Pennsylvania GOP State Rep Announces Bid For US Senate Because God Wants Christians To Rule [AUDIO]

This is the guy whose state House resolution declared 2012 to be “The Year Of The Bible” in Pennsylvania and who sponsored an ultimately failed bill that would have required all public school boards to display “In God We Trust” at their meetings. Kyle Mantyla reports at Right Wing Watch:

Pennsylvania Republican state Rep. Rick Saccone held a rally in Harrisburg earlier this week where he announced that he intends to run for the U.S. Senate against Democratic Sen. Bob Casey Jr. next year. Religious Right pseudo-historian David Barton and Sam Rohrer of the American Pastors Network joined Saccone at his rally, and yesterday Saccone appeared on Rohrer’s “Stand In The Gap” radio program where he explained that he is launching this bid for higher office because God wants Christians “who will rule with the fear of God in them to rule over us.”

Listen to the insanity below.

  • T-Batwoman

    bat shit crazy, that is religion folks.

  • Kelly Lape

    That whole thing about leaving England for religious freedom was for nothing. American Revolution was about taxes not freedom. 1st amendment no longer applies.

  • Tawreos

    If he loses is that a message from god that this guy just sucks as a human being?

    • TexasBoy

      Yes, yes it is!

      • AaronD12

        Just like Ted Cruz’s father who said that god told him that Teddy would win the presidency.

        • Tawreos

          He says that to all of the GOP candidates just to get them to put out.

    • Chucktech

      Of course not. It’ll just be another one of god’s dementia moments.

    • Natty Enquirer

      No, it’s because God has something more important for him to do. /godmeme

    • FAEN

      It is but he’ll believe Satan is interfering too much 😉

      • WitlessProtection

        You spelled Santa wrong…

        • FAEN

          Day drinking.

    • David Walker

      Sucks as a human being? Absolutely. Message from god? Just like the message to all those god-fearin’ presidential candidates last year. Oh, and that woman from…Toledo? Cleveland?

  • Boreal
    • JCF

      The Anne Lamott corollary cuts even closer:

      “You can safely assume you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.”

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  • TexasBoy

    Talking to God is like playing the telephone game. No two people hear the same thing.

  • bkmn

    I hope his opponent can get him to speak in tongues.

    • TexasBoy

      Yabba Dabba Do, eek ock ork ah ah.

  • Lazycrockett

    Doctor of what assholery?

  • Ray Page

    Religious zealotry is a mental illness.

    • FAEN

      I’d love that on a t shirt but someone would probably shoot me.

      • clay

        Killer Bob Graphics used to have a “Shooting Gallery” t-shirt.
        Visually, it asked the question, “What are you aiming for?”
        beard, mouth, treasure chest, drink, ass, cock, balls, etc.

      • TampaDink

        In the name of their loving deity, of course.

        • FAEN

          Oh of course. Jeebus was ALL about the killing.

          • TampaDink

            Right up there with his demands that the sick, poor, hungry & downtrodden be ignored.

  • j.martindale

    These political activities of so-called Christians are not a display of religious beliefs, but rather are power plays. The motivation of the zealots is to suppress the political power of the non-believers. Domination is the ultimate objective. There is no place for tolerance of differences when your objective is to overpower.

  • AtticusP
  • Lars Littlefield

    Obviously, another politician in dire need of the administration of much thorazine.

  • Robert Adams

    Another puny, but arrogant, human who thinks their omnipotent god need their help.

  • bambinoitaliano

    Right. Because the all powerful mighty god would not have done it when he created earth and all life forms to place on earth and expect the idiots he created would carry out his duties.

  • HZ81

    Funny, I spoke to God this morning and he said you guys are a bunch of kunts. Go figure.

    • Lars Littlefield

      There was a family of Koontz who lived in my neighborhood when I was growing up. Are they related?

      • HZ81

        Was it Dean? The only Koontz I know.

  • That_Looks_Delicious
  • Macbill

    But the God I want to rule over mankind is Bacchus, God of Wine.

    • FAEN

      Is there a god of great food, hot men and fabulous cinema?

      • Silver Badger

        Bacchus is an equal opportunity god. He may not care about cinema but good food and good wine and a good time were his specialities.

    • grada3784

      I’d prefer Priapus.

  • FAEN

    Hearing voices is a mental issue Rick.

    • RoFaWh

      I’m a little surprised (just a very little, though) that believing gawd has spoken directly to you isn’t de facto cause for incarceration in an asylum for treatment.

      • Lars Littlefield

        Uncle Albert isn’t schizophrenic, he’s just basking in the bright glow of Jesus. (Hide the guns!)

