The world is on a runaway handcart to hell, and it’s the “we are a Christian nation” party doing the driving. Right-wing extremists are becoming more extreme, racists more racist, and Republican hate mongers more deeply entrenched in the party.The GOP is the party of CRAZY, and there’s no end in sight to new recruits. This group of mental misfits wants to run the country, and we’re in for big trouble if they pull it off.
For starters, the Evangelical, extremist, Christian far-right is a collection of characters reminiscent of Steven King’s Carrie. Pent up rage, sexual inhibition, repressed homosexuality?, and religious guilt have carved out some pretty scary characters. Here’s a look at some of the most crazy:
“…we really do risk God taking His hand of protection off of our country.”
“Men and women of faith cannot sit on the sidelines while the culture war rages on. Homosexuality is out of the closet and the tyrants of tolerance are trying to force anyone who believes in traditional values into the closet.”
The tyrants of tolerance?
He gives this warning:
“There’s a lot of talk in America about pluralism. But the bottom line is somebody’s values will prevail. And the winner gets the right to teach our children what to believe.”
Brad Dacus of the Pacific Justice Institute:
“…placing limits on gay “reparative therapy” will mean that “many hundreds of thousands or millions of youths who will be led down a path of death and destruction.”
Bishop Robert Smith of Little Rock, Arkansas:
“…delivered a message claiming that Home Depot had become “Home Despot” and warning that if it continued on this path, [“financial and corporate support to open displays of homosexual activism on main streets in America's towns."] God would no longer bless the company or its shareholders.
…stated that God told him that “Home Depot was raised up to be an eagle with wings to bear up Israel in the time of trouble”
Family Talk’s Board of Directors:
“…wrote to members that America’s [in a] “moral and spiritual crisis” now “that threatens the very foundation of Western Civilization.”
Rick Joyner of Morning Star Ministries and the Oak Initiative:
“…believes that the “the very same demonic principles and powers” responsible for the rise of Nazism in Germany “were now trying to seize America” through a totalitarian government…
We would fall to the worst forms of tyranny and darkness imaginable, because that has been the Devil’s strategy for a long, long time for America.”
Gary North (Institute for Christian Economics):
“The long-term goal of Christians in politics should be to gain exclusive control over the franchise. Those who refuse to submit publicly to the eternal sanctions of God by submitting to His Church’s public marks of the covenant–baptism and holy communion–must be denied citizenship.”
“This is God’s world, not Satan’s. Christians are the lawful heirs, not non-Christians.”
James Kennedy (Center for Reclaiming America):
“The Christian community has a golden opportunity to train an army of dedicated teachers who can invade the public school classrooms and use them to influence the nation for Christ.”
Randall Terry (Operation Rescue):
“I want you to just let a wave of intolerance wash over. 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.”
“When I, or people like me, are running the country, you’d better flee, because we will find you, we will try you, and we’ll execute you. I mean every word of it. I will make it part of my mission to see to it that they are tried and executed.”
And those are prominent religious guys who are taken seriously by many far-right fanatics. Then there’s this:
Charles Worley of Providence Road Baptist Church regarding gays:
“I’m God’s preacher. I just believe the book… Bless God, forty years ago they’d have hung ‘em, bless God, from a white oak tree, wouldn’t they?”
The same moron:
…“I figured a way out to get rid of all the lesbians and queers. But it isn’t going to pass in Congress. Build a great, big, large fence — 150 or 100 mile long — put all the lesbians in there. Fly over and drop some food. Do the same thing for the queers and the homosexuals, and have that fence electrified so they can’t get out, feed em, and you know what, in a few years, they’ll die out. You know why? They can’t reproduce!”
If you think it’s just religious wing-nuts, think again; the crazies are walking and talking among us every day, in places that should concern you. For instance:
Tweets by Mark Traina, a school psychologist in Louisiana:
Then there’s Mississippi state Rep. Andy Gipson:
“According to Leviticus 20:13, “If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.”
Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ)
…claimed that marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples is “a threat to the nation’s survival.”
Nevada GOP Senate candidate Sharron Angle:
“I hope that’s not where we’re going, but you know if this Congress keeps going the way it is, people are really looking toward those Second Amendment remedies and saying my goodness what can we do to turn this country around? I’ll tell you the first thing we need to do is take Harry Reid out.”
Tea Party-backed Texas GOP congressional candidate Stephen Broden:
“Our nation was founded on violence. The option is on the table. I don’t think that we should ever remove anything from the table as it relates to our liberties and our freedoms.”
“Our fiscal ruin and resulting loss of world leadership will, in [liberals'] eyes, be not a tragic event but a desirable one.”
Carl Paladino, (New York State tea party-backed candidate for Governor) describing his idea to transform prisons into dorms for welfare recipients:
“These are beautiful properties with basketball courts, bathroom facilities, toilet facilities. Many young people would love to get the hell out of the cities.”
Iowa Representative Steve King:
“…why should I care about the conclusions that have been brought forward by the Supreme Court?”
This is a minuscule sample of the crazy people affiliated with the Republican party. Now the presumptive GOP nominee has chosen to pander to the far-right.
Here are some highlights (for lack of a better word) from his Liberty University speech:
“The American culture promotes personal responsibility, the dignity of work, the value of education, the merit of service, devotion to a purpose greater than self, and, at the foundation, the pre-eminence of the family.
As fundamental as these principles are, they may become topics of democratic debate. So it is today with the enduring institution of marriage. Marriage is a relationship between one man and one woman.”
“It strikes me as odd that the free exercise of religious faith is sometimes treated as a problem, something America is stuck with instead of blessed with. “Perhaps religious conscience upsets the designs of those who feel that the highest wisdom and authority comes from government.”
“There is no greater force for good in the nation than Christian conscience in action.”
What makes Romney’s pandering to the extreme right (especially the extreme religious right) disgusting is how he is so willing to subjugate the person he is for the prize of political office; treating it more like just another thing money can buy than anything resembling a call to public service.
He willingly ignores the fact that many in his party don’t really want him as their President, that Christian leaders have repeatedly called his religion a cult, and that Conservatives have come right out and said he will be merely a puppet for the fanatical GOP if elected.
The inmates will be running the asylum if Republicans win in November.