The signs came down, but the campaign went crazier
The signs came down, but the campaign went crazier

The mayoral election in Lewiston, Maine, has gone from ugly to downright weird, with the state GOP accusing Democratic candidate Ben Chin of being “anti-Christian” — which will be something of a surprise to Mr. Chin, who serves as a lay preacher at his Episcopal church. Chin is running to replace incumbent Mayor Robert Macdonald, who is seeking a third term; in last Tuesday’s election, Chin won the most votes in a five-candidate field, but not the clear majority needed to win. Macdonald took second place, and the two will face each other in a Dec. 8 runoff.

Macdonald supporters have accused Chin of being a Marxist socialist monster who wants to burn down the entire city, creating a foofaraw by posting signs with a racist caricature and comparing Chin to Vietnamese communist leader Ho Chi Minh. You know, because one Asian socialist is the same as any other. And the state Republican Party sponsors a Tumblr blog that depicts Chin along with an image of fires in Oakland, California, during the Occupy protests:

The inevitable result of electing Democrats.
The inevitable result of electing Democrats.

Shortly before the election, that blog added a post breathlessly claiming that Chin favors “Welfare for non-citizens!!” (i.e., assistance for refugees while their cases are adjudicated, but why go into the details?), and has added this shocking exposé of Chin’s supposed views on Christianity:

ben chin hates christianity

Obviously, this man hates Christians and their churches, doesn’t he? If you want to get all technical about it, the passages are cribbed, out of context, from a 2010 sermon Chin gave as a lay preacher at Lewiston’s Trinity Episcopal Church. In context, Chin was calling on Christians to be more Christian, which is something sermons have been known to do now and then. Yes, he’s criticizing Christians: rightwing Christians, to be specific, who have a habit of using faith as a weapon in the Culture Wars.

Most recently, Maine state Rep. Lawrence Lockman, apparently taking his cue from the Tumblr blog, ranted in a Facebook post that Chin is “an anti-Christian bigot,” explaining that “Chin hates America, hates Americans, and hates Christians, and he wants to allow non-citizens to vote.” Lockman also called the Maine People’s Alliance, a progressive organization that Chin works with, a “criminal street gang” and “a group of young Bolsheviks who engage in burglary, bullying, intimidation, and criminal trespass.” Perhaps they stepped off a sidewalk during a protest? (All of that invective was embedded, for what it’s worth, in a post in which Lockman praised Pat Buchanan for a column fretting about how Europe is being overrun by scary Muslims.)

Chin, like some kind of cultural Marxist social justice warrior, pretended he actually is a Christian, even though he criticized other Christians, which as everyone knows is only allowed to be done by conservatives when they’re informing liberal Christians they aren’t even real Christians at all. In a statement, Chin said:

I’m a Christian and I’m happy to discuss my faith with anyone, particularly the role faith has in policy and public life … Rep. Lockman and the Republican Party, however, seem to be more focused on twisting faith into a negative attack. I don’t mind. I’m reminded of Matthew 5:11: “Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

Episcopal Bishop Rev. Stephen T. Lane issued a statement of his own, confirming that Chin is a “faithful Episcopalian and a member of Trinity Episcopal Church,” and emphasizing that Chin serves in the local church leadership and “continues to be licensed by me as a lay preacher.” Rev. Lane added: “Spirited public discourse is an important part of our civic life. Personal attacks on the character, ethnic origin, or religious beliefs are not.”

For its part, the Maine Republican Party isn’t backing off, and insists that even if he said all that blasphemy inside a church, Chin’s the one who has a lot of ‘splaining to do for his offensive attacks on Christianity:

“He can go ahead and explain the context if he wants,” said Jason Savage, executive director of the Maine Republican Party. “We are not disputing where he made them, but we want him to explain himself.”

Chin’s opponent, Mayor Macdonald, the nice man who thinks the state of Maine should put welfare recipients’ names and addresses online, just like sex offenders, insists he doesn’t know anything about either the GOP blog or Lockman’s Facebook post. He even says that he doesn’t have a computer, which is a rather odd thing for even a small city’s mayor not to have.

