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So when do fundies go to far?

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Two days after 9/11, Jerry Falwell took to the airwaves to proclaim that God had allowed the United States to be attacked because "the pagans and the abortionists and the feminists and the gays and the lesbians" had tried to transform America into a secular society. Just this weekend, wingnuts from the Westboro Baptist Church turned out at the funerals of two fallen soldiers to say that God is punishing the United States in Iraq for its tolerance of homosexuality back home.

So when Hurricane Katrina hit land yesterday, we knew it was only a matter of time before we'd be hearing from the lunatic fringe again. And now, here it is. In an email message we just received, a group calling itself Columbia Christians for Life alerts us to the fact that a satellite image of Hurricane Katrina as it hit the Gulf Coast Monday looks just like a six-week old fetus.

"The image of the hurricane . . . with its eye already ashore at 12:32 p.m. Monday, August 29, looks like a fetus (unborn human baby) facing to the left (west) in the womb, in the early weeks of gestation (approx. 6 weeks)," the email message says. "Even the orange color of the image is reminiscent of a commonly used pro-life picture of early prenatal development."

And in case you're not getting the point, the email message spells it out in black and white: "Louisiana has 10 child-murder-by-abortion centers," the groups says, and "five are in New Orleans."


Originally posted to AHiddenSaint on Tue Aug 30, 2005 at 09:08 PM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Umm (none)
    If you believe this kind of argument, I'd say if anything it's God's punishment for the fact that people are believing the false profits who spew this kind of crap.
  •  Jerry can go... (none)
    well...grrr...dammit...stupid frickin' unsupported claim...and the people who use them...

    "Computer. End holographic program...Computer? Computer?"

    by kredwyn on Tue Aug 30, 2005 at 09:10:15 PM PDT

  •  ah (none)
    good to see that the pro deathers are out again!  they love death so much they root it on.  Only a pro deather would root on hurricanes.  Which is why us pro lifers need to defend America from their kind.
  •  Wow (none)
    Those folks are truly barking loony.

    Let the great world spin for ever down the ringing grooves of change. - Tennyson

    by bumblebums on Tue Aug 30, 2005 at 09:10:44 PM PDT

  •  Hmmm... (4.00)
    ...it'd be far more plausible -- using the same visual "evidence" and the fact that it's New Orleans that got hit -- to assume that this is God's punishment for shrimpers. That goddamn hurricane looks more like a shrimp than a fetus, and shrimp, of course, are not kosher (since they unnaturally walk underwater). QED.

    I'm gonna start picketing outside the local Red Lobster tomorrow.

    •  I think you're on to something. (4.00)

      If Bush were President when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, he would have invaded Mexico.-- Cervantes

      by jem6x on Tue Aug 30, 2005 at 09:23:56 PM PDT

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    •  Well... (none)

      You should picket Red Lobster, but only as a concerned lover of tasty seafood (and in sharp protest of the tasteless shit they server there).

      Anyway, these are the same people that see the face of Jeebus in the griddle marks on their toasted cheese sandwiches. What do you expect, sanity?

      As long as the prerequisite for that shining Paradise is ignorance, bigotry, and hate... I say the Hell with it. --Inherit the Wind

      by kingubu on Tue Aug 30, 2005 at 09:27:59 PM PDT

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      •  I don't eat at Red Lobster... (none)
        ...not living this close to the bountiful -- though less and less so -- and glorious Chesapeake Bay. But their "all you can eat shrimp" deal surely tempts fate in a manner reminiscent of Sodom and Gommorah.
        •  Seasoned Biblical Scholar... (none)
          INT. RED LOBSTER -- EVENING

          LOT and his WIFE sit on the same side of a small table. The table is stacked with used plates, napkins, and empty shrimp baskets.

          LOT loads his plate from the sole full basket and digs in.

                               LOT
                   Hmmm, this batch is kinda bland.

          LOT'S WIFE turns around to hail the waitress and inadvertantly see into the kitchen. She IMMEDIATELY freezes into a pillar of salt.

          LOT pauses, stunned. He shrugs, breaks a chunk of salt from what used to be his wife's elbow and sprinkles it over his shrimp.

                               LOT
                  Thanks, honey.

          FADE OUT:

          As long as the prerequisite for that shining Paradise is ignorance, bigotry, and hate... I say the Hell with it. --Inherit the Wind

          by kingubu on Tue Aug 30, 2005 at 10:06:45 PM PDT

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    •  wait. (none)
      I thought shrimp was not kosher because it's a bottom feeder.  Same reason pigs are not kosher, they harbor trichinosis.
  •  That's odd.... (none)
    I kinda thought the satelite image looked a little like a profile of Dick Cheney.
  •  Man (none)
    what does Katrina look like (besides a massive fucking diaster and human tragedy?)

