When the commander-in-chief is crazy …

… the Pentagon is made anxious by tweets like this:

According to Buzzfeed, there was real anxiety at the Pentagon that we were about to launch against North Korea.

At the Pentagon, the first of the three tweets raised fears that the president was getting ready to announce strikes on North Korea or some other military action. Many said they were left in suspense for nine minutes, the time between the first and second tweet. Only after the second tweet did military officials receive the news the president was announcing a personnel change on Twitter.

Then … WHEW! That was … scary!

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Great moments in the history of naked sucking-up

That sound you hear is either millions of evangelicals writing with orgiastic joy, or Thomas Jefferson crawling out of his grave to beat The Donald into a stupor and break all his fingers.

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Dismal theology-related tweet for the day, II

Note that: If a woman puts her children ahead of pleasing Our Invisible Friend, she is pleasing/serving Satan.

About which, some thoughts:

  • Nobody should feel the slightest confusion on this point: This is the teaching of a cult. Yes, this is standard, blister-packed Christian teaching, but it is nonetheless the teaching of a cult.

  • For maybe the 1000th time, anybody who puts pleasing an invisible friend ahead of marriage and family is a damn fool who isn’t actually married at all.

Christianity cannot flourish amongst the healthy.

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Original sins

There never was an Adam and Eve, and so there was no Fall, there is no such thing as Original Sin, there is no need for salvation, and death did not enter the world with their eviction from the Garden of Eden. The Christian account of itself is false, case closed — and it remains closed no matter how many solemn theologians you drown in the baptism pool.

Hell, it isn’t even Biblical.

22 And the Lord God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:

23 Therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.

24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.

The language of the tale is plain: Eviction from the Garden was a preemptive strike intended to make certain Adam and Eve did not eat from the Tree of life and live forever. This was so important that Cherubim and a flaming sword were placed at the entrance to the Garden to make certain that Adam and Eve didn’t sneak in and eat from the Tree of Life.

The point of this exercise was to keep Adam and Eve down, less than godlike, subordinate.

This is why neither Jesus nor any of the Apostles ever said a word about Original Sin; they’d never heard of it. It was Irenaeus, late in the second century, who first began speculating along those lines, and Augustine who ‘perfected’ the doctrine in the course of suppressing the Pelagian heresy.

I mention all this because, after all these years of reading theology and trying to convince myself that there is more and better than degrading make-believe somewhere in it, I’ve come across a minister who says frankly that the entire Original Sin schtick is nonsense.

Chalke also says the common idea that Adam and Eve’s sin brought death into the world “can’t be right,” because the story says the reason God removed the couple from the garden was to prevent them from eating from the tree of life and thereby become immortal, implying that they were going to die anyway.

Christianity has degenerated into a colossal, decadent, cult of self-abasement, and Original Sin is the perversion of Genesis 3, a great work of art, into a blame-the-victim drumbeat. Bah.

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Advantageous dyspepsia

The Donald awakened this morning in an even grumpier mood than usual. Today, he tweeted that transgenders are unwelcome in the military and, presumably, are about to be summarily discharged; that Lisa Murkowski let down the Good Ol’ U.S. of A. by voting against debate on the Senate’s health care bills; and that Jeff Sessions has much to do with our urgent national need to drain the swamp.

Well. I’ll grant that it’s annoying to have a president who behaves this way, but given his and the Republican Party’s ambitions, I think it’s a good thing.

  • He is destroying his relationship with the Republican Party, which will almost certainly be called upon within the next few months to judge whether or not he ought to remain in office.

  • There is absolutely no way on earth that Jeff Sessions is going to tell the Justice Department to take it easy in its investigation of the president.

  • And he has made enemies of important, well-regarded Republican Senators — Lisa Murkowski and, with the transgender policy shift, John McCain.

We’re approaching the point where it hardly matters whether Trump is actually guilty of cooperating with a hostile foreign power to subvert the election; everybody sane is so sick of him that he’ll be convicted just to be rid of him.

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