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Christian Paranoia at the Values Voters Summit

The Values Voters Summit is the annual chance for all the paranoid doomsayers and cranks on the Christian right to take their pet theories for a walk. That includes Joseph Farah, who droned on about how the end times are upon us, which is all Obama’s fault (shouldn’t that be credit? Shouldn’t Farah be thanking him for hastening the arrival of Jesus?). Oh, and the gays too.

In a breakout session entitled “Standing Up To the Assaults On Our Faith,” Joseph Farah of WorldNetDaily alleged that the Obama administration’s supposed persecution of Christians is so bad that it is proof we have entered the Tribulation, a key period in the End Times. Farah cited Pope Benedict’s remarks “seemingly embracing homosexuality [and] seemingly embracing universalism” as further evidence of imminent doom.

Political efforts to curb the arrival of the Last Days are so few and far between, Farah said, that Christians can only rely on prayer. He urged attendees to “harness spiritual weapons that give us the real power.” Specifically, Farah called on people to join his 9/11 prayer initiative, which he hopes will guide their spiritual struggle.

Janet Porter [née Folger] also warned that the End Times are upon us, for which she naturally blamed gay people. She repeated her claim that gay marriage was responsible for Noah’s flood and announced a new project with Liberty University’s Judith Reisman to sue schools that “corrupt minors” with LGBT-inclusive curricula.

Vision America’s Rick Scarborough agreed with their dire assessments, saying that “infidels” now pull the strings of government. According to Scarborough, the Obama administration is “hell-bent on silencing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.” Christian unity, Scarborough feared, “is not going to happen until a bunch of us are thrown into concentration camps.”

Which is, of course, right around the corner. And if it isn’t — and it isn’t — that’s okay, they’ll just move on to the next paranoid delusion.

Comments

  1. Doug Little says

    Farah cited Pope Benedict’s remarks “seemingly embracing homosexuality [and] seemingly embracing universalism” as further evidence of imminent doom.

    So a religious icon takes a reasonable stance on something and that’s considered the sign of imminent doom. Sigh.

  2. says

    The end times are just around the corner. It’s just that we are in a very straight part of the road, and the next corner is in 1.2 billion years.

  3. raven says

    Farah cited Pope Benedict’s remarks “seemingly embracing homosexuality [and] seemingly embracing universalism” as further evidence of imminent doom.

    This is that good old time religion. Sectarian hatred.

    The old sectarian hatreds have faded a bit but they still exist among some of the religious. More often among the clergy than laypeople, in my experience.

    Farah and the Pope are, after all, competing for money, power, and market share. The Pope is orders of magnitude ahead but declining in the USA. The fundie death cults aren’t doing so well either.

  4. Doug Little says

    The end times are just around the corner. It’s just that we are in a very straight part of the road, and the next corner is in 1.2 billion years.

    Actually it could be in a few as 500 million, but the human race surviving that long without developing interstellar travel seems like a long shot.

  5. raven says

    They’ve been reading their instruction manual again, Orwell’s 1984.

    The Value Voters Summit should really be called the Lunatic Fringers for The New Endarkenment Voters Summit.

    Or The Dark Side Voters Summit for a shorter title.

    It’s a whose who of religious whacko extremists. Mike Lee, Cruz, Beck, Satanorum, and so on.

  6. bushrat says

    @1 Doug, did he really take a reasonable stance on the subject, or did he just say he didn’t want to talk about it anymore?

  7. Doug Little says

    bushrat @7,

    I have no idea but Farah thought that the pope was embracing homosexuality, which from a reasonable persons point of view is a reasonable stance.

  8. busterggi says

    If Farah and the rest really believed their god had a plan and it was working out as he wished they wouldn’t be whining about it, they’d be cheering.

  9. matty1 says

    Political efforts to curb the arrival of the Last Days are so few and far between

    You don’t say? what about the efforts to fend off Ragnarok and defeat the ice giants,or the important political issue of avoiding the wrath of Ea?

    Really how do these people keep a straight face?

  10. joeschoeler says

    Pope Francis basically said that the church should talk less about abortion, gay marriage and contraception, and make the church more inclusive. An improvement, but not exactly embracing homosexuality.

  11. Doug Little says

    From what is written above Farah was citing Pope Benedict not Francis. It’s gotta be a typo or miss quote right?

  12. Daniel Dashwood says

    I thought the Pope was Francis, not Benedict, who if I recall correctly was rather anti-gay?

  13. Larry says

    I don’t think one could have walked by the VVS on the other side of the street without losing at least 50 IQ points. It must have been brutal to be down there in the mosh pits.

  14. caseloweraz says

    Political efforts to curb the arrival of the Last Days are so few and far between, Farah said, that Christians can only rely on prayer.

    Joseph Farah wants to curb the arrival of the Last Days! Why does he hate Jesus?

  15. hunter says

    “Political efforts to curb the arrival of the Last Days are so few and far between, Farah said, that Christians can only rely on prayer.”

    Well, duh.

  16. John Pieret says

    Janet Porter [née Folger] also warned that the End Times are upon us, for which she naturally blamed gay people. She repeated her claim that gay marriage was responsible for Noah’s flood …

    Were you there?

  17. Ichthyic says

    Political efforts to curb the arrival of the Last Days are so few and far between, Farah said, that Christians can only rely on prayer.

    Ok, then just DO THAT and

    shut.

    the fuck.

    up.

  18. Ichthyic says

    Christian unity, Scarborough feared, “is not going to happen until a bunch of us are thrown into concentration camps.”

    so we should expect thousands more xian sects, since that has never and is never going to fucking happen?

    ugh.

  19. The Beautiful Void says

    Farah cited Pope Benedict’s remarks “… seemingly embracing universalism” as further evidence of imminent doom.

    Of course he embraces universalism. He’s Catholic. That’s what Catholic means.

    Vision America’s Rick Scarborough agreed with their dire assessments, saying that “infidels” now pull the strings of government.

    We do? Awesome.

  20. dingojack says

    I woner which of these ‘heroes’ are gonna volunteer to take the Ring of Power to Mount Doom?
    @@
    Dingo

  21. says

    It’s so weird how they can dread the “End Times” and look forward to it at the same time. I guess it’s like complaining about the stress of the holidays while still looking forward to getting presents.

  22. longstreet63 says

    I woner which of these ‘heroes’ are gonna volunteer to take the Ring of Power to Mount Doom?
    @@

    Don’t be silly, Dingo. The ring is a gift! We can use the enemy’s power against him. This will surely bring us victory 2016, and why worry about any precious, precious side effects?

    (After all, if the Ring wasn’t safe to wear, word would get around and Sauron wouldn’t sell any more, so it’s obviously perfectly harmless.)

  23. Pierce R. Butler says

    ichthyic @ # 20: … that has never and is never going to fucking happen?

    No, it already has happened (Auschwitz alone “processed” over a million christians – good Catholic ones, too, not that their soon-to-be-sainted official shepherd in Rome ever uttered a peep about it).

    Christian disunity goes back well over 19 centuries, and camps did nothing to rejoin them.

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