The Christian Calvary Is Coming

Two nights ago I watched the movie ‘The Chicago Seven’. The United States Government brought federal charges against seven men for inciting a riot. Republican President Richard Nixon was bent on depicting ALL Democrats as leftist commies in league with Americas enemies. This was a Loyalty Trial – and pure politics conducted by the party who began to provide evidence that they were VICTIMIZED on the floor of the Senate, when insane rioters – many of them Christians – began fighting with the police, and then smashed down the doors of the Capitol so they could get at elected Lawmakers – and kill them. Cries to hang the Vice President were heard in the hallowed halls of our most Democratic Symbol, known all over the world as the sacred place Democracy is spread throughout the world. This image was severely damaged, and only a handful of elected Republicans are concerned about restoring this Image of Liberty. Instead, they are hell bent on spreading their belief that only Jesus can save the world, only Jesus can solve the problems a failed specular government – can not solve.

The Chicago Seven tried to – STOP THE WAR – a real war that was raging in Vietnam. Real Patriotic American Soldiers were dying every day. The STOP THE STEAL movement was founded on A LIE! There is no theft of the elections, yet the Trump campaign gave nearly four million dollars to this organization – TO SPREAD THE LIE – and incite people to commit more acts of violence. Trump beefed up his campaign coffers by refusing to secede the election to President Joe Biden. He has $750 million dollars to spend on underming our Democracy. Installing a THEOCRACTIC RULE is a top priority. What I am telling you – ONCE AGAIN – is the Christian-right is hell bent on destroying Democracy.

Springfield Oregon had a PLAYER in these world shaking events that our allies are watching closely. John Presco dressed at THE ANTI-CHRIST and confronted the Three Percenters in Wayne Morse Square. I got in the face of a dude wearing a MEGA hat, who got clocked by a Lesbian after he pushed her lover around. There was blood. Jacob, The Horned Shaman, was seen leading people in prayer. The Eugene Weekly and Register Guard are too cowardly to cover me, because they want to remain neutral when it comes to Christian issues.

How much money has the Pot-smoking Ex-hippie Kenites contributed to any political movement? NONE! Pagan Growers are paying millions in taxes. Do any monies from pot sales got to fight the advances of the Christian-right? NO!

I am still working on my painting ‘The Voices’ . Last week the sun cast two beams of light on my canvas, and I saw…..THE TWO WITNESSES! A couple ofdays later after I put in a ballot box that was carried to safety of a Senate Page, a beam of light fell upon what now looked like ‘The Ark of the Covenant’.

Hey! What do I know? I am to be defamed, threatened, my daughter taken from me, ect.

Impeachment One – YouTube

John Presco

The rioters who breached the Capitol on Jan. 6, leading to federal charges against more than 130 people so far, included several people carrying signs with Christian messages, and video showed one man in a fur hat and horns leading others in a prayer inside the Senate chamber.

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Within hours, fervent Trump supporters began to heed Trump’s rallying cry. Kylie Jane Kremer, founder of a Stop the Steal group banned by Facebook, picked up the notice about the march and ran with it. “The calvary (sic) is coming, Mr President!” she said.

Trump retweeted Kremer’s post, saying: “A great honor!”

FBI Special Agent Jeremy Desor said that videos revealed that during the melee, Straka was part of a crowd pushing toward a Capitol doorway. Desor doesn’t contend that Straka went into the building, but says that as others tried to charge through the entrance, the activist shouted: “Go! Go!”

Desor said that as a Capitol police officer tried to make his way through the crowd with a riot shield over his head, Straka urged others to wrestle it from him.

“Take it away from him,” Straka allegedly yelled. “Take it! Take it!”

Straka achieved some prominence in the media during Trump’s effort to reverse President-elect Joe Biden’s win. Straka spoke at a variety of previous Stop the Steal events at the Capitol, in Michigan and elsewhere. According to the complaint, he said he was supposed to speak at such a rally at the Capitol on Jan. 6 but that event was scuttled after the riot broke out and police cleared the crowd.

Kylie Jane Kremer on Rally Challenging 2020 Presidential Election Results | C-SPAN.org (c-span.org)

Trump Campaign Paid $3.5 Million To Stop The Steal Organizers, Report Finds (forbes.com)

‘Stop the steal’ groups hide in plain sight on Facebook – CNN

Stop the Steal organizer charged in Capitol riot – POLITICO

‘Be There. Will Be Wild!’: Trump All but Circled the Date – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

#StopTheSteal: Timeline of Social Media and Extremist Activities Leading to 1/6 Insurrection (justsecurity.org)

People involved in organizing the January 6 “Stop the Steal” protests that led to a deadly riot at the Capitol building received more than $3.5 million from the Trump campaign and its associated fundraising committees, a Wednesday report from the Center for Responsive Politics found. 

