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Evangelical Pastor Says Recent Pro-Trump Christian Event He Attended Left Him ‘Absolutely Horrified’

Caleb Campbell is a pastor at Desert Springs Bible Church in Phoenix, and he says that something he witnesses at a supposedly “Christian” pro-Trump event he recently attended left him disgusted by how scriptures were being misquoted and even used to justify some of of the most hateful things imaginable.

Speaking with Nathan Vandeklippe of The Toronto Globe and Mail, Campbell notes that he was at a revival event sponsored by Turning Point, a conservative group based in Phoenix that is associated with conservative broadcaster Charlie Kirk.

“I was absolutely terrified and horrified,” Mr. Campbell recalled. He was in a familiar environment: people gathered inside a church singing Christian worship music, with a prayer and a collection of money.

But the person delivering the homily was not a minister. It was Charlie Kirk, a college dropout who has become a prominent conservative broadcaster and pivotal figure in spreading and sustaining the new U.S. wave of populist conservatism. He talks “like a pastor would talk,” Mr. Campbell recalled.

That includes bringing the Bible to the pulpit. Mr. Kirk regularly refers to the Book of Jeremiah, where the 29th verse says, “seek the peace and prosperity of the city.” Mr. Kirk, however, replaces “seek” with “demand,” a notion that becomes the basis for him to argue, Mr. Campbell said, for a proclamation of “why we’ve got to demand our gun rights and demand school choice.”

God and guns, what an odd mashup of completely disparate concepts. But some in the right-wing religious community seem convinced that Jesus would be toting an AR-15 if he was walking among us in this day and time. So much for that whole “prince of peace” thing, huh?

Kirk has gone even further, telling followers that the Founding Fathers didn’t actually want separation of church and state, remarking that “the church founded this country,” which would certainly be news to Thomas Jefferson, who created his own version of The Bible and didn’t think religion had any place in the workings of government. As a matter of fact, the deliberate mixing of religion and government was one of the main reasons the Jefferson and others like him left England and declared their independence from a tyrannical king who was cloaked in the blessings of the church.

Campbell adds that even more troubling than what Kirk said at the revival was the way his message was so rapturously received by attendees:

“What was shocking to me was the people in the room raising their hands and saying, ‘Amen. Hallelujah.’ They were having a religious experience.”

And that’s not all that was being spouted at the event, Campbell notes. There was also plenty of fearmongering about how ethnic minorities and others were attacking white Christians:

“They’re afraid the outsider is going to take over and eliminate their life. It’s the erasure part that is the greatest threat,” he said. He came to understand Mr. Trump’s “Make America Great Again” as “an appeal to ethnic preservation,” in the guise of defending a Christian nation.

Campbell now sees his mission as one of trying to counter the hateful messages being spewed by Kirk and others.

Campbell says he is driven to counteract what he sees as a false doctrine of power, one that conflates political and religious kingdom-building. Such an idea is not new to Christendom, he said, pointing to Rome under Constantine and Charlemagne.

“It’s a perpetual heresy,” he said. “This one just is sprinkled with red, white and blue. This one tastes like apple pie.”

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Former Trump Spiritual Adviser Trashes Donald – Says He Acts ‘Like A Little Elementary Schoolchild’

A longtime spiritual adviser to disgraced, one-term, twice-impeached former president Donald Trump is now trashing him, remarking that the ex-president “like a little elementary schoolchild” and that his preoccupation with childish spats keeps him from being able to focus on any real goals.

The Washington Post reports that James Robison, the president of the Christian group Life Outreach International, made his comments at the National Association of Christian Lawmakers (NACL), a right-wing political group that focuses on social issues.

Several minutes into his speech, Robison brought up Trump, recalling how the then-presidential nominee had courted his endorsement. In Robison’s retelling, Republican Ben Carson had told Trump that Robison would only endorse him if they spoke for an hour. Trump protested, saying he didn’t speak to anyone for more than 15 minutes.

The two ended up speaking for an hour and a half, Robison said.

After that, “the man started calling me on his cellphone, and then he started asking me to call him,” Robison said Wednesday, referring to Trump. He claimed that for five years Trump “took every single call I made,” sometimes two or three a day. Robison said that on those calls he would preach to Trump, who reportedly marveled that Robison never wanted anything in return. Trump, however, didn’t necessarily take Robison’s advice.

“He heard, [but] he didn’t always heed.”

The crowd grew quiet, The Post notes, as Robison began slamming the failed former president.

“‘Sir, you act like a little elementary schoolchild and you shoot yourself in the foot every morning you get up and open your mouth! The more you keep your mouth closed, the more successful you’re gonna be!’”

Robison added that Trump wants to divide people, which needs to end:

“It’s time for us to get together and pray and stop trying to destroy each other, and I make that loud and clearly heard to Mr. Trump! We’ve got to quit amputating each other, slicing each other, and come together in supernatural unity that Jesus Christ prayed for!”

Other evangelical Christians have also been highly critical of Trump in recent months. Mike Evans, a former member of the evangelical advisory board, writing earlier this month:

“Donald Trump can’t save America. He can’t even save himself. He used us to win the White House. We had to close our mouths and eyes when he said things that horrified us. I cannot do that anymore.”

