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I am reminded of how Hugo Black joined the KKK and later claimed he didn't really realize what it was about. Of course he knew. He joined it because he wanted to get elected in Alabama. And then he spent the rest of his career showing that he disagreed with everything the Klan stood for, and his family suffered for it back in Alabama.

But wait for a republican to say in response to this, "Robert Byrd," who, yes, was in the KKK, and then spent decades apologizing for it and making up for it.

MAGA Mike is a racist, a sexist, a porn addict (why else would he need something to check himself), and a traitor. In other words, a mainstream republican.

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Real Christians look for good in people and society, and are interested in making lives better. Homosexuality exists not only in people, but in animals--it's just a simple biological fact of LIFE among sexual beings (writ large). Fake Christians want to visit hellfire and damnation on those who reject their view of the world, rather than trying to make the world a better place.

Saying that homosexual sex is sinful, and that homosexual life partnerships should be prohibited is an attempt to prevent love from happening among a large percentage of H. sapiens. But social contagion is real, and the more love there is in the world, the better off the world is. My best friend's third marriage, to the first truly appropriate woman he's married, has boosted my well-being, as did the marriage of my ex from the '00s, to a really good guy who was a much better fit for her than I was.

There was a wonderful story in the comic strip, Boondocks, where Huey, and his friend Michael Ceasar tried to find a good boyfriend for Condoleeza Rice, with the expectation that getting her a boyfriend might help end the wars perpetrated by the Bush2 Administration.

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You’ve hit the nail on the head Tom. The “antichrist” will look nothing like Trump or Putin. He will seem harmless, wrapped in platitudes and bible verses. A Trojan Horse never looks dangerous.

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Dec 3, 2023Liked by TCinLA

Johnson is worse than we thought?? That. Is. Saying. Alot.

And you're right.

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Thanks for the details. I was already of the opinion that Mike Johnson is a scary, unhinged guy, but you confirmed my worst fears.

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Yowza! That was a mouthful, Tom! Bravo! And we do, indeed, as a nation, need to keep a very wary eye on these fascist lunatics

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Chock full of information. Every paragraph held my interest. I feel much more informed than I did 20 minutes ago. I appreciate you, Tom.

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Comfort needs to be stripped of his name. He wasn't what the angels had in mind with "tidings of comfort and joy."

There is a strain of Biblical scholarship, btw, that says the sin of Sodom wasn't homosexuality, but failure of hospitality to strangers.

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"Beware the man wearing sheeps clothing."

Keep peeling Mike Johnson's

lambs wool away. Backbencher my foot! Just been waiting in the dark shadows.

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Dec 3, 2023Liked by TCinLA

Tim Alberta of The Atlantic: “ The son of an evangelical Presbyterian minister who came to religion from finance, Alberta lays bare his hurt over how the cross has grown ever more synonymous with those who most fervently wave the Stars and Stripes, on the right of the political spectrum.”

Alberta points out “religious nones” are growing stronger at the polls, especially among younger voters. So Johnson may not be so cool to the next generation…

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2023/dec/02/kingdom-power-glory-review-tim-alberta-trump-evangelical

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Telling that woman seeking an abortion “You’ll never forget this day.” That’s spell casting. He is wishing her ill and planting a thought in her head in order to punish her in the future for a belief in HIS own mind.

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I’m not totally convinced humankind is inherently evil, but those Living Waters guys....🧐

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These kinds of “Christians” are terribly dangerous. They judge, and sentence certain people to death. They cast spells when they say gay people will get Monkeypox as their inevitable just due. They project endlessly as in Tom’s first paragraph and throw around the word “Antichrist” planting seeds of evil in the brains of their followers. They put themselves on God’s throne and strut around with daggers in their belts picking people off. They lust after power. I take them very seriously.

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Dec 3, 2023Liked by TCinLA

"They are far right radical revolutionaries.”

I usually say "far right radical reactionaries", but revolutionaries also fits. One thing that they are not is Americans. Their regressive ideas/goals bare no resemblance to those of the Founders of this country. They would even be a nightmare to the Birchers.

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Dec 3, 2023·edited Dec 3, 2023Liked by TCinLA

Just an *ahem*, search warrant says the Zieglers had just one previous encounter.

They're still hypocrites.

https://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/article282586063.html

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Loved this piece, Tom, because it explains how a backbencher like Johnson ascended to his position of power, and more importantly, implies how he plans to hold it.

But I see the current radicalism as quite calculated. The mutha of the current right wing jackals, the Tea Party, was manufactured by Dick Armey, Newt Gingrich, and others at the command of the Koch brothers and others of their ilk who wanted to hide their true and long-term goals at the rear of a populist parade. Armey was busy rounding up senior citizens and inducing them to wear tricorns and demonstrate with offers of charter bus trips and box lunches. They steered McCain's campaign to Palin in order to enhance the anti-intellectualism that's always been a part of populism and would lure in the naive. The populism as an accelerant has just been replaced with religious zealotry. What was at work then is at work now: dark money.

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