Friday, February 22, 2013

Nebraska agnostic who sued god says Catholic Church has lower standards than mafia because if mafiosi were 'raping children, they'd off them'

Ernie Chambers, 75, Nebraska's longest serving state senator, self-described agnostic and self-described most hated man in Nebraska, is back in the saddle after a term limit timeout, filibustering a bill to expand prison work programs to provide labor to any "charitable, fraternal or nonprofit corporation that provides a public benefit."
     Chambers gained national notoriety in 2007 when he sued god to ridicule lawsuits he considered frivolous, asking for a permanent injunction enjoining God from making terrorist threats against his constituents in Douglas County, an appropriate venue, he claimed, because of god's alleged omnipresence.
     Deena Winter of Nebraska Watchdog described Chambers' current filibuster, against Sen. Mark Christensen’s bill allowing a McCook prison work camp to provide labor to charitable, fraternal and nonprofit groups.
...While burning up time trying to talk Christensen’s bill to death, Chambers talked about attending a fundamentalist church where, as a child, he claimed children were terrorized and made to feel they were headed for Hell. He called Bible stories “fairy tales” that he outgrew...
     He said preachers who enter the legislative chambers are entering “my territory” to “do their damage.” He accused senators of not heeding those preachers’ calls to “do the right thing,” which he said “brings condemnation on you.”

     While on the subject of Christianity, Chambers noted that Jesus “looked more like me than you all.” Despite his claims he doesn’t believe in God (though he sued God once), Chambers demonstrated that he knows the Bible (which he derisively calls the “Holly Bibel”) well, telling his fellow senators that you can judge a society by how it treats its children, elderly and enemies...
Finally, Chambers said the Mafia has higher standards than the Catholic Church hierarchy because if their members were “raping children, they’d off them."

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