Betty Bowers Looks at the Religious Right’s Best of 2014

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If you’re sick of the Religious Right, check out this video. Mrs. Betty Bowers, America’s Best Christian, takes a look back at Religious Right hypocrisy in 2014. In what is a 4 minute 16 second tour de force you won’t find a lot of details but she hits all the high (or rather, low) points, from Kirk Cameron to Dick Cheney.

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She makes the point that if they “discriminate or criticize you, it is #ReligiousFreedom, but that if you return the favor, it’s #Persecution. What is interesting is that there are so many of them and so few of us, yet somehow they are the persecuted ones.

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Of course, it could be worse. Though Bowers doesn’t point to this, they were saying the same thing as they were telling the world to convert or die. Let’s face it, some of them still are, and I would submit to you that any group that feels itself in a position to say Muslims must convert or die (hello, Phil Robertson) is not being persecuted.

Let’s face it: between being outnumbered and logic like that, the deck is stacked against us from the get go, and you can see why the ancient world’s Pagans had no chance at all against these people, and why we will find ourselves in the same boat if we don’t learn from history.

But the “Church Fathers” today are an unsavory bunch, as we see here. Bowers asks, what is the biggest difference between Kirk Cameron and Jesus? “Jesus left while his career was still hot.” And she nailed Dick Cheney by pointing out that for him, rectal feeding “is just eating through his mouth.”

Ouch.

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We got to know Kirk Cameron very well this year. We learned that intellectually he is as vapid as his TV show (he thinks Halloween is originally a Christian holiday) and that he only pretended to be intelligent as Mike Seaver. His latest endeavor, Saving Christmas, not only did not put Christ back into Christmas but it did not put Cameron back into a career (or does being dishonest and uninformed count as a career these days? – oh wait, Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann…forget I asked)

Bowers took a look at the power of prayer as well, and pointed out that praying is that “easy, free thing you give to people because giving them your time or money is super inconvenient.”

You know, like Mark Sanford (R-SC) back in 2013, who, as was reported here by Sarah Jones, “when South Carolina was suffering under one of the nation’s highest unemployment rates (9.5%)…told the unemployed he would ‘pray’ for them, while he explained that he would be turning down a portion of the stimulus money and cutting programs for the poor.”

Of course, when out of a job himself, Sanford wanted more than prayers. He wanted a job.

It’s a pity these fake Christians can’t see that if prayers aren’t enough for them that they’re not enough for anyone else. But then you remember that Kirk Cameron is representative of the intellectual capacity of these people and you sort of understand.

It’s a shame we can’t do the same for them when their states are torn up by natural disasters and they suddenly realize the federal government is not evil after all. We could turn FEMA into a prayer agency and they could just pray, pray, pray, that everything will be okay for you as you stand next to the ruins of your home.

Bowers says that, “Thanks to the efforts of America’s wealthy, true Christians, millions starved to death this year knowing Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.” As we have pointed out here, prayers don’t lower gas prices, end droughts, stop abortion, or even, or, as they found out back in 2011, get rid of #Occupy, and they sure don’t fill any bellies.

I find it interesting that with prayers being so cheap and ineffective that they are so determined to ensure that the only prayers heard are their own, and that in South Carolina they felt it necessary to start 2014 by forcing kids to pray in public school. If you want an ineffective education, just send the poor kids to a charter school. That would at least make money for somebody.

It has been a remarkable year in so many ways, with President Obama surmounting every obstacle in his path to restore America’s place in the world and its economy too, but at the same time a dismal year, as the Religious Right continues to make inroads, threatening the very fabric of American society with its attacks on the Constitution, on true religious freedom, and on democracy itself.

Sometimes you have got to laugh or cry, and Betty Bowers at least gives us a reason to laugh. With Stephen Colbert gone mainstream, her satire is more important than ever.

18 Replies to “Betty Bowers Looks at the Religious Right’s Best of 2014”

  1. Hi folks, I have just written to the Puppy Jake foundation with a scathing request that they re-posses the service dog that Palin uses for a footstool for her son. This seems to be animal cruelty and why does she have a military service dog?

    Please folks join me in outrage and contact them!

  2. I sent them an email last night (with a link to a rawstory.com photo and article) letting them know of the abuse. Glad you did too. Hope many others do.

  3. P.S. Even if she didn’t allow her kid to stand on the dog, just sending an animal to live with the Palins constitutes cruelty to animals!

  4. Already contacted them with ????? about tax deductible donations to train dogs for wounded veterans being used to train a dog for Sarah Palin.
    Warned them that the “shit storm” is on the way and by golly it looks as though I was right.
    (wink)

  5. She wasn’t kidding about using “turning stumbling blocks into stepping stones”. I guess in her world anything will do.

  6. It make’s you wonder if the extreme religious right understands that they are sowing the seeds of their own destruction. They ride on the coat tails of the old whites in this country. The young are not fooled and will increasingly turn away from Christianity over the next several decades. They may have power now, but it is illusion to think that they will prevail much longer.

    We are living in the age of religious dinosaurs who are slowly dieing away…

  7. I can’t stand Palin but…. the boy is Tig ,or Trig ,right? the poor lad is mentally challenged and I’m guessing that dog is his best friend. Sarah is every thing bad ,I’m sure, but that kid and his dog have a bond,typically unconditional love, so as much as I’d enjoy Sarah falling from a helicopter while hunting ….the kid and dog get a pass, c’mon , dogs and kids talk ,in full sentences, moms,maybe,if their not too busy

  8. I wonder how people think Trig knows how to treat any living thing? He himself has been treated in a very un-human manner. First by his name, then by his Grandmother during the election, being carried around like a sack of flour, allowed to crawl on the floor of public buildings and worse.
    Trig is just doing what he has experienced. Inhuman, unloving, thoughtless, selfish, ways. What mummy taught. The Palin way.

  9. Mark Sanford (R-SC) who, “when South Carolina was suffering under one of the nation’s highest unemployment rates (9.5%)…told the unemployed he would ‘pray’ for them.”

    (Of course, when out of a job himself, Sanford wanted more than prayers. He wanted a job.)

    …and why did Mark Sanford lose his job (as Governor of South Carolina)? He was cheating on his wife, *and* using tax payers money to do it (jetting off to South America where his mistress lived), *and* leaving no word with anyone where he was (an AWOL Governor, so if something bad happened in his state, there was no way to get a message to him). Other people lose their jobs through nothing that they’ve done wrong, but Mark Sanford didn’t give a damn about them!

  10. Kirk Cameron “thinks Halloween is originally a Christian holiday”; at least Oct 31 was a Lutheran holiday, Reformation Day. Maybe we need to worry less about putting “Christ back in Christmas” than putting “Reform” (specially, health care reform) back into the Reformation churches.

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