"I’m a proud Christian Nationalist"
- Marjorie Taylor Greene
Marjorie Taylor Greene has started peddling absurd garb online proclaiming her pride in idolatry (for $30 per shirt no less). "Christian Nationalism" isn't Christian by any stretch of the imagination. It's idolatry. In no uncertain terms it is the greatest threat to democracy in America today.
Click Here To Leave A Comment On Her Embarrassing Post
Update: Not long after we posted this blog article she took this post down on Facebook.
Greene started peddling this garbage the same day an article appeared in Newsweek highlighting a Tweet made by our own Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie calling her out for asserting her "Christian" Nationalism. Rev. Currie has been a member of our admin team since 2010.
The sad fact is that modern Republican ideology as a whole is antithetical to everything Jesus taught. Party tenets mock everything Jesus ever said, especially about 'the least of these.' For a long time now we've been highlighting the fact that Christians cannot serve God and the Republican party.
We've been sounding the alarm since 2009. Sometimes if feels hopeless. "Christian" Nationalists like Greene keep getting louder and more bold. They claim the opposite of the truth, that we are the ones attacking them! They assign labels to us like "the Godless Left."
Isn't it strange that when you advocate for 'the least of these' as it relates to public policy all of the sudden you are "Godless" to people like Marjorie Taylor Greene? It's never made much sense to us. The only explanation is that evil parades itself as truth. The 'father of lies' calls the truth false and lies the truth.
Thankfully, nothing is impossible for God. All we can do is speak the truth each day and give the outcome of our effort to God. The fact that our number of social media followers on this page alone has increased to 376K is a good sign. We just keep showing up each day and speaking out against the words and behavior of people like Marjorie Taylor Greene.
Please read all the articles linked in this post. They are all very enlightening with regard to this topic.
-- The Christian Left
We have been sounding the alarm about this situation for 13 years. It is one of the main reasons we started this ministry. One of the other big reasons was to give people a place to gather who saw the same thing we did. As many of you know, if you bring this up just about anywhere you will likely be verbally attacked. We needed a haven in a big way.
This situation didn't pop up out of nowhere. It's been brewing ever since Paul Weyrich and the boys cooked up The "Christian" Right back in the mid to late 70's.
The boat we now find ourselves in was inevitable. A figure like Donald Trump was inevitable. Now we face a situation where it could be the demise of our nation. There's a very real chance America could fall over this and become something entirely different. These people don't care what it takes in order to force their will on the rest of us. They've proved that over and over.
For all of the above reasons we decided this was an article we needed to preserve on our blog. We'll post the first couple of paragraphs here and link to the rest.
This is knowledge everyone who follows The Christian Left needs to have.
An 'Imposter Christianity' Is Threatening American Democracy
(CNN, 07-25-2022) Three men, eyes closed and heads bowed, pray before a rough-hewn wooden cross. Another man wraps his arms around a massive Bible pressed against his chest like a shield. All throughout the crowd, people wave "Jesus Saves" banners and pump their fists toward the sky.
At first glance, these snapshots look like scenes from an outdoor church rally. But this event wasn't a revival; it was what some call a Christian revolt. These were photos of people who stormed the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, during an attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.
Link To The Rest Of The Article
Final Note: Most of us realize we should have begun taking action to counter the activities of The "Christian" Right long ago. We should have taken more of a stand right from the beginning. That said there's nothing we can do about the past. All we do is 'be better' moving forward. We've been at it for 13 years. One thing has become painfully obvious. You can't do much of anything in the political world without a budget. We have to have your help with that. We're community supported. Make a contribution today. We'll put it to good use with direct action countering the toxic ideology spoken of in the above article.
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-- The Christian Left
That's right! Your eyes didn't deceive you! All of our popular bumper stickers (61 and counting) are now available as flexible magnets in the 11" X 3" traditional bumper sticker size!
Link to order at bottom of page.
Many in the TCL community have been requesting this and we found a solution with Zazzle.com, a company that manufactures the magnets with our designs. We've worked with Zazzle before. The way they handle shipping is a little different but it has improved.
Based on feedback from TCL members one has to create a username and password to order. This is not unlike many sites and makes it easier to track your order and interact with them if something goes wrong.
