Thursday, February 25, 2016

The Trumping of America

The Secular Spectrum: The Trumping of America

We've been watching the Republican primary debates. No, we're not masochists; we're just dedicated to the election process. Plus, it's fun to mock them.

Watching Donald Trump bluster and self-aggrandize as he spews vile prejudice, I'm amazed that anyone supports him.

But even more amazing is the fact that the Donald is enjoying so much evangelical support. Trump being Trump, his attempts at appealing to fundamentalists have been manifestly insincere.

He's the only person with a bigger ego than the all-knowing, omnipotent, supposed creator of the universe.

Perhaps, his Christian Right supporters are practiced at taking leaps of faith.


  1. I am also in wonderment at Evangelicals and Catholics voting for T.Rump. They are against excessive pride, divorce, sex outside of marriage, philandering, bad language, telling lies, all of which and more, are in T.Rump's history. He said if she wasn't his daughter, he'd date her, which I found distinctly creepy.
    The thing is that his hubris is so great and his ego so inflated, that he thinks he can do no wrong. He never apologized, has no decency and no integrity and yet people fall all over themselves to vote for this patent liar and narcissist. I thought Christians were searching for truth...
    Maybe they are worshipping the idol of fame, success and wealth, which would be like worshiping Mammon (or money). Have they forgotten that it is the Love of Money that is the root of all Evil?
    (by the way, I'm pennyroyal)

    1. Hi, Penny! I've enjoyed engaging with you on SecSpec.

      I should've mentioned the distinctly creepy daughter comment. How could I have forgotten that?

      Keith and I literally laughed out loud when Trump said that the reason he's been audited so often could be because he's a Christian. He also said that Vincente Fox should apologize for saying that dirty, nasty word, after calling Ted Cruz a pussy a week before. I'm sure he's never used the F-word. I can only think that his rank hypocrisy will eventually catch up with him.

      Every time I see him in the debates, I always think, "What a putz." And the size of Trump's ego never ceases to astonish me....

      I really do think the Republican campaign is satire on politics. Do you think it's evidence that we're all in a matrix, and the originators of the program had a bit too much to drink at a party? ;-)


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Not a miracle recovery, but a miracle of modern medicine

In 2013 I fell into a six-week coma and nearly died after I contracted legionella. The Legionnaire's disease was in turn triggered by immunosuppression caused by the prednisone I was taking for my rare autoimmune disease, dermatomyositis.

I suffered a series of strokes on both sides of my brain when the sepsis caused my blood pressure to plummet. I fell into a deep coma. My kidneys and lungs began to fail, as my body was began dying one organ at a time. My doctors told my loved ones to give up hope for my full recovery. They expected me to die, and even if I somehow lived, I would remain a vegetable or at best left so hopelessly brain-damaged that I would never be same. But unbeknownst to them, while they were shining lights in my eyes and shaking their heads, I was telling them in my coma-dream--my secular version of a near-death experience--to leave me alone because I was trying to get back to sleep. I was experiencing what is known as covert cognition, the subject of my Skeptical Inquirer article "Covert Cognition: My So-Called Near-Death Experience," which appeared in their July/August issue.

But it wasn't a miracle--despite what so many continue to believe--that I recovered so fully. I owe my life not to God, but the miracles of modern medicine, as well as the nature of the watershed-area brain damage I suffered, as I detailed in my article and in this blog.