These days, there's not much to distinguish the Trump administration's hoards of religious loonies from the Taliban or the Islamic State loonies. Today Trump has nominated a lifelong right wing (and Catholic) judge - Brett Kavanagh - who has deep ties to the conservative establishment - as his choice for Supreme Court... a decision, which if approved by the Senate, would provide him with a permanent majority to provide legal approval for all his shitty and devious decisions.
Of course, being America, there had to be a love-in first. Making the announcement on reality TV, Trump lied his way to the end...“In keeping with President Reagan’s legacy, I do not ask about a nominee’s personal opinions,” Trump - trying to keep a straight face - schmoozed in the East Room of the White House. “What matters is not a judge’s political views but whether they can set aside those views to do what the law and the Constitution require. I am pleased to say that I have found, without doubt, such a person.” Baloney ! (at this point, viewer ratings soared and adults began to cry with gratitude.)
Kavanagh outdid Trump with his arslikkin response..."“No president has ever consulted more widely or talked with more people from more backgrounds to seek input about a Supreme Court nomination,” Kavanaugh said. “Mr. President, I am grateful to you, and I am humbled by your confidence in me.” And there you have it. A stitch-up. As the article from the Washington Post stated...(Read more) ...."Republican leaders firmly believe that Kavanaugh could be instrumental in pitching the ideological makeup of the court to the right and leaving a conservative imprint on the law for a generation." And make no mistake, religion, family values and all the other hypocritical shit of the faux god-squad will come to haunt the free-thinking democratic values of the state.
While it is impossible to overstate the long-term importance of the next court appointment, Mr. Sessions (Attorney General) - and many of his fellow cabinet members - offer textbook examples of the everyday perils of entangling religion with politics. Mr. Sessions’s citation of the opening verse of Romans 13, which declares that every soul must be “subject to the governing authorities” and that there is “no authority except that which God has established,” inflamed an already bitter debate over immigration.
The White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, followed up with a reminder that it was “very biblical” to enforce the law. (See also the Red Hen article in SoM.) Neither went on to quote the verse in the epistle that proclaims, “Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.”
Many pro-immigration religious leaders, including Catholics, Protestants, Jews and Muslims, took umbrage at the biblical justification for a policy that could hardly be described as loving. Their objections, however, were based mainly on the idea that Mr. Sessions had picked the wrong verse." And there you have it. Americans don't even know or understand anymore that they're not allowed to quote any religious texts as justification for their underhand political shenanigans. It so it was left to secular organizations to identify all religious rationalizations as the fundamental problem. “The separation of church and state means that we don’t base public policy on the Bible or any religious book.”
Scott Pruitt, who resigned as head of the Environmental Protection Agency in disgrace Thursday (fraudulent fucker.. no surprise there) exited with a letter that repeatedly used the word “blessed” to describe his service. As Trump's choice as head of the Environmental Protection Agency he asserted that ....."Americans who want stricter environmental standards are contradicting the Bible." As he went on to say: "God wants human to consume natural gas and oil and not keep it in the ground." Well said !! I love a man who knows what god wants.. since god seems to have no idea himself...
In another example, the genius that is former ("missing brain") surgeon Ben Carson, the secretary of housing and urban development and a devout Seventh-day Adventist, has described commitment to the separation of church and state as “crap,” prompted by “political correctness.” Again, no surprise there. Ben Carson has a stained-glass window in his house depicting him seated with a small Christ in the background placing a hand on his shoulder in approval. Fuckin' nuts. And the list of rich, greedy, nasty, adulterous loony god-invokers goes on and on.
Bye-Bye Ms American Pie.. and welcome to the US Taliban..
The separation of church and state in the US is now directly under threat by a concerted campaign to de-legitimise secular thinking