“I’m just trying to run my own campaign about Lewiston and what’s going to happen here,” Macdonald said. “I don’t know what the GOP is doing and I don’t even care to see that website. I’m doing my own thing and I don’t want to be taken off the path by this foolishness.”

We suppose you call that taking the high road, although we notice that he’s not exactly condemning any of those statements, either. MacDonald is certainly not going to get involved in something so controversial as actually saying that his opponent really is a Christian, after all.

[Bangor Daily News / Rep. Lawrence Lockman on Facebook / Maine Beacon / Bangor Daily News / Lewiston-Auburn Sun Journal / Trinity Episcopal Church / Maine Beacon again. Tip Of the Leather Kitten Headgear to Wonkette Operative “Andrew”]

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  • Nounverb911

    In other news, all of the animals on MacDonald’s farm have announced that they are voting for Chin.

    • cousin itt

      Well, what do expect from an Animal Farm?

    • Iam Reading

      Except the pigs

      • Jared James

        All animals vote equally; some animals vote more equally than others.

  • Viva La Tabula Raza

    Well, at least they didn’t play the race card. Oh wait, Ho Chih Chin? Quelle surprise.

    • Thaumaturgist

      Watch your quelles. When they say they’re agin Canadians, they don’t mean English-speaking Canadians.

  • Comrade Wingtardd 5467p

    Um, Chin is a cutie. I suppose I am a pervert. That is all.

    • arglebargle

      Well, he is a lay pastor.

    • Dee Andee

      I’m in agreeance. He’s veddy veddy handsome, he is. :D

  • Callyson

    Again with this crap, eh?

  • one_who_wanders

    Maine, like Arizona but with colder stupid.

    • arglebargle

      But is it a dry stupid?

      • Tansy Geek

        Nah, it’s full of mosquitos and black flies and pink mold in the bathrooms.

  • cousin itt

    Like a real Christian, Ben takes it on the chin.

    • Lascauxcaveman

      NO! A real Christian would named “Cheek.”

    • arglebargle

      If someone offends you, turn the other chin.

  • exinkwretch

    There’s some folks Down East a few clams short of a chow-duh.

    • Dee Andee


  • Notreelyhelping

    Welcome to bucolic, small-town America.

    • eddi

      Home of the most inbred haters in creation.

      • Notreelyhelping

        I don’t know why Cobain ever left. (Yeah I do–I’ve been to Aberdeen.)

    • Lascauxcaveman

      Whadaya expect? Uppity ching-chong-chinaman running for public office? The nerve! Go back to Tokyo!

  • DahBoner
  • RoyalUglyDude

    That strategy might deliver the Maine skinhead vote:

  • Joshua Norton

    Macdonald said. “I don’t know what the GOP is doing and I don’t even care to see that website

    To which he added, E I E I O.

    • Creepoman

      NASA developed computers to send men to the moon so we could watch pr0n

      • Zippy

        Tang and Space Food Sticks, also too

        • SigDeFlyinMonky

          And that new flavor… prune tang.

  • ManchuCandidate

    Old Macdonald had a campaign
    And in the campaign he had some racists
    With a racist comment here, a racist comment there, here a racist, there a racist everywhere a racist
    Old Macdonald had a campaign…

    • Vecchiojohn

      The racist says, “Nig…” Er. Wait.

      The racist says, “Urban inner city violence.”

      • nmmagyar

        “Thug” if he’s in a hurry

      • ChicagoLovesYou

        There’s lots of coded language to avoid explicitly using the most obviously racist terms:
        brats = black teens who’d prefer not to be shot by police
        thugs = black protesters (not white ones)
        patriots = white supremacists

  • Anarchy Pony

    Is it me, or is this country full of ignorant vicious lunatics?

    • eddi

      It is not just you. Full may overstating it a little. Overrun is closer.

      • DoILookAmused2u ?

        The loud ones are mostly crazy. And they tend to vote.

    • LarryHoudini

      I use to have a high opinion of people from Maine, for no real reason.

      • Dee Andee

        Me too. I guess I thought they were all as cool as Stephen King, but nope, they often suck ass.

