Bachmann: 9/11 and Benghazi were god’s punishment to America.

Oh Michelle Bachmann.  On the one hand she’s a dangerous lunatic with inordinate amounts of power.  On the other hand, she’s a source of material for my blog that seems to have no bottom.

During a Capitol Hill prayer event this week, Michelle Bachmann assured people that when mortals decide to enact atrocities that god should get the blame credit, because god is punishing us:

It’s no secret that our nation may very well be experiencing the hand of judgment. It is no secret that we all are concerned that our nation may be in a time of decline. If that is in fact so, what is the answer? The answer is what we are doing here today: humbling ourselves before an almighty God, crying out to an almighty God, saying not of ourselves but you, would you save us oh God? We repent of our sins, we turn away from them, we seek you, we seek your ways. That’s something that we’re doing today, that we did on the National Day of Prayer, it’s something that we have chosen to do as well on another landmark day later this year on September 11. Our nation has seen judgment not once but twice on September 11. That’s why we’re going to have ‘9/11 Pray’ on that day. Is there anything better that we can do on that day rather than to humble ourselves and to pray to an almighty God?

How fucked in the head do you have to be to say “God sent people to kill the innocent, let’s worship him because he’s good” ?  If you’re being forced to kneel and pray just so god doesn’t kill a random assemblage of people that undoubtedly included more Christians than any other demographic, that god isn’t good, he’s a tyrant.  You know how all of you wanted the heads of those responsible for those crimes?  Well, if god is responsible, why do you all of a sudden want to be besties with him?

And what’s more, are we really to believe that religiously motivated violence is our punishment for not being religious enough?  And is more faith really the antidote to faith-driven violence?  (Hint: no)

Here’s an idea: if you hear god telling you to fly a plane into a building or bomb a crowd or kill your offspring or whatever, even if you believe in god, how about saying “fuck no, do it yourself”?  And how about not treating a god that sends people to do those things like he’s our ally.

(Via the Friendly Atheist)


Courtney Caldwell had an epic comment on this article on my facebook wall:

If Benghazi was Obama’s fault like I keep hearing, and Obama is a Muslim, and this is god’s wrath, does that mean Michele Bachmann believes Allah is the one true god?

Just trying to keep my Republican conspiracies straight.

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About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.


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