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US preachers prepare for jail or death

US preachers prepare for jail or death

Twenty-one days before the US Supreme Court ruled in favour of gay marriage, a warning was sounded by Mormon radio host Glen Beck that thousands of pastors were willing to die if same-sex unions became the law of the land.

The number that I think will walk through a wall of fire, you know, and possible death, is anywhere between 17,000 and 10,000. That is an extraordinary number of people that are willing to lay it all down on the table and willing to go to jail or go to death because they serve God and not man.

This prompted Manny Shewitz of Church & State to comment:

Martyrdom and sacrificing yourself for your religion? Where have we heard that before? Doesn’t that sound an awful lot like radical jihadists, the same people who right-wing alarmists want us to declare war on, even though they share a lot in common?

Ironically, the Supreme Court’s decision came on the very day that saw Muslim fanatics “serving God” by carrying out murderous attacks in Tunisia, Kuwait and France. But as far as religious right commentators in America were concerned, the worst act of terrorism yesterday was committed by the judges. Tweeted a lunatic called Bryan Fischer:

From a moral standpoint, 6/26 is now our 9/11.

He also said:

June 26, 2015: the day the twin towers of truth and righteousness were blown up by moral jihadists.

And for good measure:

I saw Satan dancing with delight, the day the music died in the United States of America; plus:

On this day, June 26, 2015, five justices of the Supreme Court became moral jihadists who blasted the twin pillars of truth and righteousness into rubble. They did this by imposing sodomy-based marriage on the United States through an act of judicial tyranny.

According to Right Wing Watch,  Texas Republican Louie Gohmer also reacted with guns blazing, calling the ruling:

A civilization-changing decision that destroys our nation’s heritage of Biblical marriage. May God forgive our Supreme Court majority for its arrogance and its self-apotheosis.

He further warned:

If Moses, Jesus, and contributors to the Bible were correct, God’s hand of protection will be withdrawn as future actions from external and internal forces will soon make clear. I will do all I can to prevent such harm, but I am gravely fearful that the stage has now been set.

On American Family Radio, Crane Durham said that America is now under “tyranny” as a result of the court’s decision.

One caller said that he was prepared to “abandon ship” and flee America for a nation like Costa Rica or the Philippines, while another caller said that God is about to punish all of the people, such as President Obama and Hillary Clinton, who are celebrating the court’s ruling.

Conservative author Carl Gallups that the Supreme Court’s ruling invites God to wrath upon America:

This is the most monumental ruling of any court, by any nation in the history of the world. The spiritual and world-reaching ramifications will be prolific and devastating.

There is more – much more – of this delusional, paranoid shit sloshing around the Internet right now, but believe me, you really don’t want to wallow around in it unless you’re absolutely determined to risk severe brain damage.

Hat tip: Gill Kerry (Beck report)

19 responses to “US preachers prepare for jail or death”

  1. Har Davids says:

    Bring out the marshmallows: a little while ago, Texas pastor Rick Scarborough promised self-immolation if the Supreme Court would bring same-sex marriage to the US, and it happened. Let him walk the walk now, or will he hang on, like all of his big-talk colleagues, praying his heart out to stop his God from smiting half of the US population?

    A great day for reason and a bad one for bigots.

  2. Lon says:

    We survived the destruction of our nation’s heritage of biblical slavery a while back. We’re always better off for dismantling bible based bigotry. That thousands of pastors are willing to be incarcerated or die is encouraging. I wish them all gawdspeed!

  3. Rob Andrews says:

    This is typical fire and brimstone rhetoric that was used against abortion in the 1970s. but they’ll get used to same-sex marriage like they got used to abortion. Fundies will probably go after Marihuana legalization next–but then the bible says nothing about marihuana.

    It would be great if they turned that hyperbolic talk against ISIL Go on another crusaide.

    No god; no bible; no sin; no hell; NO PROBLEM!

  4. sailor1031 says:

    “moral jihadists? judicial tyranny?”

    WTF. Under the 14th amendment to the Constitution of the US states must provide to all persons within their jurisdiction “the equal protection of the laws”. If a state allows people to marry it cannot discriminate by allowing only favoured groups to marry. Mississippi, for example, cannot have laws that permit only whites to marry, or only protestants to marry, or only native-born white protestants to marry. Laws restricting marriage, on age grounds for instance, must apply to all not just to some.

