Christian Privilege Is Not Religious Freedom

(The following is reprinted from the Brutally Honest column by David 2.  The article appears with the author’s permission.)

Christian Privilege Is Not Religious Freedom
– by David 2

Imagine waking up early one morning to your home’s smoke alarm going off. Your house is on fire!

You bolt out of bed, grab your cellphone, get your family and pets out, and then call 9-1-1.

But instead of getting an operator, you get this:

“You have reached Righteous County’s 9-1-1 system. All the county’s emergency services are closed today in observance of God’s law and the Ten Commandments. If this is an emergency, please wait for the tone and then leave your name, street address, and phone number, and the nearest neighboring county’s emergency services will handle your call when possible. Otherwise, please contact our offices during normal business hours Monday through Saturday. Thank you and have a blessed Sunday!”

You’d understandably be upset, wouldn’t you? Here’s your home burning to the ground, and you can’t get the local fire department – which you pay taxes for – to respond to your emergency because it happens to be Sunday!

Imagine if your loved one was in an accident and was bleeding to death, or if he or she was a victim to a criminal. Would you care then if your taxpayer-funded public officials were adhering to what he or she deemed to be “God’s Law”?

Too extreme for you? Okay, try this:

You want to open a clothing store. Local leaders give you great tax benefits to do it. Realtors have the perfect building for your store. Lenders are willing to lend you the money. But the person in the business licensing office refuses to give you a business license. Why? Because your clothing store will include clothes made from two different cloths, and the government official handling businesses licenses can’t issue a license for something that goes against his or her religious beliefs.

Or we can talk about wanting to open a BBQ restaurant, but the local zoning board decrees that you can’t because your menu will involve pork, considered an “unclean animal” in the Bible.

Sounds asinine, doesn’t it? Perfectly legal businesses being stopped because of one person’s or one group’s personal religious beliefs.

Oh, sure, you can always open up shop in another town, in another community; one that would welcome you more readily than this hypothetical community. But why should you have to because of the tyranny of this one person or of this one group? That’s not American!

If you have been keeping up with recent news events, then you know where we’re going with this.

This is the world according to Kentucky clerk Kim Davis and her supporters, not just in the community, but in several scattered corners of the United States. A world where their personal beliefs override the very rule of law that these people would otherwise demand that we all adhere to.

Davis and her mouthpieces, which by no coincidence come from the late Reverend Jerry Falwell’s legal group, would have you believe that she is the “victim” in this matter. That she is the “persecuted” one. That supposedly her faith is being “threatened”.

This is typical sociopathic behavior. Project your faults onto others. Claim to be the victim so your own victims can’t do the same. Claim to be the wounded party to justify your own actions. This is the game that is played, and it has nothing to do with truth.

This is the truth: Kim Davis is an elected official for Rowan County, Kentucky. When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriages were legal and protected across the country under the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, she took it upon herself to first stop issuing all marriage licenses from her office, and then refused to specifically issue any marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Now it would be one thing for her to say “this is against my religious beliefs” and then let someone else in her office do the task. But she also prevented anyone else in her office from doing it. In other words, she hijacked the authority of the whole county for her own personal reasons.

You know, this kind of activity would otherwise be called insurrection. Fourteen years ago we sent soldiers overseas to fight this kind of stuff after religious extremists hijacked planes, took down two skyscrapers, took out part of the Pentagon, tried to destroy the White House, and drove us all down the path to fascism.

Oh, but those were Muslims, weren’t they? And we’re talking about Christians now, aren’t we? Those supposedly “don’t count”.

And that’s the point.

Now I’m not going to go over the fact that Ms. Davis violated her biblical teachings with her own convoluted marital history, which is on par with some soap opera characters. First, because hypocrisy has become a political requirement for conservative thinking. Second, because all of that supposedly got “wiped clean” when she was “born again” into her current theology. And, third, because it’s really irrelevant to the issue.

We are not here to talk about Kim Davis, the Christian, even though that is precisely what her attorneys and her supporters and several GOP presidential wannabes demand that we focus on. They want us to focus on her as a Christian, because they want this to be about her Christian beliefs so they can continue to fraudulently claim “persecution”.

We are here to talk about Kim Davis, the elected taxpayer-funded public official who took an oath of office to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America. And I am presuming that she took this oath on her bible and using the words “So help me God” at the end, simply because that’s pretty much expected from politicians of any level of belief.

