“Get Out!”

You may have already seen this clip at other places. This is Dennis Terry, pastor of Greenwell Springs Baptist Church, introducing Rick Santorum to his congregation.

This clip has garnered a lot of attention. It starts out with Terry declaring that America is a Christian nation and that there is only one God (“… and his name is JEee-sus!”) He follows that by telling everyone that doesn’t like all that, or that doesn’t like America or “the way we do things,” that they should GET OUT!

The church is now squirming about the clip and the attention that it’s gotten. They’ve removed that section from their Ustream archives, and their Worship Minister posted this on Facebook:

Terry would like us to believe that these comments were taken out of context. But while Right Wing Watch does clip their videos short, it’s still hard to draw anything but a negative conclusion from this little tirade.

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  • Megan

    What a horrible, hate filled tyrade from the mind of a nasty little man.

  • trj

    Interesting how often Christianity turns into a religion of exclusion. “This is a Christian nation and if you don’t like it you can just GET OUT!”

    Also interesting that the church is asking its members to remove online material related to this sermon. Obviously many of the members agree with this ignorant, self-righteous asshole.

  • Elemenope

    The only thing more embarrassing than a bad event is a clumsily executed cover-up.

  • Tiyamonet

    These guys should start speaking in context, if everything they say gets taken out of context so easily.

    • http://themikewrites.blogspot.com JohnMWhite

      It amuses me that their response to these statements being ‘taken out of context’ is to try to remove them from context by deleting the section from their archive and asking their own followers to hide their own clips. It is absolute intellectual cowardice from this church to say such things and then try to hide their beliefs from the rest of the world.

  • Itarion

    I was to busy noticing how he blamed everything going wrong right now on the non-Christians.
    “I tell you my friend, I believe that Christians in America are the KEY to revival. I believe that Christians in America are the key to the economy turning around. I believe that Christians in America are the key to the jobless rate continuing to go down.”
    Well said, sir, oh, VERY well said. (Sarcasm.)

    • http://themikewrites.blogspot.com JohnMWhite

      We’re all aware, but it bears repeating: the people who wrecked the economy happened to be largely Christian.

      • Elemenope

        Outside of very particular exceptions, in the US pretty much anything undertaken is going to be undertaken by people who happen to be largely Christian, as it is largely populated by Christians.

        • http://themikewrites.blogspot.com JohnMWhite

          Exactly my point. Christians may well be the one to ‘fix’ the problem, but that’s only because they’re the ones mostly in charge, and just like crashing the economy, it has nothing to do with what they do for an hour each Sunday.

          Though I have to wonder what will happen inside their minds if Obama makes even more progress on turning the economy around. If he’s succeeding, can they still claim he’s Muslim and not guided by Jesus?

    • FO

      This man uses the word “believe” as it had any relation to reality…

  • Kodie

    I don’t know why these people always pretend they are not allowed the freedom to pray publicly. They are not always allowed to evangelize (like, say, their co-workers, and that’s a private matter with them and the company they work for), and they are not allowed to have their version of religious righteousness imposed on others in public places via signage.

    I don’t care what they believe about their god inside their churches or their minds, but this extension of what they believe is not biblical. Stick to your biblical dumb-fuckery, and stop using the pulpit to lie about the origins of the United States and what the 1st amendment says you can or cannot do with your beliefs. Religion-infected policy IS big government and not one of your religious freedoms. And if you don’t accept that, “get out.” If you don’t understand the laws, anyway, get out of government. You may pray for god’s forgiveness all you want.

  • liz

    Really??? Sorry if the truth hurts but our Founding Fathers were Christian!!!! If you don’t like it here, than he is absolutly right… GET OUT!!!! These are our beliefs.. you don’t have to like them,but I would lay down my life for you to have the freedom to your beliefs, so why attack a church that feels differently?? This is suppose to be a free nation?? You dont have to like it but you have to deal with it..just like we deal with all these crazy liberal notions that just cost money.. why is it “hateful” to say something is wrong??? All of the sudden society looks at the worse sin imaginable is to hurt someone’s feelings, some people need a little bit of truth if they like it or not… I am not changing my beliefs for anyone and I will not stop teaching what I believe to my children… And I’m very saddened that the church allowed themselves to be bullied into removing this!!!!