        • Msmlg1979

          Everyone is my immediate family is a Stephen King fanatic. My mom talked with a lady from Bangor once who said he and his wife are the kindest, most generous people you could hope to meet. They do a great deal to help their community. Needless to say, we loved him even more after that.

          • Villago Delenda Est

            Stephen King has publicly berated the vile sack of dumbth that is Paul LePage on numerous occasions, to include one when LePage claimed King had left the state and stopped paying taxes in Maine which is about as true as Ben Carson’s assertion that the pyramids were used to store grain.

          • Msmlg1979

            I remember that! He talks a lot about his willingness to pay more taxes, too. Don’t hear too many rich folks saying that. Love him

      • HobbesEvilTwin

        I grew up there – I knew better. Maine is really two states: Metro Portland, which is pretty progressive; and LePage Country, which is mostly batshit crazy except for some pockets of hippies here and there.

        • BigBoppa

          Maine. Vermont’s crazy uncle.

          • Tansy Geek

            What does that make New Hampshire? Vermont’s aging father who types in all caps on MyFacePage sounds about right.

        • LarryHoudini

          My family used to go to Vinalhaven for summer vacation. I guess that’s where I got the high opinion, but it’s probably because I was too young to register batshit crazy.

    • Zippy

      fucking batshitcrazy, ignorant and viscious religious nutters

    • HogeyeGrex

      Country half full, or half empty?

  • orygoon

    My Episcopal church has a semi-retired priest who has clearly been in the ranks of librul social justice Christianity for a great many years, and I love that old guy.

    • Respiteini

      That could be half the Church, honestly.

    • Vecciojohn

      True story. I met a retired pisco palian minister whose job was to go around to churches all over the US of A and ask to give a talk about food insecurity. More than half the churches he contacts turn him down.

      • orygoon

        Oh for God’s sake…

  • Joe Beese

    Matthew 5:11 IN YOUR FACE

  • Spotts1701

    Ah, isn’t there something about religious tests for office being verboten? Or is it okay if it’s simply a religious purity test?

  • LarryHoudini


  • Zippy

    Great- another suicide bombing in Beirut

  • JustPixelz

    It’s a War on Christians … being waged by the GOP.

  • Zippy

    Dok, is that a typo in the kicker?

    • doktorzoom

      Not anymore it isn’t (thanks!)

  • SigDeFlyinMonky

    The continuing infantilizaton of public discourse by the GOP. Why am I not surprised? They make such fragile victims, all of them. Martyrdom, on the cheep, is so unbecoming. If anyone is giving “Christians” a bad name, they are. Their odious vapors rise to the heavens and offend the angels.

    • FauxAntocles

      Which is why they’ll get flushed before they ever meet St Peter.

  • Iam Reading

    Episcopalian. …….almost A Atheist

    • orygoon

      I’m a proud E-churcher, and my attitude is more like “if it is indeed true, then it’s really all about the good parts, not the bizarre hurtful things that humans have inserted.”

    • MrBlobfish

      Ain’t no party like a Episcopaliant party. Cause a Episcopalian party don’t stop

      • orygoon

        Our motto: “Where three or four are gathered together, there’s sure to be a fifth.”

        • jmk

          With one noteworthy exception, the Episcopal folk I’ve known have been like “yep, we getcha, padre… we’ll all be nice to one another. Now, did someone mention coffee and pastry?”

  • MrBlobfish

    Chin is obviously a Hitler.

    • mailman27

      Himmler, OTH, didn’t have much of a chin.

  • TheBidenator

    Since when does a small offshoot of the protestant church full of ignorant turds get to decide what is and is not Christian? Look Evangafundies we know you like to pretend that you’re Wahabbists and this is Saudi Arabia but seriously, STFU.

    • Jeamonn

      Wahhabi is my favorite part of getting sushi.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      I’m in favor of deporting all these twits to Riyadh so they can experience a theology not attuned to their wishes for the full effect.

  • kindness

    Republicans aren’t even trying to hide it any more,

    When will the MSM admit it?

  • chicken thief

    Bad thing about voting for Chin is two hours later you feel like you need to vote again.