Once upon a time when someone in power was required to do something that conflicted with their own personal beliefs, that conflict was considered a personal crisis of conscience. Personal. Not public. That person would be obligated to choose between their beliefs and the job that they swore an oath to carry out. If you can’t do your job, then you are obligated to step aside. If you are a pacifist, then you don’t carry out death row executions. If you are a vegan, then you don’t get put in charge of inspecting slaughterhouses and chicken processing plants. If you are afraid of water, then you don’t become a lifeguard. If you are afraid of fire, then you don’t become a fireman. It is that simple. Period.

But that is not what Kim Davis, the taxpayer-funded clerk for Rowan County, Kentucky, did. When the justices of the Supreme Court declared same-sex marriages were legal under the United States Constitution, she knew that this would conflict with her personal beliefs; but rather than to step aside, she took it upon herself to violate the Constitution, violate her oath of office, and violate her word. And she is claiming that she entitled to do so because her “beliefs” trump the very Constitution that she took an oath to protect and defend.

Let’s get brutally honest here… what Kim Davis and her ilk, including the whole slew of GOP presidential wannabes, want has nothing to do with religious freedom. They want a license (pun intended) to ignore the Constitution. To ignore the rule of law. To put their beliefs above the rule of law and above the Constitution. Not for everyone, of course. They don’t want the Amish to shut down drivers licenses, or allow the Muslims to outlaw women wearing shorts. No, they just want this license for themselves.

They are arguing for Christian Privilege, not religious freedom.

And just as a reminder for those (*ahem* Mike Huckabee) who think that “God’s Law” trumps the Constitution, here is Article VI, second and third paragraphs:

“This Constitution, and the laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, anything in the Constitution or laws of any State to the contrary notwithstanding.

“The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the members of the several state legislatures, and all executive and judicial officers, both of the United States and of the several states, shall be bound by oath or affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.”

You do know what “supreme law of the land” means, right? That means there is nothing above it. That includes your interpretations of “God”.   There is nothing in there that gives an exception for your religious beliefs.

That also means that if you have some state law that conflicts with the Constitution, such as any kind of asinine “religious freedom” law like Kentucky passed, then that state law loses. Period. It’s called the “Supremacy Clause”. Go ahead and look it up. There’s plenty of judicial history behind it.

If Kim Davis did not want her name attached to marriage licenses, then she should have resigned. That is what any ethical and moral person would do. But she doesn’t want to, because she feels entitled to her position. If she didn’t want her name on the licenses, then she should have asked to have her name removed from the stamp. But she – or at least her mouthpieces – didn’t even ask for that until after she was jailed for contempt of court. After she had already violated her oath of office.

What makes this matter worse is that you have big-money organized religious groups and those aforementioned GOP presidential wannabes that have been goading her to disobey the law. They have been urging her to violate her oath of office, to violate any sense of ethics and morals when it comes to local government. They are the reason why she spent five days behind bars, because any kind of financial penalty would have been useless with their financial largesse supporting her. And they are the reason why the taxpayers of that county will have to sacrifice tens of thousands of dollars, if not millions, to defend her claim of Christian Privilege, despite the aforementioned largesse of those groups. And, despite Mike Huckabee’s offer to supposedly take her place behind bars the next time – which is about as empty of an offer as his morality – none of those groups will ever be held to account for the financial and legal mess that they instigated and encouraged.

The ultimate hypocrisy is that the conservative and neo-conservative groups that are supporting Davis in this matter and encourage her and others to continue violating the Constitution are desecrating the very principles that they demand we otherwise follow. They claim to support the rule of law, but apparently only when it suits them. They claim to support the Constitution, but apparently only when it agrees with them. They demand we respect authority, and then turn around and promote anarchy and chaos. They are no different in mindset or rhetoric than the extremist groups on the other side of the world that they have been pushing us to fight for fourteen years now.

That is not what America is supposed to be about, people. And the longer this goes on, the longer we show the world that we are the biggest bunch of self-righteous hypocrites in human history. And then it’s only a matter of time before those hypothetical situations I talked about earlier become fact.

Look at me DAMN IT! I’m SPECIAL!

