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Former Southern Baptist Convention Officer Prays for Obama’s Death
June 8th, 2009 under Christian Crap, Christianity, ChristianWalk, Politics, violence, Walking Like Jesus. [ Comments: 2 ]

Here’s some of the story from Associated Baptist Press:

A former Southern Baptist Convention officer who on June 2 called the death of abortion provider George Tiller an answer to prayer said later in the day he is also praying “imprecatory prayer” against President Obama.

Wiley Drake, pastor of First Southern Baptist Church in Buena Park, Calif., and former running mate of American Independent Party presidential candidate Alan Keyes, said June 2 on Fox News Radio he didn’t understand why people were upset with his comments quoted by Associated Baptist Press from a webcast of his daily radio talk show.

“Imprecatory prayer is agreeing with God, and if people don’t like that, they need to talk to God,” Drake told syndicated talk-show host Alan Colmes. “God said it, I didn’t. I was just agreeing with God.”

Asked if there are others for whom Drake is praying “imprecatory prayer,” Drake hesitated before answering that there are several. “The usurper that is in the White House is one, B. Hussein Obama,” he said.

It’s crazy I know. It’s also not representative of all Southern Baptists. But here’s where I think this kind of poor use of Scripture originates. A lot of fundamentalist Christians believe that Scripture should be interpreted literally–hence the Creation Museum. This mindset is encouraged by Baptist leadership. Those who drafted the Baptist Faith and Message (the guidepost for Southern Baptists) in 2000 set the stage for this insane Biblical interpretation. Don’t think it’s crazy? Then why shouldn’t Christians delight in the bashing of babies on rocks (Psalm 137) or stone disobedient children (Deuteronomy 21:18) or force rapists to marry their victims (Deuteronomy 22:28-29)?

In the 1963 version of the Baptist Faith and Message, this type of interpretation was discouraged by including this phrase in the section on Scripture: “The criterion by which the Bible is to be interpreted is Jesus Christ.”

You see, Jesus called us to love our enemies in Matthew 5:43-46. “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor[h] and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get?”

That’s a far cry from Wiley Drake’s prayer! Baptist leadership involved in the drafting of the 1963 version believed that the Sermon on the Mount was a key to understanding how one should act. However, in the 2000 version of the Baptist Faith and Message, this phrase is omitted. Thus, the Wiley Drakes of the Baptist world are free to find any section of Scripture and follow it literally without reflecting on Jesus’ message. It’s pretty darn scary and one reason so many Christians can endorse torture.

Lately I’ve been very depressed about how my Christian brothers and sisters have endorsed behavior Christ would have scorned. It’s time for us who believe the ultimate message of Christ was one of God’s call to love and grace to take a stand against those who fail to follow Christ’s command to love our enemies and serve others and see others as persons loved by God rather than objects of our hatred. Sure, it’s tough to do. It’s downright Un-American. Christians need to realize that following Jesus makes us Un-American sometimes. It puts us in the minority on some things. That’s OK!


Some Really Sick Stuff
December 20th, 2008 under Katrina, Racism, violence. [ Comments: 1 ]


George Bush Hates Animals
August 12th, 2008 under Bush, Environment, violence. [ Comments: none ]

New Orleans ProtestFor a while during his presidency, I thought George Bush was simply stupid. Now, not so much. I think he’s evil. He probably gets some of it from his mom (No, some of us will never forget).

Let’s see supply-side fans. How’s the economy since the most corporation-friendly president has been in office? Seems W has now decided that endangering the lives of people isn’t enough.

The Bush administration yesterday proposed a regulatory overhaul of the Endangered Species Act to allow federal agencies to decide whether protected species would be imperiled by agency projects, eliminating the independent scientific reviews that have been required for more than three decades.

I can’t wait to see what other brilliant stuff he decides to do before he leaves office!


If There Is a Hell…
August 7th, 2008 under Christianity, ChristianWalk, crime, Katrina, Louisiana, New Orleans, Rant, Recovery, Tacky, violence, Walking Like Jesus. [ Comments: 5 ]

No I’m not talking about Adrastos! In fact, as someone who has been labeled a heretic, I don’t joke about hell. But if anyone deserves to go there it’s Stacey Jackson, former director of NOAH. Lee Zurich and Karen Gadbois have been exposing the corruption in the city-run Non-profit (yeah right!) that has milked the recovery effort and given the city a black eye.

Here’s the real kicker! Christian teenagers have been coming down here for years to gut houses and help our citizens rebuild their lives. The bad part of that is that today’s Times-Picayune article, which has been WAY behind the curve on this thing, informs us that NOAH contractors actually got paid for work that these sweet kids did to make our city a better place.

Holy Crap! Somebody better get on their freakin’ knees right now. As I said above, I don’t take this lightly–but somebody better get ready to fry like a sausage in hell! You *&^%$@’s better be looking for asbestos wetsuits because you’re going to be treading water on the lake of fire for quite some time for this!

Damn. I hope Stacey and the Board of NOAH go to jail for a long time for this.


The Olympics Suck
August 7th, 2008 under Hypocrisy, Politics, violence. [ Comments: 3 ]

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I usually don’t watch the Olympics any way. This year I’m taking it a bit farther. I’m not only ticked that such a horrible country (but who are we to point fingers?) was picked to host the Olympics, I’m also very disappointed in the USA Basketball team’s position on China. What a bunch of wimps! Given the recent ESPY award given to Tommie Smith and John Carlos (shown above) I would have thought that our team would be a bit more socially conscious. I know, I’m a dreamer.