The Chicago Seven (originally Chicago Eight, also Conspiracy Eight/Conspiracy Seven) were seven defendants—Abbie HoffmanJerry RubinDavid DellingerTom HaydenRennie DavisJohn Froines, and Lee Weiner—charged by the United States federal government with conspiracy, crossing state lines with intent to incite a riot, and other charges related to anti–Vietnam War and countercultural protests in ChicagoIllinois during the 1968 Democratic National Convention. The Chicago Eight became the Chicago Seven after the case against co-defendant Bobby Seale was declared a mistrial during the trial.

All of the defendants were charged with and acquitted of conspiracy; Hoffman, Rubin, Dellinger, Hayden, and Davis were charged with and convicted of crossing state lines with intent to incite a riot; Froines and Weiner were charged with teaching demonstrators how to construct incendiary devices and acquitted of those charges. All of the convictions were later reversed on appeal.

While the jury deliberated, Judge Julius Hoffman convicted the defendants and their attorneys of contempt of court and sentenced them to jail sentences ranging from less than three months to more than four years. These convictions were also later reversed on appeal. From the beginning of the trial, the defendants and their attorneys have been represented in a variety of art, film, music, and theater.

Eric Swalwell Connects Trump Ads to Capitol Riots – YouTube

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Eric Swalwell – Wikipedia

‘We’ve lost the line’: Police describe Capitol chaos – POLITICO

Chicago Seven – Wikipedia

Robert Jones, CEO of the independent nonprofit Public Religion Research Institute, said QAnon centers on a “very apocalyptic, good-versus-evil” set of false assumptions that connect Trump’s party to godliness and Democrats to heathendom.

‘The cavalry should have been coming’ | Former Capitol Police chief weighs in on riot response – YouTube

‘Heartbreaking’: McCaskill reacts to powerful new evidence in Trump impeachment trial (msn.com)

Lindsey Graham Says ‘Not Guilty’ Impeachment Vote ‘Growing’ After New Footage Played at Trial (msn.com)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Christian imagery and rhetoric on view during this month’s Capitol insurrection are sparking renewed debate about the societal effects of melding Christian faith with an exclusionary breed of nationalism.

The rioters who breached the Capitol on Jan. 6, leading to federal charges against more than 130 people so far, included several people carrying signs with Christian messages, and video showed one man in a fur hat and horns leading others in a prayer inside the Senate chamber. They also included multiple current or former members of the U.S. military or law enforcement, as well as a West Virginia state lawmaker.

The rise of what’s often called Christian nationalism has long prompted pushback from leaders in multiple denominations, with the Baptist Joint Committee on Religious Liberty forming the Christians Against Christian Nationalism coalition in 2019. But in the immediate wake of the insurrection, other Christian leaders spoke out to denounce what they saw as the misuse of their faith to justify a violent attack on a seat of government.

Russell Moore, president of the public policy arm of the Southern Baptist Convention, said that when he saw a “Jesus Saves” sign displayed near a gallows built by rioters, “I was enraged to a degree that I haven’t been enraged in memory. This is not only dangerous and unpatriotic but also blasphemous, presenting a picture of the gospel of Jesus Christ that isn’t the gospel and is instead its exact reverse.”MORE STORIES:

Dwight McKissic, a leading Black Southern Baptist pastor who has publicly criticized the denomination’s leaders’ handling of racial justice, urged them in a tweet to also “denounce this flagrant display of White Christian Nationalism” by insurrectionists.

To tamp down what both liberal and conservative clerics view as a misappropriation of their faith, however, they must first tackle the challenge of defining Christian nationalism for a broad audience. Christians Against Christian Nationalism describes it as an ideology that “demands Christianity be privileged by the state and implies that to be a good American, one must be Christian.”

During a virtual panel the coalition held this week, one prominent leader underscored that love of country and God can coexist without making a person a Christian nationalist.ADVERTISEMENT

It is “very important to understand we are not condemning being patriotic,” said the Rev. Elizabeth Eaton, who leads the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. Christians “can still be active participants in the public square” while staying true to their faith, she added.

The Rev. Walter Kim, president of the National Association of Evangelicals, sounded a similar note in an interview, citing the corrosive effects of “a convergence of a nationalist identity and a Christian identity.”

“Certainly I love our country, and as the son of immigrant parents I am deeply grateful for the hope this nation represents,” Kim said. “But as a Christian, my highest allegiance is to Christ.”

