Unlike White Evangelicals, Atheists Embrace COVID Vaccinations

A new national survey by Pew Research Center has some illuminating results. Percentage of each religious/non-religious groups that has been vaccinated with at least one shot:

57% of white evangelicals.

70% of black protestants

90% of atheists.

“Pro-Life” white evangelicals who treasure an eternal life in the hereafter have contempt for the mortal lives of themselves and their neighbors. They revere an embryo that hasn’t yet developed into a human being, but their refusal to get vaccinated puts the lives of babies, children and adults at risk.

They reject empirical evidence and science in favor of myths and conspiracy theories, behaving like we’re living in the dark ages instead of the space age.

Meanwhile black protestants who have a legitimate reason to be skeptical of medicine in general and vaccines in particular are much more receptive to getting vaccinated. The memory of the decades-long Tuskegee experiment is still fresh in their minds, but they still line up to do the right thing and get vaccinated.

Atheists who are ostracized by society, and falsely accused of not having any morals because they reject organized religion are the most socially responsible citizens. An incredible 90% of them are vaccinated, makes you wonder if we really need religion.

More White Christians Adopted Than Shed Evangelical Label During Trump Presidency

“According to analysis released Wednesday, more Americans started identifying as born-again or evangelical Protestants between 2016 and 2020 than stopped calling themselves evangelicals. The boost came almost entirely from white Trump supporters.

Among those who didn’t consider themselves evangelicals when the former president was elected, nearly 1 in 6 had begun identifying as evangelicals by 2020. Just 1 percent of white Americans who did not favor Trump made the same switch.”

ChristianityToday.Com

White evangelicals supported Donald Trump in overwhelming numbers is 2016, and after four years of his regime’s racism, misogyny, homophobia, authoritarian tendencies and amorality they again enthusiastically supported him in 2020, instead of deserting him in shock at his betrayal of Christian ideals.

Proving that evangelicals main imperative isn’t to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ, but to set up a Christian theocracy that codifies their anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, anti-choice Neanderthal ideology.

White evangelicals promiscuous embrace of Trump and Trumpism has forever stained the evangelical brand in the minds of democracy-loving Americans, religious and non-religious alike.

But the label hasn’t lost its allure to white evangelicals, in fact, they are prouder than ever to identify as evangelicals, they’re cognizant that the evangelical brand signals to the world that they are Trump-supporting, anti-science conspiracy theorists who are seeking to abolish democracy and establish a Christian theocracy.

Evangelicals are as much a threat to democracy and true Christianity as Nazis, and it’s incumbent upon us to fight them with the same vigor that we do white supremacists.

Shame, Shame on AOC for Attending Met Gala

Ostensibly the Met Gala is an annual fundraising gala for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City.

In reality the Met Gala is a celebration of ostentatious wealth, trendy decadence, haute couture and shameless celebrity.

No socialist worth his or her salt would attend such a sickening display of entitlement, which makes me wonder why self-proclaimed socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez attended the celebrity ball.

The Gala is perhaps the most prominent and exclusive social event in the world. The Gala is by invitation only, and rest assured only the top one percent of politicians, celebrities and trendies are invited, where the cost of admission is a cool $30,000.

AOC claims it was her responsibility to attend the Gala, but wearing a couture “Tax the Rich” dress to the elite bash, doesn’t mean she can have her cake and eat it too.

“And before haters get wild flying off the handle, New York elected officials are routinely invited to and attend the Met due to our responsibilities in overseeing and supporting the city’s cultural institutions for the public,” she tweeted in her defense.

Maybe so, but it was her damn responsibility as a democratic socialist not only to turn down the invitation, but condemn the “let them eat cake” mindset of the annual party.

AOL should have shunned the Gala; her place was with the BLM protesters decrying the event outside.

AOL is letting notoriety go to her head, maybe it’s time to vote her out of office and elect a representative with the good sense not to attend capitalist celebrations of wealth.

Pizza Delivery Driver Shoots Woman Dead Because She Had Biden Yard Sign

A pizza delivery driver allegedly shot dead a lawyer and wounded her husband because they voted for US President Joe Biden. 

Joseph Angel Alvarez, 38, claimed he attacked Georgette and Daniel Kauffman after seeing a Biden flag on their property in El Paso, Texas.

Alvarez reportedly told investigators he targeted the couple in a bid to ‘execute and exterminate the pro-choice Jewish Satan worshippers’. “

Metro

Republicans in general and evangelicals in particular demonize Joe Biden, they paint the devout Catholic and moderate Democrat as a Satan-worshipping Communist.

Most white evangelicals believe in the QAnon conspiracy theory that Democrats, celebrities and other elites belong to a Satanic cabal that’s imprisoned thousands of children in caves and underground bunkers, and that one day their Orange Messiah will free the children and imprison their pedophile overlords.

When the pizza delivery driver saw the Biden flag on the property of the Jewish couple, he immediately put two and two together and deduced that the Biden-loving couple, both lawyers, were pro-abortion, Satan worshippers deserving of execution.

Religious Jews believe Satan represents the sinful impulse, the force that prevents human beings from seeking the divine. It’s Christians who regard Satan as a real person, a fallen angel who is constantly seeking to tempt believers into doing evil and forsaking the Almighty. It’s much more likely that Christians, who believe the devil is a real person, who might end up worshipping him, rather than Jews who believe Satan represents our evil impulses.

Fundamentalists who see everything in black and white often see red and react violently to anyone who doesn’t subscribe to their Neanderthal beliefs.

What a world? Do I need to remove my “Black Lives Matter” sign on my front yard and my Biden bumper sticker from my car on my driveway before I order a pizza?

Trump Provides Commentary for Holyfield vs. Belfort Fight

The twice-impeached former president Donald trump memorialized the 20th anniversary of 9/11 not at Ground Zero, the Pentagon or in Shanksville, Pennsylvania but in a milieu where he is more comfortable: The Hard Rock and Casino in Hollywood Florida where he provided live commentary for the Evander Holyfield vs. Vitor Belfort fight.

The match between a 58-year-old Holyfield and the 44-year-old Belfort was a sideshow carnival act, and therefore it made perfect sense for a Barnum Bailey type con artist to provide commentary.

With his diminutive doll’s hands and corpulent physique Trump wouldn’t make much of a pugilist, he would float like a whale and sting like a bunny. But he used his platform to take a few jabs at Joe Biden, especially for his disastrous Afghan exit strategy.

Mercifully, Belfort defeated Holyfield with a first-round TKO, Holyfield might not have survived another round and I would have killed myself rather than endure another round of Trump’s insipid commentary.

The boxing exhibition was a perfect metaphor for the state of celebrity boxing and reality show politics.

Evangelicals Are Proselytizers Seeking Converts to Their Neanderthal Religion

“The term evangelical derives from the Greek word euangelion meaning ‘gospel’ or ‘good news.’ Technically speaking, evangelical refers to a person, church, or organization that is committed to the Christian gospel message that Jesus Christ is the savior of humanity.”

The Atlantic

An evangelical is a Christian who evangelizes, or preaches the Good News that Jesus saves. An evangelical is a proselytizer, or a true believer who seeks to induce everyone to convert to his faith.

Trump-supporting, anti-science, anti-immigrant and homophobic Christian evangelicals have made the word “evangelicals” a pejorative. Perhaps we should call them proselytizers, a word with an even worse connotation.

Evangelical charity springs from an evil motivation, it usually comes with strings attached:

If you are homeless, we will provide you with a bowl of soup and a bed for the night, but first you must listen to a Gospel sermon.

If you can’t feed your family, we will give you access to our food pantry, but first you must read a Gospel tract.

I’ve met multitudes of evangelicals who feel sorry for the poor, sick and hungry, but very few who empathize with them.

The unconverted aren’t nameless, soulless sinners in need of salvation, they are fellow human beings trying to make sense of a senseless world.

Evangelicals make friends with “sinners” not because they understand the value of befriending someone with a different worldview, but because they seek to convert them.

I wonder just how many converts they’re making these days, when their racism, bigotry, homophobia, misogyny and support for the amoral Donald Trump is contradicting their message of the love of Jesus Christ.

Whether you call them evangelicals, proselytizers or Neanderthals, all I know is that they are the enemies of true Christianity.

How Dare Tom Selleck Credit Jesus for his ‘Success’

In a beliefnet.com article Tom Selleck is quoted as saying that Jesus Christ is responsible for all the success in his life.

It’s a good thing Jesus Christ rose from the dead, otherwise he would constantly be rolling over in his grave every time a wanker attributed his “success” in life to Him.

Selleck isn’t a philanthropist, educator, scientist or writer he’s an actor who owes all of his success in his profession to his good looks.

In his prime in the 80’s Selleck won a few Emmy Awards for his portrayal of private investigator, Thomas Magnum. Selleck’s iconic mustache should have received an Emmy for “best supporting actor”, because his thespian skills consisted of looking pretty in Hawaii’s beautiful scenery.

Selleck, 76 is still acting, although now his ridiculous toupee receives more attention than his mustache.

Selleck an ultra-conservative is a spokesman for the National Rifle Association (NRA), but by far his most deplorable role is as a paid endorser for reverse mortgages. Reverse Mortgages prey on the elderly, and only a person who has sold his soul to the devil would shill for such despicable companies.

WWJD? He sure as fuck wouldn’t be a spokesman for the NRA or reverse mortgages.

How dare Selleck credit Jesus for his success in life, Jesus would beat the holy hell out of him and stuff his toupee where the sun don’t shine.

Shame on CNN for Giving Fringe Candidate Caitlyn Jenner a Platform

Caitlyn Jenner, who is running to oust the Democratic California Governor Gavin Newsom, appeared on CNN this morning ahead of the Golden State’s September 14 recall election.

Why on Earth is CNN giving Jenner a platform, when she is a fringe candidate with only one percent support?

It’s no surprise that Jenner has failed to resonate with California’s overwhelmingly Democratic electorate, she’s a typical anti-immigrant Republican candidate.

In her interview with CNN’s Brianna Keilar, she referred to undocumented immigrants as “illegals.” Doesn’t she realize that the Republican evangelical base thinks of her as a “freak”, “thing”, and “tranny pervert”?

Shame on Keiler, her producers or whoever decided to book the reality show starlet as a guest, I guess it proves that CNN values celebrity more than substance.

Jenner has the allure of the reality TV world and the attraction of the side show. Most of CNN viewers are progressives who don’t look down or discriminate against trans individuals, but the liberal network is cognizant that Jenner will draw viewers who only seek to gawk at her objectively ugly and bizarre appearance.

Come on CNN, I expect better from my favorite cable news network.

Melania Trump as Elusive As Waldo Since Leaving the White House

“During her husband’s last day in office, Melania recorded her farewell address as first lady of the United States and stood by her husband’s side during his. However, the moment the couple landed in Palm Beach, Melania, dressed in a bold Gucci caftan, went viral when she refused to stop and pose for cameras and made a beeline for her car without breaking her stride, as detailed in the Daily Mail. It certainly seemed like she was over and out.”

NickiSwift.Com

Melania was the most reclusive and reluctant first lady in history, she rarely made a public appearance and she perfunctorily attended to her duties with the minimum of grace and enthusiasm.

Since departing the White House last January she has been as elusive as Waldo and as gregarious as the late Howard Hughes. She has been seen publicly just once this summer, leaving Trump Tower in New York City, accompanied by her son.

Melania would probably prefer to do a four-year prison term in a Club Fed prison than play at being first lady again.

Donald Trump, on the other hand, is dying to return to the White House. He’s made several speeches and attended a handful of MAGA rallies since leaving office, without Melania by his side.

Melania has been negligent in her duties as a trophy wife, she’s not expected to love her husband, but she is expected to appear by his side for social and political events.

But Trump won’t divorce Melania because she’s already demonstrated that she’ll tolerate his racism, pettiness, serial philandering and downright demonic behavior as long as he doesn’t cut her off from his bank accounts.

If Trump runs for president in 2024 Melania will most likely be absent on the campaign trail, but that’s not necessarily a negative, after all during the 2016 presidential campaign she rarely appeared with him.

With or without Melania by his side, Trump will lose again if he runs for president again in 2024. America is sick and tired of the Trumps, every last one of them.  

Gold Star Families Aren’t the Only Ones Sick of Hearing Joe Biden Grieve Over Beau Biden

In 1972 a 29-year-old Joe Biden was elected as the junior senator from Delaware. A few weeks after the election, Biden’s wife Neilia and one-year-old daughter Naomi were killed in an automobile accident. Their sons Beau and Hunter survived the accident.

Biden’s political career was christened in personal tragedy, and in his decades of service in the Senate and during his two terms as Obama’s Vice President, he often used his personal grief to empathize with victims of gun violence, terrorist attacks and natural disasters.

In August 2015, Biden’s favorite son, Beau Biden died from an aggressive type of brain cancer. Joe Biden was devastated and he used his son’s untimely death as an excuse not to run for president in 2016.

The ruling class can afford to take a sabbatical when they lose a close family member, but the working class is usually back to work after only a couple of days of bereavement.

The consoler-in-chief was criticized by some of the families of the 13 fallen U.S. service members from the Kabul terror attack last month, for bringing up his grief over his late son Beau.

I agree with the Gold Star families, I empathize with a parent who loses a son or a daughter, but enough already with the Beau Biden sob stories. There is a time and a place for everything and the dignified transfer wasn’t the place for Biden to shed tears for Beau, that ceremony should have been all about the ultimate sacrifice of those 13 warriors.

Joe Biden is in danger of being seen as a maudlin geezer instead of as the empathizer-in-chief.

ABBA to Release New Album and Tour Digitally

ABBA, one of the most commercially successful acts in the history of popular music, is releasing its first new album since 1981, and going on tour.

I know what you’re thinking: It’s great that they’re releasing an album of new material, but the Swedish septuagenarians simply don’t have the stamina to sing for a couple of hours, let alone tour.

 It wasn’t just the pulsating disco music that made ABBA a huge sensation in the 70’s, the Swedish supergroup were fashionistas, nobody rocked the cameltoe aesthetic like the ABBA divas.

I love me some ABBA, but I don’t want to see sexy (?) Swedish septuagenarians rock a cameltoe.

Relax, the ageing rockers will be performing digitally, not in person. The digital versions of ABBA were created via months of motion-capture and performance techniques with the four band members, and a team from Industrial Light & Magic. Supposedly, this technique is more realistic than holograms.

This dancing queen is planning on buying the forthcoming ABBA album “Voyage,” to be released November 5, and I might even attend one of their digital performances.

Donald Trump Turns Down Kanye West’s Invitation to Join Him on Stage at ‘Donda’ Event

“The mercurial Kanye West brought out DaBaby and Marilyn Manson during a song at his listening party for Donda in his Chicago hometown, but according to reports, Ye also had another eyebrow-raising surprise guest in mind.

Reports are the controversial rapper-producer hoped to bring out former President Donald Trump during a set many already considered overcrowded.”

Yahoo News

The Kanye West listening party for his new album “Donda” in his Chicago hometown was a shitshow of biblical proportions. Sharing the stage with West was the notoriously homophobic rapper DaBaby and Marilyn Manson who has been credibly accused by several women of sexual assault. Even West’s ex-wife, Kim Kardashian, was in attendance to enhance the decadence of the event.

Had the Christian rapper been able to persuade the twice-impeached disgraced former president Donald Trump to attend his circus, his listening party would have received the anti-Christ’s seal of approval.

West has been a loyal supporter of Trump, his coonery on his behalf included donning a MAGA hat and warmly embracing him. But with the short-fingered vulgarian loyalty is a one-way street, and since he was soundly defeated by Biden, he no longer needs West’s support.

Anyway, it’s unlikely that Trump would attend any event in city with a large African American population.

I wouldn’t attend West’s listening party if he raised Donda from the dead and she tap danced in honor of Trump. Vanilla Ice has more street cred and legitimacy as a rapper than Kanye West, and I’m going to have my own listening party: “Ice, Ice Baby” on a loop.

Russia Declares 4 Evangelical Groups ‘Undesirable’, Why Can’t America Declare All Evangelical Groups Undesirable?

“Russia’s justice ministry has put four Evangelical organizations from Latvia and Ukraine on its list of undesirable non-government organizations.The ministry’s list of undesirable non-government organizations contains 46 organizations.The activities of the four organizations were deemed undesirable by the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office on August 23 as threatening Russia’s constitutional order and security.

”TASS Russian News Agency

I lament the lack of religious freedom in Russia, and I cherish the freedom to worship that’s enshrined in our Constitution, but a small part of me wishes most of the evangelical organizations in America were declared undesirable non-government agencies.

The Russian government contends that the New Generation International Christian Movement, the New Generation Evangelical Christian Church, the New Generation Spiritual Directorate of the Evangelist Christians, and the New Generation International Biblical College pose a threat to Russia’s constitutional order and security.

