This is what happens when you don’t believe science

Yep, that’s it: you start believing in weird shit uttered by cranky old televangelists.   And the Stupid of the Day award goes to…Pat Robertson

 

Chile

I’d ask what Pat Robertson’s take is on the earthquake in Chile, except that it would sound like I’m making a really insensitive joke and I have no intention of doing that, as this situation is not one bit funny.  So I’ll leave Robertson to make the an ass of himself — as he will undoubtedly do.

While we’re (not) waiting, please see this link to find out how you can help:  Chile

And don’t forget Haiti

And I’m adding a link to this article and its linked poll only because I can’t resist.

Things last week taught me

Here’s what I learned from various aspects of far-out wingnutland last week:

(1) The most important idea of the Bible is that slaves should not rebel against their masters (P. Robertson).  So you get earthquake.

(2) The Vatican obviously believes that it’s okay to worship statues, but not nature.  Even if Avatar has absolutely nothing to do with either of those.  So you get headache.

(3) George Washington was a Founding Father (S. Palin).  Actually he did not sign the Declaration of Independence, though, so the case can be made that he was not a Founding Father and/or that his was the only name Wingnut Barbie could think of offhand.  So you get stupid.

(3a) Glenn Beck is remarkably creepy (my notion, which is the only one in this list that happens to be true).  So you get the willies.

(4) Obama caused the Haitian earthquake so he could use it as a political tool (Fat Man).  So you get…well, see above.  (This notion is too creepy for words…but then again, the Fat Man is often like that.)

(5) Blagojevich claims he was born a poor black boy, for which he apologizes even though it was an obvious, ridiculous lie, and then calls a woman the “c” word, which he won’t apologize for.  So you get asshole.

Yes they all qualify for a Stupid of the Day award, and a few have been awarded that distinction, but heck..that’s enough for one week.  In fact, at the rate it’s going, I’m very much afraid that 2010 may overflow with Stupid and at some point I may be handing out awards every friggin’ day. 

So I’ll put the brakes on right now and just call it another week in paradise.

Memo to Robertson: Stupid Doesn’t Help

Yes, I’ve heard the horrible news about the giant earthquake and destruction in Haiti. Let me say I am not unaffected by it.  Anyone who isn’t affected hasn’t a heart.

Which leads us to Pat Robertson, who is not only missing his heart, but apparently also his brain.

I heard him mumble something on a video clip rebroadcast by Media Matters.  I can’t say I quite understood what he was mumbling.  It sounded something like Haiti being punished because slaves rebelled against their owners…you know, a pact with the devil.

Yes, that was it.  Absolute nonsense.

It’s the sort of nonsense that would take volumes to discuss, and I have neither the time nor the patience.  So I’ll leave it at this: stupid doesn’t do anyone any good.  Neither does Pat Robertson.  I’d award him another Stupid of the Day, but he doesn’t even deserve that.  He is beneath contempt.

Pat Robertson, if you aren’t Satan himself, you’re damn close.  Go to hell and meet your maker there.  Enough.

As for those of us who have functioning brains as well as hearts, we know what we need to do (and it’s what Jesus would have done!).  It isn’t listening to a mumbling devil.  It’s doing the best we can with what is available to us.  Let’s do all we can for Haiti.

Help Haiti

And because Robertson wasn’t the only one to go beyond stupid about this monumental tragedy, here’s Jon Stewart to set us straight:

Daily Show

 

Apparently God Lied

I guess Pat Robertson, who I thought died years ago, has sprung to life and is recommending something akin to this: U.S. Muslims should be placed in concentration camps.

Not surprisingly, he says nothing about Evangelicals.

I’ll leave alone the fact that eventually — and usually much more quickly than you think — the oppressed always, always, end up having power over their oppressors.  I don’t have enough energy to go that far with my writing today.

Anyway, whenever I think of Robinson I can only think of that long-ago Time magazine article (I think it was Time), when Robertson was running for President.  For some reason, if I remember correctly, they had placed Robertson on the cover and were treating him with utter seriousness.  In the article he was saying something about how he had prayed and prayed about this and felt that it was God’s will for him to be President.

Well then God must have lied, as God often does in cases like this.  How can a deity be so mean?  Well, I’ll explain it this way: my stock answer to the supposedly hyper-religious who lay the blame for their own actions at God’s feet (or even at the gods’ feet, as in the case of some hard-praying, spell-casting Pagans I’ve met), is one I actually heard from someone else years ago.  It remains oh, so true — whenever someone said they’d “leave it up to God,” this person smiled indulgently and answered, “Sure.  Call me back when you make up your mind.”

The responsibility of having made up one’s own mind is one routinely abdicated by the supposedly devoutly religious, no matter what religion they may be.  Christians are as guilty of it as are Muslims.  All of them leave it at God’s feet, even though they are the ones actually in control.  Maybe the notion of being in control, rather than being controlled, is frightening for them, or maybe they think if they throw the weight of “God told me” behind it, they can excuse any kind of behavior at all.  Whatever the excuse, they use it — and use it often.

Because of this mindset, fairly large groups of Christians are now threatening to do as much damage to this country as any Muslim has done.  These are the Dominionists, the right-wingers, the Evangelicals, and I shouldn’t leave out the Catholics, even though most of the damage in that corner is from the church leaders and not the parishioners (most of whom are there — if they are there at all — out of habit more than obedience).

Whatever you call them, they are wrong and they are secure in being wrong because they’ve laid it at God’s feet.  And they are just as dangerous as any blinkered Muslim or angry Jew or frightened Pagan or goodness knows what else.

All I can say is, poor God.  This has nothing to do with him/her/them, and look who’s getting all the blame.  Some things in life just ain’t fair, and this sure as hell is one of them.

P.S. It just occured to me that somebody in this post has earned the Stupid of the Day Award.  I suppose it’s Robertson, but I’ll be generous and give it to anyone who has ever laid the blame for their own actions on any God.  Take a bow, nutflakes!