A Confession from Doug Draper, a proud member of the media and “enemy of the people”
Posted April 25th, 2019 on Niagara At Large
Every once in a while – but not very often, Thank God – someone will ask me if I go to church, and if not, why.
And rather than lying like some people do, I like to give the inquiring individual an honest answer and say ‘no’ to the first part of the question.
Then I usually use the latest example of self-righteous, in-your-face hypocrisy I have read about or witnessed on the television news (which is usually something I’ve read or witnessed that day) to answer the second part.
So if some inquiring (or is that ‘Enquiring’) person were to ask me that question today, I would start with the usual “no” and finish with a tweet that has just been sent out by an individual who does for the reputation of a Christian preachers what the Koch brothers do for the reputation of people of wealth or what Donald Trump does for the reputation of politicians, or what Mark Zuckerberg does these days for the reputation of social media.
That individual is the Reverend Franklin Graham – an American evangelist and son of the late Reverend Billy Graham who I didn’t mind as much because he wasn’t half as delusional as his son – and the tweet he sent out sometime overnight as April 24th was transitioning into April 25th, was aimed at South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg (or “Mayor Pete” as people who have trouble pronouncing his last name call him), an American military veteran and openly gay, married man in his late 30s now running in the primaries as a Democrat candidate for President of the United States.
Here, for your edification, is the gist of Reverend Graham’s tweet –
“Presidential candidate & South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg is right – God doesn’t have a political party,’ the son of the late evangelical preacher Billy Graham tweeted.
‘But God does have commandments, laws & standards He gives us to live by.
‘God doesn’t change.
‘His Word is the same yesterday, today & forever.
‘Mayor Buttigieg says he’s a gay Christian.
‘As a Christian I believe the Bible which defines homosexuality as sin, something to be repentant of, not something to be flaunted, praised or politicized.”
All of this sanctimony coming from a leading member of a large flock of evangelical Christians in the United States who worship Donald Trump as if he were the Second Coming and who go to him, if he is anywhere near, to autograph their Bibles, which he has actually been seen doing for the faithful as if he were signing a copy of ‘The Art of the Deal.’
It matters not to these holy people that this greedy, orange hair, hate-mongering, narcissistic con man they choose to slither around in the swamp with keeps proving he is all of those things and more every single day.
It matters not that he has been caught bragging on tape about “grabbing p**sy” and has arranged to pay hush money and have “catch and kill” contracts signed to shut porn stars, Playboy bunnies and others up about elicit affairs he has had with them.
Nor does it matter to these holy people that Trump blatantly and shamelessly lies at least 30 or 40 times a day about all of that, along with a manure pile of other awful things he and his crime family do every day.
I sure don’t get it, but as I said at the beginning of this commentary, it has been quite a long time since I’ve been to church so maybe they are now down to nine commandments and have ditched the one about lying somewhere along the way.
Apparently they also skip the verses in the Bible where Jesus delivers the Sermon on the Mount because you don’t hear or see very much of the moral teachings about love and tolerance and generosity that come out of that either.
No, that young Mayor Pete from South Bend, Indiana needs to repent but Trump can do anything he wants just so long has he keeps stacking the courts, including the Supreme Court, with more anti-abortion lawyers.
Trump can even go on supporting border security policies that involve ripping children away from their mothers and putting them in cages, just so long as the children they rip away are brown and are no longer in the fetal stage.
So getting back to the original question, what is the point of going to church and doing all of that praying and repenting if you are just going to come out and embrace behaviour like that?
I don’t normally like to but I have found myself getting into the odd discussion like this with holy people and they have sometime ended by saying that they don’t appreciate a “non-believer” like me criticizing their religious beliefs.
My answer to that is that I’d be happy not to talk to them about their religious beliefs at all if they stopped trying to use the halls of government and courts to push them down everyone else’s throats.
One thing I am a great believer in is separation of church and state – something that the Reverend Franklin Graham and his sheep obviously have no regard for.
Anyway, a lot of these lofty questions about morals and the sanctity of life and the place of religion in our lives are way above my pay grade or any earthly powers I have as a human being to fully answer them.
So I am going to leave the final word on religion, abortion and the sanctity of my life to one of my favourite preachers, George Carlin.
And fair warning, he makes use of the F-bomb a few times to punctuate some of his points, and for some of you right-wing Evangelical Christians out there who pretend to be offended by the use of the F-bomb, just reminder that one of your favourite anti-abortion politicians, Donald Trump, is quoted using it in the recent released Mueller report.
Click on the screen below to hear and watch Reverend Carlin preaching the gospel on right-wing Christians and the sanctity of life –
Remember what Reverend Carlin said – especially all you right-wing, anti-abortion Christians out there who have eggs for breakfast or use them to bake a cake for the church bazaar – “Chickens are decent people.”
Unfortunately, George Carlin die after a long battle with heart disease in June of 2008 – just weeks before he was to receive the prestigious Mark Twain Prize for American Humour at the Kennedy Centre for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
One could only imagine what he would have to say today about the likes of Donald Trump and the Reverend Franklin Graham.
No one around today – not even a Bill Maher or John Oliver – could quite match it.
To read a news media account of the Reverend Franklin Graham’s tweet, click on – https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6957179/Evangelical-preacher-Franklin-Graham-says-Mayor-Pete-Buttigieg-repent-gay.html .
For the record, here is a clip of the Mayor Pete that some find so offensive, during a recent appearance of Bill Maher’s HBO program, Real Time. Click on the screen below to watch –
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