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August 17, 2012 3:26 PM Stop the Hate Against Haterz!

By Ed Kilgore

If Christian Right leaders were planning to initiate a Martyrs’ March to protest against their persecution by that powerful tribune of Big Poor, the Southern Poverty Law Center, this probably wasn’t the drum major they had in mind:

Bill Keller, the world’s leading Internet Evangelist and the founder of LivePrayer.com, with over 2.4 million subscribers worldwide reading the Daily Devotional he has written every morning for 13 years on the issues of the day from a Biblcial worldview, is planning to file a $100 million defamation lawsuit against the Southern Poverty Law Center for labeling him and his ministry as a “hate group.”
In an exclusive interview, Keller said, “The sad shooting the other day at the Family Research Council by a man who supports the radical homosexual agenda, was clearly fueled by the left wing group, the Southern Poverty Law Center. I receive at least 4-5 death threats a month for taking a Biblical stand on issues like homosexuality, the false religion of Islam and other cults, and the fact life begins at conception and choosing to end that life is nothing more than legalized infanticide.”

That, sports fans, was a pretty mild version of Keller’s “world view.” Here’s something a bit more characteristic, via RightWingWatch (another horrible persecutor of the Christian Right’s meek flock):

President Obama has proven by his words and deeds to be a true enemy of God as detailed in James 4:4. He has been the most pro-death President in history, supporting the legalized slaughter of innocent babies here and around the world, he is a staunch advocate of the radical homosexual agenda, and he has been a great friend to the enemies of Israel. On every major spiritual issue of the day, President Obama has proven to be an enemy of God and a true tool of satan!
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is a 5th generation member and a priest in the satanically inspired Mormon cult. He and others in his cult LIE when they claim to be Christians, since Mormon doctrine is 100% inconsistent with Biblical Christianity and a Mormon is no more a Christian than a Muslim is. He deceives people by saying he believes in “God” and “Jesus” is his savior, when the “god” of Romney’s cult is NOT the God of the Bible, and their “jesus” is NOT the Jesus of the Bible. Romney and those in his cult believe the Bible to be a flawed and incomplete book and look at Biblical Christians as inferior and non-believers for rejecting the beliefs of their cult.

This jeremiad was unleashed as part of Keller’s campaign to convince people to write in Jesus’ name (presumably the very angry “Jesus of the Bible,” not the one worshipped by Mormons or “liberals”) for president in November.

It will be interesting to see if the FRC or any other Christian Right group—themselves often the target of Keller’s fury for consorting with Mormons and other devil worshippers—distance themselves from his lawsuit on grounds that he runs a “hate group.”

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.

Comments

  • Sgt. Gym Bunny on August 17, 2012 3:39 PM:

    As long as "Jesus" isn't interpreted to mean "Any other Candidate But Obama", I have no problem with them writing him in for president come November...

    Speaking of haters, I think one of those Rightie-Watch-Leftie outfits has linked to Ed's entry on Artur Davis from yesterday. I think the Right is doing whatever is it's equivalent of blog-based glitter bomb in the comments section.

  • Sparko on August 17, 2012 3:43 PM:

    Panties bunch when the lynched become the lynchers every 50,000 or so times. The poor and down-trodden are all hopped on hunger and rage. It's enough to make a horse stop dancing.

    I see their outrage and raise them prodigious umbrage.

  • Josef K on August 17, 2012 3:47 PM:

    I doubt this'll make so much as a ripple in the news cycle, at least on its own.

    Now if the lunatic Keller starts loudly claiming solidarity with the FRC (what kind of "research" do they conduct, anyway?), to the point of warmly quoting Perkins or their publications, then there might be some interest.

  • Padre Mickey on August 17, 2012 3:50 PM:

    If Jesus wins the election as a write-in candidate, who will move into the White House? The Vicar of Christ or one of the many people who believe they speak for Jesus or even one of the many people who think they actually ARE Jesus?
    Enquiring minds want to know!

  • boatboy_srq on August 17, 2012 3:57 PM:

    presumably the very angry “Jesus of the Bible,”

    To money-changers in the Temple, He always looks pissed. As He should.

    Captcha: himarye Reliquary," (complete with comma and quotation mark). Because suckers - er, faithful - will always pay to see holy relics.

  • Sparko on August 17, 2012 4:01 PM:

    Padre Mickey: If Jesus wins, then that part of the Constitution that secular humanists deny exists, the one that advocates a restoration of monarchy and a permanent Christian religious state, the 10th Amendment, is finally enforced. "Guest-hosting for Jesus will be Rush Limbaugh."

  • Rick B on August 17, 2012 4:13 PM:

    @Sparko -- I'd probably agree with you if I bothered to look up the word "umbrage." Sorry.

    Yep. Here it is "offense; annoyance; displeasure: to feel umbrage at a social snub; to give umbrage to someone; to take umbrage at someone's rudeness."

    Not a word likely to be used much in Texas. Dunno why, we have plenty of call for it.

  • Ron Byers on August 17, 2012 4:17 PM:

    It is amusing when haters whine like stuck pigs when their victims call them on their hate, but I am very concerned that we are about to descend into a round of violence. For the most part the crazies acting on right wing hate have attacked Democrats or other "liberals." Right wing hate groups have been spared reprisals, but the other day a left wing crazy attacked a right wing hate group.

    What we all have to keep in mind is there are crazies tied to all the fringes. We could easily see some right wing crazy retaliate. Then a left wing crazy shoots "back." And around and around we go into a cesspool of hate.

    No body on either side is worried about a rising body count so long as the bodies belong to the other side. So we have posts like this one telling us how rich it is that the hater claims he is being picked on by his retorical victim who he calls a hater.

