Liars for Jesus: A recent sampling

The Family Research Council prays to God:

The administration in power has imposed homosexual practice upon our military and has mandated that religious schools provide contraception, sterilization and abortifacient drugs to all students and staff — at taxpayer expense! … God, the moral breakdown in America is too far gone for men to turn the tide. We need you to do what only you can do, to heal our land. Nevertheless, show us what you want us to do!

In reply, God shows them what God wants them to stop doing:

You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour.

God keeps telling them that, but still they don’t listen.

Televangelist/lobbyist Cindy Jacobs offers a different, but equally weird, claim about the Affordable Care Act. Jacobs says it means that “There’s a computer chip that people would have put in their finger in order to get health care.”

That’s no more true than the FRC’s lies about “abortifacient drugs.” It’s not even in the same solar system as true.

But then, whether it’s due to deliberate dishonesty or just utter detachment from reality, Cindy Jacobs isn’t in the same solar system as true either.

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The busy folks at Right Wing Watch also bring us highlights from the new video from the anti-gay lobbying group Truth in Action Ministries. It’s called Is Our Government Promoting Immorality?

The video features a rogues gallery of religious right activists arguing that homosexuality must be criminalized in the U.S. and around the world. Embattled Southern Baptist spokesman Richard Land appears in the video, speaking against marriage equality, sneering that it is a “path towards sexual paganization.” (That last bit is kind of a twofer slur, I guess.)

As support for the claim that President Obama has a diabolical plan for international gayification, the video highlights this headline from The Guardian: “Gay rights must be criterion for US aid allocations, instructs Obama.

The subhead of the article is blurred out in the video. If you look up the article, you can read what Truth in Action Ministries wanted to hide. The subhead reads: “Memo targets countries’ abuse of sexual minorities, but leading Republicans reject linking cash with equality drive.”

When your agenda requires you to pretend that sexual minorities are never mistreated, you will sometimes have to blur out headlines from the newspaper to make sure that your followers stay just as deceived as you want them to be.

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Russell D. Moore offers a defense of Chuck Colson against un-named and unreferenced “vindictive journalistic pieces slinking out” following the culture warrior’s death.

The remembrances and obituaries written about Colson this week fall into two general categories: Positive and negative.

This corresponds to the two general categories of those who have paid attention to Colson over the past several decades: 1) Those whom Colson was lying to, and 2) Those whom Colson was lying about.

The former — the target audience for Colson’s false witness — have tended to write fond, respectful and uncritical tributes.

The latter — those against whom Colson bore false witness — have tended to paint a less flattering picture.

Moore belongs in the former category. I do not.

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Ralph Cipriano: “What the Cardinal Knew, Or How to Hoover a Pedophile

Why would Cardinal Bevilacqua knowingly consort with two known pedophile priests, and indeed allow his Archdiocese PR machine to parade the two abusers out in public with him? Maybe because the cardinal owned these guys, in the tradition of J. Edgar Hoover. Both Sicoli and Gana knew that their crimes were documented in the archdiocese’s secret archives, and that they served at the whim of the archbishop, who, at the scrawl of a pen, could send them packing. So when it came to Sicoli and Gana, the cardinal had them “Hoovered,” he had their unquestioned loyalty.

  • http://lliira.dreamwidth.org/ Lliira


    This corresponds to the two general categories of those who have paid attention to Colson over the past several decades: 1) Those whom Colson was lying to, and 2) Those whom Colson was lying about.

    I think group #1 is a subset of group #2. Colson lied about gender and sexuality. He lied about religious people and non-religious people. He lied about the present and the past. He lied about everyone. Some people, for some reason, prefer to believe lies about themselves, or at least try to believe lies. 

  • Kiba

    path towards sexual paganization.</blockquote

    Whoo! Sign me up!

  • Parisienne

    Sorry if I’m not being appropriately serious, but have to mention that on my side of the Atlantic “Hoover” is a vacuum cleaner, spawning the verb “to hoover”. Gave me a very odd mental image…

  • animus

    “imposed homosexual practice on our military”?

    Did I miss a meeting?

  • Amaryllis

    So I followed that FRC link:
    Is it any wonder that young White House Secret Servicemen and military
    servicemen have been caught consorting with prostitutes abroad
    ?

