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Wingnut Longs for the Days He Could Whip Bill Maher

Tristan Emmanuel is upset by Bill Maher’s entirely accurate comment that the God of the Bible is a “psychotic mass murderer.” Really, really upset. So upset that he longs for the “good old days” when Maher would be publicly whipped for his blasphemy.

Bill Maher is known for being an offensive anti-Christian bigot. It’s his trademark. But this time he’s gone too far. He may have protection under the First Amendment to say whatever slanderous thing that comes out of his toilet bowl brain, but that does not mean Christians should turn the other cheek…

I don’t know Maher. And I have no reason to hate him. But I do know God. And Maher’s public vilification of God is the most offensive and slanderous thing I have ever heard. Frankly, if a Christian doesn’t have a gut wrenching reaction about this, I’ve really got to question him.

Which brings me to the main point: Christians should unanimously condemn Maher. There was a time when a generation of believers actually believed in defending the honor of God and would have done just that — condemn Maher.

Back then Maher would have faced stiff penalties for his slanderous crimes against God and country. And the reasons were clear: slander the ultimate authority of a nation — God — and you ridicule the very foundation of its laws, values, public institutions and leadership.

Slander one and you slander all…

Here is an example of how America once dealt with the likes of Bill Maher.

“Be it declared and enacted by the Lieutenant Governor, Council and Representatives, convened in General Assembly, and it is enacted by the Authority of the same, that if any person shall presume willfully to blaspheme the holy Name of God, Father, Son, or Holy Ghost; either by denying, cursing or reproaching the true God; his Creation or Government of the World: or by denying, cursing, or reproaching the holy Word of God… everyone so offending shall be punished by imprisonment, not exceeding six months, and until they find sureties for good behaviours; by sitting in pillory; by whipping; boaring thorow the tongue, with a red hot iron; or sitting upon the gallows with a rope about their neck; at the discretion of the court…” — Massachusetts General Laws.

Lamentably, in 1952 the US Supreme Court decided, “It is not the business of government in our nation to suppress real or imagined attacks upon a particular religious doctrine, whether they appear in publications, speeches or motion pictures.” And ever since then atheist have freely and very publicly ridiculed God, challenged every public demonstration of Christian religion, belittled Christians and attacked every institution bequeathed to us by our Christian forebears.

America is hanging on by a thin thread of longsuffering divine justice. The pugnacious degenerate Bill Maher may think blasphemy is a laughing matter. The nation of America may think it can hide behind the First Amendment. And Christians may falsely think they are demonstrating Christlike love by remaining quiet in the face of profligate profanity.

But mark my word, a day of reckoning is coming. God is very clear. Exodus 20:7 “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.”

If we are unwilling to hold blasphemers accountable, the almighty judge of the world will.

So if we don’t bore through Bill Maher’s tongue with a hot steel rod, God will beat us all up. How very amusing. And how very fascist of him. You want the punchline? This guy is the president of a group called Freedom Press International. Freedom: You’re doing it wrong.

Comments

  1. Larry says

    Except for Scalia and Thomas, I don’t see SCOTUS going for the argument that you can slander a mythical creature.

  2. eric says

    but that does not mean Christians should turn the other cheek…

    It just amazes me that folks like this can use that quote – obviously with full understanding of where it comes from – and not see the hypocrisy. Yeah, I’m pretty sure your religion does teach that Christians should turn the other cheek.

  3. raven says

    Back then Maher would have faced stiff penalties for his slanderous crimes against God and country.

    It’s Hitchens Rule again: Xianity lost its best defense when it lost the power of the noose, stack of firewood, and gun.

    They are well aware of this.

    Xians found out a long time ago that it can be hard to convert people. But it is a lot easier if you can just point a sword at their throat and make some ominous threats.

  4. Chiroptera says

    …slander the ultimate authority of a nation….

    Well, according to the US Constitution, the ultimate authority of my nation is “we the people.” So there’s that.

  5. raven says

    But mark my word, a day of reckoning is coming.

    Tristan Emmanual has an imaginary friend in the sky who is going to beat us up. I can live with that.

    In fact, my imaginary friends are far more powerful than his imaginary friends.

  6. Chiroptera says

    Here is an example of how America once dealt with the likes of Bill Maher….

    “And after jeering at Maher in the pillory and through vegetables at him, we all went to the bear baiting. Then someone noticed a comet in the sky, and we spent the rest of the week cowering in terror beneath our beds.”

  7. Synfandel says

    Mr. Emmanuel uses the word “slander” or “slanderous” six times in his philippic, but makes no attempt to show that what Mr. Maher said was untrue.

