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Alabama State Agency Begins Public Meeting With Prayer Against Marriage Equality

What do electricity rates and marriage equality have to do with one another? Apparently, everything, if you live in Alabama. Last week, the state’s Public Utility Commission began a public meeting about rates with a prayer against marriage equality. The invocation came from John Delwin Jordan, a Baptist preacher who was at the meeting to testify as a representative of the Prattville Tea Party. Jordan had been given a warm introduction by Twinkle Cavanaugh, the head of the Commission.

Jordan asked attendees if they believed in the power of prayer and then went on with one of his own. “We’ve taken you out of our schools; we’ve taken you out of our prayers; we’ve murdered your children; we’ve said it’s OK to have same-sex marriage, God. We have sinned.”

What should have been a conversation about whether Alabama Power should get to keep some impressive profits or return them to rate payers became a conversation about pressing social issues. Guess who won that debate? In case you need a hint, now might be a good time to invest in Alabama Power. Marriage equality in the state? Not so much.

By:           John Gallagher
On:           Jul 24, 2013
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  • 22 Comments
    • Dakotahgeo
      Dakotahgeo

      Ya know… it’s getting harder and harder to be angry and disgusted when you read these absolutely off-the-wall yahoos’ comments and their government prayer meetings! Do you realize how hard it is to comment when you’re rolling on the floor laughing while try to type on a keyboard?! I give up, I give in. I will never take these backward conservatives seriously again! God must be so embarrassed when they take God’s name and message in vain! Unnnnnngh!!!

      Jul 24, 2013 at 7:38 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • mad1026
      mad1026

      I am offended that the PUC would use time set aside for state business to politick against Marriage Equality. Religion does not belong in state government, just as it does not belong in federal government. To which God were they praying ; the Christian God, Allah, Jahweh, Mohammed, one of the many Wiccan gods? Do they know? Talking about sinning, for example, Kim Kardashian divorced her husband of 7 weeks, took up with a rap star and had a bastard chil. Is that a sin? What about Anthony Weiner; has he sinned by sexting? And you folks on the Alabama Public Utilities Commission; remember the story in your Bible about the one without sin casting the first stone of punishment? Are you all so pure and innocent that you honestly think you can decide who has sinned and who hasn’t? Wouldn’t it be funny if the Rapture happened tomorrow and YOU ALL WERE “LEFT BEHIND?”

      Jul 24, 2013 at 7:49 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Horse Lips
      Horse Lips

      Twinkle Cavanaugh? Seriously?

      Jul 24, 2013 at 7:53 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ogre Magi
      Ogre Magi

      I utterly despise christians

      Jul 24, 2013 at 7:57 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dakotahgeo
      Dakotahgeo

      @Ogre Magi: christians, YES, I am also disgusted with them! Christians, however, have much higher standards and values… please don’t get these two groups mixed up!

      Jul 24, 2013 at 8:02 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Joetx
      Joetx

      @Dakotahgeo: Re: “Christians, however, have much higher standards and values”

      The way they’ve treated LGBT people & other disadvantaged groups throughout history says otherwise.

      Although, they aren’t alone. Monotheists are quite good at being hypocritical a-holes.

      Jul 24, 2013 at 8:13 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • bebe62165@aol.com
      bebe62165@aol.com

      Dirty Hillbillies lol

      Jul 24, 2013 at 8:26 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dakotahgeo
      Dakotahgeo

      @Joetx: (christians) vs. (Christians). Please notice the difference! I am a gay Christian, I attend a GLBT supportive church (both talking and walking their support), I am a retired ordained Christian minister. I do not support milquetoast self-righteous christians in any way, shape, or form. You will find assholes in every group of people gathered. The trick is to stay clear of them!

      Jul 24, 2013 at 9:09 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • MK Ultra
      MK Ultra

      Dear Jeebus,
      Thank you for making our opponents so incredibly dumb!
      PS, double thanks for making them obese and ugly.

