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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Lou Engle's Detroit TheCall gathering doesn't draw expected crowd

Posted By on Tue, Nov 15, 2011 at 6:00 AM

Detroit didnt embrace Lou Engle as much as he was hoping.
  • Detroit didn't embrace Lou Engle as much as he was hoping.
Everybody's favorite hoarse, mustachioed, lunatic drinking bird, Lou Engle, held one of his famous TheCall gatherings on Friday at Ford Field in Detroit, and it followed his classic form: According to news reports, he was his classic, nutty self, and the crowd was smaller than expected.

The Detroit Free Press reports that the football stadium drew fewer than the 50,000 to 70,000 people organizers had hoped for, and the crowd was mostly white despite the IHOP crew's hopes of attracting a large contingent of black worshippers. The paper also notes that more than 100 people showed up outside the stadium to protest TheCall and Engle's hate-spreading ways.

This hate-fest didn't produce any particularly noteworthy Engle gems, but he did make some odd comments about gospel music, saying it will be "a new worship sound out of Detroit." And he reportedly devoted three hours of the 24-hour rally to "defeating Islam in Dearborn and eventually around the world." If you're jonesing for a new Engle video, there's one after the jump.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

HuffPost identifies nine worst Westboro Baptist funeral protests

Posted By on Wed, Oct 12, 2011 at 2:08 PM

Arent they all worst?
  • Aren't they all "worst"?
The Huffington Post has come up with a list of the nine "worst" funeral protests by Westboro Baptist Church.

It's kind of a dumb exercise because, like a list of the worst Beatles songs, it suggests that the church does worthwhile things when it's not thanking God for AIDS and improvised explosive devices.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

So-called prophet claims President Obama's speech on the Middle East caused Joplin tornado (video)

Posted By on Tue, Sep 13, 2011 at 10:54 AM

In July, nutbag Kansas City preacher Lou Engle claimed that the May 22 EF5 tornado that ripped through Joplin "was a sign that God's redemptive judgments are beginning to be manifest concerning the shedding of innocent blood and abortion."

Not so fast, as college football analyst Lee Corso would say. A prophet named Chuck Pierce is claiming that the tornado that killed 159 was God's response to a speech by President Obama on the Middle East. Pierce also claimed that the speech will cause racism to return to 1967 levels. Actually, didn't that happen around 2009?

H/t: Right Wing Report.

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Lou Engle says Texas Gov. Perry's presidential announcement may have brought relief during the Lone Star State's drought

Posted By on Tue, Sep 6, 2011 at 12:09 PM

Lou Engle doesnt realize Texas drought continues.
  • Lou Engle doesn't realize Texas' drought continues.
Hey, everyone, homophobic Kansas City evangelical Lou Engle said something crazy. I know. It'd be news if he didn't. The latest from the creepy prophet: Texas Gov. Rick Perry's announcement that he's running for president may have brought relief from Texas' drought.

"I heard that actually the day that Gov. Perry announced that he’s running for president, and this is not an endorsement I’m giving here, it simply it rained I believe he said for five hours, it poured," Engle said during a conference call with Ministry Today (via Right Wing Watch). "And people think that that could’ve been a sign, I don’t know. I think that was a historic prayer gathering for a governor to call a true Joel:2 solemn assembly. You don’t always see an immediate answer to these kinds of prayers but God does, God sees and responds and I believe we’ll look back at that gathering as a historic moment in American history and that’s what I’ve got to believe."

Rick Perry makes it rain! Except the drought isn't over. And Texas is burning.

Oh, and that "historic prayer gathering" that Engle mentioned was Perry's The Response prayer rally, which Engle's BFF Mike Bickle of IHOP (prayer, not pancakes) fame had a big hand in.

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Jerry Johnston's First Family Church getting booted from Overland Park megachurch home

The First Family Church is losing its megachurch home.

