For all you unchurched heathens out there among the Palace’s many tens of loyal readers, the title of this post is from Matthew 7:20. Which is in the New Testament. That’s part of a book commonly known as “the Bible.” Which, in turn, is the official sacred text of the
religion mass delusion known as “Christianity.” Perhaps you have heard of it?
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Daily Kos recently posted some video of well-known conservative patriot Rush Limbaugh, whose life’s work stands as a shining monument to the superior morality Christianity inspires in the hearts of its followers. Entitled 53 of Rush Limbaugh’s most vile smears against Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke, it consists of 53 short clips of Limbaugh spewing his typical stew of infantile sexual pathology — including the incomprehensibly ignorant notion that birth control pills are taken each time one engages in heterosexual intercourse. Boys and girls, witness the fruits of abstinence-only sex education. As a commenter on the youtube page put it:
What this disgusting curmudgeon can’t understand is that birth control must be take every single day to be effective…it’s not like Viagra which must be taken each TIME one has sex. I can see how he could confuse these facts: since he CAN’T have sex without a pill, he thinks every other pill regarding sex works in the same manner.
How embarrassing for poor Rush, to be so genuinely ignorant of even the most basic facts of contraception. Given that 98% of American women have used birth control, it appears that Rush has somehow managed to, uh, associate with only those women among the two percent who have not. It’s a truly incredible coincidence. I mean, what are the odds? (Take that, skeptics!)
Anyway, the Daily Kos video compilation provoked the ire of Mr. Limbaugh, whose lawyers invoked the takedown provisions of the DMCA and succeeded in getting Google to pull the clip from youtube. Team Limbaugh accomplished this feat by dubiously alleging copyright infringement, and not, curiously enough, on the grounds of highly embarrassing spittle-flecked hate and/or criminal stupidity. For its part, Kos responded by simply reposting the clip at Vimeo, and noting that it “can obviously keep posting it in multiple places if Limbaugh’s lawyers persist.”
The EFF took notice of the baseless copyright claim, and to its credit, Google restored the video to youtube last night. This brouhaha is a classic case of the Streisand Effect, wherein an attempt censor online content has the unintended (if entirely predictable) result of generating more publicity and exposure for the very thing one wishes to censor. Almost certainly, I would never have mentioned, linked or reposted the video clip were it not for the news generated by the controversy—but I certainly will now. Behold, the fruits of conservative Christianity, and its spawn, abstinence-only sex education:
Speaking of the beneficent moral effects of Christianity, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) is a nonprofit civil rights group dedicated to ensuring that members of the U.S. military are accorded the Constitutional guarantee of religious freedom. (Yes, Virginia, there are indeed atheists in foxholes.) Lately an anonymous “women’s prayer circle” has been annoying the shit out of MRFF president Mikey Weinstein with harassing phone calls, because for some unfathomable reason they disagree with the organization’s mission of enforcing the constitutionally-guaranteed separation of church and state within the U.S. Armed Forces. So Mikey Weinstein did what any president of a nonprofit with a modicum of sense would do: he hung up the phone on their crazy @$$es.
If you thought that would be the end of it, well, think again. In response, the anonymous women’s prayer circle was positively outraged. They sent Mikey Weinstein a barely-literate email to inform him that henceforth, the anonymous women’s prayer circle would be praying that all of the women working at MFRR, as well as those in Weinstein’s immediate family, get terminal breast cancer. They mention them all by (misspelled) name, too. Really, the entire message is downright intoxicating in its sheer viciousness, narcissistic grandiosity, babbling incoherence, and heartwarming Christian love:
Mickey Wienstien, we called you on the weekend to advice you that our womens prayer circle at our church will be ending your wickedness against Christ Jesus and his anointed of the USA in our military. In America which is Jesus’ country we can pray all we want for anything we want. you hung up on us and were rude to our leader. but will that stop us or Christ Jesus? No it will not and never could have, wicked Mickey. Our prayer circle has never failed to acheive our hosts granting of the scripture we pray. for direct intervention against you as you are a true demon to America. Luke 9:1 We will not stop our prayers until you stop the evil you do with Lucifer on a daly basis. Luke 9:1 But not against you Mickey. We know by your internet site and your book who it is to be. Now for our prayer, we pray that the women who work in your MFRR and the women in your family will befall fast moving breast cancer which can not everbe cured. We pray this for Leah Bruton, and Becki Miller, Patricia Corigan, Chris Rodda, Edie Disler, Vicky Garrison, Kristin Leslie, Melinda Moeton and Joan Slish. And you evil clan too, we pray this for Bonnie Wiensten and Amanda and Amber Wienstein and the woman lawyers Cariline Mitchel and Katherin Ritchy and all women of all who work at with for Military Freedom Against Religon Foundation. know that we pray and pray hard all the days until you stop your destruction of our American army and accept Christ Jesus as Lord and join His army.
We wish to offer a piece of helpful advice to the brave and principled anonymous women’s prayer circle: if you morons actually believe that prayer works, consider praying for some spelling and grammar lessons. Maybe a proofreader. Spell checker?
Finally, via Maddowblog (h/t Don Ardell) we learn of one very fancy celibate elf man, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky of the Roman Catholic diocese of Peoria, who last weekend went on a tirade during a homily in which he compared President Obama to Adolf Hitler. He then went on to compare those who support the administration’s contraceptive access policy to Judas Iscariot. In his feverish finale, he urged:
“This fall, every practicing Catholic must vote, and must vote their Catholic consciences, or by the following fall our Catholic schools, our Catholic hospitals, our Catholic Newman Centers, all our public ministries — only excepting our church buildings — could easily be shut down.”
This is important breaking news, people, and as usual, it is just not receiving nearly enough attention from the Lamestream Media: if President Obama is reelected, he intends to shut down all the Catholic schools, Catholic hospitals, Catholic Newman Centers, and indeed all Catholic public ministries—instead of shutting down the church buildings themselves, which is obviously where the real action is. Really, how does the President expect to destroy the Christian religion if he leaves its houses of worship standing? Some Hitler he turns out to be.
[Photo credits: fancy celibate elf d00d's own blog. By which we can infer that he thinks these shots are fabulous.]
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If the Palace had a religion (it does not) and a holy book of scripture (it will never), I imagine it might include something along the lines of this:
Wherefore by their
fruits nuts ye shall know them.