Cross posted @ the Atheist Oasis
I have a long, long list of people that I wish I could slap some intelligence into. Mostly that list consists of Republicans and/or the Religious ‘Blight’ (as I not-so-fondly call them). And this idiot is in the top 10.
TV preacher Pat Robertson lashed out at a “Jewish radical” on Thursday who he said was responsible for God being removed from the Air Force oath.
This story has been updated. Please see below.
The Air Force announced on Thursday that the words “so help me God” were an optional part of the oath after an atheist airman crossed out the words on his reenlistment paperwork. Military officials had initially refused to accept the paperwork, but Department of Defense General Counsel eventually ruled that the words could be omitted.
Although the American Humanist Association had represented the airman, Robertson on Thursday blamed Military Religious Freedom Foundation President Mikey Weinstein for the movement against religion in the armed services.
“There’s a left-wing radical named Mikey Weinstein who has got a group about people against religion or whatever he calls it, and he has just terrorized the armed forces,” Robertson opined. “You think you’re supposed to be tough, you’re supposed to defend us, and you got one little Jewish radical who is scaring the pants off of you.”
“You want these guys flying the airplanes to defend us when you got one little guy terrorizing them?” he asked. “That’s what it amounts to.”
“You know, we swear oaths. And ‘so help me God,’ well, what does it mean? It means with God’s help, and you don’t have to say you believe in God. You just say, ‘I want some help besides myself [with] the oath I’m taking.’”
The televangelist concluded that the entire situation was “crazy.”
“What is wrong with the Air Force? How can they fly the bombers to defend us if they cave to one little guy?”
Update, 4:19 p.m. EST: Weinstein responded to Robertson’s remarks in a brief statement to The Friendly Atheist.
“Pat Robertson is to human dignity and sanity and integrity and character what dog shit is to a fine French restaurant on the menu,” Weinstein was quoted as saying.
Seriously, the only reason this moron isn’t homeless and babbling on the streets to himself, is that he’s a ‘priest’. That’s a job for some slacker who can’t focus on anything except his delusions. Of course, if you want a best seller on the NY Times list, or a built-customer base for vacuous useless product brands, just declare yourself a Christian at the top of your lungs (saying you’re newly born-again will increase your sales!), claim ‘gawd’ told you so, rinse, repeat.
As for ‘one little Jewish radical’ terrorizing the entire armed forces of the USA? Honkey, please, stop saying stupid shit. You’re just not making your religious cronies look bad, you’re weakening the species every time you spout gibberish.
Of course, it’s like telling thunder to not follow lightning.
Till the next post then.