Bush/GOP theocrats: "Save Us From Democracy"

Back in 1812, the Calvinists were in a panic. The Unitarians were growing stronger. Jeffersonian democracy was on the march. Their authority was endangered. Lyman Beecher was hired to defend the Congregationalist's theocratic ambitions. Here is what he said:

The time has come when it becomes every friend of this state to wake up and exert his whole influence to save it from innovation and democracy.

You read that right. Authority must be saved from democracy. A deep vein of Calvinist authoritarianism runs through the paranoid heart of today's Religious Right. That's why the U.S. House voted to gut the Separations Clause by denying attorneys fees to those who challenge Constitutional church/state violations, just the most recent torch put to the founding parchment.

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Who Would Jesus Torture???

Here's some framing for you!Crossposted from Patterns That Connect

This is, of course, the $64 billion question for a supposedly faith-based administration, supported by the self-annointed "religious" right:

Matthew 5:38 Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:
39 But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.
40 And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also.
41 And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.
42 Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.
43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?
47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?
48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
Why is it that supposedly religious people, supposed followers of Christ, whose words I just quoted, are those most willing, even eager to torture people?

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Tony Perkins uses picture of pig in e-mail about gays

Just got my latest e-mail from Mr. Tony Perkins over at the Family Research Council, and the headline of the e-mail is "Homosexual Agenda or Bust!", and the picture included with the e-mail is as follows:

Tony's usually one of the more ugly homophobes of the GOP, but this seems a little over the top, even for him.

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1960 Redux

Mitt Romney continues to gain traction as a presidential candidate 1in some quarters as people (justifiably) find something less than satisfaction with the options to be had at the top of the GOP barrel.

But there remain concerns about his electability and the Mormon factor - will the nation elect a Mormon, or even take one seriously as a candidate in the long run?  How is it that 46 years post JFK, we still face questions of "Can a (insert denomination of choice) govern a diverse nation?

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Sound Science: The Stem Cell Debate

This afternoon the Senate will likely pass H.R. 810, a bill whose passage would mean new hope for millions of Americans who suffer from debilitating diseases and who understand the possibilities that expanded stem cell research has to offer.

From The Washington Post:

The legislation in question, which the House has passed, would allow federal funding for research on stem cell lines derived from frozen embryos that are stored at fertility clinics and slated for destruction. The president's policy allows for federal funding of research only on stem cell lines that existed as of Aug. 9, 2001, the date he announced his policy. Bush said such a policy was reasonable because additional embryos would not have to be destroyed to create stem cells.

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