Bat Shit Crazy

Eighth of a series

Hopefully you did not think you had heard the last of former Navy Chaplain Gordon Klingenschmitt:

Klingenschmitt speaks freely of demons and satanic forces as though such entities exist. Then, there is another interpretation of the foregoing. It could be he is speaking metaphorically of demons, meaning the evil forces that permeate the psyche. Does anybody want to take bets on the matter?

Seeming to defy gravity, Klingenschmitt further enshrines stupidity. His book The Demons of Barack H. Obama came out in 2012 prior to the presidential elections. It is subtitled How the Gift of Discerning of Spirits Reveals Unseen Forces Influencing American Politics. I’m thinking the author is one of those people so gifted. The Kindle edition is $2.99 (plus sales tax in some locations). I purchased a copy, but I have not read it. A review will be coming out in a few weeks.

Apparently I promised a review of the book “in a few weeks.” Fortunately the word “few” is vaguely defined. Give it a few more weeks if you will.

Bringing readers up to date on the life trajectory of Gordon Klingenschmitt, he has been since 15 January 2015 representing the Colorado House of Representatives 15th District after winning 70% of the vote. It may now be that some of those 70% are having second thoughts. Pretty much for certain his colleagues in the Colorado House are:

Klingenschmitt has taken heat since last last week for comments he made on his daily online show “Pray in Jesus Name” concerning the attack on the 26-year-old Longmont woman by a stranger. Michelle Wilkins lived, but her baby girl, a 34-week-old girl, did not.

“This is the curse of God upon America for our sin of not protecting innocent children in the womb and part of that curse for our rebellion against God as a nation is that our pregnant women are ripped open,” Klingenschmitt said.

He apologized during his show on Monday for his remarks. The program was taped Sunday in Colorado Springs.

DelGrosso on Monday removed Klingenschmitt from the House Health, Insurance and Environment Committee, saying he felt he had to take some sort of disciplinary action because of the lawmaker’s “insensitive remarks.”

But Everett said voters in Klingenschmitt’s Colorado Springs district “knew what they were getting” when they voted for him in November. After the former naval chaplain won the primary, there were several newspaper articles about his controversial statements on everything from gays to President Obama.

This is not Klingenschmitt’s first dance with Bat Shit Crazy:

A crane collapsed during a storm at Grand Mosque at Mecca earlier this month and 107 Muslims were killed. Industrial accidents happen all the time, but Colorado State Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt, who has a long history of offensive and dishonest claims, told listeners on his show, “Pray In Jesus Name,” that it wasn’t a storm that killed them, but God, as punishment for praying to Allah, who in Klingenschmitt’s mind, is not just a “false God” but Satan:

“There are two different Gods,” he said. “There is the true God, Jehovah, the father of Jesus Christ, and there is a false god, Allah, who is the father of the false prophet Muhammad. Now which one were they praying to when an ‘act of God’ dumped this crane on their heads and killed 107 people? I think they were praying to a false god…they were really praying to Satan.”

Yes, there is no mistaking the language. An industrial accident in Mecca left 107 people dead. And Klingenschmitt knows the root cause. This was not freakish nature. This was not human incompetence. This was the work of a mythical person created by tribesmen inhabiting the Eastern Mediterranean about 3000 years ago. Not only did Klingenschmitt lay this tragedy at the feet of an imaginary person, in the process he demonstrated confusion about his collection of imaginary persons. He said it was God (Jehovah) who did the deed in retaliation for the victims praying to God (Allah), the same person. Because, unless I have my ancient mythology all wrong, Jehovah (Yahweh) and Allah are exactly the same mythical person—the Abrahamic God.

A deeper peek into the inner workings of Colorado Representative Klingenschmitt is enlightening:

Gordon Klingenschmitt is excited about a recent Fox News poll that claims that 58 percent of Americans want to repeal Obamacare, declaring on his “Pray In Jesus Name” programrecently that people ought to be relying on God for their healthcare.

Citing a passage from Exodus 15, Klingenschmitt asserted that God will protect people from disease so long as they obey His commands and said that Americans “ought to look to the Lord for our healthcare.”

“I personally prefer to look to almighty God as my healer and not to the government as a substitute god or substitute healer,” he said, before praying that this nation would “repent of worshiping President Obama as if he is a god.”

I really do need to quit putting it off. I need to read and review the book.

Is this Bat Shit Crazy or what? God is his healer? Really? Let’s see how that’s working out.

Snake handling at Pentecostal Church of God, Lejunior, Harlan County, Kentucky September 15, 1946 (National Archives and Records Administration). Photo by Russell Lee.

Snake handling at Pentecostal Church of God, Lejunior, Harlan County, Kentucky September 15, 1946 (National Archives and Records Administration). Photo by Russell Lee.

Is there even more Bat Shit Crazy out there? Does Trump have hair?

Keep reading. And may Jesus have mercy on your soul.

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