So in light of that, I’m not drinking Heineken or Coke during the Olympics. I’m also not going to buy a GM auto or eat at McDonald’s.


Hannity, Fox, Violence, and Idiocy
July 31st, 2008 under Christian Crap, Christianity, ChristianWalk, FoxNews, Politics, Racism, Rant, Social Issues, violence, Walking Like Jesus. [ Comments: none ]

Steve asked some great questions in his reply to my last post that I want to address.

What is the difference between his ‘hate’ and yours?

Painting a broad swath of people with a broad brush stroke, based on what news channel they watch, is just as bigoted as anything that news channel may put out.

I could be wrong here, but here’s my justification.
1. A lot of prophets including Jesus engaged in name-calling, but they restricted it to the hypocrites and folks who were self-righteous. I don’t think I’m better than anyone and I’m open to criticism. I have never been described as self-righteous. Those who know me can testify to that. Pointing out errors within the “Christian” community is not hate.
2. Christians who cannot see how offensive and hate-filled the Fox News folks are are idiots. Sorry. That’s just how it is. Folks who call themselves Christians and are racists are idiots too since they don’t see how racism is inconsistent with the message of Jesus.
3. Idiots aren’t necessarily bad people. I was raised in a very racist context. When I was a kid, I told jokes about persons from various ethnic backgrounds and didn’t think anything of it. However, as I grew up and became more reflective about the message of Jesus, I realized that what I had done was sinful and I needed to change. I realized that I was a sinner and an idiot.
4. I think Christians who watch Fox News and are not offended by the hatred and bad behavior of the folks on the air are idiots. God still loves them and I do my best to love them too, but they’re still idiots.
5. When folks on the other stations start telling people to “Shut up!” and cut their microphones off, then I’ll find them offensive too. Why can’t Christians see this is wrong?
6. When CBS or NBC or any other “news” station refers to Michelle Obama a “baby momma,” I’ll find that offensive too. Why can’t Christians see this as racist?
7. Would real networks joke about a terrorist fist jab? Is this really Fair and Balanced? If you think it is, then you’re an idiot.
8. I could go on, but these ought to be enough. If it’s not, you might be an idiot too. I’m not saying that you’re a threat to America that needs to be stopped (But I probably should.) and I would never use violent terms such as “war against” or other terms that might be used to justify violence against idiots.


Toobie or Not Toobie
March 28th, 2008 under New Orleans, Politics, violence. [ Comments: none ]

eddie.jpgFrom the T-P:

Saying its key witnesses gave contradictory accounts that would not hold up at trial, the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office announced today that it will drop an armed robbery case in which the suspect wound up on the doorstep of former Orleans Parish District Attorney Eddie Jordan.

Elton “Toobie” Phillips, 20, was the only person charged in an Oct. 11 incident in which a man reported he was threatened at gunpoint at a gas station on Gen. de Gaulle Drive in Algiers.

But during its investigation and pretrial preparations, the attorney general’s office concluded that the recollections of the only state witnesses to the actual incident, the alleged victim and his girlfriend, are misleading.


Why am I not Surprised? Here’s a shot of Toobie:

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Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Leases Land to the Republican Party!
February 13th, 2008 under Baptists, Christian Crap, Christianity, ChristianWalk, Church and State, Hypocrisy, Politics, violence, Walking Like Jesus. [ Comments: 10 ]

pattersonpaige.jpgThere’s currently a lawsuit filed against Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary by a former female Old Testament prof who was fired by seminary president Paige Patterson. She charges that Patterson discriminated against her because she is a woman. Not surprisingly, she argues that when Patterson became president of SWBTS, he assured her that her job was safe, only to fire her later. Patterson lie? How can that be.

Equally disturbing as the fact that Patterson was quoted the following about women, “everyone should own one.” A phrase every Southerner knows used to be said about African-Americans (and probably still is)…is the fact that the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary leases property to the Republican Party. I can’t imagine how many of my Baptist forefathers and foremothers are rolling over in their graves right now. Misogyny—-yeah that’s terrible, but not really too unexpected. Church state issues—wow! But I’m honestly not too surprised.

Here’s a link to the lawsuit.

Here’s a link to discussion about the lawsuit at the SBC Outpost. The comments there are always a hoot!

Nevermind! Don’t waste your time at the Outpost. Not one reaction to the seminary leasing to the Republican Party.

Seems only Bruce Prescott and a guy named Mark Gstohl really care about the church/state issue.


We’re Not a Christian Nation
February 8th, 2008 under Christianity, ChristianWalk, Hypocrisy, violence, Walking Like Jesus. [ Comments: none ]

cross1.jpgAccording to a recent Barna survey, 83% of persons polled identified themselves as Christians. Interestingly, only 49% of these individuals described themselves as absolutely committed to Christianity (whatever that means!).

A CNN poll revealed that 69% of Americans surveyed believe waterboarding is torture, but 58% said that waterboarding should be allowed.

God help us!


SOTU: A Complete Waste of Time
January 29th, 2008 under Bush, Katrina, Louisiana, New Orleans, Politics, Recovery, violence, War. [ Comments: 4 ]

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I’m with Editor B, with so many lies from Bush about how he would take care of the Gulf Coast after Katrina, I can’t trust Bush. Not to mention the WMDs, the cakewalk in Iraq, punishment for the one who “outed” Valerie Plame, etc.
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It would be insane to think that a man with no grasp of reality could accurately describe the state of our union and figure out how to fix what’s wrong with it unless the problem is that corporations need a handout and the rich are overtaxed.


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