Mormon, Comparing Himself to Gandhi, Vows to Continue Hunger Strike Until Utah Stops Allowing Gay Marriage January 5, 2014

Mormon, Comparing Himself to Gandhi, Vows to Continue Hunger Strike Until Utah Stops Allowing Gay Marriage

Today,  Trestin Meacham (pictured left, below), completed two weeks of fasting — or so he claims.

That’s a milestone worth pondering. You see, Meacham, a Mormon in Utah, has decided that no food shall pass his lips as long as gays are allowed to get married in Utah. He believes that

Utah can nullify the recent federal court ruling [that allowed same-sex marriage] by simply choosing not to follow it. “Jefferson made clear that the courts are not the supreme arbitrators of what is and what is not constitutional. The states also have power,” said Meacham.

He doesn’t put any faith in fighting the ruling the normal way — through the courts — because

… they are “packed full of activist judges that don’t listen to the constitution.” He has urged state officials and county clerks to defy the [federal] order. He told an interviewer he is emulating Gandhi, and said he is willing to sacrifice his life for the cause.

Gandhi was, after all, a well-known campaigner against human dignity, and an implacable foe of equal rights. I think. Please correct me if I’m wrong.

Meacham says this is about religious freedom, not about hate, and he trots out the well-worn line that “some of my best friends and relatives are gay.” Nevertheless, after receiving angry protests from LGBT people, he concluded:

“The homosexual movement is less tolerant than the Nazis and if [gays] had the power of the Nazis, I have no doubt they would not hesitate to march people of faith into ovens.”

I hope that his gay friends and relatives will get over Meacham’s self-inflicted death-by-starvation without too much mental anguish.

And I hope the same for his fiancée, who, I learned via his Facebook page, is of a different race. I thought of Loving v. Virginia, the 1967 Supreme Court case that ended the prohibition on interracial marriage; and I wondered what would have happened to relationships like Meacham’s if the states had simply chosen to nullify that ruling.

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  • tinker

    Good for him! Stand up for your right to tell others what to do! You go ahead and hold your breath until you turn blue, that will teach the rest of us to bow down to your superior leadership abilities.

  • Lee Miller

    The inevitable outcome is probably good for the human gene pool. Just saying.

  • God’s Starship

    I’ll think of him when I’m eating my double bacon cheeseburger tonight.

  • Hopefully, that’s one less vote seeking to remove somebody’s rights come the next election.

  • Raising_Rlyeh

    The thing I wonder about this is the mental stability of the guy. I mean according to his self reporting he lost 25 pounds over 12 days so far and that seems impossible to me. The amount of work required to burn off 7000 calories a day seems impossible. Of course when he compares gay people to nazis we can also know he is not all there. That irks me because I hear that argument very often. That if gay people were in charge we would have no problem killing those that are anti-gay.

    I have argued in the past that it would be super tempting to discriminate against conservative christians if they ever became a minority and gays were a majority because of the centuries of discrimination, but I maintain that I would overcome the temptation to be a dick to them.

  • If he dies of this, and I hope only for his sake that he does not, a few people will see him as an example of someone who had the courage to stand up for his principles. But I think many more people will see him as an example of the power of bigotry, ignorance, fear, and hate to completely possess, addict, and enslave the mind. His cause for oppressive, enforced social conformity will lose credibility, not gain.

  • the moother

    Would this genius starve himself to death to deny others the right to get a divorce or to eat shellfish just like it says in the bible?

  • Why does this remind me of a four year old child refusing to eat because they didn’t get some toy that they wanted?

  • Wildcard

    I hope this man can overcome his hatred and hope he doesn’t kill himself over his incredibly stupid cause.

  • Starvation diets can quickly reduce body weight in a short amount of time. If he hasn’t had any solid foods in the span of two weeks, then much of what he lost will have been water weight and some fat tissue. However most of what will have been lost will have been heavier muscle mass.

  • NE John

    I will eat an extra sandwich for you brother Meacham, and a milk shake and fries.

  • NE John

    Ha, just noticed the San Fransisco hats.