    • Kodie

      The intentions (the imaginary ones you think are true) of the founding fathers doesn’t matter when it is not codified into law, the Constitution nor the Bill of Rights suggests that we have to believe your god is blessing the U.S. and that we have to worship one way. In fact, it says the opposite. It says you can pray to whichever god you want, pray all you like! And it also says you can’t be forced to pray to Allah, and that I can’t be forced to pray to your god. And that we’re still all Americans.

      Read your 1st amendment, you ignorant cow.

    • Kodie

      I hope you don’t think the government made them censor the video. They’re probably rightfully embarrassed that the enthusiasm of the preacher went over the bounds of a religious sermon, and preached a lot of hateful things that people, Christians, might react to by disassociating from the church. They need their money $$$$, so it’s a political move on their part to try to downplay something. They should be ashamed of spreading hate, lies, and warping the message they are trying to spread (love, Jesus, etal.). Do you really get all your information about what to believe about god from a preacher? Is he just telling you what you want to hear? Is he trying to motivate people to vote the way he wants you to vote, by planting ideas of hate in you? Yes, he’s a liar, and he wants you to hate your neighbor! I would like you to tell me where in the bible it says anything about what he’s telling his audience. Because it sounds like he’s using his power and charisma to call you stupid and lie to your face! You idiot!

    • Elemenope

      Your punctuation keys seem to be a bit sticky.

      Beyond that, I am compelled to look askance of your claims absent details. What “crazy liberal notions”, precisely, just cost money? Whether it is hateful to say that someone is wrong is largely a matter of how it is said and what the particular wrong is claimed to be.

      And of course, neither the post nor the comments indicates any sentiment attacking the freedom of people like you to believe what you wish and say what you wish. In point of fact, it is merely speech in criticism of what you believe and how you act on those beliefs. So why are you all bent out of shape about us expressing our opinions here? After all, you came here; we didn’t go to where you normally hang out and, in a liberally punctuated way, express exasperation about all the things you do that irritate us, now, did we?

      Mild criticism always seems like a hateful attack to those privileged enough by society to be normally insulated from them. Interpreting this post as a hateful attack betrays a serious lack of perspective.

      • Sunny Day

        The religious are conservative about most things, except punctuation.

        • Elemenope

          And capitalization. Really, they’re just flaming grammatical socialists.

    • Len

      They may be your beliefs but that doesn’t make them true. Just as if you believed that 1+1=3. Belief doesn’t make fact. And your founding fathers were not all Christian. Some may have been, some were probably deists, some were atheists. You probably don’t like that, but you really should learn to deal with it. But you live in a free country, so you don’t have to deal with it if you don’t want to.

      That’s one of the great things that the founding fathers did: they made America a free country. They made sure that god was kept out of government. Because that’s the only way you can have a country that really has religious freedom – ie, freedom of beliefs.

      As for your beliefs, you can keep them – I won’t object and I wouldn’t ask you to change them. But if you try to impose them on me or anyone else, then I will object. Have your beliefs; let me have mine and other people have theirs. You know – freedom of belief.

    • FO

      Indeed, USA is a Christian Country, but of what Christian denomination were the Founding Fathers?

      Because being in an Evangelical Country wouldn’t be like being in a Mormon country, or a Catholic country.
      I’d say Mormon.
      So, USA is a Mormon Country actually.
      I really hope you are a Mormon, otherwise, GET OUT!

      There, you see that freedom of religion works for you as well?

    • UrsaMinor

      Does anyone else here see the contradiction between “I would lay down my life for you to have the freedom to your beliefs” and “If you don’t like it here, than he is absolutly right… GET OUT!!!! ” ?

      So we’re free to hold our own beliefs, as long as they match hers, or provided that we go somewhere else to do it. Got it.

      • Jabster

        For someone who comes across as intelligent you do say some really daft things Ursa … freedom of speech only counts when you’re not spouting marxist, commie, liberal, fascist stuff.

        String ‘em up I say, it’s the only language they understand.

    • Custador

      In one breath you agree that non-Christians need to get out, and in the next you claim you’d die to protect religious freedom.

      You’re a liar and an idiot.

    • idea1013

      Our founding fathers founded a nation in which people have freedom of and freedom from religion. No one is asking you to change your beliefs; in fact the only thing that is required of you by society when it comes to religion is that you do not discriminate against a person you are interviewing to hire or rent a property to based on their religion (or lack thereof) and you cannot proselytize to people in certain situations (such as at school or work). If this is to hard for you… perhaps YOU should get out. Settle into a country with Christianity as its state religion. There are still a couple of them out there, like Malta and Liechtenstein. Perhaps you’d be more comfortable in a nation that enforces your belief system, instead of the laws created in our silly democratic republic. Think it over.

