Proof That Bigots Are Not the Best and Brightest

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Michele Bachmann has assured us that the Rapture is imminent, and that “we in our lifetimes potentially could see Jesus Christ returning to earth and the Rapture of the church.”

Thanks, Obama.

But until our Evangelical neighbors start drifting skyward and getting in the way of Amazon’s delivery drones and drive CNN to distraction, we have to continue to deal with our mundane reality.

Like so-called Religious Freedom legislation. And the people we wish would float away (seriously, Michele, nobody wants the Rapture more than we do), like Virginia Delegate Bob Marshall, author of one of those repressive RFRAs.

It’s funny how we keep hearing that, as the American Family Association’s Tim Wildmon puts it, we hate them because they allegedly ‘represent God’s message of a moral standard having to do with sexuality’ while they have absolutely no standards where honesty is concerned.

And let’s face it: honesty made the Ten Commandments and sexual morals did not. So which is more important? Thou shallt not diddle or thou shallt not bear false witness?

So we find Bob Marshall lying like a rug about his legislation and other recent RFRAs, like Indiana’s, which he claims is identical to Virginia’s current 2007 law – which is based on the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 – even though it is not.

Marshall is angry that Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe published a letter in the Indianapolis Star inviting businesses to relocate to Virginia. You’d think he’d be happy McAuliffe is drumming up business for his state, but Marshall takes it as an insult to heterosexuals.

Gov. McAuliffe wrote,

In light of that responsibility and recent events in Indiana, I would like to welcome you to take advantage of Virginia’s open, inclusive and thriving business environment.

In Virginia, we do not discriminate against our friends and neighbors, particularly those who are supporting local businesses and generating economic activity.

According to Marshall,

When you actually look at the rhetoric, that you need these laws to hire the best and the brightest, that kind of like is a sweeping statement that says that heterosexuals cannot be the best and the brightest.

No. I think it’s saying that bigots cannot be the best and the brightest.

And to prove my point, Marshall says that the LGBT community isn’t being discriminated against anyway:

My question is, what possible rights can a person who has this inclination have that you don’t have right now? I mean, homosexuals go to public schools, they can go to colleges, they vote, they drive cars, they have businesses, they go to country clubs. I don’t know what else is needed.

You don’t get to enjoy the kingdom of God when you’re a big fat liar, do you? Maybe Bachmann is right to get all worked up. It seems strange that she would blame Obama for what is, after all, supposed to be a good thing.

Maybe she agrees with Harlem pastor James David Manning who likes to rant about “Obama’s homo-demons,” and the coming “homosexual Armageddon!” Manning says “The sodomites are the most vicious, demonic, vile people,” even though he and his Evangelical friends are the ones acting like ***hats.

There is something seriously messed up about people like this, and what is disturbing is that these attitudes cut across all segments of the right wing, from top down and from bottom up. Hate permeates the Republican Party.

Well, hate and stupidity. We can’t forget that James Dobson thinks bisexuality means orgies:

“I would like them to think, just for a moment, about ‘LGBT. The ‘B’ stand for bisexual! That’s orgies! Are you really going to support this?”

Does he sound a bit breathless and excited to you, too?

These people are not only backing some of the crazy laws passed by Republican legislatures, but they’re the ones responsible for them being written in the first place.

Even while the Republicans are giving our money to corporations hand over fist, Liberty Counsel’s Matt Staver is claiming “studies estimate” that “homosexuality” is costing the federal government tens of billions of dollars (heterosexuals don’t cost a penny, apparently).

It is a well-known fact that stupid people don’t realize they are stupid. As Plato said, you have to be wise to know how much you don’t know. And there is not a drop of wisdom to be found in the Republican Party, which is living proof that room temperature IQs go hand in hand with bigotry.

I personally suspect that all these men have very small penises too as a driving force of their insecurities, though I have no interest in proving it (and by Republican standards, at any rate, should not have to). I can’t exclude Michele Bachmann and her wife Marcus from this either, for the same reasons.

I’m not sayin’. I’m just sayin’.

32 Replies to “Proof That Bigots Are Not the Best and Brightest”

  1. “So which is more important? Thou shallt not diddle or thou shallt not bear false witness?”
    Apparently it is okay to “lie for the lord.”
    One could be justified in thinking that, to them, there are only one or two commandments just like there are only one or two amendments to the Constitution.

