’re not motivated by the wrong things, at least from a Christian perspective.

Stop pretending that if God allows him to be elected that it will only bring good things and the rise of The Greatest Nation on Earth.

Stop pretending that if God allows Hillary to be elected that it will only mean bad things and a rapid spiral toward an apocalyptic hellscape.

Stop pretending that you know what God’s thinking.

Stop pretending that there’s any evidence whatsoever that Trump would make a good president.

Stop pretending. Please.

-Huffington Post

Isn’t It Strange

Author Unknown

Isn't it strange how a $20 bill seems such a large amount when one donates it to charity, but very small when one spends it on senseless purchases to satisfy an unnecessary fancy?

Isn't it strange how an hour seems so long when one talking about what really important matters (God/religion, heaven/life hereafter, etc.), but how short it is when watching some exciting [but dumb] movie or just sitting around with pals exchanging bullsh-t?

Isn't it strange how one finds no time for prayer & meditation but plenty of it when talking and trading nonsense with colleagues and friends?

Isn't it strange how reading one chapter in The Bible to feed one's soul and spiritual life is boring but not when reading several chapters and several hundred pages of some cheap, worthless novel?

Isn't it strange how folks want front-row seats in a concert or ballgame but the very last row in church?

Isn't it strange how one needs to know days or weeks in advance to see whether one can fit into one's busy schedule a "religious" event, but can readily fit into one's schedule, even at the last minute, a rock concert, a movie, a trip to Las Vegas or other mindless event?

Isn't It strange how difficult it is to share God's gospel (God's good news) with others, but how easy it is to share and spread gossip and trivia?

Isn't it strange how some readily believe practically everything they hear and read from books, magazines/newspapers, the radio/TV and other media sources & social communication network, but quickly question and even refuse to believe anything The Bible says?

Isn't it strange how many people claim a desire to be heaven but do all kinds of things which won't get them there?

Isn't it strange how people automatically share & forward cheap e-mail jokes and useless information to everyone, but think twice before sharing/forwarding an article about God lest it might offend others?

It is really and truly strange but nonetheless real and true, isn't it?

-Contributed by Ralph

Mike Pence Advocates For Government Funded Conversion Therapy

by Michael Stone

Mike Pence wants taxpayers to pay for so-called gay conversion therapy.

Pence, the Republican nominee for vice president, is an anti-science, anti-women, anti-LGBT, radical religious extremist.

Pence is a rabid homophobe who wants to deny civil civil rights to LGBT people, and wants taxpayer money to pay for gay conversion therapy, the despicable attempt to force a child or young adult to reverse their sexual orientation or gender identity, often to satisfy the religious superstition and bigotry of ignorant parents.

As reported by PolitiFact, during his first successful run for Congress in 2000, Pence advocated for government funding of gay conversion therapy on his campaign website, under a section called Strengthening the American Family:

    Resources should be directed toward those institutions which provide assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behavior.

In other words, Pence wants taxpayers to pay for what many rational observers believe is child abuse.

Human Rights Campaign reports on the horrors of the discredited gay conversion therapy:

    So-called “conversion therapy,” sometimes known as “reparative therapy,” is a range of dangerous and discredited practices that falsely claim to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. Such practices have been rejected by every mainstream medical and mental health organization for decades, but due to continuing discrimination and societal bias against LGBTQ people, some practitioners continue to conduct conversion therapy. Minors are especially vulnerable, and conversion therapy can lead to depression, anxiety, drug use, homelessness, and suicide.

Currently gay conversion therapy is banned in five states including California, Oregon, Illinois, Vermont and New Jersey.

Last year President Barack Obama defended LGBT youth by supporting a ban on conversion therapy. The official statement from the White House reads in part:

    This Administration supports efforts to ban the use of conversion therapy for minors… overwhelming scientific evidence demonstrates that conversion therapy, especially when it is practiced on young people, is neither medically nor ethically appropriate and can cause substantial harm.

Yet despite the evidence, and despite the fact that gay conversion therapy is child abuse, Republicans continue to support the practice.

Earlier this month, at the GOP convention, the Republican Party approved a despicable anti-gay platform that, among other things, advocates going back to defining marriage as between one man and woman, supports adoption agencies turning away same-sex couples, and endorses the abusive and controversial practice of gay conversion therapy.

As for Pence continuing to support public funding for conversion therapy in 2016, PolitiFact reports:

    Our research found no evidence Pence has walked back his stance on public funding for conversion therapy. His spokesman did not respond with information about Pence’s current position.

