Defenders Of Truth

“The Christian’s life isn’t a life of prosperity and comfort, but a life of persecution and struggle. We are defending God’s truth, that’s why authoritarians hate us, because we won’t believe the devil’s lies. When we become complacent with our beliefs, and when we no longer feel obliged to fight for our ‘First Amendment’ protections, that’s when we have lost our faith in Jesus, and as a result the devil’s regime now owns your soul.” By: ElRoyPoet, 2022

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“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Bible, Ephesians 6:12

The Hypocrisy Surrounding Religion And Politics

Analogy: Jesus came to separate the sheep from the goats. See Matthew 25:32 When Jesus came to earth, He did not come to bring peace, but a sword. He came to turn a man against his father, against his brother, a woman against her mother, against her sister, because no one can stand in the way of the worship of God. See Matthew 10:32-42
These are the consequences of the intervention, when Jesus came to save the world. See John 3:16-21
However when trump became president, he also turned brother against brother and sister against sister and divided the country, in order to conquer the minds of the patriots and like every other cult leader before him became a fake savior for the christian nationalists who were seeking an idol to worship. See Exodus 32:1-9
So the real question is who will you place your hope on, who do you claim as your Savior: Jesus who died for your sins or a cult leader who deceives you into forfeiting your liberty for his sins? See Joshua 24:14-28
By the way if you choose a cult leader or another fascist authoritarian, you’re stuck with him forever, because once you’ve relinquished your freedom, you’ll never be able to vote him out, even if you change your mind, later. See Matthew 25:31-46, again.

Of course Trump wants to “terminate” Constitution: He wants to seize power and rule by force

Somewhere in his journey to power in Hungary, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán had a radical religious conversion. An atheist when he started in politics in the late 1980s, Orbán now calls himself a defender of Christianity. In an August speech […] Orbán argued that Western Europe had given up on “a Christian Europe” and was choosing instead to experiment with “a godless cosmos, rainbow families, migration and open societies.”
As experts in European politics and the religious right, we argue that Orbán’s embrace of religion has served to consolidate his power, “other” his opponents and shield Hungary from EU criticism of its attacks on the rule of law. It is also, we believe, a dangerous model for how religion can be used to fuel democratic backsliding […] In many respects, Viktor Orbán’s use of religion is no different from Ronald Reagan’s embrace of Christian evangelicals in the late 1970s. Both leaders relied on religious imagery to build bigger voting coalitions.
Orbán is far from the first leader to use religion to increase his base.
Every Republican candidate for president since has tried to appeal to evangelicals and invoked Christian values. And even ham-handed attempts such as those by President Donald Trump have done little to undermine such unions.
Such an embrace of religious groups is not in itself a problem. But calculated uses of religion to attack domestic and foreign opponents, or to weaken democratic checks and balances, is, we believe, a major concern. Orbán’s Hungary provides a clear warning of how easily Christianity can be distorted and used to erode democracy.” Excerpt from Viktor Orbán’s use and misuse of religion serves as a warning to Western democracies

“But condemning Trump’s behavior is in no way sufficient to defeat him and the neofascist threat he represents. You can’t shame those who have no shame. Trump and the current Republican Party have repeatedly shown that they do not care about human decency or virtue; they worship power above everything else, and delight in provoking outrage and disgust among their political opponents.
Democrats all too eagerly walk into this trap, and then wonder why they are losing the battle to save American democracy. Rick Wilson, the prominent Republican strategist turned ‘Never Trumper,’ explained this to me in our recent Salon interview: ‘We’re in a post-shame world, a post-hypocrisy environment. You can’t shame Republicans anymore.'” Excerpt from “We regret to inform you” that Donald Trump is cashing in on white America’s death wish

“The reason the maga republicans keep repeating the big lie, even though they know that the elections weren’t stolen, is because it’s a big joke to them—they do it to own the liberals and disparage the voters. Ironically trump has ignited their “disgust for democracy reflex” with his constant barrage of grievance rhetoric bombs.” By: B. Bondsman

“…that government of the people by the people for the people should not perish from the Earth.”  By: Abraham Lincoln

“Obviously, if politicians believe that voters cannot be trusted with the truth, democracy is seriously at risk. For a democracy to function it is essential that a government respects the people and takes them seriously, not only those that have voted for that government, but all people. Furthermore, in order to exercise their democratic rights properly, people should be informed as fully as possible.
Democracy is a form of conflict management within states, just as diplomacy is a form of conflict management between states. Both therefore usually lead to a compromise between different views and different perceived interests. That is certainly the case when a decision requires both agreement between and within states.” Excerpt from Government of the people, by the people, for the people

“The world has enough for everyone’s need, but not enough for everyone’s greed.” By: Mahatma Gandhi

“Ignorance breeds fear. We fear those things we don’t understand. If we don’t put a lid on that fear and keep that fear in check, that fear in turn will breed hatred because we hate those things that frighten us. “If we don’t keep that hatred in check, that hatred in turn will breed destruction.” By: Daryl Davis

“Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” By: Benjamin Franklin

“The exercise of freedom will always create rebels, because that’s the origin of revolutions. We can’t have a sedentary society, just like we can’t have a perfect union. If you don’t want conflict in your family, church and state, you want fascism, and if that’s what you want, you don’t want democracy.” By: A. Freeman

“Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.” By: Lucius Annaeus Seneca

“To the working man religion is true, because he needs hope in order to endure this life; to the academic, false because he’s a smart aleck; and to the authoritarian useful, so that he can control the worker and shame the academic.” By: B. Bondsman

“Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.” By: Henry David Thoreau

“The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power […] We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means, it is an end […] The object of power is power.” Excerpt from 1984 by: George Orwell

“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority. There is no worse heresy than that the office sanctifies the holder of it.” By: John Dalberg-Acton

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” By: Martin Luther King

“Though liberty is established by law, we must be vigilant, for liberty to enslave us is always present under that same liberty. Our Constitution speaks of the ‘general welfare of the people’. Under that phrase all sorts of excesses can be employed by [authoritarian] tyrants—to make us bondsmen.” By: Marcus Tullius Cicero

“And what country can preserve it’s liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is it’s natural manure.” By: Thomas Jefferson

“Pundits like to take refuge in the saccharine refrain, “this is not who we are,” but historically, this is exactly who we are. Political violence is an endemic feature of American political history. It was foundational to the overthrow of Reconstruction in the 1870s and the maintenance of Jim Crow for decades after.” Excerpt from Where Will This Political Violence Lead? Look to the 1850s.

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“The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting.” By: Milan Kundera

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