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On second thought, orphanages don't sound so bad

by Jeremy Hooper

Did you think it was impossible for the anti-gay Liberty Counsel to come up with a program even more obnoxious than this year's "Proud to be a Right-Wing Extremist" membership card drive? Oh, then you have seriously underestimated this particular group's power to drop jaws:

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Here's How it Works...

Pick one or more of the liberals from the list we have posted online at www.LC.org, or choose your own liberal(s) to adopt. If you are led to choose one or more of the liberals we have selected for consideration, please read their brief biographical statement, including the reasons they stand in need of prayer.
Pray earnestly and intensely for them! Pray that the Lord would move upon them and cause them to be the kind of leaders who will encourage others to lead "a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence." We encourage you to seek the Lord's guidance on how to pray for your liberal(s), always allowing Him to temper your prayer with His love and mercy.

Adopt a Liberal [LC]

Yes, that's right -- Liberty Counsel is quite literally telling their followers that some of this nation's highest ranking public officials are ungodly and unfit to determinine their own religious paths. And guess what? Of the eleven "liberals" they highlight (Clinton, Pelosi, Napolitano, Frank, etc), there is only one (White House Director of Science and Technology John Holden) for whom Liberty Counsel does not specifically cite gay support as a reason for inclusion on the list. So you can be sure that preying on our lives and loves is a key of this prayer campaign.

Rooster Hannigan: Your role as our least desirable fictional adoptive parent has officially been recast!

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Your thoughts

Okay, it's not April 1st, so my first thought shouldn't be that Jeremy is trying fool us with this post. But still, can you blame me?

Anyone having the courage to try doing parody of the nutty right-wing crowd has a serious challenge. The reality is more over-the-top than most any parody that could be created. Although the mountains of hypocrisy do provide a lot for humorists to work with.

Thanks, Jeremy. That was definitely the best laugh of the day.


PS: I do like it, though, when they are praying "earnestly and intensely." At least when they are praying I know they are wasting time doing something completely ineffectual instead of engaging in some actual mischief.

Posted by: Richard Rush | Sep 24, 2009 6:38:31 PM

I'm all for it if it keeps them off the streets and out of the voting booths. Pray away, all day and all night.

Posted by: SammySeattle | Sep 24, 2009 6:51:27 PM

You really have to wonder how anyone could be so lacking in self-awareness as to write something like that, and not realize how ridiculous it sounds. It's so absurd, I wouldn't even know how to respond.

Posted by: Rachel Snyder | Sep 24, 2009 7:16:05 PM

By couching their arguments as "issues advocacy", they seem to feel free to engage in what otherwise would be impermissible electioneering. When a tax-exempt charity involves itself in any candidate's political campaign, it is impermissible electioneering.

They are attempting to further blur the distinction between 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) classifications of non-profit organizations. I am of the opinion that if 501(c)(3) (tax-exempt) organizations ever mention a political candidate (by name, or by direct inference) at all, their tax exempt status should be subject to revocation.

Posted by: Dick Mills | Sep 24, 2009 9:32:37 PM


Posted by: Brian | Sep 24, 2009 11:00:02 PM

Did anyone else see that bible passage?

Being a good little (ex)catholic, I thought you might get a kick out of it:

1: I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for *all men;*

2: For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and *honesty.*

(NB. It's not reverance in the king james)

So yeah, any time they want to answer my supplication to them to stop trying to trample LBGT rights, or lead their lives in honesty, would be fine by me.


Also if anyone would like to "a adopt an extremist christian" all you have to do is send them, by post or email, little examples of logic, and good arguments for equality. Logic textbooks should be accepted, but try not to pick anything over a fourth grader level.

*Be warned* explaining why Evolution is correct requires the scientific method, which apart from being rigorous, starts with the knowledge that nothing can ever be proven. This can cause problems with those who believe faith can remove all need for reason.

Posted by: Corvidae | Sep 25, 2009 3:18:06 AM

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