How freaked out was the Religious Right over this election? Just check out this ten minute highlight from the two hour “election special” on GodTV put together by Right Wing Watch:
These people are fucking nuts. The end-of-the-world rhetoric is just over the top. Alas it looks like they’ve gotten their wishes with regards to the anti-gay marriage amendments. California’s is still too close to call, but it’s looking like it’ll pass. It may be several days before we find out if it passed or not.
Don’t think this crushing blow to their prayers will keep them down. If anything look for the Far Right to become even more shrill and dogmatic in the months to come. Already they’re hyping fears of so-called Christian persecution that’ll come as a result of this election:
Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, believes Senator Obama was elected, in large part, because the church in America has failed to address sin in its own ranks and also in society.
Perkins says Christians should pray for and return to a biblical model of holiness and righteousness. And believers in America, he adds, should prepare for persecution.
“We are going to see, I think, unprecedented attacks against our faith through measures like the hate crimes [legislation] to the Employment Non-Discrimination Act,” he says. “We’re going to see attacks on innocent human life through the Freedom of Choice Act, trying to erase all the gains that have been made in the pro-life movement. And I think even our freedoms are going to come under attack.”
The fact that the Democrats have big majorities in both houses and the Presidency is going to whip these nutcases into a frenzy never before seen. On the plus side it’ll mean no shortage of blogging subjects here at SEB.
I never thought I’d live long enough to see a black man elected President of the United States, but that appears to be what has just happened this evening as most of the networks are calling it a done deal. I have never been more proud of my country than I am at this very moment. Regardless of what happens from here on out this is a monumental step forward and the door is now open for this to happen again in the future and as it becomes normalized there will eventually come a day when people will marvel that it was ever considered remarkable at one point in time.
As good as the polls have looked over the past few weeks I was still hesitant to allow myself to imagine this possibility coming to pass. The frustration of the last election when we reelected a clearly incompetent man to the most important position in the world because we let fear rule us kept me holding my breath until I saw it with my own eyes. My hope that we might see a brighter future here in America is renewed as I truly believe Obama is the man that can restore our reputation in the world and address the tremendous issues we’re facing both at home and abroad.
I thought it was quite striking as I sat down to watch the events unfold this evening the differences between the candidates as illustrated by their choice of celebratory venues. Obama chose a huge park in Chicago and invited anyone who wanted to attend to show up whereas McCain picked a smaller indoor venue that you specifically had to be invited to. It showed how one man is inclusive and the other exclusive in how they dealt with the American public.
John McCain as just taken the stage to make his concession speech. His supporters are booing every mention of Obama’s name. McCain is handling them well and the speech is pretty well considering the circumstances. Amazing. McCain is speaking of working together with Obama and encouraging his supporters to do the same. Some of them aren’t happy with that, but most of them seem to be listening. Whoops, mentioning Biden brought more boos and chants of “Sarah, Sarah.” Overall it was a surprisingly gracious speech. Still I’m quite glad he lost.
A big surprise here in Michigan was the vote to approve a Medical Marijuana law and the possibility that we may expand stem cell research in state looks like it might pass which would be a reversal of a law from the previous election. My state looks to becoming a little more progressive and I couldn’t be happier. This has definitely been one of the best election nights in my life time and I will sleep well tonight.
Obama hasn’t made his acceptance speech yet, but I’m going to end it here for now. It won’t be long before I need to pick Anne up from work so I’ll write more about it later when I’ve had time to gather my thoughts and hear what Obama has to say.
John McCain has apparently decided there isn’t a Far Right Wingnut ass he’s not willing to pucker up to kiss. His latest smooch fest gained him the endorsement of Pastor John Hagee, an end-times nutcase who heads up the Cornerstone Church in San Antonio Texas. Just how batshit insane is the good Pastor? Here’s an ABC news item about Hagee announcing his support of McCain:
The pastor is best known in some Washington circles as a founder of Christians United for Israel and for his belief, as laid out in his book “Jerusalem Countdown” that the end of days scenario as spelled out in the Book of Revelation will occur after Russia, allied with the Islamic world, attacks Israel.
“Russia is going to get in that position and they are literally, with all that massive military force, going to attack Israel,” Hagee told ABC News in 2006. “This is recorded in Ezekiel 38 and 39. God himself is literally going to destroy that army. Decimate it.”
Hagee added that the confrontation would be followed by a Chinese army of 200 million coming to the city of Armageddon, where they will meet British and U.S. forces in the Battle of Armageddon.
“At that point, Jesus Christ returns to Earth and sets up his eternal kingdom in the city of Jerusalem and there’s 1000 years of peace,” Hagee said. “The Jewish people are going to see the supernatural hand of God preserve them and deliver them while the enemies of Israel are crushed. That’s the end-time story.”
That’s some major league crazy there! The next bit reveals just how much McCain has compromised his principles in order to pander to the far right:
Asked if he subscribed to this theology, McCain furrowed his brow.
“All I can tell you is I’m proud to have Pastor Hagee’s support,” he said.
SEB Translation: “Yeah, the dude’s friggin’ nuts, but I need the votes badly enough that I’ll kiss whatever ass is in front of me to get them. I really wanna be President. Pretty please?”
I used to have a lot of respect for McCain. It’s amazing what the pursuit of power will do to one’s morals.
We need more kids like this one:
William Sleaster, a student at Concord High School rose to ask McCain a question about gay rights and, ultimately dissatisfied by the answer he received from McCain, told the Republican presidential contender that he’d come looking to see a leader and didn’t.
McCain first answered the high school student by talking about his support for Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, the military’s policy regarding gays, and about his belief in the sanctity of marriage.
“Discrimination in any form is unacceptable in America today,” McCain said.
“I understand the controversy that continues to swirl around this issue,” McCain said. “That debate needs to be continued.”
Sleaster pressed on. “Do you support civil unions or gay marriage?”
“I do not,” McCain answered. “I think that they impinge on the status and the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman.”
“So you believe in taking away someone’s rights because you believe it’s wrong?”
“I wouldn’t put that interpretation on my position, but I understand yours,” McCain said diplomatically.
Sleaster indicated that he wanted to follow up again.
“You have one more? Go ahead you’re doing good,” McCain encouraged.
“I came here looking to see a leader,” Sleaster said. “I don’t.”
Yeah, that pretty much sums up my feelings about John McCain ever since he took on his latest run for the White House. I’ve said before that he was one of the few Republicans I would’ve voted for in the past, but that’s all changed now.
Found over at Think Progress