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My fine, young readers! I’ve missed you. Some of you might have noticed that I hadn’t penned anything in quite some time, however I have just watched something that has prompted me to be dragged, screaming for vengeance, (A nod to Judas Priest there!) right out of my literary semi-retirement. But, I digress…
Modern-day Christians often complain that there seems to be a “war on Christianity” going on in the media and in society…and they’re absolutely right. What they have utterly failed to grasp, however, are the reasons for this war, being waged by the ever increasing number of Atheists, Agnostics and others, like myself, who no longer identify as being “Christian”; the rising number of violent acts, hurtful statements and socially insensitive behaviors being perpetrated by church leaders. Case-in-point:
So, in other words, this pastor, who was a youth pastor at the time of this story’s events, admits to assaulting and battering a minor, to “lead him to God.” Now, I’ve thought about this clip for a while, and two possibilities occur to me. One, that he’s telling the truth, that he honestly perpetrated this act of cruelty on this kid, who he describes as a “bright kid.” The other possibility, and I know this is a possibility based on my own experiences listening to pastors deliver homilies, is that this pastor is lying, and has concocted this tale of “violence in the name of Christ” to further his own agenda(s). What it boils down to, my fine young readers, is this; either this pastor is guilty of violence against minors, or that he’s a practised liar.
Actually, one more thing occurred to me with regards to this tale of “God-punching”, that if this story is true, the pastor is also guilty of suppressing free thought and speech by means of violence, which means that he’s a de facto enemy of the state, by virtue of violating the highest law of the land; the U.S. constitution. Specifically, the 1st and 5th amendments. Besides that, the “bright kid” was “really pushing my (his) buttons”, which probably means that he was exercising his God-given gift of free and logical thought, and questioning the questionable. What did he get in return for asking questions? The Christian beat-down, in the name of Jee-zuss.
We’ve all borne witness to things like this happening in the church, usually being said and done by the leaders and “face-people” of the congregations. “What does this have to do with the laypeople and congregants?”, you may ask. (Long, drawn out “wwelllll,”) I will tell you. While the leaders purloin and decimate the faith, the congregants sit in silent acquiescence and / or apathy, either agreeing with what their pastors are doing, or disagreeing yet not having the personal integrity to stand up in opposition, or simply not caring about it at all.
That’s what we’re pissed about. That’s why we don’t want Christians anywhere near our government, let alone being involved and influential in it. I once heard a pastor lament about non-believers being “offended by the cross.” Of course we’re offended by that thing! Look at the above picture and video! That piece of wood, with the rag draped over it, is being used as a backdrop for the recounting and justification of crimes against humanity! What the exact fu** is this, anyway? A return to the “dark ages”?
Fundies and Evangelicals often like to talk about Muslims, criticizing their commitment to the concept of armed “jihad”. Okay, well what about things like what this pastor did? Isn’t that a Christian version of the same thing? Using violence to force or coerce religious adherence? This pastor could have killed this “bright kid”, had he struck him in just the right place on his chest, at just the right moment. Did he stop to think about that? No. He was more concerned about his own feelings of having his religion questioned and his sensibilities (yeah, sure. Yabet’cha.) offended.
Get a friggin’ clue to a clue, Christians. We’re pissed at you. You’ve become so Heavenly minded, that you’ve ceased being any Earthly good. Therefore, we the discontented masses, who are growing in number every minute and every hour, are declaring war on you. No, it’s not a war of violence or violent means, but a war of ideas. A war of intellect. A war of words and thoughts, and a war of principles. Make no mistake, it is a war that we will win, only because your ilk keeps insisting on shooting yourselves in the feet, and cutting off your noses to spite your faces.
If you were smart, you’d tell people like Pat Robertson to shut his fool mouth, instead of continuously feeding his bile by sending him your money. You’d stop empowering people like the pugilistic pastor, instead of leaving him alone with your children. Oh, but you’re not that smart, are you? You’ll just continue allowing these missteps, foot-shootings and nose-cuttings, and as a result, Christianity will return to what it was before Constantine; the outcast, unwanted dogma. Well, at least the “bright kids” will be safer.
“An army of principles can penetrate where an army of soldiers cannot.”
FINAL UPDATE: (01-12-2015//10:30) As of now, the personal Facebook page of pastor Eric Dammann has been deleted. (The page for the church, which was inaccessible yesterday, is now back up, numerous comments having been removed.) IF a new page is posted, I will update these links. The existing links have been verified in the past as belonging to their respective entities. (Both links have vacillated between being up and down in the past few days. The pastor’s personal page has been set to a higher privacy / accessibility level, and the church’s page appears to be down again.)
UPDATE: (01-11-2015) Okay, folks. One more update, then I’m letting the rest of the “fourth estate” run with the ball. OMG! Mediaite, and even the neo-conservative site “The Blaze” have weighed in, all coming down solidly against the bile spewed by pastor Eric Dammann. (You KNOW you’ve screwed the religious pooch, when The Blaze comes down against you!) Still no response from the folks at Bible Baptist.
There is also a developing sidebar with regards to Eric Dammann, which centers around the username “SobekXI” that Dammann has been known to use, including on his now-defunct Facebook presence. A Google search of the username “SobekXI” reveals several results, including some very disturbing white supremacist statements.
UPDATE: (01-11-2015) It is now, as of this writing, 1:45 P.M. EST. That means that the leadership of Bible Baptist Church in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, has had (or should have taken) an opportunity to conduct an impromptu “Come to Jesus” meeting, and discuss this. Meanwhile, Raw Story and Inquisitr have picked up the story, and I suspect that it’s only a matter of hours until Huff Post runs their own piece.
UPDATE: (01-10-2015) Within the past few hours, Bible Baptist Church’s social media people have been attempting, rather clumsily, to perform “damage control.” The link to the original Vimeo video now leads to dead space.
STAY TUNED, FOLKS!