    Kinda looks like an upside down will-o-the-wisp to me.

  •  Yes, loony-fucking toons (none)
    but if you live in an all-white Bible belt small town, it's the norm. Moyer's article about the delusional becoming the marginal eerily describes my community.

    Life was meant to be lived, and curiosity must be kept alive. Eleanor Roosevelt

    by blueohio on Tue Aug 30, 2005 at 09:15:17 PM PDT

    •  Out in the heartland (none)

      Recently I chatted with a grad school classmate who's gone on to become a prominent author/pundit on middle eastern affairs.  So much so that he's gone outside the usual think tank and academic circuits to do talks, book signings, radio talk show appearances, etc all over America.  

      He was startled that out among regular folks, a large fraction of the questions he got had to do with how current events tied in with Biblical prophesy -- does event X correspond with thing Y from Revelations, did he think the Rapture was coming soon, etc.  As a secular Jew from New York I don't think he had many answers for them, but again, that's what people were asking about.

  •  Wow, this is wacky (none)
    but I would feel more comfortable condemning them if it weren't for the fact that certain idiots on our own site can barely conceal their happiness that the hurricane is striking "red states."
    •  Haven't seen any of that. (none)
      And I sure wouldn't approve.

      Anyway, as a lot of people have pointed out, it's mostly poor people who are homeless and dying from this.

      If Bush were President when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, he would have invaded Mexico.-- Cervantes

      by jem6x on Tue Aug 30, 2005 at 09:22:24 PM PDT

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    •  Thank you (none)
      for pointing this out...I have seen it in a few posts in the last couple of days....along with those who are gleeful at the prospect of sky high gas prices.
  •  fundie Rorschach test (none)
    If it isn't shaped like Jesus on the cross, its something like this. Sheesh.

    "We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them." - Albert Einstein

    by musicsleuth on Tue Aug 30, 2005 at 09:19:41 PM PDT

  •  Is this the Onion? (none)
    This can't be serious.
  •  Isn't it kind of natural (none)
    that a swirling mass with little tendrils that splay off might at some point take this kind of shape? Personally, I don't see the resemblance, but even if it were there, doesn't mean anything.

    I hate to talk about a dear friend behind her back so to speak, but after her mother died, they found stains on a shirt that had belonged to her and the family was shocked to see they took the shape of the cross. Explanation? Warp and weft. Still, people see what they want to see.

  •  Ah Columbia, SC... (none)
    I'm so glad Columbia is a memory.

    (Suspicious of the group's name, I googled it and, sure enough, there's a "Columbia Christians for Life" in Columbia, SC, hosting their website on armyofgod.com.. all this may be in the salon article, which I haven't read yet.)

    Crazy bastards.

    Power to the people 'cause the people want peace.

    by socratic on Tue Aug 30, 2005 at 09:55:52 PM PDT

  •  AND GAYS! (none)
    "Fundies: Katrina is Gods punishment on abortionist!!!"

    Mustn't forget to blame the gays!

    </sarcasm>

  •  And in other, older news (none)
  •  I wondered how long (none)
    it would take them.  No end to the craziness, and lack of taste, it seems.
  •  Randi Rhodes (none)
    This diary has hit the Big Time :-) Randi Rhodes from Air America has it as a direct link from her page today. She has just been talking about it.

    Ugh - this is so below any level that even I thought they would stoop. Wrong again.

    Can blindly continued fear-induced, regurgitated, life denying traditions be overcome? - Alanis Morissette

    by SanDiegoDem on Wed Aug 31, 2005 at 01:16:20 PM PDT

  •  I voted no... (none)
    but there should be significant backlash against such foolishness.

    "The American people will trust the Democratic Party to defend America when they believe that Democrats will defend other Democrats." Wesley Clark

    by stumpy on Wed Aug 31, 2005 at 01:25:47 PM PDT

  •  Er. (none)
    I'm... I... ~sigh~

    i really can't stand these people

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    by EconAtheist on Wed Aug 31, 2005 at 04:01:14 PM PDT

  •  I wish (none)
    they'd get their story straight -- another christian group is blaming Katrina on gays:

    http://www.repentamerica.com/pr_hurricanekatrina.html

    Maybe it's a gay fetus. . . . ?

  •  waiting (none)
    I've been waiting for some crazy to say something like that.  I actually thought they would come up with some link between Mardi Gras and god's wrath.  It's all the same though, isn't it.

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