Jason Rapert

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Stanley Jason Rapert is a Christian fundamentalist state senator in Arkansas and anadvocate for Christian theocracy, who is notable for his conflicts with The Satanic Temple. He has tried to outlaw abortion in Arkansas a[1] couple[2] times[3] in the hope of overturning Roe v. Wade and punishing sexually active women with "vaginal probes."

Achievements[edit]

Jason defeats Satan[edit]

In 2015, Rapert sponsored a bill that placed a stone tablet of the Ten Commandments on the lawn of the Arkansas capitol building. The Satanic Temple, in response, sought to put up a similarly-sized statue of Baphomet, a colorful man-woman-goat-bat icon of Satanism. Rapert considered the statue's placement as an offensive, disgusting "war on the Ten Commandments" being forced upon the good people of Arkansas. [4]

Some people, at this point, might have wanted to avoid the obvious, glaring hypocrisy of forcing one's own religion down the throats of others in exactly the same way as the evil, nasty Satanists one is complaining about. Senator Rapert, unfortunately, is not one of those people.

Instead, Rapert has zealously promoted his teensy little monument ever since, fervently defending it in court and quickly re-erecting it when it was toppled by vandals. When he's not protecting the Ten Commandments from Satan and atheism, he likes to focus on putting conservative, fundamentalist Christianity into law. He is a member of a club for theocratic lawmakers.[5] Additionally, he's been fighting against the proposed Satanic monument ever since it's conception, accusing his nemeses of craving exactly what he, a loon with a pet religious monument, actually does.

On the side, he spends quite a lot of time personally insulting Satanists on Twitter, as one would expect of a man of God.[6] He also uses Twitter to beg Wal-Mart not to sell Satanic-themed merchandise. Even though he loves the free market and loves religious freedom and really, really loves Wal-Mart he somehow can't stand these things when Satanism gets involved.[7]

Medical quackery[edit]

In 2013 Rapert proposed a law mandating that a vaginal probe be used on (i.e., used against) anyone seeking an abortion. When this medically unnecessary and extremely creepy requirement was criticized loudly enough, it was dropped from the bill as though it were creepy and unnecessary.[8]

During the COVID-19 pandemic Rapert insisted the virus was fake and fought hard against all efforts to contain it or halt it spreading. He refused to wear a mask, claimed the virus was a hoax, promoted fake treatments,[9] etc., until the fake virus sent him to the hospital.[10] After that, for some reason, he seemed to miraculously realize that COVID is real.[11]

Living on hate-money[edit]

Jason Rapert appears to live entirely on donations from gullible fundamentalist Christians. He claims he will use the money to train more Christian nationalist politicians just like himself. This is a service for which he presumably pays himself handsomely — Rapert says his ministry "is believing God for" at least 1,000 Covenant Partners and 500 Kingdom Ambassadors:

Partnership level "Seed" Benefits
Prayer Partner FREE! The least you can do to support Christian nationalism!
Gospel Partner $30 per month Tithe to Jason Rapert instead of your actual church! Hoorah!
Covenant Partner $100 per month Sew even more seed while God watches!
Kingdom Ambassador $500 per month "accomplish all seven areas of ministry emphasis"!

Source: Holy Ghost Ministries, Conway, AR[12]

If Rapert actually reached the donation levels he "believes for" he'd be raking in over 4 million dollars a year. However, he might not get to keep it all. Liberty Counsel, the lobbying organization and SPLC-recognized hate group that he partners with probably gets a significant cut.

Getting made fun of[edit]

Rapert really does not like being criticized on Twitter, and has a habit of blocking constituents when they disagree with him, which is illegal for politicians, and for which he tends to get sued.[13] Rapert opposed a hate crimes law because the law, while protecting actual minorities from actual crimes, did not protect Republicans on Twitter. Which is outrageous, because it is well known that Republicans are an oppressed minority.[14]

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