Stoicism, forgiveness and other links

Some years back I posted about pundits who insist death and suffering are good for us. That thinking is still around: faced with last week’s snowpocalypse, Mayor Tim Boyd of Colorado City TX brushed off constituents asking for help: “only the strong survive” so stop asking for handouts! A few years earlier, Trump-worshipping Rush Limbaugh took the same tack in response to the Trump Virus: why can’t people be stoic like the Donner Party?

So it’s no surprise Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has apparently been prioritizing vaccine delivery to well-connected communities. When called on it, he said critics should shut up or he’d just yank that county’s entire supply.

Next, forgiveness. In a post from a few years back, Fred Clark discusses Matthew 18, which says if a fellow Christian sins against you, you should confront them quietly and privately. Clark points out this is used as a get-out-of-jail-free card: You can’t report my assault to the cops/the papers, you have to keep it between us! Or in the case of the authors of Selling Satan, that they shouldn’t publish an investigative report on fake Satanist and Christian con-man Mike Warnke because Matthew 18! Clark: “One important thing about both of these teachings of Jesus is that they’re about conflicts between two, and only two, people. Both of them get quite a bit more complicated when there’s a third party involved. “If anyone strikes you on the right cheek,” Jesus said, “turn the other also.” But what if they strike someone else? “If another member of the church sins against you,” Jesus said, “go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone.” But what if the other member of the church sins against someone else? You can’t turn someone else’s other cheek. Nor can you require someone else to do so.”

In other news:

Biden revoked Trump’s Muslim travel ban, but there’s more Trump immigration policy to undo.

Fred Clark explains QAnon is old antisemitic wine in new bottles.

Lindsey Graham continues toadying to Trump.

Trump attorney Lin Wood, meanwhile, is facing disciplinary action for his lawyering in Trump’s defense. His solution: dox the State Bar.

Some members of the Southern Baptist Conference are pushing against its rigid conservative doctrine. Conservatives are pushing back.

Biden’s Interior Department nominee, Deb Hyland, isn’t a fan of mining and oil drilling on public lands. Conservatives are pushing back against her, too. And several states want to make protesting fossil fuels a criminal act; in Michigan even if they’re merely arrested on a construction site it could be ten years in prison.

Last week I said that not speaking ill of the dead meant Rush Limbaugh’s admirers would get to paint him for history. Case in point, Gov. DeSantis (yes, again) lowering state flags to half-mast to honor a man he says “connect with his listeners across the fruited plain — the hard-working, God-fearing and patriotic Americans who were and are the subject of derision and ridicule by the legacy media.” Apparently he’s fine when the media spread derision and ridicule for gays, women and people of color because that was Limbaugh’s stock in trade.

Rep. Adam Kinzinger came out against Trump. Some of his family are shocked that he would judge a great Christian man — doesn’t Kinzinger know we are all sinners? And don’t accuse them of hypocrisy because “we are not judging you. This is just our opinion!”

Right-wing shitbags are still claiming persecution is coming. One troll I argued with recently insisted that Biden keeping the National Guard in Washington was clear sign Biden was ready to become a tyrant. There are good reasons they’re still there — the threat isn’t over. And they’re still downplaying the Sedition Day assault.

“Listening to a panel of thinky conservatives talking about the imagined ideology behind cancel culture and you’d think that racism and sexism were ideas invented by millennial progressives to punish people with true ideas for speaking.” — Will Wilkinson

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