Abominable Evangelical Lies

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Our friend Jerry has another post out today. I’ve included a link at the end to continue reading over at his site, Grumpy’s Grumblings. Thanks Jerry!

I’m proud to have signed the statement produced by Christians Against Christian Nationalism (CACN). I’m ashamed that such a statement is needed. I’m also ashamed by the reaction of many, probably most, white evangelicals to the statement. Well, that is by the relative few who are aware of it. Here’s a key portion of the statement:

Christian nationalism seeks to merge Christian and American identities, distorting both the Christian faith and America’s constitutional democracy. Christian nationalism demands Christianity be privileged by the State and implies that to be a good American, one must be Christian. It often overlaps with and provides cover for white supremacy and racial subjugation. We reject this damaging political ideology and invite our Christian brothers and sisters to join us in opposing this threat to our faith and to our nation.

And while that above portion of the statement triggers most white evangelicals, this one drives them to red-eyed rage:

Whether we worship at a church, mosque, synagogue, or temple, America has no second-class faiths. All are equal under the U.S. Constitution. As Christians, we must speak in one voice condemning Christian nationalism as a distortion of the gospel of Jesus and a threat to American democracy.

Here’s how the evangelical publication Charisma news reacted to the statement:

Along with six George Soros-funded religious groups and a variety of other non-Christian organizations, the BJC is co-endorser of “An Interfaith Statement of Principles,” which stigmatizes candidates who appeal to voters based on faith as “inappropriate” and “divisive,” and calls for religious appeals to be removed from political campaigns entirely.

To all appearances, the message conveyed here implies that “We shouldn’t say that Jesus is the only way to heaven.”

A simple reading of the statement reveals Charisma’s assertion to be completely bogus.

I’d challenge anyone possessed of a reasonable level of honesty, integrity, and intelligence to read the entire statement and assess whether it implies that “We shouldn’t say that Jesus is the only way to heaven.” (If you think religion in general is nonsense, then ignore the religious aspects and simply examine the statement to assess whether Charisma’s claim has any basis in fact.)

Notice, first, that Charisma seeks to prejudice its readers by associating CACN and its statement with George Soros. I know well from my years in Focus on the Family’s Public Policy division that the fastest, easiest way to whip up conservatives—especially Christian conservatives—is to invoke the name George Soros. The man is almost universally vilified among evangelicals as Satan’s chief ambassador to the entire planet. Most evangelicals honestly know little to nothing about George Soros, other than that when his name is mentioned, it’s time to narrow one’s eyes and hiss out a curse against the planet’s primary personification and purveyor of evil.

Next, Charisma laments that “the BJC [Baptist Joint Committee] is co-endorser of “An Interfaith Statement of Principles,” which stigmatizes candidates who appeal to voters based on faith as ‘inappropriate’ and ‘divisive,’ and calls for religious appeals to be removed from political campaigns entirely.” Again, Charisma has taken statements so far out of context that their characterizations can be characterized as nothing short of outright lies.

To continue reading, please click here: Grumpy’s Grumblings

9 comments

  1. As I said in my comment on Jerry’s post, I wasn’t aware of this group, but it pleases me to see that there are many Christians who do not wish to turn this nation into a theocracy governed by narrow-minded, cruel, evil people such as some of the evangelical pastors I’ve seen and heard of late. Thanks for sharing Jerry’s post, my friend!

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  2. Fortunately many of us know of these faith (? )based groups who are quite happy to spread lies in order to get their own way. That they’re committing a sin doesn’t seem to bother them in the least. They Demonise George Soros because they know most Republicans will rise to the bait much as the Koch Brothers did to the Democrats.
    These people must know they’re on shaky ground that they have to be so inventive but they wouldn’t like too many Republicans to read and study the statements they made and compare it to the actual writings of the CACN. Stupid people aren’t stupid all of the time.
    Hugs

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    1. Thanks for that David. And to think, these false prophets are exempted from paying taxes due to their exempt status as non-profits. Yet, many of them live so high off the hog it’s disgusting. Sure wish we could do something to change that!

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      1. Ditto. They’re non-prophets really as they’re certainly not non-profits. They should be taxed on their income but they’d just claim they were gifts whereas I’d say they were charitable donations and ask for proof where the money is spent. Mansions and unnecessary transport fleets are not included.
        Hugs

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