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The GOP and the GOD: let go and get rational

Posted by Bill Nance on November 21, 2008

Kathleen Parker has written a column excoriating the GOP’s Christianist base, and receiving the usual death threats and hate mail from the followers of the “Prince of Peace” as a result.

Parker writes:

As Republicans sort out the reasons for their defeat, they likely will overlook or dismiss the gorilla in the pulpit.

Three little letters, great big problem: G-O-D.

I’m bathing in holy water as I type.

To be more specific, the evangelical, right-wing, oogedy-boogedy branch of the GOP is what ails the erstwhile conservative party and will continue to afflict and marginalize its constituents if reckoning doesn’t soon cometh.

Simply put: Armband religion is killing the Republican Party. And, the truth — as long as we’re setting ourselves free — is that if one were to eavesdrop on private conversations among the party intelligentsia, one would hear precisely that.

It’s gratifying to see Parker continuing to speak the truth. Whether she actually believes this stuff I don’t know, but nonetheless it’s nice to see conservatives at least publicly, coming to grips with the dangers of theocracy.

Actual conservatives, as opposed to the demagogues have remained mostly silent until now over the ridiculous and blatantly religious positions adopted by their party. On abortion, the GOP platform can only be arrived at from a religious perspective. Specifically, the notion that an egg fertilized five minutes ago is morally and ethically indistinguishable from a newborn baby. This isn’t anything BUT a religious view. Since we know that something like 30-70% of all these fertilized eggs never make it past the first few weeks, God must be the biggest “abortionist” of them all. Nevertheless, the GOP continues to take this position, a position the overwhelming majority of rational people disagree with, and wonder why they get rejected.

They’ve also remained silent over the continuing encroachment of government into people’s sex lives. Whether it’s been sodomy laws in Texas, putting people in Jail for having a dildo or spearheading efforts to let the majority declare a minority group less than full citizens, the Radical Christianists have launched all-out war on personal freedoms, held back only by a sometimes tenuous Supreme Court majority.

Absent Supreme Court decisions, all over the country you would have laws which made homosexuality a crime, possession of pornography of any kind a crime, sex outside marriage a crime and no doubt marital sex which included anything Pat Robertson defines as “kinky” would be a felony as well. (So much for oral sex, a practice the Catholic church considers a sin). And of course let’s not forget the mandatory Christian prayers in schools every day. In short, if the GOP’s Radical Christianist base had it’s way, we’d be living in a theocracy which would look a lot like a Christian version of Taliban Afghanistan. There is precious little difference between the Radical Christianists and the Radical Islamists; mostly just the particular flavor of religion.

The GOP has been courting this group since Nixon’s southern strategy, and Ronald Reagan openly embraced people like Jerry Falwell. Pat Robertson actually came in second in the GOP Iowa Caucuses in 1988. But the Radical Christianists have gone from a fringe group with a lot of useful votes (read useful idiots for the GOP) to a controlling interest. And this group’s continued warm welcome from the party will only guarantee the downfall of the GOP.

Why do I care? Well, I don’t specifically care about the GOP. What I do care about is an effective opposition party to the Democrats. The libertarians will never amount to anything until they can get rid of their own kooks (a platform based on the gold standard, eliminating medicare and reducing the size of the armed forces to pre-WW2 levels is not going to fly). There simply isn’t an alternative at the moment to the GOP.

What might be possible however, would be the creation of a new party altogether. A party which rejects intrusion into the bedroom, takes a rational anti-abortion policy (as a newly fertilized egg is not a human, a 6-month old fetus is clearly not a “tissue mass.”) and is firm and reasonable about fiscal responsibility and low taxes. Throw in libertarian ideals about federalism and a rollback of the Fed’s ability to regulate us into oblivion and you’ve got a winner.

I’d vote for a party like that. I’d vote for it consistently. Hell, I might even become a member.

Until people who are actually conservatives as opposed to religious fanatics, control freaks or shills for mega corporation welfare can get hold of the GOP or form a new party altogether, the Democrats are going to rule the roost. And that’s not a good thing.


2 Responses to “The GOP and the GOD: let go and get rational”

  1. BSBradley said

    Well put. I have felt so alone in my views with all the screeching from the right. Try Mike Huckabee’s new book. Yikes!

  2. […] Posted by Bill Nance on November 27, 2008 Ayatollah James Dobson has written a new screed, denouncing Kathleen Parker for daring to voice the opinion that a theocracy plank in the GOP platform might not be wise. […]

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