Quote# 76798

[Gene Cranick's rural Tennessee home was allowed to burn to the ground by the fire department because he never paid a $75 fee for being just outside of the city limits.]

The fire department did the right and Christian thing. The right thing, by the way, is also the Christian thing, because there can be no difference between the two. The right thing to do will always be the Christian thing to do, and the Christian thing to do will always be the right thing to do.

If I somehow think the right thing to do is not the Christian thing to do, then I am either confused about what is right or confused about Christianity, or both.

In this case, critics of the fire department are confused both about right and wrong and about Christianity. And it is because they have fallen prey to a weakened, feminized version of Christianity that is only about softer virtues such as compassion and not in any part about the muscular Christian virtues of individual responsibility and accountability.

The Judeo-Christian tradition is clear that we must accept individual responsibility for our own decisions and actions. He who sows to the flesh, we are told, will from the flesh reap corruption. The law of sowing and reaping is a non-repealable law of nature and nature’s God.

We cannot make foolish choices and then get angry at others who will not bail us out when we get ourselves in a jam through our own folly. The same folks who are angry with the South Fulton fire department for not bailing out Mr. Cranick are furious with the federal government for bailing out Wall Street firms, insurance companies, banks, mortgage lenders, and car companies for making terrible decisions. What’s the difference?

Mr. Cranick made a decision - a decision to spend his $75 on something other than fire protection - and thereby was making a choice to accept the risk that goes with it. He had no moral, legal, ethical or Christian claim on the services of the fire department because of choices that he himself made.

Bryan Fischer, Rightly Concerned 111 Comments [10/10/2010 5:47:40 PM]
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Didn't Jesus say a whole bunch of shit about helping the poor? And what about the whole 'do unto others as you would have them do unto you'? Or are you ok with watching your house burn down?

Not to mention the whole 'Muscular Christianity' thing makes me think of the self-hating gay christians like Ted Haggart. "Hey there, want me to massage your Muscular Christianity, if you know what I mean?"

10/14/2010 9:40:35 AM

The Duelist

Hey everybody! I've decided to only do the Right Thing every single day. So, in accordance with the Wholly Babble, I'm going to ruthlessly murder the Muslim couple down the street with the edge of the sword, and sell their child into slavery(Leviticus 25 and 26). Then I'm going to stone every homosexual to death I can find, right before I murder all the prostitutes in town.


10/16/2010 6:25:55 PM


Who's bright idea was that whole pay-or-no-spray law, anyway? I'm so glad we don't have it where I live.

10/17/2010 7:47:09 PM

First, as a firefighter, I could not have stood by while someone's lifetime possessions burned down. Second, he made a mistake not paying the fee, but both he and the neighbor offered to do so on scene. Third, the neighbor has a nice case against the fire department now. their failure to control or put out the fire made it spread to his property and cause damage. So it was a stupid move to just stand there and invite the lawsuit. And finally, by your argument the Samiritan should have walked by the robbery victim along with everyone else. If you're going to claim to follow Jesus, at least try to understand some of his messages.
For the record, a relative of the family that got burned out ended up in jail. He visited the fire station the next day, and when the chief was introduced to him, he punched out the fire chief. Not the right thing to do but I can understand how he felt.

10/17/2010 8:05:09 PM

Base Delta Zero

W. T. F.

Turn in your Christian card.

10/20/2010 12:40:23 AM


Caus thats what Jesus would have done right?

10/20/2010 3:42:26 PM


When Cave Johnson gives you lemons, they burn your house down. And then asshole Christians let it happen.

8/28/2011 9:08:16 AM

Fucking god...... the callousness of Randroids quite simply makes me want to punch my computer screen before going to throw up in the toilet. These people have got black holes where their hearts should be! I wish that the houses of the people who run Angry White Dude, Free Republic, Rightly Concerned, ETC... plus Ayn Rand herself would burn down and that their insurers would refuse to pay out. I wish that they'd get maimed in a car accident and that I could walk by and not offer to help them because, after all, they took a personal risk by getting into the car, which means if they get into an accident, they should take full responsibility for it. For them to ask me for help in such a situation would mean that they were freeloading moochers. Seriously, fuck these people! FUCK THEM!!!!!!!

11/16/2012 10:48:11 PM



10/24/2016 8:13:51 AM

"The Judeo-Christian tradition is clear that we must accept individual responsibility for our own decisions and actions."


10/24/2016 8:20:36 AM


Let me add the thought that what they did was not just harmful to the homeowner, but harmful to the FIREMEN. If there is a shred of decency in them (and I'm sure there is) each one of them must feel guilt and pain. Bryan Fischer apparently lacks that shred of decency.

11/5/2016 9:12:22 PM

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