Yes, it's time once again for Smart-Alecky-Blogger- Christmas, aka the Values Voters Summit! And what's this year's theme? Well, it may surprise you to learn that it's "Christians are being Persecuted in America" again!
For instance, here is what nominee Donald Trump had to say about the horrible scourge of persecution going on in today's Christian Churches:
The Johnson Amendment has blocked our pastors and ministers and others from speaking their minds from their own pulpits. If they want to talk about Christianity, if they want to preach, if they want to talk about politics, they are unable to do so.
Yes, any church in America you go into you'll see ministers unable to preach. Or talk about religion at all. They're mostly just doing crowd work now.
So, anyone here from out of town?
All religious leaders should be able to freely express their thoughts and feelings on religious matters. And I will repeal the Johnson Amendment if I am elected your president. I promise. So important. Thank you. So important.
Ah, the classic promise-to-do-something-a-president-can't-actually-do followed by the repeated sentence fragment. Classic!
Mmm. . .that's good gibberish!
This started in a building of mine in Manhattan. I had 50 pastors in a big conference room. And we actually had 50 pastors, two rabbis, a couple of priests
So, 50 pastors, a couple of priests and two rabbis walk into a buffoon's conference room. . .
we were all talking and we were there for two hours. And at the end, it was a love-fest. We all agreed. It was like a love-fest. …. And I said to them, I'd love your support. … And I know they wanted to give me their total support, 100 percent. Just like I had in the primaries
Yes, Donald. Eeeeveryone loves you!
And I said, “I really would like your support.” And they didn't really know what I was talking about.
No one ever really knows what you're talking about because you speak in gobbeldygook!
Oh, sorry. I mean "because you're so much smarter than everyone else!" heh heh heh!
And they didn't really know what I was talking about. And I said, “What's going on here?” They said, “Well, sir, we can't do that because we would be violating the laws.”
Okay, first of all, no they did not call you "sir." No one calls you "sir" who isn't on your payroll.
Or Roger Ailes's.
And also, since when do conservative clergymen worry about violating the law? How many conservative ministers speak every year at events like Value Voters Summit, CPAC, the Republican National Convention?
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You were there! You were there when these ministers addressed the throng of deplorables at the RNC! You know this!
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And I said, “What's the punishment?” “Well, we could lose our tax exempt status,” which of course is a massive penalty. I said, “Tell me about this.” And we sat down. They talked about it. … So we were looking down on to the sidewalk and there were people walking on the sidewalk. I said, “So, folks, what you're telling me is those people walking way, way down there on the sidewalk have really more power than you do because they're allowed to express their feelings and thoughts openly and without penalty?” ... They looked at me and they said, “That's actually right. They have more power than we do. We're not allowed to express.”
That is a completely ridiculous lie!
Those people on the sidewalk have exactly the same right to freedom of speech as the ministers and rabbis in your made-up make believe conference that didn't happen.
They both have every right to express their political opinion everywhere except in the pulpit. And these clergymen would have known this if they were real clergymen who actually existed.
But yeah, point taken. American Christians are totally persecuted every day, fed to the lions, burned at the stake, the whole bit. That's why the catacombs are full every Sunday.