Posted By on Tue, Sep 6, 2011 at 9:18 AM

Regions Bank claimed Jerry Johnston was making $400,000.
  • Regions Bank claimed that Jerry Johnston was making $400,000.
Anyone in the market for a megachurch? The Rev. Jerry Johnston's First Family Church is getting booted out of its Overland Park home near U.S. Highway 69 and 143rd Street, The Kansas City Star's Judy L. Thomas reported (and she's done a fantastic job of keeping track of what's going on with the church).

Talk of First Family facing foreclosure began in January with the megachurch owing more than $14 million on its mortgage to Regions Bank. Word that the church was losing its home base along with everything in the church came Sunday, with its final service at its current location taking place September 11. The church's board of elders said in a statement that "after exhausting every option with Regions Bank, we have no alternative."

But church leaders vowed to "rebuild."

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  • The First Family Church is losing its megachurch home.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Lou Engle believes he can pray the gay away and also convert Muslims to Christianity

Posted By on Tue, Aug 16, 2011 at 11:13 AM

Lou Engle believes prayer will fix everything he thinks is wrong with America.
  • Lou Engle believes prayer will fix everything that he thinks is wrong with America.
Creepy Kansas City preacher Lou Engle has something in common with Marcus Bachmann: He believes you can pray the gay away. Engle recently spoke about one such conversion at Awakening 2011 in Chicago (of course, there's video after the jump).

Engle also believes that prayer will convert Muslims to Christianity. There's a large Muslim population near Detroit, where Engle will be holding one of his TheCall events on November 11. Get ready to watch Engle rock back and forth with his hands in his pockets.

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Friday, August 12, 2011

International House of Prayer leader Mike Bickle claims he's been personally attacked by demons (video)

Posted By on Fri, Aug 12, 2011 at 1:46 PM

International House of Prayer leader Mike Bickle says he has seen demons with his own eyes. At least once. But it wasn't the first time he'd been attacked by demons. He has been assaulted at least 10 times in the last 30 years. Really, this isn't a surprise. This is a man who has dreamed of 100-foot snakes raining from the sky.

Bickle offers a tip for those who find themselves attacked by demons: Just tell them to leave, and they'll be on their way.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Sam Brownback downplays his involvement in creepy prayer rally

Posted By on Tue, Aug 2, 2011 at 6:00 AM

Is a right-wing prayer rally in the guv's vacation plans?
  • Is a right-wing prayer rally in the guv's vacation plans?

The prayer rally that Texas Gov. Rick Perry is leading in Houston on Saturday is looking more like a cautionary tale than a great awakening. Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, the one governor who planned to attend the arena-sized day of fasting and prayer, now appears to be waffling in his commitment to the event -- perhaps out of recognition that it's creepy with homophobes.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Sam Brownback is the only governor to commit to Rick Perry's prayer rally

Posted By on Tue, Jul 26, 2011 at 3:10 PM

Sam Brownback will make a Texas-sized prayer.
  • Sam Brownback will make a Texas-sized prayer.

Rick Perry, the governor of Texas and a potential presidential candidate, is going to pray and fast for America on August 6. He's not kidding around, either. He has booked a football stadium in Houston for the event.

Perry invited the nation's governors to join him at what's being called "the Response." But to date, only one has accepted the offer: Sam Brownback of Kansas.

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Friday, July 22, 2011

Westboro Baptist Church plans to picket SlutWalk

Posted By on Fri, Jul 22, 2011 at 12:20 PM

SlutWalk happens on July 30.
  • SlutWalk happens on July 30.

Surprising no one, the Westboro Baptist Church plans to picket the SlutWalk march in Kansas City on July 30. The mere mention of the word "slut" sent church officials reaching for the finger grease-stained pages of the Old Testament. Leviticus! Deuteronomy! Some other book of the Bible that only sex-obsessed fundamentalists read!

SlutWalk is an international response to a Canadian policeman's advice that women should avoid dressing like "sluts" to maintain their safety. The marches make the point that it's rapists who commit rape and that blaming the victims of sex crimes is unacceptable.

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