Christian Theocrat Wins Virginia Election


No, not Ken Cuccinelli. I’ve written before about Al Bedrosian, a Republican candidate for the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors. He’s a genuine theocrat, claiming that the First Amendment applies only to Christians and to no one else. He won his election — and by a landslide. To refresh your memory about his views:

As a Christian, I think it’s time to rid ourselves of this notion of freedom of religion in America.

Now that I have your attention, let me take a moment to make my case. Freedom of religion has become the biggest hoax placed upon the Christian people and on our Christian nation.

When reading the writings of our Founding Founders, there was never any reference to freedom of religion referring to a choice between Islam, Hindu, Satanism, Wicca and whatever other religions or cults you would like to dream up. It was very clear that freedom to worship meant the freedom to worship the God of the Bible in the way you wanted, and not to have a government church denomination dictate how you would worship.

Christianity, by its own definition, does not allow freedom of religion. A Christian is defined as a follower of Jesus Christ…

I know that my stance is even unpopular among Christians. If you took a poll in America and asked just Christians if we should allow any religion to be practiced in America, I guarantee that 99 percent would say yes. They would be proud to state that freedom of religion is the pillar America was founded on.

Yet these are the same Christians who will be protesting in the streets against the homosexual agenda, abortion, removing God from our schools and from our pledge.

Somehow many Christians have not been able to connect the dots. Don’t we see that when we allow other gods into America, those other gods start influencing our culture and our laws? And soon we are allowing laws and regulations to be enacted that are totally opposed to our belief system. And the sad thing is that we knowingly allow them in the name of “freedom of religion.”

The person that won that just won an election by a huge margin. And Jefferson wept.

Comments

  1. colnago80 says

    In fairness, this asshole is from Southwestern Virginia which is redneck country and where the blog’s former conspiracy theorist Don Williams hails from.

  2. Wylann says

    When reading the writings of our Founding Founders, there was never any reference to freedom of religion referring to a choice between Islam, Hindu, Satanism, Wicca and whatever other religions or cults you would like to dream up.

    Apparently, he doesn’t consider Madison or Jefferson one of the framers of the constitution.

  3. Chiroptera says

    Wylann, #2:

    Good point, but there is one technicality to mention. Jefferson wasn’t a framer of the US Constitution: he was the US ambassador to France during the Constitutional Convention that wrote it.

    He might have had a hand in having the Bill of Rights adopted, though; if so, then that may count since we’re discussing the First Amendment.

  4. John Pieret says

    Jefferson wrote in his Autobiography of the Virginia Bill for Establishing Religious Freedom, direct inspiration for the Free Exercise clause of the First Amendment:

    The bill for establishing religious freedom … was finally passed; and a singular proposition proved that it’s protection of opinion was meant to be universal. Where the preamble declares that coercion is a departure from the plan of the holy author of our religion, an amendment was proposed, by inserting the word “Jesus Christ,” so that it should read “a departure from the plan of Jesus Christ, the holy author of our religion.” The insertion was rejected by a great majority, in proof that they meant to comprehend, within the mantle of it’s protection, the Jew and the Gentile, the Christian and Mahometan, the Hindoo, and infidel of every denomination.

    Not that Bedrosian is going to let a little thing like reality get in his way.

  5. Sastra says

    Just out of curiosity, does Bedrosian ever spell out exactly what he would want all those nonchristians to do once their “freedom of religion” is taken away? Convert or leave? Or perhaps he has a more benign model, such as is practiced in places like Iraq where infidels can get by as long as they keep their heads down, worship in private, never seek to convert, and pray that the political wind doesn’t shift to something even more Holy and Inspired by God.

  6. iplon says

    If you choose to take his words literally, it’s pretty funny.

    Because, it appears he’s a polytheist who only worships one god, and believes that when you let worshipers of other gods into your country and they start worshiping their gods, their gods gain some measure of material power over the country.

    Which I’m pretty sure means that he’s been playing too much Black & White 2.

  7. Pieter B, FCD says

    Christianity, by its own definition, does not allow freedom of religion.

    Did you say that with your outside voice, Al? Bad boy. Bad.

  8. Moggie says

    iplon:

    Because, it appears he’s a polytheist who only worships one god, and believes that when you let worshipers of other gods into your country and they start worshiping their gods, their gods gain some measure of material power over the country.

    And that sounds like Neil Gaiman’s American Gods. Mr Wednesday would know what to do with Bedrosian.

  9. caseloweraz says

    So Bedrosian defeated, among other things, a new public library, several dog parks, and a farmers’ market.

    There’s a comment from someone named Bill that explains the situation:

    Mr. Bedrosian will learn fast that there is not 2% “across the board” to cut unless he plans on cutting services too. The County has been cutting since 2009 without raising property tax rates amid fall[ing] property values, hence less revenues. The staff has only had one raise during the same time period. It doesn’t seem like [there’s] a lot of “waste” to cut but he’ll be on-board in time for the 2014/15 budget and can decide for himself.

    Bill’s comment is right before one from “Laurel” asserting that Bedrosian’s victory was a statement from peopel who are sick of “politicians’ reckless spending” and just after one from “stopthemarxistdestroyer.” (You can guess what he’s on about.)

    It’s actually a pretty good collection of comments overall, wth a lot of back-and-forth.

  10. Ichthyic says

    They would be proud to state that freedom of religion is the pillar America was founded on.

    Yet these are the same Christians who will be protesting in the streets against the homosexual agenda, abortion, removing God from our schools and from our pledge.

    uh, exactly.

    that’s what the 1st amendment is all about.

    this idiot views this as a contradiction, when it most clearly ISN’T.

  11. Ichthyic says

    And Jefferson wept.

    there’s gotta be a way to work that into some sort of energy solution, like all the other founding fathers who are rolling in their graves could be used to turn generators and make electricity!

  12. Nick Gotts says

    To be fair, Jesus also wept. – David Maier

    As a pious 1st century CE Jew, he almost certainly didn’t care at all what gods Gentiles chose to worship, but nor would he have been in the least concerned about their religious freedom.

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