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House Majority Whip’s Wife is a Martyr

David Brody, the fake “journalist” for the Christian Broadcasting Network, did an interview with Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the new majority whip for the House Republicans, and his wife, who seems to believe that she is losing her right to be a Christian due to the action of unnamed people doing unspecified things.

“People are sympathetic to different things and different causes, but when you bring up Christian, there is no sympathy whatsoever. They do not think you should be able to have that belief,” she said. “You’re not pushing that on someone else, it’s your own belief, you’re living it, I’ve never seen it the way it is now, I do think it is really scary actually, I think that they don’t want you to have the right to be a Christian.”

Oh yes, that frightening “they.” Those people are just horrible. And they’d be even worse if they actually existed.

Comments

  1. Chiroptera says

    …but when you bring up Christian….

    Well, you see, that’s the problem. Why in the world would you bring up being a Christian in a conversation with someone who’s not a Christian? Or anyone who’s not a member of the church you go to?

  2. Chiroptera says

    Just to make my point clear, the main reason one would complain about not getting “sympathy” is usually because one is trying to justify a political or social position but cannot defend it with a well reasoned rational policy argument.

  3. Kevin Kehres says

    Maybe it’s because they’ve read the Constitution where it says that “no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.”

    So bringing up your religion in a political context is ANTI-AMERICAN.

    Why do you hate the Constitution, Rep. McCarthy?

  4. raven says

    Why in the world would you bring up being a Christian in a conversation with someone who’s not a Christian?

    Because you are a religious fanatic and a kook.

    What really bothers me is people, invariably Oogedy Boogedy xians or Mormons, asking me what my religion is.

    It’s none of their business!!! It’s not relevant!!!

    On the west coast, this question is generally considered rude and out of bounds, at least in the circles I run in. The few people that ask it are invariably from the midwest or Mormon. What they are really asking is if I’m a member of their tribe.

    I just tell them it is none of their business and I’m not going to answer it. Then watch their minds run in idle for ten minutes or so while they try to figure out what that means.

  5. says

    If she wants sympathy, frankly, I can pat her on her shoulder a couple of times, but other than moral support there’s little I can do to help her win her battle. Until she accepts that change comes from within, she’s stuck with her Christianity.

  6. dingojack says

    People are sympathetic to different things and different causes, but when you bring up Christian, there is no sympathy whatsoever.”

    Well if you vomited up Christian* on my rug I’d be pretty unsympathetic about it too.

    Dingo
    ———
    * even without going into the issue of why you ate him in the first place, of course

  7. Randomfactor says

    People are generally sympathetic to others unless they discover that whatever misfortune those others are experiencing is caused by their own actions. Or that the “misfortune” is being greatly exaggerated.

  8. John Pieret says

    People are sympathetic to different things and different causes, but when you bring up Christian, there is no sympathy whatsoever.

    Let’s take a a wild stab at what sort context this come up: ‘Those icky gays have no business getting married!’

    The unsympathetic response: ‘What business of it is yours, lady? How does it harm you?’

    ‘But what about Western Civilization? What about God’s Word?’

    ‘Yeah, lady, what about them? Nobody is stopping you from believing what you want. Why do you get to stop them from believing what want and stop consenting adults doing something that hurts nobody else?’

    ‘But … but …’

    [Scarily turns on heel and walks away shaking head]

  9. D. C. Sessions says

    When someone asks about my religion, I just cut to the chase and tell them that no, I’m not interested in joining theirs. No matter what it is.

  10. eric says

    Why in the world would you bring up being a Christian in a conversation with someone who’s not a Christian?

    It could be, as you say, that they bring up their Christianness to defend some strange position for which they have no rational defense.

    But it I think it probably happens more often in a “pharisee” manner. I.e., they make some obvious, loud, and tacky profession of faith that rubs even the other theists in the room the wrong way. Then they get upset when people snicker or get rubbed the wrong way.

  11. Dave Maier says

    Well, you have to admit that unnamed people do unspecified things just about every day, and no one seems to be willing to do anything about it.

  12. says

    Well, just look at how much anti-Christian bias has held her back in society. I mean, she’s barely managed to become the wealthy wife of a high-ranking elected official in the government of the most powerful nation on Earth.

  13. scienceavenger says

    They do not think you should be able to have that belief…I do think it is really scary actually, I think that they don’t want you to have the right to be a Christian

    As anyone who’s tried this tactic in my house has heard plenty, who the fuck is “they”? If you can’t answer, then don’t ask me to care.

  14. skinnercitycyclist says

    In 30 years of living in the Pacific Northwest, I have had evangelists come to my door precisely three times. I think they were evangelists, anyway, but after trying in vain for 45 minutes to get them interested in German literature of the fin-de-siècle, they left in a hurry and never came back. Was it something I said?

  15. Evan Brehm says

    So Kevin McCarthy is taking a shot at being the first openly Wingnut Majority Whip since Tom DeLay?

  16. jnorris says

    One brings up being a Christian to help get out the teabagger voter base so your husband will be reelected and you can still live in DC instead of the hell hole he reps.

  17. grumpyoldfart says

    That woman is merely preparing excuses in advance. If everything goes well then she can “give the glory to god” but if she makes some horrible mistake she can say “they” caused it.

    It’s not much of an excuse but for those with a fragile ego it’s a lot better than admitting that the mistake was theirs.

  18. whheydt says

    Like raven, I don’t get very many conversations that bring up religion. For those going door to door trying to convert people, if you start right off stating that you are a heathen, they tend to stop, ponder for a while, and then wander off with smoke, metal filings, and the smell of burnt lubricants pouring from their ears.

    They have all these instructions, beliefs, and Bible verses about going among and converting the “heathens” but they don’t know what to do or say when they actually encounter one.

    Still…the strangest (in the sense that I have NO idea why he was one) Mormon I ever met was a guy I worked with in the late ’70s and early ’80s. He grew up about 50 miles west of Breslau, then part of Germany, within sight of the Czech border. A bit after high school, he spent six months doing occupation duty in France. At the end of WW2 he was drafted into the Volksturm and was part of the defense of the siege of Breslau. He then spent a year in a Russian POW camp (his opinion of Russian peasantry was interesting…but not flattering). Eventually he came to the US and some point converted to being Mormon.

  19. spamamander, internet amphibian says

    You’re obviously not on the dry side of the state Skinnercitycyclist… even out in the country I get JW’s. And of course Mormons. Lots of Mormons. Though not recently, I wonder if they heard I dressed as a missionary for Halloween.

  20. jws1 says

    Randomfactor @#9:
    Some of us are even sympathetic in some cases where one’s misfortune can be blamed on them.

  21. Ichthyic says

    These kinds of WASPS, used to the many generations of privilege they have had, are afraid of losing it.

    They should be.

    It hasn’t happened yet, and won’t in my lifetime, but they can smell it coming; the days when people do nothing but laugh at them.

  22. busterggi says

    Poor thing – first her Christianity is taken away, next thing you know she’ll have to be in the same room as a black person. It’ll be good training in case she ever encounters a gay.

  23. Nemo says

    If you weren’t pushing it on someone else, someone else wouldn’t be pushing back. Maybe figure out what actually constitutes “pushing it”, eh?

  24. Peter the Mediocre says

    A long time ago I was asked by a coworker about my religious convictions. I told him that I had been accused of religion a few times but never convicted. That confused him enough to end the conversation.

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