Rios Reiterates Earlier Stupid Claim


Remember a couple weeks ago when Sandy Rios said that God was going to allow more terrorist attacks because we aren’t acknowledging him enough? On her radio show this week, she repeated it once again — while claiming that she never said it, then saying it again.

All of you who hate me, I am glad you are listening, thank God you’re listening. And this is what I said and I will repeat it. I didn’t say that [there will be] more terrorist attacks because the Boston mourners had ignored God. I did say that I think we are opening ourselves wide to more terrorist attacks because the nation is refusing to acknowledge God. We are mocking him, we are turning our back on him, we are saying, ‘Oh yeah, you said we should do things this way, you said it was a moral law, oh yeah, are you kidding me, we don’t mention you at ceremonies, we don’t pray in public places, we can’t let our kids talk about it in school, oh yeah, just get out of here God.’

And I guarantee you, Michael, he will, he’s a gentleman. The Judeo-Christian God doesn’t force himself on people or nations, he’s not like Allah, he doesn’t force his way, it’s your choice. So if you choose to ignore him, trust me he’ll be gone. And certainly if you demand that he leave, he’s not going to stay around. It’s your choice, and it’s the same way with all of us collectively as a country.

So she didn’t say it, then she said it again. Okey dokey.

Comments

  1. coragyps says

    Interesting, though maybe not intentional, that she appears to consider Allah just as “real” as her God. Though, I guess, Rios likely thinks that Allah is one of Satan’s aliases.

  2. says

    The Judeo-Christian God doesn’t force himself on people or nations, he’s not like Allah, he doesn’t force his way, it’s your choice

    Except, well, all of the cases in the Bible to the contrary. The Judeo-Christian God seems to get mightily pissed if people don’t do what he wants. Rios would make a good “neighborhood representative” for the Mafia — paying protection to the mob is completely voluntary. Nobody forces you to pay it.

  3. carolw says

    “I’m going to repeat what I didn’t say I said.” I’ve never read a quotation of a verbal moebius strip before!

  4. Kevin Kehres says

    Well, since terrorist attacks are inevitable, given the nature of that particular beast, any future event can be claimed as a fulfillment of this ‘prophecy’.

    She’s got a no-lose proposition on her hands.

    In fact, claiming that god is protecting the country from terrorist attack is a sure-fire no-win proposition. After all, George (Shrub) Bush was the dog-fearing man in the White House during the worst terrorist attack on our country ever. So, nobody is going to make a claim of godly protection.

    But, there goes the claim that god is omnibenevolent. And omnipotent as well, since an omnipotent god would be able to reach down into all of our godless little hearts and squeeze them full of Jesus juice with little more than the upturn of its little pinky. An eyebrow arch from god, and everything is revealed. And yet … nothing.

  5. dingojack says

    What she actually said was:

    “And I have to say, because we have denied him and ignored him and refused to acknowledge him, we cannot assume and in fact we can probably likely count on the fact that God, unless he does on behalf of the people that are called by his name, those of us that serve him, unless he hears our prayers above what we see happening in this country, I’m not sure that there will be something to stop the next onslaught.”

    She didn’t say that there would be a greater number of terrorist attacks because we have ‘turned our backs on god’, she said god would just stand around with his thumb up his ass next time one happens (Twisting the immortal words of Dorothy Parker slightly: ‘Oh? How would you tell?’)

    Not quite the same thing.

    Dingo
    ——–
    She also claimed:
    “No, no, really, the truth of the matter, last spring, a year ago yesterday, was—only by God’s grace was it not worse than it was, only by God’s grace Boston could’ve been wiped out, there could’ve been thousands of casualties, it could’ve been a whole lot worse, they could have been devastated as a city, they could have been in a situation where they couldn’t recover. It’s only by God’s grace and mercy that it wasn’t worse than it was. It was not because of ‘Boston Strong.’ … ”

    Clearly she doesn’t know much about how explosives work. Two home-made pot bombs aren’t going to be powerful enough to wipe out Boston, cause thousands of casualties nor cause devastation to a level where recovery was not possible. To paraphrase: ‘You’re gonna need a much, much, much, much …. [this goes on for several pages] bigger bomb’.

  6. Sastra says

    And this is what I said and I will repeat it. I didn’t say that [there will be] more terrorist attacks because the Boston mourners had ignored God. I did say that I think we are opening ourselves wide to more terrorist attacks because the nation is refusing to acknowledge God.

    I don’t see the contradiction here if we focus on the scope of the complaint. Rios wasn’t blaming only the mourners. Not even the people in Boston. She doesn’t want us to think she was attacking grieving people.

    That is, not JUST them. It’s the fault of the whole damn country. That was her point. Good thing she cleared that up for us.

    It’s only by God’s grace and mercy that it wasn’t worse than it was.

    Again, it’s Stockholm Syndrome. These folks are in an abusive relationship with God.

  7. Gvlgeologist, FCD says

    The Judeo-Christian God doesn’t force himself on people or nations, he’s not like Allah

    Well… since they’re the same god, it seems that Ms. Rios either doesn’t understand her religious history, that she thinks that by wanting something that makes it so, or that she realizes that neither one is real.

