This Week In Bad Christianity: Bobby Jindal, Mike Huckabee (Again), And Christian Hate

What is bad Christianity? It’s using a religion that’s supposed to be about peace and love to justify hate. It’s calling yourself a Christian and then pushing for oppression of one group or another.

This week features Bobby Jindal, who not only wants to take away a woman’s right to bodily autonomy, but would cut off access to all forms of reproductive healthcare to low-income women, based on a lie. Our old favorite, Mike Huckabee, is also here (when is he not?), along with Colorado state representative Gordon Klingenschmitt, Ben Carson and his opinion on taxes, and the religious right’s reaction to NFL star Arian Foster’s groin injury.

1. Bobby Jindal uses the intentionally deceitful Planned Parenthood videos as justification to pull all Medicaid funding from Louisiana’s two Planned Parenthood facilities.

Jindal cares about the unborn, you see. He cares about them so much that he doesn’t care about reducing access to all forms of reproductive care to women, even though the mothers who will birth those babies come from all over the state, and from all walks of life. He also only cares about unborn babies. As soon as they’re born, they and their families are on their own. Finally, he’s perpetuating an already-exposed lie.

What part of any of this is Christian? True Christians would, first and foremost, stop perpetuating a known lie. It’s one thing when you don’t know that what you’re saying is a lie. It’s quite another when everyone knows, and you should know, and you do it anyway. That makes you a liar. These people need to stop lying if they’re going to call themselves Christian.

Also, isn’t part of being Christian wanting to help the poor? Jindal proposes making life more difficult for low-income women by essentially forcing the closure of two women’s health clinics. Caring about the poor means you want to do what you can to help them out, not work to reduce their access to needed services based on a lie. Jindal, here, is a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

2. Mike Huckabee wants to use the 5th and 14th Amendments to protect unborn fetuses.

Mike Huckabee spouted this nonsense during the August 6 presidential debate. This, alone, is more personhood nonsense, which is the idea that a clump of cells, wholly dependent on a woman’s body for survival, is a person in need of rights. Those rights, however, come at the expense of another person’s right. But it’s worse than just that. Like Jindal, he doesn’t care about low-income women, and what having a child they can’t afford would do.

The religious right is not “pro-life,” however much they claim they care about life. They’re pro-birth, and that’s it. Once that child they fought so hard to protect is out in the world, they are on their own. Their mother is on her own. The whole family is on its own. Who cares about the poor? These families should pick themselves up by their bootstraps like the rest of us. Maybe the women should keep an aspirin between their knees. No help for the poor, because the poor subsist on the backs of the rest of us good, hardworking, sacrificing Americans.

3. Gordon Klingenschmitt says that gays molest children, but has no problem being friends with a child molester.

This Republican state representative from Colorado has a show called “Pray in Jesus’ Name,” which marks him as a member of the religious right. He’s friends with David Dorty, who is a conservative activist and token black friend. He’s the man that Klingenschmitt can use to prove he’s not racist if he ever needs to.

The problem with Dorty, though, is not that he’s a token. It’s that he’s a known and convicted child molester. So while Klingenschmitt is busy demonizing gay men for being child molesters, he’s befriended someone who actually is a child molester.

Hypocrite much?

4. Ben Carson would hike taxes on the poor for the purpose of cutting taxes on the rich, all because the Bible commands people to tithe.

According to Right Wing Watch, Ben Carson equates taxes to tithing to the church. Tithes are a 10 percent chunk of your income that you’re supposed to give to your church each month. Carson believes this is like a tax, and says that, because the Bible says 10 percent for everyone, and not 10 percent for poor people and 30 percent for rich people (or whatever), progressive taxation is unbiblical.

Our tax laws are such that the poor get most—or all—of their income tax money back each year in the form of refunds. So, mathematically speaking, they don’t pay much in the way of income tax (they still pay all sorts of other taxes though). Carson wants a flat tax, and has implied that tax ought to be 10 percent. The truth is that any percentage at all that would seem “fair” is a cut for the rich, and a hike on the poor.

Who cares about the poor, though, right? How utterly Christian of these people. There’s an odd relationship between the religious right and the wealthy, which basically says that the wealthy are good people whom their god favors. The poor, meanwhile, suffer from some massive moral failing or character flaw that makes it so they’re poor, which also makes it so they’re undeserving of help, and completely deserving of punishment.

5. NFL star Arian Foster is an atheist, and cites people like Bill Maher and Penn and Teller as inspirations for him.

Foster recently suffered a groin injury, and “Christians” all over social media said it was their god’s wrath for his unbelief, and gloated over the injury. A few said they were praying for a speedy recovery, but many were absolutely hateful toward him about it.

One person even invoked Caitlyn Jenner’s winning the ESPY’s Arthur Ashe award for Courage, and asked whether Foster was going to win next year’s, because that’s totally an okay thing to say. Another said that the reason he was injured is because his mind isn’t right.

There’s a lot of judgment going on there, which goes against the whole idea that judgment is supposed to be reserved for their god. We mere mortals are not supposed to judge, because even if they’re “right with God,” they’re still sinners in his eyes. Therefore, they have no right to judge.

They’ll do it anyway, though, because they have a severe need to prove their moral and intellectual superiority to non-believers, instead of doing what they’re supposed to do and win people to their “cause” through love.

It doesn’t seem to matter if it’s LGBTQ rights, dealing with the poor, or their idea of what’s Right, Good and True™, these people are the worst examples of Christianity, not the best. Their brand of Christianity boils down to a need to prove that they’re superior somehow. Stay tuned for next week’s bad Christians.


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