David Kirkpatrick

December 26, 2009

Just in time for the birthday party …

Filed under: et.al. — Tags: , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 8:37 pm

‘‘I was like ‘Oh my God! It’s Jesus on a banana!’’

Holy banana

January 23, 2009

This takes the cake …

Filed under: et.al., Media — Tags: , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 1:34 am

… and I’d vote for a some sort of nutcake. A driver rammed another driver for not “driving like a Christian.” Er, um, oh to hell with it, this is just nuts. And more evidence the those who hear “god” might not be totally in their right minds.

From the link:

A driver who rammed another car at high speed outside San Antonio last week told police that Jesus had told him to do so because the other motorist was not “driving like a Christian.”

In my experience, He is usually satisfied if you just give a lousy driver the finger, but in this case I guess that wouldn’t have gotten the message across.

According to a news release from the county sheriff’s office, the driver told first responders that the driver of the other vehicle “was not driving like a Christian and it was Jesus’ will for him to punish the car.”  He similarly told a policeman that “God said she wasn’t driving right, and she needed to be taken off the road.”  The Lord does work in mysterious ways.

(Hat tip: Secular Right)

November 26, 2008

Theocrats and Obama

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 5:31 am

I’ve done some recent blogging on the damage theocrats on the religious right are doing to the Republican Party. This post from the WSJ Political Perceptions blog explains why this GOP faction doesn’t like, or trust for that matter, the president elect.

Looking at the numbers in the second graf below, it’s easy to see why christianist extremists are killing the GOP.

From the link:

But progressive Christians responded that it’s quite possible for Christians to believe that Jesus provides a way to salvation but not the only way. As one reader commented, “Why should the language of John 3:16 be interpreted exclusively? If anyone who believes in Jesus (who was the Word back in chapter 1) is saved, does that verse tell us anyone who doesn’t believe in Jesus isn’t saved? Or if Jesus is the only way to salvation, does that mean everyone must be aware of this fact to enjoy the benefit of it?”

Putting aside whether the conservatives have a better theological case, Mr. Obama is actually more in line with most American Christians. In a recent Pew poll, 70% said “many religions can lead to eternal life.” Two-thirds of Protestants, 66%, and 79% of Catholics said they agreed with that idea.

What this debate exposed is that the political differences between Obama supporters and foes have at least some roots in the way they interpret the Bible. Beliefnet surveyed 4,500 of its own readers right after the election and, for me, the most fascinating finding was that the most religious voters for Sen. John McCain and Mr. Obama (those who attend church weekly or more) interpreted scripture in dramatically different ways: 57.7% of Sen. McCain’s religious voters said God was “the literal word of God” while only 17.3% of Mr. Obama’s religious voters did (most thought it was “divinely inspired”).

Put all these stray factoids together and one is drawn to conclude that part of why some people distrust Mr. Obama is not that he’s deeply atypical but that he’s quite typical of liberal Christianity in America. And if there’s anything that disturbs traditional conservatives more than the effect of political liberalism, it’s the effect of religious liberalism.