Christianity’s War on America: Rick Perry’s Great Big Boner for Jesus

[This is the first installment of what will be an ongoing series of articles focusing on the individuals and groups working hard to abolish the United States Constitution as we know it and turn America into a totalitarian Christian theocracy.]

By now, everyone knows the story of New York Representative Anthony Weiner, the congressman with the engorged … Twitter account.  It’s pretty hard … um, I mean, it’s pretty difficult to imagine anyone not being familiar with the story.  I can’t think of anything that’s gotten more attention from the media lately.  Late night talk show hosts have had a comedy feast and the internet has been buzzing with jokes and parodies about Weiner’s penis.  Said organ was first seen creating a bulge in a pair of undershorts in a photo Weiner posted on Twitter.  It was later seen free of its confinement, standing tall, naked and proud on the cell phone of right-wing purveyor of family-values smut and Christian gossip Andrew Breitbart.  It has been the center of attention in the United States for about three weeks, and the whole thing finally came to, um … a head with the congressman’s resignation.

But Anthony Weiner is not the only person in government with a big boner on display.  There are plenty of others holding elected office who are walking around with turgid penises that are out there for all to see.  They are proud of these erections and shamelessly shove them at everyone.  Some of them have the nerve to claim they do not have their stiff members out of their pants even as they stand there with their reddened trouser snakes jutting from their open flies.  The difference between these hard cocks and Anthony Weiner’s is that, by comparison, Weiner’s weener was harmless.  While Anthony Weiner was engaging — stupidly, of course, exhibiting appallingly poor judgment — in sexting and cybersex, these other folks have woodies for different reasons.  They have great big boners for Jesus.

While we’ve been preoccupied with adolescent jokes about Anthony Weiner’s political pole, these people have been waving their Jesus dicks all over the place with impunity.  There’s been precious little criticism of this fact.  Some of them are women — Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann, for example — and their figurative boners for Jesus are even bigger than some of the men’s!  And a few of these men and women want to take their great big boners for Jesus into the White House to be our next president.  It’s time to start focusing our attention on these more dangerous hard-ons.  It’s time to start pointing them out and calling them what they are before they’re used to fuck our constitutional freedoms.

No one in America right now is sporting a bigger boner for Jesus than Texas Governor Rick Perry.  In a June 12, 2011, article in the San Antonio Express-News, Perry’s spokesman Mark Miner said of the governor, “He never talks about his faith.”  Anyone who’s been paying attention knows that’s a big, fat, throbbing lie.  But lies are commonplace among the men sporting boners for Jesus.

Perry is one of the Republican Church’s most vocal evangementalist Christians.  (Note to those new to my writing:  The Republican party is no longer a political party, it is the political arm of the Christian religion in the United States, therefore I refer to it as the Republican Church.)  Saying Rick Perry never talks about his faith is like saying Richard Dawkins never talks about his atheism.  In an interview with ChristiaNet.com, Perry said, “Faith is both a private thing and a very public thing for me.”  Yes.  Very public.  He even suggests that he’s a kind of prophet.  When asked by Fox News’s Neil Cavuto why people in his home state don’t seem to like him all that much, Perry replied, “I say a prophet is generally not loved in their hometown.  That’s, uh, both biblical and practical.”

During a drought in 2011, Governor Perry issued a proclamation for three days of prayer to bring rain.  He’s the governor of the state, the state’s elected leader, and what does he do in the face of a serious problem?  He demands that everyone in the state ritualistically talk to themselves for three days.  What if that doesn’t work — do they sacrifice a goat?  By the way, after Perry’s three days of prayer for rain, the drought worsened.  Why hasn’t anyone blamed Perry and his deity for that?  No word yet on a goat sacrifice.

Perry himself has said, “We are in a struggle for the heart and soul of our nation. … Do we believe in the primacy of an unrestrained federal government?  Or do we worship the god of the universe, placing our trust in his eternal, natural laws, and defending his children?”  These are the only two choices?  There are so many things wrong with those questions that it’s difficult to know where to start.  For one thing, in a nation whose founding fathers specifically separated religion from government, these questions are nonsensical at best and insurrectionist at worst.

