Guess What This RNC Delegate Thinks is a ‘Slap in the Face’ to Our Country’s Heritage?

“Personally I think it’s a slap in the face to our Christian heritage… our nation and… our state of Oklahoma,” she comments. “We are a conservative state, and I think that something like this is meant to be provocative, and it’s insulting to me.”

We don’t go to other countries or other places and demand that they be so accommodating. I don’t think that we should feel like we have to be,” she offers.

That’s Toni Calvey, a delegate to the RNC from Oklahoma.

Toni Calvey (right)

What’s she referring to that’s so offensive to her?

Did her state just mandate that churches have to marry gay couples on their premises? Did legislators just pass a law requiring churches to host worship services for other faiths?

Nope.

She’s mad because the Tulsa City Council is allowing atheist Dan Nerren to deliver an invocation at tonight’s meeting. Once. To ward off a lawsuit. And then they’ll go back to their routine of having invocation prayers recited by Christian after Christian.

Nerren’s presence is offensive to Calvey because she thinks the best form of government is one that’s of the Christians, by the Christians, and for the Christians. Atheists, Jews, and everyone else who doesn’t worship Jesus can go create their own country.

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  • MargueriteF

    Wow. The irony here is overwhelming. It’s perfectly okay for Christians to give the invocation at a City Council meeting, but “provocative” when atheists do it. We’re all supposed to accept a Christian invocation without argument, but it’s “insulting” when atheists do it. It’s not a constitutional violation for Christians to give invocations, but it’s a “slap in the face to our Christian heritage” when atheists do it. Do these people listen to themselves? Do they have the slightest understanding that Christianity is not the freakin’ state religion of the United States? 

    Good grief.

  • Alexandertimothy08

    I’ve often th0ught of creating my own country.  No money makes it hard.

    • fentwin

      I’ve a few bucks and a strong back, where do we start?

      • Bill Haines

        Well, suitable land is all taken… on -this- planet… ;)

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Paul-Reed/692599362 Paul Reed

           There’s plenty of ocean. Problem would be finding a tradable resource.

        • Alexandertimothy08

           Quickly to mars before that gets taken up by missionaries!

    • kenneth

      It’s not hard at all. This country has no money. You just take out perpetual payday loans and defer the principal to your unborn descendants. 

    • Earl G.

      We’ll have all the best scientists and best thinkers, so I’m sure we could make it work.

  • A3Kr0n

    God damn those atheists! God damn them all!
    Hmm… Nothing happened. God works in mysterious ways.

  • onamission5

    My first guess was that you were referencing this:

    http://crooksandliars.com/susie-madrak/new-mexico-rnc-committeeman-custers-l

    But apparently there’s been more than one case of insular RNC batshittery going around the interwebs today.

    • LesterBallard

      There have been several days worth of RNC batshittery down in Tampa.

  • LesterBallard


    We don’t go to other countries or other places and demand that they be so accommodating.”

    Nah, we just bomb the shit out of them and/or invade ‘em.

    • Corey

      and pass out bibles….then complain when our missonaries get tortured and killed

      • LesterBallard

        I never complain when missionaries get tortured and killed. After all, they want to be martyrs.

  • RobertoTheChi

    Toni Calvey and her narrow-minded views can go piss up a rope. She just looks like she would be the annoying soccer mom that is the town busybody and is in everyone’s business.

  • ganner918

    The worst part is that we clearly don’t belong and aren’t welcome in his America. We aren’t real Americans. We don’t get a say. We’re “others” who can git out if we don’t like it.

  • Corey

    OMG….i try so hard to not get angry about people who believe the USA is a Christian nation, and even if it was, that all others should not have same rights. I drive people I crazy, I am sure, when I talk about what I read or heard just in passing conversation….it always boils down to politics and conservative Christians. I have been bumped off a few boards, room, groups, pages, etc. for saying what I really feel about this people. I cannot see any benefit in having people like this around. There is no benefit to making the USA a Christian nation. It would just cause more war among religions. I am sure this all doesn’t matter to people like this lady, because all that does is the big picture; saving people with Jesus. In other words, if a few people die or suffer in the process, that is acceptable. To them, I honestly believe they believe the only good non-Christian is a dead non-Christian. Which is why I feel the same way about them…not all Christians obviously, I am well aware of the wonderful things religious people can do to help, but I am also well aware that the conservative Christians have fought against giving rights to minorities since Christopher Columbus, the Puritans, and the creation of America. I don’t think I will ever be able to like people, that to me, are as dangerous as Hitler, as he himself is a great example of history when trying to compare similarities with today’s conservative Christians.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Adam-Patrick/100000027906887 Adam Patrick

      Even if they were right, which version of Christianity should rule? I don’t think Baptists would be too happy having to follow Catholic laws.

