The NRA & White Evangelicals are Sickening

“For $45, one can attend the prayer breakfast sponsored by Trijicon (an arms manufacturer that sparked controversy in 2010 for putting Bible verse references on gun sights sold to the U.S. military), Kel-Tec (a gun manufacturer whose products include semi-automatic guns), and Universal Coin & Bullion (that sells silver coins honoring the NRA and Donald Trump.”

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It’s should come as no surprise that the NRA convention in Houston included a prayer breakfast to pander to the many evangelicals who attended the gun merchants Gunapalooza.

When I think of white evangelicals, “guns, god and gullibility” come to mind. The gun lobby and the GOP both use Christian symbols to separate evangelicals from their money.

Evangelicals are so spiritually blind that they can’t discern the sickening spectacle of gun manufacturers hosting a prayer breakfast, and charging a $45 fee.

Putting Bible verses on gun sights is exponentially more sacrilegious than putting an image of Jesus on a dildo. The Almighty might be pleased if a lady exclaimed “Oh Jesus” after using a Jesus dildo but he would be horrified if a soldier exclaimed “Yes Jesus” after using a biblical gun sight to kill an enemy.

Gun merchants & white evangelicals make me sick to my stomach, I wouldn’t attend a prayer breakfast sponsored by the NRA if they paid me $450.

Trump’s Detestable NRA Speech: an Insult to Uvalde Victims

Former President Donald Trump’s mangled recitation of the names of the 21 Uvalde, Texas, mass shooting victims at the National Rifle Association’s convention on Friday made Twitter critics’ blood run cold.

The names of the 19 children and two teachers, broken up into hardly recognizable syllables in Trump’s stumbling pronunciation, were interspersed with the funereal sound of a gong.”

Prominent NRA supporters Lee Greenwood, Don McLean, Larry Gatlin and Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick pulled out of the NRA Convention in Houston, Texas, they realized it would be disrespectful and hurtful to attend less than a week after 19 schoolchildren and two teachers were massacred at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas.

But Donald Trump, a sociopath with no empathy, decency or sense or propriety, gave a speech at the NRA convention where gun merchants had assault rifles on display, the same killing machines that the shooter used to murder the defenseless schoolchildren.

To add insult to injury Trump read the names of the 21 Uvalde mass shooting victims, predictably butchering the pronunciation of the Hispanic names. 

Any pretense that the reading of the names was meant as a dignified and solemn tribute to the victims was nullified by the theatrical sounding of a gong.Trump ending his speech with his patented spastic dance moves.

The twice-impeached former president is a perfect representation of the typical clueless and heartless NRA supporter.

Stop Gun Violence! Stop Offering Thoughts and Prayers!

Whenever there’s a mass shooting so-called “people of faith”, who hold a tighter grip on their guns than they do on their prayer beads and Bibles, litter social media with thoughts and prayers.

These thoughts and prayers are as efficacious in preventing gun violence and ameliorating its devastating consequences as a gun that emits a flag saying “BANG” when the trigger is pulled is at stopping a burglar who has broken into your home.

Faith without works is dead and offering vacuous thoughts and prayers after a massacre is an affront and an insult to the victims and to everyone who lives in fear of gun violence.

A million thoughts and prayers on Twitter aren’t worth a hill of beans, and they don’t reach heaven or even the power brokers in D.C.

With all due respect, people of faith can stuff their thoughts and prayers where the sun don’t shine. If they were serious about stopping gun violence, and if they really cared about the victims, they would weaponize their thoughts and prayers by taking on the NRA and demanding that lawmakers ban military-style firearms.

If I’m the victim of gun violence and a person offers me his thoughts and prayers I would respond as if he had intentionally farted in my face.

If we ban the phrase “thoughts and prayers” from the lexicon, religion and our democracy would be better off.