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FFRF has acquired records confirming that senior officials in the Trump administration used taxpayer-funded time and resources to organize extremist weekly bible studies. FFRF is committed to exposing the misuse of public resources to promote religion and to educating the public about this issue.

FFRF has acquired records confirming that senior officials in the Trump administration used taxpayer-funded time and resources to organize extremist weekly bible studies. FFRF is committed to exposing the misuse of public resources to promote religion and to educating the public about this issue.

FreethoughtChris

The Freedom From Religion Foundation has just acquired records confirming that senior officials in the Trump administration used taxpayer-funded time and resources to organize extremist weekly bible studies, including a large event at the Museum of the Bible. Although Capitol Ministries fortunately appears to no longer be active in the White House, it has not gone away. The group’s founder and president, Ralph Drollinger, remains active on Capitol Hill and at the state level haranguing lawmakers to legislate according to his homophobic, misogynistic, xenophobic version of Christianity. The stated mission of Capitol Ministries, a Christian nationalist organization, is to “evangelize elected and appointed political leaders and lead them toward maturity in Christ.” Drollinger was the likely inspiration for the citation of Romans 13 by then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions to justify the Trump administration’s egregious family separation policy, literally putting kids in cages after separating them from their parents. Capitol Ministries held a December 2019 event at the Museum of the Bible, where it said attendees “heard from White House cabinet members, U.S. senators and representatives about the importance of teaching God’s Word to people in political power and how the Washington, D.C., Bible study they regularly attend impacts their lives personally and professionally.” FFRF sought public records related to this event from all the departments involved, and the records, although they took well over a year to arrive, confirm several high-level officials’ involvement and the use of staff time to organize and promote the religious event. The records further reveal details of the event, including an email describing the event as having a panel of “100 new ministry leaders and their wives.” This casual sexism is par for the course for Drollinger, who has said mothers who work outside the home are sinners: “Women with children at home who either serve in public office, or are employed on the outside, pursue a path that contradicts God’s revealed design for them. It is a sin.” Disgraced former Texas Gov. and ex-Energy Secretary Rick Perry, who resigned his cabinet position in shame after Trump blamed Perry for setting up the infamous Ukraine call that led to the former president’s first impeachment, is now “spearheading CapMin’s nationwide effort to recruit ministry leaders across America to teach the Bible in weekly studies to local government public servants in their neighborhoods,” according to Capitol Ministries. FFRF has had a long history of challenging Perry’s improper use of his public offices to promote fundamentalist Christianity, including suing him for initiating an evangelical prayer rally in 2011. “Lawmakers should remember that they swore an oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution, which mandates a wall of separation between state and church,” comments FFRF Co-President Dan Barker. “To have true freedom of religion, government must be free from religion.”FFRF is committed to exposing the misuse of public resources to promote religion and to educating the public about the troubling string of government officials pushing a dangerous Christian nationalist agenda. The Freedom From Religion Foundation, based in Madison, Wis., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational charity, is the nation's largest association of freethinkers (atheists, agnostics), and has been working since 1978 to keep religion and government separate.


infinitum17

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cynikai

You can also link your AmazonSmile account to the FFRF.


More_Cow

Can we also hammer the administration for giving covid checks to the tax exempt pricks?


rushmc1

If only there was such a thing as "consequences" in America today...


LikelyNotABanana

Well see, there are. If you're brown or some other similar color. Rules for thee, not for me.


51st-state

Tip of the ~~ice~~shitberg.


FBI_Van_2274

Shit hawks randy


Cobalt_dragonfly

Tax all churches.


Ender914

Why aren't conservatives all over this issue? Doesn't it go against the framing of Constitution? I thought that's what they stood for....the constitution? Bunch of hypocrites


Harry_Teak

>his homophobic, misogynistic, xenophobic version of Christianity. There's another version?


LTEDan

I don't find this surprising in the least. Look how COVID relief small business loans were funneled to churches.


BrautanGud

"Although Capitol Ministries fortunately appears to no longer be active in the White House, it has not gone away. The group’s founder and president, Ralph Drollinger, remains active on Capitol Hill and at the state level **haranguing lawmakers** to legislate according to his homophobic, misogynistic, xenophobic version of Christianity." Haranguing is an excellent choice of words!


daddytorgo

Wake me up when there's any consequences for this. Otherwise it's just a PR-win for them TBH.


-kidsonleashes-

Man, I'm so glad I donate to them.


llcj2112

Also, if you shop at Amazon, make sure to use smile.amazon and pick FFRF as your charity. Easy way to bump the donations...


spant245

Same


mspenguin1974

Same!


flekkzo

Good. Because all the can do is to try to change public opinion. The Republican Party has already shown that they will never ever vote against the party no matter what fucked up things are done. They should keep on exposing everything bad religion does, and use media to get it out.


CalRipkenForCommish

That is a scary report. Good journalism right there.


PyrokudaReformed

Fuck the Christo-Fascist.


kfueston

Something must be done about this continuing abuse by religion! What would be something a citizen could do to help?


yb2ndbest

Join ffrf as a member. Supporting them helps to oust this stuff.


Kirkaiya

And they send a nice FFRF newspaper-thingy every month or so, which generally has at least one or two good articles in it, and event notifications, etc. But mainly because they're out fighting the good fight.


ChickieCago

Also check the donation option to FFRF on Amazon Smiles.


halcyon918

Sign up for Amazon Smile and set your charity to FFRF. Nearly every purchase donates a little bit, and a little bit from a lot of people goes a long way.


kfueston

Good idea! Thank you?


halcyon918

You're welcome? 😛


theunfunnybohemian

India chuckles quietly in the corner.


iDriveOnDirt

I love the fuhferf


Neither-Answer-7431

Sociopaths studying the Bible, not great PR for God.


081673

Lawsuit forthcoming??


HikariRikue

Could I go after them saying g I feel like this was against my religion using my money for a cause I don’t support?


nelson6364

I bet Trump didn't attend the bible study meetings.


warlomere

If you buy stuff from Amazon you can go to smile.amazon.com instead and a small portion of your purchases can go to the charity of your choice, including the FFRF who are a really great charity!


aamurusko79

the most deflating part of all this is that the man isn't going down for any of it. to play 5D chess, he'll be a candidate for the next year and claim every attempt at investigation is just trying to prevent his rightful place as a president.


Sadpancake_03

Nothing will happen unfortunately


E_K_Finnman

This is the same Trump that held a Bible upside-down? Did he skip those Bible studies Wait who am I kidding of course he did


JSArrakis

And this is why I debate paying taxes anymore. I want to help fund science, education, infrastructure and anything to do with green spaces. I don't want to pay for religious initiatives or defense. And it looks like I'm only paying for the things I don't want to pay for. I wish I could designate what my taxes went toward.


difficultoldbastard

because of course they did.


pearlsandplumes

And the worst part is, there's a high likelihood of us going right back to this in 2024, but definitely in 2028. The sky's the limit now that they know what sort of crap they can get away with.


FairyKnightTristan

How is promoting theism wrong?


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