  • WoodwindsRock

    “We are a conservative state”. Hello, I’m an Oklahoma resident, and I am neither Conservative nor Christian.  Don’t claim to speak for me.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/A37GL7VKR3W6ACSIZPH7EID3LI rlrose63

    Yes… it’s a slap in the face for another member of her community to come in and tell her they are accepting of her and her viewpoints and ask that she be accepting of hers.  What a travesty.  How dare they be accommodating of someone with a different point of view.  Her world must be horribly boring if she can’t must up the courage to understand a different point of view or just this tiny action that against the norm.  They’d better have medical personnel on hand when she gets the vapors.

    [eye roll]

  • Troy Truchon

    Is she so incredibly daft as to think non-christians are some sort of Foreign ethnic group? This isn’t somebody coming to her country and telling her what to do this is a fellow Okie telling her and her lot to step off and stop treating him like he doesn’t matter. Every-time I hear anything from that bloody state it makes me glad the dust bowl took my grandfather far from that place. 

  • vexorian

    See? This is what happens  when atheists don’t fight over “the little things”.  Not only are these people unaware that they have been receiving an illegal, unfair government endorsement. They think it is their right to be the only ones getting it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1351473675 Matthew Baker

      someone sounds a little touch in to the dominionism. Seems like the type of person that might be annoyed that an atheist might exist some where and has the audacity to make it known.

  • edgar ayala

    Turns out freedom of speech and freedom of religion, pillars of a would be free and great nation, are quite foreign concepts to some people in the US.

  • NewDawn2006

    This is my shocked face…  :-|

  • Annie

    I’m just shocked that the Republicans are letting the womenfolk speak!  I guess she’s acceptable to them because she brought  a product of her uterus in good faith.

  • John_889

    It is wonderful when the “rights and (cough) freedoms” of the United States are only for those of the right race, religion and creed. 

    Oh, hang on….that makes no sense.

  • Chris

    Am I the only one who hoped that Isaac was god’s attempt to blow these crazies off the planet? If only the all-powerful creator of the universe wasn’t so passive-aggressive.

  • Joe Zamecki

    She said:  “We don’t go to other countries or other places and demand that they be so accommodating. I don’t think that we should feel like we have to be,” she offers.”

    That’s right, we don’t go to other countries and tell them to keep quiet while an Atheist says something. We don’t do that to them. We go to other countries and KILL those people with high tech weaponry, from miles away. I think she ought to keep that religious action in mind. But then I like to dream.

  • a_ok

    As a Tulsa atheist, I’m not shocked by her comment. And the more she and her like-minded friends spout off like that, the greater out opportunity to stand up for democracy without apology. Dan is a fantastic person and I’m proud to be a part of our growing community here.

  • http://www.facebook.com/D4M10N Damion Torres Reinhardt

    Dan is the bomb. He’s been active in Humanism for longer than almost anyone in the Great State of Oklahoma.

  • http://www.facebook.com/D4M10N Damion Torres Reinhardt

    My favorite photo of Dan Nerren, right, taken outside of ORU.

    http://tulsa.humanists.net/NothingFailsLikePrayer.jpg

  • Miss_Beara

    ““We don’t go to other countries or other places and demand that they be so accommodating.” 

    Bwahahaha!!! I guess Christians (of any denomination) never went to other countries to convert the natives or go to countries that have experienced disaster (Japan, Haiti) to spread the good word?

    These people are insulted by the very thought that atheists exist. Knowing one disrupts her happy life in her bubble of candy canes, rainbows and crucifixes. 

  • Travelingstu

    She’s an idiot.

  • http://friendlyatheist.com Richard Wade

    I think that something like this is meant to be provocative, and it’s insulting to me.

    Is it correct that she said this before she knew what Dan Nerren’s invocation would say? If so, it’s another excellent example of a bigoted Christian who hates atheists simply because they exist. She cannot say that she’s insulted by anything he said, because he hasn’t said it yet. She’s only insulted that an atheist is saying something.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sandy-Kokch/100000074576649 Sandy Kokch

    Seems that she is not only short in stature, but also short in braincells:

    “We don’t go to other countries or other places and demand that they be
    so accommodating. I don’t think that we should feel like we have to be,”
    she offers.”

    Yes dearie, evangelical Christians from the US had nothing at all to do with exporting rabid anti-gay theocracy to Uganda and other African nations. They had nothing at all to do with facilitating the passing of anti-gay legislation, funding extremist right wing news papers that encouraged pogroms, or encouraging those pogroms from the pulpits of their snake oil show tents.

    Nothing at all to do with US right wingnuts of the religulous reich …. nothing at all.

    The Derp is strong in this one…..

  • kaydenpat

    Y’all are persecuting her!!  Don’t y’all know that Christians are a persecuted majority in the US?!  An atheist praying ONE time in her city council is more than enough to evidence.  Poor lady!


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