Faith Based Terror Fightin’

Yesterday I suggested that, should the South decide again to secede, we should let them go. Somewhere, some commenter wrote that we should retain this or that piece of Kentucky in our more perfect Union because it had bourbon or bluegrass or something.  And again I say, fuck no:

As an atheist and a Kentuckian, Edwin Hensley was rather put off to learn that the God he has spent decades not believing [in] had been put in charge of keeping the Bluegrass State safe from terrorism.

Turns out a stealthy legislative move by a Baptist preacher-turned-politician led to the passage of a 2006 bill requiring the state’s Office of Homeland Security to acknowledge formally that safety and security in the state “cannot be achieved apart from reliance upon almighty God.” The language in the bill only recently came to the public’s attention, leading Hensley and some like-minded Kentuckians to file a lawsuit against the state.

Quick, somebody call Chertoff and tell him Kentucky doesn’t need any more Homeland Security money.

So riled up are the atheists over this apparent squeezing together of church and state that the lawsuit resorts to name calling, claiming the plaintiffs fear “their very safety as residents of Kentucky may be in the hands of fanatics, traitor or fools.”

Or snake handlers.

One set of those hands belongs to Rep. David Floyd.

“No Christian minds being called a fanatic in the service of God,” said Floyd, who disagrees with the notion that the U.S. Constitution requires a “wall of separation” between church and state. “But the term ‘traitor or fool’? Well, this lawsuit is either constitutional or it’s personal. It would seem by the phrasing of the lawsuit that it’s personal.”

My head hurts.

And indeed, it is.

“We’re not trying to be nice,” said David Silverman, national spokesman for American Atheists, a national advocacy group that filed the suit on behalf of Hensley and nine other Kentuckians. “These people are breaking the law. They’re breaking the law knowingly. They are trying to get sued.”

The law in question also required the state’s homeland security office feature a plaque that reads, among other things, “Except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh in vain.”

So fuck Kentucky.  Fuck the bluegrass and the whiskey.  Fuck Miss McConnell (not literally).  Please – do us all a favor and go away.

Kentucky Law Puts God in Charge of Security?  Atheists Appalled [Chicago Tribune]

Hillbillys! He he he. Hillbillys make me laugh. God, how appropriate is it that the Clintons’ names are Hill and Bill?

Here ya go, don’t blow any gaskets:

My Fellow Americans:

Last night, when I spoke with you about the fall of Rome, I knew at that moment that troops of the United States and our Allies were crossing the Channel in another and greater operation. It has come to pass with success thus far.

And so, in this poignant hour, I ask you to join with me in prayer:

Almighty God: Our sons, pride of our nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity.

Lead them straight and true; give strength to their arms, stoutness to their hearts, steadfastness in their faith.

They will need Thy blessings. Their road will be long and hard. For the enemy is strong. He may hurl back our forces. Success may not come with rushing speed, but we shall return again and again; and we know that by Thy grace, and by the righteousness of our cause, our sons will triumph.

They will be sore tried, by night and by day, without rest — until the victory is won. The darkness will be rent by noise and flame. Men’s souls will be shaken with the violences of war.

For these men are lately drawn from the ways of peace. They fight not for the lust of conquest. They fight to end conquest. They fight to liberate. They fight to let justice arise, and tolerance and goodwill among all Thy people. They yearn but for the end of battle, for their return to the haven of home.

Some will never return. Embrace these, Father, and receive them, Thy heroic servants, into Thy kingdom.

And for us at home — fathers, mothers, children, wives, sisters, and brothers of brave men overseas, whose thoughts and prayers are ever with them — help us, Almighty God, to rededicate ourselves in renewed faith in Thee in this hour of great sacrifice.

Many people have urged that I call the nation into a single day of special prayer. But because the road is long and the desire is great, I ask that our people devote themselves in a continuance of prayer. As we rise to each new day, and again when each day is spent, let words of prayer be on our lips, invoking Thy help to our efforts.

Give us strength, too — strength in our daily tasks, to redouble the contributions we make in the physical and the material support of our armed forces.

And let our hearts be stout, to wait out the long travail, to bear sorrows that may come, to impart our courage unto our sons wheresoever they may be.

