Friday, January 4, 2008

How Much Do You Trust Iowa?

The more popular Huckabum gets, the more I worry... What is it with these so-called "evangelicals" anyway? What is this overwhelming need they have for a "pastor-in-chief"?

The audacity of evangelicals to think they have an obligation to tell everyone how to live!

Not that Truth Wins Out is the most objective news source in the world (but I like to think it helps keep my in-box evenly distributed between all the other right-wing crap I get!), but I read an article from them that is very disturbing. How much truth there is in the allegations has yet to be determined, but the first article points out that:

In 1998, Mike Huckabee co-wrote the book, “Kids Who Kill” with Reconstructionist author George Grant. Grant is an ideologue with extreme, even dangerous religious views.
...prominent members of the Christian Reconstructionist movement – which believes Old Testament law should replace the Constitution and that the Bible also justifies corporal or capital punishment for adulterers and homosexuals, among others.
This passage is from Grant’s 1987 book “The Changing of the Guard” (Ft. Worth, TX: Dominion Press, 1987), pp. 50-51.
“Christians have an obligation, a mandate, a commission, a holy responsibility to reclaim the land for Jesus Christ - to have dominion in the civil structures, just as in every other aspect of life and godliness. But it is dominion that we are after. Not just a voice. It is dominion we are after. Not just influence. It is dominion we are after. Not just equal time. It is dominion we are after. World conquest. That’s what Christ has commissioned us to accomplish.”

So what? you may be thinking. So he wrote a book with a nutjob in 1998. Big whoop! Yes, that was only 10 years ago--ten SHORT years ago. And he wrote it with this nut-job well after Grant's extremist views on our land were published in 1987!

But is that it? Is this where the ties between Huckabum and Grant end? After all, a book written together does not a life-long common-goal make, right?

Then I read this article, in which it seems that on December 20th, Mr. Huckabum went to a fund-raising event hosted by these extreme Christian Reconstructionists:

Huckabee's base is reflected by sponsors of Tuesday's fundraising luncheon (requesting up to $4,600 a couple) at the Houston home of Steven Hotze, a leader in the highly conservative Christian Reconstruction movement.
So not only did he write a book with one of these reconstructionists, but he's accepting their money as well! Something tells me Huckabum isn't too afraid of standing by his base... A base, which I remind you once again, stands for:

[...] believes Old Testament law should replace the Constitution and that the Bible also justifies corporal or capital punishment for adulterers and homosexuals, among others.
Aren't you the least bit curious to find out what "among others" means? From another article:

many Reconstructionists would institute the death penalty for a number of offenses, among them striking or cursing a parent, adultery, homosexuality, "unchastity," rape of a betrothed virgin, witchcraft, "incorrigible" juvenile delinquency, blasphemy and propagation of "false" religious doctrines. Some favor stoning as the biblically preferred means of execution.
Bet some of you are now saying to yourselves, "You know, maybe that Mormon dude wasn't so bad?" Well, guess what--if he would have won, I'd've had a whole 'nother blast for him... But I suppose that one will wait until we see how he does in New Hampshire... And I'm going out on a limb here and going to project Moromney as NOT the winner... But that's just me...

You think Shrubya fucked our country over good? Wait til Huckabum gets in there--it'd be an amazing thing to see someone fuck up worse than Shrubya, but I'll tell ya--every time a fundie-elected official sets the bar even lower, the rest of them race around to see how much lower it can go--there must be some type of award show on the 700 Club the rest of us don't know about, something like Survivor and Amazing Race all rolled into one, hosted by Falwell's Ghost and Pat Robertson. I'm going to imagine the object of the game is to see who can ruin our democracy and society more, in the hopes that it will collapse, and then they can usher in their self-fulfilling prophecy of an Anti-Christ...

Don't get me wrong--the bible is nothing if not a story people put way too much stock in in life! But it is amazing how the mass delusions can make something come true, if only to screw the rest of us over out of pure spite.

Here's a prophecy for you--if, through some strange twist of fate, the Christian faith doesn't go the way of Zeus (like it should have YEARS ago!), they will destroy the world as we know it (if the extremist Muslims don't beat them to it, of course!)

Why can't religious people all just be like the Amish? Live your lives, don't worry about what everyone else is doing, and stick to what you do best--loving god, and loving your neighbor...? (you know, WITHOUT stoning them?)

Of course, I also have to wonder how many so-called evangelicals even know of Huckabum's ties to this even-more radical group? Perhaps they're all for it, but don't want to say anything yet in the hopes they won't end up going down with a sinking ship if the "reconstructionist movement" doesn't go so well? You know, tacit agreement in silence? What would really be a kicker is if most of the right-wing fundies cried out against the "reconstructionists" being too extreme! Ha!

Anyway, I've gotta go make post-Christmas cookies for the extended family get-together tomorrow....

Catch ya's later...

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