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Paul A Duginski
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Paul Duginski is a political cartoonist and veteran newspaper staff artist. He enjoys reading history, literature and going bodyboarding whenever he has time.


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The Alabama Abomination

Dec. 11, 2017 10:40 pm
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Conservative evangelical Christians are a falcon turning and turning in a widening gyre. The falcon seems to no longer hear the Falconer, and anarchy has been loosed upon the political world.

The Falconer is, of course, the Christian message of the Gospel. These “Christians” no longer pay any attention to the Ten Commandments and the teachings of Christianity.

Evangelicals supported the anger, nationalism and nativism of Donald Trump, and now they’re supporting Roy Moore in Tuesday’s election for a Senate seat in Alabama, in spite of Moore’s abhorrent behavior. Moore is an extremist and a credibly accused pedophile.

If there was any doubt, it is now clear that evangelicals have entered into a pact with the devil.

Some 81% of white evangelicals voted for Trump in 2016, in spite of the fact that he has been divorced twice and married three times. He has owned casinos and has boasted of marital infidelities and — on tape — predatory sexual behavior.

It’s not just that Trump’s program aims to lavish even more tax cuts on the very wealthy, repudiating Jesus’ call to care for “the least of these;” Trump suggested a moral equivalence between white supremacists in Charlottesville, Va., and protestors who opposed them.

I guess evangelicals and right-wing “Christians” will countenance anything as long as their guy votes “conservatively,” and, especially, says he is anti-abortion.

I’m a Catholic who opposes abortion. But I refuse to be a single-issue voter.

In the fall of 2016, I had a right-wing church lady wag her finger and scold me, saying it would be “a mortal sin to vote for anyone but Donald Trump.” In other words, you have to accept all the immoral baggage that comes with Donald Trump because he promised to nominate a conservative judge to the Supreme Court. Never mind that Trump had only recently switched his position to being anti-abortion.

Here’s why that reason for voting for Trump was a fallacy: In the 7-2 vote on the U.S. Supreme Court for Roe v. Wade in 1973, five of the majority justices were Republican appointees. In 1993’s Planned Parenthood v. Casey, with eight Republican appointees on the bench, five upheld Roe, and three of those had been appointed by Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

So it was Republican-appointed justices who ultimately legalized abortion in the United States and, in 1993, sustained legalized abortion.

So I refused to vote for a racist, liar, jackass, blowhard and serial sexual abuser just because he promised to put a conservative on the Supreme Court. And that promise by Trump was ultimately kept — immorally — by nominating Neil Gorsuch to a stolen Supreme Court seat. It was illegitimately taken by Mitch McConnell and the Republicans.

Not much honor in that.

The candidacy of Roy Moore is just the latest abomination by a party whose moral core has completely rotted out. The center no longer holds.

The new watchwords are, as with the Gorsuch Supreme Court nomination, “the end justifies the means,” no matter how far those means get from what is right.

And political anarchy is the result.

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