  • Compuholic

    Generally I don’t want to say that it is good when another person dies. But the hard truth is that some people will be missed more than others.

  • skinnercitycyclist

    Is he somebody about whom I am supposed to care if he dies? He seems like some random goon who has decided that this will be his 15 minutes of fame.

  • Deus Ex Lasagna

    I can’t wait to read this guy’s obituary in a week or two. I’ll even write it myself.

    “This man, whose life and death were dedicated to the premise that God hates faggots, left behind a corpse so lean and frail so as to be unfit to even serve as kindling. Cruelty, thy name is irony.”

  • A3Kr0n

    At what point does someone step up and say enough of this religious bullshit and get him the mental help he needs?

  • Name

    I must admit my wife, a true believer and great baker, is a master at what’s inside the ovens.

  • cyb pauli

    I support his struggle 100% hope he holds out until the very end. Good work!

    “This has nothing to do with hatred of a group of people. I have friends and relatives who practice a homosexual lifestyle and I treat them with the same respect and kindness that I would anyone. This is about religious freedom, and an out of control federal government.”

    Thank God he’s not a homophobe. That would be awful.

  • KneadingNittles

    Huh… Dad got moved to Hill AFB when I was five, and I found out that anyone who wasn’t Mormon was “A Devil Worshiper”. So he’s comparing himself to someone his religion teaches is a “Devil Worshiper”? Wow. Oh, well. One starves themselves to death, it’s a little more depth in the gene pool.

  • Matthew Baker

    Petulant seems to be the word I would use to describe this. The problem is that great civil leaders stand up for the rights of others not to take the rights of others away.

  • Richard Thomas

    So either he gives up, we point and laugh, and life goes on; or he succeeds, one less nutjob on the planet, BUT the anti-freedom crowd gets their first (self-appointed) martyr. Tough choice.

    Also, is anyone monitoring him? I can scarcely believe he’d think that we would just take him at his word that he’s not eating. I want daily weigh-ins!

  • Mike Holton

    This guy is a putz. Stop making putz’s into celebrities.

  • observer

    Is it irony if he accuses gays as people who “…would not hesitate to march people of faith into ovens.” – In other words, genocide – yet the only person doing bodily harm to him is himself?

  • Neko

    Wish I could upvote you more than once for that mot juste.

  • LesterBallard
  • Matthew Baker

    They need a double thumbs up button. I don’t know how many times I have read comments that could have used more than one vote.

  • cyb pauli

    Matthew 10:34

  • cathouseumbrella

    This is just like that time Gandhi went on a hunger strike to restore British power in India.

  • Jeff

    That is the most elegant display of tact I have ever seen. Well done.

  • cmscougar

    As a practicing Mormon in Virginia, please know that this young man doesn’t represent what most of us believe.

  • Jeff

    And if he ends his hunger strike, what will he say? He made his point, that we should all have the right to hate? He’s correct, we have that right. Society however, will move on.

  • He may be thinner, but last time I checked he is still religiously free to not get gay married.

  • Bdole

    Plot twist: “she” [on the right] has a penis.
    Decides he’s OK with it, has a burger and coffee.

  • Aerial View

    Maybe the fiancee actually put him up to it. Starvation is one way to insure you’ll be the only wife.

  • I can only hope more follow this man’s brave course of action. It’s always best when loose ends tie themselves up.

  • Jameson

    Sad result of such misunderstanding of the message of love unconditional. Typical ignorant christian.

  • Ion Ionescu

    People never die that way. Not in democracy. He will just fade away back into the oblivion from which he came from. That’s his 5 to 15 minutes of fame. I think it is far more ridiculous when somebody in power does the same stunt. Pick Obama. He said something when he came out of nowhere to become a president. He became that president. And some of the important promises were gone. 4 years later, most people don’t look for a third party candidate. Because they don’t care. This is plainly sensationalism: let’s imagine what if this or that sucker dies. Me? I bet he eats in secret for the glory of Mormon or whatever christ he bows to.

  • offwiththeirheads

    hopefully later than sooner

  • So much crazy it’s hard to start.

