Trump theocrats claim abuses against women and LGBT people are Christian values

By Rmuse | 3 August 2018
Daily Kos

(Credit: The Associated Press)

If Americans are the least bit doubtful that the Trump theocrats are on a White House-sanctioned global crusade to spread their savage version of Christianity, a recent announcement at the State Department should disabuse their reservations.

It is not a revelation that evangelical extremists yearn for an executive order from Trump asserting that punishing women for making their own reproductive choice is exercising religious freedom, and legal. It is also common knowledge among cognizant Americans that part and parcel of the religious right’s definition of religious freedom is brutalizing the LGBTQ community according to their Christian values. Now it is an official policy of the Trump administration intent on imposing the evangelical extremists’ style of religious freedom around the world; and any opposition to that imposition of religious freedom is officially religious persecution.

In yet another move legitimizing the evangelical rights’ bigotry and hatred, the Trump administration sent a clear signal that Christian America will no longer denounce countries that punish LGBT citizens or women for making their own reproductive health choices. In fact, going forward, nations that embrace religious-driven hatred leading to imprisonment and/or death of LGBTQ people, and abuse targeting women, will be rewarded by Christian America; because Christian-inspired hatred and bigotry exemplify Christian values according to Trump’s theocrats.

During an atrocity in a secular nation in Washington D.C., the Christian Values proclamation came during the State Department’s Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom. The Trump theocrat honored to tell the world that Christian bigotry and hatred epitomize America’s Christian values was the director of Office of Management and Budget, Mick Mulvaney.

Mulvaney’s announcement entailed attacking the Obama Administration for threatening to withhold foreign aid to countries that punish women and members of the LGBTQ community. The evangelical right’s war on women and gays is now a global crusade sponsored by the Trump theocrats’ pushing a brutal version of religious freedom according to evangelical extremists.

Mulvaney said the theocrats in Trump’s administration will no longer encourage countries to abandon their draconian and deadly anti-LGBT and anti-women’s choice laws. Instead, Mulvaney defended criminalizing and punishing homosexuality as an American religious freedom issue, and that abusing and discriminating against women and gays embodies Christian values. According to Mulvaney and evangelical zealots, it is a disgrace that President Obama dared represent America as promoting women’s and LGBTQ rights.

As part of his remarks to the State Department’s Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom, Mulvaney said:

Our US taxpayer dollars are used to discourage Christian values in other countries. It was stunning to me that my government under a previous administration would say, ‘We know that you have a law against abortion, but if you enforce that law, you’re not going to get any of our money. We know you have a law against homosexuality, but if you enforce that law, we’re not going to give you any money.’

That is a type of religious persecution that I never expected to see.

I never expected to see that as an American Christian, that we would be doing that to other folks.

I am here to let you know there a lot of people in this government who want to see things done differently. They want to do something.

What that means is that in the Trump theocracy denying women access to reproductive health care and criminalizing homosexuality indicates Christian values; while opposing discrimination against women and homophobia is religious persecution.

As Zack Ford at ThinkProgress noted, “Mulvaney’s implication that the Trump administration would turn a blind eye to anti-gay persecution around the world is consistent with actions it has already taken.”

As part of the religious freedom crusade promoting Christian Values globally, Trump already rejected a United Nations resolution condemning the use of the death penalty to target LGBTQ people. The Trump theocrats gave some lame excuse about not opposing the proper use of the death penalty, but it is noteworthy that Trump has mentioned that according to the head of domestic policy, Mike “preacher” Pence, proper use of the death penalty would be hanging all gays based on the Christian bible’s Old Testament rules.

It is also noteworthy that another Trump theocrat, Attorney General J. Beauregard Sessions proclaimed earlier this summer that America has ceased granting asylum to people who are victims of violence and abuse, and that America would be adding many new barriers to the asylum process. That includes new policies targeting LGBTQ people fleeing persecution to make it impossible for them to escape the brutal Christian values cult Trump’s theocrats are defending as part of their global religious freedom crusade.

It should be painfully obvious now that in America under Trump’s theocracy, Christian Values include criminalizing anything the evangelical extremist cult deems ungodly. And it is significant that the religious right supporting Trump’s theocrats are self-appointed authorities on what is ungodly, such as women’s reproductive rights and homosexuality. Further, anything resembling opposition to or non-compliance with those Christian Values is religious persecution. It is something that has been happening in America for a decade, at least, but it was never an official policy position until now.

