Just when you think you've seen it all

There's been some talk of this ad, which launched three weeks ago, but decidedly much less buzz than I might have expected. I hadn't actually heard of it before seeing it on TV, and a week later I'm still scraping my jaw up off the floor: Al Sharpton and Pat Robertson, together, in an ad for... wecansolveit.org, a project of Al Gore's Alliance for Climate Protection. As someone politically and theologically predisposed to both environmentalism and reconciliation, I am in ecstasy. Don't get me wrong, I think Robertson is as crazy as anyone - he practically called folks like me the Antichrist - but every little bit helps.

Perhaps it shouldn't come as that much of a surprise. Robertson does, after all, support the distribution of condoms in Africa to prevent AIDS. This one-two punch of condoms and climate change suggests that perhaps the man only lacks sanity, not common sense. It may also be that he is trying to retain some small shred of credibility among his former flock, as the evangelicals in the pews broaden their focus to include climate change, AIDS, and similar issues (see: Rick Warren, Mike Huckabee, Jim Wallis, Pope Benedict). That might also explain the Rudy endorsement.

Update 10:27 pm Thanks to Student Guy and lizardbox for pointing out a similar Gore ad from Pelosi and Gingrich. I like the first one better, but both are cause for hope and celebration.

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On another note, this is the first post I have made on MyDD in quite some time. While I do regret my absence (though harbor no illusions that anyone else has noticed), it is likely to continue for a little while more. I have started a new job in DC that prohibits monitoring blogs at work, and am quite busy after hours with various research, funding, and job applications. What's more, I am not allowed to identify myself online as working for this employer until the job ends in late May. Given the nature of this employment, that creates the potential for a conflict of interest while blogging on overtly political topics. I will wait for the job to end before resuming my activism here at MyDD. In the meantime, I am posting a little on my own blog, including a recent piece entitled "Bourbon, Pizza, and James Carville," if you see fit to stop by.

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HRC Visits the 700 Club.

Hillary Clinton visits the American Taliban, apparently in search of votes.

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As a proud atheist, I find it all pretty funny.

What do you think?

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Robertson on the South Korean Hostages

From Schmitz Blitz: schmitzblitz.blogspot.com

The South Korean hostage story was also the top news story on tonight's 700 Club. Key point to in story according to the viewpoint of CBN: the hostages are evangelical missionaries.

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Bush Claims God Told Him to Invade Iraq

President Bush obviously needs to be impeached and even if God told him to invade both Iraq and Afghanistan he was obviously working against us because we are losing in both places. We must oust these irrational NEO-CON morons before they get us all killed in a mindless religious war. We don't deserve this type of government it's time for us to demand change. There is over 150 graduates of Pat Robertsons Regent University now working for the Bush Administration we must demand the separation of church and state because the constitution demands it.

 title= He obviously isn't listening to Jesus.

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Can Rudolph Giuliani Inspire A Secular Awakening In the GOP?

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The topic below was originally posted in my blog, the Intrepid Liberal Journal and crossposted at the Independent Blogger's Alliance.

I don't like Rudolph Giuliani. In 1993, I was 24 and living in the East Village when Giuliani defeated incumbent David Dinkins to become mayor of New York City. I vividly recall watching the police intimidate black voters that day and telling my roommate about it in horrified wonder. I didn't like Dinkins either primarily because of how he handled racial tensions in Crown Heights. I thought New Yorkers were ill served with both men that year and cast my vote for a protest candidate instead.

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