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This Week In Crazy: Put The Devil Back Into Hell

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This Week In Crazy: Put The Devil Back Into Hell


666 is not only the number of the Beast — it is also, it seems, the number of weeks this election cycle has been going on. Welcome to “This Week In Crazy,” The National Memo’s weekly update on the loony, bigoted, and hateful behavior of the increasingly unhinged right wing. Starting with number five:

5. Monica Cole

Well, I’m glad we have our priorities in order. Monica Cole, director of the American Family Association’s One Million Moms initiative, has her sights set on getting FOX’s new show Lucifer kicked off the air by organizing a boycott of companies that advertise on the network.

The new show, she writes, is “spiritually dangerous” because it “glorifies Satan as a caring, likable person in human flesh.” Cole complains that the show poses questions “meant to make people rethink assumptions about good and evil, including about God and Satan.”

Permit a digression into comic book geekdom for a moment. This TV series is based on the DC Comics’ title Lucifer, written by Mike Carey, but this interpretation of the character originally appeared in The Sandman, the groundbreaking comic penned by prolific scribe Neil Gaiman. Gaiman said he took cues for his Lucifer from John Milton’s Paradise Lost when he fashioned the character. So let’s all stop pretending that literary works using the Satan archetype to examine weighty issues of predestination, free will, and moral character is, like, Barack Obama’s fault, or something remotely new.

Gaiman issued a succinct rebuttal to the OMMs on his Tumblr, when the they got this boycott thing kicking eight months ago:

Ah. It seems like only yesterday (but it was 1991) that the “Concerned Mothers of America” announced that they were boycotting SANDMAN because it contained Lesbian, Gay, Bi and Trans characters. It was Wanda that upset them most: the idea of a Trans Woman in a comic book… They told us they were organizing a boycott of SANDMAN, which they would only stop if we wrote to the American Family Association and promised to reform.

I wonder if they noticed it didn’t work last time, either…

I should note here that organizing a boycott is totally cool — and hopefully trying to tell Olive Garden where to spend their marketing dollars will keep the OMMs distracted and occupied enough that they won’t do anything that might have an actual impact.

Next: Gordon Klingenschmitt and Lance Wallnau

Sam Reisman

Sam Reisman is the former managing editor at The National Memo, where he still writes the weekly "This Week In Crazy" column. His writing has appeared in Flavorpill, The Huffington Post, Columbia Daily Spectator, and Bwog. He was the publisher of the 2010 edition of Inside New York, an annual guidebook to the city for students and young professionals.

Since 2011, he has co-curated and hosted Peculiar Streams, a showcase for NYC-based writers, musicians, comedians, and filmmakers. He is a staff writer at Mediaite, and blogs at SamReisman.com.

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  1. dtgraham January 29, 2016

    Planned Parenthood may have survived that Texas grand jury, fake scam artists, Fox News, and the GOP so far, but the death knell may be Donald Trump saying that he wants to put them out of business. So he said at one time anyway. All President Trump would have to do next year is to take Planned Parenthood over and turn them into one of his Trump properties. That should do it.

    In any event, if the Republicans take control of all 3 branches of government next year, you might as well change their name to Unplanned Parenthood at that point for all the good they’ll be able to do.

  2. Rodger Malcolm Mitchell January 29, 2016

    The right wing is obsessed with heaven, hell, the bible and what God really wants. Unfortunately, the right wing cares nothing for the poor, the underdog, compassion or empathy.

    1. dtgraham January 29, 2016

      Au contraire. The right wing knows exactly what God really wants. He wants creationism taught in the schools so there won’t be time to teach anything about climate change or birth control.

      Then after President Trump bankrupts Planned Parenthood, your kids can pray the venereal disease away.

      1. Elliot J. Stamler January 29, 2016


        1. dtgraham January 30, 2016

          I guess I should have realized it by now Elliot. The guy’s got a jumbo jet with his name on it, buildings with gold on them, and a never ending supply of young super-model wives.

          Plus, if he can pull off that comb-over, he must be some kind of a deity. You figure he’s gotta be.

          1. Elliot J. Stamler January 30, 2016

            I read and saw an Internet article a day or so ago about the hair–it was from a leading dermatologist who specializes in hair transplants. It’s not a comb-over. The physician explained he had a “flap transplant” from the temple area of his skull and then had a series of back-up hair plug transplants behind the transplanted flap to “back it up.” So it is his own hair and that’s why he let the goon woman at his rally tug at it and it didn’t come off.

  3. The lucky one January 29, 2016

    Despite all her nonsense Coulter’s comparison of Trump and McCarthy is apt. Both are demagogues who have or in the Duck’s case will wreak havoc in the lives of many citizens. Eventually trump will end up on the trash heap of losers with McCarthy.