    1. Gay people account for 2-5% of the population. It’s hard to imagine a scenario in which gay people have “the power of the Nazis” anywhere but a far right winger’s twisted imagination.

    2. Why on earth would anyone want to put “people of faith” into ovens? I certainly don’t want that. I have good friends who are religious and unlike the bigots who claim to have gay “friends” I can actually produce mine. They actually exist. I believe in the right of people to believe and worship as they choose. Unfortunately some religious people do not think believe in such rights for those who disagree with them.

    3. If he doesn’t want to eat that is his right as an adult. He is only harming himself. It’s not something anyone is inflicting upon him.

    4. The comparison to Gandhi is not only absurd but insulting to the memory of a great man. He’s protesting the decline of a bigoted system in which the majority was allowed to restrict the rights of a minority. His rights are not being violated in any way. He is angry because he can’t force his prejudices and superstitions on others. He has every right to hold those prejudices and superstitions but that’s not what is at issue here. He wants the state to enforce those on people who do not share them. That is not a right. He is a bigot angry at a reduction of bigotry in the law. If he wasn’t so full of crap he might be able to see that.

  • I certainly don’t wish for him to die. I suspect he’ll be eating by the end of the week (probably sooner) so that’s highly unlikely.

  • Religious freedom LOL. What about the religious freedom of the churches that want to marry gay couples? What about their freedom. Not all religions, not even all Christians, engage in the same anti-gay bigotry that the Mormons do.

  • I used to work for a large company that had a big office outside Salt Lake City. No one dared drink coffee or tea for the disapproving glares they would receive (even though the entire building had coffee stations on each floor) and of course both employees and guests were constantly asked if they were LDS or where they went to church. They’d never have tolerated that in any of the other offices but the Mormons got away with it.

  • Henk Um

    because ehhh same?

  • Spirula

    Too bad our founding fathers didn’t establish a democratic model of governance that had documents showing intent, like say, something including the phrase “We the people…”.
    If only the voice of the citizens had been included in the design, we wouldn’t have this “out of control federal government”.

    (By the way Mr. “Thinner”, it’s your own state citizens that supported it. This wasn’t federal legislation.)

  • Henk Um

    He will probably get a message from god, aka weasel out of it…

  • Jairn8

    Take those 49ers hats off you scum

  • It’s okay everyone, he’s drinking water and taking vitamin supplements, he’ll be around a good long while.

  • Rationalist1

    He’s young enough that if he doesn’t starve himself to death (yeah right) he’ll probably be alive when the Mormon leadership proclaims another revelation from God and gay marriage is alright after all.

  • AtariBaby

    Had to compare himself to Gandhi because no one else would

  • AtariBaby

    Also, on behalf of San Francisco, take off that hat, ass.

  • He isn’t going to starve to death. Not going to happen. He is nothing but an attention whore.

  • That’s a good point. The god of the Mormons has been remarkably willing to change his mind on “absolute, unchanging truths” in the face of overwhelming public opinion.

    Kinda reminds me of a politician.

  • code_monkey_steve

    And if not-eating doesn’t work, he may have to escalate to not-breathing. May God grant him the courage to attempt it.

  • Rob P

    His children and grandchildren will be so proud.. no wait. What’s the word for being really really embarrassed about someone? Oh yeah ashamed. His children and grandchildren will be so ashamed of him.

  • tim

    Does “Activist Judge” mean any judge who declares something I don’t agree with? I mean they SAY that it means a Judge who breaks with long-standing traditional rulings, but I don’t remember anyone calling the Supreme Court “activist” when they changed the long-standing interpretation of the 2nd Amendment…

  • Rob P

    I think the whole “power of the Nazis” and “marching people into ovens” is projection. An anti-gay Russian celebrity already said that he would put gay people in ovens.

  • Richard Thomas

    Wait, yeah, for long.

  • Jeremy Vastine

    First let me say. People of most faiths, I’m sure, are decent enough. With all faiths, all groups in general really, there are those who are bat shit crazy. Unfortunately, it is those people who get the spot light all to often. That being said; In this guy’s case, you can’t spell mormon without a moron.

