For the better part of three years, the religious right has been warning people not to speak ill of Donald Trump. Their explanation? God hacked the election for Trump, and opposing him is tantamount to opposing God. It’s almost as if there’s an 11th Commandment we didn’t know about: “Thou shalt speak no ill of Donald Trump.” The latest to find out about this hidden commandment? Jimmy Carter.
Last week, Carter detonated a bombshell during a panel discussion on human rights at the Carter Center in Leesburg, Virginia–he believed that if anyone took the time to investigate, it would be clear that Trump owes his upset victory to massive interference from Russia. Watch here, via NBC News.
Carter said that if anyone “fully investigated” Russia’s efforts to hack the election, they would find that Trump actually lost to Hillary Clinton. However, Carter said, Trump only won because “the Russians interfered on his behalf.
This is a marked turnabout for Jimmy. Trump has had a much closer relationship with Carter than he has with any of the four living presidents. Indeed, Carter even went as far as to claim that the media had been harder on Trump than any other president in his lifetime.
Predictably, the deplorables howled.
But the most chilling reaction came from America’s favorite false prophet, Mark Taylor. It’s not often that you can rise to fame on a prediction that didn’t come true, but Taylor managed to pull it off. Back in 2011, the retired firefighter issued a “prophecy” declaring that Trump would become president.
But any competent reading of that “prophecy” shows that Taylor was predicting Trump would upend Barack Obama in 2012. As we know, that didn’t happen. Moreover, Trump didn’t even run in the Republican primary in 2012–in fact, he ruled out a run a week after Taylor “received” this “word from the Lord.” That makes Taylor a false prophet two times over. But he doesn’t want you to know that. In fact, he claims that if you point this out, God may strike you down.
Such minor details haven’t mattered to the nation’s so-called moral guardians. Taylor is now a hero to the most rabidly pro-Trump elements among them, and has been among the leaders of the religious right’s bullying campaign. So it should come as no surprise that he issued what amounted to a fatwa to Carter. It happened when he dropped by the fringe fundie podcast “Blessed To Teach” last weekend. Watch here.
When host Rick Rene asked Taylor if he’d heard Carter “bag on Trump,” Taylor didn’t hesitate. He warned Carter that “he’d better be careful.” It came as no surprise to Taylor that Carter had spoken out. After all, he has long claimed that the living former presidents–Carter, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Obama–are part of a “cabal” that is being “told what to do” by the deep state. He had a message for Jimmy and his colleagues–“they better repent.”
Taylor was speaking in code–a code that is all too familiar to this left-leaning charismatic Christian. If you’ll remember, Taylor has insisted for some time that Trump is “anointed,” and you’d best be careful what you say about him. In many abusive churches, especially in the charismatic/Pentecostal world, warning against speaking ill of God’s “anointed ones” is a common spiritual kick in the groin. Taylor’s warning wasn’t just directed at Carter. It was directed at all of us.
News flash, Mark. You’re nothing more than a conspiracy merchant cosplaying a prophet. Among other things, you’d have us believe that we oppose Trump because our churches’ worship teams aren’t being tuned properly. Jimmy Carter has more integrity in his fingernails than you have in your entire body. His work with Habitat for Humanity, among others, makes him one of our nation’s brightest points of light. You have nada, zip, zero room to attack him.
But then again, considering how you worship Trump, it’s no wonder your perception is off. Whenever I see Taylor or any other fundie claim that there are severe consequences for speaking out against Trump, I think of a take I did on a praise song from my college days, “Bow Down (Before the Lord).”
This song sums up Taylor’s mentality perfectly.
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