    “The Front” an old movie by Woody Allen looks at the McCarthy era. it’s not a comedy but near the end when Allen’s character is interrogated by McCarthy’s hearing is classic. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8t-g2HMBklk The interview begins at the :40 sec mark. caution profanity.

    1. BillP January 29, 2016

      Liked your comment but the movie The Front wasn’t a Woody Allen movie. He was in the movie but it was written by Walter Bernstein and directed by Martin Ritt. It was a really good movie and may be the only movie Woody Allen appeared in that wasn’t one of his.

      1. The lucky one January 30, 2016

        Thanks, I didn’t know that. It was quite a departure from his usual roles.

        1. BillP January 30, 2016

          I hated to be picky but its a good movie and as you said a big departure for Woody. If you like this type of movie check out Guilty by Suspicion starring Robert De Niro and Annette Bening.

  4. FireBaron January 29, 2016

    Monica Cole really needs to actually read her literature. “Lucifer Morningstar” was actually a Roman Deity. He was the personification of either the planets Mercury or Venus, in their aspect of the last star to appear above the horizon before sunrise. At some point, he became a cognate of Satan (or whatever other name you want to call him). And even there, the Christian concept of Satan took a major turnaround in theology from the original concept. Satan roughly translates from Hebrew as “adversary” or “advocate”. His role was to challenge people in their Faith to prove they could be counted among the righteous. Job’s woes were part of testing by “the adversary”, as was Jesus temptation in the desert.
    The whole concept of the “War in Heaven” and the “Fallen Angles” was a late introduction in Judaism and owes more to “Enochian” Apocrypha than to orthodox teachings, with Milton’s dramatic poem “Paradise Lost” being accepted whole cloth as theology by Puritan preachers.

    As far as the rest of Sam’s collection for this week, I am only going to comment on Ann Coulter. I love how she has now turned on the only network that gave serious airtime to her rantings and ravings. Her wholehearted adoption of THE DONALD as a serious candidate, along with his endorsement by Caribou Barbie prove that this mook is not fit to be President.

    1. plc97477 January 29, 2016

      Monica Cole really needs to actually read her literature. Unfortunately she would need to be able to read. No one has proven to me she can yet.

  5. Joan January 29, 2016

    Why do we listen to and quote these people? Should’nt that bubble they live in be running out of air?

  6. plc97477 January 29, 2016

    Is there a shortage of tin foil? These people need to tighten their foil hats before what sense they have is gone.

    1. Thomas Martin January 29, 2016

      There are so many lunatics spewing their hate right now we will suffer a shortage of aluminum soon. What a waste of a natural resource!

  7. Aaron_of_Portsmouth January 29, 2016

    It is impossible to tally the number of people in America, and in all of Christiandom, who have been “spawned” by the inertia and dead-end of Literalist Interpretation of the Bible. (Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, and all other previous Dispensations have large numbers of followers who suffer similarly).

    Based on the insights of Baha’u’llah, Abdu’l Baha in the “Kitab-i-Iqan”(“Book of Certitude”) [KI], “Some Answered Questions” [SAQ], respectively, we note the following:

    1) In [KI] we find that Revelation is both perspicuous and allegorical, and that The Books contain many levels of meanings that are often hidden at first sight.
    For Laws, exhortations, and warnings, the meanings are perspicuous. Higher concepts are couched in the language of parables, allegories, similes.
    (Earlier, Jesus alluded to this in the New Testament; Muhammad in Surah 2 verse 26 in Yusuf Ali’s translation made a similar reference).

    2) In [SAQ], we note that the “beast” as referred to in Revelations is NOT the monster that many in the Church hierarchy have perceived (as a result of vivid and over-active imaginations [my comment]).
    Instead, it refers to a certain family that helped further split Islam.

    Elsewhere in the Baha’i Writings, we find indications that “AntiChrist” doesn’t pertain to one person(or creature), but rather most often refers to any individual(s) who arise to desecrate a Religion by fomenting dissent, division, and/or rising up to challenge the Messengers in person, or by “whispering in men’s breast” to cause the followers of any of the Revelations that have appeared to waver in their allegiance.

    In [SAQ] we find that the “beast” is the family(tribal line) called the “Umayyads”. And specific images and occurrences cited in the Book of Revelations refer to events that happened during the havoc which the Umayyads and their descendants inflicted on the Imams, and the subsequent reign of that branch of Islam(Sunnis) who assumed the mantle of authority as they expanded from their official center of Damascus(in Syria) during that era. During the period that the Imam Ali was able to assume his position as the 1st Imam and the 4th Caliph he was assassinated by an Umayyad in
    a cowardly act of betrayal by one of the descendants of that Umayyad family.
    The year of his murder took place in the year 666 AD(adjusting for a correction to the birth of Jesus—refer to chapter 13 of “New Keys to the Book of Revelation”).
    (Don’t freak out by the number 13 of the chapter either—it’s just a coincidence).

