23 Aug 2005, Comments (0)


Author: Helen

This piece of unbelievable gash arrived in my inbox the other day as a powerpoint presentation, courtesy of somebody who likes to send out Inspiring Thoughts. These are usually pallid bits of crap of the Hallmark card type, but this was really something else. A quick google traces the original idea to Billy Graham’s daughter, Anne Graham Lotz, who is a “charismatic” who isn’t afraid to be offensive. I don’t know who originated the emailed PPS- her spinmeisters or an admirer.

I Hope this catches U the way it caught me!

In light of the many perversions and jokes we send along to one another for a laugh, this is a little different.
A prominent American’s daughter was interviewed on the Early Show and Jane Clayson asked her “How could God let something like this happen?”
(Regarding the attacks on September 11)

Anne Graham gave an extremely profound and insightful response.
She said, “I believe God is deeply saddened by this, just as we are, but for years we’ve been telling God to get out of our schools, to get out of our government and to get out of our lives. And being the gentleman He is, I believe He has calmly backed out. How can we expect God to give us His blessing and His protection if we demand He leave us alone?”

Oh, hello! Remember the strawman argument after the September 11th attacks, where any of us who wanted to discuss possible reasons why young men might want to go and fly planes into buildings were somehow indirectly saying that the victims of the attack deserved it? But it’s OK for Billy Graham’s daughter to imply quite clearly that the people in the Twin Towers died because God had deserted them for their evil atheistic, materialistic ways. Now where else do we hear that sort of thing? Oh, yeah, those Islamic fundamentalists! This irony escapes her, of course.

In light of recent events…terrorists attack, school shootings, etc, I think it started when Madeleine Murray O’Hare (she was murdered, her body found recently) complained she didn’t want prayer in our schools, and we said OK. Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school…
the Bible says thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbor as yourself.
And we said OK.

This is really sick. Madeleine O’Hare spoke up about prayer in schools, and she was found gruesomely murdered. And I don’t think that’s a coincidence, do you folks?! You better watch your step, all you other schoolkids who might be moved to complain about the creeping fundamentalism in your school.

..Snip paragraphs about the bad influence of Benjamin Spock and the banning of corporal punishments in schools…

Then someone said, let’s let our daughters have abortions if they want, and they won’t even have to tell their parents.
And we said OK.

Predictable, given the rest of the rant, but have a think for a moment about what the consequences might be if you sent rabid far-left-wing sentiments around your workplace via email. This stuff gets a free pass. Why?

Then some wise school board member said, since boys will be boys and they’re going to do it anyway, let’s give our sons all the condoms they want so they can have all the fun they desire, and we won’t have to tell their parents they got them at school.
And we said OK.

That’s a hoot, given the extremely conservative nature of many American schools. Condoms are available in “only a small fraction of schools nationwide”, according to Planned Parenthood. If the world is in fact going to shit, this is hardly a causal explanation. The availability of contraception and safe sex education is actually declining in many states of the US because of the rise of religious conservatism and the abstinence-before-marriage movement. This looks like an example of how the Right like to portray themselves as a beleaguered minority.

Then some of our top elected officials said it doesn’t matter what we do in private as long as we do our jobs. Agreeing with them, we said it doesn’t matter to me what anyone, including the President, does in private as long as I have a job and the economy is good.

But Clinton lost out, big-time, to his adultery, with left and right alike. He never recovered and has been a figure of fun since. I suppose because Americans voted him out instead of burning him at the stake, they’re too lenient by Anne’s standards.

Then someone said let’s print magazines with pictures of nude women and call it wholesome, down-to-earth appreciation for the beauty of the female body.
And we said OK.

Oh, yeah, my liberal* friends say all the time that the magazines wrapped in plastic in the local newsagency are wholesome appreciation of the female body. We love them, and buy them for our partners regularly. After they’re finished with them, we wipe the stains off and read them on the train.
Just how stupid does this woman think we are?

