Saturday, August 17, 2013

That awkward moment when you realize that the cover for your book on conservative Biblical child rearing features the family from a sitcom celebrating same sex parenting.

Courtesy of HuffPo:  

Fundamental Evangelist Doug Sehorne got a nasty shock when he realized that the image he had chosen for the cover of his e-book, "Bible Principles of Child Discipline from the Book of Proverbs)," was in fact a picture of a famous family from a "wicked TV show involving a gay couple!" according to his Facebook page. 

Yep, he put the much-loved Dunphys from TV show "Modern Family" on his book cover, who aren't beloved at all by many fundamentalist religious groups. The show was once called the "next big thing for gay rights" for positively depicting a gay couple with an adopted child, which makes it "wicked" in Sehorne's eyes. 

He furiously ranted about the mix-up on his Facebook and Twitter pages, condemning "Modern Family," gay couples, TVs, TV shows, Google Images, and sodomy:

 Trust me when I tell you that I laughed so hard at this that I had to wipe my eyes afterward.

So much awesome in this story.

Apparently the book has now been removed from Amazon which is a shame because I am sure that many fans of Modern Family would have loved to have bought it and sent it as a gag gift to their friends.  


  1. A. J. Billings4:04 AM

    Too funny !! Them there democrats is always tryin' to trip us up with their wicked television sitcoms, ain't they?

    And O/T but a very good article, with interesting comments,
    Republicans have BIG PROBLEM with the Teaparty they have created!

  2. Anonymous4:08 AM

    Hellow???? Shutterstock?????

  3. Anonymous5:08 AM

    Is anything evangelicals do NOT based on ignorance?

  4. Anonymous5:22 AM

    They even spelled his name wrong, it should be Doug Sohorny.

  5. Anonymous5:23 AM

    So the old bastard was stealing someone's picture that he assumed wasn't copyrighted? Such a conservative Xtian thing to do.

    Why didn't he put a picture of his own family on his stupid book? Did his kids all run away from home? Would no woman breed with him? Or are they just in another city watching TV?

  6. Sally in MI5:29 AM

    Seems the man has as many brains as most of the evangelicals. So if TV is evil, why does he have internet? Let me guess...he has to check out all the porn sites so he knows how to counsel his flock? Or he watches TV via the web, and then claims he doesn't have a TV.' And people send these shills their cash? AND it's all tax-free.

    1. Anonymous6:21 AM

      Doesn't say much for the professionalism of the publisher to allow him to choose a cover photograph off of google images.

    2. angela6:53 AM

      Anon 6:21
      He had to have self published this book. It would never have happened if he had a reputable publisher.

  7. BabyRaptor5:31 AM

    How was he falsely accused?

    Not knowing the picture was from the show doesn't magically make the picture his to legally use.

    Oh, wait. He's a Christian. They can't ever do wrong.

  8. Anonymous5:49 AM

    It's a message from God!

  9. Chenagrrl5:54 AM

    He assumed the images were not copyrighted because he found them in a Google search? The first thing kids are being taught in good public Is that nothing is free on the Internet. Everything at the very least has to be credited. But the guy who is running the Book of Proverbs on children is so greedy it doesn't occur to him to ask who owns or took the picture? I hope Steve Levitan and Christopher Lloyd, or whoever owns the picture, asks for payment and credit. This clown needs to ask for forgiveness and stop his bluster.

  10. Anonymous5:57 AM

    If the discipline principles all come from the Old Testament, how can this guy call himself a "Christian"?

    1. Anonymous8:59 AM

      That make's him a Muslim or Jew. Sharia and Judaic laws are based on the Old Testament.

  11. Chenagrrl5:59 AM

    Also want to add, Evangelist Douglas Sehorne may have gotten letters from the agents for the actors because most TV show stock photos come with the caveat that the images can be used for news or magazine stories but not for profit-making. I can see why Amazon would remove it because distributors can be liable also. Woo, this arrogant SOB has stepped in it.

    1. Anonymous6:22 AM

      Just breaks your heart, doesn't it?

    2. Anonymous9:42 AM

      I see a Colbert mock-up in 3-2-1.

      Anyone can make a mistake, and all of us have probably made some big ones. But, unfortunately, I don't see any humility and non-blowhard admission of ignorance from the pastor, only defensiveness. I don't begrudge the guy for not knowing who the people are or for being ignorant of the law; I just wish, for once, I could see some true humility in American Christians.

    3. Anonymous10:06 AM

      WATCH: One of the Greatest Segments of ‘The Colbert Report’ Ever

  12. Anonymous6:31 AM

    Hey Doug:
    Thou shalt not steal.
    The universe has a sense of humor, doesn't it?

  13. Anonymous7:46 AM

    This Family Takes Apocalypse Preparation To A New Level With A 'Doomsday Castle'

    “I built the castle to defend against marauders and to have a place that could function without electricity,” he said of the structure that he began in 1999 as a bunker.

    Watch this promotional video for the show where Brent says “nothing brings a family together like Armageddon”:

    1. His castle is stupid and indefensible. The windows are way too big. No outer wall or moat or any other defenses. Is he planning a mine field? What about water? He'll have to hand pump with no electricity. And what about food? He'll have to leave the house if they have a garden.

      Too small. Stupidly designed. As preppers go this guy is a total loon. And I don't even have to watch the show.

      Shame on National Geographic for airing this crap.

  14. hedgewytch7:59 AM

    See what happens when you self-publish? This is what editors, the marketing and design team and fact checkers are for.

  15. WakeUpAmerica8:09 AM

    That is absolutely hilarious! Could it be any funnier?

  16. Anonymous9:01 AM

    Is he the product of home schooling?