    • FauxAntocles


  • chicken thief

    It’s easy enough to find out if he’s really Christian – just ask him where Joseph stored his grain.

    • Anarchy Pony

      Phnom pen?

    • Bill Slider

      I am going to steal this and use it until I die. Of course I will give you credit, you and Dr Idjit

  • Lefty Frizzell

    All the so-called holy books are, collectively, the best Rorschach tests ever compiled.

  • calliecallie

    I can’t snark to this. Every sassy comment I come up with feels so racist I can’t post it.

  • chicken thief

    Ben Chin, Ben Ghazi…. CONNECT THE DOTS, SHEEPLE!!11!!!

    • DoILookAmused2u ?

      Ben Carson! Wait!

      • DahBoner

        President Ben Carson->Ben Dover.

  • YayConspiracy

    I don’t understand these republicans. Why don’t they just say what they really want to say: We don’t like gooks.

    • DahBoner

      “Messes up the curve”

    • nmmagyar

      Because they are chickenshits

  • harryeagar

    I wonder what are the local issues in Lewiston, Maine, that need addressing more than Chin’s religion? Snow removal? Aside from raging bigotry, what goes on n Lewiston, Maine?

    • DoILookAmused2u ?

      Snow removal, garbage collection, domestic violence would be the top 3 issues, I would think… especially with those long Winters.

      • DoILookAmused2u ?

        Also too, potholes. WInter is hard on roads.

        • BigBoppa

          And moose management. Especially the ones that fall into potholes.

          • DoILookAmused2u ?

            Dang. Forgot about them Moose. 700 Pound marauders.

          • Zippy

            Moose and Squirrel must die…

    • orygoon

      I knew a woman some years ago who was a recent grad of Bates College, which is there, and she volunteered with the settling-in of refugees–I guess a lot of Somalis were settled there? And it’s probably the kind of place where people that different create quite the uproar. Maine is one of the whitest states, innit?

      • DoILookAmused2u ?

        95% white according to census.

        And the least religious state in the country according to a 2010 study.

        Plus, almost no evangelicals.

      • Suttree

        There are about 1,000 Somalis as of now. I checked last time Wonkette brought this racist vile mooseturd up. That’s in a “city” of 37,000 so ya know “gosh durn furriners stealing my moniez”.

        • DoILookAmused2u ?

          Yeah, in the last 20 years, Maine went from about 99% white to 95% white.

          Talk about your culture shocks.

          • Suttree

            I sure it is. I just don’t give a fuck about these shitbags feelings.

          • Wee Mousie

            gasp. I saw a swarthy face.

            GASP! I saw ANOTHER swarthy face!

          • Amalga

            I have a friend in Vermont who literally was hiding behind me at Costco in Burlington because of the scary Moslems!!! Little Malaysian ladies in hijab with small children in tow. Oooooh scary!!

          • Wee Mousie

            Lots of the people in my neck of the woods got themselves exercised over a niqāb during the election, and that so close to Halloween, too.

      • Squirrel_t_robot

        It was; no more.

        I was flying home from my annual summer vacation in Maine a couple of years ago, and the man next to me was from Uganda, fasting for Ramadan, told me he worked with Homeland security, and had lived in Portland for 20 years.

        He was a hoot, even though he was purposely starving himself.

        • Mintie

          Just an FYI, you’re allowed to eat after sunset and before dawn during Ramadan, the same as Lent (if people still fasted for Lent).

          • Tansy Geek

            I imagine flying through multiple times zones wrecks havoc with the length of the day while fasting.

          • Mintie

            True, and not something I’d want to do, since flying makes me temporarily hypoglycemic.

          • Wee Mousie

            I think the only reason Lent is still being observed is to mark the end of Mardi Gras.

          • LesBontemps

            There’s an end to Mardi Gras? Now I haz a sad.

          • Wee Mousie

            Mardi Gras actually begins with Epiphany and ends the night before Ash Wednesday, but since no one knows when that is, they just keep drinking from New Years Eve onward and don’t stop until whichever comes first, the onset of Lent or delirium tremors.

    • Squirrel_t_robot

      Muslims building mosques.

