Religion is a blight on the world

Aren’t you reassured that Rick Perry is writing up one-page rationalizations comparing Trump to Old Testament kings? That he, and many others, are willing to proclaim Trump to be the Chosen One of God, and that the fools of Fox News will sit around agreeing with him?

Apparently, you can be a corrupt, incompetent, narcissistic lecher, and all you have to do is spread the word that an invisible, inaudible god says he likes you, and people will fall in line.

Or look at this woman who declared that Matt Bevin had won the election for Kentucky governor just because she’d prayed on it and wanted it to be true.

It was becoming clearer as the night wore on, that Bevin would be unable to make up the margin of defeat in those areas.

“I ran into other people involved in the campaign process and they had similar things they were saying, trying to talk you into that he lost,” McDowell said.

Amid all these messages that she did not want to hear, McDowell turned to her frequent tool: prayer.

“I’m a praying woman. I just go into prayer. That’s what I do,” she said. “I took it to a spiritual level.”

She also took it to Facebook Live, a feature on the social media platform’s mobile app that allows users to broadcast in real time to their followers. She saw comments from followers supportive of a Bevin comeback.

“I just felt like it was a spiritual thing. It just seemed so strange. Everyone was acting really weird,” she said. “And so that’s why I prayed.”

Her thoughts drifted to “voter fraud”. “I felt it in my spirit. There was some kind of thing undermining the Bevin win,” McDowell said. “I just felt like that the entire time. It was such a dark feeling.”

Substitute “self-delusion” for “prayer”. It’s more accurate.

She basically worked herself up into a frenzy of belief that Jesus wouldn’t let Matt Bevin fail, and ran up on stage and lied to the crowd. She still thinks that was OK, because her faith justifies it.

As seen in a viral video distributed by Lexington TV station WLEX, which now has nearly 400,000 views, McDowell is seen coming on an empty stage with a mobile phone at her ear, trotting towards the open podium.

“Hey, we just got word,” she shouted into the mic. “Matt Bevin has won!”

The crowd, which had much to celebrate as the Republicans easily swept all the other statewide offices but were down at the prospect of Bevin’s pending loss, went from somber to jubilant in an instant.

The scary part is at the end of the article.

And she is OK, she said, and even plans to run for office again. “I will probably do it perpetually,” she said.

“I always pray about it. And Lord, if you want me to do something, I’ll get an idea to do it,” she said. “I’m wide open to politics. I’m pretty much always going to be involved at some level.”

And as she reflected on her viral moment from the GOP event in Louisville, she turned upward again.

“I did it for you, Lord.”

Goddamn. Ignorance is such a good motivator for political involvement.


  1. says

    The amusing thing about McDowell is that she often wore Wonder Woman t shirts and a Wonder Woman tiara during her political activities. Wonder Woman, an Amazon who worships the Greek gods. Jesus might not be amused.

  2. stroppy says

    Demented Donnie and his little Burger King crown go to Washington, Biggest Event in the History of the Universe.

    Arrogance and hysteria, toxic mix that.

  3. Akira MacKenzie says

    @ 1
    Wonder Woman, an Amazon who worships the Greek gods. Jesus might not be amused.

    No only that, but a character that was created by a male feminist with a bondage fetish.

  4. microraptor says

    Does Wonder Woman really worship the Greek Gods, though? Most versions of her backstory seem to just make them her extended family.

  5. Robert Serrano says

    Even worse. She believes she’s related to the Greek Gods, and she hasn’t once tried to murder them all (even Ares she usually just tries to get him to go away and stop causing trouble, rather than killing him).

  6. Akira MacKenzie says

    microraptor @ 5

    Well, Diana does evoke Hera quite a bit. (“Great Hera!”) and there are temples to the gods on Themyscira. At least in most versions of the DCU I’ve seen the Olympians are demonstrable beings. Whether they’re are “gods” in any sense of the word is debatable in a universe that also has beings like Superman and Darkseid.

