Uh-oh! The Right must really be getting scared of the wildfire phenomena of the Occupy movement: They’ve called out the big guns. If fear-mongering, name-calling, smear tactics and police brutality won’t get rid of the protesting peasants then surely Republican Jesus™ can!
As we all know, Republican Jesus™ is a big fan of the rich and despises the poor, so it’s only natural he would simply HATE a populist movement that stands against the abuses of the Wall St. Calling upon the same magical powers that Rick Perry called upon to unsuccessfully put out the Texas fires, Tony “don’t call me a homophobe” Perkins, head of the Family Research Council (an official winner of the prestigious SPLC “Hate Group” award!) had this to say:
May God prevent these radical organizers from stirring revolution and distracting voters from the elections and keeping watch on our elected leaders (Num 16:1-14; Is 1:4-6; Pr 12:11-12; Mt 26:41; Eph 4:28; 1 Tim 6:3-10; Heb 13:5-6).
And then a week later:
May God quell the anger of this sad collage of people, stirred up by radical ideologues, encouraged by the press and even misguided officials, and cause it to fizzle. May it backfire as some experts predict, and may God send believers to bring Good News to these people and lead many to faith and peace in Christ! (Ps 2:1 ff; 76:1-12; Pr 29:8-16; Hos 4:6; Mt 5:21-22; Mk 6:34; Jn 10:10-16; Jas 1:20)
“Distracting voters from the elections”? You mean distracting them for the distractions don’t you, Mr. Perkins? It simply wouldn’t do to have people focusing on real issues, like who, exactly, is preventing job creation and cutting public services while giving enormous tax cuts to the wealthiest among us. It’s far better to have them focused on “Socialism!”, “Death panels!” and “MUSLIMS!!!!” Don’t forget the all important job creating mega issues of gay marriage and abortion. Those will surely fix the economy!
In the meantime, we’ll sit back and look upon the debasing of your beliefs for such crass imaginary political gains and shake our heads at how petty you and your brand of Christianity really are.