This Thursday, Aug. 3, 2015 photo made available by the Carter County Detention Center shows Kim Davis. The Rowan County, Ky. clerk went to jail Thursday for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, but five of her deputies agreed to comply with the law, ending a two-month standoff. (Carter County Detention Center via AP)
This Thursday, Aug. 3, 2015 photo made available by the Carter County Detention Center shows Kim Davis. The Rowan County, Ky. clerk went to jail Thursday for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, but five of her deputies agreed to comply with the law, ending a two-month standoff. (Carter County Detention Center via AP)

With all the hype surrounding Rowan County, Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, and the ever-growing popularity of whining, sniveling, screaming, and crying “persecution” by fundamentalists in the U.S., one important aspect of the charade is being overlooked. Real religious persecution outside of the United States. While millions suffer from real religious persecution around the world, U.S. christian fundamentalists basically… party.

U.S. christian fundamentalists are, without a doubt, making a mockery of real religious persecution every time they open their mouths in protest against anything that ruffles their ridiculously coddled feathers. So, while their brothers and sisters in jesus suffer under truly repressive regimes around the world, the elitists of U.S. christianity sit comfortably in their pews, worship their skyfairy, read their holy book of tripe, freely preach their dribble, and continually try to force their belief on anyone and everyone including those who don’t believe in any god. Add to this the fact that their churches don’t pay taxes, are well-marked in public spaces, and dot corner after corner throughout the entirety of the U.S. Persecuted?


indexNope. They’re NOT persecuted. Not even close. The truth is that fundamentalists in the U.S. are snot nosed, self-centered, selfish, spoiled childish brats of the first order. “Boo Hoo! We’re persecuted!” They’re no more persecuted than Lindsey Lohan is for being an idiot. The letter of the law, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights… These things don’t matter to them! “Boo Hoo! But, we’re persecuted because they won’t let us exploit our already preferential status and use it to manipulate, deceive, meddle, lie, cheat, and steal away justice, or bribe Congress, or screw anyone to make us more special! We’re special damn it! We’re SPECIAL!!!!!” What? What? How can that be?

Fundamentalists in the U.S. can’t handle not being persecuted. It doesn’t jibe with their interpretation of their holy book. They feel like they have to be persecuted in order to be true bible thumping, jesus loving, god fearing, servants of their own precious egos. They feel guilty for not being repressed, and this makes them obsess. With things like the Constitution and the Bill of Rights protecting them, they have to find illegitimate ways to validate their natural proclivity for martyrdom. It’s all about validating the invalid. They have to make up things to validate the invalid. And if that doesn’t work… Criticize their religion? “Persecution!” Obey the law? “Persecution!” Follow the Constitution? “Persecution!” Teach scientific facts in school? “Persecution!” Everyone’s equal? “Persecution!” Separation of Church and State? “Persecution!” Sex education? “Persecution!” Sex? “Persecution!” Selling alcohol on Sunday? “Persecution!” E Pluribus Unum? “Persecution!” Pre-1950’s Pledge of Allegiance? “Persecution!” Ignoring them? “Persecution!” Drawing a mustache on a picture of any GOP candidate? “Persecution! Blasphemy! Treason!”

Martyr Me This

With so many cries of “Persecution!” echoing throughout our democratic republic, I have to wonder how people in other parts of the world, who are truly persecuted for their religion, feel about christian fundamentalists in the U.S. who brazenly claim they are persecuted. So, martyr me this… Who truly deserves to be heard and aided? Snot nosed, self-centered, selfish, spoiled childish brats of the first order who have to complain about anything and everything that disagrees with their beliefs? Or, people who don’t have the luxury of a Constitution and Bill of Rights? Martyr me this… If you’re a fundamentalist in the U.S…. How much more of a totally ignorant, selfish, stupid asshole do you really need to be before you realize just how fucking lucky you are to live and worship in a country where the only thing you really have to worry about is how best to force your religious bullshit on others. Oh yea… I know… I shouldn’t have written this.


Persecution and Martyrdom – Creating a Minefield of Excuses for Intolerance

religious_persecutionThe hallmark of Religious Reich tantrums is the ability to lay a vast minefield of excuses for their intolerance. The foundation for those excuses always utilize two elements. Persecution and Martyrdom. No matter what issue the Reich has with society, by projecting their own faults onto others and denying the existence of those things in themselves, they create the perfect environment to manipulate and deceive through cries of persecution and martyrdom. In the cases of Rowan County, Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, and Casey County, Kentucky clerk Casey Davis (no relation), both elements are present and accounted for. Both claim persecution and both are martyring themselves, gaining tremendous favor from Religious Reich politicians, pundits, and zealots everywhere. In the process, the minefield of excuses is being laid throughout the political and social landscape, further threatening what little is left of our ability to coexist in this democratic republic.

