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Cuccinelli Can’t Believe God Hasn’t Punished Us Yet

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, how running for governor, is trying to back away from some of his more extreme statements of the past (and his running mate, E.W. Jackson, even more so). A local news station uncovered a video of him last year giving a talk at an anti-abortion conference saying he’s amazed God hasn’t punished us more than he has for abortion:

Early on in the speech Cuccinelli sets the stage in his remarks by discussing how God judges nation according to scripture.

“But he does judge nations and obviously we don’t have to score a hundred percent,” Cuccinelli said.

Then later on in the speech, which also touched on gay marriage and other social issues, Cuccinelli gets very specific about his view of God’s review of the United States as it relates to to its abortion policies.

“Really, Given that God does judge nations, it’s amazing that abortion has run as far and foully as it has, without what I would consider to be a greater imposition of judgment on this country,” Cuccinelli said. “Who knows what the future holds?”

The people of Virginia should be very disturbed at the thought of having a governor who actually believes that God punishes nations if they do things he doesn’t like. How exactly is that different from the Taliban?

Comments

  1. colnago80 says

    The Rethuglican candidate for Virginia attorney general ain’t much better. While in the state legislature, he sponsored a bill to require the state police to investigate miscarriages.

  2. Trebuchet says

    The people of Virginia should be very disturbed at the thought of having a governor who actually believes that God punishes nations if they do things he doesn’t like.

    The “he” in that sentence is a bit ambiguous, but since it isn’t capitalized I’ll assume, as is appropriate anyway, that it refers to things that Kookinelli doesn’t like.

  3. says

    Really, Given that God does judge nations…

    “Really?” Does God “really” do that? That Stalin guy had a pretty free rein for TWENTY-FIVE YEARS before he died, and the truly horriffic (and, I must remind you, OFFICIALLY ATHEIST) regime he created lasted many years after. Where is God’s “judgement” on that regime? Rather late and muddled, at best.

  4. dugglebogey says

    Isn’t he questioning god’s judgement by saying this? Seems like Cucinelli’s god is bound by Cucinelli’s rules for what should and should not be punished, and at what schedule. What kind of god is that?

  5. Lyle says

    I thought God’s punishment was evident (to paranoid lunatics that believe there’s a supreme overlord out there that can inflict such punishment) in every natural disaster, no matter where it strikes and the magnitude of damage caused? Maybe that’s my mistake for thinking that there’s any sort of reasoning involved.

  6. says

    People like this always make me think of gangsters. I can’t remember which gangster was being talked about, but someone characterized him as more brutal than the others around him by saying he was the type to gun down a crowd to kill one specific person in it. Presumably the other organizations would try to avoid bad publicity by minimizing collateral damage when they want to assassinate someone.

    So, yeah, a god punishing an entire nation for the crimes of individuals falls flat with me. If human gangsters can be more discriminating about how they take out their targets despite their human frailties, it’s time to question your god’s competence, if not his morality.

  7. Nihilismus says

    The people of Virginia should be very disturbed at the thought of having a governor who actually believes that God punishes nations if they do things he doesn’t like.

    They should also be disturbed at the thought of having a governor who can’t use basic reasoning even with his own premises — if God punishes nations and abortion has “run as far” as it has, then it must be that God doesn’t find abortion worthy of punishment. It’s not even in the Bible.

    Maybe he will use Scalia’s reasoning. Scalia thinks we don’t see Satan much lately because he has gotten wilier. Maybe God isn’t punishing for abortion because he’s doing something wily, too?

  8. D. C. Sessions says

    How exactly is that different from the Taliban?

    Because the Taliban don’t believe in Cooch’s God, they believe in one named Allah.

  9. unbound says

    So, in what should have been an easy victory, Democrats instead decided to bring out their own scumbag making the election an actual contest. Sigh.

  10. says

    colnago80 “The Rethuglican candidate for Virginia attorney general ain’t much better. While in the state legislature, he sponsored a bill to require the state police to investigate miscarriages.”
    Sure, but on the other hand, the new series Law & Order: Utero Investigation Unit.

    Raging Bee “That Stalin guy had a pretty free rein for TWENTY-FIVE YEARS before he died, and the truly horriffic (and, I must remind you, OFFICIALLY ATHEIST) regime he created lasted many years after.”
    God was punishing the people with Stalin for following Stalin. Duh.

  11. David Marjanović says

    I thought Cuccinelli was god’s punishment

    You know, that makes a lot of sense, actually.

    So, in what should have been an easy victory, Democrats instead decided to bring out their own scumbag making the election an actual contest. Sigh.

    …Did you comment on the wrong thread, or what do you mean?

  12. colnago80 says

    Re David Marjanovic @ #14

    The Democratic candidate is Terry McAuliffe, who is something of s sleaze. Of course, koo koo Ken is also a sleaze in addition to being a nutcase.

  13. Michael Heath says

    Ken Cuccinelli writes:

    “Really, Given that God does judge nations, it’s amazing that abortion has run as far and foully as it has, without what I would consider to be a greater imposition of judgment on this country,” Cuccinelli said. “Who knows what the future holds?”

    What I know that Mr. Cuccinelli doesn’t is that God grades on the curve. And with all them atheists in China and Hindus in India, we’re sitting pretty fine here in the ol’ U.S. of A.

  14. sigurd jorsalfar says

    Help me out here. Do right wing christian Americans think their country is great and blessed by god, or cursed by god? They never seem to be able to make up their minds.

  15. says

    Sigurd jorsalfer@17:

    America is blessed by gawd when a republican is president and cursed by gawd when a democrat is president. Isn’t it obvious?

  16. eric says

    Given that God does judge nations…

    …then you should rationally expect him to judge on a person-by-person basis too, making state laws against abortion unnecessary.

  17. busterggi says

    Cuccinelli just doesn’t understand his god – look at all the suffering & death in Somalia, that’s his god punishing the US with his usual lack of geographic accuracy.

  18. matty1 says

    “Really, Given that God does judge nations, it’s amazing that abortion has run as far and foully as it has, without what I would consider to be a greater imposition of judgment on this country,”

    Hmm, possible reasons.

    1. God doesn’t exist
    2. God doesn’t give a shit about abortion
    3. God actively likes abortion
    4. God does not in fact judge nationscollectively

    Any one of these is more credible than the idea that the punishment is coming any day now.

  19. says

    Funny how God doesn’t seem to be in any more of a hurry to judge Canada, despite us having even more liberal abortion laws than the US, having had country wide gay marriage for almost a decade etc. You’d think we’d be a higher priority.

  20. says

    Raging Bee: Don’t you know that American god and American Jesus only care about America and sometimes the land of Israel–the land itself, not the people.

  21. says

    timgueguen “Funny how God doesn’t seem to be in any more of a hurry to judge Canada, despite us having even more liberal abortion laws than the US, having had country wide gay marriage for almost a decade etc. You’d think we’d be a higher priority.”
    God did judge Canada, found it wanting, then punished it by putting it beside the USA.*

    * That can be read two ways. Think of it as a geographical Rorschach test.

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