Perry strongly supports the teaching of “intelligent design” in public schools, and spokeswoman Kathy Walt has said, “Texas schools teach the theory of evolution; intelligent design is a valid scientific theory, and he (Perry) believes it should be taught as well.”  Nowhere is “intelligent design” considered “a valid scientific theory” — nowhere!  The fact that it is not a valid scientific theory and is instead a religious belief based entirely on religious faith and not facts is precisely why it’s not taught in public schools, in keeping with the Constitution’s separation of church and state.  But as it turns out, Rick Perry doesn’t like the Constitution.

In 2001, Perry violated the Constitution by participating in a Baptist prayer in a public school.  He defended this action by saying he doesn’t believe that prayer in public school is unconstitutional and that those who don’t like single-faith prayers in such situations should “just be tolerant” because everyone prays to “the same god, anyway.”  He said he believes that the kind of prayers given in public schools should be decided by “majority rule situation.”  He says he wants to “advance the cause of faith.”  The United States was constructed in a way that would protect the minority from the tyranny of the majority — also known as “mob rule” — and also to prevent elected government officials from advancing “the cause of faith.”  The only time religion is mentioned in the Constitution is to prohibit it from government.  When he became governor of Texas, Perry took an oath swearing to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution and the laws of the United States.”  And yet, he has positioned himself as an anti-American rebel who actively opposes that Constitution.

But he never talks about his faith, according to Mark Miner.  Yeah, right.  Pull the other one, Mark.  It plays “Onward, Christian Soldiers.”

These days, Perry is more eager than usual to stick his great big boner for Jesus in our faces.  There have been mumbles about a run for the presidency in 2012 and currently, Perry is promoting an event called “The Response: A Call To Prayer For A Nation In Crisis” to be held in Houston, Texas on August 6.  This event has a spooky promotional video that lumps together “economic collapse, injustice, violence, perversion, division, abuse, natural disaster, terrorism, depression, addiction, fear,” and asks, “Why is this happening now?  Why is this happening to us?  To me?  To this nation?  Who is responsible?”  Of course, this suggests that 1.) these things are orchestrated personal attacks on individual American citizens, and 2.) there is one source of responsibility for all of them.  What do you think that source might be?  As Dana Carvey’s Saturday Night Live character, the Church Lady, used to say, “Who could it be?  Oh, I don’t know.  Could it be, hmmm, SATAN?”  “The Response” suggests that there is only one way to deal with all of these problems — the same way Perry dealt with that drought in Texas:  Gathering people together to ritualistically talk to themselves.  That is the stated purpose of “The Response.”  (If it works as well as Perry’s mass prayer for rain, then all the terrible things listed above might get even worse!)  But don’t get the impression that this is simply a gathering of superstitious and misguided people with good intentions.  There’s more to it than that.

“The Response” is being sponsored by the American Family Association.  Originally formed as the National Federation for Decency in 1977 by rabid, spittle-spewing, gay-hating Christian minister Donald Wildmon, the name was changed to the American Family Association in 1988 and was taken over by Wildmon’s equally penis-centric son Tim in 2010 when Daddy retired to spend more time in his deep, deep closet of guilt and self-loathing.  In 2010, the organization was classified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group for its virulent hatred of homosexuals and its constant attempts to marginalize them in our society.  Today, the AFA is one of the most influential organizations in the conservative movement.  Any Republican Church member who hopes to run for president first grovels for the acceptance of the AFA, particularly of the group’s loudest mouthpiece, Bryan Fischer.

To fully understand exactly how engorged Rick Perry’s boner for Jesus is and precisely what he plans to do with it, it’s necessary to take a look at the people with whom he associates.  Bryan Fischer is one of Perry’s biggest supporters.  Fischer serves as the AFA’s Director of Issue Analysis for Government and Public Policy.  He also hosts the radio program Focal Point on American Family Radio.  (American Family Radio might ring a bell — that’s the Christian radio network owned by 90-year-old rapture enthusiast and potential dementia-sufferer Harold Camping, whose prediction that the rapture would take place on May 21, 2011, was moved to October 21, 2011 as of May 22, 2011.)  Fischer is a fountain of vitriolic hatred and bigotry who accurately reflects the spirit of the Christian hate group he represents — a group that is fully embraced by the Republican Church in general and Rick Perry in particular.  Fischer’s radio rants and angry writings in his column Rightly Concerned have become famous for their particular brand of “fuck reality” logic and history-twisting lies.

