God Needs Random Guy to Speak for Him

A man in Portland, Tennessee apparently thinks that God’s voice isn’t being heard in this country anymore, so he spent a bunch of money to put up a billboard declaring that gay people are an abomination, like it says in Leviticus (though he didn’t quote the “stone them to death” part).

In Portland, TN, a towering billboard quotes a Leviticus passage from the Old Testament: “You shall not lie with a man as with a woman. It is an abomination.”

Ronnie Monday, a Vietnam veteran, is the man behind the message.

He commissioned the billboard and paid for it with donations from some friends. It has been up for four months.

“When the president came out and indicated that he thought that gay marriage was OK, that was pretty much the last straw,” Monday said…

Love it or hate it, residents will have to get used to it. The contract on the billboard has been renewed for another six months.

“As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. And he says it’s wrong. And in my opinion, that’s what it is, it’s wrong,” Monday said.

He also told a local reporter, “I thought God needs his voice out.” Yeah, the fact that it’s in the Bible isn’t nearly enough. He need a random yahoo to repeat it on a billboard. What makes me laugh about this is this: What did he think this was going to do? Does he think some gay person, or a supporter of gay rights like me, is going to see it and think, “OMG! God thinks it’s wrong? That never occurred to me! I better change my mind”?

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  • otrame

    Nah. He’s just peeing on a lamp post.

  • Michael Heath

    Ed’s blog post:

    God Needs Random Guy to Speak for Him . . .

    To point out the bleeding obvious, all gods have always required humans to speak for them.

    I wonder why that is?

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

    He need a random yahoo to repeat it on a billboard

    It quite simple: When He need a yahoo, always there a yahoo who say “Wait, I yahoo!”

  • Konradius

    Maybe he thought that this way, random people would see that sign and think: My parents/friends/other people are pretty religious. Let’s not come out to them just yet.

    And you know what, that actually works.

  • Michael Heath

    Ed writes:

    What makes me laugh about this is this: What did he think this was going to do? Does he think some gay person, or a supporter of gay rights like me, is going to see it and think, “OMG! God thinks it’s wrong? That never occurred to me! I better change my mind”?

    I think there are two serious, unfunny, motivations here. The first is to remind biblical inerrantists that they are required to “hate the sin” of males having sex. I realize some theologians would argue that’s not the current position, but that’s not what the standard-issue fundie and evangelical express towards gay people. As evidenced by their continued discrimination of gay adults and abuse of gay children that are congregants in their churches. My “hate the sin” quip is in reference to to the right-side of the billboard. That side presents the popular Christian canard used to justify their bigotry , “Love the sinner, hate the sin”; the practice of course doesn’t reconcile with the message.

    The second motivation is to embolden bigots to continue to practice bigotry towards non-heterosexuals. That in a society that is increasingly protective of gay people enjoying equal rights, here we observe that some still stand on the side of the bigotry. Without Christian bigotry and abuse of GBLTs, such bigotry effectively disappears in the U.S.; so it’s critical for the bigots to continue to market that other bigots are out there.

  • http://inmyunbelief.wordpress.com TCC

    I don’t know, it seems like God is doing a fine job putting up billboards (with the opposite message) in places like Topeka, KS.

  • petemoulton

    Who wants to bet this “righteous” POS had shrimp for dinner at least once this month? Lord, spare me from your cafeteria xians!

  • Richard Smith

    I hate Mondays…

  • John Pieret

    Michael Heath @ 5:

    A third motivation is to thump his chest around his tribal campfire. It is not enough to merely accept the tribal beliefs of his Christian clan; to be really part of the tribe you must proclaim it loudly to all and sundry. Ronnie Monday has established his place in the clan by taking “action” against the non-believers.

  • teawithbertrand

    @petemoulton

    And a hundred bucks says he’s got at least one tattoo.

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

    Damn it, now I want to get a billboard in Portland, Tennessee. But for which quote?

    And all that have not fins and scales in the seas, and in the rivers, of all that move in the waters, and of any living thing which is in the waters, they shall be an abomination unto you.

    Or…

    And thou shalt eat it as barley cakes, and thou shalt bake it with dung that cometh out of man.

    ?

  • Richard Smith

    @teawithbertrand

    Every now and then I contemplate getting a simple tattoo that says “Lev. 19:28″…

  • magistramarla

    There are plenty of billboards and signs like this where I live. All it does for my hubby and I is remind us that we want to move out of the south as soon as possible.

  • whheydt

    Makes on think there should be some more billboards. Ones with quote from the Constitution, for instance.

  • Lofty

    Yahoo being of course Yahweh’s little brother, and is loud and embarrassing when the family is out in public.

  • Pen

    What did he think this was going to do? Does he think some gay person, or a supporter of gay rights like me, is going to see it and think, “OMG! God thinks it’s wrong? That never occurred to me! I better change my mind”?

    No. He thinks, probably correctly, that it’s going to make lots of gay people and their supporters feel shitty, angry, hurt and excluded every time they have to walk past it. It lets them know they have an enemy, who is at least rich, powerful and determined enough to sponsor billboard ads. It lets them know they don’t know how many enemies they have, or who is their friend. It also provides comfort to their actual enemies, letting them know they have a rich, powerful and determined ally.

  • birgerjohansson

    In Portland, TN, a towering billboard quotes a Leviticus passage from the Old Testament: “You shall not lie with a man as with a woman. It is an abomination.”

    So bisexual women must not use fellatio when having sex with men.

    .

    BTW there are four authorial groups of the Old Testament, Leviticus would mostly be the work of the “P source”, inserted in OT by one or several hebrew priests to further their interests. Oh, and those priests are Aaronite priests, from the central temple, not the priests from the countryside. (they had a vendetta going about who got a share of the sacrifice, the central authority priests wanted sacrifices to be done only in the temple. For all I know the rural priest might have been OK about men bonking men).