L.K. Hanson had another great cartoon in the op-ed section of the Strib this morning (although I cannot find it in the online edition):
Now consider this, from an article in the Minnesota Independent, again this morning:
You do have to wonder what apostasy Erik Paulsen has committed to be left off the list! But I digress.
Pastor Brad made these political endorsements from the pulpit yesterday; he is just one more knuckle-headed self-appointed spokesman for God. In the Minnesota Independent piece, he challenges the IRS to take away his church’s tax-exempt status. Perhaps Pastor Brad believes that the IRS is merely a temporal force that can’t touch him: he’s protected by a holy force field. The revenoors will bounce right off!
Time will tell.
Regardless of the IRS issue, Pastor Brad supplies a great example of why government should not be in the God business, and vice versa. Do you really want your government run by poisonous hacks — appointed and maybe anointed, with canola oil or whatever else is handy — like Pastor Brad? Or Terry Jones (who apparently went to high school with Rush Limbaugh)? Or Fred Phelps?
If you do, you’ll wind up with political leaders like Dan Severson (endorsed by Pastor Brad), who uses “shining light on a hill” rhetoric in his speeches, but goes on to say that the United States is not a democracy, advocates making women pay for rape kits, and was the last Minnesota legislator to propose we adopt a capital punishment law. Electing Dan Severson would be Capitol punishment for us all.
Or how about the guy at the top of Pastor Dan’s list, Tom Emmer? A candidate who uses “sovereign citizen rhetoric,” pals around with the gay-hating Bradlee Dean (a self-proclaimed preacher with his own pipeline to God), opposes (along with that other Christianist saint, Michele Bachmann) anti-bullying legislation, wants to castrate sex offenders, thinks guns made in Minnesota should be exempt from federal regulation, and also thinks that licensed pharmacists shouldn’t have to dispense birth control pills if they don’t want to.
Perhaps next Sunday Pastor Brad will offer imprecatory prayers for the opponents of his Chosen People.