The Russian government’s designation of “an undesirable non-government agency” means that these evangelical entities must close up their existing offices or face criminal penalties.My guess is that the only threat these evangelical organizations pose is to Putin’s totalitarian rule, but America’s evangelical organizations pose an existential threat to our constitutional order and security.

Most white evangelical churches pose a serious threat to the safety and security of Americans, because they refuse to mask up, socially distance and get vaccinated. They pose a real threat to our environmental health by denying the science of climate change. They pose an existential threat to our democracy by supporting the authoritarian Donald Trump and by advocating that he be restored to power by a military coup or an insurrection.

I don’t think the leaders of evangelical ministries should be imprisoned or face criminal penalties, but their tax-exempt status should be lifted and they should be treated like the enemies of true Christianity and democracy.

Tate Reeves Says Mississippians ‘Less Scared’ of COVID Because They ‘Believe in Eternal Life’

“Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves, in remarks Saturday, said that people in the state were ‘less scared’ of COVID-19 because they believe in ‘eternal life,’ as new infections reach record levels and hospitalizations spike.”

Business Insider

The Bible Belt is bulging at the seams with coronavirus cases, and according to the New York Times, Mississippi has recorded more new COVID-19 cases per capita than any other state.

Evangelicals tend to be anti-science and susceptible to believing wild conspiracy theories about vaccines and the coronavirus.

Evangelicals have the mindset “Jesus is My Vaccine” and they take no precautions against COVID, even when they witness their brethren succumb to the virus. They believe that God will protect them, and even if they die of the coronavirus, it’s OK because Jesus will welcome them to heaven.

This attitude is a perversion of the teachings of Jesus who taught us to do unto others as we would have them do unto us, and to love our neighbor.

A true Christian will demonstrate love for his neighbors by masking up, practicing social distancing and most importantly, getting vaccinated.

I don’t fear hell, or so called “evil godless atheists”, but I do fear ignorant selfish evangelicals who are spreading the coronavirus.

These wicked and foolish evangelicals don’t need leaders making excuses for them, they need politicians and preachers chastising them for their ignorance, stupidity and selfishness.

Joe Biden, For the Love of God Stop Quoting the Bible!

“Thursday’s suicide bombing at Kabul airport was the most deadly attack on American forces in Afghanistan since 2011. In remarks on the attack, President Biden honored the fallen soldiers by quoting the Hebrew Bible. The American military has been answering for a long time. ‘Here I am, Lord. Send me, ‘Biden said, in an allusion to Isaiah 6:8. ‘Each one of these women and men of our Armed Forces are the heirs of that tradition of sacrifice, of volunteering to go into harm’s way, to risk everything; not for glory, not for profit, but to defend what we love and the people we love.”

The Week

God damn any American politician, especially the president, when he invokes Scripture or the Almighty, thereby making a mockery of the cherished constitutional principle of separation of church and state.

Biden may be a faithful Catholic, but he’s no Old Testament scholar. The verse he quoted wasn’t a call to arms for the Israelites of old to defend their country from their many enemies, it was a prophet answering Jehovah’s call to warn his chosen people to obey his commandments.

America isn’t an exceptional country, every nation on Earth believes it is an exceptional, and Israel isn’t God’s chosen nation, blessed over every other country.

Politicians would be well-advised to leave the Almighty out of political and military matters. Biden may quote the Bible to justify his Afghan policy, but ISIS quotes the Koran to justify employing suicide bombers against on occupying power.

Have we learned nothing in centuries of written history? For the love of God, leave God out of politics!

Televangelist Jim Bakker Thinks God Can’t Hear Your Prayers if You’re Wearing a Mask

“How can you go to church and pray when you’re wearing a mask? Do you think God can hear your prayers through a mask?”

Televangelist Jim Bakker

Thoughts and prayers are as effectual as farts and belches in fighting the coronavirus pandemic.

Preachers, pundits and politicians are wasting their time imploring the Almighty to end the plague.

Influencers would be well-advised to appeal to the better angels of human beings and not the benevolence of the Supreme Being if we are to win the battle against COVID.

Mask up! Get vaccinated! Social distance! Avoid Crowds! These are simple actions that we can take to once and for all end the pandemic.

Jim Bakker has less faith in the power of the Almighty than a backslidden believer; he thinks a mask can prevent an omnipotent and omniscient from hearing prayers.

