Forget Flu Shots, Christians

Texas minister Gloria Copeland, who sat on the Trump campaign’s evangelical executive advisory board, claimed in a Facebook video that there is no severe flu outbreak in the United States. Well, at least if your Christian.

This religious wacko said, “Jesus himself is our flu shot. He redeemed us from the curse of the flu.”

As if that wasn’t crazy enough, she advised that when someone suggests that you get a glue shot because “everyone is getting the flu,” just tell those non-believers that, “We’ve already had our shot: He bore our sicknesses and carried our diseases. That’s what we stand on. And by his stripes we are healed.”

And in the event you somehow did come down with the flu, all you have to do is recite, “Flu, I bind you off of the people in the name of Jesus,” and you’ll be feeling fine in no time at all.

Yet, despite Jesus’ efforts on our behalf, this year’s flu season is among the worst in recent history. According to the CDC last Friday, flu-related hospitalizations were the highest since the agency began tracking that statistic in 2010. Agency officials said the death toll among children has risen to 53 so far.

I wonder how many of those who died or have come down with the flu are Christians. If they are, they must not have thanked Jesus enough for fluing for their sins.

Moral Compass

img_0274It’s quite clear to anyone who has one, that our president lacks any sort of moral compass. So do many, if not most, of the Republicans in Congress.

Donald Trump’s true north is whatever benefits him and his family, regardless of who or how mant get hurt along the way. How else can you explain how poor and middle class Americans are being thrown overboard while the rich and large corporations are reaping huge benefits from the corruption that has engulfed the executive and legislative branches of our government?

Ultra rich Republican donors now control the government of the United States. Their almighty dollars that they contribute to conservative causes are transforming this country into an autocratic theocracy.

But what is even more shocking to me are those who claim the loudest that they live their lives by the word of God. Evangelical Christians are people who are committed to the Christian gospel message that Jesus is the the savior of humanity and who promote the “good news” about Jesus.

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But these very religious, outwardly pious people who literally consider themselves to be holier than thou, have tossed away their moral compass in favor of political expediency.

They were quick to abandon their morality in order to justify electing a thrice-married, real estate and failed casino mogul who bragged about grabbing women by the pussy and who rarely goes to church.

And then they reached an even higher level of hypocrisy with their staunch support and avid defense of the then candidate for Senate, accused child molester Roy Moore.

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There is no doubt that the right in America, both political and religious, has abandoned their moral compass. I wonder if they can ever recover it.


Written for today’s one-word prompt, “compass.”

The Legend of All Legends

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The Christian Bible was written over the course of 1,600 years by about 40 different authors on three different continents. This unique collection of stories serves as the foundation for the world’s largest religion, Christianity.

Every word of the Bible has been studied and parsed. The book has been weaponized and wars have been fought over it. Non-believers in the “truth” of the Bible have been persecuted and killed. It has been questioned and ridiculed as much as it has been revered and prized.

So is the Bible a factual accounting of the creation of everything by an omnipotent being, or is it a book of legends and myths, no different from the legend of King Arthur or the mythologies of the pre-Christianity gods?

To me, the Bible is an interesting, sometimes fascinating, book of fables and parables. But it’s not a text book, a history book, or a science book. Too much of the Bible is simply unbelievable to my practical, pragmatic mind.

Many of the “facts” in the Bible are simply wrong or are scientifically impossible. For example, according to Genesis, the universe is just over 6000 years old. We know that is not true.

Or take the tale of Joshua stopping the sun moving across the sky. This story assumes that the earth was flat and was at the center of the universe. And for the sun to stop, the earth would have to cease rotating on its axis, which would destroy the planet. We know these stories, and many other biblical stories, to be false.

Further, the Bible is full of inconsistencies. How can it be an accurate historical record, when the various books of the Bible contradict one another?

We also know that other world religions also contain rich histories of mythology and fantastical sounding stories, many of which stories are similar to those found in the Bible.

I have no quarrel with those for whom the Bible brings solace and comfort and serves as the anchor for their spiritual and religious beliefs. I would hope that they have no quarrel with me for believing that the Bible is simply a book of legends.


Written for today’s one-word prompt, “legend.”