    Turns out that it’s all Planned Parenthood’s fault:
    for decades our government has engaged in profligate borrowing and
    spending, stubbornly funded Planned Parenthood (against the protest of
    parents) to teach children that “anything goes”; that mistakes can be “covered up” without parents ever knowing; to
    help teenage sex rings ply their trade right here in America, etc.
    .

    Planned Parenthood, the new Antichrist. And are those  sentence clauses supposed to be related? Are we to infer that the federal debt has expanded because the government was putting a PP clinic/brothel/indoctrination center on every corner?

    As the Paslmist says, Let their lying lips be silenced!

    Also, re the Secret Service thing anyway: I’m a government employee. And every year, although I sit at my desk from one year’s end to another, I’m required to view an anti-trafficking video which warns government travelers about the likelihood that the woman they pick up in a bar may not be there entirely of her own will, and about the difficulty of recognizing trafficking victims in a foreign country, and the way that patronzing sex workers in such ambiguous conditions helps to support the traffickers by increasing the demand for their “product”. Don’t the men who actually travel to foreign capitals have to get the same briefings? Or weren’t they paying attention that day?

    I don’t know anything about the women involved in the Secret Service thing, I don’t know whether they were coerced (although one of them has been quoted as saying that she persisted in the dispute about money because she needed to pay “the man who helps her find clients,” which I didn’t care for the sound of). And I know that prostitution is legal in Colombia. But I also know that Cartagena is a center for rural women and girls to be trafficked to for both the domestic trade and for export. And  I haven’t heard anything in the media about that aspect of the affair, although anti-trafficking is supposed to be one of Clinton’s highest-priority policy goals. So, maybe it isn’t a factor in this particular case. But it troubles me anyway.

    Anyway, back on topic, the FRC page links to a “Call2Fall” campaign, where the faithful are exhorted to fall on their knees and pray: “Lord, forgive my sins, heal our land.”

    Oh, so it’s all their fault!

  • http://meditatingontherain.wordpress.com/ meditatingontherain

    I like (if by “like” I mean, “am especially bothered by”) how they put links at the end of each paragraph, to imply that they have evidence of their claims. Do their readers not normally click through and see the completely unrelated articles at the other ends? There isn’t even a dubious ‘news’ article corroborating their weird claims about Planned Parenthood.

    I must admit, I find the phrase “Teen sex rings” hilarious.

  • PollyAmory

    But it is true, in [what passes as a substitute for] their heart.

  • http://stealingcommas.blogspot.com/ chris the cynic

    Embattled Southern Baptist spokesman Richard Land appears in the video, speaking against marriage equality, sneering that it is a “path towards sexual paganization.” (That last bit is kind of a twofer slur, I guess.)

    Just a reminder for anyone who has forgotten, marriage as it is practiced in the mainstream of the United States is something that decends from Roman marriage.  At the time they worked out their system of marriage, the Romans were pretty well pagan.  Monogamy came to us from the pagans, as did many, many other bits of how we deal with marriage.

    Marriage is already pagan.  Has been for a good long time.  (As for whether sexual things are pagan, my best guess is that they tend to transcend religion.)

  • Tonio

    “path towards sexual paganization”

    Land seems to believe that any single relaxation of one rule on sexuality will lead to an abandonment of all restraint. Could this a more general version of the projection done by professional homophobes?

  • http://apocalypsereview.wordpress.com/ Invisible Neutrino

    I love how they seem to just throw random crap together, like Secret Service agents getting busted in Colombia for soliciting prostitutes while on the job somehow has anything to do with government spending.

    I guess IOKIYAR. I find it kind of curious, actually, that in all Dubya Bush’s travels, none of his Secret Service agents were ever caught doing things like this. It makes me wonder if this particular incident was a setup to purposely embarrass Barack Obama.

  • Lori

    Russell D. Moore offers a defense of Chuck Colson against un-named and unreferenced “vindictive journalistic pieces slinking out” following the culture warrior’s death. 

    I love how Moore uses “slinking out” to imply that people when Colson died suddenly people were saying negative things about him, the implication being that they were too cowardly or something to criticize Colson while he was alive. AAFAICT that’s yet another lie.

    I didn’t travel the web looking for critical obituaries of Colson so my sample size is limited, but based on the blogs I read regularly I’d say that the people who were critical of Colson when he died had also been critical of him when he was alive. Colson was a horrible person who did hateful, hurtful things. He made himself a public figure, so people knew about the rotten things he did and, surprise!, they often talked about how rotten they were.

