In the two days since those wacky House Republicans were foiled again, they've been proving exactly why the prospect of their takeover was so scary to so many people. Yesterday, Rep. Brian Kelsey took the floor to demand that new Speaker Kent Williams resign. That was just silly, as Williams pointed out later.
This morning, things entered the realm of the truly weird with Rep. David Hawk of Greeneville offering up five minutes of tortured ravings about Jesus, God and the wages of sin. His point, if one can be discerned, apparently was to publicly forgive Williams and the Democrats for being lying skunks. Hawk's speech follows:Update
: Aunt B says, "I'm glad people were snickering." Ilisa Gold says
, "One of the hilarious developments in the wake of the Kent Williams
fiasco is the Jesus complex that the TNGOP seems to have developed."
I wake up hoping and praying to live a sin-free life just like Christ did. Every day I fail miserably. Now although God does not condone or accept the sins that I commit, he has the almighty power of forgiveness. I ask God for forgiveness every day and he blesses me even though I'm not worthy.
After receiving God's grace, mercy and forgiveness, I recognize that one of the greatest shortcomings that I have is that I'm not always able to extend that same forgiveness to others. There are nights that I lose sleep because I'm holding contempt in my heart for another in this world whom I feel has wronged myself or someone I care about.
Now there's no doubt in my mind that the sin of bearing false witness has occurred several times these past few days. Because of this, my heart has ached. I have truly felt like I took a blow to the chest on Tuesday. Now unfortunately these falsehoods that have been told have sacrificed long-term success at the lure of short-term gain, promises were made by several people and those promises were broken.
In an effort to scare people, the biggest falsehood told was the lie about dozens of folks losing their jobs if certain events occurred this past Tuesday. That's just not true. My heart has been troubled over the past two days because several people, many people, that I care about deeply did things that I felt were wrong.
As I speak to you today, I remember the bible passage that says, he who is without sin cast the first stone. So I put that stone back in my pocket, and I offer you what God gives to me every day and what Christ teachers us to do. I offer you forgiveness.
More important, though, I ask that your forgiveness be given to me for the anger that I've kept in my heart these past two days. We all have to meet our maker someday and I don't want to take this anger with me when I go. Just like I'm sure that you don't want to meet your maker with the heavy heart you're feeling right now. ...
I've heard some snickers over here. I've heard some laughs. You want to laugh? That's fine, so be it. If you want to call me a name, so be it. But if you're heart is touched in the last two minutes, I want you to do the right thing. I want you to think about Christ's life that God wants us to live and live it.