  • more compost

    Mmm, tasty word salad.

  • KneadingNittles

    We lived in North Ogden. VERY difficult to find ANY establishment that would serve coffee! My mother used to just be absolutely amazed that people would ask you what religion you were before they even knew your last name.
    In small towns, (Ogden is not a “small town” anymore, but it certainly used to be!), people always ask, “Oh, do you know so-and-so?” Not so, in that area. People ask, “Are you related to so-and-so?” One person told me, “Gee, I can’t place you… You don’t look like anyone from here”. Nope, thank goodness.

  • I can’t decide whether to laugh or cry at this one.

  • SeekerLancer

    He’s free to express himself however he wants just like we’re free to shrug and let him starve himself until he decides his hissy fit isn’t going to make our society rethink its progressive changes.

  • James Buchy

    Nazi war criminal Julius Streicher was executed at Nuremberg along with the rest of the war criminals. As he was being led to the gallows, the guards stopped him at the bottom of the steps for identification formality he uttered his piercing scream: ‘Heil Hitler!’. Dying for a cause doesn’t make the cause right.

  • Brian Cunningham

    I called this guy a bigot on a mutual friends facebook page and he called me on to a fight. This is the level of discourse this guy has.

  • Nancy Shrew

    He’s probably pissy from the lack of food and from people not caring.

  • $925105

    So he’s scared that he’ll be tempted to leave his wife for a man? Judging by the looks of her plenty of men will be happy if he leaves her.

  • Jonas

    But! But! You’re trampling his right to oppress others! How dare you take his right to take other peoples right!

  • Jonas

    And some folks *cough*thisdude*cough* will be missed far less than others..

  • Nancy Shrew

    When is the last time a single-person hunger strike worked? Really?

  • Jonas


  • Jonas

    Preferably after he’s declared incapable of voting.

  • Frazzah

    Yeah. I’ts almost as if he decided to walk in to the oven himself, even when no one was insisting or even hoping for it.

  • Brian Cunningham

    This was actually before his story broke. He was on his ‘fast’ but I had no idea about it. Nobody did, except his family and friends. I guess he was just hangry.

  • Nancy Shrew

    I’m aware of historical examples, but like, I mean in the past couple decades maybe. All the ones I heard of were failures.

  • Anna

    Why do they care? I mean, seriously. I honestly can’t figure out why these anti-gay people behave like petulant children about gay marriage. The way they act, you’d think the government was nullifying heterosexual unions and only giving legal recognition to same-sex couples.

    And this Meacham character. He’s like a five-year-old threatening to hold his breath because Mommy won’t let him eat ice cream for dinner. Good grief, what a ridiculous example. It just goes to show that these people have no sense of proportion. Their exaggerated reactions speak for themselves.

  • onamission5

    Considering that the Nazis actually incarcerated and murdered people for being what they considered the wrong sexual orientation, Mr. Meacham is welcome to fuck right the fuck off with his glib, arrogant martyrbation.

  • Jonas

    Hey, you asked, I answered :p

  • Jonas

    Twenty to one says the guy is acting out because he got caught with a dick in his mouth. If that’s not the case, I give it a year before he’s caught with a dick in his mouth.

  • chewycabeza

    What the heck is this loon wearing a SAN FRANCISCO 49ers hat for? And, yes, the woman?

  • Gandhi had some pretty weird views surrounding sex. I’d like to hope that he’d be fore marriage equality, and I seriously doubt that he’d protest to take it away, but I’m not at all certain he’d be protesting for it either.

  • Beenerschnitzel

    What relation to Evan meacham is he? Evan was another nutty Mormon who tried to stop U2from singing I the name of love at his concerts. I guess the Mormons will find out the real meaning of Darwinism in an up close and personal way.

  • bismarket 1

    Reckon he’ll get sectioned away to psychiatric hospital just as soon as they think he’s in any danger. Whatever happens this is not gonna end well for him. I’m surprised that “leaders” within the church haven’t talked him out of it yet!