      Jul 24, 2013 at 9:54 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • CalgaryBill
      CalgaryBill

      Don’t differentiate between ‘christians’ and ‘Christians’. That’s the faulty debate technique of ‘No True Scotchman’.

      There are good people who are Christian, but those who follow the dictates of Christianity are likely more likely to be bad people.

      Jul 24, 2013 at 10:29 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jackhoffsky
      Jackhoffsky

      There may be “good people” who are Christians, but it doesn’t make them right. It makes them dependent. And that’s okay, some people need that.

      Some of us are good without need of scripture. On some levels trying to separate yourselves out is a bit like going through adolescence in high school trying to be “different” by being part of a stereotypical group.

      In general, one will have to ask themselves why they would believe in something that comes with such a vast array of gradient motivation from “god loves everyone” to the above example of eliminating the lines between church and state… from gay priests to NOM. The variations in Christianity are so vast it makes the core concept diluted. Differences in capitalization or on presumed ‘goodness’ is noted, but on a global scale it seems like grades of the same color.

      Jul 24, 2013 at 11:25 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • erikwm
      erikwm

      But the joke is on them because all the prayers against marriage equality go directly to God’s spam folder.

      Jul 24, 2013 at 11:38 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dakotahgeo
      Dakotahgeo

      @erikwm: Heh, heh, heh… thanks! I needed that! Kudos!

      Jul 24, 2013 at 11:58 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • niles
      niles

      all those who call themselves Christians are equally guilty because they have sat silently in their pious pews while these nutjobs run rampant.

      Jul 24, 2013 at 11:59 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • JeffNYC
      JeffNYC

      Yet another reason — if one were needed — not to live in Alabama!

      Jul 25, 2013 at 12:18 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Captain proton
      Captain proton

      @Horse Lips: Yes, seriously.

      http://www.psc.alabama.gov/Cavanaugh/commissionercavanaugh.htm

      Jul 25, 2013 at 1:26 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Captain proton
      Captain proton

      Also the commission’s decor during the meeting looks like early 70s

      https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=536918229689907&set=a.536918093023254.1073741845.175658379149229&type=1&theater

      Jul 25, 2013 at 1:29 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • BlogZilla
      BlogZilla

      These people make me sick to my stomach (Christians, Catholics, etc.) They go around claiming righteous and good, and all they preach is hate and intolerance and conservatism as an absolute.

      And judging from all the skeletons we’ve seen in their closets, they have audacity to CHARADE the way they do

      Jul 25, 2013 at 1:29 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Daniel-Reader
      Daniel-Reader

      But working on the Sabbath is punishable by death – no exceptions according to the bible. So shouldn’t he have been condemning all the churches that pay the utility companies to work on the Sabbath to keep the lights, heat, and air conditioning on? And what about pastors that line their pockets with church cash for working on the Sabbath? He should have not been a hypocrite and condemned them since that’s the Word of God too. But obviously he is just backing his own prejudice against others.

      Jul 25, 2013 at 4:09 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam
      Cam

      Alabama is a state that in the year 2000 still had an anti-interracial marriage law on the books. It was superseded by Federal law so was unenforceable.

      In the year 2000 this law was put up for a vote because many were embarrassed it was still on the books in Alabama.

      Nearly 40% of the state voted to KEEP the law on the books.

      Nearly 40% of the state proved they were ignorant bigots so nothing from that state surprises me.

      Jul 25, 2013 at 7:11 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • 1EqualityUSA
      1EqualityUSA

      Americans United for Separation of Church and State is easy to join and not too expensive. It keeps people informed of upcoming cases where the line is crossed. They’re successful.

      Jul 25, 2013 at 7:43 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • krystalkleer
      krystalkleer

      YA RIGHT!…sounds like a real winner…bet he takes the dishes outta the sink before he pee’s in it too!
      http://getoffmydress.blogspot.com/2013/07/doma-r-e-got-ta-go.html

      Jul 25, 2013 at 9:34 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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