The 21st Century Koch-Christian Crusade Is Killing Thousands Of Americans

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Over the past week since President Obama took the moral high road and reminded Christians of the atrocities committed in the name of Islam by the Islamic State are no different than the historical killing for Christianity, the religious right has screamed there is no similarity whatsoever. What has been fascinating to observe is the preponderance of Christian and conservative criticism of the President’s remarks asserting that the comparison is unwarranted and unfair because the Crusades occurred in 1097. If the 1097 Christian Crusade and Inquisition was the only time Christians went on a mass killing spree, the President’s detractors would have a fair point, but that is not the case.

Many articles have been written citing the other Christian Crusades and there were just as many accusations that they too, were a long time ago and not relevant to the President’s statement. There has also been a rash of commentaries citing the Holocaust as a “more current” Christian-inspired mass-killing with just as many arguments that the attempted extermination was over 60 years ago and not a valid comparison. It is also, according to Christian conservatives, completely irrelevant  and  unfair to compare  Christians’ attempted extermination of Muslims in the 1990s Balkan war, or evangelical Christian George W. Bush’s ‘righteous crusade’ in Iraq that killed over 655,000 innocent Iraqi civilians because those mass murders too, were in the past.

The common demand from the religious right is “show just one instance of Christians killing anyone NOW,” not 1,000, 60, 30, or even 12 years ago. It is really an unfair demand, but one that is easily answered without ever looking outside of America’s borders, or in the past because there is an ongoing and concerted effort among Christian conservatives to kill other Americans; most who are likely other Christians. In fact, last week a Christian minister in Tennessee prayed to god for assistance to kill other Americans in what is an ongoing killing-spree in Republican-controlled states and legislatures.

The so-called Christian minister in Tennessee gave the invocation before a series of state Senate committee hearings on whether the state should support Governor Bill Haslam’s attempt to expand Medicaid. The Christian preacher emotionally prayed for god’s will to be done in “ending any effort to expand Medicaid in Tennessee.” The Christian minister beseeched god “to save Tennessee for Jesus sake, and I pray that your will would be done that you would be our coverage, that we would not be forced into these edicts from Washington DC or any other quarter, but let the people know that our coverage is the same as with Moses and the children of Israel when they went through the wilderness with only the divine providence of almighty god.” Failing to expand Medicaid in Tennessee may not be an immediate death sentence for poor citizens, but it is still a death sentence all the same. It is also a pre-meditated killing spree perpetrated by “conservative Christians” on behalf of the Koch brothers. Subsequently, it appears the Christians’ god answered the preacher’s impassioned prayer so now Tennessee residents will die. Not a thousand, sixty, thirty, or twelve years ago; now and the foreseeable future.

The Republican governor had proposed a plan to expand Medicaid to 250,000 adults, but Koch-Christian Republicans killed it by a vote of 7-4 in the state Senate committee after the Christian minister prayed for divine intervention to withhold medical care from a quarter-of-a-million Tennessee citizens. The governor’s expansion plans had full support of the Tennessee’s Hospital Association, the Business Roundtable, and the Medical Association, but they were no match for the Koch’s Americans for Prosperity and the biblical god; if one believes it answers prayers to stop Medicaid expansion and “provide coverage the same as Moses and the children of Israel going through the wilderness.”

In Alabama late last year the governor refused to expand Medicaid that affected 300,000 Alabamians and is responsible for closing down hospitals. In fact, according to statistics, by rejecting the free Medicaid expansion the governor’s rejection will kill more than 700 Alabama residents each and every year. It is not ISIS type-numbers, but for a state like Alabama that prides itself on being a “very Christian state” like Tennessee, conservative Christian Republicans are wantonly killing their fellow citizens with valuable assistance from the Koch brothers. And, it is happening NOW; not a thousand, sixty, thirty, or twelve years’ ago like critics of the President contend.

There is a current “crusade” in several Republican state legislatures filled with conservative Christians, and Republican governors advocating for Medicaid expansion, to kill any attempt to help provide their residents with access to lifesaving medical care. One such crusade led to the death of a Wyoming Medicaid expansion bill last week that enjoyed the support of Republican Governor Matt Mead and would have provided lifesaving medical care for over 17,000 low-income residents.

In Montana, the Koch brothers’ Americans for Prosperity (AFP) have been threatening legislators who refuse to sign “no Medicaid expansion pledge cards” because the governor, Steve Bullock, is attempting to help 70,000 residents stay alive. The local AFP director said that the reason the Kochs put them to work helping Christian Republicans’ impose ‘slow death’ on mostly Christian Americans is because “some legislators are not acting like adults” because they likely believe the proper Christian path is helping poor residents avoid death due to no access to medical care.

Some so-called Christians who have not needed the Koch threats are Louisiana governor and avowed evangelical Christian Bobby Jindal, and former Texas governor Rick “pray for rain” Perry among many others. There is intense pressure in Ohio, Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, and Alaska to block or roll-back Medicaid expansion, and in every case the Koch-GOP efforts will withhold medical care for their residents causing deaths NOW and in the future. Each and every one of the Republican governors and state legislatures are funded by the Koch brothers and the allegedly-Christian anti-medical care crusade will kill residents.

This ongoing Crusade by Christians in Republican governors’ mansions and state legislatures may not result in the same kind of brutal deaths being publicized by ISIS, but killing is killing and death; whether it is slow or immediate, it is still death. In fact, what makes the American terrorists’ (evangelical Republicans) killings all the more despicable is they are killing other Christians that likely voted them into office to look out for their best interests.

