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Tommi Avicolli Mecca

Tommi Avicolli Mecca
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I am a writer, performer and activist, editor of Smash the Church, Smash the State: the early years of gay liberation (City Lights), and co-editor of Avanti Popolo: Italian-American Writers Sail Beyond Columbus and Hey Paesan: Writings by Italian American Lesbians and Gay Men. To view my creative stuff:


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AUGUST 30, 2011 10:34AM

Bachmann makes me proud to be atheist

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Michele Bachmann has once again made me proud to be an atheist. Her controversial comment on hurricane Irene last weekend that she now claims was just a joke (she’s got such a great sense of humor, that woman!) made me happy that at age 16 I rejected the Catholicism that was forced on me at baptism and turned to the light and reason of atheism. 


Bachmann, a right-wing Christian who believes her guy in the sky does horrible things to punish people he doesn’t like, said of the storm that battered the east coast from North Carolina to New England: “I don’t know how much god has to do to get the attention of politicians. We’ve had an earthquake, we’ve had a hurricane.” 


She added: “He said, ‘Are you going to start listening to me here?’ Listen to the American people because the American people are roaring right now. They know the government is on a morbid obesity diet and we’ve got to rein in the spending.”




Michele Bachmann actually believes her god sent a hurricane to kill between 40 and 46 people (some of whom could have been supporters who “roared” over excessive government spending) to send a message to the nation’s errant politicians? Couldn’t he just use email? URGENT, DO NOT IGNORE THIS EMAIL.


Or maybe a TV commercial. Over a clip of Irene tearing up a city street in D.C., the voice of god booms: “Trying to get the attention of your politician? Well, you could send an earthquake or a hurricane to the nation’s capital like I would...”


It’s not the first time some religious nut job has blamed a natural disaster on his or her deity. How many televangelists have pointed their self-righteous fingers at queers, feminists, pagans and others for everything from earthquakes to terrorist attacks?


The Rev. Jerry Falwell, who was no stranger to fundamentalist foot-in-mouth disease, once said of 9/11: “I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People for the American Way, all of them who have tried to secularize America, I point the finger in their face and say ‘you helped this happen.’ ” 


If Irene is a message from god, what about the earthquake in Japan or the drought in Texas and its surrounding states? Perhaps Governor (and GOP presidential hopeful) Rick Perry has done something to anger Bachmann’s lord and savior. Why else would god deprive what is supposed to be some of the more wholesome (and Christian) areas of the country of good old life-sustaining H2O? Not to mention income from the crops they depend on for their livelihood. 


Michele Bachmann may seem like a joke (much the same as George W. Bush did), but her campaign has taken off big time. She has a hell of a lot of money behind her and legions of loyal Tea Party followers who would do anything to get her elected as the Republican nominee for president next year. And then the nation’s first woman president.


It can happen here. And it’s not funny.

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I doubt anything or anyone would make me proud to be an atheist...but you mentioned two people who certainly make me prouder than usual to be an agnostic: Michele Bachmann and Jerry Falwell.
I'm not an atheist, but I'm proud I'm not whatever it is that Bachmann is!
Oh, you little devil!
I wised up at 16 also. Good post.
What? You think God didn't send Irene to kill those people? Gee..but what about the other bad things that have happened in the 6000 year history of the earth? Weren't they all God's will? Next you will try to convince me that my ancestors didn't ride on Dinosaurs. I'll have to pray about this!
Amen, preacher! (Oh, wait...)
I am ashamed to say that Michelle Bachmann and I are from the same state (Iowa). The woman is truly nuts and I can't believe she could get elected to anything. Although I am not an atheist, I am certainly appalled by anyone who would suggest natural disasters are the work of some deity. If there were truly a God trying to send a message, wouldn't he put the epicenter of the D.C. earthquake directly under the White House instead of 87 miles away...seems like sloppy work for God.

As far as the long-term goes, I am more fearful of Rick Perry than I am of Ms. Bachmann. He has the lingo and the boots...I haven't heard whether or not he has a ranch, but if he does that's the clincher.

Good post!
Thanks for writing this. Atheists need to start "roaring" too!
Like we say at the ice fishing hole - don't blame me I'm the Muslim's district.
in the Muslim's district (Keith Ellison).
Great! Now I'm going to have trouble sleeping until well after the next election. Just when I thought I had my political sanity back -- which came at great expense, mind you. I've a notion to bill you for therapy now. Maybe I can get some Medicaid coverage and split the fees with Michele's husband? I could, I suppose, pray the political hate away. I wonder...?
Pry a little deeper into the Christian fundamentalism Bachmann and Rick Perry align themselves with and you'll find this strange beast called Christian Dominionism--which believes Christians everywhere must rise-up and force America to follow Biblical law.

Oh well, I guess I might as well say "goodbye to bacon"....

We've got a horrific case of moral decline in this country, and Christian fundamentalism is a sign of it--not the solution to it. Yes, it's possible to be moral without God. You should have seen and heard the controvery in Dallas, where I live, when an athiest group posted bus ads that said as much. Here in the "buckle of the Bible Belt" we've got an awful lot of people trying to drive their Mercedes Benzes through Jesus' proverbial "eye of a needle."

Good post.
I'm going to step out on a limb here and say that, in context, what she said really wasn't so outrageous. If you watch the video, I think she is clearly talking in hyperbole, and the audience responds with laughter. It was said as a humorous ice-breaker, and the crowd took it as such. I can actually imagine a politician on the Left saying something similar as a humorous jab at the Republican House.

Please don't get me wrong, I am no fan of Bachmann, and she says plenty of outrageous things that should be criticized, but this one was a joke. I think those who would criticize her should distinguish between things said in jest or with humorous hyperbole, and the far more dangerous things said in earnest.
Maybe we ARE being warned - to show common decency to all - gays, Muslims - Yeah, Muslims, and the poor. Maybe we'd better quit hoarding our wealth and cease the idolatry of the almighty dollar. Maybe we better listen up or the fat cats, the bigots and the self-righteous religionists will be struck down. Ever think of that, Mrs. Bachmann?
Rather than ever pay attention to the lunatic Bachmann, I much prefer to read the ever-entertaing "Friendly Atheist" :

I'd love to see her get into a live debate with him. He'd make her look like the fool she is.
While it took me to age 20 to become an atheist- I'm right there with you.

Anyone who supports Michele Bachmann is a goddamn idiot. Not only are her religious beliefs nuttier than the regular level of nutjob, her political views are just as stupid and untenable.

She seems to explemplify the "American Dream" and our equal opportunity nature- that even someone so empty headed can reach that far.

Mostly, she just seems to cement the notion that, given a pretty enough face and an aresenal of shallow yet catchy one-liners repeated ad naseum- you can convince people to support even the most moronic of ideas.
It seems on this blog there are some folks who don't know the difference between Good and Evil, and amazingly some don't even know that the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil is the Olive Tree.

Although the Apple Tree does offer up humanity by way of its wood, weighing in at 45.5 pounds per Imperial cubic foot and x 6 lots = 273 and as days is the average gestation period for a human baby.

And once you consider the numbers 13.73 billion years, the latest Age of the Universe according to NASA and 4.54 billion years years for the Age of the Earth there could be revealed yet more interlocking cog wheels of Time, meaning there has to be both a Time Creator and a Time Maker.