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Extremist British Christians claim an infestation of mice in a Tesco store is God's punishment for the supermarket's support of gays.

Tesco has seen sales and profits drop recently and the Christian Voice, an anti-gay prayer and campaigning organization, has said the decline is punishment for the UK supermarket chain's decision to sponsor a family area at London’s Pride celebrations.

Now the group is claiming that an infestation of mice at a Tesco Metro in London's Covent Garden is another sign of God's vengeance for the store's pro-gay stance.

'Nothing has gone right for Tesco since they decided to support gay pride. Their only hope is to repent of that decision and put their trust in God,' wrote Christian Voice blogger Stephen Green.

In January, the Guardian reported Green as saying: ‘Significantly, we prayed for a drop in their share price, which...has been answered on what you could describe as a Biblical scale.

‘I now call on Tesco to see sense before their company is ruined. Don't display the arrogance of Pharoah. Withdraw the grant to gay pride.’

Stephen Green, Gay Star News  67 Comments [4/30/2012 3:35:46 AM]
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Diatryma

What's the odds they loosed a few mice in the market before claiming god's wrath? Place your trust in pest control, they've the massive advantage of actually having a phone number.

4/30/2012 3:40:24 AM

CinnamonGull

So, is that all your god can do? A few mice? Duh.

4/30/2012 3:43:20 AM

LAchlan

From what I've gathered from the bible and from school etc, Jesus was meant to have been a nice guy. Why are his followers such dicks?

4/30/2012 3:46:34 AM

Percy Q. Shunn

Mice? What a weak and pathetic pussy of a "god" you worship.

4/30/2012 3:49:17 AM

Prager

Question 1) Are all the businesses that engaged in similar sponsorship suffering the same kind of infestation? (If not, why not?)

Question 2) Didn't god harden Pharaoh’s heart to the suffering of the Egyptian people? (Which means god wants Tesco to support gay rights and Stephen is interfering with the aforementioned deity’s plans.)

Question 3) Stephen, are you comparing yourself to Moses? (Just curious.)

4/30/2012 3:50:53 AM

Extraintrovert

The supposedly omnipotent creator of the universe is pathetic at both conveying accurate messages and destroying its enemies, part 775,144,631

4/30/2012 3:59:57 AM

gravematter

A few mice in a single mini supermarket? Wow. Talk about omnipotence.

4/30/2012 4:01:51 AM

Filin De Blanc

It's interesting that God only ever seems to send curses on people for reasons relating to a) homosexuality or b) abortion, like he doesn't give a damn about all the murders and war going on in the world.

4/30/2012 4:02:56 AM

Grimsoncrow

Wow, a plague of MICE??
Inflation much? Or maybe Ol' Jehova really is beginning to feel his age ;)

Coming Up Next: God smites Britain with a common cold!

4/30/2012 4:12:45 AM

Reynardine

This is more of the same shit we saw below. It looks suspiciously like when "Gahd" doesn't answer them, they don't stick at using the other guy's tactics. Meanwhile, if no local laws forbid it, I'd suggest the store employ an ancient remedy: a grocer's cat.

4/30/2012 4:19:41 AM

Bleep

Stephen Green, as detailed in numerous past issues of Private Eye if I remember correctly, is a fringe christianist who pretty much speaks just for himself. He's been doing this sort of crap for years.

Also, really? Really? Do you not think that perhaps mice might congregate to places that are sheltered from the weather and have large quantities of food? If it was a plague of, say, jellyfish then I might be impressed. But mice?

EDIT: Also, did you know your god is now a superhero? Thanks to Viz...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vRYV7JKFU0

4/30/2012 4:27:31 AM

rebel

I, for one, will be encouraging my English cousins to shop more at Tesco's, if only to annoy the anti gay morons.

4/30/2012 4:57:05 AM

Tallyho

@Bleep

Ah! Viz!

The anti-chick-tract magazine.

If I remember rightly there are more God superhero cartoons that they ran.

4/30/2012 5:05:39 AM

Mister Spak

"Extremist British Christians claim an infestation of mice in a Tesco store is God's punishment for the supermarket's support of gays. "

Then god would send an infestation of pigs to muslim stores for supporting heathenism, right?

4/30/2012 5:11:58 AM

Bleep

@Tallyho

I could only remember that one... there's always Ivan Jelical though.

Not a patch on Nude Motorcycle Girl though...

4/30/2012 5:17:47 AM



Significantly, we prayed for a drop in their share price, which...has been answered on what you could describe as a Biblical scale.

Coincidence does not equal causality.

4/30/2012 5:20:44 AM

Reynardine

Percy Q. Shunn: you were onto something when you called God a pussy. She is a Cat, and Tesco must invite Her to dinner.

4/30/2012 5:23:31 AM

Leighton Buzzard

'Christian Voice' isn't an organisation, it's just Steve Green and his laptop.

Secondly, Tesco ... that would be the same Tesco founded by Jack Cohen, would it? Yeah, they're gonna listen to some goyisher kopf.

4/30/2012 5:25:26 AM

Berny

I've seen micce in grocery stores, especially those huge supercenters. They come with the territory and that's why pest control companies exist.
Your vengeful, intolerant god, not so much.

4/30/2012 5:33:35 AM

Danarth

Christian Voice is just evidence that nowhere is safe from delusional fuckwits.

4/30/2012 5:36:25 AM

Brendan Rizzo

That's awfully petty, ain't it?

4/30/2012 5:52:07 AM

Pup

Is 'Pharoah' his name name?

4/30/2012 5:53:14 AM

dionysus

Damn straight! Gays aren't supposed to be treated like people; they're supposed to be crushed under the self-righteous foot of bigoted Christians! They must have every last right squeezed from them and be shunned by all of society. That's the penalty for simply existing!

4/30/2012 6:32:28 AM

Horsefeathers

"Extremist British Christians claim an infestation of mice in a Tesco store is God's punishment for the supermarket's support of gays."

While I'm sure this particular claim would have gone over quite well in the 12th century, it is now the 21st century and it just doesn't hold the same weight that it once did.

"Tesco has seen sales and profits drop recently and the Christian Voice, an anti-gay prayer and campaigning organization, has said the decline is punishment for the UK supermarket chain's decision to sponsor a family area at London’s Pride celebrations."

Either that or it's due to various economic influences, poor management, weak leadership, or any number of other things that all companies deal with.

"Now the group is claiming that an infestation of mice at a Tesco Metro in London's Covent Garden is another sign of God's vengeance for the store's pro-gay stance."

Might I ask what happened to booming voices from the sky, pillars of smoke and fire, and the earth opening up and swallowing the offending party? How come god's vengeance only seems like naturally occurring phenomena now?

"'Nothing has gone right for Tesco since they decided to support gay pride. Their only hope is to repent of that decision and put their trust in God,' wrote Christian Voice blogger Stephen Green. In January, the Guardian reported Green as saying: ‘Significantly, we prayed for a drop in their share price, which...has been answered on what you could describe as a Biblical scale. ‘I now call on Tesco to see sense before their company is ruined. Don't display the arrogance of Pharoah. Withdraw the grant to gay pride.’"

You let me know when god smites the executives in some obviously supernatural way.

4/30/2012 6:37:04 AM

aaa

Few pests don't stop a corporate giant.

4/30/2012 6:48:31 AM
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