“The opinions that are held with passion are always those for which no good ground exists; indeed the passion is the measure of the holders lack of rational conviction. Opinions in politics and religion are almost always held passionately.”
― Bertrand Russell, Sceptical Essays
In this atmosphere of Trumpism, one can’t help but consider which is scarier, Trump or the extremists living among us who have the mentality to want to support him.
Until Barack Obama was elected President, many Americans who didn’t live in parts of the country where racism was as openly expressed, thought we might be becoming “post-racial”. After the 2008 campaign in which Sarah Palin ran almost exclusively on whipping up racist hatred of Obama and Donald Trump’s leading the racist Birther movement against him…and legions of bigots gathered behind them…America was reminded that extremism is alive and well.
Trump has been a magnet for mindless extremists from all across the country, his cocktail of open racism, embrace of vicious conspiracy theories and yelling angrily appears to be like a mirror extremists are attracted to because they see themselves in it.
Some may ask,”Who are these extremists following Trump off a cliff?” Many are the Tea Party fanatics who previously made up the Christian extremist “Moral Majority”. Some are too young to have been a part of that group but are following in their footsteps of having a driving desire to use America’s government to hate and dominate those who they see as “the other”.
So here’s a little roundup of this week in religious nutjobs who help spotlight the derangement of the extremist fringe in America.
Cops: Mom said she killed adult daughter with crucifix to “rid Satan” from her body
An Oklahoma City woman allegedly told police that she forced a crucifix and religious medallion down her 33-year-old daughter’s throat, because she believed the woman was possessed by the devil, reports CBS affiliate KWTV.
Police were performing a welfare check at a home Saturday afternoon when they found Geneva Gomez’s body. She was bloody, with a large crucifix on her chest and had suffered severe trauma to her face and head, police said.
Where is fugitive polygamist Lyle Jeffs? Possibly swept away in the rapture, his lawyer says
The FBI thinks that Lyle Jeffs, the polygamist religious leader accused in a multimillion-dollar food stamp scheme, disappeared from house arrest this summer by coating his ankle monitor in olive oil and sliding it off.
That explanation may fly with nonbelievers, but in court documents filed last week, Jeffs’s attorney has put forth a divine reason for his disappearance — the miracle of rapture.
Woman uses Indiana religious objections law in defense against child abuse charges
The attorney for a woman charged with child abuse for allegedly beating her son with a coat hanger says Indiana’s religious objections law gives her the right to discipline her children according to her evangelical Christian beliefs.
Kihn Par Thaing, 30, of Indianapolis was arrested in February on felony abuse and neglect charges after a teacher discovered her 7-year-old son’s injuries. Thaing is accused of beating her son with a coat hanger, leaving him with 36 bruises and red welts.
Her attorney, Greg Bowes, argues in court documents filed July 29 that the state shouldn’t interfere with Thaing’s right to raise her children as she deems appropriate. He cited Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act as part of her defense, saying it gives her the right to discipline her children according to her beliefs.
Court documents cite biblical Scripture and state that a parent who “spares the rod, spoils the child.”
This Girl Says She’ll Fail Gym Class If Transgender Students Use Her Locker Room
A female cisgender student in Pennsylvania told school officials she will be discriminated against if her high school complies with an Obama administration guideline allowing transgender students to use restrooms and changing rooms that correspond with their gender identity.
Sigourney Coyle, who is set to enter ninth grade at Emmaus High School this year, told an East Penn School Board on Monday she did not want to undress in the same changing room as transgender students for religious reasons.