Barton: Demons Control Congress

Barton: Demons Control Congress September 13, 2011

Okay, even by David Barton standards this qualifies as extra-crispy crazy. Here he explains to Kenneth Copeland that there are demons in Washington D.C. who are even capable of blocking prayers to God:

I’ll tell you one of the things too we’ll never get right until we understand this, it is a spiritual battle. We’re told in Ephesians, it’s not flesh in blood, we’re dealing with spirits. And I’ll tell you out of Daniel, praying, why did that answer get delayed for twenty-one days? Because the Prince of Persia fought against it. There are principalities that sit over certain areas.

Wait, there’s more:

And I can tell this in the U.S. Capitol. When I walk from the House side to the Senate side, I cross the middle line of the Capitol, I can feel a different principality because they have jurisdictions over different things. And there are principalities that sit over different government entities that cause them to think really goofy and you can’t get prayers through, they get delayed twenty-one days because the principalities are up there fighting in the Heavenlies.

Because we’re not fighting flesh and blood. And if you don’t understand this is a spiritual battle, and if you don’t understand there are really big principalities and powers sitting over places of power, whether it be banking, or education. There’s principalities that sit over schools to keep those kids from getting knowledge, there’s principalities that sit over financial institutions. They sit over households. That’s why you have principalities in powers, that gradation, you have the corporals, and you have the sergeants, and you have the lieutenants, the captains and the generals, and the generals have a bigger principality and those little corporals may have control over the house but it’s a spiritual battle.

Yes, the demons even have ranks. Hell, maybe they even wear uniforms. Who knows what this whacko will come up with next.

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  • Hercules Grytpype-Thynne

    There’s principalities that sit over schools to keep those kids from getting knowledge

    I’m open* to the idea that there are demons and principalities, and David Barton is doing their bidding. If there’s anyone actively conspiring to keep schoolkids from getting knowledge, it’s the Religious Right.

    —-

    *not really

  • llewelly

    In fact the demonology of Catholicism has a meticulous ranking of demons and an organization thereof.

    And I am sure Barton would agree, they would know.

    Since demons control congress, Republicans have a majority in the house, and have blocked nearly everything the Democrats have gotten to the Senate, what does Barton’s theory of demonic control of congress say about Republicans?

    Furthermore, since Tropical Storm Lee missed Texas on September 3 (approximately), does the 21 day delay mean Texas will get a rainy tropical storm on September 24? Or will Barton need to recalibrate his estimation of the delay for Rick Perry’s Governor’s Special Stadium Prayers? Stay tuned.

    (Since I am actually designing a demon right now, I’ll keep the unix jokes to myself.)

  • Reginald Selkirk

    We’re told in Ephesians, it’s not flesh in blood, we’re dealing with spirits. And I’ll tell you out of Daniel, praying, why did that answer get delayed for twenty-one days? Because the Prince of Persia fought against it. There are principalities that sit over certain areas.

    That’s his example? Ahem. the prince of Persia was not a demon, but a flesh and blood human being.

  • lofgren

    See, it’s not eliminationism because even though he’s saying his enemies are serving demons and praying to Satan, they’re really just low level demons. If he had said that they were serving high ranking demons, that would be offensive and dangerous rhetoric that encouraged his followers to see people they disagree with as less than human. But minor demons are perfectly fine.

  • Oh for dog’s sake there’s a Herbert W. Armstrong ad.

  • Hercules Grytpype-Thynne

    Oh for dog’s sake there’s a Herbert W. Armstrong ad.

    Quick! Click on it and make FtB some money!

  • Dennis N

    We’re told in Ephesians

    Why do I give a damn what it says in Ephesians? I think you need to establish that first.

  • Did anyone else notice the demons flying in and out of Newt Gingrich’s ass last night?

  • raven

    Got to thank David Barton for this one.

    He has conclusively proved that he is fruitbat crazy. He is starting to make Michelle Bachmann look sane.

    I’m getting tired of all the fundie xian wingnuts claiming they know all about what god says and wants. They have just as much spiritual authority, access to the gods, and proof of it as I do. Or my cats. It’s zero.

    BTW, Barton, god hates Texas and he hates you. Haven’t you noticed the drought and wild fires?

  • unbound

    Maybe David Barton is an avid dungeons & dragons fan. Whole slew of devils and demons with a ranking system there as well.