  • He’s going to hurt himself until the government hurts someone else. …civil rights as right wingers see it!

  • Derpington_The_Third

    Thankfully he’ll die.

  • Miss_Beara

    The homosexual movement is less tolerant than the Nazis

    I would love to see examples of this.

    I have no doubt they would not hesitate to march people of faith into ovens.

    Hello martyr syndrome.

  • bismarket 1

    Darwin Award?

  • Derpington_The_Third

    No, most of you guys believe black people are cursed people as per doctrine, and that God lives on some star named Kolob and some pretty other whacked out shit.

  • If that were true the Mormon Church wouldn’t have been a principal funder of the Prop 8 campaign. But I do know Mormons who disagree. I wish there were more of them because the ones I know get a very hard time from others in their wards.

  • Katy

    This reminds me of the way non-scientists attack evolution even though they’re not experts in the field and can’t argue about it coherently. If you watch the interview with him, he tries to argue about what the state can legally do but clearly isn’t a lawyer and is instantly shot down by someone who knows what he’s talking about.

    He’s just an idiot, and I reckon he’s probably sneaking a chicken nugget here and there too.

  • diogeneslamp0

    Die. I’ll comfort your girlfriend in her moment of grief.

  • Raising_Rlyeh

    I know it’s a bit of a tangent, but I do find ghandi to be a bit of a hypocrite. Yes, most of our heroes are not like we imagine them to be, but ghandi was a giant dick. I mean when he was a lawyer in South Africa he fully supported the apartheid government and believed in the inferiority of those with dark skin. In fact in a letter printed in his newspaper he stated that the South African government should discriminate against black people and the undesirables and let the whites and the upper castes ride in the best areas of the train. I know a tangent, but just thought i’d share my thoughts.

  • Guest

    This will sound cruel, but I hope he has fun starving to death.

  • diogeneslamp0

    How can we encourage more hate-filled bigots with hot girlfriends to go on never-ending hunger strikes?

  • Change that to ‘some’ and I’d agree. But although ‘most’ of you would’t go on a fast, I suspect most of you would rather not see marriage equality.

  • Matt Bowyer

    Have fun starving to death, jerk.

  • I’d like to know if Sr. Meacham thinks his life and moral sensibility is more valuable than civil equality for millions of others. I consider his death an acceptable loss.

    I wonder what his opinion is of Mormons proxy baptism. If one Mormon can be baptized to save the souls of 50 dead sinners, then it seems like a better option. That covers more sins than homosexuality, and without red tape or bureaucracy. At best, his plan prevents homosexuals from legally marrying, which will have little or no effect on their homosexual-related sins.

  • Where’s the Tea Party to say “Let him die!”

  • It’s not hypocrisy to change one’s mind — if you’re even accurately representing him. Gandhi wrote of being a British sycophant and lover of all things British and what radically changed him — that was before he went to SA. And if you don’t want to be a giant dick, at least spell his name right.

  • Yes! Leave one more single lady who looks just like Marie Osmond when she was smok’n hot and young! Make this world a better place!

    I just love her huge eyes, so much like a Japanese cartoon – too bad on the probable lack of more brains than a cartoon, when you look so good, and would marry such an idiot!

  • Gabriel

    Yeah, and Duck Dynasty are the current day version Rosa Parks. He is a spoiled little closeted self hating homophobe. I feel sorry for him. But not very much. He is young enough. He doesn’t have to live a lie anymore. Also, I don’t believe for a moment that he will forgo food long enough to place himself in danger. Hate just isn’t that strong. His hate will not be stronger than his hunger.

  • Why stop at two? Imagine an input box for you to enter as many likes as you want.

  • What incredible bravado! He likes something you like, but at the same time, likes something you dislike! It’s incredible! He definitely isn’t a true 49er fan or San Franciscan.

  • Dude, nobody can remember where that “h” goes.

  • Anathema

    Meacham reminds me of a child having a temper tantrum because his parents bought his little sister the same type of toy which they’d already bought for him. That is very much the sort of thing that I would have done when I was two years old. But I’d grown out of this behavior by the time I was four, whereas Meacham apparently still hasn’t grown out of it.