Yet some supporters of former President Donald Trump say that denunciations of Christian nationalism are a way of attacking them politically. Former Rep. Allen West, now chairman of the Texas GOP, said on a Tuesday panel with several other religious conservatives sponsored by the group My Faith Votes that the term is used against those who “don’t conform to a progressive, socialist ideological agenda.”Full Coverage: Religion

Another wrinkle in efforts to steer Christians away from an overtly nationalist projection of their faith is QAnon, the conspiracy theory whose believers were front and center at the Jan. 6 rally in support of Trump’s baseless claims of widespread election fraud as well as the riot that followed.

In the video shot by a New Yorker reporter during the siege, the fur-hatted Jacob Chansley — known as the “QAnon shaman” for his alignment with the conspiracy theory as well as his self-described spiritual leanings — delivered a prayer thanking God “for allowing the United States of America to be reborn.” While Chansley spoke, other rioters fell silent in apparent participation.

Robert Jones, CEO of the independent nonprofit Public Religion Research Institute, said QAnon centers on a “very apocalyptic, good-versus-evil” set of false assumptions that connect Trump’s party to godliness and Democrats to heathendom.

“The fact that we saw QAnon, white supremacy and white Christianity all carried together in a violent attack on the Capitol means that particularly white Christians have got some real soul-searching to do,” said Jones, author of two books on white Christianity in America.

Christian author Jemar Tisby said via email that the elements of Christianity present at the riot signal that “violent nationalists have developed ways to deploy such religious symbols in service of their malevolent ends.”

“Christians who want to divest of Christian Nationalism may find themselves leaving their churches because the ideology is so deeply ingrained that meaningful change is not on the horizon,” said Tisby, CEO of The Witness, a Black Christian organization.

In the meantime, Moore said he has begun speaking with pastors about quelling QAnon’s potential influence within congregations and plans to do more to provide resources to that end.

“One of the barriers to speaking to these conspiracy theories is many pastors and leaders rightly recognize this stuff as crazy, so they assume it doesn’t need to be spoken to,” he said. “But we live in a crazy time.”

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The ‘Not Guilty’ vote is growing after today,” Graham wrote in a Wednesday evening tweet. “I think most Republicans found the presentation by the House Managers offensive and absurd.”https://www.dianomi.com/smartads.epl?id=3533

“We all know what happened in the Capitol was terrible. I hope everybody involved that broke into the Capitol goes to jail,” the senator added in an appearance on Fox News‘ Hannity.

During the show, Graham and host Sean Hannity argued that past statements made by Democratic politicians in support of racial justice and Black Lives Matter protestors during the 2020 nationwide uprisings against police brutality were themselves incitements to riot, the very thing Democrats have accused Trump of.

Graham called Democrats hypocrites for not speaking out against activists who demonstrated outside of his home in September 2020, and outside of Susan Collins’ home in December 2017 and October 2018, comparing their actions to that of the insurrectionists.

Graham also told Hannity that he remained unconvinced by arguments made by House Managers of Trump’s ties to the Proud Boys, a self-described “male chauvinist” group that the FBI has described as “an extremist right-wing group.” Trump infamously told the group to “stand back and stand by” during a 2020 presidential debate in September when asked to denounce white supremacy.

“This is what you get when you eject God from the courts and from the schools,” Hibbs told Family Research Council president Tony Perkins, speaking on Perkins’ radio show. Perkins himself, an ordained minister, had been among those who called for state legislatures to reject pro-Biden electors.

On his show, however, Perkins recognized that the violence at the Capitol tainted Christian involvement in the pro-Trump movement.

“I would be hard-pressed to find Bible-believing Christians that would be OK with what took place at the Capitol,” Perkins said. “I think this sets us back in terms of addressing the concerns that endanger our republic.”

Other evangelical Christian leaders were far more outspoken in their rejection of the attack on the Capitol and more willing to blame President Trump.

“I don’t know the Jesus some have paraded and waved around in the middle of this treachery today,” tweeted Beth Moore, well known in evangelical circles for her Bible studies. “They may be acting in the name of some other Jesus, but that’s not the Jesus of the Gospels.”

“It was a moral abomination incited by the president,” said Russell Moore (not a relation), president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, speaking Thursday to a group of religion journalists.

“Enough is enough—and indeed was enough a long time ago,” Moore wrote on Wednesday in a commentary reacting to the day’s events. “It will take decades to rebuild from the wreckage in this country. But, as Christians, we can start now — just by not being afraid to say what is objectively the truth. Joe Biden has been elected president.”

In a follow-up tweet on Friday, Moore called on Trump to “step down and let our country heal.”

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Moore has been a regular critic of Trump, but some pro-Trump evangelical leaders broke with the president over his incitement of the attack on the Capitol.

