Here are some of the week’s most notable quotes culled from news reports from across Texas, and beyond.
Anita Perry, wife of Texas Gov. Rick Perry, suggesting her husband was called by God to run for president.
We are fighting for the soul of our country. I would like for you to consider Rick Perry as the president of the United States to save the soul of our country. But most of all, I ask you for your prayers and for God to send his angels to protect us through this journey.
Evangelical historian Mark A. Noll, in his 1994 book, The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind, calling on evangelicals to repent for their neglect of the mind and decrying the abandonment of the intellectual heritage of the Protestant Reformation.
The scandal of the evangelical mind is that there is not much of an evangelical mind.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, responding to recent attacks on his Mormon faith during Tuesday’s Republican presidential debate in Las Vegas.
That — that idea that we should choose people based upon their religion for public office is what I find to be most troubling, because the founders of this country went to great length to make sure — and even put it in the Constitution — that we would not choose people who represent us in government based upon their religion, that this would be a nation that recognized and respected other faiths, where there’s a plurality of faiths, where there was tolerance for other people and faiths. That’s bedrock principle.
Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, on his pledge to repeal all federal funding for contraception were he elected president.
One of the things I will talk about, that no president has talked about before, is I think the dangers of contraception in this country. It’s not okay. It’s a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be.
Family Radio Network preacher Harold Camping, whose last Doomsday prediction in May fizzled, discussing Friday’s predicted (by him) Rapture.
Thus we can be sure that the whole world, with the exception of those who are presently saved (the elect), are under the judgment of God, and will be annihilated together with the whole physical world on Oct. 21.
6 thoughts on “The Week in Quotes (Oct. 16 – 22)”
Re: Anita Perry: Holy moly!
A Few General Comments:
1) “We are fighting for the soul of our country. I would like for you to consider Rick Perry as the president of the United States to save the soul of our country. But most of all, I ask you for your prayers and for God to send his angels to protect us through this journey.”
Rick Perry is the “Anointed One of the Lord,” a special vessel set aside, to rescue southern white culture from everything that makes southern white culture afraid, which appears to be doggone near everything. Translation: “My Rick can save us from the n-word in The White House. I just know it.”
I wish I had a shoe to pound on a podium:
“Your children will all grow up under Catholicism, Episcopalianism, and Islam. Your land will be run over and choked by taco-eaters. All of your households will be owned and run by negroes who have not taken a bath in 30 years. They will take all your lily white daughters to lover’s lane. All that is left of your worldly belongings, which will not be much, will be confiscated from you and immediately shipped to unmarried black girls in Mississippi—all pregnant for the 8th time. When all this and much more is finally achieved, the United Methodists will lead the worldwide fight against global warming by establishing one-world government through the UN, which will pave the way for the advent of the Anti-Christ.”
The sad truth (the sad, sad, sad, truth) is that these idiots like Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann actually buy into nonsense like that and believe in establishing a federal government whose sole purpose is to fight off a host of imaginary villains they conjure up in their fairy tale minds. Just think of that—a whole government design to joust with windmills—and waste every dime of your tax dollars in the process—not to mention starting worthless wars on every continent to grind up your kids like so much beef headed to hamburger.
2) What evangelical mind? There is no evangelical mind. They turn off their brains at the front door of the church and devour everything their two-bit preachers feed to them as gospel truth—and I am not talking about Jesus—I am talking about all of the other crap. I long for the day when evangelical pastors in the Southern Baptist Convention commune together and tell the entire leadership of their convention to take a hike. Just tell them, “I do not ever want a high level position for myself in the convention. Keep your money. Keep you politics. Keep your Sunday school lessons. Keep your prejudices. I do not want to share in any of it. Get out of my life and stay out. My church is going to follow Jesus and him alone.
3) Rick Santorum. He needs to find a village. He is of course talking about the newly planned war on birth control that evangelicals are preparing to wage. They are losing on gay marriage—by their own admission in several articles I read this weekend where their own leaders said so—so now they need to find another straw man issue to get the faithful “all worked up about” to herd them like brainless sheep into a voting booth to pull the lever for a Republican.
Oh. And I have a message for Harold Camping too. At your age, be not deceived. The grim reaper lives in your bedroom closet, and I predict he will come out and grab you any day now. This is my prophecy. If you are concerned about annihilation, which appears to be one of your big themes, I would seriously consider giving back the life savings to all of those old people you bamboozled with your hollow prophecies. If you want to spend your last days doing some good, go find out who all of your unemployed neighbors are and lend them a hand.
This is off topic but I thought I’d throw it out there anyway. Over the weekend I read “God’s Profits” by Sarah Posner. It’s a well written, entirely factual book about the neo-Pentecostal preachers. John Hagee, Kenneth Copeland, Eddie Long and one of the worst people on the face of the earth, Rod Parsley, are prominently featured. They preach the gospel of prosperity but it seems the only ones that are prospering are their greedy egomaniacal selves. They ride around the country in their gulfstream jets and stay at their bevy of homes and collect outragous appearance fees at events sponsored by other mental deficients of the religious right, which is neither. And all the while they’re bilking money out of the poorest among us, those who can least afford to answer the incessant call to tithe, by selling false hope.
At any rate an evil enabler from San Antonio named James Leinenger was mentioned in the book. Apparently he’s got quite a pile of money and is associated with David Barton and a whole bunch of the legislate-the-Bible crowd. Who is this guy? Is he funding Rick Perry as well?
The TFN Education Fund’s 2006 report on the religious right in Texas included an entire section on Leininger and his financial support for the religious right, private school vouchers and Rick Perry over the years. Leininger seems to have pulled back on his campaign donations in recent years generally, but he remains an important financial supporter of Gov. Perry’s political career.
Speaking of quotes……….this one by Pat Roberston is astounding. Hold onto your chair!