  8. says

    @ Dingo

    You missed the part where God transmuted the original small thermonuclear device into a couple of pot bombs. Or maybe the brothers wanted a bigger device but God gave them pressure cookers instead.

    @ Kevin Kehres

    In fact, claiming that god is protecting the country from terrorist attack is a sure-fire no-win proposition. After all, George (Shrub) Bush was the dog-fearing man in the White House during the worst terrorist attack on our country ever. So, nobody is going to make a claim of godly protection.

    That’s not how it works. All of the bad things that happen are part of God’s “higher plan” that we poor mortals don’t understand. Even though we had a God-fearing person in the White House, God still punished us. Probably because we didn’t pray hard enough, or someone in California doesn’t mind gay people.

    What you don’t realize, but Rios does, is that Got is protecting us from terrorist acts. If we weren’t praying as hard as we already are, it would be a lot worse.

    God is in a perpetual win-win. No matter what happens, it must be right because everything God does is right. No matter how horrific it might seem to us mere mortals.

  9. dingojack says

    Sastra – In this broadcast Rios made the following idiotic statement:

    ” I didn’t say that [there will be] more terrorist attacks because the Boston mourners had ignored God. I did say that I think we are opening ourselves wide to more terrorist attacks because the nation is refusing to acknowledge God.”

    Based on the direct quote I posted in #5, is Rios’ latest statement an accurate summary of her earlier position?

    Dingo

  10. Sastra says

    dingojack n#9 wrote:

    Based on the direct quote I posted in #5, is Rios’ latest statement an accurate summary of her earlier position?

    Possibly — if she’s interpreting as I think she is.

    Her earlier quote and her ‘correction’ states that she thinks
    1.) The entire country must acknowledge God
    2.) If we don’t we are goading God into allowing the next terrorist act to go unchecked so it will be our fault if He doesn’t stop it.

    What she’s denying is that she thinks:
    1.) Only the Boston mourners are doing something wrong.
    2.) There will DEFINITELY be another terrorist attack because of what they’re doing.

    In addition to wanting to make it less obvious that she’s predicting what God will do, I think she’s also very concerned that it be made clear that the entire country (and not just one city) is to blame if the worst happens. She’s thinking of the situation as being like a group of haughty teenagers telling a cop to stop following them … as they walk through a neighborhood with a lot of crime. The cop won’t attack them, but if others do he may just decide to watch and let them suffer the consequences. That’ll teach ‘em.

    The analogy fails on many levels, but it reflects her attitude I think. It’s also a popular general theodicy.

  11. John Pieret says

    All of you who hate me, I am glad you are listening

    Another poor “victim” of being quoted verbatim by Right Wing Watch!

    I didn’t say that [there will be] more terrorist attacks because the Boston mourners had ignored God. … we don’t mention you at ceremonies, we don’t pray in public places …

    Yeah, her previous rant had nothing to do with the actual ceremonies in Boston … she’s just speaking generically … Riiiiight!

  12. hunter says

    “The Judeo-Christian God doesn’t force himself on people or nations. . . .”

    Tell that to the ancient Saxons, or the 12th century Lithuanians, or the Spanish Jews of the 15th and 16th centuries, or the American Indians.

  13. sigurd jorsalfar says

    Wait. So Allah exists, and he’s a different deity from the Judeo-Christian God. The JC God doesn’t force himself on countries, he’s even kind of in retreat. Allah, meanwhile, forces himself on other countries. So there’s a battle going on between them, and Allah is winning. In fact he’s a better fighter than God because he forces himself on other countries and God backs off.

    How does this work? Do God and Allah manage to completely avoid each other up there in the heavens, and fight their battles only by proxy down here on earth? Do they never accidently run into each other at parties? Why is there no mention of this rift in the Bible or the Koran? Is Allah really just Satan?

  14. says

    “The Judeo-Christian God doesn’t force himself on people or nations. . . .”

    And so what so if he does? If it’s not a “legitimate” forcing, those people or nations have ways to keep teh JESUS cooties from attaching to them.

  15. dingojack says

    sigurd jorsalfar – “How does this work? Do God and Allah manage to completely avoid each other up there in the heavens, ….? Do they never accidently run into each other at parties?”

    Heavenly Host: Oops I just realised I invited god and allah to party, shit!
    Heavenly Hostess: *Awkward*

    Dingo
    ——-
    PS: I bet they don’t get invited to the same parties because their both terrible bores (and boors), plus they insist on wearing exactly the same outfit and getting into a fistfights over it.

  16. dingojack says

    Sastra – She wasn’t at all denying what she had said, nor was she saying what she claimed she didn’t say.
    She claimed that: god wasn’t gonna protect us anymore because we’ve been naughty, not that there was going to be an increase (or further perhaps) terrorist attacks.
    Her excuse as to why, and who, should atone is idiotic and childish, but what she claimed was, literally speaking, correct. That, at least, should not be criticised.
    Focus should be more on the terrible reasoning you outline in your post #11.
    Dingo

  17. says

    Agreeing with both dingojack and Sastra.

    The quote is accurate from dingojack, but…

    Rios undoubtedly thinks that she cleverly finessed the faux pas in her earlier statement with the later one.

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