It is true that President Obama cited one centuries’ old Christian Crusade and Inquisition that resulted in wanton killings he meant as a reminder for Christians to temper their criticism of all followers of Islam, but in the same way that killing is killing, a crusade is a crusade. The current crusade being waged against other Americans, most of them Christians, is being carried out by Republicans claiming Christianity as their guiding force, and although most are not praying for god’s assistance to kill Americans slowly by withholding medical care like in Tennessee, the result is the same; Americans are dying and their killers are Christians ensconced in the Republican Party heavily-funded by Charles and David Koch.

21 Replies to “The 21st Century Koch-Christian Crusade Is Killing Thousands Of Americans”

  1. Read “Wrapped in the Flag” by Claire Conner. It provides evidence of which you speak. Her parents were founding principals of the John Birch Society in Chicago. She shows how the JBS has transformed into the TEA Party.

  2. I’m beginning to think that the only reason anyone follows or votes for these non-Christian Christians is that they have the same hatred in their hearts and are just as non-Christian. A rose is a rose by any other name. You can call yourself a follower of Jesus’ teachings all you want, but it is your words and actions which give away what’s truly in your heart. Unfortunately most of these so called evangelical “Christians” have only hatred and scorn for the poor and needy exposing the dark rot that is in their hearts.

  3. Isn’t it odd that Christians follow teachings from a person that lived over 2000 years ago, and say they should be basis for lives. But, deny the cruelty and horrors that occurred at the same time as being too long ago, and are still in the book (Bible) they worship.

  4. What a tangled web we weave ,when our intent is to deceive.
    The Kochs have over the years gained the state houses one by one in elections easily bought by outside money .Now ,with the help of voter suppression by the “Roberts Five” and a laughable ruling “money is speech” resulting in Citizens United. And the klan “take back ‘Merika”, these guys are now unstoppable.
    To address the Citizens United ruling is now framed as repealing the first amendment(Free Speech). Don’t even think about the Second! the IRS, Education and EPA will be abolished and are considered ineffective.
    But the money has won, the mid -terms are a good indication of what money can do .

  5. They haven’t “won”, these things play out over a long period of time, and time is not on their side. the 2014 mid-terms were just one election in the process, not anything to get your panties in a wad over. Those guys are eventually in for a big surprise when they find out that Jesus was never on their side to begin with……..

  6. They haven’t “won”, these things play out over a long period of time, and time is not on their side. the 2014 mid-terms were just one election in the process, not anything to get your panties in a wad over. Those guys are eventually in for a big surprise when they find out that Jesus was never on their side to begin with. And if they are looking for something more recent, how about the killing of doctor George Tiller by CITOMO (Christian in their own mind only) anti-choice evangelical extremist Scott Roeder – while Tiller was serving as an usher in a Sunday morning church service, no less. Now, that’s American christianity at it’s finest.

  7. Let’s listen to history from the Nazi Brothers! Maybe they could go across the Country and explain to everyone’s. Is there nothing these Nazi boys can handle from this Black President? The rich dumb ases!

  8. We are now hearing that the 62 senators who voted for the keystone pipeline each got 250,000.00 from big oil.
    I just think this out and out bribery, I am really mad, can anything be done about it?

  9. For all those MORONS who use these stupid antiquated remarks are STUPIDER then even I thought. Does not one remember “those who FORGET the past are doomed to relive it” (or words to that effect) We forget that it was the White “CHRISTIANS) who MURDERED the Native American Indian and forced them into small reservations where it is still hard to get out of and make something of themselves. It was white “CHRISTIANS who started slavery and not just here in the United States but in many countries of the world. I could go on and on about how HYPOCRITICAL these “christians” have slaughtered millions of people and don’t forget it was white “CHRISTIANS” who put millions of jews,russians, handicapped children and adults into DEATH camps. Don’t forget that it was those SAME white CHRISTIANS who did UNSPEAKABLE torture and experimentation in Europe. That was during WW2. I wish each and every politician that “says” that they are “christian” and doing gods work could spend a year or…

  10. Those 62 senators will still get the $250,000 each when the bill is vetoed.

    The KOCHs will call that chip in later…just watch.

    The tea bag/repubs are all KOCKSUCKERS

  11. “It was white “CHRISTIANS who started slavery and not just here in the United States but in many countries of the world.”
    So it was these white Christians that started slavery in the Roman empire, the Egyptian empire, the Greeks, Phoenicians, ancient China, Korea, Japan, India, etc etc.?
    Slavery has been with man kind since the beginning. All races have been enslaved. Its not something that just came about in the 18th century when Europeans started settling the Americas.

  12. I don’t care what you believe in, but when anyone claims they are Christian and claim “Christianity as their guiding force” then do just the opposite, I call them liars! On another comment I read this. “but it is your words and actions which give away what’s truly in your heart”

    The words and actions of republicans are NOT the words of any Christian, the actions of rethugs are NOT, the actions of any Christian. They are however the way of all good liars.

  13. Study: $12 billion in uncompensated care if Supreme Court strikes down subsidies

    Just in 2016, 8.2 million would become uninsured because of King, resulting in more than $12 billion in uncompensated care.
    Gains made under the law in reducing uncompensated care would be wiped out and it would return to unsustainable levels.
    The 8.2 million uninsured would dramatically cut their health care spending. Providers would then be hit with the loss of that revenue, in addition to payment cuts under the ACA, lower revenues, and higher levels of uncompensated care.
    http://www.urban.org/publications/2000106.html

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