Christian Pastor: I Believe Mocking Jesus Should Be Outlawed!

There’s apparently a TV show called “Preaching the Word With Evangelist Jeff Worley” that airs in Roanoke, VA in the early morning hours on Saturday… and on today’s episode, Worley talked about a certain American Atheists billboard he saw in Times Square…:

I can’t embed the video, but you can watch it here.

… In the Times Square area of New York City, there is a gigantic billboard. Here’s what’s on this billboard. It’s being sponsored by a big atheist group. There’s a picture of Santa Claus at the top of the billboard, and it says something like this: “Keep the Merry.” M-e-r-r-y. Then, if you look at the bottom part of the billboard that’s right underneath of “Keep the Merry,” there’s a picture of our Savior depicted on the cross, and it says “but do away with the fable.” [Note: It actually says "Dump the Myth"]

Now stop and think about that for a few moments. I’m just gonna say it. I’m not gonna beat around the bush… I think that is the stupidest sign I’ve ever heard of in my life! I think that’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. Well, preacher, haven’t you heard atheists today, and those not of the Christian faith today, don’t want us to mention Jesus and it offends ‘em?… Honey, let me tell you something. I’m gonna say this and not bat an eye! I’m offended by that garbage! I’m sick and tired of that garbage! And I believe it needs to be outlawed across the land to make fun of our savior! Say “amen” right there, glory to God! [Applause]… I’ve gotten so tired of seeing God’s people walk around and tremble and say, “Well, we don’t wanna mention the name of the Savior” or “We don’t wanna mention the name of the Lord because someone might be offended”…

… I will tell you something: God’s people had better be standing up and saying, “Enough is enough!” We wonder why our nation’s in the shape she’s in… You wanna know why we’re in the shape that we’re in? I’m gonna make some uncomfortable. It’s not because of a gun. We’re not in the shape that we’re in because of this or that or that group or this group. We’re in the shape that we’re in as a nation because we’ve expelled almighty God!

Watch the video. He’s not joking around when he says all that. He’s completely serious abou it.

Worley has every right to be upset and offended by the billboard. But suggesting that mockery of his faith should be outlawed is the sign of someone who isn’t secure in his own beliefs. Guess what? A lot of us don’t believe as he does, because we like evidence as opposed to feel-good fairy tales. That’s how society works.

Worley can always put up a similar billboard of his own and no one would stop him. We would disagree, I’m sure, but no atheist group would be calling for its removal.

And this notion that atheists are somehow preventing Christians from speaking about Jesus lest we be offended is a falsehood that only the most ignorant people would believe. Christians can talk about Jesus all they want. They can even put up Nativity scenes on their church’s property or their own front lawns all they want.

What they can’t do — and the only things atheists have fought against — is put up Nativity scenes on government property when all other displays are forbidden. The government has no business taking sides — they must treat religious beliefs equally. When that’s not happening, we call them out on it. That’s what Worley’s deeply offended by — that he’s not getting special treatment.

And the rest of his sermon? The part about how our nation’s in “the shape that she’s in” because we’ve expelled God? That’s a myth that’s been debunked so many times, only Mike Huckabee still buys into it. God hasn’t been expelled. Mandatory worship of God in public schools and through government fiat has been, and we’re all better off because of it.

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the chair of Foundation Beyond Belief and a high school math teacher in the suburbs of Chicago. He began writing the Friendly Atheist blog in 2006. His latest book is called The Young Atheist's Survival Guide.

  • http://atheistlutheran.blogspot.com/ MargueriteF

    Some people don’t have much grasp of the concept of freedom of speech, do they? If we ever started outlawing any sort of speech that any group found offensive, we’d rapidly find ourselves restricted to the words “the” and “a.” But of course, he’s not talking about outlawing all offensive speech– just the speech he personally finds offensive. Because, you know, he’s the only person whose opinion matters *shakes head*.

    • MichaelBrice

      No, ‘a’ is an indefinite article, ‘the’ is a definite article, which is prejudicial and offensive to the definite article. We will just have to go with ‘a’.

    • Miss_Beara

      This is like when the gun lovers created a petition, and received about 60,000 signatures, to deport Piers Morgan because he was pro gun control. Hiding behind the 2nd Amendment while completely ignoring the 1st.

