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Farah: God’s Gonna Get Us!

There are few things more amusing to me than when wingnuts declare that God is going to punish America for something. Fill in the blank — legal abortion, homosexuality, too much sex in the media, or whatever else they’re railing about at the moment. Joseph Farah, naturally, thinks God’s wrath will come upon us because of President Obama’s acceptance of marriage equality:

There will be serious consequences for America as a result of this growing apostasy. I believe we are already feeling them. It’s praiseworthy that voters in 32 out of 32 states have rejected this invention of the pseudo-intellectual cultural elite. But, it will take more than that to prevent God’s wrath on a nation flirting with arrogant, defiant rejection of one of God’s most sacred injunctions.

As a man claiming to be America’s leader, Obama has cursed us all. In fact, he himself represents one of those judgments that, I believe, is already upon us as a nation.

And of course, every bad thing that happens from now on, every natural disaster or bad economic report, will be filtered through this prism of insanity and blamed on gay people. But this argument is nothing new. The religious right has made this argument forever. They made it in opposition to the ratification of the Constitution too. It was a staple sermon in 1787 and 1788 as preachers railed against the new constitution from their pulpits, telling their congregations that if we ratified a constitution that did not declare our reliance on God and that allowed non-Christians to hold public office, it would bring down the wrath of God upon us all. And they kept it up for decades, attempting over and over again to amend the constitution to add a Christian Nation amendment to it.

Rational people take such threats no more seriously than they would if someone told them that if they don’t stop doing something, their leprechaun friend will beat them up.

Comments

  1. d cwilson says

    And they kept it up for decades, attempting over and over again to amend the constitution to add a Christian Nation amendment to it.

    Until recent decades. Now they just pretend that the Christian Nation amendment has always been part of the Constitution just as the founding fathers wanted it.

  2. Randomfactor says

    Yeah, well, the divine aim ain’t what it used to be. If I lived in Canada or Mexico, I might be worried.

  3. says

    Well actually… if you compare saw Canada and the states. Canada legalized SSMarriage and havn’t been hit by any particularly notable disasters and our banks and economy were also less affected by the recent economic problems. Obviously this shows that legalized same sex marriage is what god wants to spare us from such effects ;P (cough tongue in cheek not serious).

  4. reddiaperbaby1942 says

    The guy’s got a whole enormous universe to run, but what he’s REALLY worried about is whom the members of one species on one continent on one planet in one galaxy are having sex with. Yeah.

  5. Homo Straminus says

    That quote is full of dogwhistle, but I’m confused by this one:

    In fact, he himself represents one of those judgments that, I believe, is already upon us as a nation.

    Is he saying Obama is the antichrist? Or of the four horsemen? Or something?

  6. greg1466 says

    And by pseudo-intellectual cultural elite he obviously means reasonably educated, rational, moral people. Or put another way, people who aren’t ignorant-credulous bigots.

  7. twincats says

    But, it will take more than that to prevent God’s wrath on a nation flirting with arrogant, defiant rejection of one of God’s most sacred injunctions.

    Yeah people, we’ve really got to start wearing clothes made out of ONE FIBER ONLY!!!1!* All of these mixed fibers are really pissing gawd off. And you guys with your shaving, knock it off, already!

    *I’ve been trying to do my part, but as a knitter, I’ve discovered that wool/bamboo yarn makes the yummiest, cloud-softest socks evar! I just know I’m going to get run through with my prize pair of size 9, hand-turned mahogany needles.

    Forgive me, father, for I have purled…

  8. bksea says

    But look at the evidence: Sweden allows same-sex marriage and god gave them lutefisk! What clearer punishment could there be?

  9. Sastra says

    It’s praiseworthy that voters in 32 out of 32 states have rejected this invention of the pseudo-intellectual cultural elite. But, it will take more than that to prevent God’s wrath on a nation flirting with arrogant, defiant rejection of one of God’s most sacred injunctions.

