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(The Iowa Republican)   Republican Iowa Senate hopeful says, if elected, "he would invite New York Senator Chuck Schumer to lunch so that he could share the good news of Jesus Christ"   (theiowarepublican.com) divider line 126
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2013-07-17 02:07:55 PM  
The 'good news' bit always drives me nuts.

'Hello, sir! I've come to share the good news about Jesus Christ!'
'OMG IS HE PUTTING OUT A NEW ALBUM!'
'...umm... no... I was going to say he is risen.'
'Well, no shiat, it's like 11 in the morning now.'
'No, I mean like from the dead to sit at the right hand of God.'
'When was this?'
'...about 2000 years ago or so, give or take. Would you like--'
'So let me get this straight. You came up to my door to tell me in all urgency about news that's happened 200 years ago? That's not news anymore. That's history.'
'But he will return soon to judge the living and the dead!'
'Soon. When is soon? Do I need to clear my schedule, because I have a dentist appointment on Thursday.'
'Well, noone knows the exact hour--'
'THEN HOW DO YOU FARKING KNOW IT'S SOON?!'
'One must have faith that--'
'Stop. Just stop. I need to have faith in the fact that some guy who died and became a zombie that could eat God's brains some 2,000 years ago is going to come back at an indiscriminate time to judge dead people and I don't know when but it's going to be soon and therefore... what? Should I sit in the living room with a shotgun just in case he tries to come eat my kids?'
'I don't think you're quite understanding the--'
'Well, we agree on that much.' (slam)
 
2013-07-17 02:08:04 PM  
encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com

The Inquisiiiition...what a show!
 
2013-07-17 02:10:16 PM  
Two Jewish guys pass a Catholic church. A sign out front says "Convert to Catholicism and we'll pay you $250."

"I don't know," says one of the Jews to the other. "That's mighty tempting."

A few days later the sign offers a bounty of $500 to convert. "That's hard to pass up," he says.

When they pass the church the next day the price is up to $1000. "That's it. I'm going in." The other guy waits, a few hours pass, his friend comes out and he asks  "Is it true, did they pay you $1000 to convert?"

The other guy asks "Is that all you people ever think about?"
 
2013-07-17 02:10:43 PM  
Oh thank goodness, I was worried that politicians weren't going to court Christian Conservatives this time around.
 
2013-07-17 02:12:48 PM  

jcooli09: I don't get the hero tag.


'Hey, come into the thread and bump traffic!'
 
2013-07-17 02:13:47 PM  
Wait a minute.  Isn't Craig Robinson Michelle Obama's brother??
 
2013-07-17 02:13:58 PM  

Diogenes: [encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com image 259x194]

The Inquisiiiition...what a show!


Auuugh! Goddamn earworm!
 
2013-07-17 02:14:03 PM  
Que the "old news is so exciting!" picture.
 
2013-07-17 02:16:10 PM  
Why the fark would anybody aware of the Good News of Jesus Christ become a Republican?
 
2013-07-17 02:17:14 PM  

Dr Dreidel: If Chuck went through any schooling where they teach anything remotely related to Middle Ages/European history, I think he's already heard the "good" news.

[crusades.jpg]


No, if he's not a Bible-believing Christian, then he clearly has been living under a rock with no telephone, Internet, or human contact for his entire life, and simply has not heard the good news. Clearly, those who have heard the good news - and I mean really heard it - have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. There's no other possible answer. He just needs to hear, and because he's not famous or well-known, it's unlikely anyone's thought to have that conversation with him.

/You. Arrogant. Bastards.
 
2013-07-17 02:17:26 PM  

markie_farkie: So wait, Jews in Israel means the GOP sucks their cocks, but Jews in America means "CONVERT OR ELSE, JESUS HATING BASTARD!"

Ok, got it.


sort of like their schizophrenia on the unborn/born thing.
 