  • midnight rambler

    When Gandhi was in South Africa it was a British colonial government, which also discriminated against blacks and “coloureds”, as well as Indians like himself, but it wasn’t full-on apartheid which wasn’t implemented until 1948.

  • One could imagine an economy of upvotes; you get a certain allotment of votes per week for free, and you can spend them however you wish, but beyond your allotment you can only spend upvotes that you yourself have earned from others’ voting up your own comments.

  • AtariBaby

    I have no idea what that means. But I live here and think it’s safe to say he doubly offends the vast majority of San Franciscans by wearing a symbol of our city, because we are proud of our LGBT community and their struggle for equality.

  • Terry Firma

    Non sequitur ahead: I find the amount of digital skin smoothing on BOTH of them really disturbing. Creeps me out.

  • Terry Firma

    Wow. Sheriffs and peace officers, of all people.

  • Terry Firma
  • AtariBaby

    All, this is getting off topic but Gandhi was no saint. Don’t take my word for it; read up on Christopher Hitchens’ exposés of the man.

  • Conuly

    It’s not that hard. Gandhi, rhymes with sandhi.

    More importantly, you should be consistent. It’s bad enough to misspell a word or a name, but to sometime spell it correctly and other times spell it incorrectly? The first might be innocent ignorance, but the second screams sloppy carelessness.

    Edit: huh, first time around I thought he switched spellings halfway through. Never mind. It’s still careless, though, when everybody else has been using the normally agreed upon spelling.

  • For the record, I have the same spelling conundrum with Buddha. Maybe it’s because the “dh” combination just isn’t found (often, if at all) in English.

  • I’m more annoyed by the fact that most Americans think his name was ‘Mahatma’.

  • Wlrothil

    Vitamin supplements don’t have protein or sheer calories, and the nutrients they contain are often either not absorbed well, or absorbed too quickly and dumped right out in urine. Better than nothing, but not really a substitute for food. His body is going to eat itself down to a husk.

  • Jim Jones

    Include a slice of key lime pie and really make his day.

  • Da hell did I just read?

  • On the other hand, martyrdom is built into Christianity.

  • TVG

    Don’t worry, he’ll be wearing edible magic underwear.

  • Yes, because it was an atheist idea that marched people into ovens in the first place.

  • CamasBlues

    Well the Mormon church has changed its definition of marriage before. Prophet Woodruff in, I believe it was around 1890, declared that polygamy was no longer to be practiced (on Earth; in the afterlife it is still allowed. Yes, Mormonism is a confusing weird mess). Also, I don’t think interracial marriages were generally looked on favorably until fairly recent times. So, I think young Mr. Meacham really ought to rethink things a bit….

  • TVG

    If he gets tired of the LDS, the WBC seems like a natural pro–uh, I mean regression.

  • TVG

    “Is that a candy bar in your magic underwear, or are you just glad to see me?”

  • Oh crap! Not another idiot who’s still promoting that states rights/constitutional nullification nonsense. I thought we settled that issue 150 years ago with a civil war. Forget this guy’s delusion of being Gandhi; he must think the South won. Medic, get the hypo!

  • CamasBlues

    Indeed. It really bugs me that some religious people think that their church should get to define marriage for everyone. From the government’s POV, marriage is a kind of legal contract between 2 people. If the couple wants a religious ceremony in addition to getting the marriage license, that is their choice. Churches and their clergy aren’t required to marry anyone who comes to them now (as a for instance, the Mormon temple marriage is restricted to Mormons who can obtain a temple recommend – so not even any and all Mormons are necessarily eligible, much less anyone else) – so why should any one church claim the power to decide marriage laws for people who aren’t even members of their organization? It’s ridiculous.