For example, Fischer thinks that America’s freedom of religion applies to Christians only.  In a column titled “Islam and the First Amendment: Priveleges But Not Rights,” Fischer writes:

“The First Amendment was written by the founders to protect the free exercise of Christianity.  They were making no effort to give special protections to Islam.  Quite the contrary. … Islam has no fundamental First Amendment claims, for the simple reason that it was not written to protect the religion of Islam.  Islam is entitled only to the religious liberty we extend to it out of courtesy.  While there certainly ought to be a presumption of religious liberty for non-Christian religious traditions in America, the founders were not writing a suicide pact when they wrote the First Amendment.  Our government has no obligation to allow a treasonous ideology to receive special protections in America, but this is exactly what the Democrats are trying to do right now with Islam.”

Oh?  What about when Christianity is a “treasonous ideology?”  It has become precisely that as Christians claim, quite wrongly, that this is a “Christian nation,” as they lie about the Constitution and defy it by trying to kick down the wall of separation between church and state.  Governor Perry himself espouses a “treasonous ideology!”  But because he is a Christian, the AFA and Perry believe that their treasonous ideology should be protected because — here it comes again! — this is a Christian nation.

Fischer begins a column titled “Native Americans Morally Disqualified Themselves from the Land” with this claim:

“In all the discussions about the European settlement of the New World, one feature has been conspicuously absent:  the role that the superstition, savagery and sexual immorality of native Americans played in making them morally disqualified from sovereign control of American soil.”

From there, it just gets crazier.  This piece even shocked Fischer’s coworkers and one AFA attorney called it “wrong and disturbing.”  Fischer threw a tantrum, claimed his readers weren’t mature enough to receive his wisdom and the column was removed from the AFA website.  But it can be read in full in this .pdf.

But as hateful as Fischer is toward competing religions and Native Americans, he reserves his most toxic venom for his favorite topic of discussion:  Homosexuality.  On that subject, Fischer’s usual wild-eyed wackiness goes completely off the charts into the realm of shrieking, hair-pulling hysteria.  In a column titled “Homosexuality, Hitler and ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’” Fischer writes:

“Homosexuality gave us Adolph Hitler, and homosexuals in the military gave us the brown shirts, the Nazi war machine and six million dead Jews.  Gays in the military is an experiment that has been tried and found disastrously and tragically wanting.  Maybe it’s time for Congress to learn a lesson from history.”

On the May 24, 2010, broadcast of his radio show, Fischer said:

“So Hitler himself was an active homosexual.  And some people wonder, didn’t the Germans, didn’t the Nazis, persecute homosexuals?  And it is true, they did; they persecuted effeminate homosexuals.  But Hitler recruited around him homosexuals to make up his storm troopers, they were his enforcers, they were his thugs.  And Hitler discovered that he could not get straight soldiers to be savage and brutal and vicious enough to carry out his orders, but that homosexual soldiers basically had no limits and the savagery and brutality they were willing to inflict on whomever Hitler sent them after.  So he surrounded himself, virtually all of the storm troopers, the brown shirts, were male homosexuals.”

Fischer regularly calls gay Americans “domestic terrorists,” says that allowing gay couples to adopt children is “inhumane,” and that homosexuality should be illegal.  This is perfectly in step with the AFA’s stand on homosexuality.  The AFA is one of the Christian organizations that opposes anti-bullying programs in schools because they focus, in part, on protecting gay and lesbian students and gay-hating Christians do not like the idea of not being able to bully homos anymore.  The AFA opposes the rights of gay people at every turn, and if the group were given its way, we would be throwing gay people in jail simply for being gay.

Along with the AFA, Rick Perry is working with other close Christian allies on “The Response.”  Members of the group IHOP — the International House of Prayer — and Lou Engle are involved.  Engle, another venomous gay-hater, is the founder of The Call, a series of day-long seminars that rail against abortion and gay marriage and urge Christians to take over the “seven spheres of society,” sometimes referred to as the “7 mountains.”  These are government, education, media, arts and entertainment, religion, family and business.  In other words, he urges them to take control of the world.  Evangelist Loren Cunningham explains this plan for global Christian domination in this creepy promotional video.

“The Response” is not a multi-faith event — it is strictly a Christian prayer meeting.  And if Perry and the AFA and others like them get their way, the United States will not be a multi-faith country of religious freedom — it will be a Christian nation for Christians only.  Perry is urging all of America’s governors to join him in prayer at Reliant Stadium on August 6.  But is it about religious faith or political power?  If it’s just a big prayer meeting, why invite all of the nation’s governors?  Is god more likely to listen if he hears from political leaders?