      See, about 10 years ago, a national publication ranked Maine public schools higher than most; and way higher than Georgia’s where Somali refugees were being settled at the time.
      Guess what happened next? Indeed it did!

      Now the right wingers in Maine worry endlessly about sekrit Mooselems (moose on jihad) when they are not tossing pig heads into the aforementioned mosques.
      In addition to their usual concerns about gay people in Portland moving north.

      • nmmagyar

        Don’t they understand that us gay folk will never move to colder (more clothing required) climates?

        • theCryptofishist

          Not even to take part in Finnish saunas?

          • nmmagyar

            mmmm, Finns are so hot. Hairy blonde men. But, no, they will have to come to South Beach like civilized people to become our “dates”.

    • Vegan and Tiara

      Sharia Law!

  • Jay Vaughn

    Biblical bitch slap

  • OneYieldRegular

    Chin’s electoral prospects for mayor may be up in the air, but Lockman is a shoe-in for County Ayatollah.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      Sharia Law NOW AND FOREVER!

  • Ppph… Episcopalians aren’t Real True Christians. They’re practically Catholic except they like gay people and have women thinking they’re equal in church and stuff. They’re definitely getting left behind when angry Jesus shows up to take all of the megachurch people to heaven.

    • Woody

      Episcopalians, I was assured by my non-molesting Catholic priest buddy, are simply Catholics who flunked Latin.

      • John B.

        Good one! (and I’m a lapsed Episcopalian!)

  • Billy Croissant

    Let’s see..what’s got the GOP’s panties in a bunch?

    bzzz bzzz something something….dehumanize our neighborsdeny women their rightssqueeze the life out of the poor

    Oh. They don’t like having the GOP platform being taken out of context, like they’re saying that about white people or something.

  • Villago Delenda Est

    Episcopalians, like Catholics, are not actual Christians. So, the attack on Chin is true!

    My source:

    • nmmagyar

      Holy Mother Church, the only true and faithful disciples of Our Lord Jesus Christ, as taught by his besties Peter and Paul, Disagrees Most Strenously!

      • Zippy

        along comes Mary

        • nmmagyar

          Is she Proud?

          • Wee Mousie

            Only if she has creedence.

          • jimheffner

            Didn’t they have a revival tour?
            I vote for Wonkette as the best place to find players upon words in groups.

        • mtn_philosoph

          People have remarked that there’s something about her.

      • Villago Delenda Est

        You’ll notice the link to the site doesn’t work? That’s due to the evil machinations of the Whore of Babylon, Pope Francis, High Priest of SATAN!

        • nmmagyar

          Are you trying to bring the wrath of New Pope down upon your head?????

        • Squirrel_t_robot

          The Whore of Bangor.

      • richardgrabman

        Peter, Paul… and Mary.

    • Latverian Diplomat

      For a while it seemed as though many conservative Christians rejected the label Christian, in favor of “Evangelical” or “Bible-Based Christian”, but it seems like now they are trying to reclaim and police the broad term instead.

      I suggest that liberal Christians just go with it. It might think that might help out our idiot media, who love to report on two clearly labeled sides to every issue. So, you could have something like this: “That was the Christian endorsement of using the poor for fuel. With an opposing point of view, a statement from leaders of the Jesusian community.

      • James Christopher Owen

        I once suggested “Yahshuans” or “Joshuans”.

      • jimheffner

        You mean ‘fundies’?

    • Tansy Geek

      I think it was Robin Williams who said that Episcopalians are Catholic light. All the idolatry but half the guilt.

      • jimheffner

        Good one.

      • spinetingler

        and more whiskey.

  • What, no claims that Chin was seen masturbating to Piss Christ while humming the Internationale? You need to step up your game, Lewiston GOP.

    • Squirrel_t_robot

      Don’t give them ideas!

      Besides, everyone knows all teh commies and gayahs live in Portland.

  • Squirrel_t_robot

    Southern Maine is remarkably liberal; and then there is the northern bit, where everyone is a winger potato, or maybe Canadian.