2013-07-17 02:19:27 PM  
Hey Eric Cantor -

THIS is what you're in bed with.  In the eyes of your "buddies" you will always be a second-class citizen, stained with the guilt of Christ's murder.  How foolish must you be to think that with all their hateful rhetoric against gays, blacks, muslims, atheists and immigrants that they somehow forgot about Jews?  You're on that list, buddy, and you always will be.
 
2013-07-17 02:31:12 PM  
This is why the rest of us can't stand you assholes.
 
2013-07-17 02:32:46 PM  
Christ, what an asshole.
 
2013-07-17 02:34:22 PM  
I never really understood this expression.

"Hey, do I ever have good news for you!  You probably didn't know this, but you're doomed to burn in hell fire for all eternity due to actions you didn't know were wrong and you were programmed to inexorably want to do anyway!  In fact, there's basically nothing you can do to completely avoid the actions that will result in your eternal punishment, as mankind is flawed from the start.  But hey, if you join our group and beg, plead, and donate money in a desperate bid for forgiveness for your ongoing and inescapable humanity, you might have a decent chance of getting out of it."

Good news, indeed.
 
2013-07-17 02:35:59 PM  

Isitoveryet: note to self;

do not click on The Iowa Republican.
do not read comments posted on The Iowa Republican.


So, of course, I did exactly that.  Turns out there's a poster in the comments using the handle coont6" (USS Ronald Reagan, get it?) who's a real douche.  Who would have expected to find a douchey Republican in Iowa?
 
2013-07-17 02:36:10 PM  

Aarontology: "I would use my position of political power to covert that Jew"


"I'm a Christian. Why aren't Jew?"
 
2013-07-17 02:38:12 PM  

Bill_Wick's_Friend: Hey Eric Cantor -

THIS is what you're in bed with.  In the eyes of your "buddies" you will always be a second-class citizen, stained with the guilt of Christ's murder.  How foolish must you be to think that with all their hateful rhetoric against gays, blacks, muslims, atheists and immigrants that they somehow forgot about Jews?  You're on that list, buddy, and you always will be.


Honestly, when they talk about "Hollywood and New York elites," who do you think they're talking about?
 
Ant
2013-07-17 02:39:36 PM  
Yes, that's why we haven't converted to your crappy religion yet: Nobody has ever bothered to share the so-called "good news" with us!
 
2013-07-17 02:41:31 PM  
I have really had it with the hubris of Christians who believe that's the only reason I am not a Christian is because it has not been explained to me well enough or by the right person. I'm not stupid. I've heard the news.... I've researched the news... i've rejected the good news.

Now go away.
 
2013-07-17 02:43:42 PM  

Mike Chewbacca: And he should just ignore the fact that every crusade started with a pogrom.


Wait, since when?

*checks wiki*

Huh.  First official Christian Pogrom, central French/German region, 1096.  In other words, within a year of the start of the first crusade.  Go figure.

//This is the problem with self-study, sometimes you wind up with weird gaps where you fail to correct the white-washing of a primary and secondary-school education and focused on a technical subject in college.
 
2013-07-17 02:46:47 PM  
Wow, a Christian asshat.  Who knew?
 
2013-07-17 02:48:05 PM  

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: In the words of another Schumer, "My people already heard the Good News... um, maybe you didn't hear the Bad News."


I have terminal cancer?
 
2013-07-17 02:50:12 PM  

Aquapope: Turns out there's a poster in the comments using the handle coont6"


Wow, that's a weird filterpwn.  Cee - Vee - Enn - Seven filters to coont.  Who would have guessed it?
 
2013-07-17 02:50:36 PM  

Rwa2play: Wow, a Christian asshat.  Who knew?


in Iowa no less???
 
2013-07-17 02:51:31 PM  
Does this guy think that Chuck Schumer is unaware of what Christianity is? Good god. Talk about your country rubes.
 
