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November 7, 2010

Sometimes ignorance speaks for itself…

Thanks to LGBTQNATION I managed to see my blood pressure rise to near eardrum popping levels this evening. The article in question pointed me to a video of a Pastor James Manning in New York City expressing various views on the subject of homosexuality. These views include the predictable ‘going to hell’ scenario and encouraging his followers to use words like ‘fag’, ‘bulldagger’ and ‘sodomite’ because they get more attention. Lovely. I fumed for a moment pondering  how anyone who proclaims to be a Christian would possibly think that these are the messages they were meant to take from the New Testament. Then it occurred to that , as McLuhan said – the medium is the message.  One of my earliest summer jobs was at the Archives of Ontario where I had the pleasure of going through Mr. McLuhan’s personal papers as we cataloged them. The main thing that struck me of about the medium spouting this particular message of hate is that he is clearly as dumb as a post.  More thoughts after the gentleman fool in question :

VIA LGBTQNATION

Now, even a quick analysis  of the video will see certain things jump out at you. The pastor is not a very good speaker for one thing. His grasp of English seems shaky at best so perhaps his notions have come about as a result of either a poor education that ended at grade 5 or perhaps he has some other mental challenge we are not told about. Pastor, LGBT are not ‘alphabets’ – they are letters.  Perhaps  an ‘aborition’ is an abomination that was terminated early so it would be unfair to comment on what may be a newly coined portmanteau word.

While it would be hard not to admire the pastor for taking such a commendable cosmic view that there is no place for homosexuality in the universe I am not entirely sure he is actually authorized to  speak for every planet.  The “Mr. Obama show us your birth certificate please” sign also adds very nicely to the whole crackpot quality of the medium in question. I guess they ran out of “9/11 was a CIA plot” posters in the conspiracy store that day. All of that is fine since Forrest taught us  that ‘stupid is as stupid does’ , but I have to say one assertion he makes goes beyond mere stupidity – it enters into the realm of criminally idiotic. I hope when the pastor says , with a straight ( though you never know) face , that words like ‘fag’ are not hateful he is also willing to be as charitable when some other bigot hurls an equally charged word at him.

Finally, I believe the poor ignorant messenger needs to be reminded that while wearing a poly-cotton shirt with a contrasting collar IS an ‘aborition’ – people just being who they are isn’t.

People like him shouldn’t raise our ire ; they should make us feel sorry that there are more imbeciles like him in the world and that nobody of any sense should listen to a word they have to say. Now that I think about it maybe there is something about that last name and religion that makes them go a bit crazy.

UPDATE:

Apparently, he also thinks the CIA is out to get him too.  Damn them. Oops, he used the ‘G’ word when he was supposed to use the ‘F’ word. I think he is discrediting himself very nicely all by his lonesome. And he is back with that infernal collar too.

That’s all folks!

Can I get an Amen?

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