Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Dangerous Words

"I want you to just let a wave of intolerance wash over you. I want you to let a wave of hatred wash over you. Yes, hate is good ... Our goal is a Christian nation. We have a Biblical duty, we are called by God, to conquer this country. We don't want equal time. We don't want pluralism" [Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, 8/16/93].

-this quote, culled from the invaluable mediamatters.org is from none other than Randal Terry, a man whose colleagues have bombed abortion clinics, who has said basically that the estate of the judiciary is useless, and who apparently everyone thinks is insane except for the pundits on the network satellites.

After 9/11 Jerry Falwell blamed the attacks on gays and feminists. Here I just thought the towers were built on ancient Indian burial grounds. Falwell's claim was repeated by some other nutcase on one of the cable shows the other night. This cannot be the tenor the vast majority of Christians in ths country, right? But it is precisely these types of people who have the ear of the president, apparently, the types who believe that on the 7th day, God created creationism. Sure, he has secular madmen in his corner too, like Paul "the occupation will cost less than the war" Wolfowitz and Dick "Weekend at Bernie's" Cheney. But these religious people are more nuts; how big a difference is it, really between suicide bombing a Jewish cafe and firebombing an abortion clinic? Whether you are for or anti-abortion, you must agree that the intent in this latter case is the same as the former: the promulgation of terror. These people in Florida are trying to terrorize us with their Jeremiads, as well and luckily, hardly anyone is gullible enough to believe them... I hope. Certainly, there must be more responsible Christians in this country. But then, these Evangelical types have always seen the Catholics, or "moderates," as backwards, the same as any other group that disagrees with them.

Hoping to pick up Picaresque by the Decemberists.

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If you want to read some good criticism from the inside you should read some of Jim Wallis' writings. While you may roll your eyes at some of his jesus saves you can't deny his analysis of the religious right.

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