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Lou Engle Wants to Be the Hulk

Wow, you have to see this bizarre video. It’s Lou Engle speaking to a bunch of teenagers who are part of an anti-gay youth ministry, bonding with them by talking about how much he loved The Avengers because it teaches how to stand up to demons. And that the holy spirit moved him to tears because he loved the Hulk so much. No, I’m not making this up. And it’s really just creepy.

Comments

  1. iariese says

    Two thoughts: 1) when did Thor become a xtian? and 2) gamma radiation creating the Hulk is as true as most of the Wholly Babble.

  2. raven says

    Lou Engle claims to be a New Apostle, appointed by god, and having superpowers.

    AFAICT, those superpowers seem to include lying a lot, saying silly things, and looking like a loon to normal people.

    Not impressed.

  3. grumpyoldfart says

    Teenagers sitting cross-legged on the floor listening to fairy stories. Can they not see how they are being manipulated?

  4. Larry says

    The Avengers teaches how to stand up to demons?? WTF?

    He claims to learn how to stand up to mythical creatures from fictional comic book characters that were created by a human author. Why not just worship that person’s wisdom?

  5. Chris from Europe says

    @Modusoperandi
    I guess he concentrated on Captain America in his tight costume.

  6. harold says

    If this guy isn’t drunk, he sure knows how to do a good impression of a drunk.

    Teenagers love to see adults acting drunk.

  7. says

    Captain America is the perfect American superhero–he got a stack of rippling muscles without having to work for it, just like we all imaging we can.

  8. Robert M. says

    Yet another time a fundamentalist can’t distinguish fantasy from reality.

  9. says

    I am always struck by how xian youth ministers use the same kind of approach with kids as pedophiles, feigning shared interest that other adults think is crazy but “we” understand, while shifting its meaning step by step where they want it to go, often done while kids are separated from other adults.
    I remember once when my kids were young a local pastor coming to the door with a neighborhood friend of my daughters and a couple of his zombies in tow. I gave him my usual neutral but polite “no I don’t believe your nonsense and don’t want to hear about it and went to close the door but he kept on, asking would I let my daughter come to their church.
    I asked him why I would want my child going to learn something I thought was wrong, he answered he didn’t care about my lack of belief that lots of kids in the area came to church without their parents that they sent a van around to pick them up Sunday mornings. I just looked at him and asked (getting annoyed at this point) what kind of parent would send their children off unsupervised with a bunch of strangers. He looked at me like, well like I had accused him of being a pedophile which I suppose I had. I shut the door in his face then.
    I found out the church gave the kids in their sunday school prizes for supplying them with names and addresses of kids that they knew who didn’t go to church.
    Later I found out they were sending people through the area proselytizing only to unattended children. When I saw one of them at it I called the cops and reported him as a suspicious man talking to young kids in the area, I doubt it stopped them but they did stop coming down my street.

  10. coleopteron says

    I’ve always loved reading comics – Thor being my favourite. As fictional as the bible, but considerably more interesting and nobody insists that I believe they’re historically accurate. If religion was more like that I could at least see the appeal.

    I’d say I was surprised that he didn’t mention Thor as being blasphemous or something, but from his barely coherent babbling about angels and demons I’m not sure he was really paying close attention to the movie at all.

  11. says

    cycleninja “Captain America is the perfect American superhero–he got a stack of rippling muscles without having to work for it, just like we all imaging we can.”
    But he got them from the government!

  12. Robert B. says

    Chris from Europe @ 10:

    Or Hawkeye. Hawkeye was hot in that movie.

    Seriously, though, this is just the usual manipulative thing of coopting someone’s interests in order to sell them something totally unrelated.

  13. dogmeat says

    Kind of ironic, but while I was reading the comments on this post I noticed an ad on the sidebar. The add has a picture of someone with a massive “JESUS” belt buckle and asks if Jesus is God. For reasons I cannot explain, beyond self-hate or self-punishment, I clicked on the link. What is amusing is that their claims read much like a comic book, a series of questions “answered” by unfounded or unsubstantiated assertions, all from their magic comic book Bible. T’was perfect timing for this post.

  14. satanaugustine says

    Modusoperandi@21

    cycleninja “Captain America is the perfect American superhero–he got a stack of rippling muscles without having to work for it, just like we all imaging we can.”
    But he got them from the government!

    You’re right! Captain America is a total welfare queen!

  15. says

    Of course one could argue that one of the messages of the Avengers was that when confronting “Demons” all you need is a gun. No faith necessary.

  16. sc_83020c6545a7be5f12c0e4cf645fd913 says

    Define irony: a right-wing evangelist trying to draw people in to Christianity by referencing a movie written and directed by a well-known atheist.

  17. andrew says

    This gentleman really needs to be in therapy.

    And I don’t say that because he’s yelling about the Hulk and Jebus.

    He has some really severe emotional and sensory issues. I’ve worked in orphanages for lots of years among really severely handicapped and deprived kids–this rocking back-and-forth motion that he does? I’ve seen that hundreds and hundreds of times. It’s *always* a sign of something pretty badly wrong with you–and I mean that as an actual neuro-physiological problem and not just ‘believing crazy things.’

  18. lorn says

    What pedophile doesn’t want to have the super power ability to flex their muscles and have their clothes fall off? Being green, powerful and attractive to young boys are also right up his alley. Give it time. He will have his luggage lifting, wide stance, moment in the spotlight.

  19. criticaldragon1177 says

    Ed Brayton,

    I agree with you, it is bizarre. I wonder if he realizes that the hulk has anger management issues. : )

  20. dingojack says

    So this guy wants a god who likes to say ‘Don’t make me angry. You wouldn’t like when I’m angry’ – oh wait.
    :) Dingo
    ——-
    Is it just me or is the intial still of the video a little worrisome.
    A bunch of pre-teens watch on as a middle-aged man does an extreme pelvic thrust with a genital ‘peekaboo’ gesture. (Note the reaction of the kid on the far left).
    Over his genital area is the play button (for modesty?).
    Nah – nothing creepy ’bout that.

  21. eric says

    Seriously, though, this is just the usual manipulative thing of coopting someone’s interests in order to sell them something totally unrelated.

    It’s “just the usual” when one adult does it to another. Its creepy, exploitative, and arguably immoral when an older adult does it to a teen.

  22. birgerjohansson says

    Send in The Authority.
    Peferably with The Midnighter up front, along with his husband Apollo to rein him in so he will not actually beat the old manipulative creep to death.
    — — — — —
    In a few years, Lou Engle can be Mr. Herbert, the creepy elderly neighbour of the Griffin family (although no one in Family Guy has superpowers).
    — — — — —
    “Captain America is a total welfare queen!”

    Is this like, you know, firefighters and cops are just freeloaders who have unions to get totally too much paid by the taxpayers money?

  23. Hercules Grytpype-Thynne says

    Jesus:

    But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.

    Engle:

    Christian! Smash!

  24. baal says

    Ok, that was scary.

    I really don’t want to expose my son to folks like this guy; not even as an example of how the xtian belief system leads to delusional ideas.

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