Mocking non-believers for failing to grasp the logic behind the existence of God, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) cited an exchange with the late Texas entertainer Bob Murphey to disprove atheism during a prayer rally in Washington, D.C. Wednesday.
This is the kind of simplistic bullshit you get when you deal with people who cannot or will not be bothered to educate themselves, especially to the emergent theories regarding how reality did, indeed, come about. Louis Gohmert isn't just ignorant; he's DETERMINED to be ignorant for the sake of his non-existent god.
I'd love to turn someone like Lawrence Krauss loose on him, but that would be hunting butterflies with an elephant gun.
Loren, how do these people get elected to national office? And before you say none would wind up in the Senate, I must point out that the two senators from Louie's home state are John Cornyn and Ted Cruz. The former is a friend of Rev. John Hagee ("Karina is God's venegence on New Orleans for hosting gay pride events"). The latter is a theocrat and son of a bigoted preacher, evangelical persuasion.
You and I both know it, James: there is no intelligence test set as a prerequisite for being a member of Congress.
More's the pity.
No wonder the new Texas GOP platform contains a provision for making congress unicameral. But it doesn't call for abolition of the House.
When the pastor said he did not believe people would go to Hell for a specific “set of ideas,” Gohmert shot back, "Either you believe as a Christian that Jesus is the way, the truth, the life or you don’t."
How is that even a response to Barry Lynn's statement? Even for a Christian preacher, that statement isn't itself solid. There's a huge amount of interpretation involved, if you want to get anything actually functional out of a Bible saying. Jesus was one vague little bastard.
Declaring yourself saved by Jesus always seemed to me to be one of the most preposterous interpretations of that particular passage, anyway.
Yes, yes, Jesus is the Way. Great. So, what you're saying is that his behavior is the guide for how we should live our lives, and we get into heaven by trying to emulate Jesus in deed, and we get graded based upon how well we do that? Where does making a blind declaration that you're saved enter into it?
Even if, hypothetically, there were a Jesus and a heaven to try to get into, the stories of his behavior as told in the Bible are so contradictory that you could "pass" or "fail" anyone for just about anything. (That goes for the Old Testament God as well!)
Good thing there isn't anyone wielding a Cosmic Red Pen of Doom.
I'd give real money to see Gohmert try to joust with an atheist about that "way, truth, life" bullshit ... and hear a comeback something like: "Well, I DON'T, Congressman. I need neither your god nor his putative savior to live my life well and morally. Are you going to threaten me with hell now, or is that the best you can do?"
The sad thing is that they actually let the halfwit lecture people who appear before committees and subcommittees he sits on. My favorite was when Rev. Barry Lynn of Americans United for Separation of Church and State appeared before a subcommittee. (The media love to show Gohmert in action; wonder why?) Anyway, Louie went into his usually "only-those-who've-accepted-Jesus-as-their-Lord-and-savior-will-go-to-heaven" routine.
"What is meant by christian" in Gohmert's case is anyone who agrees with him, FULL STOP. The man is a waste of space and that conversation was a waste of the taxpayers' time and money, because of "Gomer."
Nobody an' nothin' = Gohmert.
Did he intentionally add a "T" to the end of his last name? I ask, because without it, someone might confuse him for the character on Andy of Mayberry, who would be embarrassed to be confused with such a legislative moron.
Or more likely, a "gomer." From Google: