The Appalling Evil of the Religious Right and All its Works

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If the Republican Party has gone crazy (and it has), this development did not take place before conservative Christians went off the deep end. The two are tied together. The GOP of the Goldwater era is the point to which we can trace groups like the Moral Majority and Ralph Reed and Pat Robertson, though the roots go much deeper than that.

They began their takeover of the Republican Party and in so doing, infected the GOP with their bizarre ideas about religion’s place in government. It’s been all down hill from there, and the craziness seems to pick up speed every year.

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It has gotten so bad now that they don not even bother dealing in reality anymore. They just make reality up to suit their needs and attack that. Never mind that it has no bearing on actual reality, the stuff we live and breathe everyday.

The other night n HBO’s Last Week Tonight, John Oliver took a look at televangelists, specifically, the prosperity gospel – you know, profiteering for Jesus in private jets. “This is about the churches that exploit people’s faith for monetary gain,” he said, making clear that many churches do good work. But, warns Oliver,

The Prosperity Gospel argues that wealth is a sign of God’s favor, and donations will result in wealth coming back to you. That idea takes the form of ‘seed faith’—that donations are seeds that you will one day get to harvest.

If what Oliver has to say about this subversive movement taking place right under our noses is not enough, Right Wing Watch has compiled some further disturbing examples of televangelist behavior to be shared with you. RWW calls them “extreme” and most of you will probably agree. At the same time, you probably know people who fall into this category to one degree or another.

Scott Roeder: From the Prosperity Gospel to the Justifiable Homicide Defense

The ex-wife of Scott Roeder, the man who murdered Dr. George Tiller, explained how Roeder was an average guy when they were first married but eventually became extremely invested in the prosperity gospel movement and began sending large sums of money to evangelist Robert Tilton (John Oliver discussed Tilton on his show). After that, Roeder found himself unable to pay his bills and so he stopped paying his taxes and, from there, proceeded to go completely off the deep end.

Creflo Dollar: Devil Behind Child Abuse Scandal

Televangelist Creflo Dollar yesterday insisted that the Devil was behind his arrest following his 15-year-old daughter’s 911 call where she reported that Dollar choked and punched her, a story corroborated by her older sister.

Rod Parsley’s Religious Right Allies Hail New Book

Religious Right leaders are lining up to endorse Rod Parsley’s new book, The Cross, which is about how American culture and even Christian churches have “degraded the significance of the cross.”

[…]Mike Huckabee recorded a video promoting Parsley’s new book, and interviewed him on his radio show.

Pat Robertson: If You Tithe You Won’t Have Health Or Financial Problems

On the 700 Club, Pat Robertson told an elderly viewer who has been tithing since childhood that she wouldn’t have health issues, and therefore medical expenses, if she was tithing properly.

Rod Parsley Pulls Out A Bong And Dances Around In A Fat Suit

Televangelist Rod Parsley pulled out a bong onstage this week at his Columbus, Ohio megachurch to demonstrate that people cannot hide their immoral actions from God. During his sermon, Parsley also danced in a fat suit with people dressed up as McDonald’s French fries, took shots with his pianist, frantically scratched himself to show the dangers of taking prescription drugs and dropped fake money from the ceiling to condemn greed. Parsley also reminded his congregants that withholding money from his lucrative ministry was a similar offense in the eyes of God.

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It is worth noting here that Pat Robertson said if we keep mocking him, God will smack us down. Probably, like me, you won’t worry about what passes for a pissant godling in Robertson’s warped mind, so we’ll spit in his eye.

If the IRS has a difficult time defining exactly why some groups should be tax exempt and some should not, the Religious Right does not. You might remember when they came down themselves on the Prosperity Gospel, and Baptist Press tried to pin it all on Paganism, saying the Prosperity Gospel is “pagan teaching with a Christian face.”

Blaming Paganism for the Prosperity Gospel is like blaming liberals for Donald Trump. We all know exactly who is to blame, but the one thing you can count on with Religious Right types is the complete disavowal of personal responsibility.

