This is not satire. This really happened:
If a Christian were to post an image of Baphomet…
with a cheery “Happy Easter! He is Risen!” greeting and claim that he is just “celebrating Easter in my own way”, followed by “It is my Constitutional right to do this and you can have my Baphomet statue when you pry it out of my cold, dead hand!” normal people would regard it as an expression of insanity or a deliberate insult to Christ.
If he then devoted decades to declaring that “Evil is in the heart, not in my precious, precious Baphomet statue that I will kill you to defend” normal people would sense that there was something amiss with this person’s spiritual life.
But literally millions of American Christians think nothing of pictures of guns and crosses at Easter, or chub-cheeked families gathered around the Christmas tree with their arsenals.
.Jesus! Babies! Guns! is the creed of this idolatrous antichrist cult.
Right wing US Christianity is Moloch worship with Precious Moments figurines, sugary ChristPop music, and a dash of Latin. It serves the Prince of Darkness, not the Prince of Peace.
That is because the Religious Right, having mutated into a Theology of Narcissism and Selfishness, approaches ethics on the basis of “What’s the absolute least I have to give a shit about others and the most I can get away with in pursuit of self and still get into Heaven?” It’s their whole gig. That’s why they always frame things narcissistically.
Instead of “What can we do to stop gun violence?” in response to mass death they always start with “Don’t blame me. Don’t touch my gun!”
At the height of torture debates, the question was never “How can we protect the dignity of prisoners?” and instead was always framed as “How close can we get to torturing people without technically doing it?”
Issues involving violence are not framed as “How do we avoid violence?” or even as “When might we *have* to kill?” but as “When do we *get* to kill?” (That’s what undergirded torture apologetics: “We get to kill in war, so why don’t we get to torture?”)
Right wing theology is always, always ordered toward “How do I avoid having to care about anybody but me if I can?” and “How much selfishness can I cling to and still squeak into Heaven?” It is Minimum Daily Adult Requirement Christianity. The idea of loving God and neighbor maximally, of doing more than the bare minimum, of habitually putting the good of the other and the common good first is so far off the radar that even attempting to think in such a way is reflexively and habitually slapped away as “socialism” or “gun grabbing” or some other braindead buzzword. Right Wing Christianity is All about Me.
And its two favorite human shields for that massive theology of Narcissism are the Unborn and “I’m protecting My Family”. Every time this cult of death is challenged, they accuse you of being a “babykiller” even if, like me, you oppose abortion and always have. They lie that they amass arsenal because they care about the family, even when guns in the home vastly increase the likelihood that a family member will be killed and even though the huge cost of that arsenal hurts the family. They flatly ignore the fact that Jesus always subordinates the family to the Kingdom of God.
And they just flat lie, lie, lie to defend their fetish. A colossal amount of pure grade A selfishness is hidden behind those two shields by people who think nothing (for instance) of killing the unborn by giving their mothers COVID, incinerating the family with nuclear weapons at Hiroshima, destroying families at the border, or killing the unborn by protecting the right of butchers to murder them and their mothers and families in shopping malls.
Until Christians develop a way to call out and challenge this radical Theology of Selfishness, a thing as satanic as the Black Mass, that has grown up like a cancer in American Christianity, we can kiss our credibility goodbye.