A Christian radio host who enthusiastically looks for signs the world will end welcomed the Ebola virus as a cleansing force…. “This Ebola epidemic could become a global pandemic and that’s another name for plague,” said broadcaster Rick Wiles on his “Trunews” program…. “It may be the great attitude adjustment that I believe is coming,” Wiles continued. “Ebola could solve America’s problems with atheism, homosexuality, sexual promiscuity, pornography, and abortion.”
I never cease to be fascinated by Red Meat Conservative Christians who default to the belief that any sort of natural disaster is God’s judgment on [insert name of reviled class of people here] for [insert name of despised belief(s)/act(s) here]. As if they and ONLY they were on the same wavelength with God, perfectly attuned to His likes and dislikes. Yeah, it’s as arrogant as it is self-serving, but that’s what I find so endlessly entertaining about Fundies like Wiles. By all indications, he actually believes the crap he’s shoveling over the airwaves. And the fact that he has a radio show would seem to indicate he has an audience of like-minded knuckle-draggers who believe Earth was created 6000 years ago when Jesus arrived on the scene riding a dinosaur.
Don’t get me wrong; I try hard to respect the religious beliefs of others…as long as they return that respect. Wiles and his fellow moral midgets respect nothing and no one, and anything but complete obeisance to his twisted take on Christianity is considered blasphemy. Perhaps if Wiles managed to pull himself out of his Old Testament mentality, he’d realize the absurdity of espousing a doctrine in which (among other things) eating bacon-wrapped shrimp is a mortal sin. I mean, if you’re going to hold the Old Testament to be the rulebook, you don’t get to pick and choose which parts of it you can use to condemn other, lesser mortals with.
Wiles is unworthy of respect if for no other reason than his “Kill ‘em and grill ‘em” theology has little if anything to do with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It’s about power, social control, fear, and good old-fashioned (un)Christian hatred. I can only hope that Wiles (and those who think like him) has a reserved parking space waiting for him in his version of Hell…and that the Devil will greet him with kneepads, a tube of AstroGlide, and a smile.
If we’re lucky, perhaps Ebola will cleanse this country of American Taliban nutjobs like Wiles, who wouldn’t recognize peace, love, and understanding if it was delivered by Jesus his own self. And perhaps then those who try to live their Christian beliefs based on the Gospel will come to seen as the real True Believers.
The Liberty County Sheriffs Office is looking for five men that reportedly opened fire at a party Sunday morning because they lost a drinking game.
According to the Houston Chronicle, deputies were called to a home in the Cleveland area where the five men lost a game of “beer pong” and then started shooting at partygoers.
At least two people were treated for gunshot wounds. Daihza Jackson, 18, suffered a gunshot wound to the leg, and was in stable condition after being taken to St. Elizabeth hospital.
Decoris Rucker, 24, was treated for a gunshot wound to his leg at Kingwood Hospital. Liberty County Sheriffs Office identified Rucker as one of the men responsible for the shooting.
Witnesses told authorities that Chris Hackett, AKA “Crazy Chris,” also fired shots. Deputies were investigating to determine the names of the three other men. No arrests had been made by Sunday afternoon.
The Liberty County Sheriff’s Department urged anyone with information to call 936-336-4500.
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg issued a six-page dissent early Saturday morning, blasting the court’s decision to allow Texas to use its new voter ID law in the November elections. She was joined in the dissent by Justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor…. “The greatest threat to public confidence in elections in this case is the prospect of enforcing a purposefully discriminatory law, one that likely imposes an unconstitutional poll tax and risks denying the right to vote to hundreds of thousands of eligible voters,” Ginsburg wrote. Ginsburg disputed the Fifth Circuit court of appeals’ argument that it was too close to the November election to stop the law. Early voting begins on Monday in Texas.
There are few things more threatening to the integrity of our democracy than Voter ID laws. Regardless of the state, Voter ID is a solution in search of a problem. Voter fraud is so rare as to be virtually nonexistent. No system is perfect, nor can it be, but Republican governors and legislatures have determined that elections, being imperfect, must be “fixed” in order to “protect” the “integrity” of our electoral system.
The “fix” is infinitely worse than the “problem,” because there’s no intent to repair anything that might be wrong with the system. It’s about excluding those who don’t vote the “right” way from the process. The “solution” to the “problem” of voter fraud is to pass laws that effectively disenfranchise minorities, the poor, the elderly- even college students. That these groups tend not to reliably vote Republican has nothing to do with anything, of course. It’s purely coincidence…he says as airborne pigs violate Saudi Arabian airspace.
Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain, right?? How do we know that Voter ID laws AREN’T about voter suppression? Silly wabbit; because Republicans tell us so!
(thanks…I think…to David Flanders….)
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - A man convicted of fondling and raping his 8-month-old pit bull puppy will spend five years in a state prison, according to the Florida State Attorney’s Office. James Guy Bull, 62, of Daytona Beach, Fla., pleaded guilty to two counts of felony cruelty to animals, misdemeanor animal cruelty charges and misdemeanor sexual activities involving animals, prosecutors said. He was to face trial on the charges.
Not very often do I run across something that leaves speechless, incapable of any sort of cogent, coherent response. THIS is one of those times.
I’ve heard of guys getting’ busy with trees, cars, horse, goats, motorcycle mufflers, and all manner of other things you’d never imagine could be used for sexual gratification. Puppies? Really? That’s just sick.
It’s no wonder I fear for the future of mankind….