Who could miss the movement of the religious right with the election of Donald Trump? It is plainly evident that the movement religious right and their support of Trump is based on paranoia, hate, and fear. They will tell you how innocent they are when confronted. They will tell you that they just want to save as many people as possible for God’s MLM. But they won’t tell you how hard they’ve been working to fashion America into a Christian nation for their own personal benefit.
I can hear their voices now, imploring me, “Look, if you could just let Jesus into your heart and go to church, we could all live in peace together.”
Salon seems to have captured the story arc and trajectory of movements like Project Blitz, a legislative movement to pass as much legislation as possible to protect the White Christian population from a future where they are a minority. In my survey of the articles on the subject of Project Blitz, a certain population of white Christians seems very worried that they may be subject to persecution as a minority. But they say that they just want to bring God back to America. Huh. When did he leave?
The demographic trends must be worrying for them, for by 2049 at the latest, whites in American will be a minority to the brown people. I find it deeply ironic that a class of people that have built their dominance on coal, oil, and gas, have contributed to climate change. People of color are better suited for a warmer planet with more sunny days than before. Brown skin, brown eyes, and black or dark hair will be dominant traits going forward.
What really blows my mind though, is that the people like those behind Project Blitz actually think that they can legislate hate. They continually spout off about how bad big government is, yet conservative groups introduced more than 4,000 bills between 2012 and 2018 across the nation are a fervent plea to the rest of us, to allow them to dominate. You know, so that they won’t be persecuted like the Christians of history in the fabled book, The Bible.
I suspect that these so-called Christians have a blind spot. Do they really think that they can take their hate to Heaven? With their self professed right to discriminate based on religious belief, they can deny goods and services to people of color, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning people. These people honestly believe that they hold a monopoly on the definition of marriage, yet they fail to notice that the 1st Amendment protects the right of the people to peaceably assemble. That right includes marriage.
I have to wonder then, how discriminating against the “others” would make them happy. How do they sleep at night knowing that they denied service to someone on the basis of color, religion (or no religion), sexual identity or any of their imagined standards for “propriety”?
Will they be upset when their actions are noticed and litigation ensues? Will they be upset when “the others” organize a boycott of a business with an owner that wants to discriminate based on such views? Will they sue to compel the state to disperse the boycott and compel “the others” to buy the goods and services they don’t want to sell to “the others” in the first place? Clearly, someone has not really thought this through.
I submit that these Christian will not be able to take their hate to Heaven. How does hating another make anyone truly happy? I doubt that hate and happiness can ever exist in the same room. All of this hate on their part is based on some complex misunderstanding of the bible.
It has been professed by some that there are rules against black people in the bible, that they should somehow be subjugated to slavery, or at the very least, a disadvantage in the economy relative to white people. There are rules against LGBTQ people, that somehow they are sinners. There are some who even propound that Christians are morally and spiritually superior to everyone else. Yet, these Evangelical Christians seem to miss one very important point made in their holiest of books:
God loves all of his children.
It says so in the bible. There are no exceptions. As far as I can tell, he doesn’t love one more than the other. He has no preference among black, brown or white people. I wonder here why every rendition of Jesus Christ that I see at Hobby Lobby is that of a handsome white man with a beard and long hair. In the bible, descriptions of Jesus were that he was ugly, homely and not very attractive at all. Does anyone know for sure that the man millions claim to be their savior, born and raised in the Middle East, just happened to be white, tall, and bearded?
When I read of a group of boys beating up a transgender girl for her supposed sins, I see that instead of doing God’s will, they are pretending to do God’s will. And if they are pretending, they are only doing what they do for the adrenaline. I can also see that they forget what Jesus said to them, “Forgive them for they know not what they do.”
I have read and seen the historical accounts of beatings, lynchings and church fires. It is clear to me that such acts of violence against people of color by white people who believe that those people of color should be punished are evidence of a sincerely deluded people. Their own good book still says that God loves all of his children. I sometimes wonder how Dr. Martin Luther King could give all of those speeches and write all those writings, arriving at completely opposite conclusions as the white supremacists have done. I think it’s fair to say that Dr. King believed that God loves all of his children.
The supposed goal for those of Christian faith is to behave in such a way as to go to Heaven after they die. To live ever after in peace with God. But I just don’t see how God would let people filled with hate into Heaven. At some point, they would have to give up their hate in order to live in peace in Heaven because everyone else that they hated on Earth might be there.
It has been assumed that God gave us free will so that we could choose to love him and choose to do His will here on earth. If we go to Heaven, do we still have free will there, or are we made to live in peace? I doubt that the haters know the answer to this question for sure, as they don’t know the answer to so many other questions about their faith. Do they even question their own faith and their interpretations of it that brings so much hate into the world?
I don’t think so.