Cross, tombstone, death

It is quite simple really. If things break their way, conservative Christians will claim “our prayers have been answered.” If things don’t break their way — blame the queers, God is good.

A couple of days ago, fundamentalist Christian radio host Rick Wiles claimed that gays were responsible for the shooting in Las Vegas that left 58 people dead and 546 people injured. His “evidence” was an interview that Ellen did with Jesus Campos. Campos is the Mandalay Bay security guard who was the first person to confront the shooter (whose name will never appear here).

Wiles claims that we have death squads run by a covert agency with the participation of state and local officials. Ellen is part of the LGBT regime which is part of the deep state which is a Nazi regime which is all gay and bisexual just like the leaders of the Third Reich. Apparently Mr. Wiles has bought into the inane theories of uber-bigot Scott Lively. People actually believe this incoherent gibberish. You can read more about this convoluted nuttiness here.

There is a purpose to all of this. Fundamentalist Christians are deeply convinced that an all-knowing and all-powerful god is in control of everything. God’s opponent, Satan, can usurp the powers of the deity with the assistance of evil people. Queers are evil people. A more modern version of this dogma is Superman and kryptonite or Batman and the Joker.

A variant of the above does not blame Satan. God is vengeful. Piss him off and he will wreak havoc with tornadoes, tsunamis and earthquakes. Queers piss off the deity. When we pass things like nondiscrimination laws protecting queers, guess who gets pissed.

For decades people like Pat Robertson have claimed that every disaster is divine retribution. Pat Robertson has warned that acceptance of homosexuality could result in hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, terrorist bombs and “possibly a comet strike.” Jim Bakker recently claimed that Robertson could pray away hurricanes. Again, many people believe this nonsense.

The scariest part of this is that there is a very real conspiracy. People who subscribe to this dogma exist throughout every conceivable level of government; federal, state and local. Even the Supreme Court. People like Rick Wiles want to upend our secular society and replace it with something that look more like Iran than the United States of America. They falsely claim that a religious society is as our founders intended. What they really mean is that it is as their god intended.

In addition to persecuting LGBT people these superstitions delay or prevent progress. The religious dogma automatically becomes part of the Republican platform. Those parts of the GOP platform that are not the result of the dogma are immediately adopted by the sanctimonious set. The collusion between the two groups is self-reinforcing.

Public policy often reflects the “values” of religious zealots. Trump’s climate denial is probably based on personal economics (Trump always does for Trump). However, most of Trump’s nominees for positions throughout the government and the federal courts are true believers. Trump doesn’t care about appeasing a god. He is pandering to the religious right, the folks most responsible for Trump having been elected in the first place. Just look at who Trump cynically picked as his running mate.

Our lives are governed, at least in part, by superstitious fools who live by the current paradigm: Thank the god for the good; blame LGBT people for the bad. It is simplistic and easy to remember.

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.