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If you're that ashamed of your religious affiliation, Mr. Peterson- and considering some of the shameful places and positions it has led you to- might I suggest that it may be time to find a new religion? One which doesn't hate quite so many people and quite so many things, and which values the here and now more than it does the hereafter?

Or better yet... 𝘯𝘰 𝘳𝘦𝘭𝘪𝘨𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘢𝘵 𝘢𝘭𝘭?

Food for thought.

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“Over the past week my affiliations with various churches have been presented in the media. This has taken a toll on my family and takes away from the critical work that needs to be done at PPS. I respect our youth too much to allow this distraction to continue.”

What does it say about church when your affiliation with it is a distraction or takes a toll on your family? Perhaps some churches won’t be a distraction from being a politician, but it seems like church affiliation isn’t the flower in your political bonnet it once was.

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May 6, 2023·edited May 6, 2023

Christian Nationalist running for office: Someone who will immediately violate their oath to support and defend the Constitution by constantly doing everything in their power to undermine/destroy that Constitution.

Did I get it in one?

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Christian nationalists have a very distorted view of what the Constitution actually says, and that foundational document bans religious tests for holding public office in this country. Sure sounds like church-state separation to me. Article VI pre-dates the Bill of Rights, so it says something about how the founders felt about the issue. Like a lot of conservative Christians, they seem to have convinced themselves their religion entitles them to a say in other people's personal choices.

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"The service — held at the height of the George Floyd protests in Portland — closed with the church’s official pastor taking the stage with Peterson and leading a prayer to call on God to “cancel” what the pastor called “the demonic power inspiring those riots.”

The "demonic power" that inspired those 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘵𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘴 were cops murdering black people.

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Maybe those churches and wingnut groups thought he was Jesse Lee Peterson.

https://americanloons.blogspot.com/2018/11/2109-jesse-lee-peterson.html

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"But at least he’s vowing to resign if elected."

Uh, given the several differences between what he does and what he says, assuming that he will keep his "vow" would be naïeve.

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Have to wonder what really happened here. On the one hand, identity theft has been on the rise for some time and it wouldn't surprise me to see it here. On the other, this comes off like something he probably thought he could just get away with, and nobody would check on.

I would note that this sort of thing is precisely why we need a free press in our democracy. If it weren't for Tim Dickinson and Julia Silverman, odds are we wouldn't even know about this. Thanks to both of them for shining the light on this!

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Maybe they can get Herschel Walker to run in his place. Or I hear Chris Pratt is between gigs right now.

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May 6, 2023·edited May 6, 2023

This article's been up for 4 hours as of this typing and there's only 9 comments (now 10, also as of this typing), the previous most recent comments being posted 3 hours ago (my time). What happened while I was away?

Since I have a movie to see in just a little bit, I might not be able to hang around very long if things don't pick up soon.

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Like with Mayor Eric Adams in NYC, religion--and religiosity, the Christian kind--undermines and destroys an otherwise good elected official. https://www.nytimes.com/2023/03/06/nyregion/the-mayor-talks-religion-and-makes-waves.html

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OT but – Is anyone computer literate enough to explain to me why suddenly the ability to block someone who spams you with email has disappeared. 2 days ago I was cheerfully blocking the Ukrainian girls who apparently were desperate to marry me, now blocked doesn't seem to appear in my list of options.

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Why the fuss in this particular case? I thought these people were being elected all over?

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I mean...he was a cop. None of this is surprising.

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While I'm highly suspicious of this guys claimed denial of real involvement and lack of alignment on many of the principles of the organization, one thing really stood out to me, and it started just from reading the title--he withdrew from the race. That really isn't how most of these people work, even when what they're doing is done as under-the-radar as possible, or even worse, clandestinely, hidden through some clear dishonesty(ies) or fraud, they're always proud of what they do, if their activities are discovered, they don't back down, they're doing god's work after all, why should they do the honorable thing? But he actually withdrew and promised to resign if elected [only a promise, who knows if would follow through on it]. If he is or was involved with real christian nationalists leanings, he's definitely more honest and honorable than is typical of the bunch, but that ain't saying much.

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