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Bruce’s Ten Hot Takes for May 2, 2024

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President Joe Biden thinks giving Ukraine, Taiwan, and Israel billions of dollars in direct military aid is a “good day for peace.” His statement is irrational. U.S. military aid is directly responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths in the past year, and millions of deaths since the inception of our nation. Many of these deaths were children and civilians.

Colorado coach Deion “Prime Time” Sanders is a bully. His treatment of Colorado’s football players shows he has no regard or respect for them as men.

Social Security is not broken, contrary to what Congress tells us. Congress owes the Social Security Administration the 2.7 trillion dollars it “borrowed” from the fund. Repay this first before saying the fund is insolvent.

According to Evangelical megachurch pastor and grizzled culture war general John MacArthur, there’s no such thing as mental illness, especially PTSD. Someone should sue MacArthur for not only being an asshole, but practicing medicine without a license.

President Joe Biden supports “peaceful protest.” Evidently, “peaceful” means doing what you are told or we will send in the police to arrest you. Biden is clueless when it comes to war, peace, civil disobedience, and nonviolent resistance.

Atheists, agnostics, and nones overwhelmingly support Joe Biden. Why, then, does the president and the Democratic Party pretend we don’t exist?

Kristi Noem shot and killed her fourteen-month-old puppy. She also killed a goat that she deemed unworthy of continued life. Noem is a bad person, yet she is being considered for vice president on the Republican ticket. The Republican Party lacks a moral and ethical foundation. Trump is their God, and whatever he says is law.

Evangelicals think Taylor Swift’s latest album is Satanic and anti-Christian. Good job, Taylor! Anyone that pisses off Evangelicals is good by me.

Childhood immunization should be required before students enter school. No religious exemptions, and that includes students in private religious schools.

God did not destroy Sodom and Gomorrah due to homosexuality. It’s in the Bible. Look it up.

Bonus: Churches should be required to run annual state and federal background checks on all clerics. staff, and volunteers. Churches that refuse to do so should lose their liability insurance coverage.

Bruce Gerencser, 66, lives in rural Northwest Ohio with his wife of 45 years. He and his wife have six grown children and thirteen grandchildren. Bruce pastored Evangelical churches for twenty-five years in Ohio, Texas, and Michigan. Bruce left the ministry in 2005, and in 2008 he left Christianity. Bruce is now a humanist and an atheist.

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    George

    According to Evangelical megachurch pastor and grizzled culture war general John MacArthur, there’s no such thing as mental illness, especially PTSD. Someone should sue MacArthur for not only being an asshole, but practicing medicine without a license.

    MacArthur used to be a favorite, but now it’s easy to laugh at his fancy footwork to prove the Bible’s infallibility.

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    Karen the rock whisperer

    I, an atheist, don’t particularly support Biden or his policies. Will I vote for him in November? Hell, yes. The Christian Nationalist Trumpmobile terrifies me. Biden merely saddens me. What really saddens me is that these are the sort of people who end up in the running for the US presidency.

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    MJ Lisbeth

    I especially agree with the last item .

    MacArthur’s position on mental illness is the same as Scientology’s. They also believe that learning disabilities don’t exist.

    Why does Biden ignore us? In this political climate, he—who professes his faith in God and fealty to his church—is demonized. And, being a centrist, much of his support comes from believers, if not from White Evangelicals and other fundamentalists. He doesn’t want to alienate them. (Please understand that I am offering a possible explanation, not a defense, of his ignorance of us.)

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    Troy

    I was thinking the same thing when I saw Biden’s speech about coloring inside the lines. Yes, I disagree with the protesters and their rather intangible demands, but protests typically involve shutting down something. (Though as Bill Maher suggests they aren’t making a-n-y friends.) Why would Biden do this? Simple the President is the most common denominator elected position in the entire federal system. He is elected by all the people, and the electoral college gives “backwoods folk” extra effect (Wyoming about 1/2 the size of a typical district gets 3 electoral votes). When you understand this context it’s easy to unravel the speech. Probably figures he’s not going to get the protesters to vote for him and better not to catch their fleas by appearing to lie down with them.

    I think the solution to Social Security should be to extend the minimum where people stop paying into it and it becomes a pay-ya-back tax. That’s just a cursory thought on the matter, might not actually work, especially since there is already the dreaded “alternative minimum tax”.

    Interesting about Sodom and Gomorrah, more a hospitality breech. Also the famous “The fool says in his heart, there is no God.” Is about believers not atheists. And of course Samaritans not really well liked.

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    Barbara L. Jackson

    Biden is like Johnson was in the 1960s. He is not great, but Trump would gladly kill any non-maga, non-religious person.

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    ObstacleChick

    I can’t imagine that anyone in Trump’s campaign with a lick of sense would support Noem for the VP pick. That’s no way to bring in moderate voters, as just about everyone knows that you’re a special kind of asshole to be mean to puppies or kitties.

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