I Agree With Joseph Farah

For those who have been reading this blog for a long time, that post title may seem shocking. I’ve practically made a career out of making fun of Joseph Farah and his site, the Worldnetdaily. But I agree with at least part of his recent column telling his fellow wingnuts how they should respond to the scourge of President Obama. I do not, of course, agree with the recycled rhetoric he phones in about how Obama is a horrible persecutor of Christians:

Today it’s growing increasingly clear that far from being a believer, as Obama claimed in 2008, he is an enemy of believers – a tormenter of Christians, a persecutor.

In a recent foreign-language interview, Roman Catholic Cardinal Raymond Burke, the head of the highest court at the Vatican, spoke the truth when he said Obama’s policies “have become progressively more hostile toward Christian civilization.”

Cardinal Burke added that Obama wants to restrict religious freedom and force the individual, outside of his or her place of worship, “to act against his rightly-formed conscience, even in the most serious of moral questions.”

“He appears to be a totally secularized man who aggressively promotes anti-life and anti-family policies,” said Burke. “Now he wants to restrict the exercise of the freedom of religion to freedom of worship; that is, he holds that one is free to act according to his conscience within the confines of his place of worship but that once the person leaves the place of worship, the government can constrain him to act against his rightly-formed conscience, even in the most serious of moral questions. Such policies would have been unimaginable in the United States even 40 years ago. It is true that many faithful Catholics, with strong and clear leadership from their bishops and priests, are reacting against the ever-growing religious persecution in the U.S.”

Oh yes, the terrible persecution of Christians! Those damn gay people and non-Christians are so uppity that they think they have a right to live their lives without the imposition of someone else’s religious views, and it’s perfectly obvious that their unwillingness to submit to such authoritarian treatment is nothing less than the persecution of Christians. But I do agree with his solution to all of this:

Obama can scarcely take all the blame for our arrival at this ungodly destination. Believers are more responsible. They let it happen. They continue to allow it to happen. They have the power to direct the nation in a reverse course – just as the children of ancient Israel had the power.

It’s still there for us today. All that is required is that believers follow the prescription God gave us in 2 Chronicles 7:14. Nothing else will work – not the political game, not reason, not debate, not revolution, not doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results.

It’s up to us.

It’s up to His people who are called by His name to humble themselves and pray and seek His face and turn from their wicked ways. Only then will this judgment on us be lifted, for He will hear our prayers, forgive our sin and heal our land.

You go, Joe. You pray and “seek His face” (whatever the hell that means) until the cows come home. Confess your sins (you might start with lying, something your site does several times a day). Refrain from eating, because that definitely helps. I’m sure your God will come and rescue then. And if he doesn’t do it immediately, redouble your efforts. Pray and fast and “seek His face” even longer and harder and louder. Do it 24 hours a day. Be my guest.

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  • sh3baproject

    WHAT HAVE YOU DONE???

    *wormhole opens and eats the universe*

  • Synfandel

    I bet he’ll vote in 2016 anyway.

  • eric

    “[Obama] holds that…the government can constrain him to act against his rightly-formed conscience, even in the most serious of moral questions…”

    Well, yeah. In fact what you’ve just stated is a pretty rough and ready definition of what government is – an organization that is given legitimacy to constrain people’s actions in certain (well-defined) ways.

    And of course the irony is that the conservatives are the ones arguing for more government constraints in the two hot button issues he’s talking about. Pro-life legislation imposes a constraint on what pregnant women are allowed to do. Anti-SSM legislation imposes a constraint on who folk can marry. What he’s really arguing for is the right of some mid-level organizational (i.e., local or state…but god forbid not federal!) majority to constrain individuals despite that individuals’ rights.

  • A Hermit

    Hermit sees shocking headline, checks date….

  • John Pieret

    It’s up to us.

    Gee, too bad they didn’t think up this praying and seeking His face and turning from their wicked ways stuff back when the ACA was first passed or when Massachusetts legalized SSM or when abotion was legalized. Think how much they could have accomplished!

  • Michael Heath

    Ed writes:

    Confess your [Joe Farah] sins (you might start with lying, something your site does several times a day).

    Oh, I’d bet the lies average several per article.

  • http://howlandbolton.com richardelguru

    Wouldn’t surprise me if he can manage several lies per word!!!

  • D. C. Sessions

    What he’s really arguing for is the right of some mid-level organizational (i.e., local or state…but god forbid not federal!) majority to constrain individuals despite that individuals’ rights.

    No. That’s only the right thing to do when the Federal government is in the wrong. Otherwise (e.g. the War on Drugs, not to mention federal bans on abortion) the States can’t be trusted with that kind of authority.

    As usual, you can judge the legal principle by whether it gets the right results.

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

    Such policies would have been unimaginable in the United States even 40 years ago.

    Actually, desegregation was more than 40 years ago.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kpalexander1 Kevin Alexander

    I get it now. It’s a zero-sum persecution game. If you don’t allow me to persecute you then that’s defined as you persecuting me!!

    if you squint your eyes, tighten your sphincter and hold your breath ’til you see stars (aka prayer) it will make perfect sense.

  • dugglebogey

    Every time some asshole describes the ever-shrinking government sanctioning of their ability to enforce their religion on unwilling people or unwitting children as “taking away religious freedom” I want to stab them in the cheek with a fork.

  • caseloweraz

    Farah: Obama can scarcely take all the blame for our arrival at this ungodly destination. Believers are more responsible. They let it happen. They continue to allow it to happen. They have the power to direct the nation in a reverse course – just as the children of ancient Israel had the power.

    So let’s fire up the Time Tunnel and let’s send Doug and Tony back to restore the 19th century to America.

    (“Temporal paradoxes — I hate temporal paradoxes!”)

  • caseloweraz

    I Agree With Joseph Farah

    Gee, Ed, you should never post that headline on this date.

  • Thumper: Token Breeder

    I Agree With Joseph Farah

    “Whaaaaaat!?”*

    *Best Prof. Farnsworth impression.