Schadenfreude Alert

Jim Burroway

August 18th, 2016

Tony Perkins, president of the Family “Research” Council, ordinarily lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and commutes to Washington, D.C. But this month, he was doing what just about everyone in the Capitol has done during the month of August ever since the city was founded: he’s taking the month off on vacation, and staying back home in Louisiana. While he was away, he left former FFRC vice president and now Breitbart blogger Ken Klukowski in charge of Perkins’s podcast. Also, while he was away and back home in Louisiana, the state was hit with horrific flooding in a disaster that has claimed a dozen lives and that many are comparing to Hurricane Katrina. On Tuesday, Perkins was a guest on his own podcast to get listeners caught up to date on what he’s been up to this week:

This is a flood, I would have to say, of near-Biblical proportions. … This is unlike anything we’ve seen before. In fact, we had to escape from our home Saturday by canoe. …We had about ten feet of water at the end of our driveway. Our house flooded, our cars… we have a few of our cars flooded. … This has effected probably eighty percent of our community.

Back in Louisiana, Perkins has also been acting as pastor at a local Baptist church. It also has been flooded. So what kind of a lesson from God does Perkins and Klukowski draw from this disaster? They get to rejoice that God considers them “worthy of suffering for His sake.” Seriously.

The sad truth remains that millions of Louisianans have lost their homes. Many have lost everything they own and many more now have to start over a second time in just a little over a decade. Some have even lost their lives. It strikes me as small-minded to take any sliver of joy over anyone else’s misfortune when it comes on a scale like this. But I have to admit it: I can’t help but to feel a small bit of schadenfreude when I think of just this one individual. I don’t think it’s anything to be proud of, but, okay, what the hell…


August 18th, 2016

It is absolutely wrong to celebrate another’s misfortune. It’s also absolutely wrong to eat an entire half gallon of ice cream in one sitting, but if you only do it once or twice in your life, it’s not so bad.


August 18th, 2016

I find their philosophy so nebulous. They hope God will do various things (“blessing them” and giving them “another level” of spiritual awakening–whatever that means), but they shy away from making testable predictions. They interpret positive things as blessings (e.g. when someone gave Perkins’ family a place to sleep, which by the way is ridiculously explainable without supernatural blessings) but they don’t interpret negative things as curses. They make a point of saying God is good and competent with the implication that God caused the flood ultimately for good, while refusing to process any evidence that might arise to the contrary.

It all seems so selective, naive, and frankly childish. When you allow yourself to be that vague you can see just about anything anywhere. But, it sounds like a nice social group they’ve got going on. They were very friendly with each other and they seem to provide each other with quite a bit of support. I genuinely wonder how these sort of people would behave if they gave up all religious social contacts for a year–take away the social club aspect of things and get down to the core faith/philosophy/etc. I strongly suspect for a huge fraction of religious people their beliefs would largely melt away in that situation.

Anyway, I superficially wouldn’t trust any research from these people. Their biases are just too numerous and obvious.

Frank DeFrancesco

August 18th, 2016

So, it’s God’s punishment when it happens to others, a blessing when it happens to them?

Fritz Keppler

August 18th, 2016

With so many of these people, if it happens to me it’s a trial, if it happens to you it’s a judgment. So you simply can’t win with them.

Ben in oakland

August 19th, 2016


It’s a combination of magic, fairy strories, and I’m god’s BFFF.


August 19th, 2016

Too bad it didn’t flood out this hate group’s HQ. That’s about the only way they’d get the message.

Ok, who am I fooling. They will never get the message. They are blind with hate.

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