    Little wakes me up at night, but Americans killing other Americans in the name of their "god" or their tribe is one of them.

  • navamske on August 17, 2012 4:19 PM:

    "This jeremiad was unleashed as part of Keller's campaign to convince people to write in Jesus’ name . . . for president in November."

    But Jesus doesn't meet the constitutional requirements for serving as president, what with his not being a natural-born U.S. citizen (or any kind of U.S. citizen) and with his being, you know, dead and all.

  • navamske on August 17, 2012 4:21 PM:

    "This jeremiad was unleashed as part of Keller's campaign to convince people to write in Jesus’ name . . . for president in November."

    But Jesus doesn't meet the constitutional requirements for serving as president, what with his not being a natural-born U.S. citizen (or any kind of U.S. citizen) and with his being, you know, dead and all.

  • c u n d gulag on August 17, 2012 4:33 PM:

    Conservative Christian POV:
    It ain't terrorism, 'less'n some Liberal, brown or gay "person," women, animal or environmental activists, and/or some Aaarab's. or some other religious zealot, does/do's(?) it.

    It ain't hate, or a "Hate Crime" 'less'n some - ah Hell, see the feckin' above!

    And it ain't "Class Warfare," 'less'n it's anythjing against the rich getting richer, or against our particular Church's hierarchy getting richer!

    After all, Christ said, 'A rising ruby-encrusted yacht, lifts all fishes and loaves, and rowboats, skiff's, and whatnot...'

    And Jesus also said, "A poor man has a better chance of getting through the eye of a camel, than he has of getting me to whisk his sorry insolvent, begging, moocher ass, up to Heaven to sit next to me and mine!"

    At least that's what my Preacher tells me.

    You know, Karl Marx was wrong on at least one thing:
    'Religion is not the opiate of the masses.'
    Opiates do too little harm.

    Instead, what he should have said, was "Religion is the meth lab, and meth, of the masses!"

    Now THAT, would have been FAR more accurate!!!

  • c u n d gulag on August 17, 2012 4:42 PM:

    Oy!

    OF COURSE OPIATES DO A LOT OF HARM!

    JAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYZOOS!!!

    I mean, in SOME respects, the do less harm to a community than meth.

    "EDIT" PLEASE!!!

    Or, a least a "Preview" that worked better than CRAPTCHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • CharlieM on August 17, 2012 5:12 PM:

    [italics]Little wakes me up at night, but Americans killing other Americans in the name of their "god" or their tribe is one of them. [/italics]

    @Ron Byers. I think we're quickly reaching that point where a sizeable percentage of those on the right think that's an acceptable scenario and need only a spark to ignite. They are a lynch mob just waiting for the right victim(s). And what would (in other times) be unthinkable is quickly moving towards the inevitable.

  • Nancy Cadet on August 17, 2012 5:26 PM:

    Speaking about hate: Anti Islamic ads went up on New York suburban commuter railroad stations today, Metro North; these were paid for by Pamela Geller's organization, at a cost of $10,000.

    She says she wants to go nation wide and is looking for more funding .

    The NY Transit Authority has previously rejected NY subway ads with anti war or progressive political messages .

    I heard this news on local Connecticut public radio this AM &PM. For full story, go to public radio site WSHU, local news story.

  • SadOldVet on August 17, 2012 6:05 PM:

    "Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is a 5th generation member and a priest in the satanically inspired Mormon cult. He and others in his cult LIE when they claim to be Christians, since Mormon doctrine is 100% inconsistent with Biblical Christianity and a Mormon is no more a Christian than a Muslim is. He deceives people by saying he believes in “God” and “Jesus” is his savior, when the “god” of Romney’s cult is NOT the God of the Bible, and their “jesus” is NOT the Jesus of the Bible. Romney and those in his cult believe the Bible to be a flawed and incomplete book and look at Biblical Christians as inferior and non-believers for rejecting the beliefs of their cult."

    Other than the 'opinion' that Mormonism is 'satanically inspired', this part of his diatribe is accurate. It is unfortunate that RMoney's Mormonism is not being discussed. Anyone having had 'business' with Mormons (who is not a Mormon) knows that there are separate 'ethics' for Mormons dealings with Mormons and Mormons dealing with non-Mormons. Any non-Mormon trusting a Mormon for any thing is a fool, let alone a Mormon running to be ruler of the United Corporations of AmeriKa.

  • N.Wells on August 17, 2012 6:09 PM:

    If they are going to stump for Jesus for president, I'm going to demand that they produce Jesus's birth certificate.

  • Buffalo Rude on August 17, 2012 7:08 PM:

    Thank FSM for atheism.

    [BTW, the high difficulty level of the Captcha is a bit tiresome.]

  • John Herbison on August 18, 2012 11:17 PM:

    I doubt that the SPLC will be cowed by a SLAPP suit. More likely they would act like Br'er Rabbit in the brier patch.

    I would dearly love to depose a huckster like Keller. (That would be as much fun as a lawyer can have with clothes on.)

    Or perhaps Keller will withdraw his suit mid-trial, as General Westmoreland did decades ago when it appeared the jury would likely determine that the challenged CBS reporting was in fact true.

  • Slaw on August 20, 2012 7:57 AM:

    John Herbison:I would love to depose hucksters like Richard Cohen or Mark Potok. I don't know why anyone takes that group, or their sophistic labeling of people or groups as "hate" groups, seriously. Apparently, SPLC thinks that "hate" means "something or someone that SPLC disagrees with. Buffoons.

  • Slaw on August 20, 2012 2:16 PM: