Barton: AIDS is God’s Punishment

David Barton is reiterating what he has said many times before, that God sent AIDS and continues to send new diseases to punish people for sin, especially homosexuality. And yet it will not cost him one bit of the political influence has in the Republican party.

I’ve gone on record before, and I’ll say it again: I think Romans 1:27 is one of the reasons that we’ll never find a complete cure for AIDS; and if we do there will be another disease pop up like this bacterial meningitis because the Bible says this, Romans 1:27 says ‘men committed shameful acts with other men, sexual acts, and received in themselves the due penalty for the error.’

There is going to be a consequence for this type of sexual behavior, so even if we find a cure for AIDS, something like bacterial meningitis is going to pop up; if we cure that, something else is going to pop up because God says there is a penalty in your own body when you do this kind of sexual acts – the Bible calls them shameful sexual acts – and so we as Christians have to have that same position, regardless of what the culture says.

See, this is why it’s clear that I’m not God. I’d send diseases as a punishment for bigotry and stupidity.

19 comments on this post.
  1. tommykey:

    And as I like to say, if god really was so offended by gay sex, he could cause gays to spontaneously combust when they engage in offensive acts. Immediate and permanent punishment.

  2. Eristae:

    This stuff makes me want to beat my head on the wall. Most people in the world who have AIDS are straight. Of course, we’re talking about a God that would send a tsunami to wreck havoc on Indonesia for gay marriage in California (or some such thing), so it shouldn’t surprise us if God manages to beat on entirely the wrong people.

  3. Synfandel:

    And, Ed, you would presumably inflict your wrath only on the bigoted and the stupid rather than randomly plague the guilty and the innocent alike.

    Ed for God!

  4. markr1957:

    … we’ll never find a complete cure for AIDS; and if we do ….

    The fail is strong in this one – got to have a fallback for an infallible claim!

  5. John Pieret:

    Eristae:

    God has never minded colateral damage much. Look what happened when he got mad at the dinosaures.

  6. bahrfeldt:

    AIDS is punishment for the blasphemy that is air travel. If God wanted us to fly, he would have given us wings.

  7. Modusoperandi:

    “See, this is why it’s clear that I’m not God. I’d send diseases as a punishment for bigotry and stupidity.”

    God’s already on that. Sort of. Look, it’s not God’s fault that He ran out of all the good punishments by the time He got down the list to bigotry and stupidity. All He had left was bolo ties and belly fat.

  8. grumpyoldfart:

    Back in 1954 a famous American said,

    “From this day forward, the millions of our school children will daily proclaim in every city and town, every village and rural school house, the dedication of our nation and our people to the Almighty…. In this way we are reaffirming the transcendence of religious faith in America’s heritage and future; in this way we shall constantly strengthen those spiritual weapons which forever will be our country’s most powerful resource, in peace or in war.”

    Now sit back and enjoy the consequences.

  9. Ellie:

    Bacterial meningitis? Bacterial meningitis? I know that David (I Lie for Jesus) Barton is willfully ignorant about HIV/AIDS, but good grief! Does he think all those babies, who are one of the most susceptible groups for bacterial meningitis, are being punished for homosexual sins? We old folks? Those serving in the military? Is he as willfully ignorant of all human physiology and medical problems as he is about history?

  10. Synfandel:

    Ellie @ 9:

    Yes.

  11. Randomfactor:

    Barton is God’s punishment for folks who listen to people like Barton.

  12. Childermass:

    If I were God, I would forgive the merely stupid.

    Now bigots, can get punished.

    If there is a God in Heaven, let David Barton’s lying tongue wither from advanced tongue cancer.

  13. scienceavenger:

    So once again, we are forced to conclude, via his lack of diseases aimed their way, that God loves lesbians. It always comes down to the lesbians.

  14. briandavis:

    If there is a God in Heaven, let David Barton’s lying tongue wither from advanced tongue cancer.

    I’d rather see him struck by a case of Tourette’s which caused him to accidentally blurt out the truth while speaking in public. (Thank you South Park)

  15. Nepenthe:

    I knew it. God hates pig and chicken farmers.

  16. Pierce R. Butler:

    Why did god wait for 19 sinful centuries between the writing of Romans and the release of HIV?

  17. vmanis1:

    Actually, on Planet Barton, God hates everyone, because he eventually kills everyone (except the prophet Elijah). When God can’t find a high-school football player to give a heart attack to, he sends cars to kill elderly pedestrians, or perhaps sends out some loonies to hack a British soldier to death. Some he lets outlive their families, then die alone and in pain. It’s all their fault.

    What a revolting faith Barton has.

  18. lamaria:

    “…we as Christians have to have that same position, regardless of what the culture says.” Missionary only folks.

  19. kermit.:

    Ellie: Is he as willfully ignorant of all human physiology and medical problems as he is about history?
    .
    Yes. He – and the others like him – hold knowledge in contempt, because it is an impediment to having the correct beliefs. The correct beliefs are, of course, not beliefs that are actually correct, but rather those which will affirm his identity as a real man, a true American, and a good Christian. (Which also, in his case, make him money.)
    .
    But I am not claiming that all folks who think like this are in it for the money. The exploiters have to be (or seem to be) members in good standing of this tribe because tribal identity based on beliefs about the world is important to so many Americans.

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