Pastor Dennis Terry introducing Rick Santorum.
“I don’t care what the liberals say, I don’t care what the naysayers say, this nation was founded as a Christian nation…There is only one God and his name is Jesus. I’m tired of people telling me that I can’t say those words.. Listen to me, If you don’t love America, If you don’t like the way we do things I have one thing to say – GET OUT. We don’t worship Buddha, we don’t worship Mohammad, we don’t worship Allah, we worship God, we worship God’s son Jesus Christ.”
If you swapped out “Jesus” for “Mohammad” and “God” for “Allah”, this wouldn’t look at all out of place in a Taliban introduction.
Rick Santorum 2012: if you don’t worship Christ, you aren’t welcome in America.
I try to be charitable, but… fuck everyone who supports this.
What’s frightening is the rate of bills like this. It’s like every state is attempting to blitzkrieg anti-woman legislation as hard as they can.
I suppose I should stop writing about Ricky, but he gives me so much to work with…
When asked if he believed Obama is a “sincere liberal Christian,” the former Pennsylvania senator said he didn’t believe that sort of ideology exists, and that Obama’s church, United Church of Christ in Chicago, had “abandoned Christendom” and used a non-literal interpretation of the Bible.
“I don’t think there is such a thing,” he said of Obama as a liberal Christian. “To take what is plainly written and say that ‘I don’t agree with that, therefore I don’t have to pay attention to it,’ means you’re not what you say you are. You’re a liberal something, but you’re not a Christian.”
Admittedly, he has a point. What kind of Christian would suggest that hoarding wealth is a bad thing, that paying money to the government is necessary, promote dealing with enemies with pacifism, and not judging others? Jesus was all about blaming the poor for their situations, attacking enemies with violence, and hating others for their transgressions. The Bible never, for example, suggested praying to have one’s sins forgiven, as one forgives those who sin against them. That’d be liberal bullshit.
This is the very definition of American Taliban.
“If the president does not reverse the Department’s attack on religious freedom, then the Congress, acting on behalf of the American people and the Constitution we are sworn to uphold and defend, must,” Boehner said. “This attack by the federal government on religious freedom in our country cannot stand, and will not stand.”
Keep in mind, the “freedom” involved here is an insurance company’s “freedom” to refuse to cover birth control. Ignoring the fact that you’d think pro-lifers should love birth control thanks to its favorable effect on abortion rates, what chaps my ass is that if “religious freedom” was a legitimate complaint, then insurance companies would also be allowed to deny people STD medication, refuse to cover gays, and a host of other nonsense.
As they say, apparently you can only refer to Christ if you’re doing so to support right-wing policy.
Side note: Tea Party Jesus is fucking hilarious.
Similar, in fact, to Supply Side Jesus.
All which is summarized nicely by one Stephen Colbert.
That’s one of those phrases you hear a lot. The idea being that if two people have a common enemy then they can, at least temporarily, set aside their differences in the pursuit of the same goal. The problem is that if these two parties are approaching that enemy for vastly different reasons, then the goal that they’re aiming at isn’t actually the same, they just have the same barrier in the way.
Case in point, American Taliban poster boy Rick Santorum. This is one of those guys that truly and honestly believes that the United States not only is built upon Biblical law, but that all legislation should be made to coincide with the Bible.
“… a country that is given rights under the god, under god, not any god, the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob, and that God that gave us rights also gave us a responsibility, and laws, by which our civil laws have to comport with. A higher law. God’s law.”
You see, Santorum and his frothy compatriots see Sharia Law as a problem just as I and many others do, but not because it’s a tragic case of religion taking its iron fist and wrapping it around society, but that because it’s the wrong religion doing so. When Bachmann or Perry or whoever else yap and yammer about Islam running the show in the Middle East, their solution is to help them find Jesus. You know, just like the Found Fathers wanted to do when they left England.
This is what we mean by the American Taliban. They aren’t terrorists, they’re theocrats of the worst kind.