Barmy Baptist book-burning

Barmy Baptist book-burning

JUST when you thought Baptists couldn’t get much battier than American pastor Tom Estes, creator of the hysterical “Hard Truth” blog, which recently collapsed under the burden of its own mind-blowing banality and twisted logic, and professional troll Bob Hutton, from Kent,who started his own exceeding lame blog recently but appears barely capable of sustaining it, into the spotlight steps pastor Marc Grizzard, of the Amazing Grace Baptist Church North Carolina.

Pastor Marc has a plan for Halloween: one helluva bonfire in which “satanic” music will be consigned to the flames. “Satanic music” is defined as:

Country , rap , rock , pop, heavy metal, western, soft and easy, southern gospel , contemporary Christian , jazz, soul, oldies but goldies, etc.

More bizarre will be the burning of BIBLES.


We are burning Satan’s bibles like the NIV, RSV, NKJV, TLB, NASB, NEV, NRSV, ASV, NWT, Good News for Modern Man, The Evidence Bible, The Message Bible, The Green Bible, ect. These are perversions of God’s Word.

Only the King James version will be spared … oh, and the church will be serving bar-b-que chicken and fried chicken at the festive incineration – but, as the Telegraph commented:

It is not clear whether the meat will be grilled over the heat of burning Gospels.

Grizzard said:

I believe the King James version is God’s preserved, inspired, inerrant, infallible word of God … for English-speaking people.

The church’s painfully psychedelic, dog’s dinner of a website – best examined with a pair of shades and a pack of Paracetamol at hand – claims that burning books and stuff is the Christian way to go:

The Scriptural bases for what we are doing is found in Acts 19:18-20 “And many that believed came, and confessed, and shewed their deeds. Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all men: and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver. So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.

Books other than “satanic” Bibles that will receive the Fahrenheit 451 treatment include stuff written by such well known crooks evangelists such as Benny (The Hair) Hinn.

Another crooked charlatan, the desiccated old fraud Mother Teresa, is also labelled “satanic” by the church and her words too will be fed to the flames.

Grizzard is not just a twat, but an egocentric one to boot- check out the page on which he had spread his very own aphorisms. (Apart from dark glasses and painkillers, you should also have a sickbag nearby.) These pearls of wisdon – eat your heart out Voltaire – include:

  • Our modern day pulpits are filled with unspiritual misfits.
  • God is the solution to sin’s pollution.
  • The Ant – small in size, but very wise.
  • It will cost you something to go to this church.
  • When you give God all you have, you have all you need.
  • Salvation cost you nothing, but nothing cost as much as salvation.
  • If you do nothing you will go to hell, and if you do anything you can’t go to heaven.
  • Drinking whiskey is a risky business.
  • Living a good life does not give one eternal life.
  • Life’s a disaster without the right Master.

A great one for the BDSM community, what?

  • Those who have found God in a personal way, will declare Him in a universal way.
  • My goal in preaching the Bible is to make the Devil mad and God glad.
  • Crooks don’t read the Book.
  • Dopes use dope.
  • Wrong instruction brings destruction. Right instruction brings construction.

And my favourite:

  • God is the Master of your disaster.

Ain’t that the Hard Truth!

Incidentally, Bob Hutton launched his blog on August 21 –and has so far constipatedly managed to squeeze out a whole TEN posts in three months – all so mind-numbingly uninspiring that that virtually no-one, including atheists, could be asked to comment on them.

One person who did, though, was Mental Bob’s, ah, soul mate, T Estes, who had this to say:

I just want to encourage you to keep it up, regardless of what attacks may come your way. And rest assured, when the atheists who hate you find out you have a blog, they will attack, but don’t stop. We have God on our side, which means we win!

And also, keep up with the blog. I’ve found a few strong Christian blogs, but they only post about once a month. Keep the good content coming, and this blog will do great.

This from a man who then, disappointingly, throws in the fucking towel. I shall miss it immensely. “Hard Truth” was funnier than a chinchilla on crack!

• The picture at the top of the page shows Christians burning “blasphemous” books at a church in Shreveport, LA.

• This post first appeared on the Freethinker site on October 25, 2009.

Hat Tip: Joe Fogey

34 responses to “Barmy Baptist book-burning”

  1. Andrew Nixon says:

    Wasn’t Apollo Creed of the Rocky films the “Master of Disaster”?

  2. ZombieHunter says:

    burning heavy metal CDs eh?? they could get a couple of bonfires out of my CD collection 😛

    not that I’d let them do that of course because everyone knows that the devil gets all the good tunes and I have a large number of them 😀

    Oh and Christian rock is more proof that the devil gets all the good tunes.

