Rep. Lynn Westmoreland: ‘God Created the World in 7 Days’ So Surely We Can Avoid Government Shutdown in 10 Days

Will Congress be able to avoid a government shutdown because Republicans want to defund the Affordable Care Act?

Newsmax TV interviewed Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA) to ask him about it and his response was… well… just watch at the 1:43 mark:

[Host] John Bachman: … there’s only 10 days until this apocalyptic moment when the government supposedly is gonna shut down and government might default for the first time in history. To the people who say, you know, you guys kind of are waiting till the last minute here, with only 10 days to go, what do you say to them?

Lynn Westmoreland: Well, God created the world in seven days. So, I mean, ten days is not out of the reach for the Senate to act, surely


And since God didn’t actually create the world in seven days, does that mean we’re all screwed?

Don’t answer that.

(via Right Wing Watch)

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  • C.L. Honeycutt

    I don’t see any problem with the quote itself, though it correlates with a bad mindset. There are worse ways to say, “No, we will do this, it isn’t necessary to be afraid.”

    Mind you, the man is certainly an idiot whose policies harm the poor, but that doesn’t make the quote especially awful.

  • Richard Wade

    “Ah’m a superstitious bumpkin who believes a Bronze Age myth is true, so surely Congress can do their job.”

    Oh that’s both a convincing and reassuring argument if I’ve ever heard one.

    Funny how you never see Joe Klein helping to avoid a government shutdown and default.

  • Holytape

    Lynn Westmoreland continued, “All we have to do in the next ten days is come up with a bipartisan way to defund health care reform so that millions of Americans don’t have access to health care, prevent the poor from receiving any government benefits such as food stamps, erect new barriers to prevent minorities, poor and young voters from voting, deregulate all financial markets, make the current tax code even more regressive, reduce the government by random getting rid of departments and programs that I don’t understand, restrict reproductive rights for women and gut any environment protection policies, while keeping in place any pork spending that occurs in my district. I don’t see why the senate is dragging its feet.”

  • Gus

    If you’re religious, you ought to see this as hubris. God can create the world in 7 days, but that says nothing about the Senate’s ability to do anything in any time frame, unless you think you can compare yourself to god.

    If you’re non-religious, then it’s just stupid.

    Actually, I guess since the Senator is probably religious and I’m not, then it’s both hubris and stupid.

  • C.L. Honeycutt

    Hell, you don’t even see Joe covering government shutdowns. Presumably he’s too busy drooling and staring blankly at his screen, wondering why Microsoft Word doesn’t return results about atheist and secular groups when he tries to Google on it.

  • McAtheist

    I am not a bible scholar but wasn’t it 6 days, and then a 1 day rest?

  • Ron


    “But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.” 2 Petey 3:8

    … so by extension, this bill should have been presented to Congress in 5013 BCE.

  • A3Kr0n

    Typical alpha male won’t even let God rest.

  • Paula M Smolik

    I hear this a lot lately. The myth says he only took 6 days, the 7th he just goofed off. They can’t get their own story straight.

  • Paula M Smolik


  • Richard Wade

    He’s too busy right now. On June 25, at the end of his weasely non-pology in TIME, Klein announced that he will be on book leave for nine months, (an interesting coincidence) “drilling down” into the subject of the benefits of the military doing helpful things for society.

    Maybe he’ll include a chapter about controversial new evidence of a hitherto unknown race of invisible atheists who do helpful things for society.

  • C.L. Honeycutt

    IIRC, someone posted on Friendly Atheist last month that Klein is already back… and comments are disabled on his column.

  • God’s Starship

    It’s like admitting you still believe in Santa.

  • Ron

    And from the looks of it, he’s been goofing off ever since. Just look at the state of the universe. Everything is falling apart. Lazy slacker.

  • Ron

    Hey, are you trying to imply that there’s no Santa?

    Presents come in; milk and cookies run out. You can’t explain that.

  • invivoMark

    Must be because they forgot to throw in a clause to defund NPR.

  • Tainda

    Yes and not in a good way

  • Holytape

    *looks at platypus, notices poisonous spurs and the lack of nipples.
    “Yeah, it was a rush job. Maybe if He had worked on the seventh day it won’t have been so half-assed.”

  • primenumbers

    That God had to rest for a day is certain proof that the anthropomorphic Yahweh deity is not a true God.

  • Matt D

    My parents were caught red handed, eating cookies and stacking presents, although I never let them see me. It was certainly a good lesson in critical thinking (and the art of lying)!

  • Thalfon

    I dunno, there are lots of god myths about lazy or apathetic gods.

  • primenumbers

    Myths exactly…. And this is sure evidence that Yahweh is another of those myths.

  • Matt D

    Proof that “Yahweh” is fiction, exists in abundance, and it’s not just something only Atheists assert either.

  • Corey

    I always thought it was 6 days….shows how much I paid attention in Sunday School and Summer bible study…

  • Corey

    I just said that too

  • Matt D

    Yes, but honesty and integrity is in short supply for fear based death cults.

  • Matt D

    You are correct. It was six days, with the seventh being a resting period to recharge the warp core, or somesuch. It reminds me of how humanity used to see space travel before it was attempted or even studied. Many laid their imaginations bare on what it could be, but few came close to understanding the reality.

  • randomfactor

    God only had Satan as an opposition. Obama has the GOP. Let’s see how well God would’ve done against THEM.

  • randomfactor

    He futzed around for five days and then pulled an all-nighter. No wonder he needed the rest.

  • the moother

    In other news, the Irish magician pulled a hair out of his ass… The Irish are plenty wiser than Republidorks.