Trump formally announced he is running again in 2024 on Tuesday evening at Mar-a-Lago. It remains to be seen if anyone other than the most rabid MAGA faithful are interested in seeing him in the White House again.

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Donald Trump Compares Himself To Jesus Christ

The most immoral man to ever hold the office of president — a man who has been married three times and cheated on all three of his wives — wants the world to know that among those who have walked the face of the earth, he is second only to Jesus Christ.

Yes, you read that correctly: Donald Trump believes that he is the second greatest human ever born outside of the Lord and Savior of the religion he professes to believe in.

Business Insider reports:

Former President Donald Trump shared a post on his Truth Social account on Friday, declaring him as “second” only to Jesus.

The post by Truth Social user @austinnegrete said: “Jesus is the Greatest. President @realDonaldTrump is the second greatest.”

It accompanied an image of a painting of Jesus by artist Dan Wilson.

Trump “ReTruthed,” or reposted, the Jesus comparison to his 4.1 million Truth Social followers.

It probably won’t surprise you to learn that this isn’t the first time Trump has put him self on the same exalted level as Christ.

In August 2019, Trump proudly told reporters “I am the chosen one” while discussing trade negotiations with China.

Reaction on social media to Trump’s latest claim was immediate and harsh.

 

 

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GED Queen Lauren Boebert Proves Her Ignorance Of English While Reading A Bible Verse

Colorado Republican Congresswoman Lauren Boebert is once again proving that not only is she ignorant when it comes to the English language, she’s also a hypocrite who doesn’t understand the Bible she loves to quote as a defense for her indefensible actions and utterances.

Case in point: Boebert was reading from the Book of Romans, HuffPost reports, when she ran across a word that completely threw her.

Boebert, a conspiracy theorist who has embraced QAnon extremism, was reciting a passage from Romans that ― in “The Message” edition she was reading from ― referred to “wanton killing.” Except Boebert pronounced it more like “wonton,” the delicious dumpling often found in soup at Chinese restaurants.

“I don’t know what a wonton killing is. I’m gonna have to look that one up, but it sounds interesting.”

Oh, shit! There’s gonna be a wonton killing. Sure hope someone brought the teriyaki or sweet and sour sauce.

Of course, Boebert’s massive ignorance of the language that confounds her shouldn’t surprise anyone. She didn’t even manage to earn her GED high school equivalency until she was elected.

Fact-checking site Snopes.com confirmed that Boebert did indeed wait until after her election to get her GED:

On her educational background, she said she never claimed to have graduated from Rifle High School. “I went to my high school,” she said.

“I was a brand-new mom, and I had to make hard decisions on successfully raising my child, or getting to high school biology class. And I chose to take care of my child,” she said.

Boebert said she received her GED after completing a four-course review.

“I didn’t go through the typical education course,” she said. “I was a great student. I had great grades. I loved being there, but I was starting my family and had different priorities.”

Twitter users were eager to mock Boebert, and they did so with great gusto:

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Eric Trump Declares: No One ‘Has Done More For Christianity’ Than My Daddy – No One!

Now that whey can sense their old man is in very deep legal trouble that he cannot bribe, talk, or worm his way out of, the two oldest male Trump spawn, Don Jr. and Eric, are desperately trying to wage a public PR campaign on his behalf, as under the mistaken belief that anyone wants to hear their bullshit other than the last dregs of humanity who still believe every word a Trump utters.

At something called Northern Kentucky Freedom Fest that’s being this weekend, Eric got up and regaled the pitiful excuse of a crowd with tales of what a great man his, according to Cincinnati.com:

Eric Trump told the crowd that when he found out the FBI was raiding Mar-a-Lago last month, he said he immediately thought: ‘What the hell are 30 FBI agents doing outside our gate?’”

“Shouldn’t they be standing outside of Hunter Biden’s house?” he asked. The crowd roared and Eric Trump continued, firing back at President Joe Biden for suggesting some Trump supporters are fascists.

“He’s using the FBI to protect his son while raiding his political opponents’ house. Tell me what’s fascism,” Eric Trump said.

But there was something else Eric said that has set off waves of laughter and revulsion online. He said, “There’s no one who’s done more for Christianity than Donald Trump. No one.”

Is that right, Eric? Are we talking about the same Donald Trump who has been married three times, cheated on all of his wives, paid hush money to a porn star, and was accused of raping a 13-year-old girl with his BFF Jeffrey Epstein, whom he likely had killed while in federal custody? Is that the guy who has done more for Christianity than anyone else? More than Pope Francis? More than Jesus himself?

Or is it the same Donald Trump who mocked Christians while he was still president, commenting:

But Trump’s promises to protect religious freedom, his nomination of pro-life judges, and his gushing—“I love the evangelicals. And they love me,” he said in a 2016 line that he repeated last year—is not a sentiment he consistently upholds in private. He reportedly revealed as much in 2015, commenting on a story about an Atlanta millionaire televangelist who turned to his followers to raise the $60 million it costs to own a Gulfstream private jet. “They’re all hustlers,” Trump reportedly told Michael Cohen.

Same guy, Eric, or some other Donald Trump we haven’t yet met because he doesn’t exist except in your fervent fantasies?

Social media was both amused and disgusted by Eric’s absurd comment, and they let him have it.