Liberty Counsel’s Matt Barber tells a story on his ‘conservative’ pals:
A chorus has begun. What is this? Have party-goers launched an impromptu rendering of “America the Beautiful”?
No, this is a chant, joined by scores – a hundred or more perhaps – of young conservative bacchanalians on multiple suite balconies and from the open air bar below. What is that they’re chanting? Is that, “Amer-i-ca! Amer-i-ca!”?
At first, it’s hard to tell. It’s a booming echo that reverberates throughout the entire hotel.
And then it becomes clear.
Alas, our next generation of conservative leaders are not chanting, “Amer-i-ca! Amer-i-ca!” They are, instead, chanting, “F**k O-bama! F**k O-bama!”
Since the evangelical right/tea party movement has always been a loose pastiche of shifting hatreds rather than a movement with a goal, and since it’s never agreed on anything but hatred of the President, and since Barber is telling this story of his own gang, I guess I have to believe it. But, geez … no wonder nothing can get done in Washington.
Ryan Bell has just discovered one of my favorite quotes, something by William Clifford I first encountered a few years ago and reprise often. Great truths are like that:
It is wrong always, everywhere, and for anyone, to believe anything upon insufficient evidence. If a man, holding a belief which he was taught in childhood or persuaded of afterwards, keeps down and pushes away any doubts which arise about it in his mind, purposely avoids the reading of books and the company of men that call into question or discuss it, and regards as impious those questions which cannot easily be asked without disturbing it—the life of that man is one long sin against mankind.
“Revelation” explains nothing, and relying upon revelation is the mark of an intellectual coward.
Christians are such a persecuted minority in America that, in order to help their congregations understand their danger, several Ohio pastors arranged for themselves to be falsely arrested during their weekly sermon.
The churches staged the arrests as part of their “Defending the Faith” sermons. Videos showed deputies handcuffing pastors while they preached and placing them in patrol cars.
The sheriff says he wishes that those who put the videos online would have noted that the events had been staged.
It’s a safe bet that at least a few believers went home muttering that arrests of the Godly are surely imminent.
Joe.My.God. puts it in perspective:
Needless to say, no American pastor has ever been arrested except for the usual reasons. You know, child fucking, child porn, rape, murder, drug dealing, domestic abuse, and stealing shitloads of money. And those links are just from the last month.
There is no persecution of Christians in America; that so many believers think there is demonstrates, in fact, no more than what careless thinkers those folk in church actually are.