Bayne Updates His Rosa Parks Comparison

Ian Bayne, a Republican candidate for Congress in Illinois, launched a thousand snickers and gut laughs when he compared the Duck Dynasty douchebag to Rosa Parks. Now he’d like to clarify that he didn’t mean the comparison “literally.” Uh, okay. So how did you mean it, exactly?

The statement follows the candidate, Ian Bayne, who is running in the GOP primary against Rep. Bill Foster (D-IL), saying that Robertson was really making a defense against the persecution of Christians.

“We are a Christian nation based upon the foundation of free will and individualism,” Bayne said in the new press release on Monday. “People know this, and those who have come here from other countries to practice a religion other than Christianity, know and desire this as well. The comparison between Parks and Robertson is based on the recent persecution of Christians, and not in skin color or literal comparison.”

Bayne previously told TPM that that he thought comparing Robertson to Parks was complimentary to Parks.

“To me, not knowing him, it is clear that he wanted to expose the, what I call, persecution of people who are open Christians. What better way to do it than in an open interview not on your television show so A&E can’t argue some breach of contract,” Bayne told TPM. “So having seen that I believe and I thought it was complimentary to Rosa Parks because I see Rosa Parks as a courageous person that stood up in the face of a system that was bad and said hey, enough is enough.”

Keep digging, buddy. Keep digging.

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  • http://www.electricminstrel.com Brett McCoy

    “persecution of people who are open Christians”? What? There are people in the “Christan closet” who haven’t come out?

    Where is this persecution they keep talking about? I see very full parking lots of churches on Sundays. I see billboard signs on the highway with Bible quotes. I see license plates with things like “GO2GOD”. There are radio stations, cable TV channels, even streaming channels for Roku.

  • Chiroptera

    “We are a Christian nation based upon the foundation of free will and individualism,” Bayne said in the new press release on Monday.

    I always do a spit-take when the supporters of indoctrination and conformity say this.

  • Akira MacKenzie

    “… based upon the foundation of free will and individualism…

    That will be news to all the various Calvinism-derived denominations, or have they largely given up on divine fatalism?

  • Matt G

    One of my New Year’s resolutions for 2014 is to spend more time with friends and family, and less time persecuting Christians.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Don’t you remember when Rosa Parks said that she was happier back during the Jim Crow days?

  • magistramarla

    Do these wingnuts take lessons in speaking word salad?

  • matty1

    From the wingnut dictionary.

    Persecution – having people disagree with your opinions even when religion is part of them

    Morality- To oppress or harass with ill-treatment, especially because of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation

  • DaveL

    Because it’s absolutely persecution for someone to take offense when you take a whole group of people with nothing in common but a sexual preference for the same gender, and say they full or murder and hatred, that they invent ways of doing evil, that they are heartless, ruthless, and senseless. Oh, and that you don’t disrespect them for being gay.

  • Chuck

    “The comparison between Parks and Robertson is based on the recent persecution of Christians, and not in skin color or literal comparison.”

    Religion is probably the only characteristic on which Parks was not discriminated against.

  • pocketnerd

    Thus spake ZaraChuck:

    Religion is probably the only characteristic on which Parks was not discriminated against.

    Nope. White southern churches of the era often preached that the pro-civil-rights black churches were faux-Christian communist agitators, secretly bankrolled by Moscow or — even worse! — Jews.

  • Michael Heath

    Christianist Ian Bayne:

    We are a Christian nation based upon the foundation of free will . . .

    For those Christians who believe in Hell and claim humans enjoy free will, what they’re effectively referencing is extortion, not free will. Of course these morons are so delusional most have probably never even considered this fact.

  • dingojack

    My dear Ian – When in a hole…..

    Dingo

  • http://festeringscabofrealityblogspot.com fifthdentist

    Yeah, when U.S. Christians are killed for their religion, when people here are stoned to death for converting to Christianity, and when the Obamanation starts filling up the FEMA camps with those who do not share his Muslim faith, THEN they will be persecuted.

    But, alas, the fact that expressing a different opinion is not persecution will forever elude them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/den.wilson d.c.wilson

    So, he thinks we’re a Christian nation in which Christians are persecuted? Wha?

  • marcus

    Oh those poor, poor Christians! They get really get fuck-all in this immoral, libertine society. *sob*.

  • Loqi

    How ridiculous does one have to be to think that this comparison is doing Rosa Parks a favor by putting her on the same level as the DD guy?

    Republican candidate for Congress

    Oh. The maximum level of ridiculous. I understand now.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    d.c.wilson “So, he thinks we’re a Christian nation in which Christians are persecuted? Wha?”

    Historically, what’s more Christian than a Christian Nation that persecutes Christians?

  • StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    @1.Brett McCoy :

    I see license plates with things like “GO2GOD”.

    Well, that couldcertainly be taken as a threat! Isn’t it the equivalent of saying DIE!?

    Whether “going to God” is a good thing or a bad depends how you view it &what kinda reception from what kind of “God” you’re expecting, I guess. yeah?

  • matty1

    I’d like to ask what these people are doing about cases where Christians actually are persecuted around the world? How much effort are they putting into lobbying the Chinese government to end it’s restrictions on religious organisations or supporting those charged with blasphemy in Islamic countries?

    Because anyone who cared about the persecution of Christians would be focussed on those things not on the fact that in a nation where Christians have overwhelming political power one opinion within Christianity is not accepted without question.

  • scienceavenger

    … it is clear that he wanted to expose the … persecution of people who are open Christians

    The persecution is against people who are openly bigoted, not openly Christian. Observe:

    “I’m a Christian!” – openly Christian

    “Faggots are going to burn in Hell forever after they get done sodomizing our children and killing the rest of us with AIDS!” – openly bigoted

    I know the difference is subtle, but its there…

  • Wylann

    Someone get this man a new shovel, STAT! He’s clearly about to wear out the one he’s using….

  • pocketnerd

    @ #20, scienceavenger:

    Except even with those definitions, nobody is “persecuting” the openly bigoted. People criticizing the stupid, hateful things you say isn’t persecution. Being required to follow the same laws as everybody else isn’t persecution. When the likes of Bayne and Robertson whine about “persecution,” what they really mean is “We are no longer given completely free run to persecute others! No fair!

  • freehand

    It’s a compliment to Rosa Parks to compare her favorably to a Yuppie douchebag pretending to be a redneck asshole? If I criticize this statement, am I persecuting Mr. Baynes, or simply censoring him?

  • StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    @ ^ freehand : Neither.