Albert Mohler, president of the flagship seminary of the Southern Baptist Convention, created a stir last year when he announced he would be voting for Trump in spite of not doing so in 2016. Since the election, however, Mohler has been highly critical of Trump’s behavior, and he made clear Wednesday that he blamed him for the attack on the Capitol.

“President Trump is responsible now for unleashing mayhem,” he said.

In a podcast released Thursday, Mohler said he did not regret his vote, but he clearly distanced himself from the president.

“I do not follow a cult of personality,” Mohler said. “I am committed as a Christian to certain moral principles … that I believe are derived from biblical Christianity. … But what we saw in Washington, what we heard from the president, not just yesterday but in recent days, is an attempt to subvert the very constitutional order that he took an oath of office to defend.”

Other Christian leaders were similarly quick to weigh in on Wednesday’s events. Cardinal Blase Cupich, the Chicago archbishop, did not mince words.

“What has been unfolding at the Capitol today should shock the conscience of any patriotic American and any faithful Catholic,” Cupich said in a Wednesday statement. “The eyes of the world look on in horror as we suffer this national disgrace. For many months we have witnessed the deliberate erosion of the norms of our system of government. Peaceful protest is a sacred right. … But violence is its opposite. Violence in the service of a falsehood is worse.”

The Rev. Michael Curry, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, was similarly outspoken.

“We believe the actions of armed protesters represent a coup attempt,” Curry said, according to a roundup of faith reactions by the Religion News Service. “This threatens the integrity of our democracy, the national security of our nation, the continuity of government and the lives and safety of our legislators, their staffs, law enforcement and all who work in the Capitol.”

The attack on the Capitol came on the same day a Black Baptist preacher, the Rev. Raphael Warnock, was confirmed as the winner of his Senate race in Georgia. His election victory was, in significant part, the result of political work by Black churches in his state and exemplified the power of Black voters, who deserve much credit for the election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.

The refusal of Trump supporters to acknowledge the Biden-Harris victory, and the hateful attack on the Capitol, were seen by some Black leaders as racist reactions.

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“What we saw today in the U.S. Capitol was un-American, based on our Constitution, but it was not non-American, because oppressed people have seen this kind of mob violence many times before in this country,” noted the Rev. William J. Barber, pastor of the Greenleaf Christian Church in Goldsboro, N.C., and a co-leader of the Poor Peoples Campaign.

Non-Christian faith leaders joined in denouncing the violence at the Capitol. “The very values and rights bestowed by our democracy are degraded and diminished when police officers have to draw their guns to protect our duly-elected officials in the heart of our nation [against] violent protesters, who, by their reckless and dangerous behavior, have inflicted grievous wounds on our nation,” said Rabbi Marvin Hier of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles. Hier offered a prayer at President Trump’s inauguration in 2017, but he was unsparing in his reaction to the events at the Capitol.

“Nothing, not even the emotional charges of voter fraud in a presidential election, can ever legitimize or excuse such behavior,” Hier said. “For as the Talmud warns, ‘Pray for the welfare of our government, for without it, man would swallow his fellow.”

Criticism of the attack on the Capitol was so widespread among U.S. faith leaders that the Wednesday events may actually set the stage for greater acceptance of a Biden-Harris administration.

Among those taking a softer line on Thursday was Franklin Graham, the son of evangelist Billy Graham and an early and stalwart supporter of Trump.

“The division in our country is as great as any time since the Civil War,” Graham tweeted. “I am calling on Christians to unite our hearts together in prayer for President-elect @JoeBiden and Vice President-elect @KamalaHarris, and for the leadership in both parties.”

“The managers have got this cockamamie idea, an absurd theory that Donald Trump was monitoring the Proud Boys website and other far-right websites and he and [former White House Deputy Chief of Staff] Dan Scavino knew this was going to happen and they encouraged it. That is Looney Tunes,” Graham said.

Graham also said that Democrats’ beliefs that Trump incited the insurrection with his January 6 speech and that the insurrection was organized for weeks before it occurred were contradictory.

Trump‘s re-election campaign paid more than $2.7 million to several individuals and firms who helped to organize the “Stop the Steal” rally that preceded the violent January 6 insurrection, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

But Graham, Hannity and Trump’s impeachment lawyers remain unmoved by Democratic attempts to connect Trump’s public statements to inciting a riot, even with the new video footage of the riots.

“I didn’t learn anything that I didn’t already know,” Trump attorney Bruce Castor told reporters on Wednesday after seeing the new footage. “We know a mob breached the Capitol and wreaked havoc in the building. I’m waiting for them to connect that up to President Trump, and so far that hasn’t happened.”

Newsweek contacted Graham’s office for comment.

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  1. Reblogged this on Rosamond Press and commented:

    WHERE IS JESUS? Where did he go after he was murdered. Demand to know!

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