The Tapeworm Gallery: Against Flesh and Blood

            NEWSFLASH: Man with Immigrant Wife Elected President by Multitude of Bigots. #classic. But is he racist? Who cares? I don’t need him to be the poster child for jingoism. I just need him to maintain speeches of eloquent diplomacy. So ladies, lock up your ******* because there’s a new sheriff in town.  And with him marks the end of civility in the public square. I’ve waited 240 years for this.

            Since the election, I have kicked back with endless bags of BOOMCHICKAPOP Holidrizzle to watch the show. (Love their Pumpkin Spice flavor.) Forget political parties. The Neo-Nazis have their megaphones back, and now the real party begins. From middle school deportation flyers, to door-to-door Texas neighborhood KKK flyers, America—you make me proud.    

            Yes, Orange is the new Black, thanks to Klansmen coming out of the woods to vote for the first time in twelve years. I told them their people are supreme to all others and they believe me. And now from Ubers to university campuses; from airplanes to arts and crafts megastores, the 2016 election has made Americans feel safe and loved everywhere. Almost 1000 hate crimes have gone down since the election. Even schoolchildren have perpetrated my xenophobic sentiments due to the incubators they call home. Who knew Swastikas would return to fashion?  

            I admit both sides play the game. I know because I created the game. I have heightened fears with black, white, brown, yellow, and pink. Fear + Ignorance = Hate. The equation remains the same, and yet you keep falling for it. And now emotions erupt from all places: Democrat, Republican, pigmented, non-pigmented, Christian, non-Christian, city-dweller, rural folk, rich, and poor. So whether it’s hijab-yanking or punching someone who voted for Orange, I care not. But I do like the president-elect. (Must be my love for walls.)

            All this hate proves that civil rights laws and movements have changed nothing in America. #notcomplaining. Because no law punishes, “Don’t say it—just think it.” But the country is divided now thanks to the president-elect. Quit your whining. I stirred up this hate long before Osama bin Laden. In fact, America has always been a cesspool of division and bigotry. So don’t blame Two Corinthians. Even evangelicals have not given a rodent’s sit-organ about diversity and racial reconciliation, thanks to me and some of America’s nominal Christian forefathers. Just look at your homogenous churches. Your cultural trophies have always trumped God—no pun intended. Besides, American evangelicals have held a great track record for stopping injustice. Why change now?

            What’s that you say? I’m making unfair and gross generalizations about groups of people? Somebody call a waaambulance. My kind may have invented the art of stereotyping, but don’t pretend you humans haven’t enjoyed following our lead. Your struggle is not against flesh and blood. But I love that you think it is. And the real winners here? Your children.  

            So let’s raise our glasses…To the Disunited States…May you remain blind to the rulers, the powers, and the spiritual forces so that your gaping wounds of hurt and hate never heal. Because to me #nolivesmatter.


Warning: The faint-hearted should proceed with caution. The Tapeworm Gallery has as its main character, Tapeworm, a demon out to undermine Christian women. Inspired by Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis, this fiction satire series exposes the author's interpretation of what a demon might say to a Christian audience. With data collected from current events, the news, articles, theological study, and face-to-face interviews to uncover context and paradigm, the author feels the blog practically writes itself. Enjoy and please comment.

Blessings, Salma

American-born Salma Gundi graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary in 2017 with a Masters in Biblical and Theological Studies. Salma has a passion for leading women, and has led women's Bible studies, and multiple small groups for women who grew up in dysfunctional homes. Salma enjoys speaking at women's events, and is known by the catchphrase, "Stop faking the funk—start keeping it real." She hopes to continue ministering to women through writing, speaking, and teaching. Salma, who grew up in California miles from the Pacific Beaches, came to saving faith in 1991 after a Campus Crusade for Christ Creation vs Evolution debate. The (unofficial) black sheep of her family, she graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Feather Ruffling. Her consanguineous relatives consume a strict vegetarian diet, and were it not for lobster with lemon butter sauce, she would do the same. Salma's husband is a psychotherapist, and also at graduate of DTS.


  • Jill Abell

    I find your blog highly offensive

    I can't comprehend how this blog fits in a Christian site. What an unloving, biased, highly judgemental, and uninformed perspective you have. It reeks of hate and superiority. Perhaps you need to pray for peace for everyone and kindness in your heart instead of anger. You are certainly entitled to your opinion but the manner in which you speak it and where you offer it undermines it's validity and any compassion. Look inside yourself first before condemning others so viciously. And remember who is in control of everything.

  • Salma Gundi

    The Tapeworm Gallery is a demon satire series

    Hello Jill. Thanks for your comments. I can see how one might feel the way you do. The Tapeworm Gallery is actually a long-standing fiction satire series, and the character Tapeworm is a demon. The series is based off the idea of Screwtape Letters, also written from the perspective of demons. Therefore, the blog is not written from my personal point of view, but rather from my interpretation of what a demon might say to a Christian audience. This interpretation is based on collecting data from current events, the news, articles, theological study, and from speaking face to face with people to understand their experiences and feelings. Since demons hate Christians, and want to destroy human relationships with each other and with God, Tapeworm's voice is supposed to sound unloving, hateful, biased, and offensive. I hope this clarifies things. Thanks for reading. Salma

    • Salma Gundi

      Thank you

      Thanks for your comment. I am glad you enjoyed the piece. Blessings and Merry Christmas, Salma.