Thursday, June 3, 2010

Ted Haggard to Open Inclusive Church that Discriminates Against Gay Marriage

     "Ex-gay" pastor and former president of the National Association of Evangelicals Ted Haggard, who is best known for his fall from grace in a gay-prostitute-drug scandal, has announced that he's starting a new church.  This time he's doing it right.  The church community will be inclusive and nonjudgmental.

     TPM reports (with my comments interspersed):
     He [Haggard] said that his new church -- St. James Church in Colorado Springs -- will welcome everyone, including those who are "gay, straight, bi, tall, short, whether you're an addict, a recovering addict, or you have an addict in your family."
     Okay.  That sounds good so far. 
     Referring to the scandal as "the crash," Haggard noted that since it happened, "I don't judge people anymore."
     Fantastic.  He's learned, but is this too good to believe? 
     However, he did emphasize that there will be no gay marriages performed in his church, because "God's ideal plan for a marriage is the union of a man and a woman."
     Okay.  There's the Ted Haggard of old.  Once again telling honest gays what his god says they can and cannot do.  A traditional marriage is between one supposedly recovered gay drug addict and one woman.
     Haggard added that it's also "God's ideal that all of us have our weight under control," but that doesn't always happen.
     Does that mean that homo-Haggard is on a gay diet?  We all know how that worked for him before.  It's only a matter of time before he binges again.

Image from Necessary Therapy.

BP Slow in Compassion for Families of Workers Killed in Oil Disaster

     While Sarah Palin is busy blaming environmentalists for the BP/Transocean oil disaster and for outsourcing middle class American jobs, she's forgetting that her British buddy BP hasn't exactly been pastoral in the treatment of those eleven Americans killed in the oil disaster.

     Last week, Diane Sawyer of ABC's World News reported on how BP and Transocean have treated the family of Dale Burkeen, a father of two young children.  Dale died in the Deepwater Horizon explosion on April 20, which was also the date of his wedding anniversary.  Here's bit of the ABC report:
     Dale's family said BP waited days to tell them he was gone, and they have never offered an explanation or apology.
     "It makes me angry in a way, because there's got to be an explanation," said Felicia Hamilton. "It makes me wonder, what if it was their son or brother out there? Would they still say I have no explanation?"
     "Does BP have any real compassion?" Sawyer asked.
     "They have not called us one time to say we're sorry your son has lost his life out there," said Mary, who wants to travel to the site of the rig to lay a wreath for her son. "I feel the only way I can come to a closure is when they get all this oil up."
     The site has memorial listing of those who died in the Deepwater Horizon explosion.

 Image from Open Salon.

Sarah Palin Blames Environmentalists for the BP Oil Spill

     Good Christian and real American Sarah Palin is full of sludge.  She now blames "extreme environmentalists" and "Extreme Greenies" for the BP oil spill, saying that it's their fault that BP had to drill in deep waters because the environmentalists have blocked drilling onshore in places like ANWR, and environmentalist are forcing oil companies to move their jobs to other countries where they can pollute the earth worse than they do here.  She posted her manifestos on Twitter and  Facebook (where the comments are frightening).

     The former half-term governor is also using Twitter to get her message out: "Extreme Greenies:see now why we push"drill,baby,drill"of known reserves&promising finds in safe onshore places like ANWR? Now do you get it?"
     There's nothing to get.  On Planet Sarah that tweet might make sense, but here on Earth, which is spewing the lifeblood of the 2008 Republican National Convention into the Gulf of Mexico at a unprecedented rate, "Drill, Baby, Drill"  and all Sarah's lies that offshore drilling was safe indicate a different truth: the Republicans are on the wrong side of history (again).  They are letting big oil lace their pockets to the detriment of the American people and future generations, chaining them to an early twentieth century technology rather than moving into the twenty-first century.

     The goal of environmentalists is not to outsource U.S. jobs but to create an entire army (to put it in Sister Sarah's Tea Party tongue) of new, green jobs that are both good for the American working class as well as for the environment, and the technology developed here can be used in other parts of the world to curb pollution there as well.  

     By the way Sarah, you and your oil drilling brood aren't about the wealth of middle class Americans.  BP stands for British Petroleum.  The billions of dollars of tax cuts you provide them are putting hardworking Americans' tax dollars (including those of the eleven people killed on the Deepwater Horizon) into British bank accounts.  You are a traitor to the American Revolution and the War of 1812. 

     Finally, there's just no credible way to recant on "Drill, Baby, Drill."  No matter how they spin it, Palin, McCain, Romney and the others can't pass the oil-laced buck on this one.  There are just too many sound bytes.

Image from Politico.