“I’m Special”

Kim Davis refuses to yield to the law of the land by claiming that her god’s law takes precedence. This, coming from a woman who was divorced 3 times and married 4 times. And that’s just the tip of her personal iceberg. When confronted with this inconvenient fact, and others, Davis was quick to defend her holier-than-thou godly position by simply stating that her past was “forgiven”. In fundamentalism, hypocrisy is always easily avoided with a simple prayer, a quick acknowledgement of error for any number of possible “sins”, real or imagined, and including, but not limited to, adultery, divorce, and getting pregnant out of wedlock. Then a simple, heartfelt, self-righteous “I’m special” puts the matter to rest. Being “special” is awesome! It creates the illusion of righteousness and biblical purity necessary for fundamentalists to bear the burden of their “Shit I did and do now” in the face of the overwhelming hypocrisy of “Shit I demand no one else do because it makes me think about the shit I did and do now, and it makes me really uncomfortable because I can’t control my own shit when others get to have all the fun doing the shit I did and do now without them feeling guilty for it.” So, “I’m special” is really, really important. It’s the get-out-of-anything card for anything. But what happens when “I’m special” is called out for the hypocrisy anyway?

11948733_f260“I’m being persecuted!”

I can’t tell you how many people I’ve met throughout my life who’ve claimed to be “special” and found themselves confronted with the hypocrisy of their “specialness”. “Special” people always end up backed into their hypocritical corner, and the only way out for them is to resort to the most common phrase in fundamentalism… “I’m being persecuted!” In laymen’s terms “I’m caught in my own bullshit, so I better blame everyone else for my bigotry, stupidity, and ignorance” Now, keep in mind… In the United States of America over 80% of Americans claim to be christian, and christian churches dot the landscape like lights on the Las Vegas Strip. No one is feeding christians to lions. No one is campaigning to exterminate, drive away, or subjugate christians in any way. So, where does “I’m being persecuted!” come from? It comes from the need for retribution for revealing the authoritarian, tyrannical, fascist ideology and nature of the religion. It comes out of the need for vengeance for exposing their crusade to rid the world of “them” and replace it with a utopian delusion of “us”. It appears when fundamentalism is criticized in the free market of ideas and put under the microscope of reason, logic and science. It manifests itself when the pustule of bile that forms its core tenets is sliced open in the public square for all to see. It’s a projection onto others of the very thing fundamentalists know they will do to those who don’t believe as they do once they gain the power to do so.

Persecution to Martyrdom

No persecution claim is complete without the willingness to martyr oneself for the cause. While Kim Davis sits in jail contemplating her self-induced martyrdom, another potential martyr waits patiently for his opportunity to feed the machinations of the fundamentalist “Jizz for Jesus Festival of Champions”. Casey Davis has stated that he’s willing to give his life for his fundamentalist bigotry. The question isn’t whether or not someone is going to take his life. That’s extremely unlikely.  No… I have to wonder if Casey Davis will become a violent antagonist willing to sacrifice his life to defend the indefensible. Think christian fundamentalist terrorist. Something along the lines of abortion clinic bombers and abortion doctor murderers. What better way is there for Casey Davis to prove his deluded point than intentionally instigating conflict, and playing the role of the antagonist, as a way to martyr himself? Although it’s probably unlikely that he would do such a thing, and more likely that his bluster is a bluff to garner attention… Somewhere, someone, or some group, is seriously considering the option. They are hearing the words. They are seeing the massive amount of attention being paid to those words. And they are, more than likely, far more deluded and unstable than either Davis’. Martyrdom for the delusion is not as far-fetched as you might think.

Control and Conquer

The end game of these theatrics is about controlling and conquering our society for theocratic ends. It’s not about same sex marriage. It’s not about any single social or political issue. It is an overall assault by fundamentalism on the freedoms and liberties of all, and the destruction of the shared reality of our finite lives. It is about dividing our country into us and them, and it’s being forced upon our country by people who are terribly afraid of reality, of death, of our ever-changing world, and of our free nation, born from Enlightenment values, values that embrace the human condition over the Bronze Age ignorance of primitive people.