  3. Broga says:

    Where do these get these photos and poses. There just has to be some kind of Central Casting for Bigotted Twats. The blank face fronted by an even blanker mind, the bible held up like a talisman, the bent knee, the “unfashion statement tie” and the “lips” – thin with that rictus of a mouth – “as in horror of death” according to my dictionary.

  4. asquith says:

    Are they planning to burn this new right-wing translation as well?

  5. Stuart W says:

    Broga, for me nothing in recent years has topped the ones of Jennie ‘my anti-Christian employer needs your prayers, email’ Cain looking as if she is seeing her last full moon before being burned at the stake. Should be top row in Google Images if you can’t already picture it.

    I have heard several times that “blue and green must never be seen”, but don’t recall ever being shown why in such an eye-watering way as some of the chunks of text on Grizzard’s site.

  6. rog says:

    I wonder if any religious books from other faiths will make it onto that pyre, if they don’t burn a koran or two they are just wussing out! These folk amaze me, it’s as if they belive that they can wipe out all thoughts of the outside world – funny to do it to yourself, but criminal to try to do it to another.

  7. mikespeir says:

    I want to know about that “acceptable Bible” he’s holding up. Who published it? Do they also publish Satan’s Bibles? Is there a chance that his is tainted by association? Who knows if the previous print run was printing NASBs or (shudder) NIVs? For all he knows they might not even have changed the ink between runs. How’s that for polluted!

  8. Buffy says:

    Why do these douchebags think burning books is going to accomplish anything? It’s not going to eradicate the ideas contained in them. It’s not going to keep people from reading them. So what are they trying to do other than make themselves look like intolerant idiots?

  9. rog says:

    ah, I see it now… they are a part time church – trying to make the big time with some publicity. that website is obviously written by a scary, scary man – who would choose to spend their time arround people like that?

  10. ZombieHunter says:

    I’m just wondering where they’ll get the books CD’s etc to burn?? will they be buying them and giving money to satan or will people bring their own or what??

    cos if it’s the latter then chances are it’ll turn out the same way as the “killer game drive” that happened in germany recently were people were to turn up and toss their violent video games into a skip, about two people showed up 😛

  11. Stuart W says:

    Just checked out the comments for T Estes’ last blog entry and found over 3 pages of ‘na na na na, hey, hey, hey, Goooodbyyye!’ – unsurprising, but probably not the send off he was praying for.

  12. Tom Estes says:

    I’m glad you could take the time to be a jerk today, Barry.

    It’s funny, you call me names like a child, embrace pornographic perverts, then act like I’m the one who has a problem.

    You can crawl back to your bedroom now, Mommy is waiting.

  13. Rusty says:

    The last book-burning I heard about couldn’t get a burning permit from their city and wound up having a book “shredding” – nonsensicle to burn perfectly good books, etc. for a delusion. It doesn’t do any good to burn books you PAID for – the authors still get the money and you look like a moron. I see another Jim Jones or David Koresh in the making.

  14. ErnestPayne says:

    Another reason to be glad the religious crazies left the UK. Now if you could only stop them from returning.

  15. Stuart W says:

    What a forgiving Christian…

  16. Neuseline says:

    May his lord smite him for intending to pollute the atmosphere. Do CDs actually burn?

  17. Barry Duke says:

    I thought you were never gonna visit this site again, Tom. But it seems we’ve got you hooked. Keep visiting, and who knows, one day when the light of reason finally penetrates your skull, you’ll bin your Bible and embrace a rational lifestyle. Not holding my breath, though … some brain damage, sadly, is irreversible.

  18. RFW says:

    The Rev. Marc Grizzard is surely in the religion business strictly because of the money and power it gives him. Show me a clerical type who’s grandstanding, and invariably it’s all about … are you waiting? … it’s all about power and money and very little else, if anything.

    In another era, Marc Grizzard would have been a successful carnival barker, nothing more. “See the bearded lady!”

    L. Ron Hubbard was wrong: you don’t need to start your own religion. Just horn in on one of the existing religions and set yourself up as a prophet, guru, or something along those lines. There are plenty of gullible, ignorant people who will swallow whatever nonsense you spout. While giving you lots of money.

  19. Ivan The Mute says:

    Hey Tom,

    בראשית ברא אלוהים את השמים ואת הארץ.
    והארץ היתה ללא צורה, ומבוטלים; ואת החושך היה על פני תהום. ורוח אלוהים עבר על פני המים.