Does Perry really believe the stuff he preaches?  Does he share the same hateful beliefs as the American Family Association, Bryan Fischer, Lou Engle and members of IHOP?  We can’t read his mind — but we can read his tax returns.

From the San Antonio Express-News:

“Gov. Rick Perry has never been shy about putting his faith on display, from speeches at prayer breakfasts to his 2005 signing of abortion restrictions into law at a church school’s gym to inviting the nation’s governors to a prayer meeting at Houston’s Reliant Stadium that some are calling ‘Prayer-a-palooza.’

“But when it comes to giving, the governor doesn’t come close to the biblical guidance of tithing.  From 2000, when Perry became governor, through 2009, he earned a total of $2.68 million according to his tax records. Of that amount, he gave half a percent to churches and religious organizations, or $14,243.

“By comparison, Americans averaged gifts of nearly 1.2 percent of their income to churches and religious groups from 2004 to 2008, according to Empty Tomb Inc., an Illinois-based research firm specializing in U.S. church-giving trends.”

Perry has never been generous with his church or religious organizations.  In 2007, he earned more than one million dollars, but gave only $90 to his church.  In 2000 and again in 2009, he gave nothing.  That doesn’t exactly paint a picture of a true believer or a sincere Christian man, does it?  But does that matter?  In fact, is it even much of a surprise?  For all of Perry’s talk of religion and despite the fact that he’s walking around with that great big raging boner for Jesus, what’s really going on here has nothing to do with god or morality.  It is an effort to gain power and control.

The Roman philosopher Seneca wrote, “Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by rulers as useful.”  It is useful to rulers in many ways.  If you can convince people of the existence of an all-knowing, all-seeing, all-powerful god, then you can probably manage to convince them of what that god does and does not want.  If you’ve got a group of people who already believe in that god, then all you have to do is convince them that their god wants whatever it is you want — even if it goes against the best interests of the people in that group.

People in the Republican Church and its weird, embarrassing cousin the Tea Party have been convinced that big business should never have to pay taxes or be subjected to any government regulations whatsoever, even if those regulations protect the health and safety of the consumer.  They have been convinced that the poor — a group that is even larger than usual in these disastrous economic times, and a group that includes many of these very conservatives! — are shit-out-of-luck and should pull themselves up by their own bootstraps because we are not our brother’s keeper.  They’ve been convinced that the way to get the economy back on track is by continuing to do the same things that derailed it in the first place, like providing endless welfare to corporations that are earning record profits, removing all regulations that might prevent mass fraud and economic rape, never raising taxes and fighting multiple expensive wars that are benefiting only the corporations that provide the lucrative tools to fight those wars.

Religion is even more useful when you can use it to keep the masses worked up about irrelevant things that divert their attention from the real villains, the real culprits of the country’s problems.  If they’re exhausting themselves by fighting a war on abortion, they won’t have much energy left to battle corruption and the corporate greedbeasts who have almost succeeded in taking over this country.  If you’ve got them worked up into a hateful rage about homosexuals, they won’t have time to focus on the greedy profiteers and financiers and the corrupt politicians — and religious leaders — who facilitate their plans.

The majority of people in the United States are Christians.  If you spend enough time telling those people that America is a Christian nation that was created for them alone, a significant percentage of those Christians will come to believe it.  If you spend enough time telling them that their Christian dominance in this country is being threatened by anti-Christian people who hate their Christian family values and their Christian freedom, a significant percentage of those Christians will come to believe it.  Never mind that none of those things are true.  Christians already have been trained not to ask questions and to do as they’re told.  As long as you somehow attach what you’re saying to god’s will and the bible and Jesus Christ, they will listen and they will act.  As Voltaire wrote, “Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.”  If you’re dealing with people who firmly believe that virgins can give birth and people can rise from their graves, it’s not a great leap to convince them of virtually anything as long as you can keep it connected to the beliefs they already hold.

That means that even though their religion claims to worship a man who allegedly said we should love our enemies and treat others the way we want to be treated, it takes very little effort to justify hating a particular group of people or dropping bombs on a country of differently-colored impoverished people to keep the attention of the faithful believers diverted … and to keep the money rolling in.

