Pompeo butters up Christians; angers Jews, Muslims, Humanists

Pompeo butters up Christians; angers Jews, Muslims, Humanists October 21, 2019
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AMERICAN Secretary of State Mike Pompeo keeps a Bible open on his desk because he’s besotted with fairy stories.

This we know because Pompeo recently spoke at the American Association of Christian Counselors’ World Conference in Nashville on what it’s like to be a “Christian leader.” His speech was then given a wider audience after it was posted to State Department’s website.

Condemnation came immediately after from various directions.

Aaron Keyak, the former head of the National Jewish Democratic Council, questioned the propriety of Pompeo’s using his platform to promote a particular religion.

There’s obviously no issue with the Secretary of Sate being a leader, nor his being a proud Christian. But it’s a problem that Secretary Pompeo thinks it’s appropriate to put those two words together and hold an official State Department event on being a Christian leader.

He’s an American leader, who is also a practicing Christian. Him talking as a Christian leader and billing it as such is an affront to our separation of church and state.

In a statement posted to Twitter, the Council on American-Islamic Relations condemned Pompeo’s speech, saying that it was “really inappropriate.” CAIR contended that Pompeo shouldn’t be a Christian leader but rather an “American leader” who is:

Leading a nation of people who have different faiths and no faiths.

The American Humanist Association released a statement saying that it is “deeply troubled” by Pompeo’s “advancement of Christian leadership” and the State Department’s “promotion” of the speech on its homepage.

AHA spokesperson Sarah Henry said in the statement:

While today may be a great day to be a Christian nationalist, it’s a terrible day to be a person who cares deeply about the United States of America, religious plurality and diversity, or true religious freedom.

And AHA President Roy Speckhardt accused the Trump administration – which is no stranger to having cabinet members banging on ad nauseum about their faith in Christ – of:

Religious favoritism. This religious favoritism is the kind of abuse of their duty to represent all Americans equally that demonstrates how fundamentalism is the driving force of this administration’s agenda.

So, what exactly did Pompeo tell the Christian Counselors?

• He draw on the “wisdom of God” to help him “be a force for good in the life of human beings.”

• His “focus” is not just being a leader but also being a “Christian leader” – something he learned through his “experience with God and my own personal faith in Christ.”

• He keeps a Bible open on his desk and tries to get a little bit of time in with Scripture every morning.

The former director of the CIA and congressman continued by telling the counselors they need to remember they are:

Imperfect servants serving a perfect God who constantly forgives us each and every day. He keeps using us to do a higher work. And my work at the State Department, as it is for those who work alongside me, is to serve America each and every day.

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Pompeo’s speech came on the same day Attorney General William Barr, above, criticised secularism in a speech at the University of Notre Dame Law School in Indiana. Barr spoke about the “consequences of moral chaos” and decried those who speak out against religious values.

According to USA Today, Barr noted that about 40 percent of American children are being born out of wedlock and said that the figure climbs to over 70 percent in many large urban areas.

Along with the wreckage of the family, we are seeing record levels of depression and mental illness, dispirited young people, soaring suicide rates, increasing numbers of angry and alienated young males, an increase in senseless violence and a deadly drug epidemic. By any honest assessment, the consequences of this moral upheaval have been grim. Virtually every measure of social pathology continues to gain ground.

The Commander-in-Chief himself played the God card at the Family Research Council’s Values Voter Summit in Washington, DC, earlier this month – a gathering of America’s most extreme wingnuts. The summit often includes panel sessions and speeches that deal with “religious liberty” and how Christians are under threat of losing rights because of LGBTQ equality movements and other progressive and secular forces.

Trump told delegated:

But despite the delusions of the radical left, all of us here today know that our rights come from God almighty, and they can never be taken away.

Trump accused the political left of:

Trying to silence and punish the speech of Christians and religious believers of all faiths. They are trying to hound you from the workplace, expel you from the public square and weaken the American family and indoctrinate our children.


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  • johnsoncatman

    But despite the delusions of the radical left, all of us here today know that our rights come from God almighty, and they can never be taken away.

    Pandering to the sycophants. As a US citizen, our rights come from The Constitution, have nothing to do with any gods, and the conservatives/republicans are doing everything they can to take those rights away.

    Trying to silence and punish the speech of Christians and religious believers of all faiths. They are trying to hound you from the workplace, expel you from the public square and weaken the American family and indoctrinate our children.

    Nothing but pure projection as that is what he and his ilk are trying to do.

  • ephemerol

    But despite the delusions of the radical left, all of us here today know that our rights come from God almighty, and they can never be taken away.

