“He Is The Chosen One”

I try to stay away from posts on religion but from time to time I read something that makes me sick and just have pass it on to my readers.

I keep reading this Christian and that who say that Trump is somehow the “chosen one”…..even prominent politicians like Rick Perry….

President Trump took a ribbing over the summer when he referred to himself as the “chosen one.” Trump later called the remark sarcastic, but it appears Rick Perry disagrees. In an interview with Ed Henry of Fox News, the energy secretary said Trump was indeed “the chosen one,” reports the Hill. “God’s used imperfect people all through history,” he said. “King David wasn’t perfect. Saul wasn’t perfect. Solomon wasn’t perfect.” Perry said he gave Trump some information on those Old Testament figures during a conversation about a month ago. “I said, ‘Mr. President, I know there are people that say you said you were the chosen one and I said, ‘You were.'”

Perry elaborated on the point: “I said, ‘If you’re a believing Christian, you understand God’s plan for the people who rule and judge over us on this planet in our government.”

Or that anyone that opposes Trump is in league with demons…..

…pretty standard fare among Christian right opinion leaders and politicians. But at roughly the same time, we got an indication from two other prominent Trump fans that it’s not enough to endow this strange and heathenish figure of manifold wicked ways with the cloak of divine sanction; his critics must be cast in the same apocalyptic drama as instruments of demonic forces. Seriously. Veteran adviser to Republican presidents on matters moral and spiritual, Peter Wehner, scathingly writes it up for The Atlantic:

During his November 21 interview with [Franklin] Graham, [Eric] Metaxas, a Salem Radio Network talk-show host, asked the son of the late evangelist Billy Graham, “What do you think of what is happening now? I mean, it’s a very bizarre situation to be living in a country where some people seem to exist to undermine the president of the United States. It’s just a bizarre time for most Americans.”

http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/11/christian-right-leaders-trump-critics-possessed-by-demons.html

Who but a demon would want to impeach Trump?  https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/opinion/opinions-who-but-a-demon-could-impeach-gods-chosen-one/ar-BBXkciD

Then there is the Trump supporter that answered a question like this….

“If Jesus Christ gets down off the cross and told me Trump is with Russia, I would tell him, ‘Hold on a second. I need to check with the President if it’s true.'”

But watch the video for yourself…

I am not a religious person by any stretch of the imagination…but I still cannot see how anyone that is a “Christian” could even think  along these lines…..

For me there is NO room for the religious readers in politics….they should stick to hell fire, brimstone saving souls or just singing….modern religion has proved that they are not the way to a better country for all its people.

I am leery of anyone labelled the “Chosen One”….it has been BS for centuries and probably the same today.

“Lego Ergo Scribo”

Closing Thought–15Oct19

Most Americans know that Mike Pence is the VP of the US and he is a super religious zealot……his wife Karen Pence recently made a statement that took me aback…..

Second lady Karen Pence faced fierce backlash on Twitter after she reportedly praised President Donald Trump for how he treats young women.

Pence, who is married to Vice President Mike Pence, on Wednesday told a “Women for Trump” discussion in St. Paul, Minnesota, that she liked Trump’s respect for his daughters and claimed he’d “empowered women like no other,” according to The New York Times’ White House correspondent Katie Rogers.

They reminded her of Trump’s long history of insulting women, his comments boasting of sexual assault on the now-infamous 2005 “Access Hollywood” bus ride, and the raft of sexual misconduct and assault allegations against the president.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/karen-pence-donald-trump-women_n_5d9ed188e4b087efdba8232b

Seriously?

Where has this woman been for the last couple of years hiding under her Bible?

All she has to do is visit a bookstore in her spare time and learn about the man she says is “good for women”…..

It’s a big day for upcoming books with explosive sexual allegations. Esquire is out with an excerpt from All the President’s Women: Donald Trump and the Making of a Predator, a book by journalists Barry Levine and Monique El-Faizy that pulls from more than 100 interviews to chart a path through Trump’s history with women—beginning as early as childhood. Esquire reports the book makes significant additions to the claims already made against him, as it contains 43 new allegations of alleged inappropriate behavior, among them “26 instances of unwanted sexual contact.” The excerpt itself focuses on “an alleged wave of unwanted touching” that occurred prior to his engagement to Melania. The excerpt opens with the now familiar tale of how he met the 28-year-old model while on a date with another woman.

