"At this point, I don't
even think of evangelicals or Christian conservatives as being a segment of
the Republican Party," Bauer said. "They are the Republican Party."
-- Former Representative Gary Bauer, on how
President Bush must tend to the needs of religious conservatives to get
re-elected this November.
Newhouse News, Sunday, March 2, 2004
just read The Rise of the Religious Right in the Republican Party, a
public information project from
Adding the info in that report to what one finds in the mainstream media
every day and you begin to realize how scary the new "American God" can be.
those people with sincere and passionate religious beliefs who ALSO believe
in a secular government don't start speaking up, these nuts are going to
turn America into a Uber-Christian, intolerant and ignorant theocracy that
would make the 1970's Iran look like an epitome of religious tolerance and
In my half-century+,
I've watched a lot of terminology turned on its head.
means you hate the elderly, poor and
means you are too soft to lead a Nation at "war", even though every major
war in the past 60 years were led by Democrats, with the sole exception of
Bush's illegal invasion of Iraq. (The Republicans seem to think Franklin
Roosevelt was in the GOP?)
can mean you choose the life of a single cell over that of the mother.
automatically don't know as much about war as those who hid from it.
are almost automatically pagans.
If you've worked
faithfully for decades, but are now unemployed, it's your fault and
certainly not that of the corporation that, after hiding its profits in a
tax haven offshore, has now "outsourced" your job to a child in Bangladesh.
And the list can go on and on.
But more recently, the rhetoric has reached
the point where if you are not a rabid, right-wing Republican, you seem to
have no right to claim a religion at all. If you are a Catholic, or your
religion is not based on Christ at all, such as a Muslim or Jew, Buddhist or
Hindi, the fundamentalist Christians will seek your support, for now. But,
without even getting into the horrors that they hope await you in the
“Rapture”, I wouldn't want to be a non-Christian or a Catholic American in a
decade or two, if the Pat Robinson's and Jerry Falwells have their way. Oh,
and don’t believe that if you’re a Protestant you are going to be given a
pass into their fanatic’s Heaven, because Pat Robinson will quickly disabuse
you of that notion. "You say you're supposed to be nice to the
Episcopalians and the Presbyterians and the Methodists, and this and that
and the other thing. Nonsense! I don't have to be nice to the spirit of the
Antichrist." (Pat Robertson, The Most Dangerous Man in America? Rob Boston,
Another voice snidely disparaging Liberals
on religion, this time in the discussion of Gibson’s “Passion”, is William
in a column for the Dallas News.
I have a theory. It is
that, from a 21st-century, U.S.-liberal standpoint, the kind of people who
would go to such a movie – who, worse, would like it – aren't the kind you
find working for anti-smoking ordinances and gun control. They probably wear
fur and eat steak; favor school choice; vacation in Branson, Mo., instead of
San Francisco; haven't rushed to judgment on Iraq; respect soldiers and
religious leaders; regard church as the place to be on Sunday. And, perhaps
worst of all, large numbers respect and, come November, might vote for that
guy in the White House who called Jesus his favorite philosopher.
(Myrna Estep, Ph.D.
pointed out the fault with that argument, so well, in her letter to the
editor of The Dallas Morning News, in response to Mr. Murchison's column :
"From all that is known of the historical Jesus, he was not a rich,
meat-eating, smoking, drinking, tough, macho-posturing white male from
If you do claim to be a Christian, these
uber-Christians say you MUST be in favor of Bush's policies, including those
harmful to the least amongst us. If not, you are (and may God have mercy on
your soul) a *&^%$#@ LIBERAL!
It’s time, folks. Time for people to speak
up. You can take back your government, your religion and America's place in
the communion of nations.
And it can be quite
simple to win the fight. Just use the ballot box to battle those who use
religion as a business tool, with which to take control of the Corporation
called "The United States."
Come November, VOTE!
Vote as though all you hold Holy depended on
Because, it just might!
is a Vietnam Veteran, with a Bronze Star, 2 Air Medals, a Combat
Infantryman’s Badge (CIB) and a bunch of other pretty military ribbons. “I
was Honorably Discharged in 1971. Both of my grandfathers fought in WWI, and
both my father and my father-in-law were Marines in WWII.” He can be
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