  • aaa

    Just curious, could this be just a statement like “Rome wasn’t built in a day”?

    Of course, seeing the (R-GA) says it probably isn’t.

  • Timothy McLean

    I see no reason to deprive any man of his morale-inspiring statements. If someone boosts his morale by comparing the current situation to the Battle of Helm’s Deep, I won’t criticize. Unless maybe he compares the situation to Saruman’s side.

  • Justin

    The fact that a full creationist is in Congress is incredibly disturbing.

  • Feminerd

    There are several …

    A few names include:
    Paul Broun, on the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
    Marco Rubio (kinda ambiguous, he walked it back some and said we didn’t know after saying he thought the Earth was 6000 years old)
    Lamar Smith
    James Inhofe

    There’s probably more, but it’s hard to find a list online.

  • bobcat4424

    Actually, you right wing know-nothing, God created the world in SIX days, not seven. On the seventh day He rested.
    In order for a government shutdown in ten days to be avoided, a Biblical miracle will have to happen. And we don’t have miracles any more — just Republican obstructionists.

  • Jane Williams

    At 4:40 in the video he says: “We listen to the American people, which, I think, basically what we are supposed to do”
    So the 80% – 90% of the American people who are for better weapon control did not mean anything to him.

  • WallofSleep

    Are you kiddin’? Ever watch CSPAN? An hour of that is like a thousand years, so congress should have this sewn up in no time. In fact, they should have accomplished a hell of a lot more than they have, the slackers.

  • WallofSleep

    ” God created the world in seven days. So, I mean, ten days is not out of the reach for the Senate to act, surely…”

    Fine. If we’re gonna use that line of thinking, why not just call in King Midas and have him turn all our garbage into gold? We’d get rid of all our trash, erase the national debt, and maybe have a little left over for a big party.

    We’ll put the Tooth Fairy in charge of the ADA, Little Red Riding Hood in charge of Fish & Game (heh), and Goldilocks can head the FDA (C’mon. She fell a sleep in a house full of grizzlies. You can’t tell me that porridge wasn’t drugged.)

    But we’ll make sure to keep that Santa Claus bastard far away from the Dept. of Welfare. That commie sonuvabitch would give away the store in a single day.

  • OCRazor

    That is so old school. It’s 2013, we all work all the time now! Except for, well, the Govt obviously….

  • OCRazor

    Then it must have been during the NFL pro football season. He just wanted to watch …(wait for it…) The Saints!

  • OCRazor

    GOD – GOP. Mythical beings held in high regard by some people, credited with great things but in actuality do nothing.

  • OCRazor

    To him it would be Rome, GA. I dont’ think he’d get it.

  • GeraardSpergen

    According to the story, God created the heavens, the earth, day and night, all on the FIRST day… so it was only ONE day to create the whole universe. The next five days were for creating the firmament, plants, animals, land, stars, water, and finally humans… and then rest.

  • Mick

    Does that story come from the U.S.A., or Ga Ga Land?

  • Thalfon

    Ah. Didn’t think you meant “existent” by “true.” Figured you meant more like “he’s a mere demigod compared to xyz” or something like that.

  • jdm8

    We could men on the moon, but we can’t make Rep. Lynn Westmoreland say something that makes any sense.

  • C.L. Honeycutt

    Creating Man was as difficult as creating all other life, despite humans being almost identical to what was already there… God got kinda fecking lazy halfway through.

    Which of course was already obvious by how he couldn’t finish deciding whether or not whales have legs.

  • C.L. Honeycutt

    Is that “hare”, or is this a really bizarre and hilarious phrase I don’t know?

  • Terry Firma

    All you need to know about Lynn Westmoreland and his commitment to God’s laws is in this Stephen Colbert interview:—georgia-s-8th—lynn-westmoreland. Colbert lets him hang himself, and it’s a thing of beauty.

  • Robster

    “Creating Man was as difficult “, sure was. look at the mess the all powerful, allegedly perfect god thing made of the job: Back pain, appendix, gestational diabetes et-bloody-cetra. Completely stuffed it up, the dismal failure.

  • Rich Wilson

    Bachman probably. Certainly a big supporter of teaching creationism in schools. Not teaching it is censorship according to her. I’d be surprised if she wasn’t YE as well.

  • Feminerd

    Well, there’s several that got voted out recently or announced retirement. I didn’t count Bachmann because she’s not running again, but I guess she is still in the House, isn’t she? 2014 can’t come soon enough …

  • Helmer2

    So, it´s still the dark ages in the U.S. When will the enlightening movement reach that part of the world?

  • primenumbers

    Well Christians claim omni-god properties for their deity, which are clearly contradicted here. Things that are such internally contradictory don’t exist.

  • busterggi

    Generous possums?

  • kanehau

    I guess we can expect something to happen in, say… 4 billion years

  • Without Malice

    Of course it only took God six days to create the world, on the seventh day he rested from his labors; or so the story goes, and as far as stories go it’s not a bad piece of ancient fiction. On the other hand, anyone in the modern age who believes that the story is a fact based “How God Did It” manual on the creation of the universe is in serious need of a reality check; and the fact the comments like this come out of the mouths of so many of our elected representatives should scare the bejesus out of all of us.

  • Sam B

    For all rational Americans, who think universal health care may be a good thing & wan’t to escape from the tea party. Here is a website for you.


  • Mark W.

    This slack jawed yokel can barely speak English, and he has power in government? I feel embarrassed for his constituents, especially the ones that didn’t vote for him.