  • Tricksterson

    It’s also been used as slang for fellation as in “He/she has a mouth like a Hoover vacuum cleaner” which is why I smirked as soon as I read it.

  • Tonio

    Oh, it’s not random at all and makes perfect sense. You see, a father president has to have strong moral leadership or else  his children government employees and citizens will do whatever the hell they want with no concern for others…

    <Maureen Dowd>

    http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2010/06/we-are-all-malia-now/57565/

  • Tonio

     Sorry, the Dowd tag should have been a closing tag…

  • Tricksterson

    It was the one where the Marine dress uniform was altered to pink leatherette.

  • Tricksterson

    Surely they can’t be so sheltered as to not be aware that military personell )including Secret service like groups like the Praetorian Guard) have been consorting with prostitutes since Babylon was a village?

  • Tricksterson

    Ya think?

  • Kubricks_Rube

    “The administration [...] has mandated that religious schools provide contraception, sterilization and abortifacient drugs to all students and staff – at taxpayer expense! What can we expect to come if things are not reversed?”

    Fewer abortions. You’re welcome.

  • Tonio

    A month later, I still don’t understand Tim Murphy’s bizarre reasoning for why scientists would be mistaken about birth control drugs not being abortifacients. What am I missing? I doubt that it’s in the same category as deeming scientists wrong about the diversity of life.

  • JonathanPelikan

    All this is really quite amazingly sickening. If I hadn’t developed a little bitterness my head would probably have exploded by now. These fucking fundies make me briefly wish their God was real so he (it’s always a he, with a huge space-penis and booming voice, for these rats) would take them all away from us.

    Then I remember what their God is like and my anger turns to a moment of terror, very much like contemplating ‘yeah, but what if Cthulhu really is real?’ Similar reasons.

  • wendy

    I’m not so worried what they do on their own time; problem is, a security team doing advance work for a Presidential foreign visit isn’t on their own time. Not for a single instant. 

    I’ve been afraid for this President since the minute the votes were all counted, the only thing that’s kept that fear at manageable levels is my belief that the Secret Service are good at their jobs. That belief is not as strong as it once was. 

  • http://dpolicar.livejournal.com/ Dave

    I’ve been afraid for this President since the minute the votes were all
    counted, the only thing that’s kept that fear at manageable levels is my
    belief that the Secret Service are good at their jobs. That belief is not as strong as it once was.

    The fact that this President has gotten through three years without any attempt on his life being successful enough to garner public notice significantly mitigates this fear for me, relative to the minute the votes were all counted.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Patrick-McGraw/100001988854074 Patrick McGraw

     And once again the FRC reminds why the SPLC lists them as a hate group alongside the KKK.

  • ReverendRef

     And, most recently, the Secret Service were all over Ted Nugent for his comments and had him removed from the upcoming concert at Ft. Knox:

    On Thursday, Secret Service
    agents met with Nugent to discuss his comments, as it is illegal to
    threaten to president. Afterward, the agents said they were satisfied
    Nugent meant Obama no physical harm, but that wasn’t enough for the
    Motor City Madman to ride the storm out and keep the Fort Knox gig.

    (Full story here: http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/DC-Decoder/Decoder-Wire/2012/0423/Ted-Nugent-Will-anti-Obama-rant-cost-him-more-gigs)

    So I’m happy they did get that right.

    In other news, I was . . . distressed . . . to see that Nugent would be sharing the stage with Styx, but that seems to have been rectified now.

  • Tonio

    Back in the ’90s,  Nugent did speaking tours at gun clubs, ranting like Rush Limbaugh with hair.  Given his record of homophobia, I would have expected conflict between him and Chuck Panozzo.

  • Tricksterson

    I resent the insult to thulhu and the other Great Old Ones.  They’re not particularly malicious, in fact they barely notice humanity.  No the RTC God is more like Joffrey Baratheon, a vicious psychotic man-child.

  • veejayem

    I started to imagine anything being “imposed” upon a physically fit and heavily armed soldier. Then I started having all sorts of naughty fantasies ~ oh, everything they say about the Evil Internet is true. Fred’s blog has just become a Corrupting Influence (although where I’m concerned it doesn’t take much).

  • http://lliira.dreamwidth.org/ Lliira

    I think it’s either chance or a sign that Obama’s administration actually holds people who work for him accountable for their actions. Which the Bush administration very much did not.