But the authors dive into two other women, Maureen Gallagher and Kara Young, whom he dated while separated from second wife Marla Maples. Trump’s affection for Young was reportedly a problem for Melania, so much so that she and Trump broke up. “They got back together a few months later, but Trump apparently hadn’t abandoned those old habits,” the authors write before zeroing in on the aforementioned “unwanted touching.” Karen Johnson says she was at a Mar-a-Lago New Year’s Eve party in the early 2000s with her husband. While on her way to the bathroom prior to leaving, she claims Trump was hiding behind a tapestry, grabbed her, and pulled her in. “And he’s strong, and he just kissed me. I was so scared because of who he was … I don’t even know where it came from. I didn’t have a say in the matter.”

She needs to spend more time paying attention and less time sucking up to Trump.

Oh wait…she is not alone as batcrap crazy……our minister of justice is just as tilted…..

Attorney General William Barr on Friday faulted the “ascendancy” of secularism in America for mental illness, violence and drug abuse.

“Virtually every moral pathology has gained ground,” he said in a speech at the University of Notre Dame’s law school.

The speech revealed how deeply the top lawman in the nation is tied to his Catholicism as he lashed a recent New Jersey law requiring LGBTQ curriculum in public schools to support civil rights. He complained that laws are being “used as a battering ram to break down traditional moral values.”

Barr said that secular militants, including “so-called progressives,” are mobilized in an “organized destruction” of religion. He vowed that his Justice Department will fight for the “most cherished of all our American liberties: the freedom to live according to our faith.”

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/william-barr-secularism-religion-drug-abuse-violence_n_5da151a3e4b02c9da04a8e8d

This man is a toad, a slug that belongs in jail not in charge of the nation’s law enforcement.

Then there is the State Department of Religion’s leader Pompeo……

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered an address last week to the American Association of Christian Counselors World Conference in Nashville, titled “Being a Christian Leader.” As of Monday, the top item on the State Department’s main webpage was a post promoting the address in bold type.

In his speech, Pompeo said he would “use my time today to think about what it means to be a Christian leader, a Christian leader in three areas.” They included disposition, dialogue, and decisions.

“And my focus too, to be quite candid, is not just on being a leader,” he explained. “I learned how to lead at whatever level I’m blessed with during my time at West Point and other experiences, but I want to talk today about being a Christian leader. I learned that through a very different experience, an experience with God and my own personal faith in Christ.”

https://shareblue.com/mike-pompeo-state-department-christian-leader-secretary-of-state/

Unlike the TRump-ites…I know what the Constitution says about religion and I would appreciate my reps to follow the document and leave their personal feelings at the kitchen table.

I Read, I Wrote, You Know

“Lego Ergo Scribo”

Medicine Vs Religion

Closing Thought–07May19

I admit it….there is not much about the Trump presidency that I find tolerable….but a recent ruling is just beyond the pail in my book….

Doctors, nurses and other health workers can opt out of procedures such as abortions and sterilizations which violate their personal or religious beliefs, under a rule issued by the US Department of Health and Human Services.

The rule, proposed more than a year ago, reinforces a set of 25 laws passed by Congress that protect “conscience rights” in healthcare, HHS said. Those laws allow health providers and entities to opt out of providing, participating in, paying for or referring for healthcare services that they have personal or religious objections to, HHS said.

Trump chose the National Day of Prayer to announce the new regulation.

 
Okay my problem here is the oath doctors take to do no harm….if this contradicts their religious convictions then maybe they should have picked a profession that would not interfere with the religious beliefs….like hermit, monk or dog walker.
 
This is just stupid!  If they cannot tolerate doing certain procedure then get out of medicine and open a soda shop (do they still have such things?).
 
I realize that this is all about some thing about abortion…but how long will it take before circumcision or a blood transfusion will be opposed based on religious objections?
 
I do not really care about their religion when it comes to medical procedures….and if the person I love suffers because these people have a religious objection I will gladly give them the name of my lawyer for they will be talking with her.
 
We need Medicare For All and soon…….and the president needs to stay out of religion……when can we expect the forced religious beliefs end?
 
That is my posting day…….I must call my attorney and check in with her…..she may be needed and soon.
 
