Pastor: John Lennon died from divine ire

2013-04-10 11:11
Brasilia - John Lennon died because he offended God by suggesting that the Beatles were more famous than Jesus Christ, according to the embattled head of the Brazilian Congress' human rights panel.

"The Bible says God does not let this type of offence go unpunished," evangelical pastor Marco Feliciano said in remarks published by local media on Tuesday and gleaned from a video of a sermon he made at his church in 2005.

Feliciano, who is facing growing calls to resign from the rights panel over his disparaging comments about gays, women and blacks, also said he would have liked to see the body of Lennon when the English pop star was shot dead in December 1980.

Barrage of protests

"I would have liked to be there the day they discovered his body, I would have lifted the cloth which covered him and would have told him: Excuse me, John, but this first shot is in the name of the Father, this one is in the name of the Son and that one in the name of the Holy Spirit. Nobody confronts God and survives for debauchery," the pastor is heard saying in a video available on the internet.

Lennon rose to global fame as a founding member of the Beatles, one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed pop music groups.

Feliciano, who describes himself as a "pastor, singer and businessman", was elected president of the House of Deputies' commission of human rights and minorities last month.

He was elected deputy of the conservative Christian Social Democratic Party (PSC) in 2010.

The 40-year-old pastor has been facing a barrage of protests from human rights groups for saying on his Twitter account that love between persons of the same sex leads to "hatred and crime" or referring to Noah's biblical curse of descendants of his son Ham, meaning the African race.

Denied being anti-gay or racist

But he has rejected growing calls for him to resign.

Luiza Barros, the Brazilian minister in charge of racial equality, signed a motion deeming "unacceptable" that Feliciano remain in his post given that he harbors prejudice against gays and blacks, press reports said.

Human Rights Minister Maria do Rosario also slammed the pastor's remarks for "inciting hatred and prejudice".

Feliciano, who is under investigation for alleged embezzlement within his Pentecostal church, has denied being anti-gay or racist.

His election to the rights panel was seen as a sign of the growing political influence of evangelicals, who have 67 seats in the Congress out of a total 513.

Comments

  • Lyle Winters - 2013-04-10 11:21

    "God is not mocked" Sounds about right...

      Robert Coughlan - 2013-04-10 13:35

      @ Lyle - You do realize your smugness on this topic speaks volumes about your primitive desire for violence and more importantly, your inability to control it. It speaks to an immaturity of mind which seems almost a prerequisite for religious belief. So sad that you view explanations such as those offered by this Brazilian pastor as a validation of your religious beliefs, when all they do is highlight your adolescent mind's desire for such violence.

  • Clint Griffin - 2013-04-10 12:40

    Then your wittle god is a bully.

      Robert Coughlan - 2013-04-10 13:24

      Yeah, poor wittle hard-done-by God, the victim of ugly bullying by his nasty, unfwendly kweeyayshuns. His fragile self-esteem takes such a pounding when humans, than which he is perported to be infinitely more powerful, patient and wise, make such comments. He's left with no choice but to lash out in vengeance, because it's not like he's supposed to be blessed with divine wisdom or anything.....oh wait, that's exactly what he's meant to be. If there were such a deity, such as the one proposed in the Bible, he would use his words to reason with his detractors and not fire, brimstone, death and dismemberment to wreak vengeance upon them for simply holding an opposing viewpoint. God is reported to exist outside of time and space so he would have infinite time and patience with which to address his creations and reason with them, share knowledge with them etc, but no, seemingly his followers love it when he kicks some ass and wreaks medieval vengeance. This says so much more about the supressed rage lurking in the minds of believers than it does about their fictional deity.

  • Dot Svornak - 2013-04-10 13:56

    Last I heard God is forgiving,John died because God wanted him home with him,if everyone died a violent death each time a bad word was said against God,there woud be no one to die anymore.I should know I am religious,but not overly so,I have questioned Him many times,but hallo I'm still standing.

  • Stefan Van Der Spuy - 2013-04-10 13:58

    What a load of crap! So according to the pastor, God actually told that crazed idiot who shot John Lennon to commit a murder!

      Robert Coughlan - 2013-04-10 14:30

      Good point. Some religious folk would simply argue that God wanted to make Mark David Chapman insane anyway and the fact that he killed John Lennon for God is simply evidence of God's divine insight, his 'mysterious ways', or his efficiency in 'killing two birds with one stone' This is the equivalent of a mafia boss, wiping his fingerprints off a gun before handing it to one of his drunken/drugged wiseguys and convincing him, at gunpoint, to pull the trigger and kill somebody with the gun. Amazing how when we take the logic further, it suddenly becomes unpalatable for the religious, so they try and squirm their way out of it with fallacious rationalizations. Let's break the logic down, shall we - - Man (Lennon) mocks God - God's wrath is aroused - Man (Chapman) goes insane and kills man (Lennon) who mocked God - Man's (Lennon's) death is attributed to having mocked God, and deservedy so, according to some religious people - Man's (Chapman's) insanity and subsequent killing of other man (Lennon) can only be a result of God's wrath and desire for vengeance. So, either Christians (and thankfully some have) should come out and condemn this Brazilian lunatic preacher or they secretly condone the murder of John Lennon because they feel it was his moral desert to be shot dead for mocking God. Pretty twisted, I'd say.

  • Louise Snyman - 2013-04-10 14:19

    What John Lennon said was misinterpreted by the media. He was commenting on how people were losing religion and would rather see the Beatles (or for that matter, any popular star) than going to church an he was not wrong.

  • porshe.vrebec - 2013-04-10 17:40

    He's likely to have a African blood in him, and maybe down low gay.

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