Conservatives like signs from God when they affect gays, but not so much when they say “Bernie Sanders for President.” A tongue in cheek look at the signs from God relating to Bernie Sanders.
Republicans sure are quick to give God credit when horrible things happen to the people they can’t stand. If there’s an earthquake in California, it’s because God hates gays. If there’s a flood in Louisiana it’s because God hates fornicators, black people and, of course, gays.
A day after Haiti’s 2009 earthquake, U.S. Christian broadcaster Pat Robertson blamed it on the Haitians’ “pact to the devil.”
After Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, conservative Christians blamed it on the city’s embrace of gay pride events. John Hagee, a Texas-based evangelical pastor who leads the Christian Zionist movement, said:
All hurricanes are acts of God, because God controls the heavens. I believe that New Orleans had a level of sin that was offensive to God, and they are – were recipients of the judgment of God for that.
Even the September 11 terrorist attacks weren’t off limits to Bible thumpers like the Rev. Jerry Falwell, who claimed that the attacks were a result of God’s judgement on sinners who were trying to secularize America, saying:
I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People For the American Way, all of them who have tried to secularize America, I point the finger in their face and say, ‘You helped this happen.’
The likes of Jerry Falwell and those like him are, however, conspicuously quiet when it comes to subtler signs from the Heavens. There were no preachers shouting hallelujah when self-proclaimed Democratic Socialist and Jew, Bernie Sanders, was visited by a bird in Portland Oregon. No one proclaimed that as a sign. And yet, according to Christian lore, birds carry significant symbolic weight. We all know about doves as the symbol of the Holy Ghost, as well as representing peace and purity; the blackbird represents the darkness of sin (black feathers) and the temptations of the flesh (its beautiful song).
And then there’s the bird that landed on Bernie Sanders’ podium in Portland during a speech to a crowd of nearly 20,000.
There are some differences of opinion as to whether it was a sparrow “considered the lowliest of birds, represents the least among people, or possibly a finch, which has come to represent the “Passion of Our Lord.” And yet, nothing from the right-wing or Christian-right about signs from God.
Did you get the tweet I sent you? 🐦
— God (@TheGoodGodAbove) March 26, 2016
On Friday, God’s own anointed messenger, The Pope, invited Bernie Sanders to the Vatican to discuss social, economic and environmental issues. He’s also been asked to speak. Got that? The head of the Catholic church wants the advice of Socialist Jew. He didn’t ask Jerry Falwell or Pat Robertson. He asked Bernie Sanders.
Bernie Sanders was invited by the Pope to the Vatican to speak.
I told the Pope to do that.
— God (@TheGoodGodAbove) April 8, 2016
The hate bags of the right are probably losing what little is left of their minds at this point, not to mention Hillary Clinton. The last time the Pope had anything to say about American politics the person third in line to the presidency quit his job and hasn’t been heard from since. FOX and the rest of the wing-nuts also accused the Holy Father of being a communist and sticking his nose into things that were none of his business.
Four Christians and a Jew walk into a campaign. Who gets invited to the Vatican?
Now, I’m not saying that these are all clear signs from God that Bernie Sanders should be president. No more than I think earthquakes and floods happen because God hates gays. I am saying that it’s a bit hypocritical for anyone to think that they can interpret signs to fit their world view and ignore those that don’t. At the beginning of the presidential campaign, fourteen of the fifteen republican candidates claimed to have personally heard from God about his personal choice for president; to date not one them has walked that claim back or checked themselves into the hospital for those auditory hallucinations.
I’ll end with this: In March, a Donald Trump surrogate, Pastor Mark Burns, was ranting about Bernie Sanders, saying that he “gotta meet Jesus, he gotta have a coming to Jesus meeting.”
As Adam Lowitt of the Daily Show put it:
Meet Jesus? Bernie is a Jew who lives a simple life and wants to help the poor. All this guy is missing is an interest in carpentry. I think that pastor needs a ‘come to Sanders’ moment.
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