Daily Archives: September 16, 2022

Whom would Jesus kidnap?

31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’

41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ 44 Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ 45 Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ 46 And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

— Jesus Christ, from Matthew 25

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Undocumented immigrants were bussed from Texas to Washington, D.C., in August, by “Christo”fascist frat-boy Texas Gov. Greg Abbott in a cruel political stunt meant only to shore up his own mean-spirited, racist, xenophobic bona fides in advance of his next election.

There are many excellent reasons that I loathe the Repugnicans. Where to begin?

Their mean-spiritedness and rank cruelty? Their rank hypocrisy? Their deep, often intentional ignorance? Their antipathy toward actual democracy and democratic outcomes that don’t go their way? Their spoiled-and-entitled-frat-boy behavior? Their selfishness? Their racism, sexism, homophobia and xenophobia? Their claim to be “Christians” even when they directly violate the basic tenets of the Bible that are written in black and white (such as the gem from The New Testament above)?

The Repugnicans’ recent tactic of rounding up undocumented immigrants from south of the southern border and sending them to faraway places of the United States the immigrants had not intended to go just in time for the midterm elections! — exemplifies all or most of the lovely Repugnican characteristics that I just listed in the last paragraph.

By the “Christians'” own teachings, such as the excerpt from the Gospel of Matthew above, in which Jesus Christ himself describes how “judgment day” will go, they’re going to hell themselves.

I mean, I don’t believe in hell, but if there were a hell, they’d be a perfect fucking fit for it. They belong there. (If there actually is a hell, it’s where they fucking came from.) They’re certainly doing their best to make it hell here on earth, replete with ever-increasing global temperatures, ever-increasing fires, warfare and strife, shitting and pissing on the already downtrodden (just like Jesus Christ taught us to do!), ensuring that the burdens of society all fall on the backs of others (usually the comparatively powerless), etc.

Seriously, though, I wish that the United States of America were a “Christian” theocracy and I were the Chief Judge of What Is and What Is Not Christian, based solely on the actual contents of the New Testament.

Instead of using a constitution as the justification for my rulings, I’d use the plain fucking text of the New Testament. Today’s “Christians” would lose almost every fucking case, because if there were a Satan, it would be Satan whom they serve.

We don’t have a theocracy, though — not yet (the “Christo”fascists are working hard on instituting a Satanic theocracy that calls itself “Christian,” however) — and so we’ll have to go with existing law, and I can’t imagine that it is legal to transport any individual, U.S. citizen or not, to a location where he or she does not wish to be.

It’s kidnapping, even if it’s done coercively (including primarily or solely with false promises) instead of with actual physical force.

It’s a blatant violation of human rights, and I cannot imagine that it does not violate international human-rights law.

It eerily at least borders on human trafficking.

This is what the Repugnicans stand for.

VOTE.

P.S. The New York Times today reports on the latest Repugnican-perpetrated mass kidnapping and human-rights abuses:

EDGARTOWN, Mass. — Migrants shipped to this elite vacation island [Martha’s Vineyard] by Florida’s Republican governor [Ron DeSantis] said [today] that they had been misled about where they were being taken, prompting immigration lawyers to promise legal action as the group of Venezuelans were relocated temporarily to a federal military base.

The lawyers said they would seek an injunction in federal court early next week to stop the flights of migrants to cities around the country, alleging that the Republican governor had violated due process and the civil rights of the migrants flown from Texas to the small island off the coast of Massachusetts.

“They were told, ‘You have a hearing in San Antonio, but don’t worry, we’ll take you to Boston,’” said Iván Espinoza-Madrigal, the executive director for Lawyers for Civil Rights Boston. He said dozens of the migrants had told his team they only had been informed midair that they were going to land in tony Martha’s Vineyard rather than Boston.

“They were also told there would be employment opportunities and immigration relief available to them if they boarded the plane,” Mr. Espinoza-Madrigal said. “That’s not only state interference with federal immigration matters, it’s also a violation of our clients’ civil rights.” …

You can read the entire news story here.

I hope that the overreaching red-state-(of-course) fascists who believe that they have jurisdiction over federal immigration matters are prosecuted to the fullest extent of federal law.

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