Labor Commish Mark Costello wrote a ridiculous, hypocritical op-ed about the Black Mass…
12:44 PM EDT on September 18, 2014
On Tuesday, Oklahoma Labor Commissioner Mark Costello – pictured above with his goofy daughter Fake Miss Oklahoma – penned an op-ed for the Journal Record where he (yawn) criticized the "controversial" satanic black mass that's scheduled to take place at the Civic Center this Saturday. I'm not sure what that has to do with labor, but whatever, he's an elected official with a daughter who moonlights as a legitimate pageant champion, so his opinion really matters.
In his column, Costello tries to compare the satanic event that's parodying a powerful religion to the Klu Klux Klan burning crosses when a Catholic presidential candidate visited Tulsa in the 1920s. Because you know, those two things are obviously connected in some way. It's why I always get "The Life of Brian" confused with "Mississippi Burning."
Via The Journal Record:
In 1928, the first Roman Catholic ever nominated for president, Gov. Al Smith of New York, came to campaign in Oklahoma at the height of the Ku Klux Klan’s power. Smith was greeted with numerous burning crosses during the night as his train rolled across the state. When Smith spoke to a rally in Oklahoma City, the KKK burned more crosses outside of the stadium where his campaign rally was held, inciting hatred and fomenting violence. Some of Smith’s relatives were listening to radio broadcasts of the proceedings and said they believed the atmosphere was so volatile that “they expected a bullet, expected to hear a gun go off.”
Smith then delivered what many consider to be the most courageous speech ever given by a presidential nominee. In it he said, “There is no greater mockery in the world today than the burning of the cross by these people who are spreading this propaganda … (the symbol of) the Christ they are supposed to adore… . To inject bigotry, hatred, intolerance and un-American sectarian division into a campaign … . Nothing could be so contradictory of our whole history.”
As a child in 1966, I remember leaflets were dropped by an airplane over Bartlesville that read, “Don’t vote for Dewey Bartlett. He is a Roman Catholic.” The fair-minded voters of Oklahoma overcame the religious prejudices and elected the best person for the job – Bartlett, our first Catholic governor.
Okay, nothing wrong with that. Although I'm not sure why he omitted the Klan's extreme racist, anti-semitic, homophobic views, or any of the sickening atrocities they've committed towards (Christian) African-Americans over the years, I get it. Costello's setting the stage for his opinion. Plus, you can't drive down NW Expressway without seeing those darn Satanists burning crosses.
Here's the rest of the piece. Please place the palm of your hand directly in front of your face and prepare for the inevitable:
Despite past hobgoblins in our state history who have insulted Catholics and the Catholic Church, nothing compares in degree or kind to what the government of Oklahoma City has sanctioned at the Civic Center on Sept. 21. A Satanic “black mass” is scheduled on government property. One particular faith is being blasphemed, ridiculed and mocked in what can only be called in contemporary terms, “hate speech.” The specious legal reasoning that Oklahoma City bureaucrats used to permit this sacrilege fails standards of reason and civility. Harvard University in May canceled the same event on their campus without fear of legal reprisal or First Amendment abridgement.
Yep, despite "those hobgoblins of state history" who, uhm, burned crosses to intimidate presidential candidates and lynched people because of their race and religious views, "nothing compares in degree or kind" to the Satanic skit held at the Civic Center that literally nobody knew a thing about until the church decided to give it free publicity. Is your face still in your palm? Here's the rest:
It was wrong in 1928 for government officials to stand idly by as the Klan burned crosses on government property to incite violence and hatred against a presidential candidate because of his faith. In 2014, it is wrong for government officials, in the guise of political correctness, to allow Satanists on taxpayer property to blaspheme and incite hatred against the Catholic Church. Those bureaucrats who have sanctioned this outrage and the city elected officials who have circled around them should be released to industry to seek other opportunities.
Once again, I agree with Mr. Costello, and no, I'm not just saying that because I want to go on a fake date with his daughter.
It is wrong for government officials to stand idly by as hate groups incite violence and hatred towards individuals because of their faith. That's why I can't wait to read Costello's next op-ed which will obviously criticize anti-muslim State Rep John Bennett. He does a pretty good job trying to get people to hate someone else's faith. Remember him?
Via The Tulsa World:
State Rep. John Bennett, R-Sallisaw, meeting Monday night with about 85 constituents at a Republican gathering at Western Sizzlin’ here, did not back down from statements he made earlier this month that were critical of Islam.
Bennett has been at the center of a political maelstrom that has gained national attention since he published comments on social media warning people to be wary of Muslim Americans and then refused to apologize in the face of mounting criticism.
Asked before the meeting whether he planned to apologize for his comments, Bennett said, “No. Because I’m right, and they know I’m right.”...
In a lengthy presentation that included videos made within U.S. mosques, Bennett outlined a history of the Islamic faith and his views that Islam is a sociopolitical movement intent upon destruction of Western civilization and world domination.
“Their goal is the destruction of Western civilization from within,” he said.
“This is a cancer in our nation that needs to be cut out.
“The media is playing right into their hands,” he said.
“We need to share his (Jesus’) story, love others and stand for freedom,” he said to loud applause.
“I love each and every one of them, but I’m not going to stand back and let them push Islam into our nation.”
So, uhm, where's Costello's outrage with all that? I guess he's fine with hate towards religions that he doesn't practice.
Seriously, this Bennett guy is insane. Replace the word "Islam" with "Judaism" or "Catholicism" and that meeting at Western Sizzlin' sounds a lot like the transcript from a KKK rally in the 1920s. Hell, I'm surprised Bennett and his circle of brothers didn't burn crosses along I-35 when Obama came to town to tour tornado destruction. As we all know, the President is a Kenyan muslim.
Of course, let's not worry about John Bennett and his views that are so extreme that Oklahoma Muslims now fear they'll be the target of violence. Instead, fear the Satanists. They're the real danger.
Also, don't forget about the Catholic church. They're the real victims in all of this. After a few millennia of world domination, holy wars, inquisitions, and sexual abuse cover ups, they now have to deal with their own religious ceremonies and dark lords being mocked by absurdist groups looking to cause a ruckus and exercise a right to free speech; the same right that anti-Muslim derps are able to exercise while meeting at the Western Sizzlin' Salad Bar. I hope the church will be able to carry on and recover.