The Cult of Fools (Sep 17, 2023) – “Boebert – Not a Drag Show”

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It would have been rather hard to have missed the news regarding what happened when Rep Boebert attended the Beetlejuice musical, but just in case you did miss it, then I’m putting it here as the highlight of this past week.

Elected Congresswoman Lauren Boebert, who often feels the need to stand upon her religious soapbox and pontificate about the morals of others, made the news. Many media reports focused on her vaping all over those around her and then being booted out for that. Also, during that ejection she was of course being her usual “Loving Christian” classy self …

While they were being escorted out, the couple told employees “stuff like ‘do you know who I am,’ ‘I am on the board’ [and] ‘I will be contacting the mayor,’” the report said. Security footage also shows Boebert giving the finger to security as she is being escorted out.

It turns out that the real highlight was not any of that. CCTV footage has emerged that makes all this even more “interesting”.

Security footage reveals that she and her date were not exactly being traditionally “Christian”. He can been seen fondling her breasts and she was jerking him off … an elected GOP congresswoman … in a packed theatre with lots of kids in the audience …really

… but she wants us to believe her focus is “family values” and that the real threat is drag shows

What we are rapidly learning is that hypocrisy is fast becoming established as official GOP policy.

Also, can we now officially consider the vaginal secretions of conservative anti-choice women as “beetlejuice.”

Once other question to ponder over is to wonder if now the right time to roll this old tweet back out because recent events appear to give it an entirely new interpretation …

As you might expect there have also been lots of other fun tweets as well. Here is what happens when community notes kicks in …

The guy running against Boebart in 2024, Adam Frisch, is perhaps now discovering that the one person who is really helping boost his campaign against Boebart is Rep Boebart herself. His twitter account is here.

Anyway, moving on, below you will once again find my usual selection of some truly bizarre and extreme claims that have popped up during the last 7 days. Each is laced with my snarky commentary.

With my usual hat tip to my various sources, let’s once again dive into this very murky pool of absurdity and stupidity.

Christian Nationalism

Ryan Walters, the head of Oklahoma’s public school system, says that President Joe Biden wants to destroy Christianity, the family, the schools, and the nation.

The Cult of Trump

Wayne Allyn Root warns that if former President Donald Trump is not elected in 2024, it will mean “the end of America, American exceptionalism, the American dream, capitalism and Judeo-Christian values. Forever.

  • If the word “not” is removed from the above then he might actually begin to be making a valid point.

Prosperity Gospel preacher Jesse Duplantis claims that Trump is the only president to ever “use the name of Jesus in the Oval Office.

  • I’m not exactly convinced that expletives qualify
  • It’s also not factually true at all … Jimmy Carter would like a quick word with him now. Nixon is also on Tape literally saying “Jesus” in the oval office, but that also was not in any religious meaning of the name.

Totally Crazy Christians

A totally bonkers story about how a Hank Kunneman urged his church to donate $3 million. Then he changed his story about what the money was for once it all rolled in.

  • The magic word in play here is … gullibility … but there are other words in play as well, for example “grift”.
  • Clearly Hank is truly inspired by his lord and saviour … Trump … as in, “What Would Trump do?”

In a sermon last week, Pastor Rick Morrow of Beulah Church in Richland, MO claimed autism is caused by the devil. He knows that, he says, because “God doesn’t make junk. God doesn’t make mess-ups.” Morrow also serves on a local school board.

  • So we’ve moved in from “vaccines cause autism” (which is not true) to “demons cause autism”, which is quite frankly totally bonkers.
  • UPDATE: After Pastor Rick Morrow received widespread criticism for saying autism is caused by the devil, he quit the school board
  • The school lesson here is that if you utilise a fantasy to try and understand reality then it’s really not going to end well.
  • The one sliver lining here is that if you check the clip you can see that his church is half empty.

Moving on, some parents really do not merit being “Honoured”. Hey Lori (AKA The Transformed Wife), you know that Mr Dugger allowed his son to assault his daughters, then lied about it, and then covered up the crimes. So should Jill honor that father? (Hint: “Nope” is the right answer) …

Christian hate-preacher Greg Locke is now waging a war against demonic owls. He appears to be continuing his real-time tour of medieval superstitions (Not too long ago he was at war with witches that he claimed were in his audience and out to get him) …

  • I can only wonder if he has been catching up on old episodes of Twin Peaks
  • Then again, owls are symbols of wisdom, so we can perhaps see why he hates them.

“Pro-Life” and execution???

