Monday, December 2, 2019

How Russia Became the Leader of the Global Christian Right

Mod: As it is with most of the Trump political apparatus, Putin calls the shots for much of the so-called "Christian Right."

How Russia Became the Leader of the Global Christian Right - While the U.S. passed gay-rights laws, Moscow moved hard the other way (POLITICO link): In early April 2014, as the post-Cold War order roiled in the aftermath of Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula—the first forced annexation in Europe since the Second World WarPat Buchanan asked a question. Taking to the column-inches at Townhall, Buchanan wondered aloud: “Whose side is God on now?”

As Moscow swamped Ukraine’s peninsula, holding a ballot-by-bayonet referendum while local Crimean Tatars began disappearing, Buchanan clarified his query. The former speechwriter for Richard Nixon and intellectual flag-bearer of paleoconservatism—that authoritarian strain of thought linking both white nationalists and US President Donald Trump—wrote that Russian President Vladimir Putin was “entering a claim that Moscow is the Godly City of today.” Despite Putin’s rank kleptocracy, and the threat Moscow suddenly posed to stability throughout Europe, Buchanan blushed with praise for Putin’s policies, writing, “In the culture war for the future of mankind, Putin is planting Russia’s flag firmly on the side of traditional Christianity.”

Three years on, it’s easy to skip past Buchanan’s piece in discussing Russian-American relations, drenched as they are in mutual sanctions and the reality that Moscow attempted to tip the scales in Trump’s favor during the election. But Buchanan’s article crystallized a paradigm shift in religious relations between Moscow and Washington, and in Moscow’s role within the global Christian right. Before 2014 Russia was largely seen as an importer for Christian fundamentalists, most especially from the U.S. But as the Kremlin dissolved diplomatic norms in 2014, Moscow began forging a new role for itself at the helm of the global Christian right.

And Moscow’s grip at the tiller of a globally resurgent right has only tightened since. Not only have Russian banks funded groups like France’s National Front, but Moscow has hosted international conferences on everything from neo-Nazi networking to domestic secessionists attempting to rupture the U.S. Meanwhile, American fundamentalists bent on unwinding minority protections in the U.S. have increasingly leaned on Russia for support—and for a model they’d bring to bear back home, from targeting LGBT communities to undoing abortion rights throughout the country.

“In the same sense that Russia’s [anti-LGBT] laws came about in 2013, we’ve seen similar sorts of laws proposed in Tennessee, for example,” Cole Parke, an LGBT researcher with Political Research Associates, told me. “It’s difficult to say in a chicken-and-egg sort of way who’s inspiring whom, but there’s definitely a correlation between the two movements.”

Mod: There is much more at the link.

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48 comments:

  1. He’s No King David

    Some of the president’s supporters have taken to comparing him to the biblical monarch.

    https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/12/donald-trump-modern-day-king-david/602830/

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  2. Trump often ‘stumbles, slurs, gets confused’ and ‘can’t remember what he’s said or been told’: Anonymous White House official

    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/12/trump-often-stumbles-slurs-gets-confused-and-cant-remember-what-hes-said-or-been-told-anonymous-white-house-official/

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  3. There is not one thing Christian about either of these criminals.

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    1. The only good thought I have about trump and putin is one day they both will be dead. I only hope it happens before the two of them can destroy my beloved America.

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    2. Power and Greed has deadened their souls to hear the cries of the poor and others living on this planet.

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  4. Most if not ALL dictators of earth's history have done this before they fall down hard, including (djt). "Stumbles, slurs, gets confused & can’t remember what he said or been told" welcome to a insane person's personality traits or attributes?

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  5. Just what will communism bring to America under the 'iron fist' of (djt) stupidity. https://www.infowars.com/china-man-interrogated-for-criticizing-police-on-social-media/

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  6. Trump caught blatantly lying about Ukrainian president ‘exonerating’ him in new interview

    President Donald Trump has been caught in a blatant lie after he claimed that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky had exonerated him of any wrongdoing.

    In a Monday morning tweet, the president claimed that Zelensky had absolved him of trying to extort his country by withholding foreign aid unless he agreed to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden.

    “Breaking News: The President of Ukraine has just again announced that President Trump has done nothing wrong with respect to Ukraine and our interactions or calls,” the president wrote. “If the Radical Left Democrats were sane, which they are not, it would be case over!”

    However, Politico’s Kyle Cheney writes that Zelensky didn’t “say anything like this” in his interview with Time that published this week.

    In fact, during the interview, Zelensky took a shot at Trump for his decision to place a hold on aid to his country, as it came during a time when Ukraine badly needed military assistance against Russian-backed forces.

