RC: The following is the second in a series of guest articles written by Captain Charles Tuttle, US Army (Retired) the owner of The Many Lies of Mike Zullo and Carl Gallups Facebook page:
Why Lyin’ Carl Gallups may be the worst birther in the world.
Capt. Charles Tuttle, MD, US Army (Ret)
Part II-Carl the Phony Pastor
What separates Gallups from other birthers is his primary job as the Senior Pastor of Hickory Hammock Baptist Church in Florida. The fact that he presented to be a Christian and a man of god makes his role in birtherism, and other things, particularly despicable.
Gallups allegedly is a graduate of the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in addition to Florida State University according to his website. To my knowledge, Gallups has never posted his diplomas or released his records to support the claims of his education. Listening to him provides no indication of a higher education although I will state that he does have decent knowledge of the bible.
The website for the seminary does not provide a search engine for its alumni, but the name Carl Gallups does not appear anywhere on the site. Further, its page on Wikipedia does not list Gallups among its “Notable Alumni”. If you listen to Gallups for more than 30 seconds, or even the introduction to “Freedom Friday”, you know that Gallups thinks very highly of himself. Given his ego, if he was, in fact, an alumnus of the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary his name would appear all over the Wikipedia page. FSU, on the other hand, has a search engine for Alumni. FSU’s search engine did not find Carl Gallups, nor is he listed among the “Notable Alumni” on the FSU Wikipedia page. In all fairness, I did not spend considerable time on the FSU Alumni page so I cannot state for certain that the search engine is for all alumni or if it is limited to members of the Alumni Association. Gallups also claims to be a former law enforcement officer. There is no known evidence to support this claim as documented by data base compiled by the Herald Tribune.
Is this conclusive that Gallups has lied about his background? No, but it is certainly curious in light of Lyin’ Carl’s birtherism. At this moment all we have to authenticate Gallups’ background is his word. Given his lack of credibility, his background is highly suspect. But in reality, this does not have much to do with my opinion that he is a phony preacher.
I have no doubt that Gallups has been the minister at the little church since 1987. But the fact that he is a minister does not make him “real”. Anyone can become a minister. Heck, even I am an Ordained Minister, having obtained on line through the Universal Life Church despite the fact that I have no religious training whatsoever. Gallups is a phony preacher, and even a phony Christian, based on his conduct and the way he treats others in his life and in his role in the ministry.
Gallups is the founder and one of the principals involved in PPSIMMONS , which he describes as a “News and Ministry Network”. As far as I know, there are only two people actually involved in PPSIMMONS: Lyin’ Carl and Mike Shoesmith. In fact, if you go to ppsimmons.com, it directs you to CarlGallups.com. PPSIMMONS reflects Gallups’ religious and political views. Much of what PPSIMMONS puts out is linked to Carl’s Facebook page as well as other Facebook pages which are fronts for Gallups and PPSIMMONS . It is fair to say that Gallups preaches hatred, intolerance and a perversion of the “Golden Rule”. It appears that Carl’s understanding of the “Golden Rule” is to “love they neighbor, if they neighbor is like thyself”.
While subsequent articles will explore this theme further, it is my belief that Carl’s misconduct is rooted in one simple, but false belief: “Once Saved Always Saved”. Carl acts as if being “saved” is a “Get out of Hell Free Card” because he does not believe that a person’s conduct is relevant in the determination of where a person spends his/her afterlife so long as they are “truly saved”, whatever that means. This is consistent with his apparent fundamental lack of understanding of what it means to be Christian.
Recently, I had the opportunity to read an exchange on YouTube between two people debating what it means to be Christian. One of the participants was posting under the name PPSIMMONS. This was Mike Shoesmith, Lyin’ Carl’s right hand man. Shoesmith contended being Christian meant that the person had accepted Jesus Christ as his own personal Lord and Savior. The other participant, Court Jester, was of the position that the self-identification of being a Christian was meaningless in the absence of actually acting in manner that was consistent with the principles espoused by Jesus. Shoesmith never got the point, nor could he see the hypocrisy of representing oneself to be a Christian and being a birther, among other things. Gallups is a phony preacher because he has no idea what it means to be Christian. What’s worse is that he hides his hatred behind a façade of religion in order to claim the moral high ground. Carl Gallups is a fraud.
END OF PART II
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