In the United States right now, the group singled out for hatred is the gay community.  Turning America’s militant Christians on gay people is as easy as pie.  Sex is the one thing that always gets Christians worked up more than anything else, and the Old Testament conveniently condemns homosexuality in very strong terms.  All you have to do is point the Christians toward the gays and turn them loose.  To make sure they’re good and outraged, go ahead and tell them that if gays are allowed to marry, then traditional heterosexual marriages and the American family will be destroyed.  Tell them that gay people are the same as Nazis, that they’re child molesters.  This will create a battle over a basic right guaranteed to everyone by the United States Constitution — the right to the “pursuit of happiness.”  Everyone should be allowed to marry, of course.  The only thing standing in the way is the religious prohibition of homosexuality.  This will keep the masses good and busy while you invade countries, conduct unconstitutional surveillance and shred that document written by our founding fathers — the document for which so many have shed blood over the centuries — into so much confetti in order to keep those profits pouring in and to maintain a firm grip on power.

Why should it come as any surprise, then, that Governor Rick Perry gives next to nothing to his church and related religious organizations?  You didn’t think he actually believes in all that crap, did you?  Religion, according to Seneca, is regarded as true by the common people — and Rick Perry isn’t a common person.  It’s regarded as false by the wise — but he’s more than just a wise guy.  Rick Perry is a leader, and leaders know that religion is useful.  As a leader, Rick Perry is using religion to gain power and to satisfy his financial supporters.

Oh, there are plenty of American politicians who have a big boner for Jesus and who are true believers in Christianity.  That crazy purveyor of false history and dingbat incoherency Michele Bachmann comes to mind — but I’ll deal with her in a separate article.  The fact that they believe, however, makes them no less cynical or hateful.  In a way, it makes them worse.  They really do believe in the traveling magician son of god who later became a zombie, the character in the bible who allegedly told his followers to love one another and to care for the least among us — and yet they have no qualms about engaging in the most vitriolic bigotry, trampling over the underprivileged and lying to accomplish their selfish, materialistic goals.

Thomas Jefferson wrote, “In every country and in every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty.  He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for protection to his own.  It is easier to acquire wealth and power by this combination than by deserving them … ”  That’s why our founding fathers knew how vital it was to keep the priest as far away from the political leaders as possible.  But despite the founders’ efforts, a lot of people acquire wealth and power in this way, and here in the United States — the most religious industrialized nation in the world — it’s easier to do than probably anywhere else.

Rick Perry has denied that he will run for president in 2012, but his actions contradict this.  He gave what sounded a lot like stump speech and already seems to be campaigning.  Here are some of the things he said:

“I stand before you today as a disciplined conservative Texan, a committed Republican and a proud American, united with you to restoring our nation and revive the American dream.”

As long as it’s a heterosexual Christian American dream.  Even if your dream contains a nice green yard with a white picket fence, a house with a dog and a beautiful family with a couple of kids, we can’t allow it if at the head of that family stand two men or two women.

“Our shared conservative values, our belief in the individual is the great hope of our nation.”

As long as it’s a heterosexual Christian individual, because, as we all know, America was founded for Christians alone and everyone else is subject to the whims of the Christians who live there.

“Our goal is to displace the entrenched powers in Washington, restore the right balance between state and federal government.  We now live in this strange, inverted version of what our founders intended.”

Ah, but to which founders does Perry refer?  The real founders, some of whom were religious, some of whom weren’t, and who agreed that religion should not be involved in government?  Or is Perry referring to the false founders created by the mouthpieces of the Republican Church, the founders who intended this to be a Christian nation, for Christians and by Christians?  Well, if Perry is saying that we’re living in an “inverted version of what our founders intended,” he’s certainly not talking about the real founders, because we are still living in an America imagined by those men and ruled by the Constitution.  That’s why people like Perry are so angry — because the United States Constitution is still in effect, still holding them back, still hobbling their rabid desire to turn this into the totalitarian Christian theocracy they want it to be.

“Our party cannot be all things to all people. It can’t be. Our loudest opponents on the left are never going to like us so let’s stop trying to curry favor with them.  Let’s stand up and speak with pride about our morals and our values.”

Yes!  Be proud of the fact that you want to imprison people for their sexuality!  Be proud of the fact that you want the government to control the bodily functions of every woman in the country!  Be proud of the fact that you want that same government to control what people can and cannot do sexually by enforcing the beliefs of your religion!  Let your great big boner for Jesus stand tall!