    “Meanwhile, the rights of others can be taken away. Then we can take them away too, you know, like they did in the old days.”

  • GShelley

    He also angered liberal Catholics

  • Brian Westley
  • Jim Jones

    > Imperfect servants serving a perfect God who …

    He’s got the imperfect thing nailed. What he needs on his desk is JFK’s speech about keeping religion out of politics.

  • Jim Jones

    Didn’t work?

  • Brian Westley

    Rats — the actual site is blocked at work, so I had to URL decode the google link, but that doesn’t work. I’ll fix it in a few hours after I get home. (It’s Bender “Oh, you’re serious”)

  • orion dumptee

    well. with all these evangel cretins roaming the halls of the white house,,blowing their hate filled trumpets..whats one to expect ?? One interesting bit of news.. 2 WDC employment agencies report that they are totally out of POOLBOYS….

  • WallofSleep

    So let’s see here… my work is done in service of a higher, divine authority, and said divine authority will forgive my actions no matter how dreadful.

    Sounds like the perfect gig for a sociopath.

  • Wisdom, Justice, Love

    Remember, there is one thing God can NOT forgive:
    Not being an obedient submissive sycophant suck-up.

  • Vanity Unfair

    He keeps a Bible open on his desk and tries to get a little bit of time in with Scripture every morning.
    Presumably, open at the book of Joshua.

  • Arthur F. Meincke

    The Evangelical Christian misfits abound in the USA 2019.

  • Silverwolf13

    Pompeo would do well to actually read the Bible, and not just his favorite verses. Over the weekend, he referred to the Three Horsemen. An apparent reference to Revelations, but there are FOUR horsemen of the apocalypse.

    I encourage everyone to read the Bible so as to be able to explain it to Christians.

  • CoastalMaineBird

    the Three Horsemen
    Hitchens died, some years ago.

  • Michael Bean

    Dear Theocrat wannabe’s…If your god, or any other god actually exists, where’s the evidence? Until y’all come up with something believable…KEEP YOUR DISMAL, DREADFUL, AWFUL BELIEFS OUT OF MY GOVERNMENT!! FUKWADS!

  • Michael Bean

    And as George Carlin said (paraphrsing)…He has ten specific rules you must obey, and if you defy him, there’s a place down below full of fire, and pain, and torture, and screaming misery where he will send you forever and ever…but he LOVES you!…and he needs money, he always needs money, he can create the world and the whole universe in seven cays…but he just can’t handle money.

  • ralphmeyer

    The so-called ‘evangelicals’ should really be called ‘kakagelicals’ because a) historically, what they believe is pure nonsense, and b) their outlook is bad news all the way around.

  • ralphmeyer

    Tells what kind of character Pompeo has: bad!!! Anyone who likes that foul book, the Bible, either hasn’t read the vile thing, or is as low-classedly vile as it is with all it’s calls for massacres, murders, and hatred of anyone who sees through it rationally and rejects the existence of it’s megalomaniacal god.

  • ralphmeyer

    Reading the Bible is a good way to make agnostics and atheists!

  • Silverwolf13

    Thanks. I wasn’t familiar with that work by Hitchens. I still rather doubt that Pompeo goes around making literary illusions to Christopher Hitchens.

  • Freethinker

    Neither does Trump apparently.

  • ephemerol

    Seriously? I’ve never needed to say this before, but BLOCKQUOTES…they mean something!

    And if you’d even so much as skimmed the OP, maybe that would have helped clue you in to the fact that’s a Mike Pompeous-o quote?

  • David Cromie

    ‘allusions’

  • Wisdom, Justice, Love

    Six of one…
    He is the personification of the Christian God. The can worship him and not have to use much imagination.

  • Silverwolf13

    Thanks for the correction. I know I typed “allusions”, but probably AutoCorrect struck again and I forgot to proofread. On the other hand, “illusions” is not really incorrect.

  • ralphmeyer

    Let’s face it. Trump’s a nitwit and Pompeo’s a jerk out of the same cloth…the present whole majority rejected administration is about as bigoted and foul as they come…Best thing? Get rid of Trump and the rest of the nitwits ASAP! Trump’s religion is….Trump. But evangelicals are too blind and stupid to see this despite his tweets, his 3 ‘marriages’ and his unfaithfulness in every one of them, not to mention his lies, his anti-constitutional actions, and his clear criminality! That’s why he must be got rid of along with every republican one can as they care nothing but about keeping their fat rear ends in their chairs in Congress rather than doing what is lawful and benefits the American People.