A brief history of the complicated web of contradictions, deceits and controversies surrounding the GOP’s political astro-turfing wunderkind.

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I’m not going to say that you are living under a rock if you aren’t familiar with Charlie Kirk, but in certain circles he has been hard to miss. If you are college aged or work in an academic setting, I am sure you have heard of him and his organizations, which include Turning Point USA. Kirk hails from Illinois and is 27 years old. In 2017 he made Forbes 30 under 30 list in Law & Policy. He is often referred…

Following Sean Feucht & the Revivalists During the Outbreak of a Pandemic

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The plan for a planned revival called “Movement 2020” was announced in September of 2019. It was held December 31st- January 2rd, 2020. David Bradshaw of Awaken the Dawn and Sean Feucht of Burn 24–7 planned this “collaborative family gathering” in Sean’s home state of Virginia. Although Feucht spent his younger years in Montana, his family moved to Virginia when he was a teen. His late father, a dermatologist, was offered a leadership position at Pat Robertson’s Operation Blessing medical ministry, headquartered in Virginia Beach, VA. He and…

A closer look at the young political social media influencer who was arrested in DC following the Capitol Riots.

Captured from YouTube on 1/8/2021

Prior to January 7th, 2021, Kristina Malimon was fairly unknown outside of the bubble of Trump-supporting Turning Point USA and the affiliated organization “Young Republicans of Oregon”. Her bio below indicated that she was an ambassador of the Falkirk Center, a political think tank at Christian institution Liberty University. As a leader of the Young Republicans of Oregon”, Malimon gained notoriety in the summer of 2020 for organizing a boat parade in support of reelecting Donald Trump and Mike Pence. …

Did the Uihleins fund groups involved in the January 6, 2021 Capitol Riots?

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In 2018 the New York Times called Richard and Elizabeth Uihlein “the most powerful Conservative couple you’ve never heard of”. The Uihleins, who don’t seem to crave the spotlight, downplay that claim when asked about it in other interviews. One thing is certain, the Uihlein family, who own the shipping material and product company Uline (pronounced the same as their name) Inc., is leaving their mark on the American politics by their extremely generous donations to political PACs in support of far right candidates.

Uline is headquartered…

Those of us who have been abused by and in the church are a stigmata of Christ. We are St. Thomas touching the wounds of Christ. We are St. Francis of Assisi with bloodied hands and feet. When another in the Body is hurt, we bleed together.

You talk of salvation while you disown our inclusion in the Body. We are that unbecoming and unmentionable part of the Body. The hidden part. The part that defiles your purity laws. Because those who we had trusted, even our shepherds, took advantage of us. We tried to use our voices, but you…

A Worship Leader with Political Aspirations

Back in the late winter/early spring of 2020 I came across the name Sean Feucht while researching Bethel Church of Redding, CA. Bethel is one of the many churches and ministries that have been associated with the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) or Neo-Charismatic movement. NAR churches, like Bethel Church, believe in apostolic succession, the continuance of the charismatic gifts (healing, speaking in tongues, prophecy, etc) and a belief in the invisible interference/ intervention of angels and demons in the lives of humans. In January, the tragic death of Baby Olive and her failed resurrection…

The beginning of the video entitled “Todd White Sings in the Spirit, Prays for Supernatural Healing in the U.S. Capitol” documented Todd White and a group of young people, who I assume are a team of students from his ministry, Lifestyle Christianity University, walking into the U.S. Capitol rotunda. I assume that this occurred in September 2018, when Charisma magazine reported on it. This was the same month that John McCain’s body was lying in state in the rotunda, but this was likely some time before or after that event.

I know that most of you know by now that Donald J. Trump is likely a malignant narcissist. After he stews about losing, blames everyone but himself, has a tantrum and whines about the unfairness of it all, he is likely to go scorched earth. Here are some things you should know:

1) You are going to need good boundaries. Mute him. Block him. Block his supporters. Do whatever you need to protect yourself and others who need protection.

2) Don’t show emotional reaction to his ploys to stir up your anger, pain or whatever emotion (likely negative) that he…

Note to myself during early quarantine time, May 14 2020:

“The rallies are shut down. The press conferences have bombed since he suggested internal uses for cleaning products. The rose garden CEO advertising events have not resulted in generous donations. Smart female journalists have called him out. Twitter rants are all that’s left.”

“He needs the attention. He needs adulation or criticism. He needs the crowd’s response- positive or negative. He is a vampire of emotions who cannot self-regulate. Boredom is the one thing he avoids. It terrifies him. He fears becoming boring and irrelevant.”

“We have been hooked into…

Behold the fields are ripe unto harvest. (paraphrase of John 4:35)

I spent my high school summers as a teen-aged missionary

Honestly, this is a topic that I have wanted to avoid writing about. It is hard to face that you were duped and manipulated. But it is even harder to deal with the shame of contributing to a system that promotes something as ugly as colonization and bigotry under the guise of altruism. In addition, over 25 year have passed and I still have effects from the spiritual abuse that I was exposed to while involved in a toxic Evangelical ministry that has since had to close its doors due…

Shannon Leigh

Helping the world be a better place- one person and/or place at a time. Reckoning with the past. Mental health advocate for those who have suffered abuse.

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