Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Quote of the Day


"Terrorists are dangerous, the economy is a real and present danger. But there is simply nothing other than the holocaust of the unborn which imperils the safety of our country or places our people in jeopardy as does the leader of the Western world publicly raising his fist at the heavens and declaring that the bedrock institution of society, ordained of God and meant to be protected by the state, is little more than a convention of convenience with the children of Sodom to transform the meaning of something, which is precious to Jesus Christ, and a living picture of his love for the church into a legally protected justification for perversion and a vehicle of hatred aimed directly at that love... They should be put to death. ‘Oh, so you’re saying we should go out and start killing them, no?’ — I’m saying the government should. They won’t, but they should. You say, ‘Oh, I can’t believe you, you’re horrible. You’re a backwards neanderthal of a person.’ Is that what you’re calling scripture? Is God a neanderthal, backwards in his morality? Is it His word or not? If it’s His word, he commanded it. It’s His idea, not mine. And I’m not ashamed of it."

-- Pastor Curtis Knapp of the New Hope Baptist Church in Seneca, Kansas, who's come up with a Final Solution to the gay problem

You know, other than the fact that it serves as a quick reminder that there's a substantial portion of this country that needs to be nuked from orbit, as it's the only way to be sure, I'm not sure what good comes from even highlighting this kind of shit anymore. Of course there's some demonstrably insane asshole who's based his entire life on groveling and cowering at the feet of superstition who hates gay people because a 2,000-year-old book written by people who were afraid of the sun told him to. And of course there's an entire roomful of dumb, frightened hicks who'll hang on every ignorant word that comes out of his fucking mouth. We know this. We know all of it.

Next step: Gay rights groups will demand an apology and cable networks will begin putting this idiot's pudgy, brain-dead defenders on national television in an effort to concern troll with faux-earnest questions like, "Do you really believe that gay people should be killed?" The circus will begin again and it'll last for a couple of news cycles -- at least until Trump opens his own big, stupid mouth again. But in the end, does it really do any good to try to get people whose thinking is utterly divorced from logic, reason and empirical reality to come around on this or any other subject? Their thought-process is informed and directed by an absolute, unshakable faith in nonsense. Arguing with them is like arguing with a 4-year-old. Although maybe it does some good to make sure everyone on the fence sees just how ridiculous this kind of thing is in the year 2012. I barely know anymore.

15 comments:

kitty said...

Oh Pastor, you deserve a swift rubber band snap to the taint, at the very least. And I seriously doubt that the good pastor takes a literal interpretation of every verse and law in the good book and not just those that perpetuate his own prejudices. But maybe I'm wrong and he doesn't eat pork, and doesn't shave his beard and has never had sex on the Sabbath.

Anonymous said...

I think of myself as a progressive but more and more I look around and think how easy it would be to become a Fascist. This "pastor" is not a God man; he's some perverse, twisted thing that has somehow gotten himself into a position of authority. Worse, people actually listen to him. I'd like to see him reeducated and failing that eradicated. Many people like him eradicated. That's the Fascist strain I'm trying to resist. Because it seems there's no way to convince these people how twisted they are. You just have to apply force until they're gone. . .

Harvey Jerkwater said...

I argue with four-year-olds all the time. I can fix this asshole.

Anybody got a box of raisins and a sippy cup full of chocolate milk I can use?

Mart said...

Grifters gotta grift. Bet there is good money is his hate.

Milpa said...

Can you paint a small mustache on this guys picture? I think I have heard this refrain before.

Anonymous said...

At least the Pastor lets you know how he feels. I much prefer my bigots out and in the open with their nonsense than with them hiding it and acting on it quietly.

Still its hilarious listening to folks try and make it sound like this guy's beliefs are somehow out of line with Christianity or basically pretty much most religious systems. Believing that Jesus or whatever wants the gays killed makes as much sense as believing in Jesus.

At least to me I guess.

Matt said...

I had to listen to Inara's ridiculously cute giggling in the After Party to clean this crap out of my brain.

GLG said...

"Thou Shalt Not Kill." Isn't that in the 10 Commandments?

alopecia said...

Cover up the bottom half of that photo and tell me those aren't the eyes of a serial killer.

And Chez, you insulted four-year-olds everywhere.

NoxiousNan said...

GLG, it's way down the list, really just a suggestion or guideline more than it is a commandment.

Colonel Yelgen P. Masters said...

GLG... any self respecting Christian knows that when Jesus came, it discounted everything from the old testament. Like Deuteronomy and the 10 Commandments. Killing's all the new rage, so long as you do it in the name of love.

Anonymous said...

The only legitimate response is to ask the pastor if he likes football. They still use pigskins and play on the Sabbeth, yeah?

L. said...

Man, people sure cherry-pick the things they want to follow from the Bible. How many people who use the Bible as an excuse to deny gay people rights do stuff on this list every day? Probably most of them. Mainly because everyone does most of that stuff regularly.

Imagine that. A centuries old magic book is full of ridiculous rules that most people can't/don't want to follow.

Anonymous said...

GLG- "Thou Shall Not Kill" refers to not killing fellow Jews. Any other groups of people were not considered as the same status as the Jews, therefore it was perfectly fine to kill, rape, pillage, enslave, etc.

Pretty much the entire Old Testament is one long celebration of a xenophobic, genocidal, ethnic cleansing group of psychos who became the foundation of 3 separate religions who all claim are peaceful.

Nick said...

Both sides of my wife's family still live in Seneca; we're up there 4-5 times a year.

Seems to me hthis asshole had his house of worship built on the site of an old motel/dog kennel on the far west edge of town.

We've already had a flurry of emails and IMs from folks up there appalled at this morons's behaviour, jumped-up-church-on-the-highway-jackal that he is. And Baptist to boot! Why doens't he know So and So's daughter is the gay and he wants us to kill her? Why, I never...

Can hardly wait for our next trip up.