  • Mike De Fleuriot

    With a smallish quote file, one can reply to almost every theist’s position. For example:

    “This is why, whenever I hear some bigmouth in Washington or the Christian heartland banging on about the evils of sodomy or whatever, I mentally enter his name in my notebook and contentedly set my watch. Sooner rather than later, he will be discovered down on his weary and well-worn old knees in some dreary motel or latrine, with an expired Visa card, having tried to pay well over the odds to be peed upon by some Apache transvestite.”
    — Christopher Hitchens Hitch-22: A Memoir

    Whether this is a good thing or not, I am unsure. But like Hitchens, I am waiting for Trestin’s Haggard moment.

  • Depends what these “vitamin supplements” are, eh? You need about 50g protein, and under 2,000 calories a day. I’m not saying it is a good substitute for food, but it is tremendously better than nothing. As a result, he’ll stay alive quite a bit longer. My point is, he’s cheating at fasting. It is truly pathetic he isn’t even standing up for his beliefs in an honest way.

  • Silent Service

    Wow, he thinks he’s the Greatest American Hero with mutant superpowers. This guy is disturbed.

  • Silent Service

    And he deleted the post you linked too on his facebook profile, but if you just go to his profile his bigotry is pretty evident.

  • wesmanlv

    wanna bet he’s gay?

  • Rod Haney

    I have a bit of a different take on this. I hope he does die. Seriously, because we all know that no state legislature can ever be held hostage by something so juvenile as someone having a temper tantrum because he can’t have his way.
    That and he is obviously nothing more than your average attention whore.
    So I say let’s see him actually stick to it right up to the end and drop dead, then any other of these whiners will think twice before doing something so stupid.

  • Intelligent Donkey

    But why do we need heroes? Just to worship in the apparent absence of Jesus?

    Why can’t we just do good by ourselves without having to be led by the nose like unthinking beasts?

  • Rod Haney

    Let us know when he dies.

  • DeFKnoL

    Can I smell a impending Darwin Award?

  • AxeGrrl

    I see it more like a kid who’s had a swing set all to himself for ages, now tantrumming because another kid has come along and started using the swing set alongside him.

    The new kid being able to use the swings has absolutely NO effect on his ability to use it, but he’s being a selfish crybaby anyway.

  • Randay

    Gandhi was racist against Africans, just do a search on “gandhi racist” or “gandhi racist quotes”. He never changed his mind on that. “We were then marched off to a prison intended for Kaffirs [offensive term equivalent to the n-word],” Gandhi complained during one of his campaigns for the rights of Indians settled there. “We could understand not being classed with whites, but to be placed on the same level as the Natives seemed too much to put up with. Kaffirs are as a rule uncivilized — the convicts even more so. They are troublesome, very dirty and live like animals.”

    In India he supported the caste system and never did anything to help the Dravidians, or untouchables.

  • Malcolm McLean

    Gandhi was an Hindu. Hinduism had a caste system, which the British wanted to dismantle because it was offensive to their moral beliefs. Gandhi opposed this.

    He also supported the Germans in World War II.

  • Optimist

    Really?! Comparing people who demand to be treated like human beings and demand to have the rights they deserve to the nazi army again, we’re still doing this?!

  • Optimist

    He’ll either die or give up, it’s a win-win to me, these are the kind of people who need to die out anyway.

  • Technically, he had alien superpowers, not mutant ones.

  • Dale Snyder

    Let me know when the scumbag dies. I’ll be the first to “Prost!”

  • Jim d

    Or you have sponsors that lobby and have people up vote their stuff so it can be seen by more people making more sales. They would then offer you goods or services in exchange for up votes. Thus further curupting the up vote system

  • Fargofan1

    I don’t want him to starve; I feel sorry for him. All he has to do is look at states and countries where same-sex marriage is legal. Are those gays marching believers into ovens? No, of course not. Use your brain.

  • Justatron

    One of my friends (quite sarcastically) posted on FB that if he said he were going to give up carbs until women’s suffrage was revoked, could he get a news story too?

  • Choose_Freewill

    Mmmmm People of Faith casserole…

  • John Bridle

    I tried to think of witty responses, but, he’s a dick. A wrong headed self absorbed dick. The world needs fewer of him.

