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Gay Marriage Killed The Penguins

Jim Burroway

July 23rd, 2010

The ex-gay nutcake of San Diego strikes again:

Penguins Boycott Argentina’s Forced Same-Sex Marriage Law! Homosexual Activists Claim Penguins Are Gay: Shocked Penguins Drop Dead in Response!

Hundreds of dead Magellanic penguins have washed ashore on beaches in Brazil this month, animal experts say.

At least 500 have been reported in the Peruibe area, The Christian Science Monitor reported. The city is south of Sao Paulo.

Brazil, Argentina, Antarctica… it’s all the same, isn’t it? Here’s the Christian Science Monitor report. Scientists say normal migrations are normal, but the currents have shifted due to local weather patterns. But ex-gay gadfly James Hartline, who is off his meds again, says it’s punishment for same-sex marriage in Argentina:

This is the latest in a series of global strikes by nature against areas of the world where homosexual activists are being empowered to spread homosexuality and paganism via their partners in activist governmental bodies and liberalized emergent church organizations.

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Timothy Kincaid
July 23rd, 2010 | LINK

Who knew the emergent church was going so strong in Argentina?

Priya Lynn
July 23rd, 2010 | LINK

Judging from all the things that have gone wrong as a result of equal marriage its clear that if gays weren’t allowed to marry anywhere nothing bad would happen ever again.

Ben in Oakland
July 23rd, 2010 | LINK

The pennggins. the penngins. Won’t nobody think of the innocent pennggins?

Paul in Canada
July 23rd, 2010 | LINK

Truly a whackadoodle nut job!

DN
July 23rd, 2010 | LINK

I’m saddened these penguins died before they had the opportunity to be proseltyzed to, and have now died without the Grace of Jesus Christ and are roasting in Hell.

:(

Ryan K.
July 23rd, 2010 | LINK

This guy needs professional help, and not the NARTH kind.

Richard Rush
July 23rd, 2010 | LINK

Breaking news:

In the wake of Argentina legalizing same-sex marriage and then the subsequent penguin deaths, God announced today that He was responsible for the killing of 500 penguins and then dumping their bodies on a beach in Brazil. In His press release, God said, “It was meant to serve as a stern warning to Brazil that if they don’t legalize same-sex marriage soon for His gay children, there would be more dead penguins.”

Christopher
July 23rd, 2010 | LINK

I’d just like to state for the record that, in fact, I was responsible for the penguin deaths. They’re pretty tasty. You can barbecue penguin, boil it, broil it, bake it, saute it. There’s penguin-kabobs, penguin creole, penguin gumbo. Pan fried penguin, deep fried penguin, stir-fried penguin. There’s pineapple penguin, lemon penguin, coconut penguin, pepper penguin, shrimp penguin, penguin stew, penguin salad, penguin and potatoes, penguin burger, penguin sandwich.

That’s about it.

Priya Lynn
July 23rd, 2010 | LINK

Mmmmm, penguin…auugchahcahuc [/homer simpson]

GDad
July 23rd, 2010 | LINK

I wonder how difficult it would be to write a program that would take random news articles from web sources and apply some kind of juju to create a Hartline/FRC/Whatever anti-gay news release that people would believe actually came from one of those sources.

Sometimes I suspect that it has already been done.

Jonathan
July 23rd, 2010 | LINK

Mr. Hartline takes insanity to a new low level. The bar has been reset.

Timothy Kincaid
July 23rd, 2010 | LINK

Actually, guys, Hartline does suffer from mental illness. He has spent time in a mental hospital and is the sad example of what a life of mental illness and excessive drug use can do to an intelligent man.

Regan DuCasse
July 23rd, 2010 | LINK

I heard the 911 recordings of a mother who killed her two young autistic children because she wanted ‘normal’ children.
It’s appalling in how cold blooded she is, and her twisted reasoning. In fact, I woke up to all kinds of mayhem where mothers killed their children or the fathers wiped out their entire family. Or tried to.
There’s another where a teen boy slashed the throats of his mother and sibs, then set the house on fire.

I just wrote Brian Brown and told him of these events, and asked him why his tour wasn’t about raising awareness of domestic violence. Why not rally in front of family courts and jails…places representative of what happens when families implode.
Or at the very least, raise awareness of how many people are IN these places because of domestic violence.

I am so sorry about what happened to these beautiful birds.
But there are beautiful children who need attention.
Children out there in danger, from their own parents…or vice versa.