Kim Davis – The New Savior

Kim Davis_SaviorA federal judge found Rowan County, Kentucky clerk Kim Davis in contempt of court and had her taken into custody for ignoring the SCOTUS ruling on gay marriage and refusing to issue marriage licenses to same sex AND opposite sex couples.   The ACLU asked the court to fine Davis until she complied with the federal law permitting same sex couples to marry. But, the judge apparently felt Davis wouldn’t respond to monetary pressure. Davis must now serve an undetermined amount of time behind bars.

In the meantime, God’s Own Party (Religious Reich) has been ramping up support for their new martyr with several presidential candidates publicly supporting the 3 time divorcee. Right Wing Watch has a great article on recent tweets from some of them here. The GOP mainstream (if you can call it that) is in deep trouble having been “Trump”ed in recent polls. So, a new savior has taken the persecution throne and is fast becoming the new rallying cry for the Religious Reich base. By the time the dust settles from this, I have the feeling that the Reich will play this up as if Davis had been thrown to the lions. I’m waiting for the new slogan for the GOP… “Praise Davis and pass the ammunition!”

Stay tuned! Douchbaggery will continue!

When They’re Willing to Die… for Bigotry

Quang Duc, a Buddhist monk, burns himself to death on a Saigon street June 11, 1963 to protest alleged persecution of Buddhists by the South Vietnamese government. (AP Photo/Malcolm Browne)A Casey County Kentucky clerk has made it crystal clear… He’s willing to die for his fundamentalist bigotry. Casey Davis is one of two Kentucky county clerks who’ve made headlines recently in their battle to freely discriminate against LGBT couples who want to get married.  The other is Rowan County clerk Kim Davis. Both are public servants and both are standing in defiance of the law of the land under the guise of “religious freedom”.   And, not surprisingly, they are both receiving a ground swell of support from fundamentalists all over the country.

I’ve written before about “Religious Freedom” and “Religious Liberty” as claimed by the Religious Reich. “Religious Freedom” and “Religious Liberty” are terms used in an effort to legalize their particular brand of bigotry while paying homage to their blatant hypocrisy. But, the alarm bells in my head started to go off when I read that Casey Davis was willing to die for his “Religious Freedom” in the context of what he calls a “…war on christianity”.

In an interview on West Virginia’s The Tom Roten Morning Show Davis said:

“It’s a war on Christianity. There is a travesty taking place with that Supreme Court ruling that was completely unconstitutional, completely unconstitutional.”

“Our law says ‘one man and one woman,’ and that is what I held my hand up and took an oath to and that is what I expected. If it takes my life, I will die … because I believe I owe that to the people that fought so I can have the freedom that I have, I owe that to them today, and you do, we all do. They fought and died so we could have this freedom, and I’m going to fight and die for my kids and your kids can keep it.”

When average Joe and Joette fundamentalists start declaring openly that they’re willing to die to protect their perceived “god given right” to discriminate against anyone who doesn’t believe as they do… It’s a clear indication that America is fast approaching the brink of total chaos. These fascist, caustic, and divisive fundamentalist rants, remove the veil from the vile face of theocratic despotism. They also clearly emphasize the fundamentalist mindset that Freedom and Liberty for All, and United States Constitution, mean absolutely nothing to them. Our current politically and socially polarized powder keg is already primed and ready to ignite. Can we afford to look the other way while the sparks of christian fundamentalist martyrdom are carelessly falling near the fuse?


nn_1_isis_iraq_140829Dying for Dogma

It’s one thing for people to fight and give their lives to protect Freedom and Liberty for All. It’s a completely different story when people start fighting and dying to protect their particular brand of religious dogma and the foundational bigotry behind it. It appears that christian fundamentalism is taking note of the effectiveness of islamic fundamentalist’s tactics. They appear to be formulating their own jihad against anyone who disagrees with them and those who won’t yield to their tantrums. Hey! It works for the radical muslims! It scares the shit out of almost everyone. So why not? So, when words like “dying” and “fight” are used in the same sentence, paragraph, or full-blown speech, by any religious fundamentalist in America – in a free democratic republic where religion is protected and real persecution is unheard of (unless you’re muslim) – I think it’s time to be very concerned. There are fundamentalists out there waiting to martyr themselves, ready to die for their dogma. They’re willing to defy federal law and talk about dying for their “god given right” to be total douchnozzles…

