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1) The longer I think about @JerryFalwellJr's assertion, retweeted by @realDonaldTrump, that @POTUS deserves a reparation of time-in-office for how he's been treated (in response to on-record deeds and statements), the more infuriating such a statement seems to me.
2) Look at the idea @JerryFalwellJr chose to use: reparation. There is often a context to the use of the word that rankles religious conservatives almost universally: It is used to talk about what we white Americans owe black Americans for years of slavery, & sometimes applies...
3) ... to our exile and extermination of native tribes who were here before we settled this country and drove them out. @JerryFalwellJr as a politically active white male who identifies himself (and is widely recognized) as a Christian leader knows the history of this usage.
4) He also has to have been exposed to the idea that shrewd and powerful leaders even as far back as the colonial days influenced Christian church leaders to use the pulpit to support Manifest Destiny and all the kinds of racial exploitation the powerful practiced...
5) ... and the government condoned, even abetted, in the name of building our empire here. Conservative evangelicals who believe their religion is authentic Christianity also seem to reflexively erupt in outrage when one suggests reparation to blacks and native tribes for this.
6) And now @JerryFalwellJr finds a use for the concept of "reparations" again: in defending against proper checks and balances a @POTUS who is the tip of a reactionary racist, anti-equality, anti-environmentalist @GOP iceberg: @realDonaldTrump.
7) I grew up the son of a Deacon and a Sunday School Teacher in a church of the @SouthernBaptist Convention, and I worked for a @DeptofDefense that often rewarded sycophants much more than troublemakers and whistleblowers. This horrifies me.
8) This particular Church and this particular State are as corrupt and complicit as can be, and its representatives deserve, not only to be separated as they should be, but thrown out of their high positions and out of the public eye.
9) And because they have manipulated so many for so long into falsely believing this ultra-popular, viral, manipulated doctrine is The Narrow Way, here is a heavenly reparation I suggest they consider fearfully, from Jesus' own words in Luke 17:2: ...
10) "It would be better for them to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around their neck than to cause one of these little ones to stumble."

@realDonaldTrump @GOP @JerryFalwellJr @Franklin_Graham @700club
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