Crazed Pastor Says “Sodomites” Have Stolen God’s Rainbow

A rainbow for LGBT rights
A rainbow for LGBT rights

There has been one constant in my life since Barack Obama was elected president, and that is my thinking that “they did not just go there.” But they did go there. They go there all the time.

They lie brazenly and often, without fear of repercussion. Lies have never been so profitable as now. But lies are the fuel of totalitarianism, not freedom, religious or otherwise. Not just the big lie, but the many little lies the big lie breeds, enslave us.

The eye-catching moment of the day for me is people claiming to represent a religion that has absolutely nothing original about it, that has stolen its trappings, its beliefs, its liturgy, from all the religions that came before it.

I am speaking, of course, of Christianity.

Kevin Boling, whom Right Wing Watch tells us is “a South Carolina pastor and host of the Greenville-based “Knowing The Truth” radio program,” said on his show the other day that the rainbow is a Christian symbol and that the “sodomites” have stolen it: “”the rainbow has been adopted by the sodomites here upon the face of the earth as a symbol of the movement that is actually a movement that will bring about the wrath of God.”

Listen, my friend, to drape yourself in the symbol of God’s wrath being spent when you’re actually using it as a symbol of liberation from God himself and from his Word and from his Commandments, you are heaping to yourself additional condemnation. For the believer, they see in this that there is now no condemnation for us in Christ, but for those who are impenitent, unwilling to come to Christ on his terms, who are celebrating their sin rather than celebrating their savior, for them they are heaping to themselves even more the judgment of God upon them.

Flee the wrath that come, my friend. Flee the wrath that come by coming to the Lord Jesus Christ.

Wow, his Bible must be vastly different than mine. Jesus never mentioned gays, not even once. He sure never mentioned rainbows. He condemned rich people, but not gays. He condemned hypocrites, but not gays.

Boling appeals to a passage from Paul’s letter to the Romans, where Paul condemns everybody on the planet who never heard of his god or Jesus:

And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind and to things that should not be done. They were filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, covetousness, malice. Full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, craftiness, they are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, rebellious toward parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. They know God’s decree, that those who practice such things deserve to die—yet they not only do them but even applaud others who practice them. (Romans 1:28)

So much anger!

And never mind that to counter Boling I could myself appeal to Paul in Acts, who says entirely the opposite about the guilt of Pagans (Acts 14:8-20 and Acts 17:18-34). The Paul in Acts says God recognizes that Pagans didn’t know any better, and how could they? (An eminently more fair position).

Add to that, nobody claiming to represent Christianity has any right to talk about stealing. Without theft, the Pope has no title (it belongs to the Pagan high priest of Rome), and no hat. Without theft, the “Jesus fish” remains a symbol of fertility and representative of a woman’s vagina. Without theft, the Roman emperor Augustus remains the “savior” and “Son of God” he was proclaimed long before Jesus’ birth. Without theft, Christmas is not on December 25 and Easter is not named for a Heathen goddess, Eostre.

The ancient world was lousy with salvation cults and dead and risen gods. You couldn’t take a p*ss without hitting one. As I pointed out yesterday, it was widely noticed in the ancient world that there was nothing new and original about Christian morality either. Early Christianity was informed not only by its Jewish, but by its Pagan context, just as Christianity would later be changed by its contact with the German world.

I might point out here, speaking as the resident Heathen, that the rainbow is the symbol of Bifröst (Beefrost), the rainbow bridge that spans across the space separating Asgard, the home of the gods, and Midgard (our Middle Earth). The more literalist Heathen might even say a rainbow is Bifröst.

It hardly matters. It is even possible that my Heathen ancestors were actually thinking about the Milky Way. They are not here to ask, because Christianity exterminated the Heathen religions like it exterminated the religions of the other Pagan peoples it stole from.

The point here is, you can’t own a rainbow. The rainbow is and has been a lot of things to a lot of people. If you’re taking the rainbow, we want our &%#$ fish back. And everything else you stole from Paganism while you’re at it.

I don’t mean to make this some sort of “neopagan” rant. What I am trying to do through these examples is point out the absurdity of the claims made by people like Boling, who lie for profit, and who can’t even get their own theology right in the process.

The point has been made here and elsewhere that these people aren’t really Christians, or that, by their own logic, they are at most a Christian heresy. They use the trappings of Christianity to justify their hate and bigotry, to give it an aura of sanctity and therefore place it above criticism.

