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Hat tip to John Aravosis at Americablog for catching this one.
So a week after delivering a sermon calling for gay people to be put into concentration camps, pig ignorant bigot Charles Worley got a standing ovation from his congregation. The local paper describes it thus:
Church members and about 100 visitors from in and outside the area gave Worley a standing ovation when he approached the pulpit. A few members stood up from the pews and spoke out in favor of Worley as officers watched and intervened when one particularly longwinded member spoke.
The atmosphere was a vocal and jubilant one. The sanctuary was mostly full, with the vast majority of the crowd singing and crying out in joy. Many threw their hands up in praising the Lord and in support of the pastor.
You shall know they are Christians by their love.
Worley’s defense of his sermon, the defense offered by his congregants, is an old one – “I’m just preaching the bible,” and “he’s just preaching what’s in the bible.”
In response to Worley, the Rev. Chuck Currie had a simple, short statement:
The pulpit is holy space and those that use it to promote violence commit theological malpractice as ugly and wrong as those who throughout history have used their pulpits to target Jews and other minority groups.
Are these hateful messages mainstream? In some communities, yes. And not just in the South. We have heard the same ugly language preached here in Oregon during campaigns past by the now defunct Oregon Citizens Alliance, the right-wing Christian group that promoted a series of anti-gay ballot measures.
All Christians – regardless of whether or not we support gay marriage (I strongly do) – must condemn hate speech from pastors and denominations where this occurs are obligated to hold their clergy accountable – taking away their status as ordained clergy. Because let’s be clear: these hateful men are not preaching the word of God.
God created gays and lesbians, like all humanity, in God’s image and was well pleased.
But Worley’s congregation – and Worley himself I suspect – are not engaging in a theological discussion; they aren’t interested in engaging pastors like Chuck Currie in a discussion or in a nuanced approach to biblical exegesis. Like many religious fundamentalists, they would probably deny Currie is a real Christian because he’s a United Church of Christ pastor. They would see his support for glbt rights and marriage equality as proof that he isn’t a real Christian because a real Christian would oppose those things. They would see him as someone who made a fatal compromise with the modern world and who sacrificed his Christian faith in the name of going along with the times. Like real fundamentalists, they live by the motto that you should be in the world not of the world and they refuse to believe that the world might get something right and they might get the same thing wrong.
C-Span has finally produced direct links to past programs.
For those of you who like me, are concerned that the spineless dems won’t impeach our president and War Lord, it may be some conciliation to know that he can still be prosecuted for murder.
Bugliosi has laid out the case including venue for any State, County, or District Attorney General/prosecutor.
Vincent Bugliosi talked about his book The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder (Vanguard Press, May 26, 2008). In the book Mr. Bugliosi argues that President Bush and members of his administration are responsible for murdering thousands of U.S. soldiers and over 100,000 Iraqi civilians in Iraq. Mr. Bugliosi says that by taking the country to war under knowingly false pretenses, President Bush has committed the most serious crime in U.S. history. He argues that a criminal court is the only venue where he could be prosecuted and urges that it be done. Mr. Bugliosi, a former prosecutor for the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office, talked about his legal theory of the case. After his presentation he responded to questions from audience members. Go there.
The case is simple, and the evidence clear. See for yourself (click the red Flash button)
Thursday, channel 501 showed the 1984 film The Killing Fields. For those who haven’t seen it, it’s based on the experiences of NY Times reporter Sydney Schanberg and Cambodian reporter Dith Pran in Cambodia in the 1970s; Pran was captured by the Khmer Rouge and spent years living and laboring in their camps before escaping to Thailand. It got me thinking about the the fact taht wars are never neat, tidy and contained. When Paris was liberated, the residents were thrilled; but aside from such instances, most wars are bloody, hideous, ugly affairs. And they are never neat and tidy. The happy predictions in 1914 that it would be a short, glorious war and the boys would be home by Christmas or that American troops would be greeted in Baghdad with flowers spring to mind as examples of policy elites pretending that war was a glorious and wonderful affair and reality proving them horrifically wrong.
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Sometimes others say it better than I. I’d like to add one more culprit…OK, about fifty million culprits; every uninformed idiot that voted for him the second time too.
Sorry, Mr. President, But Your Legacy Is More Awful Than You Think
Posted June 11, 2008 | 04:57 PM (EST)
h/t Huffington Post
Rest assured, Mr. President, that despite what you told the Times Online today you won’t be remembered solely as a war mongering president.
“Look, I think that in retrospect, you know, I could have used a different tone.”
Different tone? Ya think?
War mongering is a significant aspect of your legacy, but I think we can conclude, and without much debate, that your legacy will also be one of criminality, failure and a degree of incompetence rarely achieved by any American president, much less one whose deficit of character is rivaled only by his nearly unprecedented lack of humility in the face of his unprecedented roster of inadequacies.
