Political Religious Hacks

Image result for voteJuly 1, 2018 – In Nevada, it is a self-proclaimed and thrice divorced pimp. In Illinois, it is a white supremacist. Nationally, it is a president who is a liar and adulterer. All backed by the conservative evangelical Christian political machine.

Authur Jones is a white supremacist running for a Chicago Congressional seat. Though the Republican Party has “denounced him,” Jones was “the only Republican candidate in the March 20 primary for the 3rd Congressional District.”

In Nevada, meet Dennis Hof owner of the Moonlite Bunny Ranch, a brothel in Pahrump, Nevada, near Carson City. He is the author of “The Art of the Pimp” who campaigned as the “Trump of Pahrump.”

And though the evangelical Christian community campaigned against the brothel industry, though they see divorce as a sin, evangelical Christians, like the pastor Victor Fuentes, were “willing to overlook Hof’s history as a champion of the flesh trade and gave thanks for his victory.”

Fuentes, seemingly echoing the sentiments of many American evangelicals, told Reuters New Service about Hof:

“We have politicians, they might speak good words, not sleep with prostitutes, be a good neighbor. But by their decisions, they have evil in their heart. Dennis Hof is not like that.”

Fuentes believes that because Hof is rich, he will clean up the political system and champion the religious right. But Hof, like Trump, puts himself first and his constituents last in the order of representation.

There is little I can say new about the President, but he is attempting to make the United States a theocracy, having only evangelical ministers in his private prayer group that meets in the White House on a daily basis.

The question is this: Why lower your religious moral standards to a point of ignoring the facts? These men have not repented for their “sins.” They have never apologized to their wrongdoings.

Yes, Christians, like many other religious groups, are supposed to forgive the sinner once he or she has confessed their sins. These are but three examples where there is no confession, no repenting, no acknowledging the wrongdoings. So how can these men be “forgiven” and their sins overlooked?

Maybe it is because the conservative evangelical Christians believe that these men and women will somehow protect their religious rights, that they will put the Christian religion above all else. And they will – as long as it shows positively on their bids for further fame and fortune. Mostly fortune.

These are Prosperity Christians, those who believe that those of wealth and power only got there because of God’s graces. That the lying, cheating, philandering, and other sins against man and their god is somehow part of “The Plan.” What that plan is is anyone’s guess and there is a lot of guessing.

A friend just asked me how can we, secular humanists, atheists and agnostics, stop these candidates in their tracks. I do so by writing political columns in my local paper (The Columbia Missourian).

If you really want to do something, volunteer your time and energy for a candidate you can support. Canvass, make telephone calls, help run the office… there are hundreds of jobs you can do to defeat these conservative Christian supported candidates.

Then help get out the vote (GOTV). Larger voter turnouts will help protect us from the wrongdoers in our society who believe they can have everything because they are rich, powerful and famous.

This is not a GOP versus Dems thing. This is not conservative versus liberals. This is a call to find unity in the secular community to protect the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause from the religious right-wing political hacks who believe that wealth and power is a sign of piety.

About David Rosman

David is the winner of the Missouri Press Foundation's "Best Columnist" in 2013 (First Place) and 2014 (Second Place), the 2016 Harold Riback Award for excellence in writing, and the winner of the 2007 Interactive Media Award for excellence in editing.
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