Remember when I announced Leah’s List.com last summer? A web directory that I designed to simulate an Angie’s List approach where people join and pay a membership fee to pay for the work that goes into creating a directory resource? I spent hundreds of hours and filled it with thousands of businesses who proudly boast that they area sworn to only patronize like-minded Christian businesses? On Leah’s List I shared that they call it “Keeping Kingdom Dollars in the Kingdom”.
Well – my good friends, Lester & Charlie, found a site that embodies this parallel economy mindset called “Praytriot Pages” of all things. That name brings it all together…I have to give them that. Afterall, they view themselves as not only “real Christians”, but the only true patriots as well.
For anyone who thinks that they are small in number, think again. For example, once I am able to fire Leah’s List back up again, I will again start entering the years of accumulated businesses – totaling over 240,000 – that are sitting, ready to be entered into that directory that span all 50 states. And those are just the ones who have literally signed “Statements of Faith” with the promise of abiding by “biblical business principles” and being true to restricting their needs to Christian-owned businesses providing goods and services.
Because their numbers are so expansive, this has a very real effect on secular businesses in America. In addition to sheer numbers, some of the largest “big-box” corporations are among these businesses such as Walmart, Sam’s Club, Hobby Lobby and thousands more – many of which are listed in my directory already. Even though they have managed to function under the radar, it is important for us to grasp the damage they do and make informed decisions about where we shop accordingly.
This is precisely what they do and I guarantee you that they are much better at implementing effective strategies that work than we are. I kid you not. From business to politics, they develop a plan, they put that plan into action and they get 99% adherence by their Sheople who do not question the calls to action. US? As the saying goes – getting the progressive/liberal/moderate crowd on board is truly like “herding cats” and we do not support one another. We just don’t.
Making Changes in 2013
Which brings me to this announcement. Because support is nearly non-existent in our community I have had to re-evaluate my work as an activist, researcher, writer and radio host for the coming year. Those half dozen of you who have stepped up and donated amounts that totaled $280 for the entire 2012 year – I truly thank you and even amounts as low as $5 is humbly appreciated by me more than I can express. I used every penny to help off-set the costs of hosting and other annual fees associated with maintaining a web site. Thank you!
And the 54 folks who paid for Leah’s List membership – before I had to make it free, after receiving so many complaints that it cost a whopping $9.95 a year – many, many thanks! Unfortunately, I can no longer keep up with the cost of Leah’s List for now, so I sincerely apologize for letting it slip into slumber. The membership fee was what I anticipated would generate all that I would need to cover my out-of-pocket costs and earn a modest compensation for my time, but it failed to to do so.
The same goes for The Kryptonite Project – both the web site where we displayed an interactive results map of the national elections in 2012 and have hopes to provide ReBiblican candidate profiles for 2014 for local, state and national races. We must abandon the radio show with the same name as well where Nicole Nichols and I discuss the news behind the headlines regarding ReBiblican politics.
We are sadly forced to let these projects go into hibernation for now until such time that we have the income to finance them once again. I have drained my savings and overspent my personal budget each month in attempt to keep up with the associated costs to fund these projects and it is a further hardship for my spouse to be expected to fund these efforts any more. We are no longer willing to debate whether we can afford a cord of wood for heat, or pay the fees for my activist work.
I am not quitting – but I am taking leave to pursue paid employment. I will, on occasion, post something here when I have time. Each post usually takes me a minimum of 4 hours or more because my whole position is about research and accuracy as I work to inform people about the dangers of theocracy and the bible-based cult of Dominionism. I will not have that luxury of time for the greater portion of 2013.
When I do have time, I will be more inclined to write at www.politicusUSA.com (PUSA) because they are a very active and popular news site that draws substantially more traffic than I do here. And because my activity will be falling off here, my site will also dramatically fall in its internet ranking – meaning that it will eventually have nominal visibility on the internet. I will try to keep this site up as long as I can so that my post titled, “What IS DOminionism?” continues to stay on the internet.
So please look for me at PUSA…they are a great site chock full of excellent articles and up to the minute news. Rmuse and Hrafnkell are very good at writing about Dominionism so I highly recommend that you follow them when you can.
With that said, I thank all of you that total in the thousands – for loyally following my work and sending me warm messages of encouragement over the years. Every time I hear from a new voice telling me they have learned from my work and shared it with others, it fuels my soul. I sincerely wish that I was suddenly the recipient of a wealthy estate, but I am not, nor is that in my foreseeable future…lol. So off I go! Please continue to spread the word about this extremism, and I hope to be back at this later this year. Wish me luck
Lester & Charlie’s Institute of Forward Thinking
This Week’s Poll from the Lester & Charlie Institute of Forward Thinking:
Where Would Jesus Shop?
Last week, we assured you that your government is anxiously readying to quell an imminent Tea Party armed insurrection. We wondered if — despite threats from loonies like failed Senate candidate Sharron Angle – gearing up for battle with the musket brigade isn’t just a little bit paranoid.
Perhaps not. As it turns out, our humble HuffPost poll was picked up by something called the Tea Party Command Center, where it was met by paranoid patriots who informed us that, in the event of violent uprising, armed rebels will “NEVER go after Americans, only progressives!” Oh, and Muslims. And that guns won’t be necessary, because “baseball bats are much more painful and pro-long the dying.”
And they ‘learned’ us that Obama (who wasn’t born, he was “hatched”) is just like Adolf Hitler because — just like Obama! — he was “able to get just about anything he wanted.” (Wow. Really? Obama gets anything he wants? Then how come there’s still such a thing as the filibuster and Hillary Clinton has been allowed to retire?)
Truth be told, we’re not even all that sure what the Tea Party faithful was saying over at their Command Center. It’s hard to read ALL CAPS, and even harder when you’re deciphering sentences like “THSOE OF YOU THAT HAVE SUCH AS HE IS AN EVIL TYRANT THAT WILL DO ANYTHING TO GET HIS NAME IN THE HISTORY BOOKS THE WAY HE WANTS TO BE REMEMBERED.” Well, now that that’s clear. No wonder the Army is bracing for an attack.
Of course, such is the Internet. There’s a place for everybody! Which brings us to our favorite new site of Christian nationalist insanity: America’s Praytriot Pages, a place where Christian shoppers can, for the low cost of $7.77, gain access to a list of businesses that promise to “keep Kingdom dollars in the Kingdom!”
Yes, this really is a thing. There seems to be a movement to keep Christian dollars in Christian pockets while doing the Christian deed of putting everyone else out of business.
Companies that list with Praytriot Pages promise they will never engage in commerce that is “unbiblical, sinful, or illegal.” That’s a tall order. Really! Neither illegal nor unbiblical? So much for Leviticus and any thrifty online shopper looking for the cheapest stone to kill his swearing neighbor.
The main question behind the site is, of course, “Where would Jesus shop?” And don’t just assume he’s at the hardware store buying a nail puller. Because, see, the Bible is really dedicated to what to do with your disposable income. Kind of gives new meaning to a Sunday Circular!
But, since we don’t want to prejudice you, why not check out one of the site’s testimonials? Like the one from Connie, a woman who hopes to someday get her Associates degree and end up working for “a Christian based organization.” (Hey Connie, some advice: skip the applications and become a nun.)
We weren’t quite prepared to fork over our blood money to see what kinds of businesses are listed behind that Christian paywall. Not when our imaginations are free! So we’re wondering: What do YOU think? What business would YOU expect to see on those holy Praytriot Pages?