Remember Sean and Hannah Gastonguay? These bigoted Christian extremists hate gays, abortion, immigration reform, and taxes so much, they bought a boat and set sail from San Diego last May for Kiribati, a remote island in the Pacific Ocean. Many of us would have said “good riddance” had children not been involved: The Gastonguays brought their infant and three-year-old daughters along for the journey. AI‘s Stephen D. Foster reported in August that the family promptly got tossed about by storms and were lost at sea for a harrowing 91 days, until a Venezuelan fishing boat rescued them. Now, according to Right Wing Watch, the family patriarch’s getting the family ready to sail again.
Sean Gastonguay and Rick Wiles on ‘persecution’ against Christians
In an interview the Christian lunatic fringe weblication TruNews, Rick Wiles opened with an appropriately leading anti-Christian conspiracy question: “Do you get the impression, Sean, that persecution against Christians is going to be a reality soon, here in the US?” Gastonguay responded:
“Oh, it kind of is, with all the hoops you’ve gotta jump through to have a church, to have a food bank, to help your neighbors. It’s already happening.”
Never mind that no laws exist to prevent churches from existing or running food banks and other charities — as long as they don’t discriminate, participate in political campaigns, or do anything else that would jeopardize their non-profit, tax-free status — these poor, oppressed Christian extremists are being persecuted for promoting a toxic political agenda and discriminating against gays and others on the American tax payers’ dime.
Plans to set sail for Kiribati … again
Wiles asked if Gastonguay still planned to leave the US, and the Bearded One chuckled and answered, “Oh yeah, we’re trying to get another boat right now.” Wiles then paused and struggled valiantly to prevent a skeptical tone from creeping into his voice, but somehow managed to reply, “So you plan on sailing again.” Gastonguay then explained, as though his family’s horrific three-month ordeal had been a Carnival cruise minus the backed-up toilets and slurries of human waste:
“Oh yeah, it’s the only way to go. It’s nice out there on the ocean, it is. This time, we’ll stock a year’s supply of food so it doesn’t matter what happens, we’re good.”
And yes, they’re heading for the same destination — the remote island of Kiribati.
Here’s the audio from the interview:
Old Testament governance and taxation
If you can believe it, things got even weirder, as Gastonguay went on a rant about the US not being governed according to the Old Testament:
The Old Testament law on how our government should be set up […] this is just not it. The taxes, this is one big reason … there is just no way I can morally pay income tax. You can’t get work without paying the income tax. I’ve just gotta get out of the country. I want to go somewhere where I can work.
Yeah, back in the days of Abraham, people didn’t pay income taxes, loose women got stoned to death, and sinful sodomites‘ cities were consumed by fire and brimstone. But actually, people did pay income taxes back in the Old Testament days. Although the concept of an “income tax” didn’t exist in its modern form, the Old Testament makes it very clear that people were expected to pay taxes on all sources of income, to the tune of 20%-30% per year on top of the 10% tithing expected for the church:
- Leviticus 27:30-32: And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land, or of the fruit of the tree, is the Lord’s: it is holy unto the Lord. And if a man will at all redeem ought of his tithes, he shall add thereto the fifth part thereof. And concerning the tithe of the herd, or of the flock, even of whatsoever passeth under the rod, the tenth shall be holy unto the Lord. (10% to the church)
- Genesis 47:24-26: And it shall come to pass in the increase, that ye shall give the fifth part unto Pharaoh, and four parts shall be your own, for seed of the field, and for your food, and for them of your households, and for food for your little ones. (20% to the government)
- Numbers 18:20-24:And, behold, I have given the children of Levi all the tenth in Israel for an inheritance, for their service which they serve, even the service of the tabernacle of the congregation. (10% to the government workers)
Immigration reform and biometric ID cards
We’re not sure what the Bible has to say about the stalled immigration reform bill, but Wiles certainly knows where he stands. Out of nowhere, he lays out a bizarre conspiracy theory:
“And if the immigration bill passes, it’s going to become even more difficult to work in this country … Because the immigration bill calls for an e-verify system [that] every person — not every immigrant — every person in the country will have to be verified biometrically. They’re gonna have to have biometric ID card, which means your fingers, your eyes, your irises are going to be scanned, you’re going to be put into a biometric ID card, and every employer will have to submit the employees to Homeland Security to be approved. That is scary to me. That is scary.”
That’s right. If immigration reform passes, every single person in the US will be forced to scan their eyes and fingers scanned for biometric ID cards to be issued by the Department of Homeland Security. This makes absolutely no sense. You’ll need to hear it to believe it:
Where God led them: Lost at sea
As for Gastonguay’s upcoming travel plans, you’d think he would have learned his lesson the first time. He had told reporters they took a “leap of faith” to “see where God would lead them.” Well, God seems to have spoken loud and clear: Keep your meanness, hate, and paranoid conspiracy theories away from that poor little island and back here in Red State America, where it belongs. Sean Gastonguay, his wife, and his children are lucky they’re still alive. In an interview with AZFamily.Com, Gastonguay revealed that he barely even had any experience with boats. Nonetheless, things still went fairly well until a series of storms rolled in:
“Tropical storms, depressions, even small, I wouldn’t say full-blown hurricanes but clouds, 60 plus knot winds, circular clouds and waves from every direction…but the boat rides pretty good,”
Things soon went from bad to worse:
“The deck started separating from the hull, that was toward the end of it, the water would come in so we were constantly pumping and lots of stuff was getting damaged.”
Gastonguays fly home on the US tax-payer’s dime
Plus, they’d gotten blown so far off course, they had no idea where they were. Finally, on the 66th day, Papa Brainiac took out his cell phone and called for help. First, a Canadian cargo ship spotted them and attempted to provide the family with supplies, bumping against the sailboat and damaging it further. For reasons unknown, the Gastonguays did not board the cargo ship. They finally got rescued by a Venezuelan fishing boat, which transferred the family to a Japanese cargo ship, which took them to a Chilean port. From there, the Gastonguays flew home to Arizona with help from the US Embassy and a $10,000 “loan” from the State Department. Hopefully, Gastonguay will pay that $10,000 “loan” back before he sets sail, because American taxpayers shouldn’t have to fund their crazy escapades and stupid mistakes.
Here’s the video with the interview from AZFamily.Com:
So … why did Sean Gastonguay pick Kiribati — a tiny, remote island nation located 1300 miles away in the middle of the Pacific Ocean? Perhaps because it seems innocent and unspoiled: “They say it’s the least developed island so I figured undeveloped, less corruption,” he told AZFamily.Com. In addition, the island is heavily Christian, so perhaps the Gastonguays hope to live amongst more like-minded folks. According to Wikipedia, “Contemporary Kiribati culture is centered around the family, the church and the sea. Its relative isolation has allowed ‘traditional values‘ and skills to be maintained.”
Unfortunately, Gastonguay hasn’t done his homework. First of all, Kiribati does have an airport. Second of all, Kiribati might not even let them in — and the Gastonguays would become illegal immigrants, like the ones they despise. A quick stop at Wikipedia also reveals that Kiribati lacks natural resources and is among the world’s poorest nations. Furthermore, its islands are desperately overpopulated, and have also seen a drastic rise in sea levels due to global warming. Since the islands cannot support its current population and are likely to wind up under water, the government is hard at work trying to get their fellow British Commonwealth countries to accept those who are willing to emigrate. According to President Anote Tong:
“For our people to survive, then they will have to migrate. Either we can wait for the time when we have to move people en masse or we can prepare them—beginning from now.”
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