    The book “Muhammad and the Course of Islam” by Hasan Balyuzi gives a lot of background on the genesis and development of the animosity that Umayyah and his descendants had towards Muhammad and His male descendants.

    In closing at this juncture, there is a relevant quote, I think, that refers to the lurid and fanciful interpretations that people have conjured up when reading the Bible, and other Books.
    In the preamble of a Tablet (Firdawsiyyih) in “Tablets of Baha’u’llah after The Kitab-i-Aqdas”, there is a statement:
    “….humanity for the most part delights in superstition. They regard a single drop of the sea of delusion as preferable to an ocean of certitude…”

    Therefore, the colorful and titillating imagery of the beast that Hollywood has mass produced, and which literalists and conspiracists have conceived and actively promote and insist on, are merely products of vain imaginations.

    Just my unofficial comments.

  8. Elliot J. Stamler January 29, 2016

    Well, being reasonably old (senior citizen) gives me perspective when a flannel-mouth says something that I KNOW is ridiculous because I lived through it. Professional foul-mouth and arguably hermaphroditic Ann Coulter says McCarthy gave this country another half century of survival. I was alive and sentient when Sen. McCarthy was running wild; when he stumbled, was censured and soon after drank himself to death.
    Anyone who believes Joe McCarthy helped the quite legitimate cause of rooting out communist subversion is an ignoramus or a fanatic or both (a good description of most right-wing conservatives.) Joe McCarthy was an alcoholic opportunist who lobbed on to anti-communism as his demagogic way of becoming important….but like so many demagogues he didn’t know when to stop. Eventually he alienated all but the most right-wing of the extremists-the Coulters of the day-and got his comeuppance. He in fact harmed greatly the cause of fighting communism nor did he have any concern about whether he was doing any good or not…except for himself. I was in High School and University back then-I lived through it-I know.

    1. idamag January 31, 2016

      Hitler’s first thrust was against communists. When Germany declared war on the United Sates, the very active nazi parties went underground and reemerged as the John Birch Society. The damage McCarthy did to people was horrendous. I wonder if coulter is a member of the nazi party?

  9. jointerjohn January 29, 2016

    These people are caught up in the extremely dangerous idea that the end justifies the means. I think it grows from devotion to a god who “loved” his children so much that when they didn’t behave he drowned all but one small family in a flood.

    1. idamag January 31, 2016

      And, he fomented jealousy between two brothers for starters. Then there was a community of people who were planting, raising cattle and sheep, marrying and they were called the land of milk and honey. God’s people killed everyone of them.,

  10. Robert Cruder January 29, 2016

    Hell and the devil were not supported by any scripture or long-standing tradition of any religion. They were partly a fabrication by the Jews after their rebellion caused their temple to be destroyed and partly a fabrication by Christians to demonize their competition. For instance 666 is the equivalent in Jewish numerology to “Nero Caesar”. Homosexuality only became a sin when it could be used to dismiss the Greeks. There were hundreds of local deities that would have been called devils if their fables and festivals could not have been absorbed into Christianity like “Christmas” and “Easter”.

    Disapproval comes from the preachers and politicians who still pretend that Christianity is a single political power for which they can speak. They cannot laugh because anger and resentment is all that they have. Most consider them to be jokes if not charlatans.

    “Lucifer” is not the best written but I will give it a chance. “Priest” is also upcoming. For a laugh, find the animated “Lucy, daughter of the devil”.

  11. Michael Ross January 30, 2016

    I once had the opportunity to ask Coulter a few questions about her ideology. At the time, her most recent gem was expressing her desire to repeal voting rights to women, so I asked her what in God’s name could possess someone to want to do away with their own right to vote?

    She replied “Your mother’s in here with us Michael. Would you like to leave a message?”

  12. Wedge Shot January 31, 2016

    Ann Coulter would embarrass the devil if she said she said she liked they way he did things.

  13. idamag January 31, 2016

    Monica Cole: “Spiritually dangerous?” Reminds me of the religious group, here, that boycotted Victoria’s Secret in the mall because teen-age boys might see the undies in the windows. I probably will not watch the show, but I don’t see why others shouldn’t if they want to. What others watch is none of my business. Monica, television sets come with remote controls so you can select what you want to watch.
    Gordon Klingenschmitt and Lance Well now, You make me have more understanding of why the Romans threw Christians to the lions. BTW One of the Ten Commandments says, “Thou shalt not bear false witness.” The Bible also says if you break one of the commandments, you break them all. What disgusting people you are.
    Steve Doozy Andrew Napalitano: If you don’t have any qualms about bearing false witness, you won’t have any when you steal tips of tables.
    Ann Coulter: Your ugly hate radiates from your face obliterating any looks you could have had.

  14. clcman February 1, 2016

    I know it’s Ann Coulter and I shouldn’t be surprised, but I’ve never seen anyone compare someone to Joe McCarthy as a COMPLIMENT.


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