Important Note On Shipping The Magnets From Zazzle
Hands down the best way to do shipping with Zazzle is to sign up for 'Zazzle Black.' Otherwise the cost of shipping is fairly high per item. The good news is they've made it much less expensive than it used to be. Now Zazzle Black is just $9.95 per year for unlimited standard shipping. It sounds too good to be true. That's not $9.95 per month, but $9.95 for a full year of free standard shipping. We highly recommend it. Click Here To Go To Zazzle Black Page
All our stickers are still available. If you like the look of bumper stickers, but you're not ready for a permanent solution, car magnets are the perfect product. All the personality, none of the commitment!
- Dimensions: 11" x 3"
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All the new Bumper Magnets are in our Zazzle store. As of today we have 61 designs.
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-- The Christian Left
Some Examples Of Our Bumper Stickers Below
(Link To New Storefront At Bottom Of This Post)
We've moved our bumper stickers to a new storefront. We currently have 57 stickers and counting. They were very popular on Etsy but we didn't like having a big 'middleman.' We're sure they'll be just as popular on our new storefront because they are designed with you in mind. Each sticker measures 3" x 11.5".
We don't have the ability to make car magnets at this time but Amazon offers a really cool workaround. It's a flexible magnetic strip cut the same size as our stickers. See directly below.
We just put up our new storefront so if you have any problems please report them in comments on our Facebook page. It should work fine but you never know until orders start coming through.
As you look over the various stickers, when you reach the bottom of the page you will have to click "Load More" to keep viewing more. You've reached the end when it no longer offers the "Load More" link at the bottom.
There is no need to "Log In." That option is for website administration.
THERE IS NO NEED TO SELECT SIZE, SHAPE, OR SURFACE ON THE STICKERS. THEY ARE DEFAULT VALUES.
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If you have any requests for stickers please let us know in comments on the social media pages.
-- The Christian Left
You are going to see and hear a handful of scriptures over and over again in the coming years as we engage in the battle to restore women from 2nd class citizenship. The "Christian" Right throws them around all the time. They've cherry-picked a few scriptures and twisted them to mean something they don't. Let's look at some of those scriptures.
The first such passage is found in Psalm 139:13-16:
"For Thou didst form my inward parts; thou didst weave me together in my mother's womb. I praise thee, for thou art fearful and wonderful. Wonderful are thy works! Thou knowest me right well; my frame was not hidden from thee, when I was being made in secret, intricately wrought in the depths of the earth. Thy eyes beheld my unformed substance; in thy book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them."
All this passage states is that God is directly involved in the creation of a fetus and knows its future. This is useless for the anti-choice position, since God creates all living things, including trees and bugs. Plus, just because God is supposedly omniscient doesn't give fetuses any special status—it simply means God already knows whether they will live or die. It is dishonest to conclude from this verse that a fetus is a human being deserving of more protection than women. The passage is poetic prose that anti-choicers have twisted and trivialized by giving it a literal, objective meaning where there is none.
The second passage used by anti-choicers is similar:
"Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 'Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born, I consecrated you'..." (Jeremiah 1:4-5)
Unfortunately, anti-choicers usually stop right there, and forget the rest of Verse 5, which negates their preferred meaning:
"...'and I appointed you a prophet to the nations.'"
This passage is specific to one, very special person—Jeremiah the prophet, whom God has called to provide miraculous powers and authority to the world. Since we are not all destined to be divine prophets, this verse cannot be construed as applying to any fetus except the unborn Jeremiah. Again, anti-choicers are being dishonest by pulling this verse totally out of its context.
The third passage quoted by anti-choicers tells the story of Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist, and Mary the mother of Jesus, while both were pregnant:
"In those days, Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a city of Judah, and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit." (Luke 1:39-41)
This passage simply records a fetus kicking in the womb. We can only wonder in befuddlement why anti-choicers think this would help them. Besides, John the Baptist is yet another divine fetal prophet ordained by God. Since very few of us are chosen by God before birth to herald the arrival of the Messiah on earth, we cannot claim that this passage venerates all fetuses.
Scripture analysis below from "The Bible is Pro-Choice," by Joyce Arthur.
We've been on the front lines of the struggle to take back the definition of our faith from what we classify as a cult since 2009. Right-wing ideology mixed with the Christian faith is misguided and toxic. Whether its adherents realize it or not, they are practicing Objectivism. Their ideology is no different from the 'law of the jungle,' where the strongest and smartest get their needs met, and the poorest, the weakest, and the sickest get what they deserve, which is nothing. On top of that they target and abuse groups that were already oppressed to begin with.
