Advertising Fundamental Stupidity

Another way to word the sign at right might have been:


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.
(short pause)
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

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16 Responses to Advertising Fundamental Stupidity

  1. Austin1234 says:

    Asshats and wingnuts!

  2. SweetMisery says:

    Chaos and insanity in charge.

  3. IG says:

    Bahahahahahahahaha! Fabulosity, Kirk. Suddenly I feel okay about living in Kentucky. OMG.

  4. Jay says:

    He says he's "just trying to stir some thought."Humm.With the thought he's trying to stir, I sure wouldn't want to lick that spoon.

  5. Kirk says:

    Quite right, Jay. I thought his choice of words was rather telling. People don't usually "stir up" thought.

  6. It is just plain scary to actually know that there are still groups of people out there that think this way about Obama and refuse to look deeper before making such statements.
    Equally scary is that their sole factor for choosing a President appears to be that they believe he/she is a follower of Christ. I think America has been down that road already and it didn't work out very well. I'll bet these folks are part of Bush's remaining 28% (or however low his latest popularity poll has dropped)

  7. Josh says:

    These types of jackasses make me chuckle. It also makes me appreciate the first amendment. Say what you want Pastor Dumbfuck, it's a free country. "His name is Obama? Well he must be a fuckin' teerrist."
    PS…Aren't Fear and Ignorance the basis for organized religion? (insert Boo's and Jeers now).

  8. Erin says:

    Amen. People like that make it harder to explain to people that I'm a Christian. No, not a crazy right wing nutjob zealot. just an average liberal girl who happens to love Jesus.

  9. Kirk says:

    Exactly! Couldn't have put it better m'self!

  10. Jenni says:

    Ohmigod. My brain just melts and tries to escape through my ears with the nazi-thing and this. And how fantastic isn't it that they can completely neglect the fact that muslims actually have god in their religion?
    Lord. Billions of years of evolution and he is the end result?

  11. Brown Suga' says:

    Who let the retards out?

  12. CrowSeer says:

    I heard about this on a satricial comedy show, and of course it just gives Brits another chance to laugh at the Yanks… which is just as annoying and lazy a prejudice as the one Byrd's relying on above. There are plenty of really dumb people in this country who make connections between similar sounding foreign names, whether their surnames or not… so it's certainly not just Americans or Christians… but posting that sort of stupidity in large plastic letters outside a church does seem particularly reprehensible. As you say, every atom of it is blatantly "Political".

  13. BadMojo says:

    HAHAHAHA! Oh balls! This is great.

  14. Roger Byrd is definitely a whack job, but that's because he's a member of a vocal minority of Christians that are atypically extremist. Despite all the Muslim extremists in the world, most people are still very tolerant of mainstream Muslims. All I ask is that the same courtesy be given to mainstream Christians.

  15. Kirk says:

    "…he's a member of a vocal minority of Christians…"They sure are awfully loud, though, aren't they? Ugh."All I ask is that the same courtesy be given to mainstream Christians." I only mean to harp on fundamental extremists. Apologies if I'm not always clear about that. 🙂

  16. Oh, I do believe that you've been fair about it. I'm just taking advantage of the opportunity to get on a soapbox of my own. These days there's plenty of tolerance for non-Christian religions, but very little for mainstream, non-extremist Christians.

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