* in the American sense

And then someone else took that appreciation a step further and published pictures of nude children and then further again by making them available on the Internet.
And we said OK, they’re entitled to free speech.

Yes, I can see where atheism naturally demands that we become addicted to kitty pron… and we lefty atheists have never addressed the matter of free speech versus unacceptable content. Never! Because we’re e-vull. And stupid.

Then the entertainment industry said, let’s make TV shows and movies that promote profanity, violence, and illicit sex. Let’s record music that
encourages rape, drugs, murder, suicide, and satanic themes. And we said it’s just entertainment, it has no adverse effect, nobody takes it seriously anyway, so go right ahead.
Now we’re asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don’t know right from wrong, and why it doesn’t bother them to kill
strangers, their classmates, and themselves.

OK, let’s just ignore the fact that crime has actually been in decline since the 1990s. Neocons actually need crime to be constantly threatening the very foundations of etc, etc, and they’ll be very upset if they find it isn’t really so.

Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out!

I think it has a great deal to do with
Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world’s going to hell. Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but
question what the Bible says.
Funny how you can send ‘jokes’ through e-mail and they spread like wildfire, but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people
think twice about sharing. Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is
suppressed in the school and workplace.

Are you laughing?

Funny how when you forward this message, you will not send it to many on your address list because you’re not sure what they believe, or what they will think of you for sending it.
Funny how we can be more worried about what other people think of us than what God thinks of us.

Funny how I won’t be forwarding it because it’s offensive propaganda. If God did exist, She would smite you for such self-serving, hate-filled, unchristian rubbish.

Pass it on if you think it has merit. If not then just discard it… No one will know you did. But, if you discard this thought process, don’t sit back and complain about what bad shape the world is in!

Are you thinking?

I’m thinking the bad shape the world is in has a lot to do with people like you, Anne. And I think you have a lot more in common with the Taliban than you might like to admit.

Comments (0)

  • gringo says:


    Exactly what you were saying. Especially with the bit about the religious right persisting in portraying themselves as an oppressed minority. It is such a load of bollocks. I am sick of all of these American inspired evangelical rants (read: anti-abortionism, intelligent design etc. etc) invading Australian consciousness. We are (meant to be) a friggin secular society.

    If anyone sent me that schlock at work I would be on their case in a very large way.

  • John Carney says:

    Funny how I can mention some random thing I don’t like and mass fatalities in the same email and people will assume there’s causal link. Worked a charm for Howard in at least one election.

  • Helen says:

    Delta Goodrem
    Mass fatalities

    Shane Warne
    Mass fatalities

    I think you’re onto something here John.

  • The Dude says:

    Although Anne Graham Lotz was on the Early Show on 09/13/2001, her statement has been expanded upon to the point that it is now a lie. A simple Google search exposed this. More info at:

  • Helenq says:

    The link I posted to Anne Graham Lotz’s statement is the first one you listed.

    Here’s the original quote:

    According to the transcript of the broadcast, Clayson asked, “I’ve heard people say, those who are religious, those who are not, if God is good, how could God let this happen? To that, you say?”

    Lotz replied, “I say God is also angry when he sees something like this. I would say also for several years now Americans in a sense have shaken their fist at God and said, God, we want you out of our schools, our government, our business, we want you out of our marketplace. And God, who is a gentleman, has just quietly backed out of our national and political life, our public life. Removing his hand of blessing and protection. We need to turn to God first of all and say, God, we’re sorry we have treated you this way and we invite you now to come into our national life. We put our trust in you. We have our trust in God on our coins, we need to practice it.”

    Again, if she didn’t mean that the people of sodom and gomorrah New York had brought this on themselves, she certainly didn’t go out of her way to correct that impression.

    The “Truth or Fiction” centred mainly on the fact that the rumor was that the interviewer was Bryant Gumbel, when in fact it was Jane Clayson. Not really germane to the point.

  • Helen says:

    Sorry, HTML wrong. The quote should end at “need to practice it”.
    My keyboard keeps spelling my name helenq. It’s the keyboard, I tell you! The devil’s got into it!

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