Friday, May 5, 2017

Religious fantasies

Whiny Baby Donald continues probing the Constitution to see how much of it Americans will surrender without a fuss. (Mort Sahl said Nixon read the Constitution looking for loopholes.)

 That explains why his order on religion in politics is so much less antiAmerican than the draft leaked three months ago. Remember, though, that whoever wrote that draft is still working for Trump.

And filling the empty spaces in his head with ideas like this:

“For too long, the federal government has used the power of the state as a weapon against people of faith, bullying and even punishing Americans for following their religious beliefs. You are now in a position where you can say what you want to say.”
You laugh, but there are millions and millions of Christians who imagine they are being persecuted. Recall the undying alarm in the churches about the imaginary government move to suppress religious broadcasting.

As a relic of my days as a newspaper book reviewer, I get constant offers of strange books. Some are very strange.  Last week, I got this pitch:

 In a daring new political thriller, lawyer and author Richard T. Dolezal imagines a world where people of faith must strive to take their country back. In The Fourth Vow, a chance discovery gives the Catholic Church irrefutable proof that the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is executing a decades-long strategy to destroy Christianity in America. Pope John Paul II retains famed trial lawyer Carson Elliott to confront the ACLU. The ACLU responds by having Elliott killed. And so it begins.

“And look at society today.  It is quite easy to observe how vulgar, uncaring, coarse, rude and sexually-explicit our culture has become, and how unpatriotic and poorly informed some people are," Dolezal says. "Those of us who have lived awhile can remember a better society. In my book, I suggest that an ‘incremental evil’ has slowly insinuated itself into our daily discourse and dulled our senses to its ugliness. Where are the Christians pushing back?”

In the Rose Garden.

Need it be said that you have to be stone crazy to imagine the ACLU as a hit squad? 


  1. If there is a market and the guy is making money of it, he is the smart one.

    Trump probably doesn't believe half he says, but it gave him yuuuge advantadges to say so, including the presidency of the USA. He sure is smarter than I.

  2. And then, there is this:

    "Today's executive order signing was an elaborate photo-op with no discernible policy outcome. After careful review of the order's text we have determined that the order does not meaningfully alter the ability of religious institutions or individuals to intervene in the political process. The order portends but does not yet do harm to the provision of reproductive health services."

  3. True, but as a probe it showed that Americans, or at least Trumpian Americans, don't want to protect religious liberty and non-interference. He'll be back with worse.