  • http://www.thewardrobeandthewhitetree.com/ CaroleTurner

    I don’t believe that Dr Moore was the latter, I believe that he is like me, I view the work that Charles Colson has done with in the prison system as his defining life’s work. I have never been in prison but I know and love people who are there now or have been there and I absolutely know that Prison Fellowship ( http://www.prisonfellowship.org) has made life behind bars for many men and women, a little more bearable and what that ministry does for ex offenders is unmatched. So you may choose to see the bad or what you disagree with as his legacy but I do not and I pray that when I die people will remember the redemptive works in my life more then my failings.

  • WingedBeast

    The problem, here, lies not in the people you accuse of lieing, but in your concept of truth.  You see, you’re viewing “truth” as though it is a measure of the accuracy of the reflection of reality.  The “truth” is that there is a deeper truth, one that reflects the deeper reality that these people are trying to portray.

    What is that reality?  Well, it’s the reality that their way is real.  The truth that their lies are, somehow, related to a truth that their beliefs are true.  The same way that it is true that Vorbis lead Brutha through the desert.

  • JayemGriffin

    Unfortunately, his entire life made life for many people a lot more unbearable. Try not to be involved in government conspiracies, impose your religion on the rest of the country, tell degrading and violent lies about people, or launch any campaigns to deny human rights to large swathes of the population; you’ll probably be fine. 

  • Matri

    “Tell my tale to those who ask. Tell it truly, the ill deeds along with
    the good and let me be judged accordingly. The rest is silence.”
    – Dinobot

    A fictional character with more morals than your hero Colson, and far more integrity than you seem to demonstrate.

  • http://apocalypsereview.wordpress.com/ Invisible Neutrino

    I think it’s either chance or a sign that Obama’s administration
    actually holds people who work for him accountable for their actions.
    Which the Bush administration very much did not.

    Maybe so, but what’s probably going to happen is the Repubs will trash Obama over it claiming he can’t control his own Secret Service never mind the rest of government.

  • Lori

    I view the work that Charles Colson has done with in the prison system as his defining life’s work. 

    Why? In your opinion why does Prison Fellowship outweigh everything else Colson did? What makes Prison Fellowship a “redemptive work”? Because it’s positive and you want to think positively about him? Because it effects people you love and you don’t care about the people he hurt?

     

    what that ministry does for ex offenders is unmatched 

    Can you back this up with information from unbiased sources? I haven’t kept up with Prison Fellowship in recent years, but I know that in the past they “cooked the books” to make their programs seem more successful than they actually were. For example, at one time they boosted their reported success rate by simply dropping unsuccessful candidates from the roles.  When called on their dishonest accounting the explanation boiled down to “the program works, so anyone who isn’t successful obviously wasn’t genuinely participating.” How convenient.

    And no, I’m not just trying to nitpick and I’m not just being negative. In every other part of his public life Colson was demonstrably a liar and he does not get the presumption of honesty. In order for me to believe that Prison Fellowship was the one area where he was honest and above board I need solid proof, not just word just his word or the word of people working with him. Proof also requires more than just stores about individuals that were helped. The plural of anecdote is not data.

  • hapax

     

    I view the work that Charles Colson has done with in the prison system as his defining life’s work.

    Oh, you mean using taxpayer money to offer special goodies to folks who agree to become members of his “tribe” (Nixon supporters –> members of a narrow sect of Christianity who uncritically endorse his peculiar doctrines), while simultaneously taking the power /prestige this earns him to screw over everyone else who doesn’t fit his preconceived notion of a worthwhile human being?

    I’ll agree with that.

  • http://violsva.dreamwidth.org/ Sara

    The administration in power has imposed homosexual practice upon our military…

    This seems like a good time to mention the Sacred Band, because they were awesome. What they aren’t is present in America today.

  • JonathanPelikan

    Fair point. I retract my prejudicial slur of the Great Old One and apologize for comparing him in any way to the god of LB.

  • Porlockjr

     Ah yes, well do I remember the poster seen fairly often around Berkeley in those dear dead days, showing an upright vacuum cleaner with the caption HOOVER SUCKS.

  • http://apocalypsereview.wordpress.com/ Invisible Neutrino

    Speaking of LB, when do we get rolling on Nicolae? ^_^


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