Warm Southern Breeze

"… there is no such thing as nothing."

God is punishing Oklahoma with tornadoes.

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Saturday, June 1, 2013

Recently, Moore, OK was devastated by a mile-wide twister.
Serves ’em right.
God hates fags.
Our government should do nothing.
Everybody knows, this is an act of God.
God is punishing Oklahoma for their wickedness.
This is purely a religious matter, and government should get out of the way.
This has NOTHING to do with climate change.
Insurance companies should cancel & deny coverage.
They have that right.
Tough luck.
Suck it up.
Oh… wait.
It was.

The reader should understand, this is PURE SARCASM.

What is sarcasm?

Simply put, sarcasm is “the use of irony to mock or convey contempt.”

What is irony?

Irony is “the expression of one’s meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous or emphatic effect.”

And finally, what is contempt?

Contempt is “the feeling that a person or a thing is beneath consideration, worthless, or deserving scorn.”

Someone responded to that remark and wrote, “Oklahoma may be the most Godly state left! I believe everyone I know there is a Dedicated Christian. God’s judgement is coming…no doubt. But it’s not targeted at Oklahoma. ALL have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. These are the birthing pains we have been told about…at least that is what I believe.”

My response was, “Prove it.
“God is punishing Oklahoma.
“Oh yeah… God hates fags, too.
“And the Boy Scouts.
“Wait… that’s Kansas.
“God still hates Oklahoma.
“And Texas, too.
“God hates everybody.
“You’re going to Hell.
“Here’s the handbasket.
“/sarcasm”

The informed reader will understand – note that I wrote “informed,” for you, dear reader, if you are not informed, you will be chided, and not gently – the exceeding preponderance of theologians – conservative, liberal, reformed, etc. – agree that the Almighty is not a “hater,” nor does the Almighty hate anyone. Thus, to assert or claim that God hates people is simply not true.

In fact, it’s a damn lie.

A God damn lie, if you will.

Ever heard of a God blessed lie?

No. I don’t think so.

And in other “God News,” the First Baptist Churches in Pelham and Helena, Alabama, will boycott no longer sponsor Boy Scouts.

The Rev. Mike Shaw, pastor of First Baptist Church of Pelham made his announcement in response to the BSA’s approval of a resolution to remove restrictions & discriminations based exclusively on sexual orientation, and said in response, “We don’t hate anybody. We’re not doing it out of hatred. The teachings of the scripture are very clear on this. We’re doing it because it violates the clear teaching of scripture.”

Apparently however, the Rev. Shaw didn’t read the full resolution, which also included the statement that “the Boy Scouts of America’s National Council resolution also reinforces that Scouting is a youth program, and any sexual conduct, whether heterosexual or homosexual, by youth of Scouting age is contrary to the virtues of Scouting. [emphasis added, ed.]

When posed the quandary of how he would handle the matter of the Scouts’ unfinished work, he replied, “We’ve talked about it. We’re looking for options. We want to have a positive avenue for boys and girls. We’re trying to get our boys that are close to Eagles to go ahead and finish their badges.”

Rev. Shaw is a past president of the Alabama Baptist Convention, the state’s most populous denomination, and said the church he pastors will no longer sponsor Troop 404 as of January 1, 2014 when the new policy takes effect.

The Rev. Greg Walker, pastor of First Baptist of Helena, which hosts Troop 2, wrote in an email message to the website al.com that, “Christ will save every gay person that comes to Him in repentance and faith, the same as any hetrosexual person. The Boy Scout Leadership has handed down a decision that none of the children in Helena or elsewhere associate with why they are Boy Scouts. This is a decision that was made by adults that may or may not reflect the opinions of any Boy Scout in the troop that we host. I hold the Helena Boy Scout troop with no fault whatsoever.”

He indicated also that leaders and scouts in the troop would be allowed time to find another meeting place.

Speaking with a Birmingham area television news team, Rev. Walker said, “It’s hard for us, on a personal level, to say to a troop of young boys who’ve done nothing wrong – and to the leaders who’ve done nothing wrong – in Helena – ‘you’re not welcome to be here anymore.'”

He also said that, “I don’t feel that I can allow a group to openly support a sinful lifestyle while under the umbrella of First Baptist Helena. I hate that this had to happen. I really do.”

Apparently, he neither bothered to read the resolution.

He passed the buck, refused to accept responsibility for his own actions (an essential denial) by saying, “I didn’t make that decision. The Boy Scouts of America made that decision.”

The Rev. Harry Reeder III, pastor of Briarwood Presbyterian Church, which sponsors Troop 254, said that he expects his parish will similarly decide to abandon their sponsorship of Boy Scouts. He added that the elders of the congregation would make any such decision, and speculated further that most evangelical churches that host troops may similarly reconsider in light of the decision.

Readers should understand ONE THING from reading this entry, and it is that EXTREMISM has taken firm foothold in the predominately evangelical South, which also largely votes Teapublican.

That extremism in its various pernicious and tenacious forms persists is testament to what late, former New York Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller said at the 1964 Republican National Convention:

“These extremists feed on fear, hate and terror. They have no program for America – no program for the Republican party. They have no solution for our problems of chronic unemployment, of education of agriculture, or racial injustice or strife.”

“On the contrary – they spread distrust. They engender suspicion. They encourage disunity. And they operate from the dark shadows of secrecy.

“There is no place in this Republican party for such hawkers of hate, such purveyors of prejudice, such fabricators of fear, whether Communist, Ku Klux Klan or Bircher.”

It’s almost like 1964 all over again.

Even Bob Dole has decried the state of the Republican party.

In a recent interview with Chris Wallace on Fox News, former Senator Dole said of the GOP that, “I think they ought to put a sign on the national committee doors that says closed for repairs until New Year’s Day next year and spend that time going over ideas and positive agendas.”

WALLACE: You describe the GOP of your generation as Eisenhower Republicans, moderate Republicans. Could people like Bob Dole, even Ronald Reagan, could you make it in today’s Republican Party?

DOLE: I doubt it. And I — Reagan wouldn’t have made it. Certainly Nixon couldn’t have made it, because he had ideas and, we might have made it, but I doubt it. I mean —

WALLACE: Too moderate? Too willing to compromise?

DOLE: I just consider myself a Republican, none of this hyphenated stuff. I was a mainstream conservative Republican, and most people are in that category.

Now, dear reader… having made it this far, I thank you for your attentive readership, and to conclude, I offer this parting thought for your consideration.

At the time, the Republican party’s sweetheart was Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater, and the party was in jeopardy of being hijacked by subversive ideologues from the Ku Klux Klan, John Birch Society, Communists and others whom Goldwater and the party at large refused to repudiate. Appealing to racist elements, and Southern Democrats, Goldwater later became the party’s presidential nominee, only to be resoundingly defeated  in the November General Election by incumbent LBJ – Lyndon Baines Johnson – whom had become president upon JFK’s death. Goldwater’s defeat was one of the widest margins in American political history.

In his later years, having resigned, then re-elected and succeeded by John McCain, Goldwater’s extremist libertarian ideals included abortion, gay rights, and anti-religious sentiment.

I wonder – to what extent have those same subversives successfully infiltrated the party, our airwaves and national governance today?

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