Politics of Dying for Dogma

2016 is an election year. And, as we’ve seen so far, the field of Religious Reich politicians looks more like a federal prison football team lineup. They’re all crooked. They’re desperate. They’re expert liars. They’ve all got blood on their hands and faces from the drubbing they took over the last two games (elections), and from the execution and disposal of middle class Americans. On top of all that, they are more than happy to cannibalize each other for the chance to run the corporation… Ummmm… I mean the “country”. Now, enter funda-fascists like Casey Davis and Kim Davis with their “Religious Freedom”/“Religious Liberty” claims and add the words “dying” and “fight” to the dialogue. Throw in several million closeted, and not so closeted, authoritarian theocratic fascists frothing at the mouth and gnashing their teeth every time the law of the land wins one for Freedom and Liberty for All… The stage is set for the Politics of Dying for Dogma. A frenzy of fascism looms large America. The crowd is going to cheer, jeer, and DEMAND someone’s head. And the only way any of the political predators of the Religious Reich, vying for the White House, are going to succeed in placating the despots of their base, is to wrap themselves in the flag, carry a cross, and march straight down Main Street! Of course, the Reich’s politicians are already beyond delusional when it comes to their skyfairy scat. How much worse could it possibly get? Your guess is as good as mine. But one thing is certain… Blood red or dead. And it’ll be their “god given right” to do it.

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America – As a “Truly Christian Nation”

imagesYou can’t escape the recitation. “America is a Christian Nation!” The Religious Reich loves to howl it at every opportunity. Despite evidence to the contrary – the very words spoken and/or put into print by many of the Founding Fathers of the country – the self-righteous contend that it is their country, given to them by their god, and it’s their god-given right to run it in whatever way their faith dictates.

I’m going to wave my magic wand and give the Religious Reich what they claim is theirs. I’m also going to speculate a little on what a “Truly Christian Nation” might look like and be like under christian rule.


The first step in determining what a “Truly Christian Nation” might look like, and be like, requires figuring out which version of christianity is truly christian. There are so many versions that I decided to pick the most vocal and politically involved version of christianity. Fundamentalism. They are adamant that they are the “real”, “true”, christians. And, even though fundamentalists are in the minority among christian denominations, their incessant molestation of, and tampering with, the political and judicial processes of the United States grants them the greatest opportunity to seize power. So, with Fun-dah-Mentalism in control, let’s take a look at what the United States might look like, and be like, as a “Truly Christian Nation”.

Say goodbye to…

The first order of business for Fun-dah-Mentalism is repealing any law that doesn’t comply with biblical teachings. Now, exactly which laws do or do not comply with biblical teachings will likely be determined by theologians appointed to the new ad-ministry. Basically Mullah’s for Moolah. But, I think it’s pretty easy to pull a few laws from the pages of today’s headlines.  Other issues that might be addressed by the ad-ministry I will base on today’s Fun-dah-Mentalist screed. First up…

Say goodbye to Marriage Equality. Gone. It doesn’t require a lot of thought. The new ad-ministry would chop this one off at the knees and then disembowel it. Within a matter of months, a new Constitutional Amendment would be introduced and passed to protect the “sanctity of marriage” by declaring that a marriage can only take place between a man and a woman. Several old laws would be reintroduced and passed forbidding same-sex sexual contact, and the penalties for such behavior would likely be severe. However, the new ad-ministry, not wanting to be too barbaric early in their tenure, might decide on simple expulsion from the country for the convicted. As the nation’s religious fervor and appetite for vengeance grows, future convictions for same-sex sexual contact would likely be promoted to the death penalty.

Say goodbye to the First Amendment. Repealed then re-written. The new ad-ministry would need to change the wording of the First Amendment to maintain absolute control. Currently written as:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

The amendment would require a bit of a re-write to ensure that the ­Mullah’s for Moolah of the ad-ministry were given total control over ideas, speech and press. It would likely read:

“The Christian Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion other than Christianity, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of approved Christian speech, or of the approved Christian press; or the right of Christian people to peaceably assemble, and to petition the Christian Government for a redress of grievances against other religions or non-believers.”

Other Amendments would be in jeopardy of repeal or re-write. The 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Amendments… All the Amendments to the Constitution would be scrutinized for biblical compliance at some point.   The ad-ministry would leave nothing to chance.