  2. The sooner that these RWNJ repubs are marginalized and cast aside the better it will be for all of us. They make our country look like we are all a bunch of fricken hateful fools.

  3. It’s not in the Bible – it’s an interpretation of what some thought would happen at the tribulation then End Days. It’s pretty much a 19th century view.

  4. djchefron, the Rapture was added to the lexicon of fabricated events in the 1860’s I believe by another fruitcake who’s name escapes me but I’m thinking his last name was Smith. Not Joseph Smith of the MORmONS but another snake oil salesman. I for one would welcome such a “rapture” as it will rid us of the Christian menace and bring about more of a paradise but not a complete one. I think Morgan Freeman summed it up perfectly, “I wish they would stop calling it Homophobia”! You’re not scared! You’re an AssHole!

  5. DownRiverDem, Those people are the reason why we are known as the “ugly Americans” They don’t even qualify as citizens of Earth let alone America.!

  6. I wish some of these RWNJ’s would actually read the Bible that they say they hold so dear and not just cherry pick what they want out of it in order to defend their bigotry and hatred of those less fortunate. Then again, I would have to change that last statement to say less financially fortunate since the bigots and haters are actually morally less fortunate.

  7. “It’s funny how we keep hearing that, as the American Family Association’s Tim Wildmon puts it, we hate them because…”

    I stopped-quote due to the phrase, “we/they hate us because” It’s standard, photo-stock, catch phrase material that repugs have been using for eons…”China hates us because we’re rich, the blacks/hippies/women/non-christians hate us because white and moral, everyone in the world hates us because of our freedom”…

    Reality rears it’s ugly head to reveal that the neo-con political/religious right (uber-cons) are extremely fearful that “yew peepull” will figure out that THEY were wrong (Bush botched the war on terror, civil rights are for everyone, Jesus loved, not hated, etc).

    So, for them, throwing hate around is nothing more than daily uber-con stock-photo messaging. It’s a great way to denigrate the other, confuse, distract the little guy to choose sides. The uber-cons have tapped into hate and made it into an American competitive game we’re forc…

  8. Jesus Christ came back several years ago but died of starvation because people like Michelle Bachmann and Rick Scott live by the credo “He who does not work, neither shall he eat” and ban people from feeding the homeless. [WINK]

  9. Thanx for your article, HH. Especially liked the Plato quote. Gandi’s statement about the difference between
    Christ and his followers also comes to mind. Jah bless.

  10. The real irony about the whole concept of The Rapture is that, if it occured, the people who really believe in it would probably be left behind because they were always going against the word of God.

  11. Gods role for women is clear in the Bible.She was created to be mans helper and man is to rule over her. It is an abomination this woman was in a position of authority . This goes directly against the principals set forth by our Lord. It is no wonder she is fearful of the rapture. She surly will be left behind.

  12. I think it’s referenced in IIThessalonians ch. 4. That “in the twinkling of an eye” stuff is somewhere in Thessalonians.

  13. 2 Thessalonians 2 King James Version (KJV)

    2 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,

    2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.

    3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

    4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

    5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?

    6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.

    7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.

    8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:

    9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,

    10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

    11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:

    12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

    13 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:

    14 Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

    15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.

    16 Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace,

    17 Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.
    Now I may be slow but I don’t see or comprehend the word rapture in there

  14. I actually asked a Rapture Fan if I could have her car after she “raptures”! I thought the woman was going to give birth right there in the store parking lot…and she wasn’t even pregnant. She lathered out a screed as I walked away laughing. Try it sometime, ask one of these looney tunes if you can have there things after they go..it’s fun and educational!…you learn just how sad they all are.

  15. Are stupid, hateful people just naturally drawn to religion, or is it religion that makes them stupid and hateful?

    Discuss.

  16. During the week that the Indiana and Arkansas RFRA bills raged, I wrote five Facebook notes about and linked all five of them into a sixth note. Those who are on FB and not blocked by me can go read them.
    For those who are not on Facebook or don’t have access to my FB notes, my next comment will have my proposal to “fix” RFRA laws by fixing the 1993 law.

