Skip to main content

From Schmitz Blitz: schmitzblitz.wordpress.com

James Kennedy of the Coral Ridge megachurch died today at the age of 76. He was an influential figure of the religious right (a founding board member of the Moral Majority and founder of Reclaiming America for Christ) who preached simple minded Christianity and hatred.

Right Wing Watch and Americans United for the Separation of Church and Statehave compiled some notable quotations made by Kennedy:

"There are some who would accuse us of trying to Christianize America. Am I trying to Christianize America? You bet your boots I am!" (Broadcast, 7/2/1985)

"As the vice-regents of God, we are to bring His truth and His will to bear on every sphere of our world and our society. We are to exercise godly dominion and influence over our neighborhoods, our schools, our government... our entertainment media, our news media, our scientific endeavors – in short, over every aspect and institution of human society." (Christian Science Monitor, 3/16/2005)"

"With other dangerous and contagious diseases, all sorts of efforts are made to identify those carrying the disease, and to minimize their contact with the public. And yet, here we have homosexual rights groups working day and night to make sure AIDS victims ARE NOT IDENTIFIED! ... Until action is taken, AIDS victims are free to infect anyone ..." (Newsletter, 1989)

"Adult sex with children has been a crucial component of the homosexual movement all along." (from a newsletter titled "SEX WITH CHILDREN? HOMOSEXUALS SAY YES!")

"If homosexuals win the  right to ‘marry,’ expect further similarly argued claims challenging legal  barriers to polygamy, bestiality, and child marriage." (Center  for Reclaiming America  for Christ, 10/2003)

"Christians did not start the culture war but...we are going to end it. That is a fact, and the Bible assures us of victory." (Kennedy, Character & Destiny: A Nation In Search of Its Soul, p. 76 )

"How much more forcefully can I say it? The time has come, and it is long overdue, when Christians and conservatives and all men and women who believe in the birthright of freedom must rise up and reclaim America for Jesus Christ." (Ibid, p. 80)

Kennedy marks the second death of a major figure in the religious right this year (after the May death of Jerry Falwell)–I wonder if this is making his followers and other fundamentalist Christians take a long hard look at the state of their faith, seeing as they generally consider earthly tragedies and misfortunes to be punishments from God (recall Robertson’s remarks on Ariel Sharon’s stroke, and the countless comments made by others with regard to Katrina).

Originally posted to efs5r on Thu Sep 06, 2007 at 05:57 AM PDT.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

  •  We are still waiting on Falwell (6+ / 0-)

    to re-surrected in a BLAZE of glory (say yayman!) from his marble TOMB.

    Now James Kennedy shall JOOOIN him and they shall BOTH riiise to defeat the An-ti-Christ who is HERE among US now!

    Praaaaise them, pray to them, for they have seeen GOD.

    ----------------

    Can I throw up now?

    Dana Curtis Kincaid Ad Astra per Aspera! http://www.angrytoyrobot.blogspot.com The enemy is not man, the enemy is stupidity.

    by angrytoyrobot on Thu Sep 06, 2007 at 05:59:57 AM PDT

  •  we can only hope... (0+ / 0-)

    I wonder if this is making his followers and other fundamentalist Christians take a long hard look at the state of their faith, seeing as they generally consider earthly tragedies and misfortunes to be punishments from God

    'The votes are in, and we won.' - Jim Webb

    by lcork on Thu Sep 06, 2007 at 06:02:29 AM PDT

  •  As a minority on the recieving end of his hate (7+ / 0-)

    I must say I am glad the earth is now without him.

    Not one thought of sympathy for him or his enabeling family.

    Pavarroti on the other hand is a tragedy that leaves the world lessened.

    Before anyone flames me...... if you are not gay and thus been the subject of being damned to hell by this creature then you can not judge my happyness over his passing.  Any thought that I must be sorrowful for him is like expecting an african american to be sorrowful over the passing of people who used to own slaves in the past.

  •  Left a legacy of hate (7+ / 0-)

    James Kennedy left this world a little worse than when he entered it.

    He, and others like him, left a legacy of hate and derision for their fellow human beings.

    My stepbrother died in 1990 of AIDS; it was due to the work of Kennedy, Falwell and Pat Robertson that his last year on this earth was shame-filled and excruciatingly painful.

    These men showed no compassion, no love for their fellow human beings - and instead preyed upon their follower's basest fears and instincts.

    •  I'm sorry... AIDs has touched many of us, (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Cali Techie

      and it sucks, doesn't it, to die of that?

      I'm glad that this is a manageable disease now (assuming you can afford the meds) but we still don't have a cure.

      Dana Curtis Kincaid Ad Astra per Aspera! http://www.angrytoyrobot.blogspot.com The enemy is not man, the enemy is stupidity.

      by angrytoyrobot on Thu Sep 06, 2007 at 06:21:28 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Kennedy, Falwell and Robertson made it horrific (2+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        Cali Techie, chigh

        My stepbrother was living in Norfolk, VA; he was one of the first AIDS patients that Norfolk General Hospital had ever seen.

        Many of the nurses, aides, and orderlies were fundamentalists and followers of these men. They frequently ignored my stepbrother's requests for meds, for food, and for dignity.

        They were taught to fear and hate AIDS patients by Kennedy and his peers.

  •  God's mad at these fools and calling them back (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    DeannaHawk

    Maybe they'll do better next time around

    roseeriter

    "Time is for careful people, not passionate ones"

    by roseeriter on Thu Sep 06, 2007 at 06:13:42 AM PDT

  •  Scary, very scary people.... (0+ / 0-)

    some of those quotes are about as evil as one can be with lies.  And there are sheep out there that just follow along--scary.

