When you watch this segment from last night’s The Rachel Maddow Show, I know some of you are going to be literally rolling on the floor laughing your fucking ass off, and there is plenty to guffaw at, but in the midst of all of this, she asks an extremely important question:
“Do we need to understand the ‘sex with demons brought down Japan’ thinking in order to understand his [Perry’s] policies? How he would actually like to govern the country?”
Yes. Yes we do.
But she begins by highlighting the grand list of lunatics slated to appear with Governor Rick Perry (R-TX) at his Stadium Prayer Event by showcasing some of the more – out there, shall we say – comments from participants in recent weeks. In some ways, it’s rather frightening to know that these people are even close to the vicinity of government affairs; in others, it makes for some really hysterical TV watching.
[Video clips of these 'people of God' at the end of this post.]
So, who’s on the guest list and what do they have to say? Let’s start with Mike Bickle, International House of Prayer:
The harlot Babylon is preparing the nations to receive the anti-Christ. The harlot Babylon will be a real religion of affirmation, toleration, no absolutes, a counterfeit justice movement. They will feed the poor, have humanitarian projects, inspire acts of compassion…for all the wrong reasons! […] I believe that one of the main pastors, as a forerunner to the harlot movement, it’s not the harlot movement yet, is Oprah.
OK, I’ll give you a moment to catch your breath from laughing so hard…
I mean, do these people realize the absolute SHIT that is flying out of their pie-holes and how ridiculous it sounds? Yes! Tolerance, no absolutes, a justice movement, feeding the poor, humanitarian projects – all Satanic! But, this is the inevitable result of the inbreeding between religious fundamentalists and the moneyed powerhouses that are fronting them and, quite frankly, playing them for the pathetic and wretched fools they are.
Still, moving on…Some of you may remember this nugget from John Hagee of the Cornerstone Church:
God sent a hunter. A hunter is someone with a gun, and he forces you. Hitler was a hunter. How did it happen? Because god allowed it to happen. Why did it happen? Because god said my top priority for the Jewish people is to get them to come back to the land of Israel.
If you’ll remember, John McCain in 2008 had to reject Hagee’s endorsement of him after the public outcry over such an incendiary comment.
But Hagee and Bickle are positively sane compared to some of the other attendees, which includes the always offensive and disgusting Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association:
“Counterfeit religions, alternative religions to Christianity, have no First Amendment right to the free exercise of religion.”
Then there’s evangelist Lou Engle:
“The days are coming when we have to risk our lives to stand for truth in this society. Six hundred thousand men died on the battlefields of America. And if God required it for slavery, what will it mean if God requires it for America for the bloodshed of fifty million babies?”
Does your head hurt yet? Mine does, but let’s be equal opportunity trashers here, shall we? Enter Cindy Jacobs of Generals International, who really, really knows how to connect the dots, just like in kindergarten art class:
“The blackbirds fell to the ground in Beebe, Arkansas; well, the governor of Arkansas’s name is Beebe, and, also, there was something put out of Arkansas called Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell by a former governor; this was proposed by Bill Clinton. And so, could there be a connection, now that we have the repeal of DADT?”
I think Jacobs makes me wanna jump off a cliff more than Sarah Palin ever could. But I’ll leave you with the true gem of Maddow’s sound bite round up (other than the ‘sex with demon brought down Japan’ thing), from one John Benefiel of the Heartland Apostolic Prayer Network:
“You know there’s a statue in New York harbor called the Statue of Liberty. You know where we got it from? French Freemasons. Listen folks, that is an idol, a demonic idol, right there in the middle of New York harbor. The Illuminati, which is really over and above Freemasonry, has stated it as their goal to limit the world population to no more than five hundred million. Do you realize that means getting’ rid of all of us? To get from six to seven billion down to five hundred million, you’re gonna have to kill a lot of people off. What do you think the healthcare bill is?”
So, this is the company Secessionist Rick Perry keeps, and he’s running for President. He is the poster child of the unholy alliance between the big money behind the Tea Party and the religious lunatic fringe, which together have created this weird, completely bizarre strain of religion and politics, as evidenced by Perry’s statement about his grand event:
Fellow Americans: Right now, America is in crisis: we have been besieged by financial debt. Some problems are beyond our power to solve. We will gather to pray for a historic breakthrough for our country. There is hope for America: we will find it on our knees.
Forget the gay! We’re gonna pray the debt away!
I’m going to leave the reveal on the ‘sex with demons brought down Japan’ to Rachel and its purveyor, because it really has to be heard to be…appreciated, shall we say…