Sunday, February 15, 2009
The irreligious religious right
The Religious Right, which is essentially irreligious and wrong about most everything, wants a name change.
They've come to the conclusion that they have become the pariahs of American society. Nobody loves them anymore! [I wish!]
Rightwingwatch.org says certain conservative "evangelicals" want to shed their designation as members of the "religious right."
Gary Bauer, for example, the christianist wingnut of American Values, whines that "It amazes me how often in public discourse really pejorative phrases are used, like the 'American Taliban,' 'fundamentalists,' Christian fascists,' and 'extreme Religious Right.'"
Why the hell would that "amaze" him. All those descriptions fit perfectly!
Another character from Focus on the Family is worried that phrases like "Religious Right" and "fundamentalists" carry a negative connotation.
Richard Land, the extremist, religious right, talibanic, fundamentalist, christianist wingnut, who heads up the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, says that "Until Tony Perkins or Jim Dobson puts a pistol on the table and threatens to kill someone, they shouldn't be called ayatollah of the Right or the Jihadists of the Right."
Ah, but Mr. Land, that's exactly what they do, every day! Well, not literally, but through their words and actions they threaten to kill love between people, tolerance for other religious views, and work to enforce their particular fundamentalist, talibanic religious beliefs on everyone in the country!
The trouble is, you see, that all of these phrases are perfectly apt descriptions of the Religious Right. There may be differences between members of the Religious Right, but on the "big" issues, they chant in concert, "Our will be done!"
They are demagogues, and are very much like the Afghani Taliban in their attempts to make their theological positions the law of the land.
So, there really isn't any point in calling them something different? What would we call them?
Oh, we could call them the "Irreligious Right." Most of these clowns claim to be Christians, but they don't seem to understand the message of the Jewish rabbi they profess to follow. They think he was a Repugnican!