A Texas state lawmaker has been mercilessly roasted to a smoking crisp for a comment he made last week about aliens.
Texas State Representative Jonathan Strickland, a self-described "Christian Conservative Liberty-Loving Republican," publicly stated last Friday--earnestly and without irony--that aliens will need to become Christians if they want to avoid hell.
No, this is not a joke. Strickland apparently believes this so fervently, he hasn't even taken down the tweet in which he said it, despite the roasting he received in its wake.
IF aliens are real, salvation through Jesus Christ is the only way they enter Heaven. #txlege— Jonathan Stickland (@Jonathan Stickland)1595597743.0
His perspective certainly is... unique, isn't it? Glad to know that Texas has a diverse range of opinions in its legislature, or whatever.
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Strickland's comments were presumably made in response to a bombshell New York Times story last week that reported the U.S. government is in possession of evidence that all but confirms the existence of aliens, such as things that sound an awful lot like alien spaceships.
As the article states:
"[A] consultant for the Pentagon U.F.O. program since 2007... said he gave a classified briefing to a Defense Department agency as recently as March about retrievals from 'off-world vehicles not made on this earth.'"
Understandably, the article "broke the internet," as the saying goes.
But if any of the occupants of those "off-world vehicles not made on this earth" are reading this, be put on notice—you're gonna have to get to heaven the same way as the rest of us, as far as Texas Republican Jonathan Strickland is concerned.
Naturally, Twitter lost its collective mind over this bizarre declaration of Strickland's.
@RepStickland I am so sad for all the Gorblaxians from Nulsar 7. Their civilization died out several million years… https://t.co/bVZ9wPKHdh— Christian "Chonky Lynx" Restifo (@Christian "Chonky Lynx" Restifo)1595607022.0
@RepStickland If aliens are real, your entire belief system is a lie.— Captain America (@Captain America)1595627973.0
@RepStickland Maybe they have their own sky god(s). Maybe THEY created us. Maybe your god was a precocious child… https://t.co/PFoV5pKgAS— Libtard Jesus, Acting Diector of Everything (@Libtard Jesus, Acting Diector of Everything)1595604983.0
@RepStickland A little too early to be smoking weed dude.— 𝕛𝕚𝕞𝕞𝕪𝕠🧂 (@𝕛𝕚𝕞𝕞𝕪𝕠🧂)1595599876.0
@RepStickland I for one would love to see Jeffress baptize little green men in the $7mm fountain at @firstdallas th… https://t.co/OGHN6NJjHr— Uncle Jimmy's Cognitive Exam🧂 (@Uncle Jimmy's Cognitive Exam🧂)1595602268.0
@RepStickland I mean that literally, by the way. The story is "Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven" and was first… https://t.co/9FCOKjvqra— Jordan ⚧(She/Her) Is Trans and YOU CAN'T STOP HER (@Jordan ⚧(She/Her) Is Trans and YOU CAN'T STOP HER)1595600583.0
@RepStickland IF leprechauns are real, Jeff Dales, God of Squirrels is the only way to be blessed with nuts and ber… https://t.co/YKrD2TSbqn— John Countryman (@John Countryman)1595607531.0
This man holds state-level elected office. This is why Americans can't have nice things https://t.co/HhqEH5SiTB— Chrissy Stroop, Friendly Neighborhood Anti-Fascist (@Chrissy Stroop, Friendly Neighborhood Anti-Fascist)1595617036.0
Finally someone said it https://t.co/zxkiDGLFNd— abolicious (@abolicious)1595626881.0
@RepStickland Please leave the planet and go spread the gospel in outer space.— InSitu (@InSitu)1595600208.0
This whole "aliens need Jesus!" thing isn't the first time Strickland has caused controversy.
Last year, he drew wide condemnation when he called vaccines "sorcery."
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It seems Texas legislator is trying to give Florida Man a run for his money.