Of course, Bakker is an evangelical showman who makes a Hollywood production out of praying: Yelling his entreaties at the cameras in hopes of eliciting donations and showing off his virtuoso as a prayer warrior.

I’d rather suffer through a root canal than listen to Bakker, but if I were at public building where he was on TV preaching his tomfoolery, I would take off my mask and use it to stuff my ears.

Two Septuagenarians in Succession (Trump & Biden) Elected President, Insanity

An op-ed in one of Britain’s largest newspapers has taken aim at Joe Biden, calling the 78-year-old president ‘exhausted’ and ‘too old’ to do the job.

The Daily Telegraph’s America editorial writer Tim Stanley—a conservative commentator—took aim at the president over his handling of the U.S. withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan and claimed he lacked the ‘necessary acuity’ to be commander-in-chief.

Newsweek

Stanley, a staunch conservative, may have a bias in his assessment of the septuagenarian’s inability to serve as president of the United States and Leader of the Free World. But I urge Democrats to take off their rose-colored glasses and objectively consider Biden’s cognitive decline and frail physical appearance.

I would be remiss if I didn’t point out that conservatives who lament Biden’s suspect mental acuity fervently support Donald Trump, 75, as their preferred presidential candidate in 2024. Biden and Trump are both in mental decline, the difference being that Biden is a gentleman whose moral values haven’t declined whereas Trump is an amoral monster who is as wicked as the day is long.

Stanley is correct in stating:

“Biden has simply exhausted his once formidable talent and energy, and attempts to pretend that he’s a spring chicken have become a bad joke.”

A 78-year-old man is simply physical and mentally ill-suited to handle monumental problems like the coronavirus pandemic and the evacuation from Afghanistan.

Two septuagenarians in succession have been elected president of the United States, this insanity must come to end. Congress should pass a law disqualifying a presidential candidate who will be 65 or older on Inauguration Day from running.

Florida the Epicenter of Trump Cultic Activity, Anti-Vaxxer Mania, QAnon Conspiracy Theories and Evangelical Heresies

“A popular, vociferously antisemitic promoter of the pro-Trump QAnon conspiracy theory was identified as an evangelical Christian man from Florida.

The man, who goes by GhostEzra on the encrypted messaging app Telegram, has more than 300,000 followers and posts ‘explicit Nazi propaganda, including outright Holocaust denial and a slew of conspiracy theories that often range from obliquely to explicitly antisemitic,’ according to Logically, an organization that tracks disinformation online and uncovered his identity.”

Jewish Telegraphic Agency

It’s not a surprise that an infamous promoter of pro-Trump QAnon conspiracy theories was identified as an evangelical Christian man from Florida. The Sunshine State is the epicenter of anti-vaxxer mania, QAnon conspiracy theories, evangelical fervor and Trump cultic activity.

It’s also not surprising that Florida, a Mecca of evangelical Christianity, is a breeding ground for vile politicians the likes of Senator Marco Rubio and Governor Ron DeSantis who invoke the name of Jesus while promoting un-Christian policies that disfranchise racial and religious minorities.

White evangelicals make a fetish of the state of Israel, while at the same time many of them believe Jews control the media and the government in the United States and international Jewish bankers control the world economy. They believe that the United States should financially and militarily support Israel, while at the same time they believe Jews secretly run the world.

QAnon cultists like Ghost Ezra believe Trump is fighting a cabal of Democratic politicians and Hollywood stars who kidnap children, and harvest their blood, this is just a new version of centuries old antisemitic tropes.  

There is nothing new under the sun, religious fascists like American white evangelicals and conspiracy theorists like QAnon fanatics have been around forever, and we must never grow weary of fighting their message of hatred with truth, love and justice.

Evangelicals Abusing Religious Exemptions to Avoid Getting Vaccinated

Many businesses have implemented vaccine mandates for their employees, but most add in language about a religious exemption to fend off lawsuits.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, has recommended that employers make reasonable efforts to accommodate employees with “sincerely held religious beliefs” to comply with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

Evangelicals who’d rather please their false orange messiah than do the right thing and get vaccinated to protect themselves and their neighbors think the religious exemption is their “get out of jail free card.” There are downloadable forms Christians can use to claim religious exemptions.

“I am against vaccines on religious grounds” isn’t a magical legal phrase that will exempt you from vaccine mandates by employers or government entities. You have to demonstrate that your beliefs are sincere, and if you are granted a religious exemption your employer may force you to wear a mask, socially distant and take frequent invasive COVID tests. Jesus on a popsicle, just get the damn vaccine.

