MP James Bidgood: Nuttier Than A Fruitcake

Posted: December 4, 2008 in Atheism, Australia, News, Politics, Religion
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This fruitcake, ironically, has no nuts in it

James Bidgood is a member of parliament for the Australian Federal Government and over the past couple of days, it has been shown that he grip on reality may be tenous at best.  The first scandal he has been involved in involved him taking a photo of a protester about to set himself on fire and sold it to the media.  Now that by itself might be a minor story about expectations of Politician’s behaviour but far from real actual news of any real note.  But it now seems that Bidgood is no stranger to odd behaviour as reported by The Australian, where Bidgood is on record as stating that the World’s current financial troubles are the direct work of the Judeo-Christian God.  That’s right, Yahweh has entered the stock market game and he’s pissed!

Global financial crisis an act of God, says Labor MP Bidgood

LABOR MP James Bidgood, the first-time MP under investigation for selling pictures of a protester attempting to set fire to himself outside Parliament House, has declared the global financial crisis an act of God.

Mr Bidgood, who was carpeted by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd over his actions yesterday and apologised to parliament, makes the claims in a DVD.

In a speech to a function held in parliament he argues that Christian marches for Jesus in London caused the October 1987 stock market crash.

He also predicts the end of the world and one world monetary system.

“We have to say ‘What would Jesus do?’,” he says.

“In 1987 there was another march for Jesus. That took place in April. And guess what happened in October 1987? The stock market crashed. All property values lost one third of their value and over a million people lost their homes.

“I believe when Christians pray, God does things. I believe what is happening today is as much to do with God in economics bringing judgement.”

He goes on to warn that “there is God’s justice in action in what has gone on here”.

“I believe there is God’s justice in action in what is going on here. We haven’t seen the end of it. The ultimate conclusion is like I say, we look at Bible prophecy, we are going towards a one world bank and a one world monetary system. And if you believe the word of God and you read Revelations…you will see clearly what is being spelt out. We are in the end times.”

Earlier, Liberal frontbencher Joe Hockey challenged Kevin Rudd to deal with the matter of Mr Bidgood’s sale of the photographs.

“If I was in Kevin Rudd’s shoes he would not be in caucus, he would be gone,” Mr Hockey said.

“What sort of judgement does this man have that his first reaction when someone is threatening to take their own life is to take a photo and then to try and sell it to a news organisation?” Mr Hockey asked.

“What message does it send to the community that a member of parliament’s first reaction when someone is trying to kill himself is to take a photo and then try and sell it to the media?

“Under any circumstances it is reprehensible behaviour.”

Liberal frontbencher Chris Pyne said the behaviour was “low rent” and Tony Abbott said it was “tacky”.

There’s a lot to be said in reply to Bidgood’s comments but I imagine you, as the reader, have pretty much covered them (or at least your monitor with coffee).  Bidgood, however, does ask one very important question which (after much thought and reflection) I have an answer for:

“We have to say ‘What would Jesus do?’,” he says.


  1. ozatheist says:

    you saved me some time, I was going to post about this but hadn’t had time. A fruitcake indeed.

  2. AndyD says:

    Either it’s prophecy or it’s our fault. It can’t be both since we cannot possibly override the prophecy of an omnipotent and omniscient God.

    If it’s prophecy, then praying can’t change it, greed can’t change it and the Rudd government, of which Bidgood is a member, can’t change it. If anyone could change it, either the bible would be wrong – or this isn’t the prophecised end times, in which case Bidgood and other end-times evangelists are wrong – again…

    They say “Jesus saves”, so I think he’d buy in the current market.

  3. Adrienne says:

    hahaha, you are totally correct. Jesus WOULD sell.

  4. He is a fruitcake, is he contesting the next election?

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