NOM is so redundant, given the other reality. What kind of person are you, who goes around the country saying that marriage is threatened by people who want to get married, than by people who violate members of their own family?

Is this one of those times when it’s appropriate to say when homophobes love children more than they hate gay people, maybe the real work of helping children can be done?

Regan DuCasse
July 23rd, 2010 | LINK

Timothy, hey brother. Then the Phelps and the Hartlines have something in common. And a lot of irrational and mentally ill people have religious delusions. In fact, it’s a good bet that what the Bible says, how Mormons were founded by J. Smith and so on, could be profiled as mental illness.

Mental illness is sad and tragic, but whole socio/political campaigns shouldn’t be started with people who exhibit certain kinds of singular obsessions.
Human history is rife with the legacy of what happens when some people are let loose to do so.
I don’t think a religious test should be the artbiter of fitness for public service…but forensic examinations by credible psychiatrists.

Timothy Kincaid
July 23rd, 2010 | LINK

Regan,

I disagree.

It isn’t that Hartline is just obsessed or wacky like the Phelps family. He actually suffers from a clinically diagnosed mental illness.

The Phelps family has peculiar beliefs based on their religion. And they are gadflies seeking attention for their views. They are wacky and evil but their hate and bile has some logical consistency.

They don’t think that God talks to them from their television set or that God has planned the future of the world around them in particular.

William
July 23rd, 2010 | LINK

So the righteous penguins fled from Argentina in disgust at the introduction of same sex marriage, just as the righteous Lot fled from Sodom with his virgin daughters (whom he later shagged in a cave), and God punished the penguins (not the Argentines) by killing them and washing up their dead bodies on the shores of Brazil. What does this tell us, I wonder?

We’ve had this sort of thing before. In 2001 when the UK government equalized the age of consent, Pastor Ray Borlase (not far from where I live) claimed that this was what had caused the outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease among British cattle. He pointed out that God had punished our cattle in exactly the same way back in 1967 when gay sex for those over 21 had been legalized. What further proof do you need?

Timothy Kincaid
July 23rd, 2010 | LINK

If you want to understand Hartline, it helps to know his history. San Diego Citybeat did an interview in 2005 that has a lot of information.

ricky
July 23rd, 2010 | LINK

don’t cry for me argentina, the penguins are in brazil….

MaskedBandit
July 23rd, 2010 | LINK

Thanks for the link, Timothy. I frequently wonder just how much mental illness has affected the course of human history. I’m thankful that scientists and psychologists have identified mental illness and, in most cases, have identified means of treating and reducing its effects on the individual.

Regan DuCasse
July 23rd, 2010 | LINK

Point taken, Tim.
And how many people agree with him, take him at his word and would chastise you for saying such a thing because Hartline and his son, speak The Truth?

If those folks don’t differentiate…look out below!

Candace
July 23rd, 2010 | LINK

Timothy’s right– the Phelps clan is evil and wants to force the world to live in their twisted version of reality– but they never BREAK with reality. That’s the definition of “psychosis,” and Hartline’s history and current speech certainly give evidence that he spends much of his time in psychotic episodes.

Incidentally, this is why I did every drug known to mankind but wouldn’t touch ecstasy. I’ve known a long list of people who had nominal, neurotic disorders, who started on X and ended up schizophrenic permanently. If looking at the tranwreck that is Hartline doesn’t convince people to stay away from that stuff, I don’t know what will.

emma
July 23rd, 2010 | LINK

I wonder what color the sky is, in Hartline’s world

Marlene
July 25th, 2010 | LINK

I think ol’ Jimmy’s trying to be the successor to Pat “don’t call me Marion!” Robertson’s wingnut religious “revelations”!

RobNYNY1957
July 25th, 2010 | LINK

“Actually, guys, Hartline does suffer from mental illness.”

Not quite right. He _has_ mental illness, but we suffer from it.

Taylor Siluwé
July 25th, 2010 | LINK

Excellent distinction RobNYNY1957, for we all suffer from his mental illness and the similar maladies of his ilk.

@ Chistopher: Thanks for the penguin recipes. Who knew they were so tasty? Oh, and I promise not to alert PETA about your proclivities.

@ Regan DuCasse: You are SO correct. All religious traditions began with some nutjob declaring himself a prophet chosen by God in a dream (or a bush, or by a face on an oddly toasted grilled cheese sandwich).

All those obsessed with Heaven to the detriment of peace on earth need therapy, not followers.

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