Murray Thinks Americans Are ‘Fleeing’ to Russia

Add William Murray to the long list of Christian right leaders licking the boots of Vladimir Putin and declaring him the savior of the Christian world. There’s so much ludicrous bullshit in his latest Worldnetdaily column that you could fertilize the Sinai with it. He even lies about his own family:

The process of the removal of prayer from America’s public schools was begun by my mother, Madalyn Murray O’Hair, in 1960.

No it wasn’t. It was started more than a year earlier by the family of Elliot Schempp. That’s why the case that did it is known as Abington Township v Schempp and not Murray v Curlett. Here’s the one thing that William Murray, a Christian evangelist, absolutely agrees with his late mother on — the need to continually pretend that they got prayer out schools when they didn’t.

Having been a part of the decline in religion and morality that has come to America, I now look at Russia where individual achievement is honored and prayer and Bible instruction are welcomed in the classrooms. Recently, the “gay” rainbow flag was hoisted at the American Embassy in Israel. At the Olympic Games at Sochi this year, it was Russia who was vilified by Western media for not being gay-friendly. A real turnaround from the 1960s for America. Meanwhile Russia has a flat tax that encourages growth, while businesses in the U.S. struggle under a tax code that has many of our wealthy denouncing their citizenship and simply living on their yachts.

Whaddaya say we check that claim against reality? Russia’s economy, far from being buoyed by a flat tax, is in terrible shape. GDP growth in Russia for 2013 was 1.3%. It’s even worse this year, though that’s largely due to the invasion of Crimea.

One thing that has changed: Westerners are seeking Russian citizenship, but not to support Marxism. This time Westerners are fleeing the godless collectivism sought by my mother, the system that is fast becoming the new American norm.

Really? Americans are fleeing to Russia? Name a few of them for us. You can’t? I didn’t think so. I wish they would. I think you and all your fellow bigots should pack your bags and go to Russia, since you think it’s such a Christian paradise now. That would make America a lot more like paradise.

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  • Kevin Kehres

    Quite the opposite, if Russian census data are to be trusted.

    The number of Americans in Russia has declined precipitously since 1997. In 2009, 575 US citizens migrated to Russia, joining 1440 already in place. The statistics don’t say if these are permanent residents, those in-country for temporary work assignments (like working in the oil-gas industries, etc), or something else.

    In 1997, 668 new emigres from the US joined 9087 already in place.

    So, a decline from 10,000 to 2,000. Simple math — 80% drop.

    Lying liars and their lies.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/TabbyLavalamp Tabby Lavalamp

    I would love to see some of these Protestants emigrate to Russian Orthodox Russia to enjoy some of that “religious freedom” they’re being praised for.

  • Taz

    You’re right, William. They’re fleeing in droves! Better get your ticket before it’s too late.

    (And don’t let the door hit you, etc.)

  • iangould

    Russia is essentially Saddam’s Iraq or Gaddafi’s Libya only with nukes.

    The only reason their economy is growing at all is the oil revenue that provides 60% of the state budget.

  • caseloweraz

    Murray: …while businesses in the U.S. struggle under a tax code that has many of our wealthy denouncing their citizenship and simply living on their yachts.

    Poor Larry Ellison. A yacht wasn’t enough to grant him relief from the confiscatory tax system the Marxist-Muslim president has foisted upon the American public. He had to buy an entire island. Richard Mellon Scaife… the Koch brothers… Sheldon Adelson… all living in boats offshore. Selling their mansions and laying off the groundskeepers. Having to play water polo instead of regular polo. Forced to use SCUBA if they want to take a stroll. I tell you, it’s unfair!

  • caseloweraz

    And by the way, denouncing American citizenship is what Murray is doing in this piece. He meant “renouncing,” of course.

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

    …while businesses in the U.S. struggle under a tax code that has many of our wealthy denouncing their citizenship and simply living on their yachts.

    “You’re a bad citizenship!” ~ Weathy American, denouncing his citizenship.

  • raven

    Murray Thinks Americans Are ‘Fleeing’ to Russia

    If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably isn’t true.

    We all wish they would.

    If they were serious and renounced their American citizenship, we could raise enough money for days long farewell parties and one way tickets in a heartbeat and they could leave for free. And for good and the good of our country.

  • http://www.aquaticape.org anthrosciguy

    There’s Gerard Depardieu, who accepted Russian citizenship but pointedly does not live there. He just wanted to avoid income taxes so it doesn’t put any crimp in his drunk driving, urinating in airplane cabins lifestyle. You can have him, Murray.

  • http://festeringscabofrealityblogspot.com fifthdentist

    I’ve got some packing bubbles and Styrofoam peanuts I’ll donate to the cause of those fleeing the U.S.

  • sunsangnim

    I’ve been to Russia a couple times. Trust me, it’s no paradise. It’s exactly what the theocratic conservatives want to turn the US into.

  • Sideshow Bill

    That asshat gives dudes named Bill Murray a bad name. Wouldn’t believe the calls I got from reporters when his mother was found. I enjoyed explaining that I had a brain unlike her son.

  • busterggi

    sunsangnim: Not exactly, I think they have Saudi Arabia in mind, the Russians aren’t even executing atheists – yet.

  • Pen

    Murray: …while businesses in the U.S. struggle under a tax code that has many of our wealthy denouncing their citizenship and simply living on their yachts.

    Poor, homeless people. Why are you all so heartless?

  • http://ahcuah.wordpress.com/ ahcuah

    Really? Americans are fleeing to Russia? Name a few of them for us.

    Edward Snowden.

    OK, that really doesn’t count. The US invalidated his passport as he was passing through Moscow so he got stuck there.

    But I bet you it counts under Murray-logic.