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Saturday, April 16, 2005

Joshua, JUDGES, Ruth

Seriously, we'll just give you guys your own country: the South big enough?

Judicial fight heads to church

D'oh!
Conservative Christian leaders will be in Louisville next weekend for a national telecast in which they plan to accuse Senate Democrats of blocking "people of faith and moral conviction" from being confirmed as federal judges.

Senate Majority Leader BILL FRIST will join the telecast through a four-minute videotaped speech, his spokesman said, a move that has prompted criticism from many Democrats.
Hope Bill will "speak in tongues." That would be rad.
Organizers said the April 24 event will be taped at Highview Baptist Church and simulcast to more than 1,000 churches and a million "VALUES VOTERS" nationwide, in hope of rallying support for dropping a Senate rule that has allowed Democrats to block 10 of President Bush's judicial nominees.
Because those judges are crazy and will work to return the rest of us to the dark ages.
In a flier promoting the event, its sponsor, the FAMILY RESEARCH COUNCIL, says that "for years, activist courts, aided by liberal interest groups like the ACLU, have been quietly working under the veil of the judiciary, like thieves in the night, to rob us of our Christian heritage and our religious freedoms."
While we've been working like "thieves in the night," they've been working to create a theocracy, ie, a world in which you are fucked if you're not "born again."
Other speakers will include Dr. JAMES C. DOBSON, founder of Focus on the Family, which produces a religious radio program broadcast in more than 164 countries; and CHUCK COLSON, the born-again Watergate defendant and founder of Prison Fellowship Ministries.

Conservative Christians are calling for the Senate to change its rules and allow an up-or-down, majority vote on judicial confirmations.

The Democratic minority has blocked confirmation of 10 of Bush's judicial nominees, while confirming 204, by preventing Republicans from gaining the 60 votes needed to close debate.
Grrr.

And this bit from the UK's Independent on the same story:
The (FAMILY RESEARCH COUNCIL) is one of several Christian organisations trying to use the Republican domination of Washington to pass conservative and right-wing legislation. The battlegrounds for such groups are the issues of gay marriage and abortion.

The group's website declares: "The FRC champions marriage and family as the foundation of civilisation, the seedbed of virtue, and the wellspring of society ... Believing that God is the author of life, liberty, and the family, FRC promotes the JUDEO-CHRISTIAN worldview as the BASIS for a just, free, and stable SOCIETY."
Again, and I can't say this enough, they want the US to be a theocratic nation - based on their extreme version of Evangelical Christianity - with Biblical Law over "Man's Law."

That will not leave a lot of breathing room for those of us who are Catholic, moderate, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, Irish Catholic, non-denominational, gay, Rastafarian, Muslim, Klingon, not "born again," single in our 30's, Mormon, Irish Catholic, punk, goth, dorky, and just plain American.

"What about me? I'm a Scientologist."

You, too, Tom.

I draw your attention to "Jesus Plus Nothing, a phenomenal Harper's article about THE FELLOWSHIP, a right-wing organization dedicated to creating such a theocratic nation. It's members include many American business leaders and US POLITICIANS.

Don't know if Frist is a member...but me knows a bunch of his friends are.

May the Force be with you.

"And also with you."

More later...

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