#SlaveholderReligion today works much as it did in 19th cen. Here’s @terripearsons using the prophet Isaiah’s promise that righteous judges would be restored to Israel to ask Christians to vote for Republicans.
But she never notes what the prophet said was wrong w/ Israel’s judges: “Woe to unjust judges & to those who issue unfair laws, says the Lord, so that there is no justice for the poor, the widows, and orphans” (Is 10:1).
Advocacy groups that have opposed Trump’s judicial nominees are, fact, those that promote justice for immigrant children, poor people, & women.
So, about these Religious Right spokesmen who claim to speak for Christians every election. They seem bothered by Jesus & the Bible. Here’s Jerry Falwell, Jr., speaking to the @nytimes. “I don’t look to the teachings of Jesus for what my political beliefs should be.”
And here, bearing witness on @cnn, @tperkins says he is not, in fact, trying to hold onto the essence of Scripture. Instead, he’s trying to uphold the “rule of law”—but can’t think of a Bible verse to back that up.
For his part, @Franklin_Graham & the @BGEA decided to anoint Brett Kavanaugh as an evangelist in the line of his father. But, again, no Bible—he’s just defending his own good name w/ all the passion of a revivalist preacher.
If we don’t help people name & condemn #SlaveholderReligion, they are left to believe this is the teaching of the church. Trump & the GOP have elevated Christian nationalism to a place where many confuse it w/ orthodox faith. ivpress.com/Media/Default/…
AG Jeff Sessions used the Bible to justify policies like closing our borders to those in need of refuge & tearing children away from their families.
Twisting the Word of God in defense of immoral practices is a tactic that has been used to justify keeping Black people in chattel slavery, committing genocide against native Americans & segregating people under Jim Crow. #SlaveholderReligion
Sessions’ comments are anathema to any person of faith. And those politicians & clergy who support him & this policy are accessories to these immoral crimes against children, families & humanity.
The story of America is not a struggle b/w liberal & conservative visions of common life; it’s the story of a plantation economy struggling against everyday people for power & control.
Every successful effort to expand democracy—from abolition to women’s suffrage to labor & civil rights—has been driven by a moral movement among everyday people.
The plantation economy resisted moral movements by investing in #slaveholderreligion. Preachers who defend anti-democratic policies are well-funded by the corporate elites & those who remain quietly apolitical are rewarded.