Klingenschmitt: I’m the Anti-Theocracy Candidate

Gordon Klingenschmitt is running for the state legislature in Colorado and is bizarrely trying to present himself as the anti-theocracy candidate in the race. Because not imposing religious rule on people is imposing religious rule on them. Or something.

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  • Chiroptera

    So among wingnuts, words have absolutely no meaning whatsoever?

    Holy shit, wingnuts speaking is really just using loud sounds to express emotions. When wingnuts speak, they are just like dogs barking.

  • eric

    Dare I ask – who is he running against? Could the other candidate actually be more theocratic?

  • 12ab

    Does he not realize that almost everything he has ever espoused in the public media has been based on his own theocratic inclinations? How is it that he can claim to have a PhD in theology and not understand the very basic principles of a theocracy? This appears to be a narcissistic, self-serving person who will do or say anything to get what he wants. He refers to himself as an “ordained minister.” Ordained by whom? Ordained to do what? He has never served as pastor of a church and has never offered pastoral services to a congregation of church members. He selects scripture passages to support his personal agenda without giving any evidence that he even knows how to exegete scripture and interpret it in its historical and form critical context. Let’s discern the spirits: I perceive possession by the spirit of insecurity and self-deceit which has given birth to the spirit of inflated self-aggrandizement which also suggests possession by a very mean evil spirit!

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

    I’m starting to think Doctor Chaps is a satirist even more brilliant than Stephen Colbert. No one can be this full of crap and still be serious, can they?

  • busterggi

    “How is it that he can claim to have a PhD in theology and not understand the very basic principles of a theocracy? ”

    Well when one has a degree in studying imaginary things what is there to understand?

  • jnorris

    Has or will Mr Klingenschmitt demand no one quote him to show his theocracy and hypocrisy?

  • Scr… Archivist

    eric @2,

    The 15th district of the Colorado House is in Colorado Springs and is currently represented by one Mark Waller. http://ballotpedia.org/Mark_Waller The Denver Post reported last year that he is one of two Republicans running for state Attorney General, which would leave the state house seat open. http://www.denverpost.com/ci_23575602/republican-state-rep-mark-waller-run-colorado-attorney

    There are three Republicans running for the seat. http://thecoloradoobserver.com/2014/01/crowded-dem-and-gop-contests-for-state-house-seats/ The observer says they have similar politics.

    In 2008, Williams stalled the funding of a Coming Out Day on his campus. His friend and campaign manager said that this was due to Williams’ seeing the event as “both genuinely heterophobic and disrespectful of the right of individuals to remain closeted if they so chose.” http://race42016.com/2010/02/17/colorados-david-williams-minor-league-candidate-major-league-potential/ For this, Williams earned himself an impeachment. http://gazette.com/article/52538

    He’s a real class act… http://coloradopols.com/diary/37004/dave-williams-contempt-for-the-gay-community-triggers-el-paso-county-republican-schism (part of a series) …and another reminder that you have to stop these stains from getting elected to anything, even student leadership positions.

    Kuhn is a your standard authoritarian: http://www.kuhnforcolorado.com/#!issues/ch6q

    Republicans tend to win handily in the 15th, and the Democrats didn’t even run anyone in 2012. Primaries are apparently scheduled for June.

  • dingojack

    ‘Fruity Gordo’ Klingshitt has a PhD from Regent Diploma Mill University in 2012.

    Make of that what you may*.

    Dingo

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    * I wonder what it cost to buy that?

  • http://festeringscabofrealityblogspot.com fifthdentist

    Many people are able to — with a straight face — claim that they are not part of a religion, they just “have a personal relationship with god.”

    Perhaps he means it in that context: If he’s not part of any religion, how could he impose religion on anyone?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=730511544 billdaniels

    I bet Gordo’s dissertation started out with, “My name is Gordon Klingenschmitt. I’m 54 1/2 years old…”

    He was ordained by the Evangelical Episcopal Church, a right-wing group that broke away from the Episcopal Church. When he started getting publicity for spouting the crazy they dropped him. He later joined some Full Gospel Fundamentalist group who were more in tune with his batshittery.

  • otrame

    Ordained by whom? Ordained to do what? He has never served as pastor of a church and has never offered pastoral services to a congregation of church members.

    That is not true. Gordo was a chaplain. Navy IIRC. The services require chaplains be ordained ministers/priests.

    He was kicked out for disobeying both the standard order of not attending or especially speaking at political meetings in uniform and a direct order from his commanding officer to stop attending and speaking at political meetings in uniform.

  • http://timgueguen.blogspot.com timgueguen

    Dude would make a good Les Nessman. Unfortunately he wouldn’t get that Nessman is supposed to be laughed at, not praised.

  • Michael Heath

    Gordon Klingenschmitt states:

    The Democrats are pushing a theocracy on us. […]

    I’ll defend freedom for all faiths.

    Here’s Klingenschmitt arguing against the city of NYC approving a Muslim community center near the World Trade Center: http://specialguests.com/guests/viewnews.cgi?id=EkZAVFlAEZxmQdIZuU&tmpl=default. H/T : An old Ed Brayton blog.

  • comfychair

    My dear sweet blue-haired grandmother once said to me, “ooh, no! I don’t want anything to do with religion – I just believe what the Bible says.”

    I think if you check the Wingnut Dictionary you’ll find that since ‘theocracy’ is used as a pejorative, it only applies to state-imposed false religions – therefore, state-imposed Christianity (which is obviously true because just look at it) is just the right way to build a prosperous and successful society.

  • 12ab

    Otrame at #10:

    The Evangelical Episcopal Church revoked Gordo’s ordination and his endorsement to serve as a Navy Chaplain. Can you provide the name(s) of churches he has served as an ordained minister? For which congregation(s) has he provided pastoral services?

  • had3

    12ab @ 14: he was the sole Chaplin aboard the USS Anzio with 32 other officers and 340 enlisted. Does that count as providing pastoral services? I despise the guy, but that deployment would seem to fit the bill of what a minister does.

  • 12ab

    had 3 @ 15:

    Yes, I agree that service on the USS Anzio would require that he perform ministerial services. If I remember correctly it was reported that he did not complete the Anzio tour of duty and that the Commanding Officer ordered him off the ship and would not permit him back onboard. Subsequently his church revoked his ordination and endorsement as a chaplain. Following his court martial the Navy did not retain him and he was discharged. In the video he refers to himself as an “ordained minister.” To be fair, my questions should be “Currently ordained by whom? and to do what?”

  • freehand

    Chiroptera: Holy shit, wingnuts speaking is really just using loud sounds to express emotions. When wingnuts speak, they are just like dogs barking.

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    Excepts dogs can say “Wanna play?” Fundamentalist theocrats do not have that bark in their vocabulary. They can, of course, whine, bark for attention, and growl.

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    When I had a dog he wasn’t much for philosophical discourse (how many people are?) but he understood wrestling, jogging, and ice cream. He was much wiser than Klingenschmitt.

  • carpenterman

    “You keep on using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”

  • anne mariehovgaard

    Many people are able to — with a straight face — claim that they are not part of a religion, they just “have a personal relationship with god.”

    Since the reason – the only reason – religious beliefs are not considered psychotic delusions is that they are part of a religion, that’s really not a good sign…