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Apparently, I’m the one to blame for everything

About six months ago, I had a conversation with someone where I expressed my concern at the rise of Christian nationalism in the country. I was told I was overreacting and to stop worrying about it. Since that time, a number of groups – Christian nationalists, conservative Christians, conservative republicans, etc. – have been saying the quiet part out loud.

Statistically, they are a minority, but they are a vocal minority who are attempting to take control in whatever means necessary. Their rhetoric is becoming more reactionary, verging on incendiary, and they are growing increasing violent.

Here is what I’ve been blamed for, just in May.

According to Rep. Billy Long (R-MO), since I have had an abortion, I am therefore responsible for the gun violence in America.

When I was growing up in Springfield, you had one or two murders a year. Now, we have two, three, four a week in Springfield, Missouri. So, something has happened to our society. I go back to abortion, when we decided it was okay to murder kids in their mothers’ wombs. Life has no value to a lot of these folks.

Oh wait, I forgot I’m a murderer, too. I’ve been called a murderer four times since the SCOTUS leak, so there’s that as well.

I’d like to remind Rep. Long, no mass murders have been committed by zygotes, blastocysts, or embryos. Also, the vast majority of mass shootings in America have been committed by males, who who have never had an abortion. I also don’t recall even seen a pregnant woman commit mass murder. I’m sure the NRA endorsement had nothing to do with Rep. Long blaming women and not guns for a mass shooting, which was only possible because of guns.

Then again, FOX News immediately contributed to distracting their viewers with a barrage of gish gallop in the first 24 hours after the Uvalde shooting to blame everything but guns.

Even though this is stochastic terrorism, I’m a radical lefty who wants to destroy children, even though what they think or believe is not actually happening.

The Liberty Alliance is “committed to fighting back against the woke agenda permeating all across Missouri,” reads a statement on the conservative group’s website next to a state map peppered with spots.

“The first step in fighting back is uncovering their crazy ideas — from Critical Race Theory to grooming toddlers with sexually explicit books,” the statement added. “That is why we have officially launched the Woke Heat Map — an interactive tool designed to expose the insane actions of the radical Left. This map will alert Missourians of craziness happening in their own communities.”

Arizona state Sen. Rick Gray blamed the lack of god in schools (an old, tired, debunked line of bullshit) and a secular society of atheists on school shootings. The Freedom from Religion Foundation sent him a letter to inform him of his ignorant stance.

As an LGBTQ supporter, Ethan Schmidt wants me dead. At the moment, he’s planning on targeting Pheonix in June, but I am not ignorant to the fact people like him live a lot closer to me. The local Pride Picnic is on Saturday, June 4 and I can’t say certain thoughts haven’t crossed my mind to stay home.

Ethan Schmidt, a right wing provocateur who has made videos with Kari Lake, Wendy Rogers, and Paul Gosar, warned Target he will “hunt LGBT supporters” in their stores and across Phoenix in June, stating they “are not safe” and they “can’t hide.”

Schmidt is much worse than you would think. I have no doubt he will carry out his threats if possible.

Aged rocker Ted Nugent also would be happy if his followers/fans would take a few people out for him.

“I love you, but I would love you more,” Ted Nugent tells the audience at Trump’s rally, “if you went out and just went berserk on the skulls of the Democrats and the marxists and the communists.” “Evil” must be “stamped out.”

This shit is scary. It’s out in the open. It’s practiced every day. It’s getting worse. These people want a theocratic state where white, heterosexual, christian men are in charge and everyone else is subordinate to them. Pastor John Pavlovitz warned about this in June 2021.

If the 2022 midterms elections allow Republicans to gain control of Congress, Conservative Christians will decimate this nation, and LGBTQ people, Muslims, women, people of color, and non-Christians will never have equality under the law again. We will all be at their mercy—and they will no longer have use for mercy.

This is not alarmist, sky-is-falling histrionics, it is the clear and sober forecast from someone who knows these people better than anyone. Over the last decade and a half, as my theology shifted and my beliefs grew more and more progressive, I’ve been a kind of undercover Liberal in an increasingly extremist movement, that while once relegated to minor fringe noisemakers is now at the precipice of Roman Empire-level power. They are less than two years away from having a dominance that they will wield violently and not relinquish.

I don’t care if you think I’m being hyperbolic. This is happening. After they eliminate the people they blame for society’s ills, they’ll turn their attention on the “wrong” kind of Christian. If you don’t want to be the next Martin Niemöller, start paying attention and start effecting change before this change affects you. I have zero desire to live in a theocracy where I am chattel and a second class citizen.

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2 Comments

  1. AJ

    Gish-Gallop?
    I am not too proud in admitting I had to look it up. I know the technique well, as I have had it attempted on me countless times. I was not aware it had a definitive term.

    Turning attention to the “wrong “kind of Christian. Yup,,it’s a competitive ideology.

    • Irene

      Crap. I meant to put a link to Gish Gallop in case people didn’t know what it was. I have had it tried on me many times. I try to walk away from those conversations now.

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