    That given, it is a disgrace that this decision had four dissenters when the law is so clear. I expect nothing from Scalia, Thomas and Alito who all have their heads so far up their own asses that nothing gets through to them, but I had thought Roberts was a better lawyer than this. I can only assume that as a catholic he is toeing the vatican line rather than obeying the law. Disgraceful

  5. .Korgu says:

    Who cares …… Kuffars everywhere must be much more focussed upon the agenda of islam which is to use any means, no matter how violent, primitive, brutal or cowardly, to infest the free world with fanatics armed with suicide belts, firearms, knives and machetes to smash up everything that is civilised secular and worthwhile. Islam wants kuffars dead. That’s it. And it’s agents, like rats, are all around and much closer than you think, stealthily outbreeding the indigenous, until they have the advantage of numbers and enough firepower to assassinate anyone they choose to eliminate.

  6. .Korgu says:

    There is no joy in islam, except of course that orgasmic ecstasy of the fanatic as he, or she, cruely murders a kuffar.

  7. asquith says:

    Why “sodomy-based”, aren’t lesbians just the same? Or is it that Bryan Fisher is going to be arrested for violations of Haggard Law, and that’s why he has anal sex on the mind?

    Also, isn’t this the Glenn Beck who belongs to some weird non-Christian sect? And he’s hoiked evangelicals in? The thing is, they imagine the “antichrist” and “false prophet” to be Obama and non-murderous religious folks, but in fact he’s right in their own camp.

    Don’t tell me it’s all a means for them to make money and advance their political goals, rather than a religion they actually believe in!

  8. Broga says:

    These preachers are all talk. The won’t walk the walk. The only way they are likely to die is in a car crash, from a heart attack or from the US diet and the clinical obesity which so often follows.

  9. JohnMWhite says:

    @asquith – sodomy refers to a range of sex acts, pretty much anything that isn’t a penis penetrating a vagina, so lesbians are included. It does get confusing since “sodomising” is generally taken to mean “doing in the butt”. The Supreme Court ruled anti-sodomy laws unconstitutional in 2003, until then many states had made getting a blow job a crime, even among heterosexual couples, though it was used by far more often to criminalise homosexuality.

    For me, the most humorous responses were all the people who decided that, to get away from gay marriage and health care, they were moving to Canada.

  10. asquith says:

    I yield to your legal knowledge, JohnMWhite. But I do invoke Haggard’s Law against these aggrieved faithheads.

    http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Haggard%27s_Law

  11. barriejohn says:

    Hemant has posted the following today, which is funny and sad at the same time:

    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2015/06/27/the-sadness-of-bryan-fischer/

  12. asquith says:

    What does the religion of peace make of it all?

  13. Barry Duke says:

    @ Har Davids: Save the marshmallows for another day. Scarborough has bottled out.

  14. KarenJ503 says:

    No one on the self-righteous bigoted preachers’ enemies list is going to ask any of them to preside over a ceremony of joy and love, since joy and love certainly isn’t in THEIR hearts. Who’d want bigoted preachers anywhere near them?
    With their attitudes, they can count on a significant decrease in their monetary take, being boycotted by more egalitarian folks, just like the bigoted pizza makers and bakers have.
    Boo hoo.

  15. John the Drunkard says:

    Our ‘tradition’ of Biblical Marriage?

    Ask Sally Hemmings about that one.

  16. Robster says:

    The half dozen or so American Christians with a brain will, hopefully be sitting down and actually thinking, you know like turning things over in the head(s) and questioning the usefulness of the chosen deity. The Supreme Court decision would suggest to many that perhaps the omnipotent and omnipresent fairy is a dismal failure or simply isn’t there, the god that whipped up the entire Universe in six days is unable to exert an influence on a panel of nine men. They spend endless hours apparently worshipping this fairy, praying to it, offering it money and the rest of it for no apparent advantage. When will one of it’s self appointed representative clergy admit that the whole thing is complete nonsense and that it’s time to move on?

  17. Laura Roberts says:

    Putting aside for a moment that Scalia was on the wrong side of the decision, he, or any lawyer, should be embarrassed for the whiny, sophomoric screed that served as his dissent. How does someone with less maturity than a prepubescent bully land on the supreme court?

    http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2015/06/scalia-dissent-gay-marriage-ruling-2015

  18. barriejohn says:

    Laura: “How does someone with less maturity than a prepubescent bully land on the supreme court?”

    You ARE aware by whom he was appointed, I assume?

    Antonin Gregory Scalia… is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. As the longest-serving justice currently on the Court, Scalia is the Senior Associate Justice. Appointed to the Court by President Ronald Reagan in 1986, Scalia has been described as the intellectual anchor for the originalist and textualist position in the Court’s conservative wing.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonin_Scalia