There’s a most excellent op-ed piece in the Dallas Morning News about Tom DeLay’s appearance at a conference about the so-called “War on Christians” in Washington recently:
“We have been chosen to live as Christians at a time when our culture is being poisoned and our world is being threatened,” Mr. DeLay told the crowd. “The enemies of virtue may be on the march, but they have not won.” The Texas evangelist who organized the conference likened Mr. DeLay’s legal and ethical woes to – wait for it – the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that the idea of a whipped and beaten Tom DeLay hanging from a cross brings at least a smirk to my lips even if I wouldn’t actually want to see it occur. What makes this editorial so uplifting is the fact that it goes on to discuss how Tom DeLay and his cronies cynically manipulate the faithful:
Take Edwin Buckham, a Washington lobbyist who once served as Mr. DeLay’s chief of staff and personal pastor. The Washington Post reported this week that Mr. Buckham received more than a third of all the money collected by the U.S. Family Network, a nonprofit organization he set up as a DeLay staffer. Mr. DeLay promoted the organization as a national grass-roots group engaged in pro-family activism on Capitol Hill. In fact, records indicate that USFN was a front that took in millions, mostly from clients of felonious lobbyist Jack Abramoff, and lavished the largesse heavily on Mr. Buckham and his wife.
Or take former top DeLay aide Michael Scanlon, who pleaded guilty to corruption charges in the Abramoff scandal. In an e-mail released by a Senate committee, Mr. Scanlon discusses how his clients can use the gullibility of Christians to their own advantage: “The wackos get their information through the Christian right, Christian radio, mail, the Internet and telephone trees. … Simply put, we want to bring out the wackos to vote against something and make sure the rest of the public lets the whole thing slip past them.”
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: It’s a good thing for a lot of Christians out there that I am cursed with scruples. Fleecing overly credulous Christians is so easy that it’s practically a cottage industry these days. The fact that it’s done most often by their supposedly fellow believers says volumes about how much morality it really inspires. You’ve got to wonder about a belief system that would allow the likes of Tom DeLay to not only get away with abuses like that, but would then hold him up as being comparable to Jesus Christ to boot.
Hey, the Good Book tells them they should be fools and it seems like they’re doing a great job of complying!