And, O Lord, give us faith. Give us faith in Thee; faith in our sons; faith in each other; faith in our united crusade. Let not the keeness of our spirit ever be dulled. Let not the impacts of temporary events, of temporal matters of but fleeting moment — let not these deter us in our unconquerable purpose.

With Thy blessing, we shall prevail over the unholy forces of our enemy. Help us to conquer the apostles of greed and racial arrogances. Lead us to the saving of our country, and with our sister nations into a world unity that will spell a sure peace — a peace invulnerable to the schemings of unworthy men. And a peace that will let all of men live in freedom, reaping the just rewards of their honest toil.

Thy will be done, Almighty God.


Franklin D. Roosevelt – June 6, 1944

Didn’t the late US Army Ranger/NFL star Eric Tillman yell something about “Your god won’t save you so shoot your fucking gun!”

Then the fuckers killed him which is what I think will probably happen to the Kentucky Atheists (braver souls than I) and probably the typical fate in a nation of armed Jeebus freaks.

2nd Point:
Unless AQ has a muslim Paultard or James Bond Fan who wants to take out Ft Knox, I have no idea why anyone would want to “attack” Kentucky.

Blofeld: The satellite is at present over… Kansas. Well, if we destroy Kansas the world may not hear about it for years.

And yes, I saw Diamonds Are Forever last night.

@Prommie: Yeah, but FDR didn’t throw up his hands – he took the bull by the horns and won that fucker.

No terrorists care about Kentucky but the Congresscritters have to be able to tell their constituents they are bringing home their share of DHS loot. The security stuff never made sense or will. Like all security crap in open systems, it’s all about perception management. Like all federal programs, it’s all about equal opportunity looting.

@ManchuCandidate: 2nd Point:
Unless AQ has a muslim Paultard or James Bond Fan who wants to take out Ft Knox, I have no idea why anyone would want to “attack” Kentucky.

I was just trying to support the lovely mellbell, and I do like me some bourbon, but you’re right bloggie. They must go. I can drink Irish whiskey. I’m willing to sacrifice.

@ManchuCandidate: Patrick Tillman, but yeah – the Reverse Audey Murphy.

No Christian minds being called a fanatic in the service of God

Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers,
to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work,
to speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers,
but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.
Titus 3: 1-2

But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again;
and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest:
for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.
Be therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.
Luke 6: 35

“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth” Matthew 5:5

Christians are not called to be fanatics…quite the opposite, actually. Do they ever even READ any of this stuff? I’m an agnostic and I knew those three right off….and that’s just scratching the surface.

Christofacists are a bag of ass.

Oops. I confused him with a CFL football analyst.

@Mistress Cynica:

As a young man, that is ALL I drank. Now, Scotch. Less head-hurty.


Didn’t the late US Army Ranger/NFL star Eric Tillman yell something about “Your god won’t save you so shoot your fucking gun!”

Actually, no. The priest assigned to counsel the soldiers in Tillman’s unit completely made that up. Can’t remember the name (and don’t have time to Google), but the soldier in the incident with Tillman testified that he never said that. His last words were something along the lines of “stop firing, I’m Pat Tillman dammit…” before his unit blew him away.

@Original Andrew: I read that too. And it doesn’t make sense that Tillman (or anyone else for that matter) would make that kind of a statment when bullets are flying all around you.

Also, I’m all for letting the KY jellies depend on God for their homeland security. Now that they’ve decided to depend on God, Janet can give all that money to the godless states that prefer to depend on cops and guns and whatnot.

@Original Andrew:
That was the one thing that stood out for me and now I found out it was phony.

@ManchuCandidate: She can’t walk away. She’s supposed to choke on someone else’s vomit or die in a bizarre gardening accident.

@ManchuCandidate: Is she still going to hang out and snark with Rachel Maddow?

You Stinquers need to become aware of Kentucky’s unique relationship with Homeland Security. Let me introduce you to Rep. Hal Rogers, the former chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Homeland Security:

Homeland Security been very very good to Kentucky.

@ManchuCandidate: She still has a blog on Daily Beast. Love her on Rachel. Mr CYn likes to fantasize about them making out.

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