Most of you know that I spent many years in traditionalist religious environments with my family. Living in Texas all my life, for me to open my eyes to just how bad Church abuse is in collective conservative male groups, such as parts (not all) of the Church Patriarchy, I had to endure worst kind of spiritual, emotional, and psychological trauma possible for simply for not supporting Donald J. Trump. The day he mocked the disabled reporter, the theological and political shifts began for me. The day I didn’t support Trump was the day I was dammed to hell, the day I was told I wasn’t a “Real Catholic,” and the day those who supposedly loved me left my life, simply for not supporting a modern-day Hitler.
This is when I knew that that men in leadership positions who are in it to rule over others rather than to serve and understand people can be a real danger to others, especially vulnerable women. Men with too much power and no accountability as a collective can and do kill vulnerable people. They don’t want others to ask questions, especially not be questioned for how they do things. They want to dictate a “sit down and shut up approach” rather than “I see and hear you” approach, even at the cost of endangering and killing others.
This leads into the breaking point I am at right now. I have been a Christian all my life, became Catholic because I believe that Jesus founded the Catholic Church on the Rock of Peter before I knew about our LGBTQ+ family members, and have served in Christian ministry all of my adult life.
A mother shouldn’t have to choose between a child’s right-to-live or stay in a faith community, larger community, or state. So I stay and fight for families like ours.
I believe that the current legislative actions of some far-right Republican politicians (not all) are now falling in alignment with fascism, especially in Texas. Ohio, and Florida. According to Encyclopedia Britannica and The Washington Monthly, I close with these primary traits of fascism once again. I believe we are now inside the outer rim of a fascist state.
1. sources and capitalizes on economic woes and anxieties
2. shifts political blame on to scapegoat groups like minority groups, the Democrats,
immigrants, and other groups while taking away blame from where it belongs, on the leadership
3. propagates extreme nationalism going hand-in-hand with racism and militarism
4. a melding of church and state when there should be a separation
5. subjugation of women and sexism
6. a disdain for human rights except those of the elite, especially a disdain for those who identify as LGBTQIA+
7. obsession with crime and punishment
8. identification of enemies as a unifying cause for political action
9. disdain for intellectualism, science, history, and the arts
10. control of different types of media, including books
11. rampant cronyism and government corruption
12. attempt to control elections, like through voter suppression