  • ADL Fan

    Comparing a crucifired Jew to Santa is more than a little anti semtic. But that is par for the course for the Gnu Atheists.

    • http://www.last.fm/user/m6wg4bxw m6wg4bxw

      What antisemitism? What godless golfing wildebeests!? Kudos on your (accidental) portmanteau.

    • michael both

      Crucifired? Isn’t that where they nail you to a cross, drench you with petrol and toss a flaming torch into the mix? Sweet roasting Jesus! :)

      • Cecelia Baines

        Flaming Savior Kabobs – my favorite street food when I visit Times Square….I like to wash them down with a big ol’ chalice of the Blood of Christ – the new Red Bull flavor – it gives you Wings…..

    • http://twitter.com/InMyUnbelief TCC

      That’s hilarious. What joke will you follow that one with?

    • Kevin S.

      You’re right. How dare anyone imply that Jesus was happy and generous, thus inverting centuries of stereotypes about Jews.

    • coyotenose

      Poor, poor angry moron. So desperate for an argument that you don’t even consider not being dishonest. Poor thing.

  • Achron Timeless

    Step 1: Prove Jesus actually is the son of “God”. (This will require proving God, which no one seems to be able to do, so good luck)

    Step 2: Reconcile Jesus being both the son of, and actually God at the same time. No two churches seem to get the whole trinity thing in agreement with each other.

    Step 3: Explain how a god letting the body he was using like a sock puppet get tortured, and then 3 days after being killed pops up like nothing happened is a “sacrifice” since it’s not like he was giving up anything.

    Step 4: Explain why having your sock puppet “tortured” and “sacrificing” it to offer “salvation” from the curse you put on the people in the first place…

    Actually, explain why people who actually believe this stuff aren’t forcibly medicated, then we’ll get on to you being offended about your delusion there Worley.

    • coyotenose

      Step 3: Explain how a god letting the body he was using like a sock
      puppet get tortured, and then 3 days after being killed pops up like
      nothing happened is a “sacrifice” since it’s not like he was giving up
      anything.

      In hindsight, I don’t know why I didn’t realize years ago that Christianity sounds like a video game.

      • Achron Timeless

        I’d call that a slander against video games… well, most of them anyway.

  • smrnda

    When people talk about the ‘mess we are in’ as if this nation used to be a Great Place and somehow we’ve declined, we’re actually quite a lot better than we used to be. Women can vote. We have same-sex civil unions in a lot of places. Slavery is illegal. We have laws protecting minorities from discrimination, and though we’ve stalled in these areas, we’ve got more worker-protective legislation than we did say, 100 years ago.

    Of course, I’m thinking this preacher might see those things as something other than improvements…

  • DougI

    So can we also outlaw creationism for mocking science?

  • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/ Kevin_Of_Bangor

    I love prechers like this and how they don’t give theirselves a heart attack while preaching is amazing. You have to give him credit for being able to hold an audience with his fire and brimestone preaching. I listend to him preach way longer than I should have because he is pretty entertaining.

    • Isilzha

      It’s entertaining until you realize that fear makes people do horrible things. People who are afraid can be dangerous. Also, don’t forget about the kids who are being terrorized.

      • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/ Kevin_Of_Bangor

        I know, that is the sad part but people like him is why churches survive. They are able to keep an audience.

  • Kahomono

    a falsehood that only the most ignorant people would believe.

    And who do you think is Mr. Worley’s target audience, if not the “most ignorant”?

  • http://www.laughinginpurgatory.com/ Andrew Hall

    I suppose I should buy the Life of Brian in case these loons ever get real power.

    • David Starner

      Advertised in Sweden as so funny it was banned in Norway (which it was at the time.)

      • Pepe

        I now need to see this. Real bad.

  • Gary Hill

    Surely this preacher is missing a little mustache just about above centre of his upper lip…..

  • mayanskeptic

    Hi All,

    THE MAYAN SKEPTIC APOCALYPSE 12/21/2012

    We really enjoy when comfortable bourgeois atheists talk about the apocalypse…

    s1.zetaboards.com/LooseChangeForums/topic/4979676/1/

    Unfinished business

    Are these claims “falsifiable? Millions will see this.

    we’re not KIDDING

    eschaton2012.ca/

    SKEPTIC APOCALYPSE? DOUBLE!

    issuu.com/span/docs/conmag-winter2012-13?mode=window&backgroundColor=%23222222

    get to the article on the APOCALYPSE – pg. 22

    no, 99% have failed!

