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Monday, July 25, 2011

Oh this is just swell.
Posted by Jill | 4:21 PM
Can we please stop taking End Times lunatics seriously as presidential candidates? Why on earth should we elect someone who thinks there'll be nothing to lead?
But perhaps Rick Perry's most damaging baggage comes in the form of the extremist pastors with whom he has been breaking bread these days. On August 6, the governor is hosting "The Response," a seven-hour, Christians-only prayer event at Houston's Reliant Stadium. His office hyped the event as "a Day of Prayer and Fasting for our nation to seek God's guidance and wisdom in addressing the challenges that face our communities, states and nation."

And as Perry said on the event's website, "As a nation, we must come together and call upon Jesus to guide us through unprecedented struggles." The list of endorsers and sponsors of the event reads like is a who's who of hard-right Christian fundamentalism, including Focus on the Family, the Family Research Council, and the American Family Association -- the anti-gay group designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Rick Perry's decision to pal around with these ultra-conservative religious groups and pastors will undoubtedly help him in the GOP primaries, though these affiliations could render him unelectable in a general election. This courtship began in 2009, when two Texas pastors from the New Apostolic Reformation movement -- Tom Schlueter of Arlington and Bob Long of San Marcos -- approached Perry.

These pastors, whose followers believe the End Times are near and they have a direct line to God, told Perry that God has a grand plan to anoint Texas as "The Prophet State" that would lead America to godly government. And they told Gov. Perry that he is God's man to lead the nation.

You know, we scratched our heads in disbelief that there were so many people who would be willing to fly airplanes into buildings because they believed they'd get 72 virgins in heaven. How is that any different from this idea that you're going to get to sit and eat nachos on the sofa with Jesus while you watch all those gays and Jews and people who think life is for enjoying burn in the tribulations? And please spare me your huffy comments about how Christians have never done anyhthing like the 9/11 attacks, particularly after what happened in Norway last weekend. I'm sure that if I dig hard enough I can come up with 3000 incidents of Christians who are willing to kill anyone, even their own children, who they feel aren't right with God...even more if we want to go back through history.

If you need religion to get through this massive cosmic joke that is life in America in the 21st century, have at it. But now that this notion of "candidate of faith" has changed from someone who marginally believes and goes to a house of worship on occasion to someone who is actually looking forward to the End of Days, I think it's time to call them "Crazy People" and rule them out from holding any kind of power over the rest of us. But instaed we get pundits having orgasms over Rick Perry's pearly white teeth and perfect hair and most of all, those real macho cowboy boots.

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Anonymous mandt said...
"if I dig hard enough I can come up with 3000 incidents of Christians who are willing to kill anyone" 2000 years of the Catholic Church will suffice as an example.

Blogger Pangolin said...
My father is one of these quasi-religious lunatics and believe me they will justify any atrocity as acceptable as long as it was done by somebody in their peer group.

Remember the bible says to bash open the heads of your enemies children.

Hosea 13:16

16 The people of Samaria must bear their guilt,
because they have rebelled against their God.
They will fall by the sword;
their little ones will be dashed to the ground,
their pregnant women ripped open."

So what's a few hundred thousand dead Iraquis when all's done and told. God say's that's OK.

Blogger Bartender Cabbie said...
Perry is nothing more than a jaded, phony opportunist. He apparently believes (or is led to believe by his handlers) that hanging with "evangelicals" will help him gain some traction. If he thought that Wiccans would help his cause he would be talking about Mother Earth (or whatever).

Anonymous Geoff said...
How so many people can base their entire belief system on some disjointed, contradictory and at times faulty writings by primitives for primitives is beyond me. But what scares the bejesus out of me is that these cranks, wackos and wing-nuts are taking over key areas of the government.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Hmmm...Xristians never did anything like 9/11? Well, just ask the Muslims what the Xristians in the First Crusade did when they took Jerusalem in 1099...only one of many examples....

And it seems Rick Perry and the Xristian charlatans would love to return us to the Middle Ages--and all it's voodoo, mumbo-jumbo and superstition. What's next-will alchemy become required curriculum in Texas schools?

I once heard somebody complaining about how people bagged on the South and on Texas. But with stuff like this, Texans bring it on themselves....

Looks like Hunter Thompson was right--speaking of white trash, he once said, "Texas is a monument to the type."