Roy Moore has found a new crusade, that of defending against coronavirus-related limits on religious worship, which he considers unconstitutional — never mind the pesky point that people are going to get sick and possibly die if they’re infected. Moore wants them to go to the hospital or grave with their freedom to worship intact. To that end, Moore announced that he’s going to the aid of Louisiana Pastor Mark Anthony Spell, who was arrested for holding a church service Tuesday with 1,200 congregants, in defiance of Gov. John Bel Edwards’ executive order limiting the size of public gatherings to no more than ten. The Advocate: Spell did say Wednesday that six of his church members had been fired from their jobs due their attendance at his services since Edwards’ emergency orders. He said Moore would represent him as pastor of Life Tabernacle and the church “for defense of the Gospel, for the people who are losing their jobs, for my name being slandered by (Gov.) John Bel Edwards, for his arrest that I had to undergo yesterday and for the people who are afraid to come back to our church out of fear of persecution.” This is part of a larger pattern of Wingnuttia, galvanized by Fox News and Rush Limbaugh ignoring science and medicine not to mention common sense. Dead State: People leaving the Louisiana church were seen hugging and shaking hands and Spell says he plans to keep the doors open because he doesn’t see the difference between this and keeping Walmart’s doors open. He also said keeping the church open is similar to keeping hospitals open because churches provide “spiritual healing.” “We are needy people,” he said. “Our souls are lost. We need help, and the church is the salvation center of the soul, the sanctuary where we come together and meet.” The pastor told CBS News that 1,265 people attended the service and he defended the gathering. “We have a constitutional right to congregate,” he wrote in an email Monday. “We will continue.” Now here’s one of the leading voices of Wingnuttia, Kenneth Copeland, and he demands that you continue to tithe even if you lose your job, because “your job is not your source. Jesus is your source.” No disrespect to Jesus, or worship generally, but I would like to see somebody sell that argument to a loan officer as proof of income — or for that matter to the local market, as consideration for buying food. “That’ll be $81.72 Sir.” “Jesus will take care of it, just ask him in your prayers.” Maybe this is what it will come to, who knows? Take a moment to listen to Copeland, because this is hilarious. Multi-millionaire televangelist Kenneth Copeland tells viewers that even if they lose their jobs because of the coronavirus outbreak, they must continue giving to the church: "Whatever you do right now, don't you stop tithing!" pic.twitter.com/Xp154Fm1rn — Right Wing Watch (@RightWingWatch) March 19, 2020 No, don’t you stop tithing, whatever you do, because Copeland has five airplanes, including a Gulfstream V and he’s bought them all with your stupidity donations. Take a look at the Gulfstream, this is some aviation beast, here. “Debt free” as Copeland proclaims, in the name of Gee-Suss — but it needs a new hangar, so get out your […]
Is national politics now a fly stuck in amber? Trump kicked off his 2020 reelection campaign Tuesday, kvetching about emails, “complete exoneration, no obstruction” and all of his usual talking points. Thursday, Roy Moore announced that he was back in politics, set up to do a rematch with incumbent Democratic Senator Doug Jones. This looks […]
A Mason-Dixon poll released Tuesday indicates that Roy Moore is at the top of the GOP primary field, and that 50% of Alabama voters say that they would elect a Republican over incumbent Doug Jones in 2020. But Jones’s re-election chances will be affected by who he draws as his Republican challenger in 2020. Currently, Roy Moore – who Jones defeated in 2017 – is the top choice of GOP voters. Statewide, 27% of Republicans support Moore as the nominee, ahead of three current Congressmen – Mo Brooks at 18%, Bradley Byrne at 13% and Gary Palmer at 11%. Del Marsh (4%) and Tim James (2%) trail the field and a significant 25% are undecided. Moore could finish first in the GOP primary, but will likely have a much more difficult time winning a run-off. His current lead is largely a result of his name recognition advantage over others in the field, standing at about 20-points over Brooks, 40-points over Byrne and 50-points over Palmer. Those cushions will evaporate once the campaign begins in earnest. Moore also remains a divisive figure among Republican voters, with 34% having a favorable opinion of him but 29% holding an unfavorable view. All of the other potential candidates only have single-digit unfavorable name recognition. Additionally, all of the three Alabama congressmen that could face Moore in the run-off will not have the baggage of his 2017 run-off opponent — appointed Senator Luther Strange. Strange was hampered by the fact that he received his appointment to the Senate from unpopular former Governor Robert Bentley, who was later forced to resign from office. Here’s a thought to put in your pipe and smoke. Roy Moore might face Jeff Sessions, if Sessions would choose to run for his old seat. There’s no indication of that at this time, but it is a possibility to consider. If that would take place, Sessions would indisputably win a primary and it would be a large burden for Jones to overcome. Also consider this possibility: If for some reason we don’t regain the White House, it is crucial that we retake the Senate, because with a Democratic House and Senate, we could possibly get Trump impeached. I’m not being a doomsayer here, merely examining all the different possibilities and permutations of the 2020 field. The only thing I feel totally confident about saying right now, is that it’s going to be a bitch kitty of an election, unquestionably the most intensely fought of any election in our lifetimes.
Pop Quiz! What two things do the following people have in common: Roseanne Barr, Rick Saccone, Ed Gillespie, Marine LePen, Don Blankenship, and Roy Moore? One, they all tried to “be Trump,” or even “Trumpier than Trump.” And two, they all failed miserably. Think of Trump as a virus. So far, there is no known […]
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