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Jesus, Mississippi

In assessing the poorest, dumbest, laziest, fattest, most-ridiculed and least competitive states in America, Mississippi always ranks right up there with South Carolina. Seriously … “thems like peas n carrots.” Or lard and butter, for accuracy’s sake. Whenever a new national ranking comes out, South Carolina and Mississippi are invariably at…

In assessing the poorest, dumbest, laziest, fattest, most-ridiculed and least competitive states in America, Mississippi always ranks right up there with South Carolina. Seriously … “thems like peas n carrots.” Or lard and butter, for accuracy’s sake.

Whenever a new national ranking comes out, South Carolina and Mississippi are invariably at the top of the bad lists and the bottom of the good ones. As a result these two Inbred Belt states are constantly generating negative national headlines. This week it’s Mississippi’s turn – specifically the turn of its governor, “Republican” Phil Bryant.

During a speech to the Neshoba County Fair, Bryant said it was his “divine responsibility” to oppose abortion and keep school prayer and gun ownership legal – according to the Associated Press.

Hmmmmm …

This website also opposes abortion. And we’re slightly to the right of Attila when it comes to our love of the Second Amendment. And on the issue of school prayer, we don’t care what elected officials think – because government shouldn’t be in the education business in the first place. At any level.

Here’s our problem with what Bryant said … by invoking a “divine calling,” he is shamelessly (and dangerously) misappropriating moral authority unto himself. Authority which he does not possess. He’s also effectively telling the people of Mississippi he is answerable not to them – but rather to his conception of God (the United Methodist version of Jesus, we’re told).

That’s an exceedingly dangerous construct …

Some of the most brutal, “un-Christian” injustices in the world are the direct result of leaders appropriating “divine responsibility” unto themselves … or “killing in the name of,” as one of our favorite bands Rage Against The Machine once sang. And while we’ve grown increasingly sour on the efficacy of democracy, one thing isn’t up for debate as far as we’re concerned: Any form of government which refuses to provide for religious freedom (or seeks to establish one religion at the expense of all the others) is an inherently immoral and tyrannical regime.

All of which is why Phil Bryant might want to consider walking back his Jesus-speak …

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36 comments

Okra August 2, 2013 at 3:35 pm

I must say that your repeated hatred for this state (not to be confused with the politics) makes one wonder if you were forced to come here by your daddy but haven’t grown enough independence, i.e. man balls to move on. So figure out where the “better place to live” is, load up the truck and move to “Beverly”, Jed.
You can surely run this shit hole website from there with this being the electronic age and so forth.

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L I'll Be August 2, 2013 at 3:57 pm

You got the leaving part right…..but Fits is only repeating the rankings of most every good or bad list that comes out!

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GreenvilleLwyr August 2, 2013 at 4:07 pm

I am born and raised in South Carolina, and, God-willing, I will die here. I love this state.

That said, I also recognize that South Carolina has more than it’s share of problems. Economics, health, politics, education, etc. – you name it, South Carolina probably has messed it up somehow. I’m not going to turn a blind eye to those problems, and I’m not just going to, as you advocate, load up the truck and move.

I might disagree with Will on many things, but I agree with him that our state has problems that need fixing, not running away from.

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Okra August 2, 2013 at 3:35 pm

I must say that your repeated hatred for this state (not to be confused with the politics) makes one wonder if you were forced to come here by your daddy but haven’t grown enough independence, i.e. man balls to move on. So figure out where the “better place to live” is, load up the truck and move to “Beverly”, Jed.
You can surely run this shit hole website from there with this being the electronic age and so forth.

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L I'll Be August 2, 2013 at 3:57 pm

You got the leaving part right…..but Fits is only repeating the rankings of most every good or bad list that comes out!

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GreenvilleLwyr August 2, 2013 at 4:07 pm

I am born and raised in South Carolina, and, God-willing, I will die here. I love this state.

That said, I also recognize that South Carolina has more than it’s share of problems. Economics, health, politics, education, etc. – you name it, South Carolina probably has messed it up somehow. I’m not going to turn a blind eye to those problems, and I’m not just going to, as you advocate, load up the truck and move.

I might disagree with Will on many things, but I agree with him that our state has problems that need fixing, not running away from.

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Smirks August 2, 2013 at 3:46 pm

I’m sure God talks to him on a daily basis. Well, the voice in his head that calls itself God, anyways.

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bogart August 2, 2013 at 5:03 pm

Wonder if that’s Sanford’s God or another? Must be another one because I don’t seem to remember Sanford’s mentioning guns.

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Manray9 August 3, 2013 at 11:15 am

I don’t think God talks to him. I don’t think he believes God talks to him. This is Republican politics at its best — pander to the ignorant and credulous, while protecting moneyed interests to the last trench.

