JABbering Stooge

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Why do Republicans hate non-Christians?

According to Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the increasingly ironically-named U.S. House of Representatives voted to strip from the $408.9 billion defense spending bill an amendment by David Obey (D-WI) that "criticized the Academy for allowing, 'coercive and abusive religious proselytizing,'" and "called for the military to provide a plan to Congress 'no later than 60 days' following the enactment of the appropriations bills for ensuring the Academy 'maintains a climate free from coercive religious intimidation and inappropriate proselytizing by Air Force officials and others in the chain-of-command...'" (this was also reported in the Washington post here).

And what do the co-dependent Democrats get for this insolence? More abuse from Republicans with nothing better to do than act out on a paranoid delusional persecution complex such as Rep. John Hostettler (R-American Inquisition):
...the long war on Christianity in America continues today on the floor of the House of Representatives...continues unabated with aid and comfort to those who would eradicate any vestige of our Christian heritage being supplied by the usual suspects, the Democrats.

Later in his obviously prepared remarks, Hostettler seethed:

Like a moth to a flame, Democrats can't help themselves when it comes to denigrating and demonizing Christians.

Earlier in the session, Duncan Hunter (R-There was no toture at Gitmo because the inmates were fed on the taxpayer dime) defended his amendment (similar to the Obey amendment, but much milder in language) by saying:

We don't prejudge that there is abusive proselytizing.

Question for Rep. Hunter: given what we know about what has been going on at the Air Force Academy:

  • Cadets who skip out on weekly religious services are frog-marched back to the barracks - known as "Heathen Flight."

  • Jewish cadets are called "Christ killers" to their faces by upperclass cadets.

  • Cadets are told that they will burn in hell if they don't accept Jesus as Lord and Savior by upperclass cadets.

  • When Captain MeLinda Morton, a Lutheran chaplain at the AFA complained about these and other incidents, she was subsequently hauled off to Okinawa. Meanwhile, the general responsible for the anti-anyone-who-is-not-a-straight-conservative-Christian-male atmosphere at the Academy was promoted for his role in creating the hostile environment.

When you look at all the evidence, how could you do anything BUT come to the conclusion that Rep. Obey did?

And as for Rep. Hostettler, I wonder if he considers the Christian Alliance for Progress to be one of those Christian-hating organizations involved in "a long war against Christianity." For that matter, by Hostettler's twisted paranoid delusional logic, James Madison and Thomas Jefferson would also be included in this "conspiracy against Christianity," for reasons hi-lighted earlier.

By the way, I wonder what Hostettler and DeLay would think of this quote:

If we did a good act merely from the love of God and a belief that it is pleasing to Him, whence arises the morality of the Atheist? It is idle to say, as some do, that no such being exists. We have the same evidence of the fact as of most of those we act on, to-wit: their own affirmations, and their reasonings in support of them. I have observed, indeed, generally, that while in protestant countries the defections from the Platonic Christianity of the priests is to Deism, in catholic countries they are to Atheism. Diderot, D'Alembert, D'Holbach, Condorcet, are known to have been among the most virtuous of men. Their virtue, then, must have had some other foundation than the love of God.
Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Thomas Law, June 13, 1814

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