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1/13 How did #GypsyRoseBlanchard happen? It’s Missouri. That’s how. A resident since 1997, I claim MO is a virtual Petri dish of the issues facing the USA. So, how did this happen...
#TheAct #TheActOnHulu #MommyDeadAndDearest
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/2 Southern Missouri is composed largely of evangelicals. Some quite powerful within govt. Look how wealthy Springfield Christians exploited this disabled child to score their own afterlife points. #GypsyRoseBlanchard
/3 Dr. F was right & wrong. The Christians & hospital beuracrats would’ve burned him at the stake had he pursued Dee Dee, they’re in on the Jesus charade, nets big bucks here. In MO, we only have “Churchpitals”
/4 Missouri govt is constantly cutting education & assistance programs that provide relief to children in need, while fighting healthcare for all. Sadly, I’m not surprised she was shuffled & lost in our religious medical system.
/5 Low income women in Springfield face unbelievable odds. I’ve assisted Springfield women in escaping abusers when the city failed to protect them, or would rather jail them for employing self defense.
/6 Media woes. Why was Buzzfeed reporter smiling through her Mommy Dearest interview while revealing these atrocities? Do MO women not deserve her compassion? Gypsy is a victim, not clickbait for tabloid fodder. We ask you to take our MO issues seriously.
/7 You ask “how”. I tell you, it is a combination of evangelical ideology & lack of appropriate education that make MO citizens easily suggestible & vulnerable to our state govt & religious charlatans.
/8 How? When the dogmatically religious create a fantasy world, they cannot accept the horrors of reality. They will do everything they can to force others to accept their fantasy world, even murder.
/9 Don’t believe me? Google all the asinine headlines regarding MO govt where theocrats seek our total dominion. We’ve been asking for help, is anyone listening? We’re glad to have your attn - even if just for the moment.
/10 As a rationalist living in an irrational state, the issue here is power hungry politicians in the pockets of powerful lobbyist groups, who use religion to exploit & incite MO fundamentalists.
/11 I have zero issue seeing “how this happened here” in MO. It makes perfect sense to me, & makes me wonder how many more MO children are in similar situations here, unnoticed, with a govt run amok.
/12 Consider this thread an indictment upon the MO govt, in particular the #mogop & establishment Dems who put their religion before The People. They created an environment for abusers to thrive. A case for #secularism & why church/state need to be separated.
/13 Last, I’m sorry we failed you Gypsy. It wasn’t god who left you in that horror show, it was humans. Please forgive us. It wasn’t god who pulled you through. It was you. You are stronger than you know.
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Despite being right Dr F was also wrong for not putting his neck on the line. He would’ve faced incredible harassment, job loss, etc. Considering he’s a POC & possibly not Christian, his harassment would’ve been excessive. A child was at stake & it was his duty to report #oath
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