    You must be the change you want to see in the world. -Mahatma Gandhi

    by DeannaHawk on Thu Sep 06, 2007 at 06:18:11 AM PDT

  •  nothing "christian" about him.. mean bigot! n/t (0+ / 0-)
    •  I disagree. Nothing Christ-like, but VERY Xtian. (0+ / 0-)

      It's part of the religious delusion that the devout think "Jesus was good, this man likes Jesus, threfore it's OK to leave my teenage boys with him". Even if it's Mark Foley.

      Christ-like means being the kind of person that advocates self-sacrifice for the betterment of mankind. Someone that would stand up to the biggest Empire of the day, sway opinion with passive protest, even bring that Empire round to that way of thinking before dying for his beliefs. So if anyone's looking for the Second Coming, you missed him. His name was Gandhi.

      Christian, by definition, defines not the religion itself but anyone that identifies with the religious tenets / places of worship / rituals involved (social and political included). They may not know the first thing about the Bible. They may only go to church for weddings, baptisms and funerals. They may only say 'Christian' when asked for their religion because they know they're not Jewish / Muslim  / whatever else. It means as much in many cases as the phrase "good American". It's a touchy-feely feel-good self-definition that leaves the holder more open to being scammed by others that say they hold the same beliefs.

      I think there's a reason why you never see "Humanist Couple Scammed Out Of Savings By Fellow Humanist", even from right-wing sources. It's because people that are skeptical of there being a man in the sky are naturally going to be less gullible in more real-life situations.

      ----------------------------- Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts. -Daniel P. Moynihan.

      by ShawnGBR on Thu Sep 06, 2007 at 07:30:54 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Follow Links From His Web Site (0+ / 0-)

    And you will immediately find deranged white race supremicists and right wing terrorist wannabees

  •  he's with his master now... (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    ShawnGBR

    jesus or lucifer?

    political independent...but some of my closest friends are democrats

    by memofromturner on Thu Sep 06, 2007 at 06:57:51 AM PDT

    •  Oh, obvious which. (0+ / 0-)

      I wonder how the hoofprint of the Devil on your forehead feels like for eternity...

      ----------------------------- Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts. -Daniel P. Moynihan.

      by ShawnGBR on Thu Sep 06, 2007 at 07:13:42 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  I love the delusions of these people. LOVE it. (0+ / 0-)

    Let's take this quote from one of the links in the story:

    "Every new advance and every step taken by science confirm not evolution but the Genesis account of creation. Yet evolution still continues to be taught as fact....Thus, the honorable place that had been given to human beings by God is surreptitiously aborted, and they are dragged down into the slime." (p. 178)

    So it warms the cockles of my evolved heart to know this hateful little man lived as long as he did this week to be in a world where scientists discovered that genes associated with schizophrenia were being genetically selected to go forward, despite the negative effects the disease has on reproductive fitness (through evolution) and how scientists at the University of Rochester and the J. Craig Venter Institute have discovered a copy of the genome of a bacterial parasite residing inside the genome of its host species. The discovery has dramatic implications for evolution, pest, and disease control.

    And how 17 different genome sequences in a group of related fungi have been catalogued for a 300 million year time-span. The study shows duplication events, gene losses, and a single whole-genome duplication event. The reconstruction precisely identifies when new genes appeared relative to speciation events.

    And I'm looking for the bit in Genesis where God created all the fungi with self-replicating DNA, and let the parasite put its genetic material into a host creature, and I can't find it. Maybe a mis-translation with the KJV?

    I did, however, find that light and dark were created on the first day but the Sun wasn't around until day 4.

    And that trees were created, then Man, and then God immediately created "every tree".

    Same with birds and animals. Created "the living creature after his kind" before man, then man was created, then God "formed every beast of the field".

    But then again, we're talking about someone / somthing that was happy with his creation, before he was unhappy to his heart with his creation.

    Which in itself kind of flies in the face of the whole concept of omniscience. You know, the bit about an all-knowing Creato not knowing what would happen...

    Yeah. So when Jimmy Kennedy said "every new advance and every step taken by science confirm not evolution but the Genesis account of creation", I'm guessing he evolved a new talking orifice for observation.

    ----------------------------- Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts. -Daniel P. Moynihan.

    by ShawnGBR on Thu Sep 06, 2007 at 07:12:58 AM PDT

  •  I had the displeasure of meeting (0+ / 0-)

    him and some of his followers on numerous occasions when I lived in Ft. Lauderdale within a stone's throw of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church. I have to admit it was kinda fun watching their heads explode when I quoted the Bible better than they could and pointed out they were no better than the Pharisees Jesus railed against when he cleared the Temple on the Mount.

    I shed no tears for this man, his family, or his followers. He preyed on the gullible, the bigoted, and the spiritually insecure to enrich himself while making life miserable for others. Good riddance.

    So many impeachable offenses, so little time... -6.0 -5.33

    by Cali Techie on Thu Sep 06, 2007 at 07:30:21 AM PDT

    •  One of my favorites (0+ / 0-)

      Was when one of his followers asked me "Do you know Jesus?" To which I replied, "Yes, but does he know you?"

      The poor elderly lady needed a jack to get her chin up off of the pavement.

      So many impeachable offenses, so little time... -6.0 -5.33

      by Cali Techie on Thu Sep 06, 2007 at 07:32:06 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  One thing about D. James.... (0+ / 0-)

    He was good for at least one good lmao every time I happened across his Coral Ridge Hour while channel surfing...

    "Conservatism is the increasingly sophisticated attempt to justify greed." John Kenneth Galbraith

    by lucslawyer on Thu Sep 06, 2007 at 07:31:53 AM PDT

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site