Another way to word the sign at right might have been:
GOD STOLE OUR BRAINS! BLIBBITY BLABBITY BLOOBITY BLUT!
Seriously, how much crack would I have to smoke to get on board with the fucked-up string of logic expressed here? This is such a perfectly accurate example of the thought processes adopted by fundamentalist religionists the world over: backwards, anti-intellectual convictions based on nothing but fear and ignorance. Christians like Roger Byrd – the jackass responsible for the sign’s message – are every bit as hateful and scary as the Muslim extremists they’re so obviously terrified of. It would be funny if it wasn’t so goddamned grievous in its implications.
But enough of my bombastic mud-slinging! Let’s have a more critical look at the issue, shall we?
Putting aside that “Osama” and “Obama” are different names and ignoring the fact that one is a first name and the other a surname, I’d like to look at Byrd’s own words surrounding this controversial sign. Let me show you how his message and the mentality behind it are proof positive that organized religion is often the refuge of insipid, deceitful windbags.
“Byrd said that the message wasn't meant to be racial or political.”
In other words, this Christian pastor is also a blatant liar. The sign’s message is the very epitome of political! How on earth could a sign comparing a known terrorist with a presidential candidate NOT be political? Byrd’s lie is so crystalline his conviction boggles the mind. One starts feeling like a Monty Python sketch is about to transpire:
Roger Byrd: Come in!
Reasonable Man: I say, that sign outside is rather political!
Byrd: No it isn’t!
Man: But it is!
Byrd: Is not!
Man: It compares a terrorist to a politician!
Byrd: No it doesn’t!
Man: Oh, I’m sorry. I thought it did.
Byrd: Well, let’s get things clear: it is neither racial nor political.
Man: I believe it is.
Byrd: But you would be mistaken.
Man: Is that all you can do is contradict me?
Byrd: I’m not contradicting you.
Man: Argument is an intellectual process. Contradiction is just the automatic gainsaying of any statement the other person makes.
Byrd: No it isn’t.
I really shouldn’t have to go any further. In a perfect world, I could stop right here and we’d all be in agreement that Byrd and his ilk are completely deluded simpletons who deserve no acknowledgment except maybe from pigeons looking for a toilet. But I sense there are still a few kind people out there who want to give them the benefit of the doubt, so I will struggle on.
"It's simply to cause people to realize and to see what possibly could happen if we were to get someone in there that does not believe in Jesus Christ," he said.
When asked if he believes that Barack Obama is Muslim, Byrd said, "I don't know.”
Catch that? Once again, Byrd’s duplicitous motives become clear. He admittedly doesn’t know if Obama is a Muslim but says the sign’s message is to get people thinking about the consequence of having a non-Christian in the White House. Gah. Does he even listen to himself?
Despite some criticism, Byrd says that the message will stay on the sign.
He took the issue before his congregation Sunday night, and they decided unanimously to keep it.
Unanimously. As in: every single nutjob in the place voted to continue promoting an uneducated, misleading, and unmistakably inflammatory message from the marquee of their “House of God”.
Byrd also said he doesn't want it to look like controversy forced him to take the sign down.
Yeah, wouldn’t want doing the right thing to get in the way of pushing your agenda of ignorance and prejudice. It would truly suck if Byrd actually had to follow the advice given in his Bible.
“If anyone teaches false doctrines… he is conceited and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions and constant friction…”
1 Timothy 6:3-5