Iowan’s Flawed Evangelicals Go Against Jesus’s Teaching!

By Donald A. Collins | 15 January 2024
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If comedian George Carlin were still alive, he wouldn’t want to perform his famous take on religion and God here in Iowa.

But given the influence here of the late JC, one might want to see how Iowans size up his teachings to fit their political choices.

First let’s remind ourselves of the First Amendment of our Constitution’s Bill of Rights which says no religion is forbidden nor is any religion mandated, but here in Iowa If one were in business, I bet he or she would be sitting in the biggest pew findable every Sunday.

As one not allocating time to embrace fantasy, I still want to behave as an honorable citizen, so I checked out the main teachings of Jesus which I list here.

You will notice these stipulations say nothing about the evangelicals who have selected a felonious, liar, womanizer, and Nazi in training to be worshipped as adhering to the principles of behavior advocated by Jesus.

As George Carlin opined you can reduce the 10 Commandments to two, which you can read about here.

Now to the red meat, which these folks want you to embrace, which hardly sounds like basic First Amendment positions.

Without buying into the evangelical version of Jesus’s religion, one might choose not to live in Iowa.

And if Iowans and Evangelicals around the US have Trump Presidency, they will surely be seeking to make their Christianity the official religion of the US otherwise known as Christian Nationalism.

That’s where the looming Nazism of Trump and the hopes of some Evangelicals coincide against democracy.

As Pence says his priorities are “I am a Christian, a Conservative and a Republican in that order.”

But others of his tribe are most specifically relating their love of Trump who says he will save America if God is not dominant then democracy will have to be sacrificed.

In her January 11th Washington Post article entitled “God & Country’ film spotlights Christian nationalism’s threat to democracy”, Michelle Boorstein reports,

Phil Vischer, an animator who co-created the formerly Christian-themed children’s video series “VeggieTales,” says in the (the Rob Reiner) film that Christian Nationalism has exploded because many Christians have come to believe that the United States has a special God-ordained role. “Here’s the thing: If I have decided that America is irreplaceable in God’s story … and democracy gets in the way, well democracy has to go,” Vischer said, describing this way of thinking.

I will be fascinated to learn the choices Iowans make, but the 3 offer repressive views on choice and a certainty that Christ not humans should govern our democracy. That let’s God’s definition up for grabs.

What would the late Dr. Martin Luther King say about the religious views of the above on his National Holiday? I found no mention of his day in the campaigning in Iowa!

Former US Navy officer, banker and venture capitalist, Donald A. Collins, a free lance writer living in Washington, DC, has spent over 50 years working for women’s reproductive health as a board member and/or officer of numerous family planning organizations including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Guttmacher Institute, Family Health International and Ipas. Yale under graduate, NYU MBA. He is the author of “From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013”, “Trump Becoming Macbeth: Will our democracy survive?”, “We Humans Overwhelm Our Earth: 11 or 2 Billion by 2100?”, “What Can Be Done Now to Save Habitable Life on Planet Earth?”, “Vote”, “Can Homo Sapiens Survive?”, “Will Choice and Democracy Win?”, “Can Our U.S. Survive 8 Plus Billion of Us”, “Economic Growth: A Cancer on all Earthly Life” and “On the Precipice of Political Disaster in 2024”.

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