David Lane’s Hypocritical Definition of Intolerance

David Lane, the most powerful man in the Christian right that you’ve likely never heard of, has a column at BarbWire in which he trots out the usual wingnut trick of accusing his opponents — secularists — of the same thing they (we) more accurately accuse them of being.

The anointed eye has no difficulty discerning behind secularism the long-standing enemy of God and his people. This battle is part of his unchanging order. As Bruce K. Waltke says in his commentary on Genesis, “The serpent’s final defeat under Messiah’s heel (3:15) is delayed to effect God’s program of redemption through the promised offspring. In the interim, God leaves Satan to test the fidelity of each succeeding generation of the covenant people (Judges 2:22) and teach them to fight against untruth (Judges 3:2).”

Secularism’s worldliness will only tolerate Christianity so long as its carnal tranquility is not disturbed or its authority challenged. But let the Christian bring his biblical values to the political arena, and he is immediately denounced as narrow-minded, out of step, behind the times, and a religious bigot.

So let me get this straight: When secularists accuse anti-gay bigots of being bigots, that’s intolerant, but when Lane accuses secularists of being pawns of Satan, that’s not? Lane and his allies routinely accuse gay people of being demon-possessed pedophiles who are deliberately trying to destroy not only America but civilization itself. They regularly claim that those who favor reproductive rights are committing genocide. But calling them bigots? That’s intolerant!

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  • John Pieret

    But … but … they can’t be bigots because Gawd has told them they are right!!! … just as when he told them they were right to enslave black people and to wipe out Native Americans and to treat women as property … etc., etc.

    It’s just plain bigotry to point out that their Gawd is a bigot!

  • Pierce R. Butler

    … biblical values … behind the times…

    How could anyone call a set of documents finalized over 1,600 years ago “behind the times”?!?

  • cottonnero

    I’m impressed that he sees Jesus in Genesis 3:15. Those are some high-powered Christianity Filter glasses he’s wearing.

  • Chiroptera

    But let the Christian bring his biblical values to the political arena, and he is immediately denounced as narrow-minded, out of step, behind the times, and a religious bigot.

    On the other hand, Christians who bring their biblical values to the political arena are, more often than not, narrow-minded, out of step, behind the times, and religious bigots. So I’m not sure what they are expecting here.

  • Chiroptera

    I’m impressed that he sees Jesus in Genesis 3:15.

    Well, it’s been a standard thing in Christianity since at least the early Middle Ages. Every single story in the Old Testament not only literally happened, but also prefigured Jesus and the stories of the New Testament. Moses leading the Hebrews out of Egypt is really Jesus leading saved souls out of Hell, Jonah in the belly of the whale for three days was Jesus in the tomb for three days, and so forth.

    I haven’t looked up Genesis 3:15, but I’m not particularly surprised if someone can read into it a metaphor about some aspect of modern fundamentalist Protestant theology.

    (Okay, I just looked it up; yeah, I remember when I was in church, Genesis 3:15 was said to be speaking about Jesus. Pretty standard evangelical Protestant theology.)

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    But let the Christian bring his biblical values to the political arena, and he is immediately denounced as narrow-minded, out of step, behind the times, and a religious bigot.

    Gee, they really can’t handle criticism in any form, can they?

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

    So let me get this straight: When secularists accuse anti-gay bigots of being bigots, that’s intolerant, but when Lane accuses secularists of being pawns of Satan, that’s not?

    To be fair we are pawns of Satan. And they are The Righteous Chosen Covenant People.

  • John Pieret

    What really amuses me is Barbwire’s posting policy:

    Posting Policy

    We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, vulgarity, profanity … or discourteous behavior.

    Well, off the top of my head, there goes any mention of Numbers 31 and Deuteronomy 7. I’m sure others can fill in vulgarity, profanity and discourteous behavior.

  • Scientismist

    cottonnero @3:

    Those are some high-powered Christianity Filter glasses he’s wearing.

    Well of course! That’s what he meant when he said “The anointed eye has no difficulty discerning behind secularism the long-standing enemy of God and his people.” If you see anything differently than he does, then you obviously haven’t bought the proper Holy Eye-drops.

  • D. C. Sessions

    To be fair we are pawns of Satan.

    Modus, that was supposed to be prawns of Satan. It’s a very tasty dish, but as you know shrimp is forbidden.

  • dan4

    What the heck is “carnal tranquility (sorry, my religious-right-to-English translation book hasn’t arrived in the mail yet)?”

  • dingojack

    Dan – ‘carnal tranquillity’ is the exact opposite of David Lane’s agitated mind.

    Hope that helps.

    Dingo

  • dragon

    @D.C. Sessions #10

    Yes, that dish is even better than Muscles fra Diavolo. Darn it, you made me hungry.

  • dingojack

    Has Father Diavolo been working out? Or is just god’s will?

    😉 Dingo