    You know, even when I was a kid I thought there was something blatantly unfair about a teacher telling a class that if anyone misbehaved while they were out of the room then the entire class would be punished when they came back. As if the nice, quiet, well-behaved kids had any real influence over the arrogant, defiant rapscallions who would commit all sort of mayhem because they could. Farah and his ilk even seem to acknowledge this, as their enemies are seen as virtually unstoppable.

    But no, when God gets back He’s going to kick everyone’s ass and make them stay after and write sentences in Hell because, like the teacher, He is apparently too damn lazy or overwhelmed to try to sort out who did what and deal with it appropriately.

    I find it amazing that the people who feel this way also seem to think God is the very essence of fairness and justice. When they were kids, they probably thought that sort of blanket condemnation was wrong, too.

    Unless they were always the wrongdoers.

  10. sezme says

    As a man claiming to be America’s leader, Obama has cursed us all. In fact, he himself represents one of those judgments that, I believe, is already upon us as a nation.

    The way I read this, Farah thinks god’s choice was Obama. Does that mean he was telling little white lies to Bqachmann, Cain and Perry?

  11. dingojack says

    I agree with Farah: America is breaking one of god’s most scared injunctions.
    Stone Farrah to death now and save the US from god’s wrath!!
    Dingo

  12. StevoR says

    It’s praiseworthy that voters in 32 out of 32 states have rejected this invention of the pseudo-intellectual cultural elite.

    I’m an Aussie but, um, even I’m pretty sure there’s more than just 32 of the United States of America states. In fact isn’t theer about fifty two of them or something?

    Or have I just really confused things here somewhere?

  13. StevoR says

    @5.fifthdentist :

    The island nation of Tuvalu is sinking.
    I wonder what they did to bring on the wrath of the invisible sky man?

    They believed in Global warming duh!

    That’s a huge sin as everyone knows that’s all just a hoax created by all those scientsist-y people under Al Gore’s secret directions. Of course, its Gawd Who controls the climate and He/ She /It /Schler promised no more floods after Noahs hence the skies natural spectroscope rainbow was created. You gotta show faith Tuvuluans, just believe in Gawd and you’ll stop sinking anytime, a-n-y-t-i .. oh .. wait? Where’d they go?

    [Looks across at expanse of bubbles with the odd coconut palm top splishing as it vanishes beneath the waves.]

  14. dan4 says

    @15: “Or have I really just confused things here somewhere?”

    Yes. Farah was talking about the states that have had ballot initiatives on the SSM issue. I think that’s fairly obvious from the “voters” part of the sentence you highlighted from him.

  15. dingojack says

    Dan – And what does the babble say should be done to false prophets? You know, people who say god’s gonna do something – and nothing happens?
    Your Asperger’s is showing, again.
    Dingo

  16. dan4 says

    @20: “You know, people who say god’s gonna do something-and nothing happens?”

    You’ve got it somewhat backwards. As Mr. Brayton mentioned in his post here, things will “happen,” it’s just that God will have nothing to do with them.

  17. says

    “Joseph Farah, naturally, thinks God’s wrath will come upon us”

    Wrong, moustache boy; but, if it was a possibility, you would be advised to get your affairs in order.

    “Is he saying Obama is the antichrist? Or of the four horsemen? Or something?”

    It’s worster than that, Obama is the Hydraheaded, Anti-Christ Centaur–way scary.

  18. kermit. says

    Zinc Avenger, if Neil Gaiman’s American Gods is any indication, leprechauns typically top 6 feet and love nothing better than a good bar fight. Didn’t seem to use much but his fists. Well, and his teeth, feet, and nearby objects.

  19. dingojack says

    Farah: “But, it will take more than that [marriage equality, ‘this invention of the pseudo-intellectual cultural elite’] to prevent God’s wrath on a nation flirting with arrogant, defiant rejection of one of God’s most sacred injunctions“.

    Dan – Reading Comprehansion: FAIL (Epic).

    Dingo

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