Monday, May 5, 2008

He sounds so much like an Evangelical...

I'm about sick and tired of the Obama/Wright story. Why in the hell is Wright, who has pointed out some legitimate issues we prefer to forget, such a lightning rod? (Why the hell did I even ask that question? The obvious answer is that he's black and the bigots will run wild while maintaining plausible deniability.)

But if Wright, whose said some stupid and hateful things (and he did, some of it was loony-toons conspiracy theory crap), is such a litmus test then why aren't/weren't guys like Falwell, Hagee and Robertson who've said much worse the kiss of political death. For example, this is right off the airwaves (The 700 Club) and not some local church nobody has heard of until recently:

Pat Robertson:

Many of those people involved with Adolph Hitler were Satanists, many of them were homosexuals. The two things seem to go together.
Actually most, if not virtually all, of them were Christians. Christian "patriots." Guys that wore flag-pins, or their equivalent, on their lapels. Men who quote mined the bible to support their perverted morality, or provided support to those who did; ultimately, to enable the inevitable blood-letting that CENTURIES of hatred directed towards outsiders would promulgate once the bonds of civilization had been weakened enough.

And if they did pervert Darwin, (and it is only a perversion) and the creationists, like those who made the movie Expelled, did quote mine the perversion they created, it remains that Hitler's pogrom against the Jews was not unique, but rather just one of many that happened, from before the birth of Charles Darwin, to well after his death. Rather, from an historical perspective, it is easier to see Hitler's pogrom as an extension of the pogrom endorsed by Martin Luther and the Catholic Popes. We have seen the eradication of Jews from European countries - France, Germany, England, Spain, Italy long before Darwin was born. All excused, if not actively endorsed, by the religions leaders of their time.

You say you're supposed to be nice to the Episcopalians and the Presbyterians and the Methodists and this, that, and the other thing. Nonsense. I don't have to be nice to the spirit of the Antichrist. I can love the people who hold false opinions but I don't have to be nice to them.
Yes. First they came for the Jews. Then they came for the gays. Eventually they'll come for you. Unless you're one of them.

The truth is that the fascist state needs enemies - internal and external - to survive. For people to believe that, someday, 'they' won't come for you (after you've lived your life in terror of the death squads and secret prisons) then they're seriously deluded. They don't need a reason because it's not about "reason" any more, but power and control and the inevitable sadism it breeds. When tortures torture, the "why" doesn't exist any more; it just becomes placating the insatiable, perverted need they develop.
[about Planned Parenthood]It is teaching kids to fornicate, teaching people to have adultery, every kind of bestiality, homosexuality, lesbianism - everything that the Bible condemns.
Actually, that'd be hormones and, in the matter of orientation, nature. Unless you think God created gay animals, or they chose the "homosexual lifestyle."

Jerry Falwell:

And, I know that I'll hear from them for this. But, throwing God out successfully with the help of the federal court system, throwing God out of the
public square, out of the schools. The abortionists have got to bear some burden
for this because God will not be mocked. And when we destroy 40 million little
innocent babies, we make God mad. I really believe that the pagans, and the
abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively
trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People For the American
Way - all of them who have tried to secularize America - I point the finger in
their face and say, "You helped this happen."
This argument actually makes me cringe. How can a mere mortal system of laws "throw God out?" You're telling me that the infinitely powerful, omniscient, creator of all the universe can't defeat the Constitution? At least without the help of men? But beyond this, do you want to vote for fawning politicians that give men like Robertson, Falwell, Hagee, etc., respect? Clamor for their endorsement? Want their followers?

As a country, though our leaders, we have set one foot on the path that leads to fascism. Do you really want set the next?

1 comment:

valdemar said...

If you're ever in the north of England, try to take in a 'ghost tour' of York. While it's rather silly, one central fact is not. In 1190 the fine Christian people rose up and massacred the Jews in the city. Many took refuge in a wooden fortress, Clifford's Tower, and most committed suicide rather than be captured and tortured to death. Men killed their wives and children, then themselves.
Oddly, during the talk I heard there was no reference to Richard Dawkins in a time machine.