Emmanuel actually goes further than most. While many of his cohorts in the American Taliban have only been able to kick and scream that God will smite Maher one day, Emmanuel additionally embraces the push for American Theocracy openly by calling for the reinstatement of blasphemy laws so that Maher can be publicly whipped for his comments:
There was a time when a generation of believers actually believed in defending the honor of God and would have done just that — condemn Maher.
Back then Maher would have faced stiff penalties for his slanderous crimes against God and country. And the reasons were clear: slander the ultimate authority of a nation — God — and you ridicule the very foundation of its laws, values, public institutions and leadership.
America is hanging on by a thin thread of longsuffering divine justice. The pugnacious degenerate Bill Maher may think blasphemy is a laughing matter. The nation of America may think it can hide behind the First Amendment. And Christians may falsely think they are demonstrating Christlike love by remaining quiet in the face of profligate profanity.
But mark my word, a day of reckoning is coming. God is very clear. Exodus 20:7 "You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain."
If we are unwilling to hold blasphemers accountable, the almighty judge of the world will.
Emmanuel and his cohorts have routinely been identified by this column as the American Taliban because, when you strip away the religion and look solely at the policies they are advocating for, the only thing that distinguishes one from the other is that one has a military while the other just has a mailing list.
Blasphemy laws, or any other means by which someone would effectively make it illegal for another to disagree with them, are a staple of fundamentalist dictatorship, and as thoroughly un-American as one can possibly get.
America was founded on the principles of "blasphemy" -- it is the very first thing the Founding Fathers wrote into the Constitution. Yet Tristan Emmanuel would see it completely removed and is too devoted to the cause to even care who knows it.