    “We’re at war,” Zelensky said. “If you’re our strategic partner, then you can’t go blocking anything for us. I think that’s just about fairness. It’s not about a quid pro quo.”

    Zelensky also said that Trump was damaging his country’s war effort when he kept calling his government “corrupt,” as he was making it harder to secure military aid from other countries.

    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/12/trump-caught-blatantly-lying-about-ukrainian-president-exonerating-him-in-new-interview/

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  7. Trump-defending GOPers are now nothing more than ‘Russian assets’ pushing Kremlin propaganda: Morning Joe

    “This is what’s so damning,” he continued. “Those Russian propaganda talking points have already been knocked down and discredited by the United States1 17 intel agencies. and the United States Senate got a briefing from the intel community to tell them specifically that what John Kennedy, what Senator John Kennedy of Louisiana said yesterday on ‘Meet the Press’ was not only a lie, but that it was active Russian propaganda and had warned the senators that the Russians had been pushing this propaganda line for years.”

    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/12/trump-defending-gopers-are-now-nothing-more-than-russian-assets-pushing-kremlin-propaganda-morning-joe/

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  8. What is the obsession with Russia from the left?
    The photo above from the Liberal Leftie who carefully and obsessively cut out a handle inorder to hold up her photo of " What would Jesus Do, probably not Stormy Daniels" tells us all about the mind set of the left.
    Not only does this Liberal Left protesting women show disregard for the "Me Too" movement and her own gender but then Liberals are all about hypocrisy; Jesus probably would have asked her if she's read his book?
    If she had then this Liberal would have known that Mary of Magdalen also was a prostitute. But the Biblical truth would be wasted on this Liberal and her party of Left as they show themselves to be close minded and self centered, it is always about THEIR drama.

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    1. OK, Mr. Russian Asset.

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    2. Looks like the troll masters have replaced our usual dumb Russian troll with Word Soup Man--no facts or logic for you!

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    3. Word Soup Nazi.

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    4. yeah pretty much you are a weirdo crawl back in your hole.

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    5. Stoped reading after 4th word. One more word than from your yesterday post.

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  9. Top House Democrat Tells Fox We Don't Work For Trump

    https://www.politicususa.com/2019/12/01/democrats-dont-work-for-trump.html

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  10. Great example of why conservative Democrats are leaving their party, thanks poster 7:28am.

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    1. The Incredible Shrinking GOP

      Trump is turning the Republican Party even whiter and more male than before, with profound consequences for party and country alike.

      https://newrepublic.com/article/154646/shrinking-republican-party-house-representatives-congress-retirements-will-hurd

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    2. 7:51 is either hostile to the United States Constitution, or can't read.

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    3. Trump has turned the suburbs into a GOP disaster zone.

      https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2019-11-29/2020-battleground-suburban-women-voters

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  11. The world has seen for it's self how unstable (djt) really is, along with his constant fiddling with America's economy. Which always has a back lash in the world's economy as well. https://www.cnbc.com/2019/12/02/ism-manufacturing-november-2019.html

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  12. His Communist Chinese masters told (djt) to sign the bill so they could kill as many Hong Kong people as possible. China said Monday it will suspend U.S. military ship and aircraft visits to Hong Kong and sanction several American pro-democracy and human rights groups in retaliation for the signing into law of legislation supporting anti-government protests in the semi-autonomous territory. While the nature of the sanctions remained unclear, the move followed Chinese warnings that the U.S. would bear the costs if the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act was approved.

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  13. The decline and fall of California's Republican Party. https://californianews24.com/the-decline-and-fall-of-californias-republican-party/
    The decline and fall of California's Republican Party The very rapid decline of California's Republican Party — from near-dominance in the 1980s and early 1990s to its current irrelevance — has been one of the state's most dramatic political events.

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    1. There are two classes of elected Republicans in America right now. There are those who take money from our enemies in exchange for legislative favors, and those who are so clueless they do it for free. Most California Republicans are in that second category.

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  14. Lol 8:32am correct, California is a mess and it is all because of the Democrats. California is now known as a third world state.

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    1. The 6th biggest economy in the world, Goober. Bigger than your beloved Russia itself.

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    2. 9:01 hates everything American. And there is nothing more American than California.

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    3. Russia has the GDP of Italy even though it has 2.5 times the population. Their kleptocracy can't bring them up, so they try to take us down--with the help of traitors like 9:01.

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  15. Nancy Pelosi shows her support for her party during impeachment House week by taking a trip to Spain with 13 of her favorite colleagues to attend the unclimate change summit, their planes ( dumping thousands of carbons into the sky) their personal security, hotel, meals and ground transportation are all paid by U.S. taxpayers.

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    1. Trump grows wings and flies to Europe. Like a pig. Meanwhile back in Washington they’re impeaching his treasonous ass.