In fact, Mike Pence has a long history of demeaning gays and promoting discrimination against the LGBT community. In the past, Pence has claimed that gay couples signal “societal collapse;” opposed a law that would prohibit discrimination against LGBT people in the workplace; opposed the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell; and, more recently, he rejected the Obama administration directive on transgender bathrooms.

Bottom line: Gay conversion therapy is child abuse. While Pence’s anti-gay bigotry is deplorable, it is right in line with the overt anti-gay bigotry of the Republican party in 2016. –Patheos

Right-Wing Pastor Gives Up The Game

by Travis Gettys

A religious right activist came right out loud and said what Mike Pence has been hinting at with all his talk about Donald Trump’s broad shoulders.

Dave Daubenmire posted a video Tuesday morning assuring like-minded Christians that Trump’s boasts about grabbing women by the genitals with impunity should concern them less than the possibility of a person with female genitalia becoming president, reported Right Wing Watch.

“Women and men may be equal, but I think it’s pretty clear that the Bible teaches us that women should not be in authority over a man,” said Daubenmire, who lost his job coaching high school football in Ohio after requiring players to pray with him and expressing offensive views about LGBT people and others.

Daubenmire, founder of Pass the Salt Ministries and an unsuccessful candidate for the Ohio statehouse, clarified why many conservative Christians are willing to overlook Trump’s immoral behavior.

“Here’s the point I’m making,” Daubenmire said. “With all that’s going on with Trump and everybody screaming and hollering about that, when is the last time your pastor stood up in the pulpit and said, ‘Hey, listen, we cannot vote for Hillary Clinton because women are not to have authority over men’?”

He stated explicitly what rumors about Clinton’s ill health and frailty have only implied.

“If we want to follow the Bible, that would sure be a good place to start, wouldn’t it?” Daubenmire said. “Rather than worrying so much about the immorality of a sinful man, what about the biblical principle that when a woman rules over a man … it’s a sign of judgment of the Lord?” -Raw Story

The Legal History Of Religious Tests In American Politics

by Terry Eastland

It might may (sic) no difference, but for [Kentucky] and [West Virginia] can we get someone to ask [Sanders's] belief. Does he believe in a God. He had skated on saying he has a Jewish heritage. I think I read he is an atheist. This could make several points difference with my peeps. My Southern Baptist peeps would draw a big difference between a Jew and an atheist."

That's from an email to colleagues by Brad Marshall, the former chief financial officer of the Democratic National Committee. The email was one of the thousands of internal DNC messages released by Wikileaks on the eve of the Democratic National Convention. It shows that Marshall, who resigned over the email, was trying to use Bernie Sanders's religious beliefs against him in Democratic primary elections—despite representations by the DNC that it was neutral in the competition between Sanders and Hillary Clinton.

On 60 Minutes, Clinton was read the passage quoted above, and asked for her response. She said, "I am adamantly opposed to anyone bringing religion into our political process. I mean, the Constitution says 'no religious test,' so that is just absolutely wrong and unacceptable."

Clinton was referring to Article VI Clause 3 of the Constitution, which says that "no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any office or public trust under the United States." During the ratification debates the clause drew opposition because it would allow, as critics identified them, "Jews," "Turks," "Infidels," "heathens," and "Roman Catholics" to serve in the national government. There were some who objected to that prospect, who wanted religion—their religion—to be a qualification for office. But of course that view did not prevail. National offices thus were opened to all Americans.

The clause left the states free to impose religious tests, if they so desired. All of them did. Only Christians could serve, or, in some states, only Protestants. Few of these limitations endured, however, and those that did were rarely enforced.

Eventually, in 1961, the Supreme Court took up the question of whether a state may require a religious test for office. At issue was a provision in the Maryland Constitution requiring public officials to profess a belief in God. In Torcaso v. Watkins the Court struck down the provision, grounding its decision not in the religious test clause, but in the establishment and free exercise clauses of the First Amendment, both of which the Court had applied to the states in the 1940s. Torcaso meant that there could be no religious test for any public office in the United States.

Still today there has not been a judicial decision interpreting and applying the religious test ban. Yet it has political force, as Marshall's resignation illustrates. Marshall wanted to "get someone to ask" Sanders whether "he believes in a God" so that he could use what he thought would be Sanders's answer against him in key primaries. Marshall didn't "violate" the Religious Test clause if only because the DNC is a private entity. But his email was at odds with the ideal that the clause promotes—of a politics that is religiously inclusive and tolerant. –TWS