Klingenschmitt’s Absurd Excuse for Appalling Statement

Gordon Klingenschmitt is taking a huge amount of heat for claiming that a pregnant woman was gutted in Colorado because God was sending a message about abortion, so naturally he’s playing the victim and pretending that it has something to do with censorship.

He added that he was speaking as a preacher when he made those comments and not an elected representative and so “if other people are offended by the Bible, that’s okay, they don’t have to agree with me or come to my church or watch my TV show. It’s a free country.”

Klingenschmitt was interviewed on KOA News Radio 850 in Denver this morning about his comments, where he absurdly stated that “if you were offended because I quoted the bible in church, I ask you to forgive me but I will not apologize for quoting the Bible in church.”

Repeatedly insisting that the things that he says on his television program should not reflect of his role as a legislator, Klingenschmitt went on a claim that his religious freedom is somehow being violated by all of the criticism that he is receiving.

“If the government is now going to step into my church on Sunday and say ‘oh, you’re not allowed to do that because you are an elected official,” he said, “I would ask people to take a step back and think about how the government should be protecting your freedom of worship on Sunday and maybe cut me a little slack.”

Ah yes, that familiar old trick. No one has even suggested that there be any legal punishment for him saying what he said, he’s just being criticized for it. It’s really easy to turn yourself into a free speech martyr when there’s no actual threat to your free speech. Martyrdom without having to actually suffer any persecution. How convenient.

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  • http://www.electricminstrel.com Brett McCoy

    I like the part where Klingenschmitt’s donation got rejected

  • John Pieret
  • yoav

    So his claim that the intergalactic tyrant he worships is responsible for this particular murder (he happily claim responsibility for many other) was not intended to be a factual statement.

  • wscott

    Yes he did apologize. And to his (minimal) credit, he didn’t go the “I’m sorry you were offended” notpology route. Of course, he then spent the rest of his show criticizing the media for being unfair to him and playing semantics games. Classy as ever.

    http://www.9news.com/story/news/local/politics/2015/03/30/lawmaker-unfair-reporting-on-curse-of-god-comment/70680890/

    PS – The party has removed him from one of his two Committee positions, and has made it clear then only reason they didn’t kick him off the second was because House rules state every legislator gets to sit on at least one Committee.

  • caseloweraz

    Here’s the local reaction to Klingenschmitt’s apology. It’s not approving.

    If you scroll about halfway down the comments, you’ll notice a link to the Facebook page of someone in Wisconsin. Someone does not like Scott Walker.

  • kantalope
  • D. C. Sessions

    The party has removed him from one of his two Committee positions, and has made it clear then only reason they didn’t kick him off the second was because House rules state every legislator gets to sit on at least one Committee.

    I wonder what it would take to get them to create a “Committee for Planning Going-Away Parties for Departing Members.”

  • dugglebogey

    If you are not smart enough to know the difference between criticism and censorship, none of your commentary needs to be taken seriously.

  • MikeMa

    If Gordo were going to actually be punished for everything egregious he said, I think he would be dead.

  • grumpyoldfart

    Lots of publicity. plenty of new viewers at his PIJN site. Only half as much parliamentary committee work to do. And his $1,000 donation has been returned. Klingenschmitt couldn’t be happier.

  • 12ab

    Klinger is reveling in the attention he is receiving. He has a sickness that demands that he be the center of attention, even if it means that he is seen as a disturbed wingnut out of touch with reality (which he usually is). He goes against the grain of normality and rational thought in everything that he pursues, whether it be religion, politics or just normal daily activities. His masochistic inclinations bring him pleasure. He has the ability to “spin” the facts of every situation so as to make them support his views and positions and once he has accomplished that he has no problem in believing that his lie is actually the truth. He conveniently establishes himself as a victim and anyone who disagrees with him is a persecutor. A Chaplain who once worked with him said, “Klinger is the only person I know who can take 5 complete truths and spin them into one fantastic lie!” He has always been able to “survive” by spinning the truth into fantastic stories about himself and thereby convincing a certain segment of listeners that he is a true martyr and champion of biblical christianity. In fact, he daily proves that he is ignorant of any viable knowledge of biblical interpretation. His statements represent a moronic theology that is totally removed from any historical, cultural or form critical understanding of religion. I would wager that he has never had any instruction in the hermeneutical and exegetical processes of understanding scripture. Nevertheless, he has survived using these sick tactics and it is likely that he will continue to survive as he continues to spin lies, anger and hate with such force that others will always be drawn into the vortex of his sick spinning. Or, perhaps he has met his match among his Republican peers in the Colorado House and perhaps they will be able to deliver the blow that drives him from the world of public politics. Even so, if I were a betting man I would put my money on Klinger because I have never known a more accomplished person at turning truth into untruth and convincing others that his selfish, demonic sickness is indeed, the righteousness of God!

  • Pierce R. Butler

    … he was speaking as a preacher when he made those comments and not an elected representative …

    So Bill Clinton’s fling with Monica Lewinsky, not committed as an official Presidential function, has no relevance to political discourse and those who brought attention to it deserve wholehearted condemnation from all right-thinking Americans – right, GK?

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

    He added that he was speaking as a preacher when he made those comments and not an elected representative…

    Repeatedly insisting that the things that he says on his television program should not reflect of his role as a legislator…

    I love it when they declare that their religious rantings should be held to a lower moral standard. It’s almost as if they see themselves as we see them.

  • lorn

    Martyrdom 2.0, new and improved. Less suffering, no bleeding, and no need for prior righteousness. But you still get an official “Martyr for Christ’ lapel pin and pre-printed labels.