  • imrryr

    So then, God is like the net, and the demon that rules over Congress is like the spiritual version of Dikembe Mutombo, waggling his finger in Barton’s direction after blocking his prayers. I think I understand now…

  • raven

    U.S. poverty rate swells to nearly 1 in 6

    The Census Bureau reports the number of Americans living in poverty hit a 27-year high and household income dropped.

    Student loan default rates jump

    This is the headline this morning. It doesn’t make Obama’s reelection chances look too good. It’s not really his fault, the damage was done by 8 years of Bush but the voters have short memories. One more Tea Party administration, and we are looking at a lost generation.

    I’ve thought of just fleeing the US. One of my colleagues has already done that.

    Probably won’t. But I’m getting really tired of living in an insane asylum formerly known as the USA where an endless parade of crackpots like Barton, Perry, Bachmann, etc. run around loose.

  • bmiller

    This kind of fundamentalism seems more and more like old school (ancient Hebrew) polytheism. God is not the only god. If He is so all powerful, how do these powers and principalities even contend with The Ultimate?

  • A guy who says he can feel different demons in different parts of the Capitol should probably not go around using the words “think really goofy” out loud.

  • “Because the Prince of Persia fought against it.”

    He’s being attacked by a computer game!!???

    (Oh! Wait! Isn’t there a movie now? Maybe he’s being attacked by Jake Gyllenhaal)

  • raven

    God is not the only god. If He is so all powerful, how do these powers and principalities even contend with The Ultimate?

    To make it even sillier, god created those demons, powers, and principalities along with hell and satan.

    In the bible, god is just some guy and the earth is his ant farm and we are the ants.

    I suppose ants can get lose and create all sorts of havoc but it doesn’t make the xian god look very smart or powerful.

    Maybe he should try the Big Boat solution again and open the gates of heaven and pour some more water on us. Can demons drown?

  • imrryr

    @raven –

    Maybe he should try the Big Boat solution again and open the gates of heaven and pour some more water on us. Can demons drown?

    God can’t do that, it would mess up His plans for Texas.

  • Mr Ed

    OK which of you jokers sent him a copy of Hellboy and told him it was a documentary?

  • All of the Abrahamic religions (maybe excepting Ba’Hai? I’m not sure if they do) have hierarchies of demons. So in that regard he’s not that far off, although most of them have downplayed the demonic aspects.

    I’m more concerned by his claim that he can feel when he switches from one principality to another. Sounds almost schizophrenic.

  • sqlrob

    “Barton: Demons Control Congress”

    Well, a stopped clock is right twice a day

    <gdrlh>

  • drbunsen le savant fou

    Maybe he’s being attacked by Jake Gyllenhaal

    He wishes

  • CSB

    That’s his example? Ahem. the prince of Persia was not a demon, but a flesh and blood human being.

    Isn’t it obvious? Whenever someone got off a prayer successfully, the Prince just rewound time with his dagger.

  • dingojack

    Congress is run by demons?

    I thought Dick Cheney was no longer in government. 🙂

    Oh, and if you think gay lobby (fabulous decor) and the pro-Israel lobbyists are bad, that’s nothing, ’cause Barton ‘thinks’, apparently, the business of US House of Reps is being run by the Iranian president now*.

    Be afraid, be very, very afraid. – Dingo

    —-

    * or a ’90’s computer game (an improvement on Shrub the Least I’ll grant you)

  • Is this the plot for the next Harry Dresden novel? If so, cool!

  • 386sx

    Is this the plot for the next Harry Dresden novel? If so, cool!

    Yeah really, that’s one heck of a story Barton has weaved there. He should go in for writing fiction instead of that historical stuff. Oh wait…

  • 386sx

    Principalities is one of those giveaway words. If someone uses the word principalities then you pretty much can guess they are talking about some gooofy stuff.

  • wheatdogg

    Sadly, Barton is not the only one who believes in this sort of stuff. There are thousands of fundies who lap this demonology stuff up, and preachers and so-called prophets would find demons behind everything they don’t like. Either Barton is a True Believer, or he’s pretending to be so the yokels will buy his books and videos. At this point, neither possibility would surprise me.

  • dingojack

    386s (#26) – The Principalities of Monaco, Andorra, Liechtenstein and Asturias are all left-footed when skating or surfing? Who knew? 😉 – Dingo

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