What is truly fascinating about the rightwing/ religious wingnut faction is the complete lack of interest in the things that are actually true and factual. If a narrative panders to their beliefs then it is promoted as “truth”. If it conflicts, then it is dismissed as a lie.
You need not take my word on this. You can judge for yourself.
Rationality, reason, honesty, and basic human decency are all truly elusive.
Wingnut proclamations from the last 7 days
Here for your enjoyment is this week’s selection of actual wingnut gems. It has all been mined from a stream of befuddled right-wing extremism blended with religious literalism …
The Cult of Trump ..
- Stephen Strang is probably the only person who believes President Donald Trump’s claim that he never had an adulterous affair with adult film actress Stormy Daniels.
- He also says that those who oppose President Donald Trump are controlled by the devil: “If we can accept that there is a devil and he influences humans to do his bidding, then we can conclude that people are subject to these spiritual authorities even if they don’t understand what they are doing or why.”
- Hank Kunneman Says God Told Him Trump’s Impeachment Will Be ‘Removed and Erased’ From History … “The attempt to tarnish this president’s name and time in office by impeachment vote and trial, the record of it will be torn in two. Removed and erased,” Kunneman continued, claiming to be speaking on behalf of God.
- Mark Burns knows “from firsthand experience” that President Donald Trump is a committed Christian: … “God’s hand is upon his life. I’m saying he loves Jesus. And he loves the Holy Spirit. And he knows that he can’t do this job without having the voice of God close to him. He is growing every day in his faith.”
- Ann Vandersteel: Is the Coronavirus a British/Deep State Plot to Prevent Trump’s Reelection?
- Brenda Kunneman Commands a ‘Supernatural Inoculation’ to Cure the World of Coronavirus
- Acting Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Ken Cuccinelli is not inspiring confidence in the Trump administration’s ability to counter the spread of coronavirus.
- after claiming that the silver solution he sells can kill the coronavirus, Jim Bakker reports that he sold more bottles of the solution one day last week than he has in months.
- Rick Wiles claims that if China would just accept Jesus, the coronavirus outbreak would end.
- Cliff Kincaid says the United States should fight the coronavirus outbreak by “defunding the United Nations.”
- Rick Wiles thinks that a global coronavirus pandemic will be great for his network: “We’re not going to suffer in this. We’re only going to get bigger.”
- Rodney Howard-Browne claims that his prayers cleansed Florida of the Zika virus last year and now plans to do the same regarding the coronavirus, but apparently his prayers will only be good for America because he “can’t be responsible for every city and whatever.”
- Larry Kudlow told CPAC not to worry that the coronavirus outbreak might tank the economy and worry more about socialist Democrats who seek to permanently destroy it.
- Dan Bongino says that you know Rep. Devin Nunes is uncovering the truth when the press starts calling Nunes a conspiracy theorist.
Conspiracy claims …
What else came out of the Wingnut fantasy land?
Lots of other stuff.
As always, it is an endless stream. Some of it is sad, some is rather grim, and some is quite frankly hilarious. Here are a few more samples …
- Catholic Disability Community Founder Jean Vanier Sexually Abused Women
- Florida Bill Prevents Kids from Studying Subjects Their Parents Don’t Agree With
- Say goodbye to learning about evolution, climate change, or sex education.
- Oklahoma GOP Lawmaker: “It is Impossible to Separate Church from State”
- State Rep. Jay Steagall is confusing the Constitution with the Bible.
- Christian Moms Complain About Openly Gay Character in Disney Film “Onward”
- These Christians hate gay people, period.
- Mother of Teen Victim of Priest Abuse Says Catholic Church “Abandoned” Them
- The Church has pretty much abandoned everyone except predator priests.
- AG William Barr: “Men Are Far Likelier to Obey Rules That Come from God”
- Attorney General William Barr keeps using his office to promote Christian Nationalism.
- Some Catholics Are Eating Plant-Based Burgers to Avoid Eating “Meat” on Fridays
- Give them credit. They found a loophole around Catholic dogma.
- Diocese of Buffalo (NY) Files for Bankruptcy Protection Over Sex Abuse Scandal
- They have no one to blame but themselves.
- Christian Writer Claims Her PMS is One of the “Effects of Sin”
- Satan isn’t causing your cramps.
Fraudster of the week – Jerry Pearce
From the category labeled “Who would Jesus fleece?”, we have the story of a grifter who runs a miracle con.
Pearce has a history of this. There exists a church in Dalton, Georgia where “Miracle” oil supposedly dripped from a bible, so they started giving away this “holy” oil. It was of course a scam to attract the gullible. Reporter Wyatt Massey exposed that fraud within this article in early Feb …
The Times Free Press wrote about the increasingly popular gathering in November 2019. The next day, someone contacted the newspaper saying Pearce was a regular customer at the Tractor Supply store in Dalton. The person said Pearce often bought large amounts of mineral oil — a clear oil similar in appearance to the oil Pearce claims is coming from his Bible.
test, comparing the chemical composition of Pearce’s oil to the product sold at Tractor Supply, found a nearly exact match.
Net effect, the church shut down and the grifter hit the road.
Pearce simply set up the same con elsewhere
The update from this past week is that the same reporter followed up. Pearce relocated to Cleveland, Tennessee, and the reporter posted an update story …
As Dalton Bible oil ministry shuts down, ‘chunks of gold’ appear, oil flows from guitar in Cleveland church
The men claim the dust and chunks would appear when no one was in the church, though the two men claim churchgoers saw dust appear on their Bibles during a service. In an interview this week, the men claim they never said the gold-colored pieces were actual gold.
However, multiple church members said the leaders told the people in attendance the gold was real.
Some are not falling for this …
The events splintered the Cleveland church. Members reported leaving, believing they were being deceived by their leader.
er yes … “deception” is indeed the word.