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    2. You gotta love the deep thinking behind the phrase "thousands of carbons!"

      9:10, do you like to swim in pools with thousands of water?

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    3. Well if you want peace sometimes you have to go to war. Your tired old right wing talking point about how no one who cares about climate change is allowed to fly in a place is weaksauce bullsh1t

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    1. Please respond directly to what you are commenting about. Otherwise I am just going to start deleting your tedious nonsense and not even leave an explanation.

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    2. Please do, Mod!

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  17. This is quite a shot at Trump from Zelensky: “We’re at war. If you’re our strategic partner, then you can’t go blocking anything for us. I think that’s just about fairness.”

    https://time.com/5742108/ukraine-zelensky-interview-trump-putin-europe/

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  18. Nadler calls Trump's bluff

    When the House Intelligence Committee held depositions of key witnesses, President Trump’s lawyers cried: “Unfair! Secret hearings!” In fact, a slew of Republicans had the right to ask questions, though some chose not to attend. When the hearings moved to a public phase, the White House hollered: “Unfair! Trump’s lawyer isn’t present!” When the House Judiciary Committee, chaired by Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), invited Trump’s lawyers to attend, the response was: “Unfair! We’re not coming!”

    What is unfair is that Trump and his lawyers have given up any semblance of fidelity to facts, have smeared distinguished witnesses, attempted to intimidate the whistleblower (and put his or her safety in jeopardy), hurled baseless accusations at House Democrats investigating presidential wrongdoing and, worst of all, obstructed Congress by refusing to produce documents and blocking critical witnesses from testifying.

    The New York Times reported on a letter from Pat A. Cipollone, the White House counsel, declining to show up but reserving the right to participate later on: “The refusal to send lawyers Wednesday continues a pattern of stonewalling by Mr. Trump, who has sought to block witnesses and documents, as he and his allies call the proceedings ‘deranged’ and a ‘witch hunt.’”

    There is no mystery as to what is going on here. Trump has no facts to put forth and no valid constitutional argument that bribery (specifically mentioned in the Constitution) and obstruction fail to meet the standard for impeachment. (As the Lawfare blog puts it, “There is every reason to believe that the drafters of the Constitution had in mind a scope that easily encompasses Trump’s conduct. ... The transcript [of the July 25 call] makes clear that Trump tied together the request for a personal favor with the delivery of military aid. But even if he had not made such a direct connection, this sort of corrupt use of public office to obtain a private benefit fits squarely within the definition of bribery when the Constitution was written.”)

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/12/02/nadler-calls-trumps-bluff/

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  19. American manufacturing sinks further into recession one year before Trump’s reelection

    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/12/american-manufacturing-sinks-further-into-recession-one-year-before-trumps-reelection/

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  20. Actual Nazi who got 26% of the vote in his first bid is running for Congress again as a Republican

    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/12/actual-nazi-who-got-26-of-the-vote-in-his-first-bid-is-running-for-congress-again-as-a-republican/

    Trump's deep base.

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  21. So Russians are evil. Are Chinese evil too?
    I’ll trust my future to a Russian before a Chinese.

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  22. While the losers arrives in Europe, first class accommodations the rest of the NATO representatives have been given anti-(djt) inoculations and hearing protectors from (djt) loud mouth and his B.S. he sprays from his hind-hole.

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  23. Due to (djt) hate tired of certain types of people on earth, this link just goes to show you just how wicked (djt) administration really is towards them. https://apnews.com/ed82bdb9355544cabc43f2aa5a0de7e9

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  24. Virginia Roberts Giuffre has a lot to bring to the table, naming names and pointing fingers too! That dirt-ball Jeffery Epstein, (djt) loving friend will help bring him down also!
    https://nypost.com/2019/12/02/prince-andrew-could-be-in-more-trouble-after-virginia-roberts-giuffre-interview/

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  25. (djt) deep base is nothing more than those "honey Bucket Trucks" running all over the world.

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  26. Fux news must have yanked to hard on the truth button lately? https://www.mediaite.com/politics/giuliani-threatens-to-sue-fox-news-host-for-telling-trump-to-fire-him-i-am-outraged/

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  27. Lev Parnas Handed Over Tapes of Trump and Giuliani to the House Intelligence Committee

    Lordy, there are tapes!

    https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/lev-parnas-handed-over-tapes-of-trump-and-giuliani-to-the-house-intelligence-committee-917769/

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  28. Just how bad has politics gotten? Glad to see these fools have been caught, in the days of old they would have been stripped of all ill gotten gained wealth.
    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/trump-duncan-hunter-chris-collins-indictments_n_5b7caf60e4b07295150dd6cb

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