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Thursday, September 25, 2008

This Lady's Not for Burning!

NEWS FLASH: The undecider has undecided his being undecided about the debate and will debate tonight. Well, I'll be in class until 10:00 p.m. - learning about witchcraft and pornography and that kind of stuff, of course - but no crystal balls are allowed (think about it), so I won't be able to watch. It's too bad, too. Have fun.
Hey, witch-hunters and purity police - burn this!

In the late 1990s I was reading about a drive by newly-converted African Christians coming to America to "convert" whites who were not sufficiently Christian, because we largely don't believe in spirts, demons, angels, and fairies but instead put our trust in godless intellectualism. I kid you not. Unfortunately it's still a story largely overlooked by the media.

One of these tinfoil-hat The-End-Is-Near "bishops," Thomas Muthee, blessed Sarah Palin's candidacy for governor and invoked protection against "witchcraft" in front of a congregation full of allegedly sentient beings. (Video and story at link.)

The church where Palin was "saved" is one of the most extreme in the nation. Palin herself tried to get a book by a (relatively) moderate pastor in a nearby town banned. (Real advocates for "teach the 'controversy'" aren't they?) She has fond memories of Thomas Muthee, not of Rev. Howard Bess.

Transcript of part of this lunatic's "blessing" of Palin:

Number three, or number four [NOBODY EXPECTS THE SPANISH INQUISITION!], it’s the area of education. We need believers who are educationists. [And "I'm the educationaler"...nice one.] If we had them, today we would not be talking about the Ten Commandments being kicked out of the church, I mean out of our schools. [You know, that's a pretty bad slip.] They would still be there. One of the things that you, you know, I would love you to know, I’m a child of revival of the Seventies, and that revival swept through the schools. They are open to preaching, you know, open. Open. Wide open. You go to any school, there is what we call Christian Union. Christian Union is nothing more but a bunch of kids that are born again, spirit-filled, tongue-talking, devil-casting. Is anybody hearing me? All over the country! Is anybody hearing me?

We need God taking over our education system! Otherwise, we, if we have God in our schools, we will not have kids being taught, you know, how to worship Buddha, how to worship Mohammed, we will not have in the curriculum witchcraft and sorcery. Is anybody hearing me? [emphasis mine]
Hey, Thomas Muthee - fuck you. Don't attempt speak for this nation or its educational system. Of course you have no flipping idea that Wiccans (and Muslims, and Buddhists, and atheists) are protected under the First Amendment - since when have you been in the thinking business?
Thomas Muthee, you're a murderer. You achieved your political power by accusing helpless people of "witchcraft." As a result of your fear-mongering eleven elderly people were accused as "witches" and burned to death by your frenzied, superstitious followers.

Plus you drove another woman out of town on fear on stoning, and you still brag about it! Get the hell out of my country and take your ignoramus "missionaries" with you!

Oh, sorry, I was also speaking to Sarah Palin. Hey, foreign policy/energy expert - can you see Russia from where you stand? Well, I can see the stars at night, so I guess that makes me an expert on the universe. So get out and find a cosmos you like better, and let those of us who care about what the Constitution actually says have our country back.
Dear John - I'll say it again: you should have chosen Elizabeth Dole.

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Anonymous AJ Milne said...

Umm... There's sorcery in the school system?

M'kay. Someone has to tell this guy the Harry Potter series is fiction, and he cannot actually apply to Hogwarts. Yes, the brooms look way cool, and I kinda want one too (imagine the convenience... commute at somethin' like 3,000 feet, put yer ride in the broom closet when you get to where yer goin', budda bing, budda boom... tho' come to think of it, howinhell do you lock them up? Ski locks, mebbe?), but them's the breaks.

That is all.

September 26, 2008 9:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't want Thomas Muthee to leave the country. I just want him to die and reduce the surplus population so we can bury him with his butt sticking out of ground in order to have a parking space for our bicycles when we come to do unpleasant things to his grave.

September 29, 2008 10:44 PM  
Blogger Rev. Barky said...

How can you go against the WORD OF GOD? - Or the will of the great cucumber for that matter?

Oh, the imagery the last post conjures. Like something out of a Julian Murphy painting.

September 30, 2008 9:45 AM  
Blogger Kristine said...

And there goes Phil Donohue, chief blowhard of the Catholic League, informing us, “Unfortunately, Africa does have a witchcraft problem!” Oh, really? Okay, are we talking about, *ahem,* HIV DENIAL? And all the worthless rain-dancing done about that? Or how about the social fallout from the Church’s preaching against using condoms and birth control? Huh? Because then he would actually have a point.

I don’t want these opportunists, who wring $$ out of poor uneducated people by scaring them to death, coming here and doing the same! What separates them from the “witches” they talk about (not to be confused with Wiccans) is that they seem to be able to conjure money out of thin air.

We have a secular government for a reason! I don’t need someone who doesn’t understand democracy coming here and lecturing us about injecting Big Father into every aspect of our culture.

October 03, 2008 9:35 AM  
Anonymous Brian Westley said...

Elizabeth Dole vilifies atheists openly:

See here

October 08, 2008 8:17 PM  
Blogger Kristine said...

Oh, dear. I just love how any bipartisanship on my part gets cuffed right in the mouth. (Are there no Republican atheists? Most Republicans I know are fiscal, not social, conservatives.)

October 09, 2008 12:11 PM  
Blogger BillyWarhol said...

I don't think anybody hears me either Kristine! + "believe" me I shout the "F" word as loudly + as often as I possibly can!! ;))

The funniest comment I heard on Palin's See Russia was some Pundit on CNN saying I can see the Moon in my Backyard but that doesn't make me an Astronaut!! Touche Pussycat!!

Thanks for yer Props + Shout Out for my Blog on yer other Post - I super appreciate it!!

Cheers Kristine! Billy ;)) Peace*

p.s. I'm slowly working my way thru the Atheist Blogroll + I'm amazed at all the Quality Blogs - & a Wealth of Great Info out there!!

October 09, 2008 6:00 PM  

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