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For Evangelicals still supporting Failed President 45: West and Fuentes dinner is a bridge too far


Personally, I believe Evangelicals who support Trump crossed that "bridge too far" by ever supporting him in the first place. A little patience, support for a candidate who shared the same political perspective and lived by the same values would have been the correct approach for those in conservative American churches who think that this is a "Christian nation." It's difficult for me to reconcile most Republican political perspectives with Christian doctrine and theology because they are much more influenced by, and oriented toward a single racial and economic demographic, but there are Evangelical politicians in the GOP whose lifestyles are consistent with the Christian gospel.

But the all or nothing approach most Evangelicals take toward the Roe v. Wade decision and the abortion issue creates some awkward difficulties for them when it comes to almost any other political or social issue. They wind up having to carry the baggage of having to overlook Trump's personal immorality, which he flaunts as part of his image, the denial of government support and help for its citizens in order to cut tax breaks for wealthy constituents, and his openly hostile, abrasive, name-calling immaturity, which runs counter to Christ's insistence that the sincerity of one's faith was visible in the manner in which they treat others, especially their enemies.

And then there's the new baggage from this past week, as Kanye West, an obnoxiously loud anti-Semite, and Nick Fuentes, a holocaust denier, were invited to dinner at Mar-A-Lago. The weak and not very emphatic denials from Trump were not credible. The lack of an uproar among Republicans was predictable, and the silence from the party's Evangelical constituency was despicable. To claim that one of Trump's great achievements was moving the US embassy to Jerusalem, not a tremendous political achievement by any standard, but to say absolutely nothing about his support and endorsement of the single most notorious anti-Semite among the American population is, without question, a bridge too far.

Maybe I am thinking too much about American democracy, and the founding and history of this country

but I think a call from a former President to suspend the constitution and put him back in the Presidency is unacceptable incitement, coming as it does from an angry psychopath who is still obviously in denial about his election loss and is trashing the constitution and making himself an enemy of constitutional law.

And I think this is a major crossing of the free speech line, enough to warrant more than just disqualifying him from running for office. Most countries find people who make statements like this either deranged, and put them in asylums, or enemies, and exile them or put them in prison.

And this article indicates that it is not possible to trust Republicans on this issue because they'd set aside or abolish the constitution's provision for the peaceful transition of power if they thought it would work for them.


Suspend the constitution and put me back in the White House against the will of the American people? Seriously?

I've hit the threshold of patience with hearing the terms Elon, Kanye, Twitter today.

There's way too much discussion centered on Elon Musk, whatever he wants to be called Kanye, twitter and social media influence.

I'm off twitter. I don't care. Let people figure it out and ignore them, they made their decisions, let them live with the consequences.


Don't elect lunatics to positions of public responsibility


The supervisors of Cochise County, Arizona, or should I say two Republican supervisors out of three, one of whom is a Democrat, are on the verge of making a boneheaded, ridiculous move, out of their baseless belief in election denialism, which will nullify over 44,000 votes, the majority of which are from Republicans. Not because of any glitches or problems with ballots, or machines in their own county, mind you, but because of rumors and innuendo spread mainly by Kari Lake's campaign, about a small handful of ballot glitches in Maricopa County.

Not knowing what options are available to the voters in Cochise County, I would suggest that whatever options they have to remove these two supervisors, who are more interested in forcing their own ignorance and superstition, and willing to risk the right to vote of every registered voter in their county for it, be done as quickly as possible. I don't know if Arizona provides for the recall of public elected officials, but I'd say that would be the way to go if its' available. Beyond that, joining in calls for them to step down would be another option. And apparently, since they are in violation of the law, arrest is also a possibility.

Whether these antics are a wake up call for Republicans in Arizona, I don't know, but they should be. This is the Republican party we have now, a group of people willing to take away your rights so they can gain political power for themselves. But these antics, and that's what they are, have the potential to cost the GOP two seats, one in Congress, where the upcoming majority is already razor thin, and may be getting thinner, and one in the State Superintendent of Public Instruction's office. They richly deserve for that to happen and I hope it does.

So, they got the two top Oath Keepers for seditious conspiracy.

And this was instigated by Trump, with plenty of evidence to show they responded to his call to come to Washington and to his orders to attack the Capitol.

So when is FP45 going to get indicted for seditious conspiracy, tried, convicted and sent to prison for 20 years?

Election deniers think their supporters are ignorant and stupid.


The whole premise behind arguments claiming that American elections are "fixed" or "rigged" or that there was "massive voter fraud" is getting people who are completely ignorant of the processes of voting and counting ballots on board with the claims. That's really the whole thing in a nutshell. I seriously doubt that any candidate running for office believes that their loss was due to a "rigged" or "fixed" election. They know, before they decide to run, that the process is checked, double checked and completely secure, or they'd never run in the first place. When they make those claims, either after they've already lost, or in anticipation that they might, they are counting on those among the electorate who buy into the false conspiracy theories and think that there's someone out there somewhere who is "out to get them."

