Sep 272009
 

Rachael Maddow reports on a survey that says that more than one in three conservatives in New Jersey believe that Obama is the anti-christ. She discusses with Republican operative and former religious right co-founder Frank Schaeffer how we respond to the idiocy. Schaeffer rightly notes that there is a sub-culture within the ultra-conservative evangelical right that is taught from birth to reject fact as a matter of “faith.” These are people who believe the world is only about six billion years old, that humans lived with dinosaurs, and that John F. Kennedy was the anti-christ. He refers to them as a “fifth column of insanity.”

Schaeffer postulates on whether Christianity can be rescued from these “christians.” Maddow asks Schaeffer how to move these people off this position. Schaeffer points out that “a village can’t re-organize village life around the village idiot.” He makes the point that we have to move beyond them, because there is not Republican leadership and no one on that side with the courage to stand up to them.

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Apr 082009
 

Some days it’s better to just stay in bed, or, as Mark Twain said, “Better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.” Rick Warren, darling of the “intellectual evangelicals,” is learning that lesson the hard way this week after an appearance on Larry King Live.

Obviously I don’t agree with the evangelical view on homosexuality, and believe they are misreading the Bible based on many years of misinterpretation by their clerics, but I understand their right to believe as they wish. One thing, though, I’m fairly clear about is that lying is pretty much frowned upon throughout the Bible, yet Warren decides to play fast and loose with the truth.

Warren tells King that he never came out in support of California’s Proposition 8 or campaigned for it’s passage. He said:

Yes, you know, Larry, there was a story within a story that never got told. In the first place, I am not an anti-gay or anti-gay marriage activist. I never have been, never will be. During the whole Proposition 8 thing, I never once went to a meeting, never once issued a statement, never – never once even gave an endorsement in the two years Prop 8 was going.

The week before the – the vote, somebody in my church said, Pastor Rick, what – what do you think about this? And I sent a note to my own members that said, I actually believe that marriage is – really should be defined, that that definition should be – say between a man and a woman. And then all of a sudden out of it, they made me, you know, something that I really wasn’t.

I never campaigned for it. I never – I’m not an anti-gay activist – never have been. Never participated in a single event. I just simply made a note in a newsletter. And, of course, everything I write it’s – it’s (INAUDIBLE).

There’s just a little problem with that, Warren in LYING. Somehow, I guess accidentally and without his knowledge, his little note in a newsletter turned into a professionally produced video posted on YouTube prior to the vote.

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Warren goes on to tell King that he never compared homosexuality to incest, polygamy, and child molestation.  Continue reading »

Nov 092006
 

Of course I can’t pass by the 2006 mid-term elections without comment. It was clearly a stunning victory for Democrats, and I can only hope the new Democratic majority will roll back some of the powers granted to the executive branch. Unfortunately, that normally comes very slowly.

A lot of pundits are saying the outcome is more a vote against Republicans than for Democrats. I will concede that observation to a point. However, I think there was also a very strong vote against the war and against the Bush Administration. Given that he has two years left, the voters can’t vote him out of office, so they did the next best thing, and voted against all the Republicans.

But it was also very much a “throw the bums out” election, and the bums all had an “R” next to their names. Democrats made huge gains in governorships and in control of state legislatures. I do think it became clear that the ultra-conservative theocratic evangelical voting bloc did not come through for the Republicans this time, despite having the marriage amendments on the ballots in several states. In South Dakota, voters reversed a new law completely outlawing abortions, and in Arizona, a marriage amendment was defeated. In the states where it passed, it generally passed by very narrow margins, but Republicans were still turned out of office in many of those states.

The evangelical voters are all whining about how they will need to “take back the party.” I think that bodes well for Democrats. It will be the most extreme wing of that party pulling it as far to the right as possible. I think a big part of this election includes a fatigue with the amtaliban trying to legislate the morality of everyone else. Hence the narrowing of margins in these moral issues ballot initiatives.

Here in Florida, I think the conservatives actually shot themselves in the foot. Florida approved a Constitutional Amendment requiring a 60% affirmative vote to amend the state Constitution. This will make it extremely difficult to get an anti-marriage amendment passed here.

Arch homo-bigoted County Commissioner Rhonda Storms won a seat in the state legislature. I expect her to make the usual fool of herself in Tallahasee, but at least her influence and vote will be severly diluted relative to her ability to influence life here in Hillsborough County. Interestingly, she was running a strong Republican district where Repubs usually win with a margin of two to three to one. Storms beat an unknown Democrat with only 58%.

And of course we can’t get through a complete election cycle here in Florida without some Republican chicanery. Watch the FL13 race closely…there was an 18,000 UNDERVOTE in Sarasota. The local and state election officials are blaming it not on their defective electronic voting machines, but on voters choosing not to vote in a “nasty” race!! Democrat Christine Jennings was ahead in every poll right up to election weekend. Election-Law blog thinks the court might order another election…but there’s even a juicier possibility: Congress deciding.

I’m sure a Democratic Congress would be interested in investigating the nonsense that occured in Katherine Harris’ old district (and hometown) with the assistance of Jeb’s pals at the Secretary of State’s office…I think this will develop into a major story as the month wears on.

Whatever the reasons, Democrats are the majority, and now have an opportunity to make something of it. If we do, we’ll stay in the majority, if we try to play it safe, the Republicans will rise again.

I remember the Republicans always threatening the “nuclear option” in the Senate. This was their threat to eliminate the filibuster. They railed against how it resulted in a minority thwarting the will of the majority. I think they given up the right to use the filibuster in the next Congress.

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