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tomstickler August 3, 2013 at 2:22 pm

Not sure whether that new avatar is an improvement.

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Smirks August 2, 2013 at 3:46 pm

I’m sure God talks to him on a daily basis. Well, the voice in his head that calls itself God, anyways.

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bogart August 2, 2013 at 5:03 pm

Wonder if that’s Sanford’s God or another? Must be another one because I don’t seem to remember Sanford’s mentioning guns.

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Manray9 August 3, 2013 at 11:15 am

I don’t think God talks to him. I don’t think he believes God talks to him. This is Republican politics at its best — pander to the ignorant and credulous, while protecting moneyed interests to the last trench.

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tomstickler August 3, 2013 at 2:22 pm

Not sure whether that new avatar is an improvement.

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nitrat August 2, 2013 at 6:10 pm

Why should he walk anything back? Virtually every GOP candidate for president last year said that God told them to run. What’s the difference?

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shifty henry August 2, 2013 at 6:52 pm

nitrat: Because God has a sense of humor; but God is also kind to us.

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nitrat August 2, 2013 at 6:10 pm

Why should he walk anything back? Virtually every GOP candidate for president last year said that God told them to run. What’s the difference?

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shifty henry August 2, 2013 at 6:52 pm

nitrat: Because God has a sense of humor; but God is also kind to us.

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Ecalibur2112 August 2, 2013 at 7:51 pm

The real questions are;
Who does the rankings?
And
Why do you live here?
And
Is killing millions of unborn children really what you want to be defending?

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Ecalibur2112 August 2, 2013 at 7:51 pm

The real questions are;
Who does the rankings?
And
Why do you live here?
And
Is killing millions of unborn children really what you want to be defending?

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wiz August 2, 2013 at 8:26 pm

I’d rather live in Mississippi and South Carolina than those cesspools of New York and California…Thank God for SC!

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Frank Pytel August 3, 2013 at 6:49 am

Amen

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fred August 3, 2013 at 9:23 am

Well wiz you just showed us your IQ of 69 with your inane post. Good luck to you “asshole”.

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wiz August 2, 2013 at 8:26 pm

I’d rather live in Mississippi and South Carolina than those cesspools of New York and California…Thank God for SC!

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Frank Pytel August 3, 2013 at 6:49 am

Amen

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fred August 3, 2013 at 9:23 am

Well wiz you just showed us your IQ of 69 with your inane post. Good luck to you “asshole”.

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EditorBJJ August 3, 2013 at 5:14 pm

Another delusional moron elected by imbeciles talking to his invisible friend.

There is no doubt that the late Christopher Hitchens was
absolutely correct, “Religion poisons everything.”

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EditorBJJ August 3, 2013 at 5:14 pm

Another delusional moron elected by imbeciles talking to his invisible friend.

There is no doubt that the late Christopher Hitchens was
absolutely correct, “Religion poisons everything.”

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Polyphemos August 3, 2013 at 11:53 pm

Some day, I would like to hear a politician say publicly that God told him NOT to run. And then, I would like someone to make a good tasting, affordable, pistachio ice cream.

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Slartibartfast August 3, 2013 at 11:53 pm

Some day, I would like to hear a politician say publicly that God told him NOT to run. And then, I would like someone to make a good tasting, affordable, pistachio ice cream.

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SeneseLikeChaps August 5, 2013 at 12:14 pm

I can understand poorest, dumbest, fattest, most-ridiculed and least competitive (you could probably add ugliest if you wanted to), but I don’t get why you jump to laziest. Too many folks working multiple jobs to justify that one. Yeah, we suck down the welfare bucks, but it seems like an insult to those who fight to keep that little scrap of dignity.

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SeneseLikeChaps August 5, 2013 at 12:14 pm

I can understand poorest, dumbest, fattest, most-ridiculed and least competitive (you could probably add ugliest if you wanted to), but I don’t get why you jump to laziest. Too many folks working multiple jobs to justify that one. Yeah, we suck down the welfare bucks, but it seems like an insult to those who fight to keep that little scrap of dignity.

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Crooner August 5, 2013 at 2:50 pm

As far as I recollect, the Bible doesn’t mention guns. But if you follow the intent of the New Testament, “guns” and “Christian” just don’t go together.

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Crooner August 5, 2013 at 2:50 pm

As far as I recollect, the Bible doesn’t mention guns. But if you follow the intent of the New Testament, “guns” and “Christian” just don’t go together.

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9" August 5, 2013 at 6:04 pm

When is Fits going to stop recycling old columns?

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9" August 5, 2013 at 6:04 pm

When is Fits going to stop recycling old columns?

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