No matter how secure or organized a process is, there is always human error. Most issues with elections involve malfunctioning equipment, like the situation with the printers and computers in Maricopa county, Arizona. But election workers are trained to handle those errors, and to make sure that everyone who wants to cast a ballot gets to cast one. That does include allowances to keep a polling place open until everyone who was in line before closing gets to vote, or to make sure that any prior glitches were handled correctly.

Kari Lake was depending on the ignorance and stupidity of enough Arizonans to carry out a big rally at the state capitol and create a show, to put pressure on the county board and the Secretary of State, in the hopes of changing the inevitable outcome of the election. That's not going to happen. There were, in fact, fewer complaints about ballot issues in Arizona this time around, including those that Lake collected on her website, than in 2020, and even then, not nearly enough to alter the outcome of the election.

Arizonans do know B.S. when they see it, Kari. And apparently plenty of them see it in you.

I think that is an exact characterization of what's happening.

That's a photo that says it all, btw.

There probably aren't a lot of DU'ers who get too much into what's going on in the world of the conservative Evangelical personal empires that some of the self-appointed and frequently quoted "leaders" run, but it's a mess. Not much in the way of "Christian" values or virtues, but a whole lot of sniping, fighting and some genuine crime to deal with, a major clergy sexual abuse scandal among Southern Baptists that rivals the Catholic child sex abuse scandal, and the kind of infighting that occurs as revenue declines because the whole constituency is collapsing.

On top of that, Donald Trump Jr. and Charlie Kirk, with their "Turning Point" rallies, are throwing the teachings of Jesus under the bus, telling conservative Christians that turning the other cheek and being meek and humble won't get them anywhere in this world and to "win the culture wars" they have to use hate and violence. The fact that this rhetoric even gets a hearing, and the response from those who disagree is silence, not repudiation, says a lot about who they're worshipping, like that golden calf. The fact that those who see this for what it is and call it out put their livelihoods on the line, and risk violence, is an obscene distortion of the Christian gospel, and of American patriotism and the constitution.

Wondering why I still do this and whether or not it's worth it.


There have been times, in the circles of relationships in my life, when I have wondered if I was the only person who thought the way I did.

While there have been some temporary departures from my original purpose, sometimes to chase rabbits, sometimes to address something that became part of the political-religious narrative, I've had two main purposes for writing The Signal Press:
1.To defend American democracy, and more specifically, to support and defend the first amendment right to freedom of conscience, with an emphasis on the preservation of the Establishment clause of the first amendment, which is the right to have a free church in a free state, the principle of separation of church and state that was the clear intent of founders James Madison and Thomas Jefferson. This is for the benefit of both church and state.

2.To oppose the conflation of Christianity, primarily the conservative, Evangelical branch of American Christianity, with the extremism found in far right wing Republican politics, and to support and defend politicians who see the danger and error inherent in this perspective and have the courage to oppose it, knowing the accusations and criticism that their opposition will cause. To help those within the Christian faith, and specifically within conservative, Evangelical churches and denominations to know that they do not have to minimize their religious convictions to be members of the Democratic party.

To be honest, prior to the midterms, I was thinking of just giving up. It wasn't looking good for this cause, and in the barrage of fake news polls and all of the ridiculous flood of rhetoric that came from some of the extremists, I wasn't sure of where to go. Then I read the piece from Michael Moore. Whether you like the guy or not, he's not someone who puts his credibility on the line by making statements of pollyana optimism in the face of certain defeat. By 11:00 p.m. on November 8th, I was back in business.

Texas Baptists reject Christian nationalism in November resolution; affirm religious liberty


The largest state-affiliated group in the Southern Baptist Convention, the Baptist General Convention of Texas, with 1.7 million members, has rejected Christian nationalism in a resolution passed by messengers at their annual convention in Waco this month.

The resolution avoided using the specific term "Christian Nationalism,' but the content clearly rejected any of its tenets. It affirmed religious liberty and also condemned any government attempt to commandeer churches for secular purposes.

Some of the critics of the resolution, according to the report in the Baptist Standard, felt that the resolution should have called out Christian nationalism by name, citing examples from Germany in the 1930's when Pastor Dietrich Boenhoffer and other confessing Christians called out the Nazi movement by name. It was also noted that the resolution was introduced and supported by many younger pastors and church leaders. Supporters said the term was avoided to steer clear of politics, and focus on the mission and purpose of churches.

To Georgia Democrats: Flood the Polling Places Tomorrow!!!

Just so you know, friends, I've made a sacrificial contribution to Senator Warnock's re-election in the runoff campaign this week. I'm not a major giver by any stretch of the imagination, but this is important enough for all of us to support and do whatever we can to get this Senator back to his seat. I've also talked to many of you on the phone, encouraging you to go to the polls during this runoff.

If I lived in Georgia, I would be standing in line in the dark, before the polls open tomorrow, to purposefully cast my ballot on a Saturday, to make a statement on purpose in support of the right to vote, for early voting to be convenient, and for Senator Warnock.

Since I can't vote in Georgia in person, I would like to ask you to vote on my behalf, and on behalf of the millions of Democrats who are supporting you and pulling for you. If you can vote tomorrow, that would be absolutely wonderful.

Thank you!

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