VA GOP Names Loony as Black Outreach Person

Apparently the Virginia Republican Party doesn’t think they look quite crazy enough for nominating Ken Cuccinelli and E.W. Jackson for governor and lt. governor respectively, so they’ve now named Rev. Joe Ellison as their “Director of African-American Engagement.” Ellison is so crazy that he believes the big earthquake in Haiti a few years ago was caused by voodoo.

20 comments on this post.
  1. oranje:

    I’m getting seriously scared of Virginia. Are they just ahead of the curve on the effects of the Tea Party rise on the state level? I know Michigan gets pretty far out there, too, but this is just nuts.

  2. D. C. Sessions:

    Ellison is so crazy that he believes the big earthquake in Haiti a few years ago was caused by voodoo.

    Actually, that’s one of his less-problematic positions. Most voters in VA won’t care about that one.

    Now, when you get to his comments on civil rights, he gets really out there.

  3. Katherine Lorraine, Tortue du Désert avec un Coupe-Boulon:

    How to know someone doesn’t do any research: they say stupid stuff about voodoo. It was the merger of African tribal religions and Catholicism and nothing more.

  4. democommie:

    Katherine Lorraine, Tortue du Désert avec un Coupe-Boulon:

    Hey, careful! The next thing you’ll be saying is that voodoo “curses” are similar to imprecatory prayers!!

  5. D. C. Sessions:

    democommie, don’t needle the nice lady.

  6. Abdul Alhazred:

    Perhaps no non-loony was willing to take the job?
    :)

  7. Chiroptera:

    Do they just assume that anyone whose black will connect well with African-Americans?

  8. Abdul Alhazred:

    They assume anyone who is black will connect better than a random white Republican.

  9. democommie:

    What, Michael Steele and George “Macaca” Allen were too busy?

  10. democommie:

    I am so sorry, that should have been, George “Macacawitz” Allen; I regret the error.

  11. Modusoperandi:

    It’s the Shallow Bench problem (see: Clarence Thomas). Also, the race baiting doesn’t help. And the poor baiting. And all the other dogwhistles that form the basis of GOP policy.

  12. unbound:

    Unfortunately, a simple majority of my fellow Virginians don’t actually pay attention to what the candidates do or say…they just watch the commercials that talk about jobs, flags and apple pie. The GOP in Virginia knows this, so the commercials tend to carefully avoid these types of issues. It’s about 50/50 if the democrats will include the crazy shit of the GOP nominees in their commercials.

  13. raven:

    Ellison is so crazy that he believes the big earthquake in Haiti a few years ago was caused by voodoo.

    Voodoo 1, xianity 0.

    This actually doesn’t make any sense.

    Is Rev. Ellison saying that the gods of Voodoo are real, and powerful? If so, can I convince them to let me win in Las Vegas? Or turn Jackson, Ellison, and Kookinelli into frogs?

    And what about the US fundie heatland. Which gods caused the recent EF 5 tornadoes in Oklahoma and who asked them to do it?

    PS Is this one of those examples of Sophisticated Theology?

  14. Katherine Lorraine, Tortue du Désert avec un Coupe-Boulon:

    @democommie:

    I’m not saying that at all, but if I were, I would say that voodoo curses are similar to imprecatory prayers.

  15. whheydt:

    Re: Raven @ #13…

    As I recall, the voodoo-earthquake linkage was a claim that, by embracing voodoo, the Christian god became very unhappy with Haiti. There was also the factor (IIRC) that embracing voodoo went hand in glove with the original Haitian revolt against France.

    That there are two significant fault lines that have–historically–generated quite large earthquakes pretty much goes right over the heads of the people that make such claims.

    Remember, this is something that fundie nutcases think. No rational thought applies.

  16. d.c.wilson:

    Keep this up, Virginia and soon we won’t be able to tell the difference between your republicans and Texas republicans.

  17. raven:

    Remember, this is something that fundie nutcases think. No rational thought applies.

    Yeah, I know. I said it doesn’t make any sense.

    As I recall, the voodoo-earthquake linkage was a claim that, by embracing voodoo, the Christian god became very unhappy with Haiti..

    So what did the god soaked of Oklahoma do recently to tick off the gods and get a few tornadoes? Or a few years ago, the ones in Joplin Missouri. Why do hurricanes slam into the fundie heartland so often? And isn’t it odd that the largest wildfire in Colorado history that destroyed 400 homes, hit Colorado Springs, home of a lot of fundie xian organizations.

    The conclusion is inescapable. The gods hate fundie xians.

    I suppose they have their usual ad hoc explanations.

    Earthquake in Haiti = angry gods.
    Tornadoes, hurricanes, and wildfires in fundie-land = weather, stuff happens.

  18. Katherine Lorraine, Tortue du Désert avec un Coupe-Boulon:

    @Raven:

    Actually, the hurricanes and such that happen are due to gay sex. Pat Robertson said it was so.

    Of course if that were true, then why the Bible Belt… hmmm…

  19. d.c.wilson:

    raven:

    Now you’re just being silly. The reason tornadoes and wildfires hit the central states is because of Obamacare. If Yahweh had wanted us to have affordable health care, he’d have sent his son done to heal lepers and blind people.

  20. D. C. Sessions:

    I thought that earthquakes were caused by human mammaries.

    Sounds like time for a cage match between Pat Robertson and Imam Whatsisname from Iran: are earthquakes caused by voodoo or jiggle?

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