  • Rationalist1

    Seriously polygamy is okay in heaven, but not on Earth. What about the “on Earth as it is in heaven” part of the Lord’s prayer? Or do they have that prayer? Religion can be used to justify anything.

  • PrimateZero

    He compares himself to Gandhi but he’ll end up like Bobby Sands.

  • PrimateZero

    Laugh, trust me you’ll feel better.

  • PrimateZero

    I like your optimism.

  • Bob Jase

    Be hilarious if he was the first to make Breatharianism work.

  • Bob Jase

    Careful what you wish for – if this doesn’t work he might take his ball and go home and then what will we play with?

  • Oranje


  • Dave The Sandman

    So either this douche waffle starves himself to death, or this douche waffle gives in and proves what a douche waffle he is…or he gets caught cheating and sneaking in the Cheerios and Twinkies when the cameras arent watching and exposed as a lying cheating douche waffle fer Jeebus. After two weeks Im guessing its the latter.

    Dead, douche or cheat.

    Im still trying to see a bad outcome here guys…..

  • onamission5

    Because having a dick in ones mouth is shameful?
    Because the only thing worse than being a gay guy is a gay guy who’s internalized society’s homophobia?
    Because “he’s gay and he hates himself” is mock worthy rather than sad?
    Why do people say shit like this. Do they not even stop for a second to think about the damage it does, or what? It is statistically impossible for every homophobe to be a closeted, self loathing gay guy. Can we stop with this shit already please.

  • Anymouse

    I would convert.

  • Anymouse


  • JaniceInToronto

    Betcha he starts eating again even if the gays are still getting married. He’s a publicity hound and is reveling in the media spotlight.

  • Anymouse

    It would be a madhouse if it did. I would be an adherent to using it more though. I have been, in one way or another, since my childhood. Funny thought–I was born a redhead, for a while was a deadhead, and now disclaim the godhead. It’s risky territory, this religion thing. Gotta wear a hardhat and use a handhold to stay sane, rather than submit to some secondhand ideas.

  • Cogito Ergo Sum

    Looks like he has nothing better to do than throw tantrums. From his “About” section on his FB page:
    “Chancellor of exellence at I’m too pretty to work. and Sultán of Ambivalence at Michael Scott Paper Company”

  • What about those poor business owners who had taken from them the “right” to choose who they would and wouldn’t have as customers?

    Of course, I do think that their loss was a good thing. However, having heard such argument against the 1965 Civil Rights Act from various radical libertarians, I suspect that the Enlightenment era concept of “rights” might be overdue some careful scrutiny at its philosophical underpinnings.

  • smrnda

    This is why I consider Utah, or really, most parts of the Bible belt, to be places I will never set foot in just since I can’t stand people who can’t mind their own business and have to impose their views and prejudices on everyone. I don’t care if the Mormons don’t drink coffee, but I’d appreciate it if they don’t judge the rest of us for not following their ridiculous rules invented by 19th century con-men (including the magic underwear.)

  • smrnda

    I think the concept is just an incomplete one owing to the source – the thinkers behind the Enlightenment were relatively privileged people who resented autocratic government/religious authority. I doubt that they really thought much about how the decisions of private business owners might affect minority populations, or whether something like a hostile work environment (racial prejudice, sexual harassment) prevented someone from gaining employment and therefore, remaining alive.

  • smrnda

    Of course, by supporting the bombing of Iraq, Hitchens proves his own rule.

  • Richard Thomas

    It’s too bad he’s changed his Facebook settings to private. I really want to send him messages with photographs of cheeseburgers to keep him motivated.

  • Richard Thomas
  • That does seem likely a historical reason why some (possibly) implicit questionable assumptions weren’t explicitly questioned, yes. Contrariwise, the word “privilege” also makes me twitch as having some underscrutinized flaws in its underpinnings, resulting from promulgation by those similarly wishing to alter existing social order to increase the benefit to themselves and correspondingly situated others.

    Nohow, I almost certainly have some blind spots of my own; and both are half-decent approximations as tools for working in practical politics in an efficient manner.

  • Richard Thomas
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