  7. Akira MacKenzie says

    Sorry for the repost from Political Madness, but I thought it appropriate:

    “God has used imperfect people forever’, but what Trump ‘has withstood is unlike what really any other mortal could understand’.

    Allow me to translate from American Fundamentalist to English: “We didn’t predict that this lecherous, foul-mouthed, obviously-corrupt, dullard would somehow become more popular among the Republican base than the usual batch of Bible-humpers we run, so we had to scramble to come up with a excuse as for why our omnipotent, morally pure, deity would allow this clown to become president instead of Ted Cruz. Then again, he’s voting the way we tell him to, so I guess it’s not so bad. “

  8. stroppy says

    wolves in sheep’s clothing outflowing
    wolves in sheep’s clothing outflowing
    pigeons on the grass alas
    pigeons on the grass alas

    Yep, none so blind as those who refuse to see.

  9. raven says

    About all I get out of the fundie xian worship of …Donald Trump is:

    They are demonstrating once again, the complete intellectual and moral bankruptcy of their perversion of the xian religion.

    Fundie xianity is just right wing extremist politics with a few crosses stuck on for show.
    The crosses aren’t important any more.
    They really are after power and money rather than supposedly worshipping a Sky Monster god.
    Which makes sense.
    Power and money are highly sought after, quite useful, and real while the Sky Monster god is imaginary.

  10. Rich Woods says

    “I’m a praying woman. I just go into prayer. That’s what I do,” she said. “I took it to a spiritual level.”

    Her spiritual level is askew.

  11. Kip Williams says

    “First we followed Jesus. Then we followed the cross, and forgot about, um, Jesus. Now Trump comes along, and he’s twice as good as the cross! He’s, like, The Double Cross!”

  12. Kip Williams says

    Kome, it’s not only a cult, it’s a cargo cult, where the outside shells of things are all that matter, and the festering mess inside is completely ignored.

    Appropriately, that festering mess they’re excluding is the middle of things, and that’s part and parcel of their entire approach. In arguments, exclude the middle ground and only consider the two most extreme points. In economics, exclude the middle class and tax them into serfdom.

    GOP? How about GP? You know, just exclude the middle letter.

  13. PaulBC says

    I don’t know about prayer, but I’ve been convinced since 2016 that we’re living in the “effective dream” of someone like George Orr in Ursula K LeGuin’s The_Lathe_of_Heaven guided by someone as misguided as William Haber but a lot more malevolent. Perhaps the dreams just don’t reach to the level of detail that McDowell would like.

  14. raven says

    “I’m a praying woman. I just go into prayer. That’s what I do,” she said.

    Translated from fundiespeak into English this is:

    “I pretend to talk to an imaginary Sky Monster and pretend the voices in my head are his instructions.
    Instructions that I was going to do anyway because the Sky Monster god always wants me to do what I want to do and hates who I hate. ”

    The gods are just sockpuppets that people make up.

  15. lumipuna says

    I find it darkly amusing that some pastors called McDowell the next day, asking “if she was OK”.

    Perhaps the hardest and most important part of a pastor’s job is to identify and console the people who have been let down by tragedy or injustice, left feeling like God was powerless against the chaos and evil of the world. Undoubtedly, all of Kentucky’s Christians were hit by Bevin’s loss, but McDowell clearly looked like someone who needed urgent support, lest her mind break at the mystery of how evil seems to prevail on earth.


  16. unclefrogy says

    this idea of prayer that the religious conservative religious embrace is making me hostile toward the religious. They do not take the advice of their jesus to take their prayer into their closet and pray in private they instead insist on making a big show of prayer in public and then insist that everyone else must pray with them or they are some how condemning them
    uncle frogy

  17. says

    But you have to admit that he has a point “… comparing Trump to Old Testament kings….. a corrupt, incompetent, narcissistic lecher….” I mean are there any</> OT kings of whom this is not true?

  18. microraptor says

    Tabby @19: Only if he was in favor of guaranteed reproductive rights for women or improved funding for education.

  19. PaulBC says

    God also used corrupt rulers to punish the Israelites. Maybe Ahab and/or Ahaz would be a better analogy.