Yet another Christian lunatic is awarded a top American post

Yet another Christian lunatic is awarded a top American post May 15, 2018

President Trump’s administration, infested by a truly terrifying array of Christian fanatics, has added yet another lunatic to its collection: Dr Robert Redfield, the new head of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Redfield, according to this report, is a devout Roman Catholic who was associated with Americans for a Sound AIDS/HIV Policy (ASAP), a Christian organisation headed by W Shepherd Smith Jr.
ASAP backed the idea of mandatory testing for HIV and isolation or identification of those infected with HIV. Redfield also wrote the introduction to Smith’s 1990 book, Christians in the Age of AIDS:

It is time to reject the temptation of denial of the AIDS/HIV crisis; to reject false prophets who preach the quick-fix strategies of condoms and free needles; to reject those who preach prejudice; and to reject those who try to replace God as judge.
The time has come for the Christian community – members and leaders alike – to confront the epidemic.

Redfield, a former US Army major, named the breakdown of family values and increasing number of single-parent households as key factors responsible for the spread of AIDS, and treated army personnel found to be HIV+ via mandatory testing, with extreme cruelty.
A number of media outlets slammed Redfield’s appointment, calling him a “homophobe” and a “quack”, and CNN pointed out that he had ignited a controversy:

Because of his dubious qualifications for the job and the over-the-top salary offer that came with it. Initially slated to earn $375,000 a year, Redfield faced questions from Democrats, led by Senator Patty Murray of Washington, and last week agreed to work for $209,700 instead. 

Last August, writing for The Los Angeles Times, Phil Zuckerman – a professor of sociology and secular studies at Pitzer College and the author of Living the Secular Life – wrote:

Evangelicals have never had it so good, politically speaking.

Since President Trump took office in January, the White House has become a Christian roundtable, with just about every top-tier seat filled by a faithful member of the fold or someone who is happy to further the fold’s agenda.

Betsy DeVos

The line-up of believers who are in positions of power is truly dizzying. Betsy DeVos, who leads the Department of Education, has stated that her goal as a public servant is to “advance God’s kingdom.”

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry employed mass prayer as a means of addressing social problems when he was governor of Texas.

Ben Carson, secretary of Housing and Urban Development, believes that the theory of evolution was encouraged by the devil.

It doesn’t stop there. Atty Gen Jeff Sessions has said that people who don’t believe in God can’t be truthful.

Scott Pruitt, the Environmental Protection Agency chief, is a devout Baptist who denies that climate change is real.

Mike Pompeo, the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency [now Secretary of State], is an evangelical who opposes abortion even in cases of rape.

The President’s attorney, Jay Sekulow, another evangelical, has defended school prayer at the Supreme Court, and Trump’s spiritual advisor, Paula White, is a Pentecostal televangelist who teaches that if people give her church thousands of dollars, God will reward them with favors.

Vice President Mike Pence might be the most piously anti-gay politician in America.

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  • Terry

    If you think Iran is the worst kind of theocracy run by rabid fundamentalist lunatics then you will need to recalibrate soon. The USA has become a deranged theocracy of rich american capitalist lunatics crossed with a horribly malignant mutation of christianity. The lunatics really are running the asylum once known and respected as the USA.
    You ‘mercans are toast. And you did it to yourselves.

  • Broga

    Kimmy is running rings round Trump. Suddenly Kimmy, a brutal dictator with thousands in his hellish goolags, is Trump’s best friend. The USA and Trump are now providing daily entertainment for every enemy of the USA.

  • L.Long

    The Kakistocracy is becoming an idiot example of theocracy.

  • Leonard Ostrander

    The strategy for disease control and prevention will soon be reduced to prayer.

  • Broga

    Kimmy plays his next card. He has thrown his toys out of the pram and no longer wants to meet Trump. Now he and Trump are no longer best friends. Kimmy has some very smart advisers.
    Trump is in thrall to religious clowns. They could get us all nuked.

  • Broga

    Utter nutters.

  • H3r3tic

    Am I the only one to be fucking terrified by this? America is being run by evangelicals who have, at best, a tenuous grasp on what most people would call reality. Whilst I appreciate that it’s fair to mock and poke fun at the shreddy-headed cheeto in the White House the people he has promoted indicate his indebtedness to the evangelical right, and these people are serious in their beliefs. It’s almot as if the enlightenment did’t happen ffs!

  • barriejohn

    These idiots believe that America is becoming more Christian by the day, and that they alone are in tune with that fact. I know from experience that “devout believers” surround themselves with likeminded people ( as in the Oval Office), and think that this group is somehow representative of society as a whole. It’s weird and dangerous. Just look what Mike Pence is claiming now, contrary to all the facts (no surprise there):
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2018/05/15/pences-claim-that-religion-in-america-isnt-receding-its-just-the-opposite/

  • Broga

    H3r3tic: You are right to be terrified and you are far from alone. What really makes me furious is that my life as an atheist is being fucked up by Christian nutters while, as an atheist, I have neither the means, nor the desire, to tell a Christian how to behave. But that is never enough for them.
    But it gets worse. The people who should be protesting for us – Theresa May and her government – are saying little and sucking up to Trump and co. Nor are we hearing from Welby or the RCs. Or the unelected bishops in the Lords.
    The USA itself seems too overwhelmed by the lying, deluded, narcissistic, hypocritical, immature, woman abusing Trump to kick him out. These nutters are totally divorced from reality and being ready to wreck the planet are equally ready to annihilate its inhabitants.

  • Johan

    That the USA has befouled itself with a monstrously mutated characature of christianity and jettisoned science and reason is a grave risk to humanity and the planet.
    I read with scepticism recently that one of the reasons SETI has failed to detect anything of interest is probably because civilisations that develop technology end up the victims of their own ingenuity. I now think the writer, in the case of the USA, may well be onto something. The USA is dragging us all to the brink of unsustainability. RIP pale blue dot.

  • andym

    @BJ . Just read that link. Strong religious affiliation appears to be holding up, but it appears that this itself is a major course of millions of more moderate church-goers giving up on religion. There must reach a tipping point where the “nones” and the “not reallys” realise they HAVE to start voting to keep these nutters out of their governments and out of their lives, even if they can’t agree with everything an alternative candidate is promoting.
    It’s clear from this and the Jerusalem knicker-wetting that these people are getting more and more unhinged as they see “God’s plan” coming about.

  • andym

    “Cause” (!)

  • H3r3tic

    @Broga – I can’t help but be reminded of the aphorism about organising atheists and herding cats. To a degree I’m rather proud of the way we British have a somewhat apathetic approach to religion as I feel that it deserves no more attention than we, as a nation, give it. However, as the god-bothering numpties across the Atlantic gain more influence I feel that perhaps I should make more efforts to point out their abject fuckwittery.

  • barriejohn

    Here’s another one:
    https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2018/05/16/anti-lgbt-activist-tony-perkins-trump-religious-freedom-commission/
    If ever there was a euphemism, “religious freedom” fits the bill!