  • Harvey888

    When did we move from govern to rule? I think the media might have missed something.

  • james1200

    This is GOOD news for us, because I sure as fuck don’t like which way Pennsylvania has been swinging (in local elections, too.) But this will be Trump’s midterm plus a loon like this, running against Casey, who is a pro-life Democrat and sitting Senator, will lose in a landslide so this is one seat we don’t have to worry about. Assuming Saccone can get the nomination to begin with.

    • clay

      He’s not the only one, however. The GOP is heavily targeting Casey, thinking he’s vulnerable since Trump got 49% of the voters last Nov.

      • james1200

        By the midterms, tho, that 49% support will be down below 40%, if it isn’t already. I’m not worried about Casey. I’m worried about the fact that we have 24 seats up next year, many in red states, while Mango Mussolini’s party only has 8.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    Isn’t amazing that their invisible sky daddy always wants the people to do exactly what they want to do. Weird huh.

  • While I refuse to say all religion is bad, this guy is the proof that religious fundamentalism — whatever the sect or brand — is basically evil. Why? Because they’re positive they know what some mega-deity commands…and for obvious reasons, it’s always exactly what the fanatic wants.

    • Lars Littlefield

      Sorry, BeccaM. All religion is bad. Just as all Canadian and Mexican beer is good. Same dynamic.

      • Newp. Because I personally consider ALL beer bad. Can’t stand the stuff, never could.

        Religious beliefs and spirituality remain subjective and can either serve good or evil. Unfortunately too many refuse to admit the latter is possible, while absolutists refuse to allow the former can be.

        • Lars Littlefield

          What evs.

    • The_Wretched

      I’ll say the vast majority of religion is bad.

  • Hank

    Sick! Sick! Sick!!! Do they NOT believe in Separation of Church and State???

    • Rebecca Gardner

      No, they don’t. They firmly believe that their delusion should be the law of the land.

    • TexasBoy

      They do not believe in Separation of Church and State, except when it comes to paying taxes.

  • Rebecca Gardner
    • Lars Littlefield

      And remember, this said by a goy from an old Jewish family who had to placate Mormons his entire life. As crazy dangerous as Goldwater was, I sympathize with his strange predicament a little more each day. Still, he was a major asshole.

      • D. J.

        He became much more humble and open to new ideas as he got older and supported his gay (grand?) daughter.

      • Derrick Johns

        Fascinating. I thought he was regular White with some Native American ancestry.

        • Lars Littlefield

          Goldwater’s paternal grandfather, Michel Goldwasser, a Polish Jew. Michel married Sarah Nathan, a member of a Jewish English family, in the Great Synagogue of London. Barry’s father was Jewish and his mother, who was Episcopalian, came from a New England family that included the theologian, Roger Williams of Rhode Island. Goldwater’s parents were married in an Episcopal church in Phoenix; for his entire life, Goldwater was an Episcopalian, though on rare occasions he referred to himself as “Jewish.” Hence, a Jewish goy.

          • Derrick Johns

            Wow. Lars, thanks for this unknown history lesson…well, unknown to me.

          • Lars Littlefield

            I grew up in a part of the USA where the name Goldwater was a BIG thing. I had relatives who wouldn’t shop at Goldwaters department store in Phoenix, kind of the Lord and Taylor of the southwest in it’s day, because “They’re Jews!” Whereas, there was always a qualification when Barry ran for office getting the word out he was Christian. Antisemitism and run-of-the-mill racism was the rule in the Arizona of my youth. Sadly, it still is. Anyway, Barry has always fascinated me.

    • Jeffg166

      Goldwater was a known commie.

  • Jeffrey

    An all powerful God who can’t even get state legislation passed?

    • clay

      . . . when the guy’s own party had the majority.

  • Bill

    “…an ultimately failed bill that would have required all public school boards to display “In God We Trust” at their meetings.”

    I mean, seriously, what the fuck does this man think this would accomplish or improve.

    No potholes in your neighborhood need fixing????

    Do your job, asshole. Leave your fairy tales where they belong.

    • RoFaWh

      Fundies and their ilk are fond of signs denoting what they are.

      N.B. “What”, not “who”.

  • Robincho


    • easygoingmister

      etiam…semper ubi sub ubi!

      • Bj Lincoln

        Always wear under wear? Ha Ha Ha!

        • easygoingmister

          What’s a young lad in high school Latin class to do? Come up with sophomoric phrases of course! Plus, I absolutely swooned over those Catullus poems. I mean – a thousand kisses then a hundred more – whoa!

  • Hank
  • Derrick Johns

    Oh, Lord, Did he make his announcement before or after four rounds of Scotch wiskey?