They have all kinds of rationalizations to avoid cognitive dissonance. One of the favorite is, "It's not the government's job to take care of these people. That's the job of the church." The Bible doesn't support this notion in any way. In fact scripture is full of instances where God became very angry when leaders, nations, and citizens ignored their responsibility.
"Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy." Ezekiel 16:49
We need you to participate in our effort financially. With the overturning of Roe the need has become dire. We participate in direct action. We go to hot-spots around the nation to let people know there are Christians who don't act like those who claim to represent us on the right. We partner with 'Vote Common Good' for a variety of direct action activities as well.
It really is time for everyone to invest in what they care about. It doesn't do any good to sit back and get angry without doing anything. This is what we do. We will represent you on the front lines. We already do.
Here's a link to make a contribution: https://donorbox.org/friends-of-tcl
Trolls have been out hot and heavy trolling us about anything we post related to 'Pride Month.' Their favorite thing to do is post a bunch of scriptures about 'pride' in comments.
As usual, they miss the point entirely.
LBBTQA+ people have been bullied, beat up, burned in ovens (Hitler), put in camps (Hitler and others), and discriminated against in every conceivable way since the beginning of time. It's a very recent phenomena in the US that they've gained any measure of equality and acceptance.
Jesus himself admonished us as his followers that we are to 'Love God and love our neighbors as we do ourselves.' No exceptions. This being the case he gave us permission to 'love ourselves.' Loving ourselves in a healthy way is a good thing. If people hate themselves they will treat others poorly. That's just a fact.
Scriptures that point out pride being a bad thing do not refer to pride that comes from loving God, loving our neighbors, and loving ourselves. There is good and bad pride. Pride as it relates to 'Pride Month' is a good pride. It's the kind of pride that says 'I accept myself and I love myself the way God created me to be.' Further, 'I accept and love you as my neighbor because I am able to accept and love myself.' It's a healthy thing all the way around. It's win/win/win in the God-Self-Neighbor relationship.
Now, here's the kicker for the trolls who troll us over this. The pride they are acting out by lecturing us about Pride Month is the bad kind of pride God warns us about. They feel they need to come to a page they obviously don't relate to and lecture us and judge us with scriptures they don't understand. THAT is pride being a sin, but they will never accept that coming from us. They're blinded by pride and self-righteousness.
We pray for the Holy Spirit to open their eyes one day. We don't bother telling them here because we know they won't listen. We used to try to reason with right-wing, "Christian" trolls. We were never able to change a single one of their minds. They will literally argue for hundreds of hours and then go get their friends to join in.
LGBTQA+ people have every reason to love themselves and express pride in the newfound bit of acceptance they've garnered in modern western society. God made them the way they are. The 'clobber scriptures' in the Bible (like all other scriptures) must be studied from a historical and a contextual perspective.
Most of the clobber scriptures were written by Paul for various reasons like warning about temple desecration. The scriptures in the Old Testament were ancient Jewish civil law based on what they perceived as cleanliness. That's why eating shrimp and wearing mixed fibers are lumped in the same scriptures as admonishments about same-sex sexual activity.
'Don't rape your guests' was one of the the issues God had with Sodom. Then there's the scripture many ignore: "Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy." - Ezekiel 16:49. It always comes down to how we treat the poor, needy and oppressed with God. That doesn't fit well with modern Capitalism so folks ignore it and pick on gays, women, immigrants, minorities ... and the poor. A great deal of study has been carried out on this topic by Bible scholars. It's out there.
In terms of Jesus himself speaking about marriage law he also mentioned exceptions to the law, namely to 'born eunuchs.' He said that 'some eunuchs were made that way by other people,' AND some were 'born that way from their mother's wombs.' There is a respectable amount of Bible scholarship that says Jesus was referring to LGBTQA+ people. To us it seems obvious. It's worth pointing out that Jesus never said one more word about it. Not one word. To us that speaks volumes.
-- The Christian Left
Make no mistake about it. We're going to have to fight this fight all over again. We're all going to have to make our voices heard yet again. We're going to have to tell them once again that they don't get to make laws about a woman's private medical choices. They don't get to legislate a woman's body.
We're doing our part to provide you with the fodder you'll need to take to the streets. Here's what we've come up with so far. Each of the sentiments can be selected for a variety of applications, whether it's on a canvas, as a sticker, or on a shirt or hoodie sweatshirt. Take your pick. The links to each are provided below the graphic. Just scroll down inside each link to view all the available items.
