Thursday, January 20, 2011
Christian Right kookinessNot that there's ever a shortage of it. But several entries jumped out at me this week.
For starters, Alabama's new Republican Governor Robert Bentley says he shore ain't one of them Jews or Mohammedans or Hindooians. But he did apologize if any of them thar heathens was offended by what he said, he's sorry that they were stoopid enough to be offended. What's next? A speech reassuring everyone he knows he's the Governor of Christ-killers and demon worshippers? (See Alabama's new governor apologizes for Christian comments, rabbi accepts CNN Belief Blog 01/19/2011)
Here's Richard Land, President of the Southern Baptist Convention's (SBC) Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission and a longtime major player in the Christian Right, with Starting Over on Health Care Reform Christian Post 01/19/2011. Short version: God hates health insurance.
Then we have our old friend Brother Al, aka, the Rev. Albert Mohler, Jr., President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and the leading theologian of the SBC, in Redefining Retirement Christian Post 01/19/2011. Short version: Retirement is un-Biblical. And Germanic. Plus, lots of old people are just lazy.
And Franklin Graham in The Moonie Times (aka, The Washington Times) griping about Obama Tucson speech: Prayer service turns to rally 01/18/2011. Short version: Obama's Tucson speech sucked because he didn't talk about God enough. And also because there was some pagan Injun guy there talking with one of them foreign-soundin' names (Carlos Gonzales).
Graham the Younger complains particularly that the service didn't include anything from the Psalms. Apparently not registering that Obama himself quoted from Psalm 46. Steve M at No More Mister Nice Blog notes that this was a bit odd, seeing as how Graham the Younger is "presumably a guy who's intimately familiar with the Bible." (Franklin Graham: A Brazen Liar, or Just Too Lazy to Watch the Whole Tucson Service? 01/19/2011)
"Pastor Dan" Schultz picked up on another conservative's griping along with Graham the Younger about Native American religion being represented in the Tucscon event in Memo To Kathleen Parker on 'Father Sky' Reference in Tucson Memorial Religion Dispatches 01/13/2011.
Tags: christian fundamentalism, christian right, christianism
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