They don’t get away with that here. I’m not a Christian myself and I don’t have to play by their rules. I return what is given, Heathen-style. A surly old son of Odin like me doesn’t worry about hellfire any more than does an atheist.

The only thing that needs be feared in Democracy is the wrath of the voters, ’cause nobody’s god is in the Constitution. And the voters have increasingly turned their wrath on people like Boling. Not to persecute them, as Boling might claim, but to free themselves of the repressive system he represents.

23 Replies to “Crazed Pastor Says “Sodomites” Have Stolen God’s Rainbow”

  1. In the past decade, the Christofascists have claimed the flag, the Constitution, patriotism, freedom, God, the Bible, and love of family. About damn time those of us with a brain had SOMETHING to call ours. I was very pleased to have the rainbow. Maybe the ruling will stop Ken Hamm from constructing a rainbow out of LED lights to hang over his nice tax-payer funded, money-making Ark park. Or whatever he’s building in Kentucky. Wonder how many varieties of dinosaurs he’ll stick in that Ark. And I’d love to ask all of them how Noah and his little family managed to repopulate the entire Earth after God drowned everyone else. Sounds a bit like a Southern Strategy to me (and where did all the nationalities come come if we are all from that one little family, of, no doubt, white as Jesus people?)

  2. And, what about all that biblical crap about some kind of “thieves in the night”?

    I know very little to nothing of the written and re-written text people call the bible, but it seems to me there was something in there about those who steal from others in the middle of the night…

    Harf, O wise one, does my “dumb question” apply to those who steal others ideology and turn them into idolatry or do these E-vans’ get a pass due to their get-out-of-jail-free card when they steal? I ask in innocence…It’s the same with other forms of Evan-ism; I truly don’t get it when Mormon’s preform baptism on dead Jews or call others “gentiles” when that was meant as a way to distinguish “genetic” Jews/tribes from the others.

  3. The Bible is very clear. The values of Jesus Christ are very clear. And the values of the Religious Right are very, very different.

  4. The first thing to remember when it comes to Religion- nothing is too outlandish.

    It’s like any other phony- who knows he won’t get caught or called out onto the carpet. After all this God/Goddess, has allowed hundreds if not thousands of differing viewpoints to flourish- unchallenged.

    Thus one could even assert that Nambla is being Christlike by using the Bible. (Selectively of course).

    So Gays have ‘stolen’ God’s Rainbow? I guess God secretly wanted them to, other wise Gays must be more powerful than god…

  5. Enough already! it’s past time to start TAXING churches! the RIGHT WING through it’s 1960’s SOUTHERN STRATEGY has completely hijacked christianity and has made decent people who try to live a christian life FEEL utterly embarrassed! Enough already! I’m SICK and tired of republicans using christianity as a CON GAME! Enough already! render onto Caesar, which is Caesars! this CON GAME has gone on long enough! these fake christians are so hopelessly blind! so hopelessly GREEDY! so disgustingly EVIL, that they don’t realize they’re turning MOST people away from organized religion! which will destroy their own SCAM! these NUTS don’t get it! their miserable base will eventually DIE off! and THEY own the south! LOL. What did Gandhi say? “I like your Jesus, I do not like your christians” Last point, if you’ve researched the SOUTHERN STRATEGY, you know the GOP started using southern pastors to spread RIGHT WING propaganda from the pulpits! how twisted and pathetic is that?!

  6. Face/Palm!!! First off you moron it’s NOT GOD’S RAINBOW!!! The same immutable LAWS of Physics that TOTALLY disprove every thing you claim are the same laws that produce a rainbow. I firmly believe that if we would make science a REQUIRED class to pass before advancement to the next grade and even for a High School diploma we could eradicate dogmatic insane belief in this magic called religion. Better educated people mean less dogma and more truth.

  7. Boling was probably chanting scripture with his eyes closed during middle school science class when his teacher demonstrated how to view the visible EM spectrum with a prism or diffraction grating.

    Geez, wait until this numb-nut finds out what the company that makes Skittles has been up to …

  8. BETTER EDUCATED PEOPLE!!!! You have got to be kidding. That is the last thing these fundamentalist loonies want. One of the prime objectives of education is gaining the ability to actually think for ones self. NOT productive. The more ignorance the easier to sell the idea of talking snakes, virgin births, the sun stopping in mid sky, and on and on. Though a lot of these loonies could be considered talking snakes if you don’t mind insulting snakes.