    Could you read that? No? Well, how about this:

    כי ככה אהב האלוהים את העולם, אשר נתן את בנו היחיד שלו, כי כל מי המאמין .בו לא צריך להיכחד, אבל יש חיי נצח

    No? Seriously, you can’t read Genesis 1:1-2 and John 3:16 in their original forms, then you’re obviously an agent of Satan and will burn in the fires of hell. Congrats!

    ~Ivan, old school Catholic and believer in God.

  20. Nae says:

    hahaha. Go get some 3-d glasses for that website. you will trip your balls off without the help of any drugs. Which that in itself would be proof to grizzard that the devil exists…. Yes Grizzard… I am Satan, your arch nemesis. Wooooooooo!

    Just in time for Haloween, how convenient!

  21. Nae says:

    Darn. I misspelled Halloween. My apologies, for I was possessed by Satan himself (yes, I do get special treatment). Who knew Satan had terrible spelling?

  22. maotai says:

    The more I read here the more the “fear of God” strikes me!

    Am now living here in Beijing, I have bad news; I am afraid with the fall of communism (yes, China is not really communist anymore), organized religions and cults (e.g. Falungong) are making a comeback.

  23. Josh says:

    Another “Oh look at me! Im a crazy preacher! Pay attention to ME ME ME!!!”

    The sad thing is that these christians see us making fun at their fanaticism and they take it a a badge of honor, They think that people making fun of them assures that they are “doing gods work”. If they want to go nuts I say let them as long as it doesnt harm anyone else, Its when they try to shove their religion dwn my throat is when I have a problem. Also being the athiest son of a preacher of that same caliber I have lots of bullets to fire back at them.

  24. Broga says:

    Hey Tom, you guys just can’t keep away. At least we atheists let you loose here – usually for entertainment – which is not what happens on Christian sites. There, including on the BBC Thought for the Day which appears every morning when it is replaced by hours of ennui on Sundays, sceptics are censored. I understand why, of course. Unless the information is controlled then listeners and readers might start to think. And that you leads in only one direction: revelation of the cruelty, contradictions, nonsense of your Stone Age superstitions.

  25. Stuart W says:

    Nae, strictly speaking, the spelling is actually Hallowe’en, they just don’t teach it that way in schools so the other way is universally accepted.
    During my chinwag with Satan this morning, he told me he had not had the energy to possess you after a rough night tormented by a nightmare in which an elderly creature called Howe beat him with a teapot for allowing homosexuals in her town and showed him a picture of God’s newly born daughter –

  26. rog says:

    @Stuart W

    would this be testicle’s attempt to ‘decontaminate the brand’?
    If Dawkins is right, and I suspect that he is, the poor girl will be in for a lifetime of mental abuse from that nutjob.

  27. William Harwood says:

    Testicles is preaching to the choir when he posts further proof that he is dangerously, criminally, certifiably insane. WE ALREADY KNOW THAT! He has clearly deduced that personally abusing the editor will intimidate him into allowing the troll to keep posting his verbal diarrhea in the delusion that he (Barry) has something to prove. The sane, intelligent and educated have nothing to prove. Flush the troll before he induces more vomiting in fact-seekers who have no interest in the ravings of psychopaths.

  28. Stu Atheist says:

    I am really stoked about this. I can’t wait to show up and burn a bunch of bibles and Christian rock cds. I might even throw new slips over some KJVs. Plus, there’ll be barbeque.

  29. Stuart W says:

    Another Stuart! Does this mean we can now form the Unholy Trinity?

  30. Robert Stovold says:

    Surely that should be “Dopes use popes”?

  31. Chad D. says:

    I would gather as many bibles as are given to me and burn them for sure!
    Not for satanic reasons ’cause that is mental. Just to burn bibles alonside bible reading nitwits, and like stu atheist rementioned, a free bbq.
    I have a hunch they know how to BBQ.

    Antitheism is a drug against war.

  32. Stonyground says:

    Well they are bashing Mother Theresa, at least they got one thing right.

    At one time book burning could be regarded as one of the vilest crimes. Who can know what knowledge has been lost and how much human progress has been retarded by the actions of book burning imbeciles? However, since the invention of the printing press and the internet the book burners achieve only one result, advertising to the entire world their own stupidity. Well done guys, keep up the good work.

  33. polomint38 says:

    Just to burn bibles alonside bible reading nitwits

    You want to burn the bible reading nitwits?
    Bit harsh!

  34. Bristol says:

    I have the misfortune of knowing Marc Grizzard. You should know that he is pulling this stunt ONLY for media attention. There are about 10 members of his “church,” about 5 of whom are his family members. He doesn’t really believe this garbage any more than you do. Unfortunately, he’s now had his 15 minutes, so let’s go back to ignoring him.