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You know what really gets me, as a Christian, is to see the ongoing attacks on Judeo-Christian beliefs, and then some senseless crazy act of a derelict takes place. Some of us happen to believe that when our founders talked about guarding our virtue and freedom, that that was important. Whether it’s John Adams saying our Constitution was made only for moral and religious people… Ben Franklin, only a virtuous people are capable of freedom, as nations become corrupt and vicious they have more need of masters. We have been at war with the very pillars, the very foundation of this country.

People say … where was God in all of this? We’ve threatened high school graduation participations, if they use God’s name, they’re going to be jailed … I mean that kind of stuff. Where was God? What have we done with God? We don’t want him around. I kind of like his protective hand being present.

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) proving he’s completely insensitive, opportunistic douche on The Heritage Foundation’s “Istook Live!” show.

1. Where was God, indeed…

2. This does not justify your Islamophobic witch-hunt with Rep. Michele Bachmann, no matter how much you think it does. No one knows the motivation of James Holmes just yet. How about you let SWAT un-booby trap his apartment before hinting at motivation?

3. He was shooting in a crowded, dark movie theater with some sort of gas in the air. Holmes was reportedly dressed in SWAT/riot gear, with a bulletproof vest on. If you think you can take a shot in conditions like that, you’re crazy. I asked a pal who’s a cop about this. He said he doesn’t know many officers who’d take that shot with so many civilians in the way. As he put it, in a crisis like that, the focus is evacuation first, elimination second. But sure, pop off a few rounds, let the cops think you’re with the shooter — especially if you hit a fellow patron.

4. Nowhere did he even express sympathy. Gohmert just sermonizes with his “some of us happen to believe…” bullshit, then basically blames those who aren’t Christians for things like the Aurora shooting and insinuates we’re in a Holy War. No, Louie. Not this time. Not ever. My heart goes out to everyone affected by this shooting, not just the Christians.

What happened was horrific, tragic, unexpected, and sickening. If you believe these events happen because God isn’t protecting this country — only because a principal at a public high school can’t say a Christian prayer at graduation and God’s name can’t be plastered everywhere — then your God is a fickle asshole who’s guilty of quite a bit more than withdrawing his protection from the U.S. 

As you explain your version of your God, Louie, it sounds like he’s a bully at best, and a terrorist at worst. I wouldn’t want to believe in a deity whose very protection depended upon lip service declarations of devotion inspired by terror.

You know what really gets me, as a human being, Louie? Attacks by people like you who don’t share your beliefs and use smug superiority complexes to say “Told ya! Now believe in my God before he kills you too!” before the dead can be buried. That’s what gets me.

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The ill-conceived, misbegotten, politically-inspired H.R. 3396 [Defense of Marriage Act] should not be enacted into law. And if it is, the President should veto it.

It is not the role of the State to uphold the tenets of any religion nor to base its laws on a particular religious belief. The proper province of the State is legislation, not salvation. The State is not the church and does not accept its orders from God.

America is not a theocracy, and it is not the State’s business if a person marries a member of the same sex. In short, Caesar has no responsibility for souls.

Nebraska State Senator Ernie Chambers, (D-Omaha) in a prepared statement to the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee on H.R. 3396, May 16, 1996. H.R. 3396 would later become the Defense of Marriage Act.

Chambers made national headlines when he sued God in 2007 for causing death and destruction. If you want a giggle, read his suit, State Senator Ernie Chambers v. God (2007).

(Source: cognitivedissonance)

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Didn't Like The GOP Debate? Don't Worry, Next Saturday's Is About God And Gays

Saturday night’s Debate, sponsored by CBS and the National Journal, focused on foreign relations and billed as the “Commander In Chief” debate. Apparently, many didn’t care for the format, the moderators, or the topic.

But next Saturday night, just days before Thanksgiving, the GOP will hold another Republican and Tea Party debate, and it promises to be a doozy!

Streaming live, straight (and I mean, “straight”) to you from the First Federated Church in Des Moines, Iowa, and sponsored by Bob Vander Plaats’ The Family Leader — the folks who brought you this election cycle’s “Marriage Vow,” — you can be sure that God, Guns, and Gays, along with abortion and religious freedom will be the central topics. And that should make for an interesting cornucopia of controversy. Remember, the GOP is furious — FURIOUS — that same-​sex marriage equality is the law of the land in Iowa, especially since it was enacted by those damn activist Supreme Court judges!

There is no way I am not tweeting this debate. Now, the true challenge: Can I tweet it sober? I’ll take that bet. 

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This is what I just got in my email from a conservative pal. Right when I bitch about chain emails…
The email is a copy/paste of the "Pray for Rain" proclamation from Rick Perry, and a long, rambling prayer about God returning his favor to the U.S. and to Texas.
You know what would have worked out better? Rick Perry not cutting 75% of the volunteer fire department’s budget. They’re the main line of defense against Texas wildfires.

This is what I just got in my email from a conservative pal. Right when I bitch about chain emails…

The email is a copy/paste of the "Pray for Rain" proclamation from Rick Perry, and a long, rambling prayer about God returning his favor to the U.S. and to Texas.

You know what would have worked out better? Rick Perry not cutting 75% of the volunteer fire department’s budget. They’re the main line of defense against Texas wildfires.

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I don’t know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians. We’ve had an earthquake; we’ve had a hurricane. He said, ‘Are you going to start listening to me here?’ Listen to the American people because the American people are roaring right now. They know government is on a morbid obesity diet and we’ve got to rein in the spending.

Michele Bachmann, reminding us why she’s thoroughly unqualified for the presidency, and blaming the recent earthquakes and Hurricane Irene on God.

Question: If God needs to use these methods to send a message, does she endorse God also killing people as a means to an ends? How about the 11-year-old boy in Virginia, killed when a tree fell onto his apartment building - he couldn’t vote, so why would God kill him? He’s obviously not responsible for Congress.

Interesting how others got the message it was about same-sex marriage - God must be sending some really mixed signals here. Though this assertion about the whole God targeting Washington thing now puts her in the same league as Pat Robertson, who claimed the crack in the Washington Monument from the quakes is a sign from God.

So yes, with all the injustice and unrest in the world, God thinks the US is so important that he’s gotta throw a few earthquakes and hurricanes at it. Pretty presumptions of her to think we’re that important, no?

(Source: alternet.org)

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