    See what Trump has done? He’s unleashed Archie Bunker loons all over Pennsylvania.

  • Lazycrockett

    Really Drumpf? That’s the best you got?

    • Shit like this is what convinces me Donald really is a hapless, brain-damaged evil puppet in a lot of what’s happening.

      • Ninja0980

        I’ve always thought that.

        • Every now and then, I thought just maybe he might have some clue, maybe would be directing some of the strategy. Probably a foolish notion, in retrospect.

          What is clear is over the last 10-20 years, he’s been getting worse. Maybe that’s been the key to his success among his supporters: He appeals to their most primitive lizard-brain beliefs and impulses. “I ain’t poor ’cause I’m lazy and uneducated and can’t get along with anybody — it’s ’cause those immigrants terk ahr jerbs!!!!”

          • Bj Lincoln

            Because of the way he delivers so many lies, I think his ‘handlers’ give him the info and he trusts them to be right. I think he doesn’t really know better because he can’t read well, is too lazy to research anything and has a very short attention span. I have read several articles about how staffers go out of their way to keep him happy by shielding him from bad news and criticism. If they are doing this, imagine what Bannon and friends are doing. It doesn’t matter to his base what he says. They will believe all of it so Bannon is giving Drumpf the wrong info and the dumbass is parroting like it’s the truth.

          • RoFaWh

            “he can’t read well, is too lazy to research anything and has a very short attention span.”

            Sounds more like a serious reading disability that a list of personal flaws. Let me suggest that alleged “lazy” is caused by “short attention span”.

  • Jerry Kott

    Welcome to Pennsylvania!

  • KCMC
    • Bj Lincoln

      That’s who I thought it was.

    • Derrick Johns

      LOL Maybe it’s the red jacket 🙂

  • Rebecca Gardner
    • Lazycrockett

      To peak so early in one’s career.

    • KCMC

      will state again, that suit is bettered tailored that what he trots out lately.

  • Lee Grupsmith-Pedersen

    Really? Which sect? I sometimes daydream that it’ll end ups with the forces of COG fighting the forces of Seven Mountains in some barren wasteland.

  • Raising_Rlyeh

    Yeah, no American wants anyone to rule over them. And of those that do, I doubt you’d be their first pick. We are not a monarchy and you are not some little count. If you want to rule over somebody might I suggest joining RECON?

  • Gustav2

    Psssst. You only need a background check for employees when they are part of a taxpayer paid social services program.

    Otherwise there would be no preachers.

    • Bj Lincoln

      And things like being a child molester is not something to worry about. They just want to make sure you didn’t kill someone or steal.

  • Andymac3

    “Clang, clang, clang” went the trolley
    “Ding, ding, ding” went the bell
    “Pray, pray, pray” went the voice in his head
    He’s bat shit crazy as hell.

  • Matt

    Isn’t it time for “god” to call these people “home” or something? Ugh.

    • RoFaWh

      One can wish. Regrettably, the great state of Pennsylvania contains no active volcanoes to do the job.

  • D. J.

    “Rule over us”? Sorry dipshit, you’re the hired help of your constituents if your batshit crazy ass manages to get elected. You will no doubt ignore your oath of office.

  • Ninja0980

    Get the net already.

  • DaveMiller135

    You would only need to go to a single church committee meeting to be convinced that Christianity is a bad fit for governing, guiding or getting things done.

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      Ǵod told me to upvote your comment.

    • Goodboy

      That or visit the comments section of Brietbart or WND or anything with the title of Christian in it. .

    • JCF

      Or any committee, anywhere.

      Human nature, bro.

  • eric dumptee

    ‘DR’ ? oh,right, hes a proctologist,I knew it the minute i saw his FACE,,,hmmmm..

    • RoFaWh

      Somebody needs to point out to the deviser of that photo: in the US, English is spoken, not German, and you use only one honorific instead of piling them all together.


      Rep. Dr. Whatsit: WRONG

      Rep. Whatsit: RIGHT

      Dr. Whatsit: RIGHT (unless the degree was from a diploma mill)

  • Joe in PA

    Joe, NOT in PA.


    • Took me a minute to get it… yeah. Times like this make me ashamed to have been born & brought up there.

      • Bj Lincoln

        I’m like that about Ohio.

        • Gustav2

          Well, you are from the Pennsyltucky part of Ohio. 🙂

    • JCF

      Yeah, but you can still claim Brian Sims!

  • Blake J Butler

    Another “family values” republican running for office. Let me guess, he either is cheating on his wife with a mistress, sucking cock on the DL, or is a child molester, or perhaps a couple of the three possibilities.

    Cause its sort of a predictor of things to come from these family values politicians that are usually hiding something, most likely doing something they are the most verbally against.