    • http://absurdlypointless.blogspot.com/ Bubba Tarandfeathered

      Hi Mabus! aka Dennis Markuze. It has been a while. I see that you have changed your handle but not your style. Are you going to behave or do we need to call the Montreal Police?

      • http://twitter.com/MustelaFrenata LongTailedWeasel

        Better yet, call a psychward. He doesn’t know 21/12 was over a week ago.

      • http://friendlyatheist.com Richard Wade

        No, he will not behave, and yes, he should be reported to the police immediately. Everyone please do not feed this troll. Patiently ignore him until he can be removed.

    • Anna Lemma

      Poor deluded Markuze. You need to unplug your internet connection or Mommy’s going to have to explain to the nice policeman her little boy’s been naughty tonight.

      • Dave Johnson

        atheism no longer EXISTS!

        • coyotenose

          Psst! Changing your handle doesn’t actually camouflage your connection to your previous posts here, Denny. Patheos is busily bundling all of them together.

          • http://squeakysoapbox.com/ Rich Wilson

            Just down vote them. That will alert Hemant to take a look.

  • A3Kr0n

    Why does he remind me of Matt Foley, the motivational speaker who lives in a van down by the river?

    http://youtu.be/pbLRqJ3T4DY

    • coyotenose

      That guy could have actually had a positive effect on people “fortunate” enough to encounter him. So no comparison. :P

  • LesterBallard

    Like this, asshole?

  • Dave Johnson

    Hi All,

    THE MAYAN SKEPTIC APOCALYPSE 12/21/2012

    We really enjoy when comfortable bourgeois atheists talk about the apocalypse…

    s1.zetaboards.com/LooseChangeForums/topic/4979676/1/

    Unfinished business

    Are these claims “falsifiable? Millions will see this.

    we’re not KIDDING

    eschaton2012.ca/

    SKEPTIC APOCALYPSE? DOUBLE!

    issuu.com/span/docs/conmag-winter2012-13?mode=window&backgroundColor=%23222222

    get to the article on the APOCALYPSE – pg. 22

    no, 99% have failed!

  • http://squeakysoapbox.com/ Rich Wilson

    Maybe we should outlaw calls to outlaw free speech.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sprelwitz Scott Prelwitz

    Its not a matter of offending me if someone mentions “jesus”. Its more of a question of how crazy you want me to think you are for mentioning it.

  • observer

    “I can’t embed the video”

    Eh, just link to a baby crying. Practically the same thing.

    • Baby_Raptor

      The baby has more dignity. At least infants scream for a real reason-They’re actually incapable of fixing whatever is bothering them. These idiots have no excuse for their whining.

  • http://twitter.com/myeverymovment DissidentDexter

    “expelled ALMIGHTY god”….if you can expel him, he’s not very mighty. kind of a wimp, actually….

    • Pepe

      “almost-all”mighty?

      • Thackerie

        Or:
        Slightly mighty in his tighty whities, all righty!

  • coyotenose

    What strikes me here is how Worley blanks on the second half of the short, alliterative, and thus easy to remember, “Keep the Merry, Dump the Myth” logo, and his brain immediately goes to the word “fable”. Very telling, actually.

  • Noelle

    I only learned the history of US blasphemy laws after I Wiki’d them up after watching the extras from Life of Brian. It’s likely this preacher doesn’t know his own history. This is just the sort of example where discussing religion in a public school history class would be important and appropriate. Leaving people ignorant of their own history doesn’t much offer them a chance to understand it and not repeat it.

  • TheG

    How does one “expel” any being that is all powerful (“almighty”)? Either he was forcibly removed and thus not almighty or he left willingly and these people have no leg to stand upon.

  • pamsfriend

    Re: “look how horrible the world is w/o God…” – the worse part of a nightmare is the part just before you wake up. We’re just about woken up.

  • KIM

    If athiests need to have an organisation then you are all the insecure ones. The bible has been backed up time and time again and you all know it.There is so much evidence out there and in any debate you would all be flattened. Arrogance, lack of knowledge and stupidiity is all you have. If you are really so clever guys start mocking Mohammed. No, you wouldnt have the guts to do that would you. PRAISE JESUS AND GOD BLESS YOU ALL


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