  8. Moggie says

    I’ll maybe believe it was slander against God when God turns up in court to argue that point.

  9. Sastra says

    There was a time when a generation of believers actually believed in defending the honor of God and would have done just that — condemn Maher… Slander one and you slander all…

    Oh, this is amusing. Right after I write my little rant on the Pakistani Christian thread on how Honor and honor culture is often bound inextricably with certain forms of religion, here comes a wingnut who illustrates my point for me.

    Gee, thanks … I guess.

  10. moarscienceplz says

    … but that does not mean Christians should turn the other cheek…

    Hee Hee! So the REAL Christians should disobey Jesus’ explicit commandment? So much for morality coming from God/Jesus. Further proof that “devout” people just do whatever the hell they feel like doing. No wonder churches are losing members every year.

  11. royandale says

    The comments on that Emmanuel article were pretty interesting. Nobody stepping up to defend his view, but quite the opposite.

  12. cptdoom says

    From the video it appears the group Emmanuel runs is Canadian. Perhaps he should STFU about our Constitution then.

    Of course, there is not a hint of understanding the irony of complaining about blasphemy on a site run by Matt Barber. Barber is not only a right-wing fundie, but a supporter of Romney as President. Apparently it’s an insult against his god if an atheist like Maher take that god’s name in vain, but not when an apostate heretic like Romney does. Interesting.

  13. Jackson says

    My favorite part is that he starts out in the first paragraph asserting that slander is protected under the first amendment.

  14. Quantum Mechanic says

    […] that if any person shall presume willfully to blaspheme the holy Name of God, Father, Son, or Holy Ghost; either by denying, cursing or reproaching the true God; his Creation or Government of the World: or by denying, cursing, or reproaching the holy Word of God […]

    (Emphasis mine)

    In short, he wants to make not believing in his god illegal.

  15. John Pieret says

    Maher’s public vilification of God is the most offensive and slanderous thing I have ever heard.

    Well, given that god didn’t drown almost everyone in a global flood, including innocent children, and almost certainly didn’t order the Israelites to slaughter the Mideonites or anyone else, what Mahler said might be libel. Of course, that means Emmanuel’s god is non-existent and, therefore can’t be libeled, anymore than any other fictional character can be libeled.

    In the horrible event that Emmanuel’s god exists, then truth is a perfect defense.

  16. says

    Here is an example of how America once dealt with the likes of Bill Maher….

    No. It’s actually how the Puritans “dealt” with everyone who wasn’t a Puritan. And he longs for that power. What an asshole.

  17. laurentweppe says

    You want the punchline? This guy is the president of a group called Freedom Press International

    And the guy who founded Reporters Without Borders recently joined a fascist party and was elected mayor under its ticket. your punchline is not as funny as you think.

  18. D. C. Sessions says

    Before I look him up, I’m going to take a wild guess that he’s a member of the Party of Small Government and Individual Freedom. Amiright?

  19. abusedbypenguins says

    Anyone have a recipe for roasting unicorn? I understand dried, powdered fairy is better than space coke. Got 3 fairies in a cage.

  20. shay says

    What people like this never seem to take into consideration is that, were it still legal for Emmanuel to take a horsewhip to Bill Maher, it would also be legal for Maher to horsewhip him right back.

  21. says

    The theocratic bully says:

    But I do know God.

    Bullshit. You know no such thing.

    Maher would have faced stiff penalties for his slanderous crimes against God.

    Then came Enlightenment and the beginning of the end of theocratic barbarism in Western culture.
    Also, how can the non-existent be slandered?
    (The truth of the statement is also relevant to the slander charge in a non-existant kind of way.)

    But mark my word, a day of reckoning is coming.

    The bark of a toothless god, er, dog.

    If we are unwilling to hold blasphemers accountable, the almighty judge of the world will.

    Really, you know what gods are going to do? Arrogant much? Please explain how you know what all-powerful supernatural entities plan on doing. You seem far more sure of yourself than reading text in a dusty old book would allow.

  22. dingojack says

    But I do know God.
    Really Tristan — do you know god, biblically?*
    Dingo
    ——–
    * How’d that work out in Gomorrah?

  23. Michael Heath says

    Tristan Emmanuel writes:

    . . . [Bill] Maher’s public vilification of God is the most offensive and slanderous thing I have ever heard.

    So merely noting attributes about God as asserted in the Bible is “offensive”? Yes, deny the biblical god’s attributes since you deny so many other facts about reality.

