In Texas the GOP isn’t even pretending anymore.

They want a theocracy and they don’t care who knows it. The Dallas Morning News fills us in on the Republican convention in Texas:

SAN ANTONIO – Lt. Col. Brian Birdwell offered a greeting to delegates to the Republican convention. “It’s great to be back in the holy land,” the Fort Worth native said to the cheers of the party faithful.For the 4,500 delegates at last week’s biennial gathering, it was both an expression of conservative philosophy and religious faith, a melding of church and state.

At Saturday morning’s prayer meeting, party leader Tina Benkiser assured them that God was watching over the two-day confab.

“He is the chairman of this party,” she said against a backdrop of flags and a GOP seal with its red, white and blue logo.

The party platform, adopted Saturday, declares “America is a Christian nation” and affirms that “God is undeniable in our history and is vital to our freedom.”

“We pledge to exert our influence toward a return to the original intent of the First Amendment and dispel the myth of the separation of church and state,” it says.

In case the point isn’t clear enough:

John Green, an expert on church-state issues at the University of Akron, said the GOP has defined itself against Democrats by making religion, particularly issues such as abortion and gay marriage, part of its politics.

“This is not a political disagreement. This is a religious disagreement,” he said.

The GOP is quickly becoming our own little version of the Taliban and it’ll end up doing more damage to this country than any Islamic terrorist could ever hope to if decent people allow it to continue unchecked.

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8 thoughts on “In Texas the GOP isn’t even pretending anymore.

  1. Ok, can anyone tell me what the “original intent of the First Amendment” is?  I can’t seem to wrap my head around it.  Do they want a state religion like in some other countries? 

    Hmmm….which religion then I wonder?  Which Denomination?  I know tons of people True Believers who wouldn’t stand the government endorsing the Catholic church, so I wonder which denimonation will get the honors?

  2. “We pledge to exert our influence toward a return to the original intent of the First Amendment and dispel the myth of the separation of church and state,“ it says.

    Ok, can anyone tell me what the “original intent of the First Amendment

  3. KPG – Right, that’s what I thought.  Which means that there is a really strong misunderstanding of the First Amendment on the part of these people (I assume). 

    I was just wondering what they could possibly mean, since obviously the original intent of the First Amendment was to protect religious freedom from governmental control as much if not more than to protect government from religious influence.

    Since the previous statement seems to benefit relgion, what could the rabid fundies here be trying to say?  The First Amendment was originally supposed to allow religion to control government, but not the other way around?  If this is the case, they should remember that when government is controlled by religion, the two really become inseperable (and indicernible).

    I personally don’t have any trouble understanding why it’s quite ok for a private citizen to post the 10 commandments on their lawn (or car, or any of their own, personal property), but government should not be allowed to post them on public property, since that is purchased, and maintained at taxpayer’s expense.  I can’t understand why this is such a tough concept to understand. 

    I know that the ignorance of the religious zealots makes them easily lead by the unscrupulous and those with political axes to grind, like Roy Moore.  I guess I’m just ashamed that so many people are willfully ignorant.

    Ok, gotta stop, I’m getting off topic and beginning to rant.

  4. You know, I’ve a recurring argument with a few shipmates about what truly defines a terrorist organization and I’ve always heard remarks about earth-based groups such as PETA, ALF, and ELF, but to be perfectly honest, I’ve always considered the GOP to be one of the largest. smile

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