2013-07-17 02:54:28 PM  

Koalaesq: I have really had it with the hubris of Christians who believe that's the only reason I am not a Christian is because it has not been explained to me well enough or by the right person. I'm not stupid. I've heard the news.... I've researched the news... i've rejected the good news.


It's been my experience that when I lead off an attempted converting with "I studied Judaism for 15 years, and have put more thought into my religious/spiritual views than most people put into their careers. If you want to have a chat, I'm game. If you want to proselytize, move along", things end pretty well. I often ended up teaching THEM (happened 2 or 3 times in college).

The hubris or arrogance really hits a staggering point when you realize that these people - so sure they're right about spirituality and metaphysics that they'll bother other people about it - don't even know what they're asking people to reject.

// though the Mormons and I had a great talk about respect for belief after I told them I'm an agnostic to boot
// knock on my door on a Sunday morning, ignoring the "No Soliciting" sign on my door - especially if you don't speak English - and I'll call the cops
 
2013-07-17 02:56:55 PM  
Candidates Court Christian Conservative voters near Cedar Rapids

That's a lot of alliteration for an anxious young anchor placed in a perilous position.
 
2013-07-17 03:01:36 PM  

Aquapope: Aquapope: Turns out there's a poster in the comments using the handle coont6"

Wow, that's a weird filterpwn.  Cee - Vee - Enn - Seven filters to coont.  Who would have guessed it?


Hah! i've been trying to figure out what the coont part meant.
 
2013-07-17 03:10:25 PM  

FlashHarry: this primary is going to be fun. i really hope steve king is the nominee though. i'd love to see him get his ass handed to him in a statewide election.


But suppose the Iowa Democratic Party came up with such a loser of a candidate that King won?  Many Iowans would be forced to emigrate to Nebraska to avoid the crushing shame.
 
2013-07-17 03:13:18 PM  

Jim_Callahan: Mike Chewbacca: And he should just ignore the fact that every crusade started with a pogrom.

Wait, since when?

*checks wiki*

Huh.  First official Christian Pogrom, central French/German region, 1096.  In other words, within a year of the start of the first crusade.  Go figure.

//This is the problem with self-study, sometimes you wind up with weird gaps where you fail to correct the white-washing of a primary and secondary-school education and focused on a technical subject in college.


Don't feel bad. I have a useless degree in history, and I specifically took a History of the Holocaust class, which is where I learned that little factoid.

/going back to school to become a pharmacist
//PharmD wasn't an option when I went to school the first time, so I'm not too hard on myself about this.
 
2013-07-17 03:14:29 PM  

DamnYankees: What good news is this? As a Jew I assume I must have not heard about it yet.


Free ham sandwi...err shiat.
 
2013-07-17 03:20:50 PM  
"Share the good news." Of all the phrases those dumb shiats throw around, that's probably the one I hate most. "News." A word that implies new items of information. Those people have been going on and on and ON about their stupid religion for better than Two Thousand Years. This is the oldest of old news. We've Heard It. You can shut up now.

//Shutting up now. Rant over.
 
2013-07-17 03:21:38 PM  

indylaw: Honestly, when they talk about "Hollywood and New York elites," who do you think they're talking about?


I know, right?  It's not like Jews have any historical reasons to be hypersensitive to marginalizing, us-vs.-them rhetoric or anything.
 
2013-07-17 03:25:09 PM  
You just know this clown believes Israeli Jews go to heaven.
 
2013-07-17 03:26:39 PM  

YoungSwedishBlonde: DamnYankees: What good news is this? As a Jew I assume I must have not heard about it yet.

Free ham sandwi...err shiat.


www.dis-equilibrium.com
 
2013-07-17 03:28:36 PM  

REO-Weedwagon: You just know this clown believes Israeli Jews go to heaven.


I was wondering why I saw settlements in Paradise during my near-death experience.
 
2013-07-17 03:28:49 PM  
And if I'm elected Senator, I'll invite Amy Schumer so she can share in the bounty that is my penis.
 
