Robert O’Brien Nominee: Janet Mefferd

This is a real gem from wingnut talk show host Janet Mefferd:

I think the homosexuality issue is an excuse, I think it’s an excuse. I think it’s an excuse of the pagan mind to begin what they have wanted to do for a very long time and that is to wipe out Christianity. Maybe that’s overstated, maybe I’m being a little bit over the top, but I really don’t think so. I think it’s an excuse. I think it’s the pagan who doesn’t want to hear about sin. I think it’s the pagan who doesn’t want the word of God to be believed by anybody because it’s an offense. And I think homosexuality is the perfect issue for them to use to shut Christians up.

Remember back in the 80s when they called us heathens “secular humanists”? Somewhere in the late 90s, the terminology suddenly changed to “pagan.” All it really means, of course, is “everyone who isn’t us.” And no Janet, it’s not overstated and you’re not a little bit over the top; it’s utterly insane and you’re a world class moron.

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  • MikeMa

    If this blog shows anything, poor Janet is not alone in being a world class moron.

    I think the Amish might have a good idea in sending their antsy teens off to see the world. The ones that return are happy to be there but the others find the scary world isn’t so scary. Not a perfect system but this woman and so many like her need to get out and meet people not like herself and gain some perspective.

  • Actually, it sounds to me that she’s a little behind in her terminology. From what I can tell, the current bogey-man term is “secularist”.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    … it’s the pagan who doesn’t want to hear about sin.

    Just *hearing* about it is so boorrring!

  • raven

    Can god make a grapefruit so large he can’t lift it?

    Can fundie xians make a spokesperson so crazy even they won’t pay any attention?

    Can fundie xians tell a lie so cuckoo even they don’t believe it?

    We have yet to see the latter cases happen.

    The truth is, xians slaughtered Pagans for 1400 years to the point where they were all but extinct. The end of the Dark Ages were notable for the hundreds of thousands of witches killed and the Roman Catholic Inquisition.

    There are a fair number of New Ager Pagans here on the west coast and I know more than a few of them. They keep a low profile and use names like Greywolf, Stargirl, and Sunset. Because they face real persecution and violence from the local fundie xians. It’s not unusual for them to lose their jobs, get kicked out of rental housing, or have their homes and cars vandalized or shot up.

    Far as I can tell, the xians are ticked off that they spent 1400 years diligently murdering every single Pagan. And now they are back again. I guess being homicidal religious kooks has its own problems.

  • I’d put this down under the category of “Evil Cannot Comprehend Good” for the trope. They honestly don’t seem to understand that we want marriage equality because we think people who love each other should have the choice to spend their lives together.

    Right now, heterosexual couples get certain privileges for no reason other than arbitrary religious favor. The situation should be that everyone is entitled to those benefits, or no one is. If it’s not given equally, it’s a privilege, not a right. I’m heterosexual, yet if I find Ms. Right, I’d be worried about the religious trampling over that possible marriage for some other equally arbitrary religious motivation. If same sex couples aren’t protected, I don’t feel protected, either.

    As for the “pagan” label, one thing that amuses is that is probably the word I’d use to describe one of the first reasons I was repelled by fundies. It kind of got started when one church I visited treated baptism like a magic spell to ward off Satan, rather than a social ritual to welcome a new child into the world. I wasn’t big on the exact word, “pagan,” but it’s quite appropriate to how I thought about fundie Christians: They made Christianity too “pagan” for my tastes.

  • ArtK

    Nothing like Cinerama-grade projection to start the day!

  • ArtK

    @ Bronze Dog

    But you see, the magic in fundy’s rituals comes from God, so it’s good. What the pagans do doesn’t and is therefore bad. “My magic spell warding off evil is good; your magic spell warding off evil is bad.”

    If you read everything a fundy says through the filter of “what I do is right, what anyone else does is wrong,” it all makes sense.

  • Chiroptera

    I think it’s the pagan who doesn’t want the word of God to be believed by anybody because it’s an offense.

    Well, in defense of pagans, you have to admit that calling people evil for reasons that are none of your business is pretty offensive.

  • Aquaria

    I think it’s an excuse of the pagan mind to begin what they have wanted to do for a very long time and that is to wipe out Christianity.

    As compared to you christards, who actually did wipe out pagans for being pagans.

    Are there any drive-in theaters left? I think this seriously blackened kettle could be put to better use at one.

  • anandine

    If I had to pick a religion, it would be paganism. Worshiping things we can see (rain, sun, wind, trees) makes more sense than worshipping Jahweh or a flying spaghetti monster.

  • Scott Hanley

    Rick Perry praying for rain is a helluva lot more pagan than I’ll ever be.

  • deandu pont

    A true thing of beauty: having Ms. Mefferd stuck in an elevator for about ten minutes with Troy Perry from the MCC. (Or better yet, Rev. Cecil Williams.)

  • Janet’s probably just upset about what the Gay Agenda did to her fiancee back in the 70s…

    “It’s you!”

    “Yes, Janet, I’m afraid so.”

    “What have you done with Brad?!”

    “Nothing! Why, do you think I should…?”

  • pa747sp

    I’ll mention this idea to my friend who is an Anglican priest. And a homosexual.