This is a guest post by Megan Hamilton. She is a life-long atheist who’s been writing about politics since 2011. She lives in Central America.
The Values Voter Summit is now in full swing in Washington, D.C., and some very notable right-wing Christians have gathered to honor their embattled idol, Donald Trump, who will speak at the event Saturday night. You can bet that, by the time that happens, the faithful, including Oliver North and Michele Bachmann (the unofficial “pastor to the United Nations”), will have shared their noxious grief over the treatment of their dearly beloved misogynistic, racist leader.
Hosted by FRC Action, the political arm of the notoriously anti-LGBTQ Family Research Council — which has also targeted Muslims, feminists, environmentalists, and progressives — the summit will undoubtedly encapsulate the very worst of Christian hypocrisy.
The organizers are branding the summit as a gathering of the faithful to “preserve the bedrock values of traditional marriage, religious liberty, sanctity of life and limited government that make our nation strong.” Even if they habitually and repeatedly use those “bedrock values” to persecute others.
This is something the FRC does continually; the group is dedicated to undermining LGBTQ individuals in every way possible, especially by spreading vitriolic pseudoscientific lies and characterizing them as pedophiles. And they have Benjamin Bull, a former chief council for the virulently anti-LGBTQ group Alliance Defending Freedom, on hand to incite further hate. Unsurprisingly, the topic of his speech is supposed to be “Advancing religious liberty in an LGBT world.”
Are you really surprised by this? These people are the kind of Christians who claim they are victims even though this form of virulent Christianity has been persecuting and killing innocent people for centuries. And now they count Trump as one of their own: a man who is destroying the lives of immigrants, a man who abuses women and girls, a man whose own scandals go against what conservative Christians have been preaching for decades. He’s their new messiah.
But for Bachmann, he’s God’s anointed one. Somehow she believes God heard the conservative Christian prayers in 2016 and gifted him to the U.S., thus leading the country into an “unparalleled golden time.” She also believes Trump is the “most biblical president ever.” How she says this with a straight face I’ll never know.
If you think “traditional” conservatives like Mitch McConnell would be too embarrassed to attend this gathering in person, you’d be wrong. (Also, you give McConnell far too much credit.) McConnell, of course, has already promised to help Trump fill another Supreme Court vacancy if one comes up in 2020 — Merrick Garland Rule be damned. He’s also promising to shut down any efforts to impeach Trump.
I saved the worst for last.
Infamously volatile Sebastian Gorka, a notorious homophobe and member of Vitezi Rend, a Hungarian organization tied to Adolf Hitler and the Nazis during WWII will also be on hand. Gorka, a former deputy assistant to Trump, was fired after wearing a pin that denoted his membership to the group. Gorka also has ties to anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist Frank Gaffney. During his speech, he called upon audience members to use social media to support Trump.
“I don’t care how old you are, I don’t care how technically-challenged you deem yourself to be,” he said. “If you are not on social media every single day supporting the president, you are part of the problem, not part of the solution … You owe it to Donald J. Trump to be there for him.”
Nothing good has ever come from telling people they need to spend more time on social media, much less using their time to spread misinformation in support of their leader. But decency isn’t part of Gorka’s plan.
Craziness like this is what happens when hate throws a party.
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