The “Friendly Atheist” at Patheos has a new post going viral titled Christian Pastor Says Men Who Play Video Games Are Losers Possessed by a “Retarded Spirit”
Pastor Gene Lingerfelt goes off on men who play Xbox, blaming “that retarded spirit” for why beautiful young women in the church can’t find dates.
The post links to a video which appears to have been deleted, but the post contains a still and excerpts from the original video.
And don’t even get me started on the Xbox. And all of that. If you have callouses on your thumbs, you’re a loser. If you’re more than 18 years old and you’re still jackin’ around with that stuff… [does “L” gesture].
I curse that spirit in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth.
There are young gals in this church. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful young gals, and you know why they can’t get a date? ‘Cause that retarded spirit got onto young men.
This is all crowd pleasing stuff for modern Christians, and calling other men retarded and losers is how a pastor can set himself up as the only real man in the room. Very few conservative Christians would have objected to the parts of the video transcribed in the post, but the Friendly Atheist found it shocking.
I recently covered the social changes driving the delay in marriage, so I won’t rehash that here. Aside from the larger social changes I can offer another reason non retarded young Christian men might not be lining up to marry the women in Pastor Lingerfelt’s congregation; wise men don’t want to marry a rebellious woman. Not only are the women in Pastor Lingerfelt’s congregation receiving a constant barrage of feminist messages from the culture telling them they are better than men and encouraging them to to rebel against headship, they receive the same corrosive messages from Pastor Lingerfelt himself:
Some of you women, you have my permission — blame me. He come home — I’m talking about your husband come home, and that’s gone. And don’t just throw it in the trash — he’ll go fish it out — you gotta put in the bathtub full of water before you throw it in the trash. Now don’t do that while it’s plugged in… [Laughter]