Texas lieutenant governor: Liberal godlessness to blame for racism

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Sure, why not? Let’s just throw this at the wall, too, shall we? Gotta admit, it makes slightly more sense than saying atheism and gay pride parades cause earthquakes.

Huffington Post:

Speaking after more than a week of demonstrations against the police killing of George Floyd, a Black man in Minneapolis, [Texas Lt. Gov. Dan] Patrick tried to pin the nation’s long and deep-rooted racial problems on people not being religious enough ― and more specifically, “the left” not accepting Jesus Christ.

Patrick said on Fox News that Floyd’s killing and the unrest breaks his heart and that it’s an issue of “loving God.”

“You cannot love your fellow man if you don’t love God,” he said. “And we have a country where we’ve been working really hard, particularly on the left, to kick God out.”

That’s funny, considering that slavery and racism have traditionally been rationalized in this country via an unwavering belief in the Bible. And, of course, most slaveholders were Bible-thumping Christians.

But if the Trump era has taught us anything, it’s that there’s no reason to worry about history or evidence or consensus reality when you can just say things.

Patrick continued:

“You cannot change the culture of a country until you change the character of mankind. And you can’t change that unless you change the heart, and for billions of us on the planet, we believe you can’t do that unless you accept Jesus Christ or unless you accept God. God has been left out of this equation through all of this and we need tremendous healing. We cannot heal through commissions and blue-ribbon panels and more laws.”

So I guess as people in this country and around the world have become less Christian over the past 70 years, racism has gotten worse. Because in the ‘50s, when more than 90 percent of American adults identified as Christian, Black people never experienced racial animus of any kind. It was a golden era in race relations, for sure.

Also, the world’s more secular countries must also be far more racist, huh? That sounds right.

Of course, Patrick amply demonstrated his Christian bona fides back in March when he suggested we sacrifice more grannies to get the economy moving again — presumably to keep the essential Soylent Green factories running. So we should listen to him. He’s clearly very sharp.

 

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11 Comments on "Texas lieutenant governor: Liberal godlessness to blame for racism"

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Dusty
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Dusty

He is far from a Christian, a true Christian would reach out their hand and offer understanding and love. Try to understand and help reform and want things equal for all his constituents because that is what Jesus would want. Republicans must stop worshipping Trump. Republicans lie cheat and name call and abuse the American people in the name of Trump using Jesus. As a Christian I find that dangerous for them as we are not to worship any other God as they do Trump

Caroline Walcot
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Caroline Walcot

I assume you mean Trump, not Lt. Col. Patrick, in your first sentence. Trump is definitely not a Christian – we all know that. Trump has trashed the Republican Party and trashed America, we all can see that. Possibly 36,000 too many COVID deaths due to Trump being more interested in exacting revenge for his impeachment that listening to the CIA and the health department. Many Republicans outside the Senate and White House sincerely regret ever having supported Trump. Trouble is, your political system offers so few alternatives.

Caroline Walcot
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Caroline Walcot
I score this op-ed 2/10 …. and that’s being generous. It would have been better if your journalist had simply taken Patrick’s words at face value and gone with that. So stupid to add negative spin and to ridicule somebody in authority who is using the vocabulary and language that church-going Texans (and there are a lot of them) would understand. If you’re not from Texas, read something else. Personally I’m fed up with the strident secularism of “acceptable” modern journalism. This is one of the moments when you really have to allow Christians to speak out with the message… Read more »
moosetracks
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moosetracks

Sure, not all liberals are godless, pretty stupid statement and certainly isnt Christian at all

erik faber
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erik faber

Caroline Walcot ore Walnut. What Youre saying sound like pure Islamic salestalk to me! Your argumentation is exactly the same! Obey and don’t think!

Don
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He is a big jackass and allsays has been.
He is only for him.and he has his head
Up trumps ass were itbelongs.he wont lastfor long.

Nobsartist
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Nobsartist

I sure am glad that I am not a conservative dumbass.

Fred Flintstone
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Fred Flintstone

Unbelievable garbage

Robert Burnett
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Robert Burnett

Doesn’t any thing in Texas have a brain. Their idiotic politicians are always saying something stupid and their people always vote them into office. It would be best if they did succeed from the union.

John
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John

As a Texan with a brain, Robert, the word is secede. And not all of us vote red nor ever have. Amazingly, some of us are progressive Christians who believe in love, justice, and mercy and worship a God who does, as well.

chris whitley
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chris whitley

WOW! That could actually work in some parts of the country. Now, what is Texas’s excuse?