You need look no further than the case of Michigan Tea Party Republicans Todd Courser and Rep. Cindy Gamrat. He is a father of four and she a mother of three and needless to say, they were not married to each other.

Faced with being caught out in adultery, Courser, a shining example of antigay Evangelical family values, decided to pretend to be caught out in a gay affair, ordering anonymous smears be directed at him. This would “inoculate the herd” in advance of the truth about he and Gamrat coming out.

If all this is not vile enough, Courser then tried to excuse it all by first blaming the “Lansing mafia” for his problems, and then, in a long, rambling discourse on Facebook, “original sin,” a Manichean concept incorporated into Orthodox Christianity by the woman-hating Augustine of Hippo.

The beauty of his attempted evasion of personal responsibility is that people on Facebook were not letting him get away with it. But the reason I mention it is to show that the Religious Right itself is in no position to cast stones at the Prosperity Gospel.

If you look not only at its talking heads, from David Lane to Ralph Reed to Pat Robertson, you see this is a group that is as corrupt and self-serving as any that has ever existed. It would be impossible for anything even as appallingly vile as the Prosperity Gospel to darken their names.

And here is why:

You need look no further than the Duggars and to the GOP’s defense of the indefensible on their behalf, to Ted Cruz’s self-promoting “messianism,” to Mike Huckabee’s refusal to let a raped 10-year-old girl have an abortion, to Marco Rubio’s opposition to exemptions in cases of not only rape but incest, and last but not least, to Scott Lively’s claim that Religious Freedom applies only to Christians to see that the whole edifice of conservative Christianity is rotten, and that therefore all its fruits will be rotten.

These people must not be allowed to win.

They want our country. They want, like the creepy old men of Duck Dynasty, to marry our 15-year-old daughters, to rape our 10-year-old daughters and force them to give birth to their rapist’s children. They want to probe the vaginas of our wives and sisters and daughters, and they want you to pay them for doing it.

Then they’ll teach our kids that a bunch of Bronze Age patriarchs who didn’t know where the sun went at night, know more science than actual scientists, that once you get pregnant, what you eat can change the sex of your fetus, and that God is causing global warming to punish us not because they molest their daughters, but because same sex couples want to get married.

There are no words in the English language suitable to describe the appalling things they say and do. I won’t even try here. If you look at the worst the Old Testament has to offer in intolerance, you will see just a tithe of the horrors being offered by our own Religious Right.

They are utterly, unrepentantly evil.

34 Replies to “The Appalling Evil of the Religious Right and All its Works”

  1. I have been calling them evil for a while now…the entire GOP needs to be shut down. I read an op-ed somewhere that says Trump is actually a Democrat helping Hillary. Whatever his motive, (which I do believe is more self-serving than anything else) he has managed to splinter the GOP, show them for the hypocrites they are, and panicked the powers that be. All good!
    As far as Courser and Gamrat, they are in my state, and I am appalled that they are so sanctimonious that they think they re above the law, and above reproach. Pitiful. I hope the GOP runs them out on a rail, but I have my doubts in this ALEC, evangelical sham of a state.

  2. These RW religious nuts demand to re-write the Constitution and the Bible to fit their racist, bigoted and outright hatred of others to suit their own screwed up beliefs. They have thrown Jesus Christ’s teachings out the window. I see a war on true Christianity by the GOP religious right(all while they try to pawn their hypocrisy off as a liberal war on Christmas). The “American Christian” has launched a sort of coup since the Pope is more Jesus-like(liberal).

  3. And by “Christian”, they mean those who have the values of people such as Pat Robertson, instead of those who have exactly the opposite values of Jesus Christ as depicted in the Bible.

  4. The ‘religious Right’ is all the proof that one needs that Gawd doesn’t exist.
    Certainly not the vengeful, jealous Yahweh or Jehovah that would strike down these hateful idolators that worship money.

    The Republican party is a cult of mean and stupid tribalists …and they’re fast on the path to being a death cult.

    Can hardly wait until Pope Frank addresses these supreme A-holes and reams them all a new one !

