WI GOP Senator: John Kerry 'Upset God' by Supporting Uganda LGBT

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State Senator Glenn Grothman of Wisconsin said the United States' standing had fallen in Africa and US Secretary of State John Kerry "upset God" by supporting Uganda's LGBT community against a recently passed anti-gay law.

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Grotham's remarks came during an interview last week with In Focus, a talk show produced by Voice of Christian Youth America.

What we have is the Secretary of State going to Africa and educating Ugandans or saying he is going to send American scientists to Uganda to explain how normal homosexuality is...Think about that. I mean, what must God think of our country?

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Probably "Good for you, John. I'm not a fan of people murdering each other, it was sort on that list I wrote for y'all on the big stones," if I had to guess, but what do I know?

Grothman isn't exactly new to being offensive to entire groups of people. He once called the African-American holiday Kwanzaa "fake" and opposed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday as a federal holiday. He's got quite the history of happy fun comments, and now he wants the fine people of Wisconsin to send him to Washington.

I mean, what must God think of our country? If now, rather than sending people to Uganda to explain better agricultural techniques...we send scientists to Africa to say how wonderful the homosexual lifestyle is. It is just unbelievable what has become of our country.

Senator Grothman, may I suggest:

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ReasonWeeps2
ReasonWeeps2

As a black person, therefore a person of the African diaspora, I am offended that black people anywhere would keep the religion forced upon us by those who enslaved us, stole us from our land, continue to oppress us, continue to rape the land of its precious resources, whose colonization of Africa lead to the civil wars there, continue to install useful stooges to do their work (like this white man wants Ugandans to kill other Ugandans), and continue to take the continent's vast natural resources. Christianity is the religion of slavemasters and of slaves. Though the following quote is attributed to a massive figure of Christian apologists (Desmond Tutu), it isn't certain that he was the author of the quote, he did tell it before he went to collect his Nobel Prize.

"When the missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said 'Let us pray.' We closed our eyes. When we opened them we had the Bible and they had the land."

If people who've been colonized continue to emulate their oppressors, they can't progress beyond that. No, all African nations are not tolerant of LGBT persons, but it is downright offensive that white people are going to Africa (Uganda isn't the only nation white government officials and mega-church pastors) and urging Africans to imprison, beat, abuse, incarcerate, and brutalize other Africans. Doesn't that sound familiar?We've had more than enough of that. I just don't get why we keep this immoral belief system from illiterate desert nomads in Bronze Age Palestine which white people used as a justification to enslave us.

As for what Jesus would say, people forget that he was an observant Jew. He was not always kind to an adulteress and forgiving of them. So, what would Jesus say? He'd probably approve because that's what his "father" ordered happen to gay people. He may have encouraged someone to cast the first stone (which is an untrue story), but, as he reminded us, he came to fulfill the law, not to destroy it. Obviously, lies had to be constructed in order for the prophecies of the of the Jewish sages regarding his arrival (the fulfillment of that law). When he was tested on the issue of stoning the adulteress to death as Jewish law demands, Jesus never said stoning her was wrong (remember, he was an observant Jew), he was just trying to point out the hypocrisy of the priestly class. He never once said that those laws were wrong. So, I don't think Jesus would have a problem with it.

As for the author's belief that the 10 Commandments bars killing, that is a woeful misinterpretation of that law. It is more accurately translated as, "Do not commit murder." Stoning someone to death or running a sword through him or her is totally okay so long as they've done something to offend god. Also, this god is not at all against killing. He commanded his most beloved figures to kill an entire people more than once. He would approve of killing LGBT persons because that's what he said to do. There is a difference between killing and murder. The 10 Commandments forbids murder, not killing. The god of the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament is the most frightening and despicable of all the characters in all fictional books. Thinking he wouldn't approve of this killing is just people who'd rather not face the truth of the god they worship. They use Jesus to mop up the blood soaked Hebrew Bible, but Jesus, whose authority was his being the son of their god, would follow his beloved father's hit list.