Ordinarily, I’m against the filibuster. However, Hemant has reported on one by Nebraska State Senator Ernie Chambers that moves me to make an exception. This is what Chambers had to say while filibustering a bill that would expand the prison labor program in the state of Nebraska.
Then, while burning up time trying to talk [Sen. Mark] Christensen’s bill to death, Chambers talked about attending a fundamentalist church where, as a child, he claimed children were terrorized and made to feel they were headed for Hell. He called Bible stories “fairy tales” that he outgrew.
Chambers sounded more like a preacher — albeit an unconventional and blasphemous one — than a senator, but he blamed the Legislature for that, too, noting that the body “invites religion into the chamber every morning” with a prayer. He said preachers who enter the legislative chambers are entering “my territory” to “do their damage.” He accused senators of not heeding those preachers’ calls to “do the right thing,” which he said “brings condemnation on you.”
While on the subject of Christianity, Chambers noted that Jesus “looked more like me than you all.” Despite his claims he doesn’t believe in God (though he sued God once), Chambers demonstrated that he knows the Bible (which he derisively calls the “Holly Bibel”) well, telling his fellow senators that you can judge a society by how it treats its children, elderly and enemies.
Finally, Chambers said the Mafia has higher standards than the Catholic Church hierarchy because if their members were “raping children, they’d off them.”
Where can I donate to this guy’s campaign? It’s so strange…you can have legislators stand up and say we need to take funding away from schools and they are taken seriously and with calm consideration. A guy gets up and says someone didn’t rise from the dead 2,000 years ago though, and normally his political career would be over.
This guy has brass balls. Well done, Mr. Chambers.
And take heart: if this guy can get elected (and re-elected, and re-elected, and re-elected…), then we really can start getting non-believers, honest and open non-believers, into politics.