    Lewiston, however, is interesting: lots of Somalis have resettled there. So, Maine – once even whiter than Vermont – is now somewhat ethnic. And when the righties start whining about welfare, they are not picturing in their mind’s eye the poor as crow white folks what live in shacks on old potato fields – you know, the actual people always on welfare- at all. They are conjuring up scary dark people from Africa who moved to Vacationland for the schools and some Downeast jihad, maybe.

    And as a person whose entire family is from Maine (but I grew up in NY, thank you mom and dad for moving!) I can tells y’all the small fraction of the reactionary, under educated, xenophobic, non coastal Mainer does not like a more ethnic Maine ONE BIT. No sir.
    No ‘ayahs’ for Somalis. Or anyone who looks ‘foreign’. Or Canadians even.

    • Squirrel_t_robot

      Lewiston is also the home of some evil concoction called ‘Moxie’.

      The more you know, ayah.

      • Leporidae

        No, Lisbon Falls is home to Moxie (which was born out of Lowell, MA). Also, it’s spelled “ayuh”, not “ayah”.

        The more you know.

    • Latverian Diplomat

      One of the reasons that Somalis settled there may be because there were liberal churches there to sponsor and support them (without demanding that they convert first, or ever). That is why many Somalis wound in the liberal Lutheran basion of the Twin Cities.

    • Bitter Scribe

      What a culture shock Maine must be for someone from Somalia. The weather alone would be enough.

    • Wee Mousie

      Why should they, Canadians are foreign. And socialists.

    • jimheffner

      I would have thought that Aroostook would be a desirable neighborhood for stealth Cannabis growers and their support industry, bringing in a more liberal, at least socially, element.

  • whitroth

    Damn, Ho Chi Chin? I suppose it’s too late for me to move to Lewiston, so I could vote for him! I mean, Uncle Ho *was* the leader of the Good Guys in ‘Nam….

    mark “one of those Real Americans who was
    protesting ‘Nam in the streets”

    • Wee Mousie

      Learned his trade from the CIA .. oops! .. I mean the OSS.
      Then he taught the teacher.

  • bookish

    Bolsheviks? Is that a thing?

    • Paperless Tiger

      According to the hysteriks.

    • mtn_philosoph

      I was told once that one of the Russian ballet’s most dedicated fans was a fellow known as “Bolshoi Vic.”

  • OrdinaryJoe

    Is there nowhere in ‘Merica, where a poor white man who can’t afford to join a country club or a yacht club, can be left to his segregated peace and quiet?

    • Comrade Wingtardd 5467p

      I guess not, but you can rig up a massage contraption like this one

    • jimheffner

      Never fear there are George Zimmerman types hiding under every rock and in the sewers too. Gated communities are almost affordable for the middle class here in Floriduh. With the gates and the fences it becomes easier to keep them isolated from the rest of us.

  • fawkedifiknow

    Those folks are convinced the movie, “The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming” was a documentary.

  • clubseal

    I’m confused as to how this is considered a healthy democracy.

    • John B.

      Oh, the good ship “Democracy” capsized a long, long time ago.

  • fka_donnie_d

    So I guess we’ve gone from “oppression and bigotry don’t exist, stop playing the victim card” to “We’re the real victims and you’re the real bigots, shut up, are too”.

    Progress, of a sort.

  • chimichanga

    I want to say “Rock Lobster” because it’s fun to say.

    • Wee Mousie

      Lobster Rock was a very short-lived musical fad in the mid sixties, IIRC.

      • mtn_philosoph

        It tried to carapace for itself in the music world, but failed in its bib.

        • spinetingler


          • mtn_philosoph

            Lobster rock would have drawn butter interest if it had been given more publicity.

  • CognizantImpiety

    As an avowed atheist and recovering Xian, I just want to say that I don’t hate Xians, I hate their behavior.

    • jimheffner

      As an agnostic, mostly animistic, Pagan with Buddhist leanings and Quaker/mainstream Protestant roots I’m trying to reach your level of tolerance, but at least I work at disliking all the Abrahamic sects equally.
      From Holly Near with more detachment than my own:

      • “Abrahamic sects” – sorry, but I hate that phrase, because it suggests that Jews and Arabs are to blame for all our troubles; and suggests that there’s something special andbetter about other religions. Of course you can say that the Buddhists who are rioting and killing Muslims in Burma or Sri Lanka aren’t real Buddhists – but then Michael Chin isn’t a real Christian, is he?