2013-07-17 03:34:20 PM  
Ironic use of the hero tag is hereby played out.
 
2013-07-17 03:36:46 PM  
Well, HERPA-DERPA-DOOOOOOOOO!!!!!
 
2013-07-17 03:40:29 PM  

Snarfangel: I was wondering why I saw settlements in Paradise during my near-death experience.


You were probably just blinded by white phosphorus.
 
2013-07-17 03:42:27 PM  
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2013-07-17 03:43:37 PM  
I'm not sure what I can say about that. I'm appalled at the sheer deliberate ignorance pushed by that statement, so much so that I can't really function well enough to construct a concise but biting retort.

So, I'll go with the usual. What an asshole!
 
2013-07-17 03:49:14 PM  
Almost as bad as the "good news meme" is the old xtian gem of not wanting to be labeled a christian but declaring oneself a "follower of jesus"...

i.qkme.me
 
2013-07-17 03:53:45 PM  

Eddie Adams from Torrance: I realize that New York City is just some jerkwater town far off the beaten path, but in fact, many of us here have heard the news about this Jesus fellow. Last I heard, some New Yorkers had actually built some churches around his religion, but that could just be a rumor.


That's just the Papists and Episcopagans, not real Christianists.
 
2013-07-17 03:56:14 PM  
Look, asshole, we already know the "good news" and we're either not interested in your brand of lunacy, or already aligned with a different brand of lunacy. So, fark off.
 
2013-07-17 03:57:20 PM  
Fun Fact that must chap his ass: Gay marriage is legal in Iowa.
 
2013-07-17 03:58:18 PM  

jaerik: I never really understood this expression.

"Hey, do I ever have good news for you!  You probably didn't know this, but you're doomed to burn in hell fire for all eternity due to actions you didn't know were wrong and you were programmed to inexorably want to do anyway!  In fact, there's basically nothing you can do to completely avoid the actions that will result in your eternal punishment, as mankind is flawed from the start.  But hey, if you join our group and beg, plead, and donate money in a desperate bid for forgiveness for your ongoing and inescapable humanity, you might have a decent chance of getting out of it."

Good news, indeed.


To be fair, technically the actual theological situation is more like, this, in three short acts and a long one, explaining why there's a culture war instead of mutual evolution toward shared goals between secular and religious folk:

*man is farked*

Man: Jesus farking Christ, I am totally doomed for these sins, and it's so much in my nature to keep sinning that I just can't stop.

Jesus F. Christ: Don't worry about it, bro.  Dad takes it easy on me, so I told him I'd take your knocks for you.

*man accepts Jesus' total bro move*

Man: Wow, thanks, Jesus, that was really cool of you.  You need anything?

Jesus F. Christ: Well, technically it was just a favor, man.  We're cool.  It'd be nice if you'd pay it forward, though, y'know?  I'm the man aspect, can only help people chill out in one place at a time.  I've got a club going too if you want.

Man: I have to join a club?

Jesus: No, but the pushy bast-- uh, noble followers of my legacy would sure appreciate it.

SITUATION 1:

Man: OK, cool, sign me up.  What do I need to do?

Pope: Well, first, make sure that Africa is swamped with AIDS by any means possible.  Then, keep all your women barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen at all times...

*man is SAVED, but also a DOUCHE*

SITUATION 2:

Man: Eh... not really a joiner, y'know?

Jesus F. Christ: Eh, it's cool I guess.  Just don't be a dick and check in occasionally, let my guys know what kind of punishment I'm gonna be retroactively absorbing and so on.

Man: ... k.

*man doesn't actually do anything but confess or reaffirm occasionally.  man is still SAVED but is also SHOT TO DEATH in the next inevitable Christian factional squabble for not being as holy as thou*

SITUATION 3:

Man: What?  No.  You can't just take responsibility for someone else's shiat.  We're not children anymore, bro-- look, fire mastered, agriculture, all sorts of stuff.

