Friday, February 1, 2019

Oh For God's Sake

Well literally the nutfucks of the Christian right, aka the Moral Majority, God's Army, or whatever nickname of superiority complex you wish to apply actually believe Trump was deigned by the fictitious character of God to be President.

As I live in the ground zero region of this bullshit it further alienates me from my congregation of elders.  In other words as a white woman of 60 who does not identify as "Christian" and/or Evangelical as 53% of the population here do, I am at odds with this nonsense.

I just point out that my daily conversations with all kinds of people from Teachers to just ordinary residents only some of the newcomers believe any of this shit.  They are equally out of place and came from many towns and cities that simply did not have the jobs that they do here. Jobs that are largely service based and low paying but this is what they do here - tourism. They are carrying on over the NFL Draft in April as if it too was the second coming of Christ.  They endlessly go on about the number of tourists that have come to Nashville over the past year.  But when I actually speak to a Teacher of Physics and he was unaware that Amazon was coming to his backyard I realized that once again these are the people building the future of Nashville. He actually believed that companies are hiring high school graduates and paying them 60K to code.  Name three, or just one.  I realized early on that he was an asshole and an idiot who supposedly gave up a high paying mechanical engineering job to teach in the dumpsters that are schools here.  Right there I thought of my Lyft driver who believes he is inventing and opening a hotel with a concept never heard of before and could not give details due to competitive and confidential agreements. Sure what.ever. 

 Again, while Nashville wets themselves on a daily basis over Amazon, Alliance Bernstein and Ernst and Young opening offices here they forget that the state capital overlooks the city and goes out of its way to circumvent any independent municipal governance by the city and its population who supposedly elect individuals to carry out their wishes for a better city. This includes a Police Oversight board which the state is now looking to reign in, plastic bags, minimum wage, Gay friendly laws, schools with In God We Trust in every door.  Pick some right wing bullshit tied largely to religion and conservative "values" there is no way in HELL that Nashville will ever be a blue city nor Tennessee ever being anything but a backwater red state.  Up now as a potential law is the fetal heartbeat to prevent abortion.  Good luck with that one as they say here.

When I read this I busted out laughing.  What this proves is that the right is not about being good Christians and advocating kindness and generosity is utter bullshit it is about conformity and compliance to a book of fiction.  GOD HELP ME!

Sarah Huckabee Sanders says God wanted Trump to be president. She's not the only one who believes that.
Holly Meyer, Nashville Tennessean Published Jan. 31, 2019

Did God really want Donald Trump to be president?

That's what White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders thinks, according to an interview she gave Wednesday for the Christian Broadcasting Network's news program.

"I think God calls all of us to fill different roles at different times and I think that he wanted Donald Trump to become president," Sanders said, according to CBN News. "That's why he's there and I think he has done a tremendous job in supporting a lot of the things that people of faith really care about."
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said "I think that (God) wanted Donald Trump to become president," in a recent Christian Broadcasting Network interview.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said "I think that (God) wanted Donald Trump to become president," in a recent Christian Broadcasting Network interview. (Photo: Getty Images)

Sanders' roughly 20-minute discussion with CBN News covered a range of issues. But it is her remarks about God desiring Trump's presidency that are grabbing headlines and stirring discussion on social media.

That belief is not unique to Sanders, but one many evangelical Christians share, said James Hudnut-Beumler, an American religious history professor at Vanderbilt University.
Interpreting Romans 13

It is rooted in an interpretation of Romans 13 that claims Christians need to obey leaders because God put them in positions of power for a purpose, Hudnut-Beumler said. In that section of the Bible, the Apostle Paul is explaining how to handle an oppressive, external authority, he said.

"Contemporary evangelicals, because they are so biblically driven, when they find a leader they particularly like, they love to go to Romans 13 in thinking about why people should obey or why God has perhaps raised up this leader in this time and what providential role this leader, in this case President Trump, should have," Hudnut-Beumler said.

Romans 13 fueled controversy last summer when then-U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions cited the verse in support of President Trump's immigration policy to separate parents from children at the southern U.S. border. In the midst of pushback, Sanders supported Sessions, explaining that enforcing the law is biblical.

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But Christians that apply Romans 13 to leaders they like often turn to other parts of the Bible where God is replacing one leader with another to address the ones they do not, Hudnut-Beumler said.

"There is, of course, another American evangelical tradition, even a biblical tradition, and that is that all rulers are sort of provisional and subject to the direction of God," Hudnut-Beumler said.

People are entitled to their views, including that history is providential, but the U.S. has popular sovereignty, he said.

"Our constitutional theory is that the people are sovereign and they chose a leader to do their business as best he or she can," Hudnut-Beumler said.

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