  5. Like politicians, the cheap and easy way to be noticed is to make more extravagant claims than the competing messiahs. It becomes lunacy as a strategy, the better to fleece the flock. Every day, more and more people are awakening from the nightmare that is the religious right/GOP. This is their “golden age”. Sooner than they expect, they will be relegated to the dustbin of history. Occasionally, sanity wins.

  6. The Religious Right and Televangelists have corrupted the teachings of Christianity the same as the Taliban and ISIL have corrupted the teachings of Mohammed. I won’t argue the existence of God, because it’s pointless, but when you use any religion for your own gain, you are evil.

  7. He would have to go way farther back in time to hit the original prosperity gospel adherents… the RCC. What do you think the reformation in England was about, it wasn’t all doctrine by a long shot.

  8. We here in central Ohio look at Rod “Coke Head” Parsley with embarrassment! I went to that joke he calls a church and confronted him in the lobby of his asylum about some issues and his bully boys tried to remove me from the property…they TRIED!

  9. The cancer that is “prosperity gospel” is rooted in the common laws of every Protestant Church which gives the Pastor the latitude to revoke church membership for failing to meet tithe. Usually this measure is employed to punish the seriously ill or widowed which flies in the face of New Testament teaching. You’ll never hear these people quoting Matthew 18:20 saying, “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” That would cut back their drive to build fancier buildings for churches.

  10. If you are commenting without watch Oliver (or did not see the show), are missing more information than you know…

    Watch Tilton speaking in tongues–when he stops abruptly in the middle of his glossolalia rant and looks straight in the camera screaming “I’m not makin’ this stuff up”, I fell off the couch!

    (It’s better than the O’Riley, “We’re doing it live” tantrum! I hope it’s played over and over every time Ted Cruz speaks)

    I’ve known about this stuff since the late 90’s. There is a list (have to do more research) that, back in the day, went on for 3 pages, single line w/naming preachers, income, jets, etc.

    Former Copeland Ministries employees are now speaking out, testifying that they were subjected to daily “drink the koolaide” (their words) rallies to assure them everything was above board. They knew what they were doing was a sham, but, were too intimidated, fearful to quit by the Copeland Klan; this is pure cult enslavement, not complicity.

    Classic cultism.

  11. …if they are asking for $$$$ over and over AND GD OVER!!! and are wearing suits that you’d have to save up for 6 months to buy; a different one each week…they don’t give a “F”ing damn if YOU get blessed…YOUR money is THEIR blessings…and as I’ve pointed out before; if they are preaching from the OLD Testament,{The JEWISH book of Laws,Traditions, and Early History} they ain’t Christians…they are Mammonites…

  12. Kranky, and when Pope Francis speaks something that the Reich Wing does not like, they will label him the Anti-Christ.

  13. When I’m driving around town, I often see these “edifices” they call churches or cathedrals, one fancier than the next.
    It’s as if these thumpers are saying,
    “My god is better than yours”
    or
    “My religion is better than yours”.
    It’s just more proof that religion was invented when the first fool met the first charlatan.
    And god was invented only to give women something to say during an Ogasm.

  14. I get it now…..why the Right Wing Religious nuts can’t seem or WANT to believe that Obama is a Christian.
    Because he is not spouting religious platitudes every time he talks. He does not want a religious war with the Muslims. He doesn’t wear his Christianity on his sleeves. He doesn’t dayuum the homosexuals. And he does not preach the gospel from his bully pulpit.
    Although he ends his speeches with “God Bless America” THEY still can’t bring themselves to say he is a Christian. Check out Walker’s disgusting answer or non-answer when asked that simple question. It’s simple, they want him to remain the “other” in their bigoted, non-Christian eyes.

  15. These cultists on the right can talk all they want, actions speak louder than words.

    As for their actions? It is obvious, they are hypocrites. They don’t “own” Christianity, they don’t even know what it means and don’t care to know the real meaning.

  16. Legit American, that reminds me of a Mad Magazine cartoon in which a child and their parent were in the middle of the street, on one side a bank on the other a church both impressive edifices. The child ask which one was the church, the parent replied..that it did not matter as both are places of worship. Todays Christian Reich have combined them, their “Churches” are now their own personal “Banks”.