    And it’s not slanderous to tell the truth Mr. Emmanuel; so just another lie by another conservative Christian. The question here is, is Emmanuel denying a global flood or that God murdered everyone but those who survived in Noah’s ark? I’m shooting for avoidance of the question. Is there even one honest conservative Christian? Just one? I’ve yet to encounter that individual.

    Emmanuel:

    America is hanging on by a thin thread of long suffering divine justice.

    Well no, that’s not true. But what is true is that billions of people will needlessly suffer more than otherwise because you and your ilk deny the threat of AGW while having sufficient political power to obstruct a meaningful response to that threat. Your generation is competing for the ‘worst generation'; of course we can predict with confidence that when the suffering is undeniable even to your ilk, you’ll blame it on whoever it’s popular for your group to hate.

  24. says

    If there’s a guy who knows all about public whippings, Tristan be da man! From Wiki:

    “Emmanuel was a candidate for the socially conservative Family Coalition Party in the Lincoln electoral division in the 1995 Ontario provincial election. He was quoted as saying, “It’s time to have a principled party that understands there’s a higher power than the government, a power we believe is God.” Emmanuel argued that problems of unemployment and economic development could only be solved by a free-market system, and called for the government to shift welfare services to community organizations. He also opposed the Progressive Conservative Party’s workfare proposal, which he described as “nothing more than slavery”.[3] He finished fourth against Progressive Conservative candidate Frank Sheehan.

    Emmanuel ran against prominent federal politician Sheila Copps in a 1996 by-election as a candidate of the Christian Heritage Party of Canada. In this campaign, he called for harsher prison sentences and an increased focus on the rights of victims.[4] He argued that Canada’s Young Offenders Act should be abolished and corporal punishment reintroduced to schools, and was quoted as saying, “If an eleven-year-old murders someone, I think his life should be taken.”[5] He finished ninth in a field of thirteen candidates. Emmanuel also ran for the Christian Heritage Party in the 1997 federal election, and finished fifth against Liberal incumbent Walt Lastewka. Later, he described both the Family Coalition Party and the Christian Heritage Party as political dead ends.[2]”

    Michael Heath:

    I haven’t perused it (who am I kidding, I’m not going read anything that to a couple thousand + pages in something like 32 volumes) but this bit is from the U.N.’s just released report on climate change:

    “The poorest people in the world, who have had virtually nothing to do with causing global warming, will be high on the list of victims as climatic disruptions intensify, the report said. It cited a World Bank estimate that poor countries need as much as $100 billion a year to try to offset the effects of climate change; they are now getting, at best, a few billion dollars a year in such aid from rich countries.

    The $100 billion figure, though included in the 2,500-page main report, was removed from a 48-page executive summary to be read by the world’s top political leaders. It was among the most significant changes made as the summary underwent final review during an editing session of several days in Yokohama.”

    I’m sure that Lancifurious will be ready to refute their findings point by point.

  25. chilidog99 says

    God isn’t a total mass murderer. He saved all the young girl Hittites for the soldiers to “so with what they pleased.”

  26. StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return! says

    Bit snarky but I will note that given the tone of some of the criticism of Maher on FTB at times, it wouldn’t surprise me if some commenters here shared the desire to whip him.

    Isn’t that a fair comment here?

  27. StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return! says

    PS. For clarity-I am certainly NOT one of those people – just thinking of some of the more extreme commenters here. Maher is usually pretty awesome to watch / hear and I like him although I can see why some people find him irritating at times too and don’t always agree with him – the latter point being the standard situation for pretty much everyone in the human species.

  28. Synfandel says

    @10 colnago80 wrote:

    Well, our Northern neighbors have to take credit for this asshole.

    Your northern neighbours apologize. Some people are congenitally resistant to a decent education.

  29. says

    @31:

    By all means. Maher is a bit of an ass, more than that at times. His anti-vaxxer schtick is not only stupid, it’s dangerous. Otoh, he is living in a country that, for better or worse, has codified his right to be exactly what he is.

    I rarely pay attention to him but that doesn’t mean he never says anything worse listening to, I just don’t like sifting shit to get the odd kernel of corn.

  30. stace says

    Great, another one of Ghandi’s “Christians so unlike Christ” crawls out of the woodwork. Thanks for playing, douche.

  31. pianoman, Heathen & Torontophile says

    I’ve said this before: Christians hate Islam and Sharia Law because they know they cannot do that sort of thing in a place like the US. For all their criticisms of Islam, they always give off a very palpable stench of envy in that they cannot brutalize blasphemers and apostates and other violent punishments like some Islamic nations are known to do.

    That’s what disgusts me about some of these christians: they actually seem to be envious of those places.

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