 
 

In Search Of The Grail

This post kind of goes along with the day…..the celebration of Easter.

And as I am a history buff I shall post on something that has a tie in with the Easter celebration….the Search for the Holy Grail…..

The Grail Legend (also known as the Grail Quest, Quest for the Holy Grail) developed in Europe c. 1050-1485 CE. It most likely originated in Ireland as folklore before appearing in written form sometime before 1056 CE in The Prophetic Ecstasy of the Phantom, an Irish tale. The concept was popularized by the French poet Chretien de Troyes (l. c. 1130-1190 CE) in his Perceval or the Story of the Grail (c. 1190 CE) which he left unfinished and was completed by other poets in the work known as the Four Continuations.

Chretien’s story features a mystical castle, a grail (at this time a platter, not a cup), a strange procession, a woman who changes form, and a visiting hero who is expected to ask a question which will break a magic spell; all elements found in the earlier The Prophetic Ecstasy of the Phantom. Chretien’s grail was transformed into the cup of Christ at the last supper by Robert de Boron (12th century CE) in his Joseph of Arimathea and later writers would continue this tradition. The grail’s association with Christ’s cup was standardized by Sir Thomas Malory in his Le Morte D’Arthur (1469 CE), which is how it is best known in the modern day.

 
Personally as I have said many times…if the grail exist it will not be some jeweled gold goblet….we are talking about itinerants with little cash…..so any drinking vessel would be wooden or pottery……it is a pipe dream….. it is a metaphor and does not exist.
 
I do hope that all my readers and followers have a good day whether you celebrate Easter or not……embrace life and give someone a hug…..
 
Peace Out My Friends!
 
Again Hally Easter everyone……enjoy your day with family and fun…..

Science For A Sunday

Happy Easter!

Another nice and cool Spring weekend…..makes the garden a wonderful place of smells and color…..

I listen to some of these religious nuts on the Tube….people that say Trump is sent by God or other such drivel…..I have often thought that these “spokespeople” were a bit brain dead…..and now there is some science that can confirm my insertions…..

A study published in the journal Neuropsychologia has shown that religious fundamentalism is, in part, the result of a functional impairment in a brain region known as the prefrontal cortex. The findings suggest that damage to particular areas of the prefrontal cortex indirectly promotes religious fundamentalism by diminishing cognitive flexibility and openness—a psychology term that describes a personality trait which involves dimensions like curiosity, creativity, and open-mindedness.

Religious beliefs can be thought of as socially transmitted mental representations that consist of supernatural events and entities assumed to be real. Religious beliefs differ from empirical beliefs, which are based on how the world appears to be and are updated as new evidence accumulates or when new theories with better predictive power emerge. On the other hand, religious beliefs are not usually updated in response to new evidence or scientific explanations, and are therefore strongly associated with conservatism. They are fixed and rigid, which helps promote predictability and coherence to the rules of society among individuals within the group.

https://www.rawstory.com/2019/04/scientists-established-link-religious-fundamentalism-brain-damage/

This could explain so much on so many levels…..

More sciencey stuff…….

Have you ever suffered from “Cabin Fever”?

What the Hell is “cabin fever?

Feeling bored and restless after being inside for a long time.

Okay now think about those souls that sign on to colonize Mars…..

The first humans have yet to set foot on Mars, but astrosociologist Jim Pass is already hard at work on solutions to stop them from getting lonely.

Pass is the CEO of the Astrosociology Research Institute, dedicated to developing the nascent area of study. After all, SpaceX founder Elon Musk has already sketched out a vision for how his Starship could some day transport 100 people at once to help build a city on Mars as early as 2050. There is even a pricing plan: Return tickets will start at $500,000, and then gradually fall till they are below the median cost of a house in the United States so people could give up their lives to start anew in space.

https://www.inverse.com/article/54813-mars-colony

Then there is the fear, some say irrational fear, of the AI and the rise of the machines……something I read is troubling….would you believe a “living” machine…….

Scientists from Cornell University have successfully constructed DNA-based machines with incredibly life-like capabilities. These human-engineered organic machines are capable of locomotion, consuming resources for energy, growing and decaying, and evolving. Eventually they die.