    • Paul

      The founding fathers held a wide variety of beliefs but the most popular one of its times was deism where the active god of the bible is replaced with a “first cause”. God started things off and if anything we are living in that 7th day when he rested.

      These men were very far from being a monolithic group who were moving in lockstep with a single mindset which people like Glenn Beck have now christened that they were given our constitution and bill of rights by god.

      Many of these men also kept slaves, though there were some who opposed slavery. There were fist fights among these men in congress. These were not a group led by an invisible onmipotent invisible sky daddy. They were humans and took seriously the work they did on each line of the constitution.

      I also think the “if you don’t like it here, get out” is completely at odds with the spirit and intent of the framers of the constitution. The amendment process was made to be slow and cautious so that any new amendment had to pass a very high but still it was there because they knew some of the things weren’t going to work, even though they might not recognize them for some time.

      Growing up in the shadow of Vietnam I heard enough of the “my country right or wrong” to really just instantly tune out someone after they utter that line. I want my country to be right and it is our duty as citizens to do our best to change things when they are wrong. Mandatory prayer in schools does cause problems in school. One girl in my elementary class could not say the pledge of allegience because swearing that oath violated her religion. She was often made fun of because she didn’t stand up and place her hand over her heart.

      Children are not forbidden to pray, I’m sure every time a test is given there is somebody trying to implore god for some supernatural help to overcome the fact that they didn’t study

      You also have to remember that we are the melting pot. There have always benn people of faiths other than christianity. The freedom of religion protects them as well. If you think it should say that christianity alone is acceptable, the next step will be selecting the “right” christianity.

    • Bill

      “Really??? Sorry if the truth hurts but our Founding Fathers were Christian!!!! ”

      Assuming for the sake of argument this is true, what’s your point?

    • Lisa

      Hmm. Perhaps you typed too quickly, but your writing and your comments reveal a deep, basic ignorance. The founders of this nation previously had been persecuted for their religious beliefs, and intended to create a new nation where people could have the freedom to hold their own personal beliefs without governmental interference. This is not a Christian Nation, it is a nation where the majority of the people have historically held Christian beliefs. Do you believe that the minority religions have no worth, no place, no right? If so, then you are anti-Christian. Jesus Christ himself started a new religion in the 1st century. His religion was a sect of Judaism (JC being one of the most famous Jews in history). You must preach religious tolerance if you are to teach Christianity.

      • Yoav

        Which founders are you talking about, the products of the enlightenment who created a government that was very clearly not religious or the christian taliban who left Europe in the 1600s because they weren’t allowed to force their beliefs on everybody else and started a theocracy (next time you whine about the “war on christmas” remember who it was that actually banned it).

    • Donna

      My Jewish great-great-great-great-great-great grandfather did not fight for this country’s independence from Great Britain so his descendants could be second class citizens. My Jewish mother served in a MASH unit in Korea. My Protestant father was career Army who served in both Korea and Vietnam as a medical corpsman and earned two Purple Hearts in the process. Neither of them served so their daughter could be a second class citizen.

      I’m an agnostic pantheist and Unitarian Universalist, and I’m not going anywhere, sister. This is MY country, too!

  • ironflange

    What an ignorant buffoon, with liz close behind.

  • Dave

    Cor blimey (as we say on our side of the pond). I thought the guy was going to have a heart attack! I just about managed to stick with it to the end but, I have to say, I felt like taking a machine gun to the screen afterwards. I don’t think I’ve ever heard such a one-sided, pig-ignorant display of bigotry in all my life. The guy is a nutter – completely and utterly barking mad if you ask me and should be locked up. That is all. Phew!

    • Thin-ice

      Dave, I used to live on your side of the pond, in London and W. Sussex. But I was a good little Christian then, and never used bad language. But now I want to use two bad words together, to describe that preacher, and Liz above in the comments section. I don’t use these words often, but in this case nothing else is appropriate:

      Fucking idiots.

      • Jabster

        Shouldn’t you use something more English such as cock spanner or fuck nugget?

        • http://themikewrites.blogspot.com JohnMWhite

          If I may inject some Scottish parlance:

          Bawbags and numpties the lot o’ ‘em!

  • Ty

    I’m not leaving, but they’re welcome to try and throw me out.

    I’ll be waiting.