You remember my new working definition of bearing false witness, that it’s “freeform gaslighting. You know what the truth is. You reserve the right to live in the truth for yourself. And yet you happily keep the people under your influence from the truth so that you can benefit from their fear and uncertainty.”
Well, check this nonsense. Remember when David Fowler was all “Poor people are like animals and we should stop feeding them“? Well, now he’s all
Bob Smietana of The Tennessean recently wrote about a personal Facebook post of mine. He said I claimed there were “too many people on food stamps” and indicated my solution was to “stop feeding them.” This is false.
When he asked what my post meant, my explanatory statement to him, in full, was this: “The obvious point of the post is that government can foster and create dependence on government. Human beings can become reliant on the government. Ironically, the government even recognizes that beings can become reliant on others for their well-being, but doesn’t seem to see that when it comes to human beings. Government creating human dependence on government demeans human dignity and is antithetical to human freedom government is intended to protect.”
Dependent on the government for what, though? Food stamps. Literally food. I’ve got my issues with Smietana who seems to think “religion” means “Whatever the Southern Baptists say” but he is completely right about this and David Fowler is lying and he knows it. He’s now at the point where he’s just making shit up about what he said so that he can keep the people on his side gaslit.
But his acting like an abuser doesn’t just stop with “I’m going to deny saying what we both know I said and demand you treat me like I said something else.”
No, people, now he’s crying about how mean liberals are. You see, he compared poor people to animals, but he’s the real victim here.
It’s rich. And then he drags poor Jesus into this mess:
But for us Christians, as long as we are speaking the truth and doing so graciously, then we need to grapple with something Jesus said:
Blessed are you when men hate you and ostracize you, and cast insults at you and spurn your name as evil, for the sake of the Son of Man. Be glad in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for in the same way their fathers used to treat the prophets. Luke 6:22, 23 (NASB)
If we Christians remain silent when accused of being hateful, then we need to ask ourselves this question: “Were these words meant to be encouragement to stand firm when called a ‘hater’ or was Jesus wrong on this one?”
Of course, William Shakespeare is right about this. “The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.” Fowler’s followers ought to consider that.
Pardon me. I am going to have a profanity-laden, testimony-impairing rant in your comment section. It’s been coming for awhile now.
Oh no. wait. I’m not. I decided that I’m going to have to make my response to this on my own blog, because I need to say it not just to you and the people here but to everyone who reads me.
It’ll probably have less profanity, though.
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>Blessed are you when men hate you and ostracize you, and cast insults at you and spurn your name as evil, for the sake of the Son of Man.
Seems like great advice when they hate you for the sake of the Son of Man. Seems like lousy advice when they hate you because you’re an oppressive sociopath.
I’m sure I don’t need to mention…Jesus fed people.
Give-a-man-a-fish rhetoric is fine, but do not bring Jesus into it because Jesus just gave people fish. Literally.
They have this idea down here that Jesus would not be for the government giving people fish, though. Because, I guess,they assume that Jesus would want people to suffer unless and until they went to church.
It’s very upsetting. At some point you realize that they can’t comprehend, nor do they care to, that people, real people, are suffering and would suffer worse without these programs.
And hey, if we pretend that it’s just as easy for poor people to get food as it is for a bear that can just catch a free fish, graze on some free berries, etc., then we don’t have to worry ourselves about systemic problems or inequities that might make getting money to get food a bit harder than just catching it in one’s yard.