Yes, Governor Rick Perry has a boner for Jesus, and it doesn’t matter how sincere that boner is.  This is America, folks, where sincerity is unimportant — it’s size that matters!  And this really is a great big boner for Jesus!

Anthony Weiner’s boner was nothing.  All he did was take pictures of it and send them to women with naughty notes.  Rick Perry and his Christian brothers and sisters in government and his friends in the American Family Association and the International House of Prayer and all those other bigoted, controlling, fascistic Christian organizations have much bigger plans for their boners for Jesus.  They plan to club us into submission with them.  They plan to govern with them!

Theodore Roosevelt said, “Walk softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.”  That’s not good enough for American Christianity.  They stomp and kick and break things and they carry a great big boner for Jesus, and if you don’t agree with them, they will bludgeon you with it.

When Anthony Weiner got caught showing off his boner, people were outraged and responded swiftly.  Weiner was forced to resign.  Where is the outrage about the great big boner for Jesus that’s being used to bludgeon us?  Where is the swift response?  We’ve been told for so long that we must quietly respect the religious beliefs of others — but not if they want to govern us with those beliefs!  And if we don’t start speaking up every single time this subject arises wherever we may be, we will find ourselves governed with that great big boner for Jesus.  That’s the way the wind is blowing in this country.

To borrow Governor Perry’s words, it’s time for us to stand up and speak with pride about our morals and values!  America’s militant Christians not only do not have a corner on morals and values, their morals and values suck!  Show your patriotism by telling these people how much you love the United States created by the real founding fathers!  Don’t let them create the Anti-America they are well on their way toward creating.

About Ray Garton

I am the author of more than 60 books, including the horror novels LIVE GIRLS, CRUCIFAX, LOT LIZARDS and THE LOVELIEST DEAD, and the thrillers SEX AND VIOLENCE IN HOLLYWOOD, MURDER WAS MY ALIBI, TRADE SECRETS, TRAILER PARK NOIR, and my newest thriller, MEDS Please visit my website for more information: http://www.raygartononline.com
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15 Responses to Christianity’s War on America: Rick Perry’s Great Big Boner for Jesus

  1. Beth Riches says:

    “Christians already have been trained not to ask questions and to do as they’re told.”

    Bingo. Because the moment you start questioning and looking at things logically and rationally, the whole house of cards collapses.

    Believe me, I do my best to make it clear that I have no problem with what people want to believe and how they want to worship (no matter how silly it seems to me), as long as they keep it out of my government. Most of these people have completely distorted the meaning behind the First Amendment, and ignore the many writings of Jefferson and others in which they explicitly say that government is not to be involved in religion and vice versa. For all their talk of how much they love the Constitution, they just don’t get it.

    Great piece, Ray. I look forward to reading more.

    Beth

  2. Sayingwhatneedsaying says:

    This very scary, and in fact, I’ve been warning friends and family about this for more than 30 years, and no one would believe me! Now I fear that the only way to save America…. will be through an armed uprising against the forces of Christianity, who are out to destroy America & turn it into a theocracy. As for me….. I’d rather be dead, than to live in a country ruled by religion.

  3. Lucky Berger says:

    great article, wish the author would have chilled a little on the boner for jesus and penis comments tho, which makes it not a very respectable read, to those who’s eyes one tries to open. otherwise i loved it. and feel the same way. i’m angry with my fellow none believers staying quiet and not wanting to take a stand. most of us non believers believe that everyone should be able to believe what they want and as such there is not much confrontations. but all non believers must wake up and take notice that the believers are not as tolerant of those who don’t believe like they do. they will do everything they can to make sure people will be forced to think/live their way. and if the non believers stay quiet and won’t stand up then the believers will win. and then the crying will be great and the few like us who did speak up and tried will say “we told you so”, but by then it will be to late :(

  4. Jo says:

    the moment our goverment goes theocrazy (thats spelling is intentional), there will be tons of people to stop them. Its happening now with the people who write these blogs, teachers who stop creationist from teaching in school, and the supreme court, but with that being said if the right winger ever do turn us into their dream land, then not many are gonna take it siting down, and while one man may not be able to win a war; one man can do some real damage.

    If you need examples, both extremes have them, passive non violence with Martin Luther King Jr. while the violent path has people like Simo Hayha who took out 542 people, people who were trying to steal his freedoms in WWII, using one rifle and a butt load of bullets.

    while the xians (intentional again) maybe sheep we atheist sure as @$#% arent.