  • BeliTsari

    I personally would hate each and every Christian who didn’t tear-up, burn or poop upon posters like that. Ofay ‘baggers are the exact opposite of Christian, American or White! They only exist to suck to massa, turn a profit off of hate and believe nothing but lies.

  • Incoming Ham

    An example of why when one is running for office one doesn’t say things that sound like they came from a sentient adult.

    Someone needs to put the “Christ” back in “Christians.”

    • Jen_Baker_VA

      Now that is a bumper sticker that needs to be liberally applied everywhere

    • danteardenz

      The Funds hate Christ…they love Yahweh.

  • James Christopher Owen

    Clearly, the Rethuglican pseudo-Christians are most angry because he called them on self-designated “Christians” urging their members to support the most anti-Christian public policy positions. That scream of agony you’re hearing? That’s the arrow hitting its target.

  • sundaytrucker

    Once again…this is why we in NH refer to Maine as North Alabama.

  • Thomas Hancock

    Well them Episcopalians are mostly a librul lot, what with their gay, woman, and black priests and all.

    • Pecker Rider of Pern

      An Episcopalian priest I know filled me in on a nasty bit of inter-church gossip: when the Episcopalians decided gay marriage was not the 7th sign of the apocalypse, the Catholic church tried to swoop in and poach their minority of bigoted priests, going so far as to forgive them should they be married with children. As long as they hate the queers, they can be forgiven for sullying their souls with s-s-s-sex.

      • John B.

        An old college friend of mine was among the married Episcopal priests that took the Catholic Church up on that offer. I always wonder how his fellow priests that actually are stuck with that celibacy vow feel to know that he gets to go home to a wife and sons instead of sharing a parsonage with other priests.

        • Pecker Rider of Pern

          I couldn’t help but wonder about that, too. Good thing I’m not a priest.

      • That’s a bit of an over-the-top way of describing Anglicanorum coetibus – it’s true, but it’s not JUST about queer issues. Recruiting Anglo-Catholics was one of Pope Benny’s big things.

        • Pecker Rider of Pern

          I am a little too high to make sense of Catholic legalese right now, so I’ll take your word for it.

      • danteardenz

        And the Catholic Church need those married Episcopal ones to defect.
        They lost so much of their clergy to sex scandal !

        • Pecker Rider of Pern

          Pedophile priests are never lost, they’re just quietly shuffled into some other neighborhood.

        • Pecker Rider of Pern

          Also, who grows up these days and thinks, “Man, I wanna job where I only live where my superiors tell me to go, and also I can never have sex.”

  • Pecker Rider of Pern

    Apparently you’ve gotta be way more racist to qualify as a real Christian for these charming GOPers.

  • DahBoner

    Hey, small town Mainers!

    You could always move to Costa Rica if you want to be around White people. It’s a free country…

  • Sterculius

    Good, give us all the Asians too. There just aren’t that many bitter paranoid delusional old white men, not enough to win elections.

  • mailman27

    I want to hear the Christian churches’ input on electoral politics when they start paying taxes like the rest of us. Until then they have a license to STFU. Enough already.

  • UnsaltedSinner

    It’s a good thing racism in the US has ended.

    • lovelydestruction

      Hooray for post-racial America!

  • Brewerofbeers

    “Lockman also called the Maine People’s Alliance, a progressive organization that Chin works with, a “criminal street gang” and “a group of young Bolsheviks who engage in burglary, bullying, intimidation, and criminal trespass.”

    They sue for libel now, yes?

  • Angela Ruzzo

    What bothers me about this is that Chin shouldn’t have to be a registered Christian in order to be elected. If he were a Buddhist, but still the most qualified person, then whether or not he is a member of a Episcopalian Church or an Atheist should be irrelevant.

    • stardreamer42

      The Constitution explicitly says that there shall be no religious test required to serve in any public office. Unfortunately, in order to serve, one must first be elected, and there is a de facto religious test for being elected in many parts of the country. This is not something we can fix with laws.

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