I can only wonder if he thinks he is being “Pro-Life” with this death sentence proposal …

Claim: Unfriending over “Differing opinions” means you are “mentally weak” …

So this tweet popped up …

Let’s make this “differing opinions” rather simple for all to see. Some things are fine to have disagreements about and some things cross a line and really are deal-breakers …

In other words, when it comes to friendship, then some things really are deal-breakers, for example, racism, homophobia, fascism, etc… If people unfriend me because I don’t agree with them on stuff like that, then I’m quite honestly OK with that. The same is true for the vast majority, nobody seriously complains that actual nazi’s, homophobes, or racists don’t want to be friends with them anymore.

Homophobia on Steroids

Charlie Kirk proclaims that “the transgender thing happening in America” is “a throbbing middle finger to God” and then proceeds to deadname Lia Thomas and tell her “you’re an abomination to God.

  • Apparently it’s not prejudice, bigotry, and pure ignorance if you hide it all behind religion.
  • throbbing” was an unusual choice of words there, it can only make you wonder what is actually in his browser history.
  • Proverbs 6:16–19 lists seven things which are also abominations: “haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are swift in running to mischief, a false witness who utters lies, and one who spreads strife among brothers.” … checking that list leads me to think that poor old dishonest Charlie ticks a few of those boxes, so it looks like he is toast.
  • Also, as observed by Hemant: … “It’s insane how angry conservatives are about one college swimmer when they’ve never cared about the sport in the past and probably couldn’t name a single college swimmer today.

Actions really do have consequences

Religious fanatic is deeply pissed that Kim Davis now faces the consequences of denying basic humans rights to others.

Permit me a bit of preamble on this one. It never occurs to these people that government employees can’t impose their personal religious beliefs on others.

There is also something rather important to clarify here about Kim Davis. She was always free to opt out. The standard accommodation for any religious person being asked to do something they feel infringes their personal beliefs is to simply step to one side saying “I’m sorry, I can’t help you myself, but if you hang on a moment, my colleague will be right over“. The problem with what Kim Davis did is that as county clark she banned all employees from granting marriage licenses to same-sex couples and threatened to fire any who disobeyed her. She was imposing her bonkers beliefs on all – that’s the line she crossed.

As a contrast to the Kim Davis fanaticism, Freedom of religion does not mean freedom to be a fascist and impose your beliefs all all by force, it simply means you are free to opt out. Clearly Ben in the tweet below fails to grasp that rather basic understanding.

  • I do also have a question for Ben : “Was she resisting the pagan regime when she got pregnant by her 2nd husband while still married to her 1st? What about when she was married to #3 and messing around with #2?” (I’m not making any of that up)
  • Least you wonder if there is actual bigotry in play and not just belief, then consider this – Do these people ever consider refusing to grant service to anyone who was committing adultery? You know the answer, and it is one that reveals the truth.

“Interesting Times”

The False Profit$

Fanatical MAGA Pastor Shane Vaughn is losing congregants because of his cultish devotion to Trump, but he doesn’t care: “God called me to stand up for America, to stand up for Donald Trump, and it’ll be a cold day at the gates of Hell before I ever shut up.

  • Exhibit A above is for anybody wondering why people are abandoning Churches
  • Personally I’ve tended to cling to the delusion the Church was where you learned the teachings of Christ, but apparently Shane’s is all about promoting a corrupt and deeply immoral political candidate as the new messiah and your personal lord and saviour.
  • Meanwhile, here is my constant reminder the Shane is a convicted fraudster who spent time in jail, not before he was a pastor, but when he was a pastor.

Christian preacher Kent Christmas claims to channel God with the claim that he could have stopped COVID because God “watched them in the labs as they put it together.” But God chose not to in order to “knock the silliness out of My church.

  • knock the silliness out of My church” … er … many of the churches are the folks who went full anti-vax and caused vast numbers of very preventable deaths as a result.
  • Let me play that last one for you … he is claiming that god slaughtered literally millions of people via COVID to supposedly stop churches being “silly”.
  • watched them in the labs as they put it together.” … and once again here is the lab leak conspiracy theory that has no evidence. The available genetic evidence points to it being natural zoonosis

Oil

What he actually means is that the Oil Industry, not God, “blessed” him with some “campaign donations”.

Meanwhile, in a world where “oil” is supposedly a “blessing of god”, but apparently sunshine is not, solar is now actually cheaper that oil.

Creationist “Researchers”

In case you were curious, Creationist “researchers” are currently having a fierce debate over whether Noah’s Ark landed on a volcano … really

Meanwhile …

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