  • ETownCanuck
    • Bj Lincoln

      I do have a problem with the more aggressive Atheist groups out there. I can see why they are angry but they would get better attention without the ‘fucking’ language.

      • ETownCanuck

        Ya, it is a little unnecessary.

    • TexasBoy

      They should walk through a children’s cancer hospital if they think their God is all about love and doing the right thing.

    • JCF

      Better yet,

      “Remember This Image”

      —next time you spend $ on frivolous shit, instead of people in NEED.

  • Michael R

    This is easy , we simply administer an ordinary religious test ….
    hey WAIT A MINUTE !!!

  • Rex

    Separation of Church and State.
    There’s a reason that exists.

  • Rex

    Back in the day Jesus wasn’t that fond of the tax collectors.
    And it was the religious leadership’s influence on the government that got him crucified.

  • Mark

    He’s kinda forgotten all about that render unto Caesar thing, hasn’t he?

  • The important question is whether or not God actually spoke to Saccone and asked him to run. The answer will determine whether he is psychotic, or just a deluded asshole.

  • Frostbite

    Can’t wait for the scandal with him molesting farm animals to break..

  • Oscarlating Wildely

    “And next up, Philadelphia and its suburbs remind the rest of the state yet again that the new wall around us is to keep you batshit crazy people out.”

  • David

    Dear Sir,

    FUCK YOU!!!


  • Robert Conner

    “Christians ‘who will rule with the fear of God in them to rule over us.’”

    I don’t think “republic” means what he thinks it means.

    • Bj Lincoln

      Plato’s Republic is a much better book than the bible. They are 2 very different books and the bible does refer back to the Republic with that ‘Render unto Cesar …’ line.

  • The_Wretched

    Christian-taliban right there. Such lovely people.

  • andrew

    Actually God just gave incumbent Democratic Senator Robert Casey a gift.

    • Bj Lincoln

      God has been spreading gifts around a lot lately. He/she spends time talking up a storm to them too.

  • Bj Lincoln

    Now there is a statement that should disqualify him for public service, not get him in.

  • pleasebereasonable1

    It seems that there is an endless supply of Xstain douchebags.

  • glass

    At first glance I read his name as “Dr Dick SuckOne”.

    • WretchedMouse

      I read it as Dr. Dick Sac 😀

  • fuzzybits

    They’re so put upon. They never shut up!

  • BlueberriesForMe

    If the Lard wanted Christianists to “rule”, why hasn’t that happened already? 2000+ years later and still not successful. I think the Lard has moved on to a more worthy cause.

  • Jeffg166

    He’s the picture of vitality and health isn’t he.

  • SFBruce

    No, Rick, senators aren’t elected to “rule over” their constituents, they’re elected to represent them. Big difference, and I just hope the good people of Pennsylvania never give you the privilege of doing either.

    • CatCope

      XCELLENT, SFBruce!! Well, put.
      Uh, doesn’t ‘merika have ENUF hypocrites “ruling” as it is NOW???!!

  • Thorn Spike

    Constitution 101 FAIL.

  • Stubenville

    You heard wrong; God wants Christians to drool, so you had better start wearing a ball gag.

  • JCF

    “Listen to the insanity below.”

    Not unless George Soros cuts me a check!

  • MBear

    Religious people have no place in government

  • BudClark

    1. The First Amendment in the Bill of Rights:

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or
    prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of
    speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to
    assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.[1]

    2. The No Religious Test Clause of the United States Constitution is a clause within Article VI, Section 3. By its plain terms, no federal office holder or employee can be required to adhere to or accept any particular religion or doctrine as a prerequisite to holding a federal office or a federal government job. It immediately follows a clause requiring all federal and state officers to take an oath or affirmation
    to support the Constitution. This clause contains the only explicit
    reference to religion in the original seven articles of the U.S.

    The ban on religious tests contained in this clause protects only
    federal office holders and employees. It does not apply to the states,
    many of which imposed religious tests at the time of the nation’s
    founding. State tests limited public offices to Christians or, in some
    states, only to Protestants. The national government, on the other hand,
    could not impose any religious test whatsoever. National offices would
    be open to everyone. No federal official has ever been subjected to a
    formal religious test for holding office.[1]

    This clause is cited by advocates of separation of church and state as an example of the “original intent” of the Framers of the Constitution to avoid any entanglement between church and state, or involving the government
    in any way as a determiner of religious beliefs or practices. This is
    significant because this clause represents the words of the original
    Framers, even prior to the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.


    … but no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.

  • SnowFlake

    The GOP has turned into a combination of a tabloid magazine merged with insane clowns.