Why should religious beliefs be held in such high regard considering the world’s major religions accept the following patently ridiculous myths as the Gospel truth:

Sacred underwear protects believers from spiritual contamination and, according to some adherents, from fire and speeding bullets.

A talking donkey scolded a prophet.

Believers can drink poison or get bit by poisonous snakes without being harmed.

Waving a chicken over your head can take away your sins.

A race of giants once roamed the earth, the result of women and fallen angels interbreeding.

In the end times, God’s chosen people will be gathered together in Jackson County, Missouri.

Putting a dirty milk glass and a plate from a roast beef sandwich in the same dishwasher can contaminate your soul.

There will be an afterlife in which exactly 144,000 people get to live eternally in Paradise.

If you have a philosophical or scientific objection against vaccines, tough shit. But if you have a religious objection, you can refuse a vaccine and put your community at risk. Does that make any sense?

95% of Evangelical Leaders are Vaccinated, But Most Refuse to Encourage Their Followers to Get Vaccinated

According to a new survey from the National Association of Evangelicals almost all white evangelical leaders are vaccinated or plan to be vaccinated against COVID-19, and many of these evangelical ministers preside over churches where the congregants are anti-vaxxers.

These fearless men of God are too afraid to encourage their followers to get vaccinated, and they allow false conspiracy theories denying the efficacy of the vaccine to fester in their churches.

Most of these evangelical mega churches are in the Bible Belt where virus rates are surging, and where ignorant Bible thumpers need to hear the Good News that vaccines work.  

This manifest hypocrisy of white evangelicals leaders regarding COVID vaccines makes me wonder in what other aspects of their faith they are hypocrites.

I wonder how many evangelical ministers who rail against sodomy from the pulpit are engaging in homosexual acts in motels. I wonder how many televangelists who preach against porn from their pulpits are watching Pornhub.com in their laptops? I wonder how many pastors who thunder from the pulpit that the Bible is the inspired and infallible Word of God, are secretly amazed how their followers can rely on Scripture as the ultimate moral authority when it endorses slavery and genocide?

I wonder at the extent of hypocrisy in the evangelical movement, is it so pervasive that it makes their faith meaningless?

Outrage: Statewide ‘Blue Alert’ Issued in Texas

Blue Alerts are issued for wanted persons who are suspected of killing or seriously injuring a law enforcement officer.

Citizens throughout the huge state of Texas received a Blue Alert on their phones at midnight after a Clay County sheriff’s deputy was shot during an attempted traffic stop on Monday night.

That’s like a flood alert issued for the entire Lone Star state because a water main broke in a one-traffic-light town.

Texans received the Blue Alert in the middle of the night with no information. Keep in mind that most Texans don’t know the difference between a Blue Alert and a Blue Light Special at KMART. Some of the more conspiracy-minded Republicans probably thought the Blue Alert signified that one of the AWOL Democratic House Democrats had been spotted in their neighborhood.

I don’t mind if an Amber Alert wakes me up in the middle of the night, because it’s imperative that an abducted child be found as soon as possible.

But I’m not going to lose much sleep over a cop who is seriously injured or killed in the line of duty, after all they knew the risks of the job when they enrolled in the police academy.

It’s a tragedy whenever a law enforcement officer is shot in the line of duty and I hope the suspect is apprehended, but did a Blue Alert really need to be issued?

Trump Will Never Make a Serious Effort to Persuade His Followers to Get Vaccinated

The delta variant of COVID-19 is decimating the red states of Louisiana, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Texas and Florida, and if Donald Trump cared about the health and welfare of his fanatical supporters, he would immediately hold a “MAGA Nation Gets the Vaccine” rally, where he would plead with them to get vaccinated.

Trump is the only Republican with the gravitas and influence to persuade his vaccine-hesitant supporters to get vaccinated. Like every dictator and cult leader worth his salt, Trump doesn’t have a second-in-command with the power to influence his devotees to take an action they find deplorable.

Newsflash: Trump doesn’t give a fuck about his supporters; they are disposable useful idiots who live only to serve him.

Trump and his wife, Melania, secretly received coronavirus vaccinations in January before leaving the White House, and in the weeks and months since he’s made only a couple of perfunctory statements to his people asking them to get vaccinated.