Let's get to it!
01) Women's Rights: https://bit.ly/tcl-womens-rights
02) Pro-Women, Pro Family: https://bit.ly/pro-women-pro-family
03) Pro-Women, Pro-Choice: https://bit.ly/tcl-pro-women
04) Pro Roe: https://bit.ly/tcl-pro-roe
05) My Body, My Choice: https://bit.ly/tcl-my-body
06) Women's Bodies: https://bit.ly/women-s-bodies-more
07) Bans Off: https://bit.ly/tcl-bans-off
08) Mind Your Own: https://bit.ly/your-own-uterus
09) Mind Your Own Two: https://bit.ly/tcl-your-own-uterus
Go out there equipped with knowledge! Being pro-choice is consistent with following Jesus. Being pro-choice respects women and acknowledges their full and complete autonomy as human beings. They alone are endowed with freedom over their own bodies and their own medical and family planning decisions. No one has the right to make laws to the contrary.
These two articles provide a rich history to back up the actions we take together.
- The Real Origins of the Religious Right (Politico)
- The Surprising Role of Clergy in the Abortion Fight Before Roe v. Wade (TIME)
We'll see you out there!
-- The Christian Left
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We moved our Ukrainian support designs to a new storefront that has more options in available products, colors and sizes. We can now offer items like magnets, posters, art prints, and a greater selection of apparel, such as baseball t-shirts. There's a much greater selection of colors as well. The canvases are a bit spendy. This company charges more to make them, but posters and art prints are available at a reasonable price as well as tapestries.
It makes accounting easier when we have these designs by themselves in their own storefront. We can route funds to artists and our chosen charity in a more efficient manner. The charity we donate proceeds to is the 'Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund,' by Global Giving.
It's a better situation all the way around. As indicated in our individual listings, most of the designs have been purchased from artists living in Ukraine right now. We don't disclose their names for obvious reasons. They're living in the middle of a brutal, bloody war. God only knows what the Russian troops are capable of based on reports we've all heard.
This is what one of the artists said:
"A few weeks ago I started creating a new collection. Now I shudder and hide from explosions, cry for murdered children and pray for Ukraine. My heart is bursting with pain, but I decided that I have no right to give up when my people are fighting! I will use the money you pay to help those who are really in need. By purchasing this design you are supporting UKRAINE. Thank you for your prayers and support. It's very important to us now. May God keep us!"
This is a tragic and heartbreaking situation. We couldn't stand by and not do something to try to help.
This storefront will be up for a limited time only.
You can find all available items on the left column of the storefront.
When you open an individual design you can find all available items for that design by scrolling down.
That's about it in terms of explaining the new storefront. We've added two new designs created by Ukrainian artists. We're really happy to have discovered them. We're happy we were able to get them some cash in what is a tenuous situation to say the least. We hope and pray that all of this ends quickly. The Ukrainian people have been very brave. We hope they drive the Russian dictator out of their country and back to his own.
Here's the link to our new storefront.
-- The Christian Left
Lawrence O'Donnell said it better than anyone we've heard so far this evening on "The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell."
"Donald Trump did something that no one-term president has ever done before. He appointed 3 Supreme Court justices. The last president to appoint 3 Supreme Court Justices was Ronald Reagan and it took him 8 years to do it.
Donald Trump, the president least capable in our history of evaluating candidates for the United States Supreme Court got to appoint three of them and all three of them are voting to revoke a constitutional right.
70% of the country is opposed to what the Supreme Court is doing and in a democracy this could never happen, but we do not live in a democracy because of the Electoral College and the United States Senate.
The only way the Alito opinion can get a majority vote in the Supreme Court now is thanks to the Electoral College installing two Republican presidents who came in second with the voters. Al Gore got more votes than George W. Bush but George W. Bush got the presidency thanks to the Electoral College. Donald Trump came in 2nd with the voters by a wide margin but was installed in the presidency by the Electoral College.
Democrats in the United States Senate represent far more people than the Republicans represent but both parties have the same number of seats in the United States Senate because of the profoundly anti-democratic formula that each state gets two senators.
The 44 million people of California get 2 senators and the 1.6 million people of the Dakotas get 4. That is not democracy. That can never be democracy and so 70% of the country is living tonight under the anguish and the weight of minority rule. 70% of the country is losing a constitutional right against their will. 70% of the country has had the constitutional right for their entire lives, but for Samuel Alito that is not deeply rooted in our nation’s history.
