Deplorable Religion

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Peace and Justice Memorial (to lynching victims), Montgomery, AL

This WA POST article on a small town church south of Montgomery, Alabama is troubling to say the least.

Judgment Days

Among people who actually celebrate being “deplorable” (obviously no one but Hillary ever looked up the word)–the faith perspective is almost frightening.

Obama a Muslim.  He and Hillary sent by Satan.  Trump send by God.

Ridiculous enough.  But I found these statements even more. . .deplorable (“something to weep for and regret deeply,” “shockingly bad in quality”).

A “Sunday School teacher” (!) said:

“Obama was acting at the behest of the Islamic nation.”  “He carried a Koran and it was not for literary purposes. If you look at it, the number of Christians is decreasing, the number of Muslims has grown. We allowed them to come in.”

“Obama woke a sleeping nation,” said Linda.

“He woke a sleeping Christian nation,” [another churchmember] corrected.

As for the Trumpster:

“I think he’s the right man for the right time. It’s about the survival of the Christian nation.”

Then, this:

“Love thy neighbor, she said, meant “love thy American neighbor.”

Welcome the stranger, she said, meant the “legal immigrant stranger.”

“The Bible says, ‘If you do this to the least of these, you do it to me,’ ” Sheila said, quoting Jesus. “But the least of these are Americans, not the ones crossing the border.”

The Sunday School teacher believes the “racial divide” is getting worse.  She thinks the Peace and Justice (“lynching”) Memorial in Montgomery where she lived through the “scary time” of the Civil Rights movement, is just “promoting violence.”

She’s upset about protesting against police and talking about slavery.

“Slaves were valued,” she said. “They got housing. They got fed. They got medical care.”

Enough said.

Another glaring example of the immense educational obstacles we face if we’re ever to move forward as a nation.

I still think HRC chose the perfect word–Deplorable–for these people, their beliefs and the ignorance we face.  Truly something to weep for.  And commit to teaching critical thinking while working for human rights and justice.

 

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