Thursday, November 05, 2015

No Thin Mints Please - Guess Who's Coming to Pastor Swanson's Conference?

Delusional misogynist Pastor Kevin Swanson
So what are you up to this weekend?

With almost 50% of Republicans splitting their support between Dr. Ben Carson and Donald Trump, it's really not surprising that Texas Senator Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal will all be heading to Iowa to speak at a 'Religious Liberties' conference this weekend being organized by controversial Pastor Kevin Swanson (pictured left).

Does that name sound familiar?

Pastor Swanson made national headlines back in March of 2014 when he accused the Disney box office hit 'Frozen' of trying to subliminally introduce children to themes of homosexuality and bestiality.

Back in 2013, as a pastor of the Reformation Church OPC in Castle Rock, Colorado, he also made headlines when he urged listeners of his online podcast not to buy Girl Scout cookies because the Girl Scouts promote lesbianism and abortion.  

Yeah, that guy.

Iowa here we come! Three crazy Republican amigos
What could possibly make Cruz, Huckabee and Jindal (pictured left) think attending a conference organized by a pastor who called the Girl Scouts a "wicked" organization is a good idea?

According to a recent national poll of the 2016 Republican candidates conducted by Fox News, Cruz is trailing in 3rd or 4th place at 11%, Huckabee is polling at 4% (alongside Jeb Bush, John Kasich and Rand Paul) and Jindal...

Well, let's be nice and just say Jindal is currently polling behind Chris Christie who's polling at 2%.

Given Ben Carson's wide support among more mainstream evangelical Christians, Huckabee, Cruz and Jindal are probably desperate to carve out some undecided evangelical Christian voters; even if it means traveling to a weekend festival of morally superior, homosexual-bashing anti-abortionists to court Christians who exist on the far right of the Religious Right.

As Miranda Blue reported in an article for RightWingWatch earlier today, this weekends gathering will feature a 'Who's Who' of leading figures from the misogynist, anti-gay Christian Reconstructionist and Christian Patriarchy movements.  

As Blue reports, Christian Reconstructionists and Christian Patriarchs both support "the idea that America must return to its supposed foundations in a certain interpretation of Biblical law."

Which pretty much sounds like ISIS if you replace 'America' with a mid-east country and 'Biblical' with Koran.

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As for the Christian Patriarchy movement, I'm guessing you can probably figure out where they stand on women's roles within the church.

But if you're curious and would like to get a more nuanced view of life inside said movement, check out Libby Anne's article posted on entitled, "My Life As a Daughter in the Christian Patriarchy Movement: How I Was Taught to Obey Men and Birth 8 Kids."

Among the other themes Cruz, Hucakbee and Jindal will be exploring at the gathering in Iowa this weekend is the duty of government officials and employees to ignore laws or legal court rulings that contradict biblical teachings; which is exactly what you want in someone seeking to be president of a country founded on the principle of separation of church and state.

As for my weekend, nothing special planned. I'm working Saturday and plan to get some writing done, catch up on some reading and maybe watch a little college football.

But I will make it a point to try and see just what Cruz, Huckabee and Jindal say at the 'Religious Liberty' conference this weekend - but I guess I shouldn't complain.

If those three guys are making an appearance at Pastor Kevin Swanson's conference, it's highly unlikely any of them will be making an appearance at the White House in January 2017 on Inauguration Day.

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