This time ... talking points against the exploitation of the genuine Christian silent majority ...

When the silent and believing majority keep their spirituality locked up and private as we were "Constitutionally taught" in civics classes, today's moral propagandists diminish each of us and our trusting quiet respect for Constitutional  privacy.

We are those who must speak up and bring about a shut-up of the blowhards.

Prior to the 2004 election, Dr. Jerry Falwell wrote in a newsletter and on his Web site:


"I believe it is the responsibility of every political conservative, every evangelical Christian, every pro-life Catholic, and every traditional Jew, every Reagan Democrat, and everyone in between to get serious about re-electing President Bush."

Reverend Falwell, national chairman of the Faith and Values Coalition and Moral Majority founder, also labeled the National Organization for Women (NOW) the "National Order of Witches," and called Americans United for Separation of Church and State "an anti-Christ" group.

His heavy jowled Jabba-the-Hut appearance depends on the notion the listeners revere him as one of God's mouthpieces. We have no obligation to buy into that for any reason.

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Barack Obama AWOL On Torture

Talking about the America Loves To Torture Act, Digby nails it:

The vote is going to happen and it's going to pass. But I can't help but wonder if the momentum wouldn't have gone the other way if some of the Democrats who constantly exhort the rank and file to be more friendly to religion and values and morals had stood up and said no. Imagine if Barack Obama had staked out a leading position against this legislation making the explicit argument that it is immoral and unamerican to torture. That would have gone farther to demonstrate our respect for religious values than his frequent process talk and scolding could ever do.
Put simply: Barack Obama is a charlatan.  Just as all the "religious right" leaders are. The full extent of their "religion" is to cloak themselves in the label.  The substance of their purported faith is utterly anathema to them.

As I asked in my last diary, "Who Would Jesus Torture?" Barack's answer? "Don't ask. Don't tell."

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Prebutting Bill O'Reilly's "Culture Warrior"

Bill O'Reilly's got a new book coming out this fall. Here's the official description, annotated for your pleasure:
Bill O'Reilly is the very embodiment of the idea of a Culture Warrior - and in this book he lives up to the title brilliantly with all the brashness and forthrightness at his command. He sees that America is in the midst of a fierce culture war between those who embrace traditional values and those who want to change America into a "secular-progressive" country. This is a conflict that differs in many ways from the usual liberal/conservative divide, but it is no less heated.

In his introduction, O'Reilly defines this war and breaks down the U.S. population into three camps: the apathetic, the ideologues, and the persuadables. He examines why the nation's motto, E Pluribus Unum ("From Many, One") might change to "What About Me?"He dissects the forces in the media behind the secular-progressive camp and their counterparts on the right, and dives into matters of race, education, and the war on terror. He also shows how the culture war has played out in such high-profile instances as The Passion of the Christ, Fahrenheit 9/11, the porn epidemic (child and otherwise), and the embattled place of religion in public life. Whatever controversies are roiling the nation, he'll fearlessly confront them - and no one will be in the dark about what side he's on.

Culture Warrior showcases Bill O'Reilly at his most eloquent and impassioned. He is a fierce fighter for the soul of America, and in this book he clearly fights the good fight.


During the most recent presidential election campaign, I happened to ask what was so wrong about Clinton's lying about his affair with Monica L.  Except for Bill, Hillary and Monica, that all was surely was no one else's business, right?  The exceedingly vehement response to that was that Clinton had committed a horrible crime by encouraging someone else to actually lie to Congress!  Now, only a year and a bit later, we've all found out about Bush's illegal spying on Americans which he chose to do in spite of Congress's explicit refusal to give him that power.  So, where have all those 'Congress hallowing' Republicans gone?  Why aren't they being just as loudly incensed about Bush's contempt for Congress as they were during Clinton's presidency?  Who are the hypocrites now?

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Get real, already!

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