  17. The “Lansing mafia” would be doing mankind a big favor if they would put out a contract on Courser. Call it the karma contract.

  18. I would like to see politicians from both sides be sincere in their work as representatives of the people. Both sides can ask us more often about what we want, need would like to see. Each party has their crap that they need to clean up. I would like the Democratic Party to take a sincere at its penchant for pointing fingers at the republicans and thereby freezing the government to the detriment of the people. So to with the republicans – what I’d like them to do is to seriously get rid of that my-way-or-the-highway crap they keep pulling and thereby freezing the government to the detriment of the people. That being said church and state need to be separate…..the founding fathers made no mistake there

  19. enough is enough with these churches peddling their hate. time to start taxing the ones who are blatantly trying to polarize and divide this nation.

  20. it is time that we stand up to these fake Christians and evangelical zealots. the GOP is infested with these folks and the hate they spew daily. republicans are simply irrelevant. time to end the party.

  21. Do “cults” qualify for tax exempt status?

    “The Prosperity Gospel argues that wealth is a sign of God’s favor, and donations will result in wealth coming back to you. That idea takes the form of ‘seed faith’—that donations are seeds that you will one day get to harvest.”

    Now, wasn’t “seed faith” what David Koresh was telling the parents of young girls with the “Branch Davidians?”

  22. These right-wing nuts are the very anti-thesis of Christian … “and ye shall know them by their fruits”.

    It’s an insult to Christianity to call the evil people of the Republican Party “Christian”.

  23. You must be surrounded by a lot of RWers based on your reply of both parties are equally culpable meme. However, when anyone takes a clear eyed view & does the research the GOP side does more harm than to help. The Dems are not without their flaws when it comes to governance & there is plenty to complain about, but when you line up the parties side by side the RWers on the GOP side do not fair well at all.

  24. This is an excellent exposé of televangelism. The only thing missing is pointing out that according to the New Testament all the laws of Moses, including tithing, have been destroyed by the death of Christ. (Ephesians 2:14-15 CEV)

    As such, tithing is a part of the curse of the law. Yet the New Testament teaches that Christians are redeemed from the curse of the law. The Apostle Paul wrote:

    “For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who does not observe and obey all the things written in the book of the law.” (Galatians 3.10 NRSV)

    There is no New Testament teaching that Christians are to tithe.

  25. Bruce Bartlett, senior advisor to both Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush is telling the truth when he says that today’s Republican party has gone hog-wild insane.

    To David Lewis. Please, open your eyes. There is really no comparison of the Democratic Party to the insanity of the Republican Party in 2015. As Elinor said, the “both sides do it” argument is pure folly.

  26. Family Values Activist Josh Duggar Had a Paid Ashley Madison Account
    In 2013, conservative reality TV star Josh Duggar—of TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting fame—was named the executive director of the Family Research Council, a conservative lobbying group in D.C. which seeks “to champion marriage and family as the foundation of civilization, the seedbed of virtue, and the wellspring of society.” During that time, he also maintained a paid account on Ashley Madison, a web site created for the express purpose of cheating on your spouse.
    http://gawker.com/family-values-activist-josh-duggar-had-a-paid-ashley-ma-1725132091

  27. I don’t see too many awakening here in Red Dirt Red Neck Ga. They just follow blindly and holler “Hallelujah” It’s kinda scary!

  28. dj, that surprises me not! Here in Fairfield County Ohio our “Christian” Sheriff was busted in the office of Fairfield Christian Church engaging in sexual congress with the church secretary and you know HE wasn’t held accountable but SHE was promptly fired and demonized of course. He was formerly in law enforcement in Franklin County but got booted out of there for ethics violations. I have friends who thump that bible after a lifetime of drugs and bearing children and domestic violence BUT I…am the bad one because I won’t join them in their delusion known as religious belief. The things these “Christians” have done would NEVER enter my mind but I’m the bad guy because I won’t let them off the hook.

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