  17. The first part of the fix:
    Section 5 DEFINITIONS (5) the term “compelling governmental interest” shall be defined as follows:
    To disallow the use of religion, “religious belief” or “moral conviction(s)” to:
    (a) murder, kill or cause the death or allow the same of another human being, excepting “assisted suicide” cases, where a US citizen gains/retains the right to seek assistance from a medical doctor to cause their own death in the case where the citizen suffers from chronic and incurable pain or chronic and incurable seizures. This shall include the denial of medical care/treatment of a minor, defined as a person under the age of 18 or having been legally adjudged to be a “child” in their mental state;

  18. (b) inflict pain or torture upon another human being or cause another person to be inflicted with pain or torture; this shall include emotional pain or torture. This shall also include the denial of medical care/treatment of a minor, defined as a person under the age of 18 or having been legally adjudged to be a “child” in a mental state;
    (c) cause another person to be physically maimed or injured, short of the definition of subsection (a) above;
    (d) rape or sexually assault another nor force any woman to carry to term a fetus, for whatever reason, subject to Roe v. Wade precedent;

  19. (e) annoy, harass, berate or attempt to “proselytize” another person who has sincerely held religious beliefs but doesn’t share in those religious belief(s) (other “Believers”); those who believe that no Higher Power exists (“Atheists”) and those who acknowledge that there is no definitive proof as to whether a Higher Power exists (“Agnostics”). This shall include displays, such as prayer, protest or other activities, in public and in an attempt to annoy, harass, berate or proselytize another person or people;
    (f) blackmail or extort, in any way, cash, assets or material possessions; such extortion or blackmail will be subject to penalties outlined in the Racketeer Influenced, Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act of 1970;
    (g) deny any right, service or benefit otherwise allowed by applicable laws;
    (h) to avoid paying any taxes, fees and charges legally levied by any governmental agency/bureau.

  20. If those eight subsections I wrote in my previous comments were added to the federal RFRA, it wouldn’t matter what anyone’s religious beliefs are. That’s because, with religion, religious beliefs, moral convictions, etc., being undefined, anyone can make up their own religion and a set of beliefs with it.
    In my mind, however, I believe that the law in unnecessary in the first place…
    Unless something happened about which I don’t know, the First Amendment of the Constitution has been in force since that day in 1789 when the Constitution was ratified. You can’t “restore” something that was never lost or taken away in the first place.
    Also, the 14th Amendment has been in force for about 150 years. The first section of it is the “Equal Protection Clause”, which effectively bars the use of religious freedom or exercise to discriminate against others legally.
    But, again, if some terms are legally defined, everything can work out in the end.

  21. RJTO, It’s nurture not nature, to be that full of fear and REQUIRED guilt takes years of relentless oppression of optimism and lies and denial of empirical fact. Of all the things that mankind has invented God was his biggest mistake, God is humanities Frankenstein monster.

  22. Just call it what it really is: The Rupture.

    Xtians have been whinging about it being the “End of Days” for nigh on 2 thousand freaking years. You’d think they’d have caught to the Ultra-Prank their namesake pulled on them by now.

  23. bob,
    Honestly…

    He’s not much of a ‘god’ if he thinks that way. :(

    (He sounds quite pathetic, in fact. Doesn’t really DESERVE to be CALLED ‘God’.)

    I was always taught that God is pure love…and created/loves you AS you are…So He/She would TRULY love and respect ALL His/Her children.

    NOT favor one gender over another.

    This Bible reference smacks of fear…and insecurity (and hidden anger)…so those passages likely WERE written by a male chauvinist in the past to help keep the followers of the Church in line and keep them from questioning things…(After all, if ‘God SAYS’, you don’t ask questions DO you? [WINK])

    WHY do you think God gave us a brain AND a heart? To QUESTION stuff like this, and NOT to blindly accept it as FACT. Our free will is a way to keep those in charge off their game and wondering we’ll do next…

    Ah, well. *shakes head* My two bits. YMMV.

    Be well, all…LLAP. :)

  24. The Gita says that God created Wonan for himself! He called her Fortune! Now what the Gita said about the Hindus and Jesus ain’t nice! But it confirms his hatred of women!
    Ravana was a deflowerer of maidens! Manu was a tempter!!

  25. When you are dead, you do not know that you are dead. It is difficult only for the living.
    The same can be said for being stupid.

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