“I hate Illinois wingnuts.” — Jake Blues
David Smith, head of the Illinois Family Institute, sent out a fundraising appeal that I find alternately amusing and idiotic. Especially the first two sentences:
As a father of six children, I often wonder what Illinois will be like in twenty years. What will it be like for your children and grandchildren?
Well, if any of them are gay, and there’s a good chance at least one of them will be, the world will likely be a considerably better place despite your efforts to deny them equal rights.
We cannot know for sure. We can’t predict the future. Only God knows for certain.
God knows for certain? Then why do you bother praying? If the future is already set in stone and God knows for certain what is going to happen, there’s no point in asking him to do something. He was either already going to do it or he wasn’t and your prayer is thus irrelevant.
I do know, however, that things are sure to be worse, much worse for our children, if we don’t do something now to stop the moral collapse, which will be hastened if our lawmakers undermine marriage by legalizing same-sex “marriage.”
I am doing everything in my power to prevent that from happening. I’ve put tens of thousands of miles on my car and logged weeks away from my family to fight this evil agenda in 2013, and I need your help today.
I’m not alone in making sacrifices. Many courageous people are stepping up and doing their part, including the staff and a dozen or so dedicated volunteers at IFI. I need you to do your part today…
And the truth is, the bills are mounting, and they must be paid.
We don’t get any money from the government or from the mega-rich like our adversaries do. We rely on the Holy Spirit moving in the hearts of his people: moms and dads, grandmothers, and grandfathers from all across the state.
Translation: Send me money so I can stop this horrible thing in our collective imagination from happening. But wait…God already knows for certain what is going to happen. Which means whether the person reading that email is going to send money or not has already been determined and there’s no point in asking them for the money. Either the Holy Spirit is going to “move in the hearts of his people” and tell them to send money or not and there’s nothing this fundraising letter can do to change that.