I’m unapologetic in my belief that religious radicals are more or less insane. When I meet someone who tells me that the Earth is 6,000 years old or that the “blood moon” is a sign that God is angry, I can’t help but feel as if they need to be in a mental hospital somewhere, preferably in a room with padded walls.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not talking about all people of faith – just the radicals. The people who believe God controls the weather or same-sex marriage is going to bring about the end of the world. You know, some of the dumbest people among us.
Well, I would like to introduce you to one of these people, Alabama Pastor Jim Bakker. Recently, Mr. Bakker professed that abortion, same-sex marriage and President Obama are to blame for California’s drought and the impending apocalypse.
But instead of describing why this guy is such an absolute idiot, I’ll just go ahead and let him showcase that for himself. Here are a few of his comments:
What God said is that blood itself had a life. So whenever a doctor aborts a baby and that blood is being flushed down the commode, God hears the voice of that baby going down that commode, saying, ‘Help! Forgive Lord! Forgive them! Forgive my mother!’
Because the curse of the sin the land lies parched. What’s going on in California right now with such a drought.
We’ve been in a covenant with Israel since 1948, we’ve been blessed. We haven’t cursed Israel, we’ve been blessed.
We’ve been Israel’s second home! We have been a second Israel. We have been somewhat as a God-blessed nation, a spiritual haven for the Jew. Israel and us are the only ones!
We’re breaking covenant. But not only are we breaking covenant now, but this same-sex marriage law has just come down from the Supreme Court. You’ve got the blood moons coming up all this stuff is dovetailing and coming together right now.
We are negotiating this minute while we are sitting here with Iran. We’re making covenant with Iran, who have vowed to destroy Israel.
We’re not going to be able talk like this on the air much longer. We have broken covenant with Israel and made covenant Israel’s number one enemy.
Can you believe a president would treat somebody of the stature of Benjamin Netanyahu like that?
Simply – amazing.
If the president, abortion and same-sex marriage are the “causes” of California’s drought, then I wonder what Mr. Bakker thinks about the historic floods Texas recently experienced? Not only that, but why just one state and not the whole country?
Oh – and why didn’t God bring about the end of the world when Canada legalized same-sex marriage a decade ago?
And, please, can someone get him an elementary-level science book (not from Texas) to explain what causes a “blood moon”? It’s astounding that there are people out there (many more than you might think) who think a “blood moon” is some sort of Biblical sign from God – even though they’re easily predictable by science. They don’t “magically happen” out of nowhere in response to something – scientists can literally predict them years in advance.
And to think, it’s an almost certainty that this guy is legally allowed to own guns. Is he a danger to society outside of his insane rhetoric and misinterpreted scripture? Maybe, maybe not. But I think there’s a solid argument to be made that he’s not mentally sound.
If these pastors are going to continue to become political (which many have) I think it’s time we start taxing these churches. And it’s clear this incoherent word salad by Bakker is largely based upon his politics even more so than his religious beliefs.
It truly is incredible how these far-right Christians constantly say they want government to stay out of religion, yet they always seem so eager to insert their religion into our government.
Watch Bakker’s comments below (if you can stomach listening to them):