  9. I’ve repeated the same thing over and over about the “DIXI” crats to NO avail.
    It seems very few conservatives have enough brains to GET educated.

    This is what I say after I read the democrats wanted slavery and the confedereate flag:

    Think of them as southern CONSERVATIVES, not democrat or republican

    Southern “dixi” crat CONSERVATIVES formed after 1865, and they went back to being the southern republican CONSERVATIVES after 1964 when the civil rights bill was signed by democratic LIBERAL LBJ.

  10. Ok, folks, according to the Christian bible the rainbow is God’s covenant with Noah that he will not, again, destroy the earth with water. For that reason this bat poop crazy Evangelical thinks that the gays have co-opted “their” rainbow.

    Now, we all know that rainbows have occurred since the beginning of the earth, so where he gets the idea that they are somehow unique and reserved only for the religious is beyond me.

    And that is why Catholics and Evangelicals are so bound and determined to use taxpayer $s to fund private, religious schools and why they push to have creationism taught in public schools as “science”. The more kids are taught their form of religion, the tighter hold they have on this country. They will never give up the idea of a theocracy for all of us.

    It is time for it to stop. We need to get out and vote these fanatics out of our lives.

  11. Why the Rainbow?

    There are many suggestions as to why the LGBTQ folks ‘adopted’ the rainbow.

    My personal take: It’s a reply to the ‘Black & White” mentality of the religious folks. Either right or wrong.

    Seldom is anything in nature or reality strictly black and white. Instead, it’s everything from varying shades of grey (more than 50) to a plethora of colours, a.k.a.- rainbow.

  12. Heavenly Father forgive them.They do not know you or they would not talk like this. They do not know what you word says, nor do they care. I ask this in Jesus name, Amen

  13. I agree completely with your comment and I would add that it is time for people of good will to begin calling out these phony bible thumpers who have no more Christian love in their hearts than does a savage pagan in a jungle who has never heard of Jesus Christ.
    The first such lying hypocrite I would call out would be George W. Bush. His Christian conversion at the feet of Billy Graham was about as deep as the puddles in a parking lot. He showed no signs of living the life of a follower of Jesus. He just mouthed the words. In my experience those who really know Christ don’t go around bragging about it and using it to enhance their power and control of others.

  14. “…Kevin Boling, whom Right Wing Watch … is “a South Carolina pastor and host of the Greenville-based “Knowing The Truth” radio program,” said on his show the other day that the rainbow is a Christian symbol and that the “sodomites” have stolen it: “’the rainbow has been adopted by the sodomites here upon the face of the earth as a symbol of the movement that is actually a movement that will bring about the wrath of God…'”

    The flood story is common in many cultures.

    The STORY of Sodom and Gomorrah is NOT about homosexuality! It is about HOSPITALITY which the people refused the strangers.

    Jesus was a radical and a socialist! He was executed by Rome… he criticized hypocrites, spoke out against the status quo and for social change. The Gospel writers feared being executed by Rome if they accused Rome, so they blamed the Jews for Jesus’ execution.

    Followers of “The Way” were communists who shared their possessions with each other.

    Excellent article.

  15. This part: “And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind and to things that should not be done. They were filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, covetousness, malice. Full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, craftiness, they are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, rebellious toward parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. They know God’s decree, that those who practice such things deserve to die—yet they not only do them but even applaud others who practice them. (Romans 1:28)”

    They’re talking about themselves! The finest example of “projection” that can be imagined by these phony “christians” that pollute our country today.

  16. i really wish somebody would explain sodomy to these asshats.
    sodomy is oral and anal sex.
    a lot of people, straight and gay, practice one or both at any given moment.
    we are all pretty much sodomites.
    cheers!

  17. While I’m not big on Bible belief, I know The Book fairly well. There is a passage that reads roughly, “the marriage bed is not(cannot be) defiled.” Thus no (hetero) married couple can be guilty of sodomy! Sorry I don’t remember chapter and verse. Please forgive me for being too lazy to look it up, but I’ve wasted enough years of my life on this sort of silliness.

  18. With all due respect, the Noah story is part of the Book of Genesis in Hebrew Scriptures, not the Christian Bible (New Testament).

  19. The problem Anne B. is that the Christians consider most of the Bible to be theirs, Old Testament, New Testament, some like the Apocrypha, others don’t.

    But they gush over Genesis.

  20. Nope. Xians need Genesis because they need original sin. Without original sin, there’s no need for redemption, and the NT loses its meaning.

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