Most Americans keeping abreast of the GOP’s crusade towards theocracy were already aware of what evangelical zealots considered religious persecution, but it has never been proclaimed publicly at the State Department by a high-ranking government official. However, it is now official and Americans should shudder at the revelation. It is a damn frightening prospect that anyone opposing the evangelicals’ brutal Christian values faces being accused of religious persecution; especially in an evangelical theocracy in the midst of an honest-to-dog religious crusade.

It is true that all Americans claiming Christianity do not embrace Christian values focusing on punishing homosexuality and criminalizing a woman’s right to self determination regarding her reproductive choices, but those Christians are not running the government. They are also not screaming in the streets that Trump and his theocrats do not represent Christian values. And why should they?

After all, they embrace the same Christian bible that the vicious evangelical extremist sect asserts gives them religious freedom to abuse women and gays – what they claim expresses their Christian values. And anyone opposing the imposition of Christian values is committing religious persecution. It is not a new policy by any means, but it is now the official position of America under Trump’s theocracy and it began in earnest the day of Trump’s poorly attended inauguration.

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10 COMMENTS

  1. If only it were that easy. Unfortunately, bigotry, hatred, and stupidity are handed down, all the same.

    If it were me, I'd be more concerned with the model I show my children and the kindness I can show before I'd be contemplating the lives of others when it is none of my business. Hello? Golden rule? MYOB? More need to practice keeping their thoughts focused on their own family's & lives.

  2. All the more reason to tax religion out of existence and mock its believers into silence.

    There is no room for Christianity in the modern world. It's a fake, it's a fraud, it's a violent and destructive cult.

    I despise it.

    • Your problem with Christianity (and not only yours $ is that TRUE Christians are so far outnumbered in our country. I believe that Jesus totally disapproves of “fake Christians” who live, act and think totally opposite from his teachings and his example.Too many people regard the title of “Christian” a membership in a “club”! Not so. You are right to disrespect these CINOs. (Christians in Name only))

  3. This is NEVER about faith, or Christ. This is always about money made from fear mongering. Jim Bakker telling people their kids and grandkids will die if they don’t buy his “end of the world” pancake mix for sixty bucks. Taking advantage of ignorant, frightened people.

  4. Separation of church and state, extolled by the founding fathers, upheld by the Supreme Court, and still a battle ground after 250 years. Opposed only by totalitarian evangelical con men and women. It is time to enforce 901 (c) (3) rules against political activity or pay tax. Did you ever see a list of the net worth of those Evangelical minister? It would make your hear spin. That list also includes that convicted crook Jim Bakker. They are this periods snake oil pitchmen.

  5. When I was 12 years old, I was"saved" while attending a summer camp run but a Baptist minister. I have lived almost all of my life in the mddle west and the southland, most of it in North Carolina, in the very heart of the Bible Belt. Thus I am quite familiar with the myopic view of "reality" by evangelicals. As a Catholic, living in these regions and being a definite minority, I was assured, many a time, that I would surely burn in the lake of fire because I belonged to the "apostate" church. A little girl who grew up in the house next to mine asked me if Catholics were Christians because her evangelical father told her we were not. Now that girl is an evangelical missionary in Romania with six children or her own and a 7th on the way. They've invited me to visit them next summer but given the political and extreme religiosity loose in this country and the attitude I hear about in Europe, I am reluctant to visit them. I am not a member of the LBGT community and I've long thought abortion was not a good thing. But those are MY views. Neither I nor the evangelical community have a right to impose our views or our values on anyone. Even Jesus didn't do that, ie his discussion with the rich young man on achieving eternal life. He didn't judge or condemn the young man, threaten him with damnation; He left the choice up to him. Gandhi once said "I like your christ but I do not like your christians because they are so unlike your christ."

  6. I’m a Transgender Christian and a highly thought of person in the United Church of Christ. I live by the rule to love my neighbors as I would myself. That rule says nothing about rejecting someone because of their sexuality, gender, beliefs or anything else.

    Our forefathers left their homelands to come to the New Land of America to escape religious persecution. The same persecution we are seeing and experiencing today! It’s time that we stood up and separated religion from our Government!

  7. Someone needs to lead these Christians back to Christ. They have been corrupted.
    They think Jesus' two big issues were abortions and gays — when he didn't say anything about either one. It's clearly political.

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