Day of Debauchery & Gluttony
Saturday, August 6 at 12:00am at Everywhere
In response to Governor Rick Perry and the American Family Association's "Day of Prayer and Fasting". For those of us who think there's more to fixing the nation's problems than just skipping a couple of meals and praying to the man in the sky to get rid of the sodomites, non-whites and poor people. 1. It doesn't matter where you are on the August 6th. While some people may choose to have their own shin digs, I haven't actually setup any actual, physical events. 2. Casey, this has nothing to do with Christianity or any sort of anti-Christian feelings, thoughts, whatever. Period. This is about the absolute hypocrisy of the far-Right and their use of evangelicals as political tool. For those of you unfamiliar with the "Day of Prayer and Fasting" or "The Response" as it is now being called, please allow me to share with you the details: On August 6, Rick Perry along with the American Family Association, International House of Prayer, John Hagee Pastor of the Cornerstone Church and other evangelicals will be holding "The Response" at Reliant Stadium in Houston. According to Rick Perry's official proclamation "Given the trials that have beset our country and world - from the global economic downturn to natural disasters, the lingering danger of terrorism and wars that endanger our troops in Iraq, Afghanistan and theaters of conflict around the globe, and the decline of our culture in the context of the demise of families - it seems imperative that the people of our nation should once again join together for a solemn day of prayer and fasting on behalf of our troubled nation."
Now, while I have no problem with people praying to the deities of their choice, I do have a problem with politicians using this sort of thing solely to score points agains the other side. And make no mistake, this is nothing but a political ploy. Those names I mentioned above? The AFA, International House of Prayer? John Hagee? All of them are hate mongers of the greatest order. The AFA and House of Prayer are actively engaged in the fight against equal rights for the LGBT community, particularly in denying the right to marry the person of their choice. The AFA believes that Muslims should not be allowed to practice their faith, and feel that they do not deserve First Amendment protection of religion. Oh, and the first Muslim member of Congress? The AFA sent-out a "bulletin" exclaiming that for the first time in US history, the oath of office had been sworn to on a Koran. Completely false. The AFA is one of the leading groups is the perpetuation of the "War on Christmas" myth, and I suppose it should go without saying that they oppose both abortion and "pornography". And John Hagee...Yes, I've saved the best for last. Here are some of Rev Hagee's greatest hits: "I believe that the Hurricane Katrina was, in fact, the judgment of God against the city of New Orleans...I believe that New Orleans had a level of sin that was offensive to God, and they are -- were recipients of the judgment of God for that...There was to be a homosexual parade there on the Monday that the Katrina came. And the promise of that parade was that it was going to reach a level of sexuality never demonstrated before in any of the other Gay Pride parades.... The Bible teaches that when you violate the law of God, that God brings punishment sometimes before the day of judgment." "[Gay marriage] will open the door to incest, to polygamy, and every conceivable marriage arrangement demented minds can possibly conceive. If God does not then punish America, He will have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah." "Only a Spirit-filled woman can submit to her husband's lead. It is the natural desire of a woman to lead through feminine manipulation of the man...Fallen women will try to dominate the marriage. The man has the God-given role to be the loving leader of the home." "I cannot tell you how important it is that we understand the true nature of Islam, that we see it for what it really is. In fact, I will tell you this: I do not believe our country can truly fulfill its divine purpose until we understand our historical conflict with Islam. I know that this statement sounds extreme, but I do not shrink from its implications. The fact is that America was founded, in part, with the intention of seeing this false religion destroyed, and I believe September 11, 2001, was a generational call to arms that we can no longer ignore." "It is impossible to call yourself a Christian and defend homosexuality. There is no justification or acceptance of homosexuality.... Homosexuality means the death of society because homosexuals can recruit, but they cannot reproduce."
Now, having seen that, yes, I do have a problem with this. A man who cuts funding for women and children's health, who has worked to dismantle the Texas education system, who does nothing but pump money into the pockets of his cronies, who dares to joke that he's "homeless" because he's living in a 10,000 a month house while the Governor's Mansion is being remodeled while ordinary Texans are living on the streets in 100+º heat? You're damned right that I'm upset about this, and I'm pretty sure that Jesus Christ would stand right next to me and bow his head in shame at his name and what I always believed he was supposed to stand for being used to peddle hatred. Now, please, if you sympathize with these people, let me know. And I am absolutely serious about this, if you agree with the positions of the International House of Prayer, of the American Family Association and above all the most Reverend John Hagee, let me know. I want to be sure to never speak another word to you for as long as I live, because I damned sure won't allow myself to be in the company of someone who doesn't believe in the equality of every person on this Earth. **Added July 20, 2011** So, again, having said that (and having been taken to task for it as well), I'll repeat what I've said many times now. My issue isn't with Christianity or any other religion, it's not with people who wish to pray or fast. My anger exists solely for those people who wish to turn the United States into a theocracy based upon their own religion and moral values and who think that the future of our nation should be decided by those with the best lobbyists, not the best ideas.