Jesus: Yeah, but you still occasionally do things like sleeping with other men, which an abomination and shiat.

Man: ... you know what?  I'm an adult, I don't really need your dad watching over my penis constantly.  Thanks but no thanks, K?

*man is NOT SAVED, but is an ACTUAL FUNCTIONAL ADULT capable of making VALID MORAL DECISIONS without imminent threat of bodily/soulily harm forcing him into it*

Man: Thanks for helping me think through all that, though, man.  You are a valuable cultural referent on the road to true acceptance of our inadvertent role as the planet's caretakers.  Even as I leave you, I take much of the core of your mythology and the most basic form of your message with me into true enlightenment and progress.

Jesus F. Christ: Wow.  All right, I guess.  I don't know how my club will take it, though.

Man: I dunno, it's actually pretty logical, and the idea keeps the good elements of our past while allowing for actual social and mental progress.  It should be easy enough to expl--

*man is BURNED AS A HERETIC for 1500 YEARS because christians are allergic to BASIC GODDAMNED COMMON SENSE*

God: Wait, when did I damn common sense?

Man: Uh, I'd put bookmarks in for you, but how about I just print the entire old testament and the epistles on highlighter-colored paper for you?

God: Oh... heh.  Oops.  So, heard of this cool thing called steam power?  Hero of Alexandria came up with it but never --

*man immediately makes something actually useful out of steam and mechanics, then starts the AGE OF REASON and grows in power and number so the christians CANT ARBITRARILY MURDER HIM for BEING SENSIBLE*

Jesus: Man, that looked rough.  Good one, man.

Man: No offense, but Jesus farking Christ that was a shiat millennium.

Jesus: Sorry bro.

Man: Eh, it's cool.  I'm just... kinda mad over all the being murdered, kinda rethinking the whole "valuable cultural heritage" thing.  And look, now they're trying to sabotage all the totally awesome moves I just pulled and bring back the dark ages.

Jesus: In all fairness, 'dark ages' isn't really--

Man: People worshipping you burned my big workshop library in Alexandria, along with like 90% of my notes.  Twice.  Then let another bunch do it a third time.

Jesus: Well, technically that wasn't this group that worshipped me, it was this other group that worships me in a slightly less fervent--

Man: And your 'true church' guys in Europe specifically destroyed academic texts and even all the poetry major crap except a few bits of pop culture readily recontextualized as Christian or so pervasive at every level of society it literally couldn't be removed.  They had a special hatred of engineering and science, if I'm recalling.

Jesus: Well, they preserved--

Man: And then they added insult to injury by repeatedly and loudly claiming to preserve 'all the important stuff'.  I mean really?  Tacitus?  The TMZ of Rome?  But not how to make Goddamned concrete to preserve the basic logistics of civilization?

God: Sorry, I was kind of on a roll that day.

Jesus: Shut up, Dad, I'm trying to convert here.

Man: Seriously, I'm starting to think we'd all be better off without you.

*man is lynched, burned, and stabbed repeatedly for Atheism for another century*

Man: Goddammit, seriously?

God: Actually, with you on that one, those that do violence in my name shall burn in the lake of fire for eternity.

Man: Wait, isn't that the muslim terminology for it?

God: I'm the Gaiafarking personification of the collective forces of nature and history, do you really think I keep track of the stupid shiat my son's idiot followers get up to?

Man: Sigh, fine.  Buck passed or whatever.  Now excuse me as I craft this constitutional republic as a final 'fark off' to your stupid, stupid influence whose value assessment I've now had stabbed out of me completely.  I mean, I wanted to keep you around for sentiment, but it's achingly clear that you're not actually a thing, or at least personification is an inaccurate way to characterize the set of forces you represent.

Jesus: Oh nooooooooooo

God: Shut up, JFC.  I've been telling the scientists this since like negative 500 CE, if I had emotions I'd frankly be glad someone's caught on.  Good luck with your "protecting yourself from stupid" idea, kid.  Because I made it REALLY, REALLY difficult.

