Archive for June 4th, 2009

WWJC: What Would Jesus Carry?

This seems like a rather… odd interpretation of Jesus’ message:

A Valley Station Road church is sponsoring an “Open Carry Church Service” in late June, encouraging people to wear unloaded guns in their holsters, enter a raffle to win a free handgun, hear patriotic music and listen to talks by operators of gun stores and firing ranges.

Pastor Ken Pagano of New Bethel Church said the first-time event is “basically trying to think a little bit outside the box” to promote “responsible gun ownership and 2nd Amendment rights.”

The event, slated for late Saturday afternoon, June 27, is being promoted with online posters, including one using a red font resembling splattered blood with the words: “Open Carry Church Service.”

Pagano said the poster wasn’t intended to glorify bloodshed and that the lettering was just “a font that somebody developed.” And he said he didn’t want the event to be confused with regular Sunday worship at the Assemblies of God congregation.


“You would be surprised how many churches use shooting for recreation with fellowship,” he said.

Underwood said he’s a religious person himself and believes the First and Second amendments are closely tied in the nation’s Revolutionary War history.

“Guns are the one thing that secured freedom of religion for our country,” he said.


Pagano said he’s open to dialogue.

“Not every branch of Christianity is pacifistic,” he said. If someone is “not against the First and Second amendments, I’ll be glad to sit down with anybody to say, ‘How can we do this better?'”

Wow, that’s some mighty tasty crazy right there.  I particularly like the parts about how Christianity isn’t necessarily pacifist, and how guns were the only thing that secured religious freedom in America.

Remember, everyone – People don’t win revolutions, guns do.

(h/t WT)

June 4th, 2009 at 08:39pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Religion,Republicans

More Of The Bold, Outside-The-Box Thinking That Made The GOP Great

Truly, the Republicans have outdone themselves:

House GOP offers $23 billion in spending cuts

Responding to a challenge from President Barack Obama, House GOP leaders are offering up a roster of more than $23 billion in spending cuts over the next five years.

The proposed cuts, which were to be sent to the White House on Thursday, bear little resemblance to the dramatic proposals Republicans unfurled when they took over Congress 14 years ago.


Rather than proposing, for example, the elimination of the Education Department, as they have in the past, Republicans are suggesting killing a program that pays for building sidewalks, bike paths and crossing guards as part of the Safe Routes to Schools program. That would save $183 million a year.

Vote Republican: We’ll save money by letting your children get crushed by cars!

Well, you know, SCHIP is awfully expensive, so this is actually a much shrewder cost-cutting move than it at first appears.  Of course, it does assume that most people aren’t particularly attached to their children, which might be a tiny flaw in their otherwise cunning plan.

June 4th, 2009 at 07:18pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Politics,Republicans

Philly Chinatown Store Window Photoblogging

Surprisingly, I didn’t really have a lot of photographic success in Philly’s Chinatown.  The only halfway decent shots were of store windows for some reason.
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Ah yes, the two-faced Janus Buddha, with its two expressions: Serenely happy, and happily serene.

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And here we have the traditional Scarface poster.

June 4th, 2009 at 11:24am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Photoblogging

Nope, No Right-Wing Violence Or Incitement At All…

Oh yeah, all those accusations about the right wing inciting violence are totally overblown…

Internet radio host Hal Turner — accused of inciting Catholics to “take up arms” and singling out two Connecticut lawmakers and a state ethics official on a website — was taken into custody in New Jersey late Wednesday after state Capitol police in Connecticut obtained a warrant for his arrest.

Turner, who has been identified as a white supremacist and anti-Semite by several anti-racism groups, hosts an Internet radio program with an associated blog. On Tuesday, the blog included a post that promised to release the home addresses of state Rep. Michael Lawlor, state Sen. Andrew McDonald and Thomas Jones of the State Ethics Office.


The blog of the “Turner Radio Network” recounted the matter, then included the following remarks in a section labeled “commentary:”

“It is our intent to foment direct action against these individuals personally. These beastly government officials should be made an example of as a warning to others in government: Obey the Constitution or die.”

And, the post continued, “If any state attorney, police department or court thinks they’re going to get uppity with us about this, I suspect we have enough bullets to put them down, too.”

But wait, there’s more!

Anti-choice groups across the nation are busy insisting that since they didn’t personally pull the trigger, their protests, harassment, and hate speech are not to blame for the murder of Kansas abortion provider Dr. George Tiller.  Yet some anti-choice activists — even now — seem only too happy to aid and abet the crazy ones who will resort to violence.   Or else why, three days after the assassination of a medical doctor who provides late-term abortions, did Jill Stanek post on her blog photographs of the clinic of Dr. LeRoy Carhart, another physician who provides late-term abortions and who has said he is willing to take over providing services at Dr. Tiller’s clinic?

By way of introduction, Stanek writes, “Let’s take a station break to view photos of Carhart’s “nondescript building,” taken in March 2009 on the day it reopened following refurbishment after a fire (NOT blamed on pro-lifers). It was almost immediately shut down because Carhart reopened without getting an occupancy permit, as I previously reported, and was running his electricity off a generator…”  She and her readers just want “to take a look.”  Why?  She wants to prove her point that it’s a dingy building?  Over Carhart’s safety, and the safety of his staff and patients?

Jill Not-Stanek at Feministe has a great comment on the right’s perverse sense of victimhood:

Hilariously, Stanek has the nerve to suggest that pro-choicers are “intimidating” anti-choicers when we say that calling abortion a “holocaust,” referring to abortion providers as “baby-killers,” and publicizing personal information about abortion providers just may encourage violence against them. Get that one straight, kids: Criticizing the terms that anti-choicers use is “intimidation” bordering on a violation of Constitutional rights. Shooting, bombing, assaulting, stalking, harassing and threatening abortion providers, or encouraging others to do so (and providing them with the necessary tools and information), is “a movement of nonviolence.”

Yes, that seems totally reasonable – the Republican perspective in a wingnutshell.

June 4th, 2009 at 07:19am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Choice,Republicans,Terrorism

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