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Wednesday, March 29, 2006
  "The War on Christians" AKA "The Religious Right's Vaguely Insane Persecution Complex"
Wow...I mean,

Are you sitting down? Because this is like sweet, glorious music.

Absolutely hilarious/disturbing piece in the WP today on a conference in Washington unambiguously titled "The War on Christians".

Guess who was the guest of honour? None other than disgraced Republican Congressman and former House Leader Tom DeLay. Apparently, his ignominous departure had nothing to do with, oh I don't know, being indicted for money laundering and conspiracy, or his ties to the grand sketchmaster himself, Jack Abramoff.

No. DeLay is a victim of a war against Christians! As organizer Rick Scarborough said:

"I believe the most damaging thing that Tom DeLay has done in his life is take his faith seriously into public office, which made him a target for all those who despise the cause of Christ....God always does his best work right after a crucifixion."

Holy crap! I didn't realize the United States was executing money launderers now, least of all by Crucifix.

But the magical chorus of idiocy continued. Here's some highlights:

-Scarborough's collection of literature, including "The Criminalization of Christianity," "Liberalism Kills Kids" and "Same-Sex Marriage: Putting Every Household at Risk."

-Christians are being attacked by 'elites' (read: educated people) who believe in "a different strokes for different folks" ethic. Oh, you mean tolerance and diversity? Those bastards!

-The assault is being led by those age-old chimeras of the paranoid right- Hollywood, Gays and the media.

But the spirit and tenor of the night was best captured, I think, by Bill Fancher, an American Family Radio 'journalist':

"I don't apologize for being narrow-minded."

I could not have said it better myself.

But seriously, all joking aside, I can see why the Christian Right feels so persecuted. I mean, where are their allies? Where is their strength? They only have the president and a congress and senate dominated by a party that just loves to pander to conservative Christians. Oh, and two new supreme court appointees. Looks like persecution to me! Or possibly a crass attempt by cynical politicians to manipulate faith for political gain, or in this case, re-invent a political career destroyed by greed and stupidity. One of the two.

Bring on the crucifixes!
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