Bottom line: Trump will never make a serious effort to get his cultish followers vaccinated, and barring an edict from their Orange Messiah to do the right thing, they will never get the jab.

Therefore, the only way to persuade these Neanderthals into getting the shot is for employers, restaurants, sporting venues, grocery stores, amusement parks, airlines and shopping malls to enact vaccine mandates that apply to employees and customers,

Ex NJ State Sen. Diane Allen Blames Surge of Coronavirus Cases on Immigrants

“I mean, right now look at all these people with COVID who are coming across the border, and it scares me. They’re put on buses, I suspect some of them are coming up to New Jersey — not a good idea. But the people pulled over from the border are carrying illegal guns or drugs, or whatever.”

Former New Jersey state Sen. Diane Allen, a candidate for N.J. lieutenant governor, uttered these toxic words in an attempt to blame the surge of coronavirus cases on immigrants crossing the southern border.

Allen’s comments are patently false, immigrants crossing the border are carrying infant formula, bottles of water, important documents, and not illegal guns or drugs. They wouldn’t risk asylum by carrying any contraband.

It’s unvaccinated white evangelicals in Louisiana, Florida, Georgia and Missouri who are responsible for the surge in coronavirus cases, not brown immigrants who would gladly get vaccinated if the vaccine were as readily available in their countries as it is in the United States.

Blaming immigrants for spreading diseases is one of the oldest tropes in the racist playbook. These bigots, many of whom are evangelicals, ignore the words of Jehovah in the Old Testament:

“When the alien resides with you in your land, you shall not oppress the alien.  The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt:  I am the Lord your God.”

Undocumented persons entering the United States are tested for COVID, and it’s unfair and racist to blame them for the surge in coronavirus cases.

Let’s put the blame squarely on the shoulders of those responsible for the huge spike: Republican politicians who downplay the need for masking up and getting vaccinated, and white evangelicals who make a mockery of their faith by selfishly refusing to get vaccinated.

Anti-LGBTQ Bigotry in Evangelical Churches Driving Away Young Christians

According to the Public Religion Research Institute the number of Americans who identify as white evangelicals has declined dramatically, from 23% in 2006 to 14.5% in 2020.

Younger evangelicals in particular are leaving the faith of their fathers, because they just can’t abide their antiquated attitude toward the LGBTQ community.

There’s a dichotomy between evangelical ministers who rail against “sodomites” from the pulpit, and the millennials in their congregations who accept gays and lesbians as equal members of society and as children of God.

The Jehovah of the Old Testament may have considered gays and lesbians worthy of death, but the Jesus of the Gospels never even mentioned homosexuality. Younger evangelicals are more likely to adopt the laissez-faire of Jesus toward gays and other social outcasts than the judgmental attitude of Jehovah.

Truth be told, the Bible condemns homosexuality but it also condones slavery and genocide. Christians should exercise discernment and wisdom in how they view the Bible, it’s inspired text meant to be interpreted judiciously not a universal penal code meant to be adhered to slavishly.

Angry White Evangelical Men are a Cancer Deadlier Than the Coronavirus Pandemic

The Gospels depict Jesus Christ as a kind and loving spiritual teacher who turned the other cheek and who sought to win the hearts and souls of men and women with the love of God.

White evangelical men are the antithesis of the gentle spirit of Christ, their main characteristic is an anger that manifests itself against everything and everybody who doesn’t subscribe to their narrow religious beliefs.

Their default mode is an angry spirit, and their hair-trigger temper will explode when they see a Democratic politician on TV, a man sporting a Gay Pride T-shirt in a mall, a woman twerking in a club, a pregnant woman entering a Planned Parenthood clinic, a black youth protesting in a BLM demonstration, or really a black person just having the temerity to be alive.

White evangelical men see themselves as soldiers for Christ, and they fancy themselves fighting a crusade against godless liberals. They seek to establish a theocracy of white Christians, by white Christians and for white Christians.

They justify their racism, homophobia, and misogyny as “righteous anger”, when in reality it’s the naked anger and hatred that Jesus condemned.

It’s incumbent upon us who love democracy, inclusiveness and the brotherhood of men to recognize who are enemy is: white evangelicals. It’s incumbent upon is to defeat out enemy by exposing them, repudiating them, and fighting their lies and hatred with the truth and love.