Man: No kidding.

*man finally gets some atheists elected to things in the first word*

*first atheist regime is idealistic, follows up an awesome Lenin with a... not so awesome Stalin.*


Man: fark.  Drawing board.

Jesus F Christ: You knoooow, my system is actually known to be quite staaaaable.

Man: Oh, stabilizing in the plague years with the rational people eternally on fire.  Thanks, but no.  Maybe the US again?  They were looking OK until the cold war drove them crazy.

Jesus: Look, man, I forgive you your straying.  Just come back, it's not like you'll ever convince anyone that sleeping with another man is OK at this point, or that the tale of the sons of Abraham isn't a literal warning to avoid race mixing... wait, they what?  And then they what?

*man GRINS SMUGLY, mostly because he's somehow NOT ON FIRE this time despite people SETTLING THEIR differences through PROTEST MOVEMENTS rather than the traditional Christian CASUAL MURDER*

Man: All right, I put up with this shiat for almost two millennia and you did absolutely nothing to save anything but my "soul", which God is now telling me isn't a thing that exists anyway.  I'm done with your passive-aggressive murdery shiat, I'm making history all about uncovering what actually happened instead of accepting religious sources as legit now.  See ya.

Jesus:  WHAT?  You can't fire me!  You need me!  Peace on earth, bro!  Peace on earth!

Man: According to my notes, we didn't start making progress on that until your club sank into the cultural background noise and lost direct influence over politics.  Numbers don't lie.

Jesus: Pft.  What do numbers really mean, anyhow?

God: Um... they're another way to describe, how do I say this... the total of the natural forces of the universe?

Jesus: OH MY GOD DAD WHY ARE YOU TAKING HIS SIDE I HATE YOU

Man: Hey, look at that, when I decided to let gay people in on marriage, barely anyone even cared, there weren't even the massive peaceful protests like for black suffrage, much less the firebombings for labor rights.  Jesus Christ, I think it's time you gave up.

Jesus: No!  I'm taking back your government, bringing back the dark ages!  I died for you, bro, you owe me!

*man looks at Jesus with a vague expression of DISBELIEF, the scars of being BURNED, SHOT, AND STABBED TO DEATH literally hundreds of thousands of times by CHRISTIANS showing clearly on his body*

Man: Ohh, you died once, for imaginary sins.  How horrible for you, that's even worse than dying a million times as a sacrifice along the gradual, painful road of self-improvement.  One death, rewarded instantly with becoming an all-powerful Superman.  Reeeeeeeally rough one.

Jesus: fark you, man.

Man: No, Jesus.  It's time you got out of my house, you're not welcome any more.  You can have time to pack your stuff, but you don't get a say in policy and education anymore.  Seriously, let go of that, I made it in the first place, leave it alone.

Jesus: NO!  MINE!

Man: Dude, I crafted this education system and secular government from scratch, fighting you every step.  We had some good times, but take your blatantly inferior copycat educational institutions and church hierarchy and find your own damned space.  I'm trying to be reasonable about this but--

Jesus: MINE!

Man: Jesus Christ, you're breaking it!  For the love of god, quit it, that took me five centuries to build!

Jesus: MINE!  BAN ABORTION FIX OLD NO NEW!

Man: Well that went downhill fast.

*man reluctantly goes out back for his SHOTGUN.  as he moves back into the house, the THEME FROM OLD YELLER plays mournfully in the background*

*fin*


//God: TL; DR
//Me: well, that kind of got out of hand
 
2013-07-17 03:58:27 PM  

nmrsnr: Okay, am I the only one who saw the picture in the article and thought "hey, why are they using a still from 'O Brother Where Art Thou'?"


Nope me too.  It's suspender guy lol.
 
2013-07-17 04:28:27 PM  
The quoted dipshiat also said he'd be kept grounded by flying back to Iowa every weekend. That sounds fiscally conservative.
 
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