Say goodbye to Multi-Party Politics. The new ad-ministry would push hard to eliminate opposition of any kind. A single political party (The Party of Christ) would be the country’s sole option. All elections would be internal to the party, and all potential candidates would have to be vetted by local, regional, and ad-ministry Mullah’s for Moolah. It’s even possible that the electorate would be vetted by their local Mullah for Moolah, judged for their faith and conviction to christ before being allowed to vote.

Say goodbye to Public Schools and Universities. Parochial Schools and Universities would replace Public Schools and Universities. The future of The Party of Christ and the Christian Nation will rely heavily on these schools to educate and indoctrinate young minds in the ways of unfettered capitalism, christian imperialism, obedience, servitude to god’s law and to the State. Independent thought will be discouraged at first. After the ­ad-ministry’s honeymoon period with their constituents had lapsed, independent thought would likely be outlawed.

Say goodbye to Child Labor Laws. The minimum age for a child to work would be reduced and the number of hours a child is allowed to work would be increased. The ad-ministry would paint this drastic change as a necessary effort to combat delinquency and crime. They would also claim that a working child is a godly child.

Say goodbye to Science. Science that presents a threat to christian religious dogma would be prohibited. Evolutionary Biology, Anthropology, Paleontology, Astronomy, Theoretical Physics, Quantum Physics, Climatology… A whole host of disciplines would likely be considered blasphemous and would be banned. However, if a particular discipline was monetarily beneficial to the technologies of warfare, communications, transportation, government infrastructure, etc. it would most likely get a pass under strict governmental controls.

Say goodbye to the Arts. Artists and Performers of all stripes would find themselves forced into retirement, or quite possibly shipped off to indoctrination camps for re-education. All forms of artistic expression would be restricted to ad-ministry propaganda and christian positive exploits. The tools of the artists’ trades would only be available through State run facilities and require a license to possess. Any form of artistic expression would be highly regulated and policed. Violators would face severe penalties, including but not limited to, the loss of limbs or tongue… and even death.

Say goodbye to equal rights for women and minorities. White male privilege would dominate. Women and minorities would become second, third, fourth, fifth class and so on, citizens. Classifications would be determined by the Mullahs for Moolah. Civil rights would be known as “civil privileges” and would be granted or denied based on the class system. Read “A Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood for other possible outcomes.


Dystopia – A Future of Real Possibility

There are many possible ways a “Truly Christian Nation” would look like and be like. Many authors have written stories over the years suggesting dystopian results. While many christians will argue that christianity is all about love, the “Left Behind” series of best-selling books written by Tim LaHaye and Terry B. Jenkins suggests otherwise. LaHaye and Jenkins underline a future where only the christian is the entitled class while the rest of humanity is “Left Behind” to the destruction of god.


“NOW is a fact that cannot be dodged.” Sinclair Lewis, It Can’t Happen Here


The possibility of a “Truly Christian Nation” is not a dystopian fantasy born of wild imaginations. It’s unfolding in plain view. Now. Our political and social landscape has been infiltrated by Fun-dah-Mentalists with one unified goal. Domination. Dominion theology . Recent headlines on marriage equality, woman’s reproductive rights, religious liberty, among many other issues, offer a striking and undeniable glimpse of the process as it unfolds. In his 2005 essay “The Rise of Dominionism: Remaking America as a Christian Nation” for The Public Eye magazine, journalist Frederick Clarkson wrote:

“1) Dominionists celebrate Christian nationalism, in that they believe that the United States once was, and should once again be, a Christian nation. In this way, they deny the Enlightenment roots of American democracy.

2) Dominionists promote religious supremacy, insofar as they generally do not respect the equality of other religions, or even other versions of Christianity.

3) Dominionists endorse theocratic visions, insofar as they believe that the Ten Commandments, or “biblical law,” should be the foundation of American law, and that the U.S. Constitution should be seen as a vehicle for implementing Biblical principles.”


It can happen here

Many mainstream christians are being romanced into a nationalistic stupor by the Religious Reich. As a result, any talk of dominionism is lambasted or simply ignored, considered to be the far flung tantrums and misery of the dispossessed. They’ll insist that it can’t happen here. And yet, the evidence is prevalent and should not be ignored. It can happen here. It is happening here… now.

“No denial of the truth will ever invalidate it” Nikki Rosen, In The Eye Of Deception: A True Story