Friday, August 1, 2008

Remember: Fudd's The One With The Gun, And This Time He's Killing Liberal Unitarians...

Which Elmer Is More Dangerous?

Or Anyone Else His Minister Tells Him To

For years I've said it (and countless times in this blog): yes, there are times when we look at fundamentalists and evangelicals as either "Elmer Gantry or Elmer Fudd." The Christian Right is not immune to stereotyping. They've done it to just about everyone else because "we're all sinners." When we think of Elmer Gantry, we think of (handsome) Burt Lancaster playing the game of moralizing for money and power. When we think of Elmer Fudd, we see an unsophisticated doofus being manipulated by a schrewd, scheming rabbit. We never really think of the one thing that Bugs Bunny realizes: Fudd's the one with the gun.

Here's a piece from Wayne Besen's lastest article Messages That Lead to Murder

In Knoxville, Tennessee, a homophobic loser burst into a Unitarian Church where a children’s play was being performed and unleashed a fusillade of gunfire, killing two people and injuring six. According to police, Jim D. Adkisson, “had targeted the church because of its liberal leanings and his belief that all liberals should be killed because they were ruining the country.”

So where did he get that idea? Ann Coulter? Possibly. Wayne Besen has some reasonable ideas about this:

When Focus on the Family’s James Dobson says that giving gay people the freedom to marry will “destroy the earth” he is encouraging hate crimes. When Oklahoma state legislator Sally Kern says that homosexuality is the “death knell of this country,” she is promoting gay bashing. When Elaine Donnelly told a congressional committee that lifting Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell would let lesbians take pictures of people in the shower she was setting the stage for violence. When Ann Coulter authors, “How to Talk To a Liberal (If You Must),” people like Jim Adkisson may be influenced.

Oh, and did you see this little blurb today? (From - NewsChannel 5)

An Oklahoma lawmaker who made headlines in March for her comments regarding homosexuals was stopped from bringing a gun into the state Capitol on Wednesday, troopers said.

...The incident Wednesday is the second time in two months that Kern has been stopped with a weapon at the Capitol. In early June, troopers said, Kern breached security and entered the Capitol with a weapon.

Kern doesn't look a bit like Elmer Fudd, however she sounds dimwitted enough to be packin'. But people like Ann Coulter, Elaine Donnelly or even Michael Savage ("Get AIDS and die, you pig") aren't nearly as powerful as the local pulpit proselytizer. To many Christians, Unitarians are not only NON-Christian, but downright EVIL. Unitarians are, for the most part, liberals who do not believe in the divinity of Christ nor in the inerrancy of the Bible, believe that reason and science can coexist with belief in God, and are very accepting of other ideologies. Do you think that a "man of God" like Rod Parsley would consider Unitarians Christian? Would Ann Coulter consider them Christian? Would YOUR pastor or spiritual mentor consider Unitarians Christians? Billy Graham may now have come to the decision that Unitarians can achieve heaven, but to people like his son, Franklin, Unitarians and homosexuals, feminists, "heathens" will all go to hell.

Edward R. Murrow once said "A nation of sheep will develop a government of wolves." The same is true of a religion of sheep. The megachurch pastors, the televangelists and the "pulpit pimps" are all looked upon with mind-numbing awe. The spiritually lazy, the gullible and the just plain stupid will try to memorize their sermons, tithe as dutifully as possible and believe them when they say they need a private jet to continue to "spread the Word." How many of them are out there, waiting to be told to "kill a queer for Christ?" Maybe just a handful. Maybe more. Maybe a lot more.

How many think just being "liberal" is a sin? Like Adkisson, are they told by their ministers that liberals are ruining the country? Maybe.

But think of it this way: until pulpits stop spewing hatred for America, homosexuals, feminists, Muslims, liberals, Unitarians or atheists, people are going to be hurt.

People are going to be killed.

Just a thought.

Who's Gay? I'm Just An Innocent Celibate Man Raised By Gun-Toting Southern Baptists!

Sally Kern's son denies reports he is gay

By Mick Hinton, World Capitol Bureau
3/14/2008 11:54 AM
Last Modified: 3/14/2008 2:44 PM

Jesse Kern, son of Rep. Sally Kern, R-Oklahoma City, said information purporting that he is gay, which has appeared on several blogs, is damaging to himself and his family.

Des Moines School of Metaphysics

Kern, 31, said he feels the media has a responsibility to seek out the truth, then report it.

Kern, who said he is affiliated with the Des Moines School of Metaphysics, said that he chooses to be celibate, but he is not homosexual.

"First of all, no one's sexuality is anyone's business. It is not even my mother's business," he said. "I practice celibacy to give to my God," he said.

Kern said metaphysics helps teach him such things such as concentration, which has helped him keep focused with all the adverse publicity surrounding his mother's comments.

Kern said his mother's comments apparently were taken out of context. He has not chosen to listen to the audio version that has been disseminated widely throughout the nation.

Kern's views differ from those of his mother, although he applauds her for standing up for what she believes, and thanks his parents for his good upbringing. His father is a Baptist minister in Oklahoma City.

This piece is very educational, both in what it says and what it doesn't say.

There are 16 Schools of Metaphysics throughout the country. Almost all of the satellites are housed in a house very much like the one pictured here: the SOM of Des Moines. The one where Jesse Kern is the DIRECTOR. There is only one other teacher, a Mari Hammersley, who is also a past life instructor (shades of Shirley MacLaine!!).

Jesse has never heard the audio, but said his mother's words were taken out of context. Hmm. His meditation keeps him focused: trying to block out the incident?

His celibacy is a gift to God. Celibacy is a sacrifice. If you wish to offer that sacrifice up to God, then by all means do it. But the impression here is that Jesse is keeping as far away from his Baptist parents as he can. He thanks his parents for his upbring and applauds his mother for standing up to her convictions. Her convictions, however, are quite incompatible with Jesse's own beliefs. Given that he believes in sexuality being private even to one's own mother and his beliefs encompass "peace" and "reincarnation," it could be that Jesse was even kicked out of his family's home.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to "out" Jesse Kern. His mother, however, has made such a serious statement about a group of people that her entire family has to suffer the ignominy of being scrutinized. And Jesse's statements, coupled with his means of living and beliefs, don't really add up.

Just a thought.

PS: The following video was made by the College of Metaphysics. I definitely agree with its message. I certainly don't think Jesse's parents do. I believe that in his own way, Jesse tries to be inspiring. His mother, however, is anything but inspirational. She sounds downright homophobic. You might even say that she commit the crime of gay bashing.