There is one president in our history who was impeached twice, and never won a majority vote in a presidential election and he got to appoint the same number of justices as Ronald Reagan, who won 49 states in his reelection campaign. There is one president in our history who provoked serious public discussions of using the 25th Amendment to remove him from office, and he got to appoint 3 Supreme Court justices.
The first public discussion of using the 25th Amendment with Donald Trump that I’m aware of to remove him from office was on this program during the first month of the Trump presidency and we now know that in the last month of the Trump presidency, in the last days of the Trump presidency there were serious discussions about removing Donald Trump using the 25th Amendment and those discussions were taking place among congressional leadership in both parties.
Kevin McCarthy, the leader of the House Republicans participated in discussions about removing Donald Trump using the 25th Amendment after the January 6th attack on the capital. Today the authors of the new titled book, “This Will Not Pass,” released audio tape of Kevin McCarthy in a meeting with House Republican leadership discussing the possible impeachment of Donald Trump and the possibility of removing him from office using the 25th Amendment.
The president they were talking about got to appoint 3 Supreme Court justices after coming in 2nd with the voters and after Mitch McConnell defied the Constitution and refused to bring President Obama’s last Supreme Court nominee to a vote in the Senate so that Donald Trump could choose one of the names on Mitch McConnell’s list to fill the seat on the Supreme Court that the Constitution said should have been filled by President Obama.
Such is the Constitutional treachery of Republican minority rule in the 21st century which is well on its way to being deeply rooted in this country’s history."
[We wanted to get this up as quickly as possible so people can begin considering this information sooner rather than later. We didn't have a second pair of eyes tonight so please email us if you notice any typos. TCL@TheChristianLeft.org We don't read hate mail. We just close it and delete it.]
A concern troll chimed in today and informed us that our usage of the term ‘concern troll’ wasn’t correct. As we’ve explained over the years, we have our own house definition. Other online forums use the same policy and it is defined by sites like 'Urban Dictionary,' but it's usually like the third definition down and most people don't read that far.
See, the thing is, with a community this large it simply isn’t possible to please everyone all the time, especially when discussing religion and politics from a progressive point of view.
The Christian Left ministry and community is for people who truly WANT to be here. The key word being 'want.' We are not a drive-by page. We aren't a debate page. We're a page and a forum for Christian progressives and their allies. We are a haven for people who have been beat up by The "Christian" Right. Our community is a safe place for people who have had to read those stupid emails all there lives that insult liberals and any politician that isn't a Republican.
All of this being the case, for our purposes a ‘concern troll’ is someone who engages behavior similar to the following example, "I really love your page BUT, I’m really concerned about (blah, blah, blah, blah) that you are doing," or, "(blah, blah, blah, blah) that you are not doing the way I think it should be done." It then devolves into something along the lines of, "You need to take down this post," or "You need to stop doing that. It isn’t very Christian." We could continue with the variants of concern troll statements ad nauseam.
Some critics would call what we have an 'echo chamber.' So be it. We are what we are, and we make no apologies. There are many echo chambers out there these days. Fox "News" is one big one. Besides, everyone has a right to have a haven. Lecturing us is like an abusive partner busting into a battered women's shelter and proclaiming, "This place is nothing but an echo chamber!"
We don't mind if someone imparts friendly knowledge to us about something in a civil manner. There's a big difference between that and concern trolling. If something is a matter of opinion, correcting someone about it is probably concern trolling. People are welcome to share their opinion on any topic as long as they are civil and polite. After that they should move on to the next topic. Their opinion will be noted for everyone to see. We must emphasize this point again, we aren't a debate forum.
Some may not find this policy agreeable to them. They have feel like they are in charge of what we do and we must run the page the way they see fit. Sorry, that isn't going to happen. No one is forced to be here. If our policy isn't agreeable to you, you are invited to go in peace.
Concern trolling is disruptive to the community and ends up crippling online forums to the point of being catatonic and ineffective, basically disabling them carrying out their mission. We’re not going to let that happen here. That’s why we initiated our trolling policy 13 years ago and included our variant of concern trolling. We ask that if you don’t like a post or something we say or do, please scroll on by to the next post. Again, there’s no way we can please all people, all the time. Thanks.
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