Creep of the Week

Rick Wiles

Get ready to hunker in your bunkers, everybody, because rumor has it that should the United States Supreme Court rule in favor of marriage equality for all, the results might be explosive!

According to Rick “End Times” Wiles, shit’s gonna blow up. Literally and figuratively.

“We are at the end of the road as a nation, and if the Supreme Court dares to defy Almighty God one more time, I’m telling you it will be the last time. And I believe I am speaking under the unction of the Holy Spirit,” Wiles said April 30 on his Trunews show. “I’m telling you there will be swift, sudden and devastating consequences for the United States of America. America will be brought to its knees, there will be pain and suffering at a level we’ve never seen in this country.”

Oh, is that so? God is just saving up all the wrath to put the smackdown on America just in case gay marriage happens? So is that to say that everything else that’s been happening is just cool with Him? Because you don’t have to dig very far into a history book to see America brought to its knees, enmeshed in pain and suffering.

There’s this thing called “slavery” … maybe you’ve heard of it. And white people in America like to think it’s over. A “whoopsie” in our past that black people should totally be over by now. Because racism is over. Obama. Oprah. Beyoncé. Anyone who claims otherwise is just holding on to victim status. You make your own way in America, baby. Ain’t nobody gonna hand you shit for free just because your great-great-great-so-and-so picked cotton.

In fact, you don’t have to look very far in the news cycle to see that all is not right in America, and it’s got nothing to do with a proliferation of gays and lesbians wanting to marry each other. Pick a week, any week, and you’ve got unarmed black men in this country shot, brutalized, destroyed by law enforcement officers who often go unpunished. All in a day’s work to shoot a 12-year-old. Just another day in the office to break a man’s spine.

So when Wiles laments, “The word that I hear in my spirit is ‘fire.’ I do not know if it refers to riots or looting or war on American soil or a fireball from space. I simply know that a sweeping, consuming fire will come across the United States of America and this country will be charred and burned.”

Something tells me that this guy stays away from the “lame stream” media where you actually get a clue about what’s happening out in the world.

It is clear that this man and I do not live in the same America. In his America, if SCOTUS makes marriage equality the law of the land, this guy is seeing “fire.” It could be a burning CVS; it could be a flaming meteorite hurling toward earth. Presumably that “fireball from space” would split into smaller fireballs on impact with the planet, and those junior fireball would seek out and find homosexers across the land as well as Ruth Bader Ginsberg.

Now, I don’t know much about “speaking under the unction of the Holy Spirit,” like Wiles is claiming, but I have heard about speaking under the influence of insanity or drugs and, judging what’s coming out of this guy’s mouth, I’m going to substitute “bath salts” for “Holy Spirit.” Because this is some straight up lunacy.

DAnne Witkowski

D'Anne Witkowski is a poet, writer and comedian living with her wife and son. She has been writing about LGBT politics for over a decade. Follow her on Twitter @MamaDWitkowski.

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