That sure sounds a lot like life, but Dan Luo, professor of biological and environmental engineering in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell, who worked on the research, says otherwise. He told The Stanford Chronicle:

https://thenextweb.com/robots/2019/04/19/cornell-scientists-create-living-machines-that-eat-grow-and-evolve/

That is my science round-up on an Easter Sunday……peace out, my friends.

That Christian Sharia

The world and the country wait on pins and needles about the outcome of the investigations into Trump and his corrupt organization……will he be impeached……would that mean Pence would ascent to the throne of power?

Personally, I would rather see a corrupt ineffective president than him to depart and give the power to a Christian Sharia advocate……Mike Pence….he is a Dominionist……surely you can remember the days when Musims would make the US live under Sharia Law….total BS but there is a chance that a Christian form of Sharia could be looming…..

Say huh?

Those involved in what’s become a major component of the evangelical right in the United States call themselves “dominionists.” They follow “dominion theology.” Pointing to the Bible, they emphasize that in it God gave humans “dominion” over the natural world and life in it. This, they believe, gives them license to exploit the earth. Further, the “dominionists” have expanded this to justify theocratic rule of society.

It is an evangelical segment that Donald Trump has sought to attract. They constitute a significant portion of his so-called “base.”

https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/01/30/a-theology-of-power-mike-pence-and-the-dominionists/

Pence is a theocrat……religion is religion and politics is politics and nether the two should be intertwined.

The truth is that Pence is not a person we want in control….

Pence’s timing was even worse than his thesis. He delivered his address an hour after the U.S. Central Command announced the deaths of four U.S. personnel in Syria, an incident for which ISIS claimed responsibility. While the press widely noted the jarring discrepancy between his remarks and the fatal attack, it was silent about the strangeness of the country’s second highest elected official, a person with his own national security staff, blithely going on with such comments after the military had already tweeted to the world about the deadly attack.

Was he not accompanied to the speech venue by a member of his national security staff, or at least an aide capable of surfing the news sites on a cell phone for breaking stories that might affect the prepared remarks? Or was Pence actually informed about the Syria news and mechanically went ahead with the speech anyway? Either way, he doesn’t sound like the leader we need to manage a potential Cuban missile crisis.

Another discordant note: it was not as if Pence were haranguing a group of local notables in a Shriner’s hall in Muscatine, Iowa. In that sort of venue he could probably get away with saying more or less anything. Instead, it was an address to the Global Chiefs of Mission conference at the State Department—a foreign policy-savvy audience at a facility equipped for secure communication with all the nodes of the national command structure. That he thought he could pull the wool over their eyes with cheap talk of victory is one of those ineffable mysteries of faith.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/01/22/pence-unfit-office-trump

For me flush both Trump and Pence down the toilet and give Nancy the chance.

Hang ‘Em High

Closing Thought–16Jan19

I could do some retro review of a Clint Eastwood movie from the 70s but personally they were all pretty sucky movies…..the old “Spaghetti Westerns” with the weird sounding guns and the bad music.

Awhile back one of my closing thoughts was about the Congress finally making lynching a hate crime…….after 200attempts and finally a success……my post on the situation……https://lobotero.com/2018/12/20/closing-thought-20dec18/

I bring this up because there are some that want to alter the law on lynchings…..and as one might expect it is some religious sorts that want the change….

The U.S. Senate last month unanimously passed a bill that would explicitly make lynching a federal crime. Not everyone, however, is pleased with passage of the Justice for Victims of Lynching Act.

Liberty Counsel, an evangelical nonprofit that opposes gay rights, and its chairman, Mat Staver, are taking issue with the bill’s inclusion of LGBTQ people.

“The old saying is once that camel gets the nose in the tent, you can’t stop them from coming the rest of the way in,” Staver said in an interview with conservative Christian news outlet OneNewsNow. “This is a way to slip it in under a so-called anti-lynching bill, and to then to sort of circle the wagon and then go for the juggler [sic] at some time in the future.”

Staver told OneNewsNow that his organization, which has been labeled an anti-LGBTQ “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center, is lobbying lawmakers in the House to have them remove the bill’s “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” language before taking a vote.

(NBC News)

Not a fine example of Christian love, huh?

This is why I dislike most Christians……they are the most hypocritical of people…..plus they are usually conservative and that is just boring.