Sunday, February 20, 2011

Man Executes Santa Claus, Runs For Mayor

David Grisham Jr. is running for mayor of Amarillo, Texas. Here he is in crossed-out "Co-exist" sweatshirt executing Santa Claus by firing squad. He is fucking insane.

The Repent Amarillo website, which Grisham runs, claims "Repent Amarillo is a unique ministry. We are outside the box in terms of traditional American Christian practices. First and foremost we seek to be bold. We believe in using the strength, courage, and authority in our Lord Jesus Christ to its utmost. Eternal souls are at stake and heaven and hell are the only two outcomes. We are not playing church. Christ gave His very life. We dishonor Christ if we give any less of ourselves. The Apostles risked prison, beatings, ridicule, and death. We dishonor them if we risk any less of ourselves. We can be cowards or Christians but we cannot be both. With the exceptions of false doctrine or sin we will use any method to preach the Gospel or stand for righteousness that God commands us to do." All of this somehow translates to Santa. Must. Die.

Think Progress describes Repent as "a sort of militia and targets a wide range of community members they deem offensive to their theology: gays, liberal Christians, Muslims, environmentalists, breast cancer events that do not highlight abortion, Halloween, “spring break events,” and pornography shops. On its website, Repent has posted a “Warfare Map” of its enemies in town." Practicing "Spiritual Warfare" doesn't seem very Christian to me, but I'm not exactly trying to rationalize with this group. My concern is his platform for Amarillo, Texas.

“The Scriptures are quite clear that the governing authorities are ministers of God, and if that is true — and we know from God’s word that it is — then it just makes sense that ministers of God should be running for office,” Grisham said of his campaign for the May 14 mayoral election. Of course, the Scriptures aren't the framework for our governance.

Grisham on civil liberties: "We’re not campaigning against certain people’s freedoms. When we preach on the streets, we give people a choice of accepting Christ or accepting things the way people are doing them. Are we aggressive about doing that? Yes, we are.” Grisham's behavior is beyond aggressive, it borders on stalking, psychotic, and militant. This January, Grisham gained national infamy by urging a boycott of Houston for having a gay mayor and one of the nation's largest abortion clinic. Think Progress reports that "he's also gone after an Amarillo swingers club, showing up in military fatigues and bullhorns, blaring Christian music at the swingers’ club building. The swingers, made up of “regulars” of middle aged, working class couples, were then stalked at every following visit to the club. Repent not only took video of each member, but obtained the swingers’ license plates and dug through their trash, informing neighbors and coworkers of what was once private." What choice does a person have to be stalked, harassed, and bullied? Here's a report from the Texas Observer:

Repent has even been successful in its hate crime endeavors. When a local community theater attempted to put on a play about the persecution of homosexuals in Nazi Germany, Repent helped shut it down by calling the Fire Marshall to complain against the theater's permit.

What can you do? Support groups like Angel Action, protesters who gather to represent the rights of the businesses and groups Repent Amarillo does not support. Crystal Williams says, "The swingers club for instance. These are consenting adults and whatever you make of that personally we don't believe as a group or as individuals that its our business to interfere. We also want to represent the fact that some of these businesses and some of these churches that are on this prayer list that they have you know they are making accusations against them that aren't necessarily true." And Amarillo, make sure to get out there and vote for someone who understands the First Amendment: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.

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