As it turns out, you won’t have much control over your legacy and the history of your administration anyway. You might have some cursory input, but no-one really takes you seriously anymore and anything you put forth will be taken as just another work of fiction; another bit of propaganda.
Your legacy will ultimately be written by those of us who have been actively documenting your presidency in real time — millions of voices authoring the narrative of your awful regime and preserving it with digital clarity one trespass at a time.
And everywhere we look, we can plainly observe your smirking, affectless footprint.
Death, poverty, war, pain, ignorance, blind patriotism, joblessness, and abandoned homes. And guess what? We’re writing it down on the Internets. Your history, Mr. President, is being written at this very moment by those of us who are watching our homes collapse in value and our friends and relatives sent to places like Ramadi and Fallujah and, in some cases, Walter Reed or worse. Your history, Mr. President, isn’t going to be settled and published decades from now. It’s being published immediately and without the fog of memory to obscure the ugly details.
These ugly details are exhaustively researched and easily accessible.
And as they congeal into a single eight-year narrative, it’s my hunch that every tragedy experienced during this dark ride will be regarded as a means to a specific end: your election to a second term and the election of successors who will carry on with your sinister tradition. The centerpiece of this tradition — the throughline of your presidential narrative — has been, simply put, endless war for the sake of re-election.
In fact (and contrary to your present lamentation) you wanted war even before you took office. War, by your own definition, would all but guarantee a second presidential term. You told your pre-2000 autobiographer, Mickey Herskowitz:
“One of the keys to being seen as a great leader is to be seen as a commander-in-chief… My father had all this political capital built up when he drove the Iraqis out of Kuwait and he wasted it…If I have a chance to invade…if I had that much capital, I’m not going to waste it. I’m going to get everything passed that I want to get passed and I’m going to have a successful presidency.”
Four years later, as you ramped up your re-election campaign, you told Tim Russert:
“I’m a war president. I make decisions here in the Oval Office in foreign policy matters with war on my mind.”
You didn’t sound ashamed of your tone back then — when you were running for your second term. Everything you managed to accomplish during your presidency was directed towards maintaining this manufactured “war president” façade. Without it, you would have been either defeated in 2004 or impeached a long time ago.
So how did you do it? History will show that you bought off the American people with $300 checks and massive tax cuts for Paris Hilton and Dick Cheney. You ruthlessly exploited the deadliest foreign attack on American soil and, subsequently, terrorized this nation and its corporate media into giving you more latitude than you otherwise deserved. You attempted to dumb down our public schools because, in your view, an educated electorate is a dangerous electorate — less susceptible to war mongering and propaganda, right? You ignored the destruction of an entire American city because the majority of its residents probably didn’t vote for you or contribute to your campaign for war in the first place. And your entire foreign policy has been constructed around deliberately inciting anti-American sentiment, thus fueling more war.
It turns out, Mr. President, that your only success is something which you appear to be walking back: your war mongering — your cynical, self-serving and bloody “bring ’em on” legacy — and, with it, your re-election in 2004.
If you were half the man your dwindling supporters claim that you are, you would own this actual legacy of yours, Mr. President.
If you were a better man, you would own the horror you’ve created for yourself and generations of Americans to come. You would take responsibility for more than your pathetic “tone” and “rhetoric” — you would take responsibility for all of it: the lies, the casualties, the mistakes, the crimes and the cover-ups. Instead you’re presently flying around the world saying that you “wanted to solve this … in a diplomatic fashion” when we all know, based on numerous reports from insiders ranging from Scott McClellan to Richard Clarke that this is simply not true.
The historical record of your presidency has unequivocally verified that, even now as you attempt to Windex the crap off your legacy, you’re lying about the war. But what’s worse is that your administration’s objective of fostering endless American warfare continues in Iraq and elsewhere while being endorsed by Senator McCain who has hugged-out any conflicts he might have had with your policies. And, if you and Senator McCain are lucky, the corporate media will crack open its Election Year Mad Libs script and paint Senator Obama as somehow more dangerous to the future of America than you ever were.
Your legacy, Mr. President, isn’t just about war mongering. We’re going to see to it that your legacy is almost entirely about how you lied us into an unnecessary war as part of an almost unspeakably horrible strategy for re-election — as a way to mask over your inadequacies as a leader and to somehow delude future Americans into believing that your two-term presidency deserves special renown.
So good luck with all of that “different tone” crap. It’s not going to work. Sorry.
Because we also hire mercenaries and hundreds of others like Blackwater to help us kill more, better, faster – because we are no longer the beacon of liberty and human rights in the world – because we have become a nation of evil and stupid people…the world did something.
They are The Elders. (I’m pretty sure they didn’t ask Bush or Cheney)
At the end of the day, it doesn’t much matter what the right-wing cabal and their media lackies think or say, by any statistical measure, the entire world believes the United States of America is TODAY the most criminal nation on Earth – and not just our government, but WE citizens, because unlike the Chinese and the Soviets, we let it happen.
I am sooo ashamed. How about you Ken?