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‘We Can’t Expect God to Protect Us in a Crisis’

The Worldnutdaily is still working overtime to raise money to keep Joseph Farah’s Ten Commandments billboard campaign going. He says the intent is to “prick the conscience” of the country, starting with Las Vegas (yeah, good luck with that). And in their latest faux article on the subject, they offer this quote:

What is happening to our beloved nation? Why aren’t Christians winning the battle for hearts, souls and freedom in America?

In 1982, then-President Ronald Reagan warned, “We can’t expect God to protect us in a crisis and just leave Him over there on the shelf in our day-to-day living. I wonder if sometimes He isn’t waiting for us to wake up, He isn’t maybe running out of patience.”

America has turned from God and has forgotten right from wrong.

The quote really should have stopped after the first clause. We can’t expect God to protect us in a crisis, full stop. And the truth is that they don’t really believe this either. Reagan didn’t expect God to protect us, he spent trillions on defense for that purpose. The Pentagon doesn’t have any conflict scenarios or contingency plans that assume divine intervention at any point. That’s why I always laugh when the wingnuts talk about God “lifting his hand of protection” from us. This God they believe in seems to behave in a manner that is entirely indistinguishable from a non-existent deity.

Comments

  1. Moggie says

    He says the intent is to “prick the conscience” of the country, starting with Las Vegas

    I don’t think Vegas needs any more pricks.

  2. busterggi says

    Considering that most crises are caused by ‘acts of god’ such as hurricanes, earthquakes, etc …what would one expect?

  3. says

    “We can’t expect God to protect us in a crisis…”

    Nor, if you’re a realist, expect him to help you while letting others lose athletic contests, hit the lottery, survive horrific accidents or natures capriciousness.

    But, then, we are talking about KKKristians.

  4. says

    The whole idea of “trusting in god” refutes the idea that the believer has agency or much in the way of free will. Whenever some religious person says something about “trusting in god” to me I ask them why they do anything, at all, ever, instead of just sitting there quivering in terror to see what god has in store for them next? The best part of trusting in god is the end-game: he’ll make sure you die so he can decide whether or not to consign you to an eternity of boredom or torment. God’s a real bucket of chuckles like that.

  5. Larry says

    Apparently, the protection god provides happens only after the crisis. If you survived, if your family, pets, and possessions are OK, then god protected you. If you died or were injured or your house got blowed up in the tornado or your airplane crashed, well, you weren’t making your weekly payoffs to the big guy. Funny how the religious loud mouths are never able to determine who gets whacked and who gets a pass until later.

  6. mvemjsun says

    “America has turned from God” if only we were that lucky. God is good at fucking up countries by mass producing stupid bigots.

  7. Phillip IV says

    He says the intent is to “prick the conscience” of the country

    Tapping into the vast reservoirs of secret shame at not having the Ten Commandments posted in every single courthouse and city hall in the U.S.? That doesn’t sound like a winning strategy.

  8. says

    Reagan didn’t expect God to protect us, he spent trillions on defense for that purpose.

    Of course Reagan did. You don’t go to war with the god you want, you go to war with the god you have, to mangle a phrase.
    Reagan went with that he had. God’s protection, you see, is as accurate as His punishment. He might aim to protect the USA and accidentally protect, say, Lithuania or Uruguay instead.

  9. Crip Dyke, MQ, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden says

    You don’t go to war with the god you want, you go to war with the god you have

    And the right went with Reagan.

  10. Ichthyic says

    Why aren’t Christians winning the battle for hearts, souls and freedom in America?

    ah… lies and the lying liars that tell them.

    when you start with a lie, lie to cover the lie, and lie to create an entire dogma around a lie…

  11. Ichthyic says

    America has turned from God and has forgotten right from wrong.

    America may be unable to tell right from wrong any more, but if so, it’s BECAUSE of the empowerment of lying, delusional, xian bigots such as Farah.

    it has to stop.

    you either will have to change the message you are sending to the authoritarians, and get them to start spewing something that makes sense, or you’ll have to shut them the fuck up.

    there appears to be no alternative.

  12. Ichthyic says

    well, I suppose we could let them have what they really want and all go back to feudalism and another dark age.

    so I guess there IS an alternative…

  13. lordshipmayhem says

    We can’t expect any gods to protect us in a chronic, either. They’d have to exist, first.

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