  5. Ray Garton says:

    Well, Jo, I’m glad you’re showing the gumption needed to wait until “our government goes theocrazy.” I’m thrilled to see that you’re happy to sit back and let the bloggers and teachers handle it. I’m so comforted knowing that you’re depending on Martin Luther King to handle things. No, we atheists aren’t sheep. Sheep are typically AWAKE. We’re just sleeping. Waiting until that alarm clock goes off to tell us … IT’S TOO FUCKING LATE! Your courage moves me. Your bravery inspires me. But your stupidity makes me want to dig a hole, crawl into it, and pull it in after me.

  6. “And yet, he [Governor Perry] has positioned himself as an anti-American rebel who actively opposes that Constitution.”

    This is the core truth of this excellent blog, every word of which should be seared into the consciousnesses of people who think it can’t happen here. It already did, during the pre-constitutional Puritan era. It’s in the DNA of a certain virulent strain of American thinking, and only constant, wakeful vigilance against it can keep it at bay. The fact that God is not mentioned once in the U.S. Constitution means nothing to those who would subvert it into a document favoring a religion–the very thing the Constitution explicitly makes illegal.

    Ray, you have framed this exactly in the right way. If everyone who reads this would carry that core idea forward–that politicians like Perry, Bachman and Palin hate the U.S. Constitution and hate America as it is and are trying to change it into a theocracy–sounding this alarm whenever and wherever we can is the best thing we can do to raise public consciousness about it. With more than thirty thousand different Christian denominations in America, only one of which can come out on top if the Perrys and Palins win, Christians actually have as much to fear from this effort to subvert the constitution as atheists, LGBT folks, Jews, Muslims or Hindus. Your average Christian who gets a warm fuzzy feeling from going to church on Sunday but doesn’t even know what’s in the bible and has no ambitions for taking over the government ought to be as scared as anyone about what could happen if the Perrys and Palins prevail in their plans. Fanatacism knows no bounds. That’s what makes it fanatacism. Letting fanatics of any sort get hold of the reins of government–that’s what causes blights on the human race like Hitler’s rise to and abuse of power. The challenge is to get the great, somnolent middle to wake up and to understand what’s actually going on–nothing less than a determined effort to subvert our Constitution and the freedoms it brings to all of us, not just Christians.

  7. Sayingwhatneedsaying says:

    Wake up Christians………… your IMAGINARY Ghod, Geebus, isn’t any more real than the thousands of other man made Ghods, previously, relegated to garbage heap of history. If you’d like to take away my freedoms and substitute your christian beliefs…. you’ll have to get past my guns first!

  8. Ray’s writing is strong, persuasive and most important…accurate! Once again, his words nail those Cruci-fiction freaks to their very glandular god,

  9. Ray Garton says:

    Lucky — Respectability has never been one of my strengths.

  10. koalamaya says:

    Very informative and entertaining blog post. I can’t wait to read the one about Bachmann, that’s gonna be good.

    Texas is one of the most polluted states in the country but we don’t hear Perry talking about cleaning up God’s beautiful creation, that might interfere with unrestrained and unregulated corporate greed.

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  12. Sue Blue says:

    I’m about to enter the lion’s den. Yep, I’m going to Houston in August. I’m venturing into America’s asshole because I’ve unfortunately got family there…I’m going there to take care of my two-year-old grand-nephew for a couple of weeks. I’ll be surrounded by rich white republican fundies worshipping at the altar of Bigger is Better. Seriously. My sister’s neighbors have a huge Texas State flag in their backyard made up of red, white, and blue flowers. It must be an acre across. Every Sunday the entire neighborhood abandons their swimming pools and troops en masse to the local megachurch in their Hummers and Ford Escalades.
    Houston in August. And you thought hell wasn’t real.

  13. Irusan says:

    We are still in a terrible drought in Texas. Praying for rain didn’t work. To paraphrase Lord Summerisle, the only sacrifice now acceptable to the gods is the leader himself. Get out the Wicker Man for Gov. Ricky!

  14. Ray Garton says:

    Irusan — I love that movie!

  15. Ing says:

    @Irusan

    Good one or the Nicholas Cage version?

    One is Christianity conflicting with Paganism…the other is misogyny conflicting with bees.

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