Just when we thought that the Newtown school shooting had finally brought out
the worst in gun control rants and sermons, a pastor in Tennessee filled the heads of his congregation
with thoughts that schools were government "mind-control centers"
that taught "junk about evolution" and "how to be a homo.".
The most egregious of the ideas, however, was that "home schools"
were the safest because they did not have to have a police officer or metal
detector and that " there's plenty of guns at my home school. Amen."
This Must Be The Home Of Rambo Jesus
In the annals of Newtown rants, Bryan Fischer turned up first and foremost by saying that "prayerless" schools were the cause of the massacre and that God did not protect the children because He was a "gentleman" who did not go where He was not wanted." It was a milder approach to the situation than the previous picture of Fischer's "Rambo Jesus" - the less than meek and mild firebrand who comes "with a sword", exhibiting a righteous cruelty.
Fischer's displacement of "meek and mild" with guns and ammo is not new, but with the backing of the NRA, far right elements of the Christian Right have made forays into the gun control war and have been more vocal in their support of paranoid sects like the Patriot movement.
Although the Rambo Jesus' Twitter account has been inactive for a year (and for what it's worth, a lampoon*), it is still evidence of a sub culture that believes more in the "come with a sword" words from Holy Scripture than "do good to those who defile you."
The Deepest Thoughts Of Religious Right Paranoia
Last Sunday, Pastor Morris (of Old Paths Baptist Church, Sparta, Tennessee) tried to evince the principles of his church:
"AN OLD-FASHIONED, UNAFFILIATED, UNREGISTERED, PRINCIPLED, HISTORIC BAPTIST CHURCH WHICH STILL HOLDS TO THE OLD-LINE FAITH OF THE WORD OF GOD AS OUR EARLY CHRISTIAN FOREFATHERS DID!"
Unfortunately, the sermon was also unprincipled, uneducated and reeking of paranoia. His church's David Barton-esque take on the Second Amendment was lost in a sea of mind-controlling government and school education disconnects. Here are some points:
- Equal Rights: "It is a sham...As long as you're a prisoner, a murder, you can get equal rights"
- Adam Lance: "They need to string him up in public and set his body on fire."
- Gun control: Shootings only happened where guns are banned. (Ignoring the fact that the guns used in shootings are available where guns AREN'T banned). He also stated that there was "Never a mass gun shooting at a gun show"
- School security: "They talk about increasing security, but he shot through the security doors!"
He then posited five questions for the country:
- Why do you still send your kid to the governmental schools?
- Do you think that these shootings will continue?
- Does scoeity omehow share the blame?
- Who has the REAl authority over America's children?
- What is driving these mass shootings?
Morris' universal answer to these questions: Deception! - from the schools and the government:
"...in 1963 the government and the schools kicked God out...and now they
want Him back. ...It's too late"! He also stated that while practice and
expression of religion was absolutely eradicated from schools, the schools are
hell-bent on teaching humanism, that teaches your children that they are
gods... teaches kids "to be homos" and that evolution teaches that
you're an animal.
Bottom Line: "Pull 'Em Out!"
Morris' plea to wrench children from the clutches of an evil, secular society
controlled by the government, he uttered one one truism which, unfortunately,
applied primarily to his own sermon: "lack of judgment brings on
rage." Morris' rage of righteous arrogance rooted in ignorance and
obscenely inept religious fervor transcended baffoonery and plunged into the
depths of paranoia.
A dangerous paranoia the likes of which may have created Adam Lance.
*"It's important to love - if you don't, pray you don't meet @rambojesus.