  17. Anonymous9:13 AM

    well, if this doesn't prove the existence of a fun loving comedic god, I don't know what does....

  18. Anonymous10:13 AM

    9:13 a.m., you nailed it!

    Emily Post

  19. How did he get away with putting that picture on the cover? Did he pay for the rights? I'm sure the image is copyrighted every which way from Sunday.

    If he's such an authority, why didn't he put his own family on the cover?

  20. Anonymous10:54 AM

    This is why it’s so important that more atheists keep speaking out. Even if we don’t convince people to fully lose their faith in a God, we can at least give them reason to second-guess those beliefs, making them a little more rational in the process.

    It’s less important to me that people stop believing in God and far more of a priority to make sure that their decisions aren’t entirely based on their faith. When it comes to social issues, for example, we all lose when people are basing their beliefs on “biblical values.” Rachel is just one example of a younger Christian who knows that, sometimes, reason and compassion need to override what pastors want you to do.

    By the way, the last item on Rachel’s list is also excellent:

    The church has lost its moral authority: people can be good without religion, and people can be evil in spite of religion

    A Christian Offers Her Own Reasons Millennials Are Leaving the Church and Gives Credit to Atheists

    2. Atheism and agnosticism do present appealing, intellectually honest alternatives

    When you're talking about something that no one has seen, no one has witnessed, no one can reproduce – and the only “evidence” in its favor is an ancient manuscript that has been altered, re-translated, and mistranslated a thousand times – is it really a puzzling thing that so many people are saying, “to be honest, I just don't know”? Factor in that information has become more easily accessible – a person can become well-informed on many topics with but an internet connection, a tablet, and a discerning eye – and the exclusive “truth” of any given religion seems to fade. The morals that religion today tries to attribute only unto itself have existed long before the faiths of the current era, in those hated and feared “pagan” faiths. The moral precepts that the ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead puts forth, rules by which the worthy dead are supposed to have lived, are as good as those found in any religion nowadays: do not rob the orphan, do not murder, do not speak in anger, do not cheat or lie, do not defile the temples of the gods, etc., etc. Christians like to believe they have a monopoly on virtue; and yet such ideas existed thousands of years before the birth of Christ. The parallels between creation stories can also be quite disconcerting for someone who has been raised, as so many American Christians are, to believe that the Bible is the inerrant word of God, complete and exact. Furthermore, the Bible is full of stories of magic and witchcraft, to say nothing of a violent, vengeful God who commands genocides and kills willy-nilly. The church has offered little to counterbalance these decidedly unsettling realities.

  21. Anonymous3:31 PM

    hehehehe that is priceless!!!

    question -- wouldn't he have to get permission to use a photo like that ? and pay royalties ? so doesn't it mean he stole the image?

  22. Anonymous3:47 PM

    This is funny stuff, but the disciplinary recommendations in his "book" are probably nothing short of dangerously and egregiously abusive to children. I think this is the same ass-wipe who influenced (with his child "rearing" and "discipline" book) these idiots in Washington state who adopted two African orphans (a brother and sister) although they already had something like six kids of their own (this also seems to be part of the evangelical nitwittery - have many more kids than you can afford (or competently parent), then also adopt some from a "foreign" country so you can prove your "Christian" cred. Next step, of course, is to fill up their minds with biblical nonsense, destroy their will and ruin their lives along with your own spawn).

    Anyway, after the African kids arrived, they found out that the girl was older than they expected (she was 13, but tiny), which became apparent when she had her period, plus she had hepatitis. The "mother" (term used loosely) was disappointed that she wasn't younger, and had hepatitis, so didn't like her and treated her horribly. Wouldn't let her touch anything in the bathroom when she had to go and if she accidentally did, she was punished.

    These dumb-ass "parents" subscribed to some lunatic's harsh, Old Testament "disciplinary" measures, but, of course, the African girl and boy got the brunt of the abuse, especially the girl. (It was reported in the news article that these people subscribed to some fundamentalist evangelical's disciplinary rules for kids, and I'd bet it's the same imbecile.)

    As punishment for even minor transgressions, they were made to eat outside, separate from the family, stand outside in the cold, suffered from the withholding of food, beaten, etc., etc., etc. The girl loved her hair braids, and her "sisters" also enjoyed braiding her hair for her. So, of course, as punishment, the bitch "mother" shaved her hair off.

    You can probably guess where this is going...the girl ended up dead from being made to stand outside for hours, at night, in the freezing cold, with no shoes and only light clothing. She was already bone thin from being essentially starved. The "mother" was inside, saw that the girl was struggling to survive and did nothing to help. The parents were arrested and prosecuted. The news article was absolutely heartbreaking. If anyone is interested in this case, you can probably Google it.

    Another case came to light not long after this one, in Vancouver, WA. Same evangelical idiots, large brood, adopted kids from the Philippines, same Old Testament discipline, withholding of food, beatings, locking kids in rooms, etc. Luckily, this time someone reported their suspicions to the authorities and the kids were rescued. These "parents" were also prosecuted.

    Because these families also "home school" their kids, these cases of Old Testament child abuse usually go unreported. I certainly hope no reputable publishing company is publishing this nonsense. If so, I hope they get the shit sued out of them by one of these abused kids.

  23. Anonymous5:43 PM

    This certainly makes the saying "You can't judge a book by it's cover" even more true.

    Thanks for the laugh tonight! :) What a dope that dude is.

  24. Anita Winecooler7:27 PM

    Poor Guy doesn't have a tv, hasn't owned one for years, yet knows this show is "wicked".

    I feel for him, he can live without tv, yet he has internet, AND 43 "Followers" on the wicked "Facebook" website.

    Ignorance isn't a defense when stealing photos for your book cover.


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