By Aldous J Pennyfarthing | 5 June 2020
Sure, why not? Let’s just throw this at the wall, too, shall we? Gotta admit, it makes slightly more sense than saying atheism and gay pride parades cause earthquakes.
Speaking after more than a week of demonstrations against the police killing of George Floyd, a Black man in Minneapolis, [Texas Lt. Gov. Dan] Patrick tried to pin the nation’s long and deep-rooted racial problems on people not being religious enough ― and more specifically, “the left” not accepting Jesus Christ.
Patrick said on Fox News that Floyd’s killing and the unrest breaks his heart and that it’s an issue of “loving God.”
“You cannot love your fellow man if you don’t love God,” he said. “And we have a country where we’ve been working really hard, particularly on the left, to kick God out.”
That’s funny, considering that slavery and racism have traditionally been rationalized in this country via an unwavering belief in the Bible. And, of course, most slaveholders were Bible-thumping Christians.
But if the Trump era has taught us anything, it’s that there’s no reason to worry about history or evidence or consensus reality when you can just say things.
“You cannot change the culture of a country until you change the character of mankind. And you can’t change that unless you change the heart, and for billions of us on the planet, we believe you can’t do that unless you accept Jesus Christ or unless you accept God. God has been left out of this equation through all of this and we need tremendous healing. We cannot heal through commissions and blue-ribbon panels and more laws.”
So I guess as people in this country and around the world have become less Christian over the past 70 years, racism has gotten worse. Because in the ‘50s, when more than 90 percent of American adults identified as Christian, Black people never experienced racial animus of any kind. It was a golden era in race relations, for sure.
Also, the world’s more secular countries must also be far more racist, huh? That sounds right.
Of course, Patrick amply demonstrated his Christian bona fides back in March when he suggested we sacrifice more grannies to get the economy moving again — presumably to keep the essential Soylent Green factories running. So we should listen to him. He’s clearly very sharp.
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